Different BHO finishes. Get to know them!
BHO is one of the most widespread cannabis extractions for different reasons. The performance and return that you get with this concentrate is higher than average, but it’s also very popular because of the amount of different finishes that you can give it. In this post we will see how different BHO finishes are.
⭐ BHO Types
First of all it must be clear that, in order to achieve certain textures during BHO purging, sometimes the extraction will have to be done with fresh material. Other times it doesn’t matter if weed is fresh or dry, and in some cases only the color and wax content of the extraction changes.
This is because when cannabis is dry the gas carries more components, thus achieving a higher return, but of lower purity, since the concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes drops due to the higher content of waxes and other compounds.
One way to remove waxes from concentrate is with cold, the more the weed is frozen the less the waxes will come off. Cold can also be applied during extraction, and even after.
⛳ BHO Shatter
It is the most common form of BHO finish. It is very striking, as it remains crystallized and translucent, golden in color and is formed when the thin layer of liquid extraction solidifies. It is called Shatter because it is rigid and not very thick, and it usually breaks when handled. It’s sticky but touchable, and if it’s properly purged it allows you to shape it without any problem.
Shatter texture is very easy to achieve, as it only needs heat and time, with no further need to do anything else.
Image of a well-purged Shatter sample*
✨ BHO Wax
It is a type of BHO that is named for the waxy texture it has. This kind of concentrate contains more lipids than Shatter, so they are opaque, as they do not let light through. It also tends to contain more terpenes, and although THC concentrations may be lower, the effect can be more powerful because of the entourage effect, as it is an extraction that drags in more components from the plant.
The term Wax may go alone and refer to one type of BHO finish, or go along with other terms to refer to variations such as Sugar Wax, Crumble Wax or Budder Wax among others.
Image of BHO Wax ready for consumption*
The Budder was the most successful type of BHO a few years ago, right after the Shatter. It is still the preferred finish for many users nowadays. Its texture is solid, but spongy and easy to handle, caused by the oxygen molecules that are mixed with the extraction.
It is achieved by purging with slightly more temperature than other textures, and needs movement to emulsify BHO. It contains a lot of lipids that help retain terpenes, so it’s a pretty tasty concentrate, although less powerful than Shatter.
Photograph of BHO in Budder form*
☕ BHO Live Resin
Live resin is the term used to refer to resin extracted fresh, with the vegetable matter not dried. It is undoubtedly the BHO form with the highest terpene content, although the return achieved is lower than when using dry plant material.
The texture is very sticky and shiny, so the best way to consume Live Resin is by dabbing small amounts. Moreover, it’s so tasty that a loaded dab can overwhelm you.
Image of Live Resin about to be consumed*
Its texture is similar to Budder, that is, an alteration of the molecules that make up the concentrate caused by emulsion. In fact for some experts the only difference between the two is that Crumble is very easy to break when handled. This kind of BHO can be divided into 2 different types, the Wax Crumble and the Sugar Crumble.
As the name suggests, Wax Crumble contains more waxes than regular Crumble. This changes its texture, which although it can be easily broken, the pieces fall off but are not broken into a thousand pieces.
Sugar Crumble contains less lipids, you could say it is a purer extract, but it also has a more crystallized texture. When you try to break a piece of Sugar Crumble you will see how it practically pulverizes, since its consistency is more solid.
Enlarged image of a piece of BHO Crumble, Wax Crumble, Sugar Crumble*.
BHO Honey Comb
It is one of the most striking solvent extractions, as it is shaped like a honeycomb. It also contains a lot of lipids, which give it a solid, opaque and waxy appearance. The holes left on its surface are formed by the vacuum caused during pump purging. It holds terpenes better than other BHO variations, so it has become very popular over the last few years.
Photo of a large piece of BHO Honey Comb ready to eat*
➕ BHO Amber Glass
It was very popular once, but as happened with Budder, it has been overtaken by other forms of BHO finishing, such as Live Resin or Wax. It is achieved by using a technique called winterization or hibernation.
This technique consists of separating the waxes from the BHO by applying cold after extraction but before purging. It is a kind of refining of the concentrate, which is less tasty but much purer. Visually very striking, similar to the precious amber that sperm whales create.
Photography of an Amber Glass display*
BHO Diamonds and Terpene Sauce
Nowadays it is the trendy cannabis extraction and, although it can be achieved without using solvents, most of them are made from the BHO. Before making the final purge, while the resin is still liquid, it is put in a bottle that can withstand a lot of pressure and is introduced into the freezer.
Due to the pressure, THCA crystals are released from the concentrate, leaving the diamonds on one side and the terpene sauce on the other, which is the resulting liquid. They are then purged separately and can be put together or consumed individually.
Image showing a pot with diamonds and terpene sauce*
✅ BHO CBD
This is one of the purest ways of using cannabis for medicinal purposes. This is achieved by using varieties rich in CBD to extract BHO, and after the process a product of great therapeutic power is obtained, especially if it is accompanied by other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Purging BHO with high levels of CBD should be done properly, because if it is going to be used to treat patients it cannot contain gas traces.
BHO’s finish can result in different products, depending on the state of the plant material, the extraction process, hibernation and purging. Depending on your personal needs and interests, you may prefer one type of BHO or another. You’ve already seen that in some cases terpenes remain better, in others the texture is more manageable and others are more eye-catching.
Whichever way you choose to make BHO, always keep in mind the safety instructions when making extractions with solvents, it can be very dangerous.
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How to Make High Quality BHO Shatter
Learn how to make high quality BHO shatter, a highly concentrated cannabinoid extract that you can vape using a BHO pipe, a portable vape or even by making it into a thin strong and wrapping it around your joint. Regardless of how you decide to consume it, you’ll first need to know how to make it – it’s like smoking the most delicious, potent blunt in the world, so any smoker worth his or her salt should know how to make it. This type of extract is best smoked with friends to see just how high hitting this type of extract is. It can be made from flowers as well as from leftover trimmings, making the possibilities endless. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at how to make high quality BHO shatter!
What materials are needed to make BHO Shatter?
Before we get straight into it, you need to keep a few things in mind in order to make your own high quality BHO shatter; the following list of accessories and objects are absolutely necessary for success. You’ll also need to use a high quality product regarding your flowers or trimmings; they should be fresh, rather than dry, for the best possible results.
- Resin Extraction method (roller)
- Refined Clipper or Colibri Butane Gas (Clipper is less impure)
- Cooking paper or silicone tray/mat
- Dull blades
- Glass tray
- Heating plaque
- Vacuum pump
- Desiccator or something similar (pot with methacrylate lid, for example)
- Silicone containers for the resulting extract
- Fresh buds/trimmings
- Balcony, terrace, or an open-air area to work in
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How to Make High Quality BHO Shatter | Step by Step
Step 1 – The right weed for BHO
The first thing you need to do is pick the weed that you’ll be making your BHO Shatter from; the best type of weed is weed that has been recently harvested and not yet dried. Fill up your Roller Extractor tube, cutting up bits of your weed with scissors as you go – fill it up slowly and press it down as you go to make sure there are no empty pockets. Once it’s full, stick it in the freezer for 24h alongside your gas. In order to work out how much gas you need, we’ll provide you with this guide for the Roller Extractor models:
- M Roller Extractor: 1 butane can
- L Roller Extractor: 1 ½ butane cans
- XL Roller Extractor: 2 butane cans
Step 2 – How to Deposit BHO Gas
Once everything is frozen – after a good 24h period – you’ll need to begin setting up a spot outdoors with plenty of open air and ventilation. Place your glass tray on the heating plaque and heat it to 60°C. Once it’s hot, take your roller tube and gas from the freezer – place the roller vertically on the tray and empty out your gas. As the gas begins to lower through the tube, it brings the cannabinoids with it – you’ll begin to see it flow out the bottom of the tray while the gas is evaporating. You’ll need to wait until there is no liquid left in the tray, just a thin golden layer – after this, you can go back to work inside as there is no danger.
Tips: In order to get rid of the most gas possible from the extract, you can let the mixture sit on the heating tray for 15-20 minutes at around 40°C. In order to avoid any water getting into your extract, we recommend using a clean towel in order to hold the roller extractor; when frozen and then exposed to hot temperatures, it may end up sweating water from the melting moisture, which could fall into your tray and ruin your extract, making it turn out much softer than expected.
Step 3 – Removing the Extract
Once you’re sure that there are no visible traces of gas, it’s time to remove the extract from the bottom of the tray using a blunt blade as if it were a lawnmower – start on one corner of the tray and scrape it across the other side in one swoop, remove the extract from the blade and continue. Make sure to place your extract on a silicone tray or in a silicone container, as it’s the only material that it won’t stick to. Do this until there is absolutely nothing left in the tray.
Step 4 – Molding your BHO
Now that you have all of your extract on your silicone tray (or oven paper), gather it all up in one lump. The best way to do this is place the tray in the fridge for a few moments – then, you can use the paper or tray itself, bending it and sticking both sides of the extract together until you eventually have one big lump – try not to use your hands for this. If the extract is incredibly sticky, place it in the freezer and keep repeating this until it’s done.
Step 5 – How to Purge BHO
Once you’ve put it all together, you need to flatten it as much as possible; bend the tray/paper in half and use your hands to flatten it until it’s more or less as thin as a coin. This makes it much easier to remove the gas that’s still trapped inside. Once this is done, you’ll need to place it in the desiccator, on top of its silicone mat/tray. Place the desiccator on the heating plaque at 40° and connect your vacuum pump. After a few seconds you’ll see your extract plump up like a balloon – don’t worry, simply wait for it to go down again.
Step 6 – Refining your Shatter
After everything is stable (around 1-2 hours) you’ll need to open the desiccator very slowly so that air doesn’t rush in too fast; if this happens, the extract may end up literally shattering in the desiccator. Once you’ve safely opened it up, turn the heating plaque on, remove your extract and ball it up again; if it goes soft and is easy to mold, you can chill it again like before. By doing this, you’re breaking the tension between the gas and the resin, which helps to purge the impurities left by the butane. After a while working your way through it, place it back in the desiccator; you need to do this until you’re sure there’s no more gas in the extract, a process which can last up to 3 days.
BHO Shatter Final Result
The resulting extract should be a thick, hard paste. In order to get that crystalized texture that looks so beautiful – like the one in the photo – you’ll need to put it in the fridge for a few hours until it looks like this. Then, you can break it into pieces and keep it in silicone containers to keep It as fresh as possible. Keep in mind that when heated or left in room temperature, it goes back to being soft. Light up your BHO rig and off you go!