Cannabis Concentrates for Experts

Cannabis concentrates, oils, and extracts offer many unique benefits that you won’t find smoking flower. From easy, precise dosing to clean and refined flavors, concentrates focus on the ingredients in cannabis that matter most. In this 4-part series, you’ll learn the fundamentals of concentrates, explore product options, discover how extracts are made, and more. 


In the first three parts of this series, you’ve learned the basics of cannabis concentrates, how they’re made, and the various types of extracts available. Now, we’re diving deep into the finer details that’ll help you grow into an expert of extracts.

Read on to learn more about achieving high-quality extracts with nuances that only a concentrate connoisseur can truly appreciate.

Jump to Section:

  • How Starting Material Affects Concentrates
    • Trim Run
    • Nug Run
    • Live Resin
  • Full Spectrum vs. Isolates
    • Full-Spectrum Extracts
    • Isolates
    • Diamonds
    • Sauce

How Starting Material Affects Concentrates

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The overall quality of a concentrate ultimately depends on the cannabis from which it is derived. In other words, the source material being extracted defines the ceiling of quality and complexity. For this reason, many concentrate products will indicate the quality of the starting material, which we’ll explore below.

Trim Run

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Trim run refers to concentrates that began as trim from a cannabis harvest—specifically, the loose leaves that are still covered with cannabinoid-rich resin. What would otherwise become waste is turned into great—and often affordable—concentrated products.

Trim is a popular starting material for hydrocarbon and distillate products because extractors can efficiently strip away the less desirable traits that trim might possess.

Nug Run