Cannabis is most commonly consumed in the form of a flower, so many growers focus on getting high yields to increase profits. But some prefer to focus on the thriving concentrate market.
Cultivating for concentrates is slightly different from growing for flowers because the ultimate goal is to have a plant that produces many trichomes, so that the flower is 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 of shipping 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 process their concentrates to obtain high-end oil.
What makes a good plant for concentrates
If you plan on concentrating the flavors of a variety, it is best to start with something that already has a delicious, high flavor that you like.
To get a good concentrate, you need to start with a good flower. The best concentrates are extracted from a quality flower that produces bulbous trichome heads.
Plants that produce large trichome heads will have more oils, which in turn may contain more cannabinoids and terpenes, making them capable of producing more flavorful concentrates.
It is especially important to have large trichome heads when performing solventless hash because they will break off more easily in the hashmaking process.