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Solventless Hash VS BHO

Solventless Hash VS BHO - what’s the difference? Here, we offer the differences and similarities between the two, give examples of both, and help you decide which is right for you.

Jason SanderJason Sander · Jun. 2, 2021 · 4 min read
Solventless Hash VS BHO

Cannabis concentrates are among the most popular in the legal market, as dispensaries stock their shelves with high potency, dabble products that consumers look for. Even though there are many varieties, they basically break down into one of two categories - solventless and solvent-based concentrates. Let’s explore the differences and similarities between the two.

When it comes to solventless hash VS BHO, both of the two have their place in the consumer market. Concentrates are a hot topic at the moment, and for good reason: many concentrates can reach up to 90% THC or more while still acting as a solid representation of the terpene profile of its starting material. While traditional solvent-based concentrates have been around for years, advances in solventless technology have been on a significant rise recently. So, which of the two is right for you?

Solventless Hash VS BHO: Solvent-Based

Basically, the solventless hash VS BHO debate boils down to two sides - solventless and solvent-based. The solvent-based concentrate market has been around for many years, often referred to as BHO. BHO, or butane hash oil, is just one of the many varieties of solvent-based products. Several solvents can be used for cannabis concentrates, not just BHO. These solvents include butane, propane, CO2, and ethanol. Solvents strip the trichome heads of the cannabis plant, leaving the desired cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds behind.

Commercial cannabis extraction operations use closed-loop systems that minimize the risk of exposing solvents to air. When it comes to final products from solvent-based concentrates, the products vary in potency, color, consistency, taste, and so on - based on the solvent, the source material, and how the hash was pressed.

Solventless Hash VS BHO: Solventless on the Rise

When done correctly, the vast majority of solvent-based consumer products coming from reputable companies are safe to ingest and have minimal, if any, residual solvents. However, many consumers are seeking out solventless products as they perceive solventless to be a healthier option as there are no chemicals used during the extraction process. Consumers also believe that the end result of the solventless hash is a cleaner product that is a better representation of the source material, unaltered due to the lack of needing solvents.

While advances in solventless technology have been exploding, thus enabling more commercial operations to go full solventless, this process is generally more challenging to produce large-scale products than traditional solvent-based methods. True solventless extraction is quickly becoming a process that many connoisseurs view as an art form. The solventless method usually involves extracting resin glands in trichomes with agitation, such as an ice water hash bath - or using heat and pressure. The first of which is usually referred to as bubble hash and the latter is most often called rosin.

"The solventless method usually involves extracting resin glands in trichomes with agitation, such as an ice water hash bath - or using heat and pressure."

Solventless Hash VS BHO: Product Examples

Consumers will want to familiarize themselves with the variety of options available to them when it comes to cannabis concentrates. Each one will give you a unique experience, so it doesn’t hurt to try as many as you want and decide on your favorite.

Solvent-based products include wax, budder, shatter, live resin or sauce, distillate, caviar, and CO2 oil. Perhaps the most common area you’ll see a product like CO2 oil, for example, is in popular vape cartridges. Solventless products include rosin, bubble hash, kief, and dry sift. The two most popular products are live resin and bubble hash. Rosin is perhaps the most popular thanks to its flexibility and the fact that it can mimic just about any product with simple tweaks to the pressure and heat of the rosin press.

Which Should You Choose?

So, which type of concentrate is right for you? Like so many things related to cannabis consumption, it comes down to the individual preferences of the consumer.

Solvent-based products have their place and serve a purpose that solventless operations aren’t able to replicate at the moment. DIY accidents can be minimized when purchasing from reputable commercial solvent-based extraction companies, resulting in products that tend to cost less than their solventless counterparts.

Solventless-based products have virtually no risk of containing any residual solvent, which tends to lead to more accurate flavor profiles, terpene representation, and a cleaner product.

The cannabis industry is always evolving, and we will no doubt see incredible advancements in both solventless and solvent-based technology for years to come.

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Jason Sander
Jason SanderJason is a versatile writer and marketer with over ten combined years of experience working with clients in various industries. He couples this expertise with six years of writing for the cannabis sector as well as a passion for the business side, and the science behind the plant medicine.




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