What is 710?
Not sure what 710 is? Many people aren’t! In the cannabis community and beyond, 420 is known as THE cannabis holiday. In the last few years though, 710 (July 10th) emerged to highlight the growing popularity of cannabis concentrates. We love any celebration of this plant in any form that brings us together in collective healing and joy! Let’s learn some more about 710 and cannabis extract!
Where did 710 come from?
The origins of 710 are somewhat shrouded in mystery. One origin of the association of OIL and 710 comes simply from the use of old oil caps on cars. OIL flipped upside down becomes 710! Can you see it? 🙂
Around 2011, the association of 710 with cannabis concentrates, extracts and oils arose, starting specifically in reference to hash oil. With that, July 10th became a niche holiday specifically dedicated to the celebration of cannabis oils and dabbing. In July of 2013, LA Weekly ran a short article “710 is the New 420” bringing 710 into the mainstream. In 2015, The Errl Cup started as one of Arizona’s first cannabis celebrations. With increased online connection, 710 in now a cultural symbol within the cannabis and concentrates community.
This number signifies not only the consumption and celebration of cannabis but in a specific and preferred way for concentrate connoisseurs.
While “420 Friendly” generally means “weed-friendly,” something that is “710 Friendly” signals a specific welcome to the concentrate community within cannabis culture. 710 may also reference a space of heavier cannabis consumption – this may be good to know for cannabis newbies since dabbing and other concentrate consumption is not always considered the best option for those trying cannabis for the first time. “710 friendly” may also mean these spaces are smoke-free which can be appealing for many folks! (vaping and some forms of dabbing produce vapor rather than smoke produced through combustion)
The Basics of Cannabis Extracts
The origins of cannabis concentrates trace back to the use of hashish or hash. This original form of cannabis concentrate is made from repeatedly compressing together the resin, or trichome, glands of the cannabis plant. Head to our blog page on the history of hash to learn more about the origins of cannabis extracts!
Today, cannabis concentrates are substances in which the cannabinoids and terpenes are isolated from the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids and terpenes are what produce all the things we love about cannabis – effects and flavors and aromas oh my!
How are concentrates made?
All concentrates are made with some sort of solvent (that can be water, butane, or others). Concentrates come in varying consistencies, depending on how they are handled after the cannabis has been processed. Once you get into concentrates, you tend to find your favorite. From shatter to sugar and everything in between (hello, live caviar?!), there are so many options for you to find your concentrate soul mate.
Concentrates are often referred to as extracts. While all extracts are a specific concentrate that are made using a solvent, not all concentrates are extracts.
Types of Cannabis Extracts
- Consistencies range from cake batter or frosting to a looser sauce-like texture and some contain a bumpier texture.
- The wetter, oily texture comes from a high terpene content which means badder is typically a very flavorful choice with a full spectrum of benefits
- High quality badder/batter/butters tend to have a blond color with strong, smooth flavors
- Smoke temperature: between 440-500 degrees
- Similar to shatter but the extract is whipped to add air then heat is added to create the crumble cookie like consistency
- Crumble typically has a lower terpene content and higher THC %
- Lighter golden color/consistency
- Smoke temp: best between 450-550
- Brittle, glass like consistency that tends to break, snap or “shatter”
- Shatter typically has a lower terpene content and a high THC % – meaning less oils which gives it ability to snap
- Strains can impact the color of the final product
- Lighter golden color/consistency
- Smoke temperature: Between 450-550 degrees
- Sauce is typically more viscous which means it is usually lower in THC% but overall higher in other cannabinoids.
- This means sauce is typically more full spectrum with a very high terpene content
- A thinner sauce means a lower cannabinoid content
- Smoke temperature: 440-480 degrees
- You can find this type of extract in big diamond-like or rock chunks or broken down into a fine powder.
- Diamonds are usually packaged in a pool of sauce
- “Crystalline” means it is one pure molecule of THC or THCa which is why the pieces are added to sauce to add terpene flavors and other effects
- After being processed, the crystalline will be left in a jar at a low temp – THC will start to grow as diamonds and separate from the terpenes and other cannabinoids. It will then get washed and sauce is reintroduced for flavor and strain differentiation
- Smoke temperature: 500-550 degrees
- This is one of the more common forms of cannabis concentrates.
- Sugar Wax is a result of shatter or crumble that has sat for a longer period of time during which the terpenes leach out and chunks of cannabinoids are left.
- The higher terpene content resultus in the slightly wetter consistency than crumble or shatter.
- Sugar wax typically has a high THC% and high terpene content.
- Smoke temperature: 450-550 degrees
Rosin and resin are both made using fresh live flower. Rosin is made without solvents using fresh flower that is then frozen before extraction. Resin is made with fresh cured flower and extracted using solvents like butane.
When making rosin, trichomes are washed off with water then pressed with heat to produce the rosin. No other chemicals or agents are used. Rosin typically produces a flavor profile and smoking experience that is most true to smoking actual flower.
Both produce a high terpene profile and the full spectrum of benefits the cannabis plant has to offer.
- Distillate is the most common concentrate found in vape pens
- Plant matter is super heated to isolate the THC molecule
- THC is evaporated, distilled off and collected
- Terpenes are reintroduced to add flavor to soften consistency and add flavor
- Smoke temperature: 450-580 depending on what your battery burns at
- RSO is a whole plant extract in which the entire plant is boiled down in high alcohol solvent to create the truest representation of plant in its whole form
- RSO has a thicker more tar-like consistency- which comes from plant matter that wasn’t removed when processing
- Due to the of lack of filtration, RSO is NOT meant to inhaled/no combustion
- Rather, it is meant to be ingested or used as a topical
With ongoing legalization action happening across the country, we hope to see the misunderstandings and stigmas associated with concentrates (and all cannabis) begin to fade away. As cannabis concentrates become increasingly popular, watch out for 710 to become as big of a celebration as 420!
Stay tuned for more blog posts coming soon diving deeper into each type of cannabis extract and how to consume them!