Cannabis is most commonly consumed as a flower, so many growers focus on achieving high yields to increase profits. But some prefer to focus on the burgeoning concentrate market.
Growing for concentrates is slightly different than growing flowers because the ultimate goal is to have a plant that produces many trichomes so that you have that flower then processed. Trichomes are the glandular crystals that form on cannabis buds that contain cannabinoids and terpenes. They can also be referred to as resin, crystals or sugar.
The cost to ship the material to be processed for concentrates can be a financial deterrent for some growers; however, with rosin technology, many growers are now able to transform their concentrates to obtain high-end oil.
What makes an excellent plant for concentrates
If you’re going to concentrate the flavours of a variety, it’s better to start with something that already has a delicious and high taste that you like.
To get a good concentrate, you have to start with an edible flower. The best concentrates are extracted from a quality flower that produces heads of bulbous trichomes.
Plants that produce heads of large trichomes will have more oils, which in turn can contain more cannabinoids and terpenes.
It is particularly essential to have large trichome heads when making the solventless hash because they will break down more quickly in the hash making process.
Strains with multiple terpene profiles can produce unique flavours. Sometimes it’s worth exchanging a high return for the novelty: complexity and rarity can be a high concentrate. If you have a special effort, turning it into a focus can make you appreciate its subtle qualities even further.