Cannabis Concentrates (BHO vs. CO2)
While cannabis is frequently consumed in its flower form, concentrates are another popular form of cannabis. Here, we provide a brief overview about the differences between BHO and CO2 derived concentrates.
Generally speaking, a concentrate is any product created through an extraction process. A solvent is used to leave behind a highly cannabinoid-concentrated product.
BHO (Butane Hash Oil) is frequently used to for dabbing, the process of heating the concentrate and inhaling. BHO can take the form of a wax, crumble, or glass-like shatter. Butane is the solvent used to derive BHO products. The manufacturing of BHO products can be dangerous and should only be attempted in a lab by those with proper training. While BHO is a very strong product, some do not prefer BHO because it may contain trace amounts of butane if improperly manufactured.
CO2 Oil is becoming increasingly popular due to its ease of use as a vape pen cartridge. It's vapor is potent, discrete, and tastes good. It's similar to BHO, but CO2 is used as a solvent instead of butane. The downside of CO2 oil is that is generally more expensive and weaker than BHO. When we say weaker, we mean that CO2 products generally have less THC and less terpenes than BHO products.