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Extract the Facts: Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Concentrates

In 2018, THC extraction compromised 37 percent of all cannabis sales, outselling flower for the first time in history. According to BDS Analytics, cannabis concentrates outperformed flower in 2018 by 4 percent. This is a big leap from 2014 when flower dominated 67 percent of the legal Colorado market. 

Cannabis concentrates are becoming more and more popular every year. Users looking for a potent product are turning towards cannabis concentrates. Now, you can choose from plenty of different types of cannabis concentrates over more traditional forms of the plant. The list continues to grow at rapid rates, providing various consumption methods for cannabis smokers to choose from. 

Learn about different cannabis concentrates and how to use them in this comprehensive guide!

Why People Are Moving Towards Cannabis Concentrates

There are a couple of big reasons why people are gravitating towards cannabis concentrates. For one, as the market shifts from nicotine smoking to cannabis smoking, so does the drive to invest in potent products. 

Another driving force in the movement towards cannabis concentrates is efficiency. Concentrates are a very concentrated form of cannabis and can get you higher with less product. Essentially, cannabis concentrates are the equivalent of an alcoholic shot of THC.

Now let’s see what types of cannabis concentrates there are to choose from. 

Using Shatter

Shatter is one of the purest types of concentrates on the market. 

It is produced using a solvent to properly extract THC from the flowers in a process known as butane hash oil extraction. Shatter looks similar to a gold-colored piece of glass and has a consistency similar to hard candy. 

Shatter is extremely potent. Shatter requires the use of a dab rig so you can create a smooth vapor to inhale. 

Using Sugar Wax

Sugar wax is another THC extraction that is made through butane extraction. It looks exactly as it sounds — sticky, shiny, and crumbly. It’s a fan favorite since it is potent and enjoyable to consume. 

Cannabis concentrates that contain terpenes are the best for making sugar wax. If you are attempting to make shatter, it can sometimes become wax due to the terpene contents.

Using Tinctures

Tinctures are a convenient and non-abrasive alternative to smoking cannabis. They come in a dropper bottle with a mixture of THC extract and alcohol. They’re simple to use and you can find a wide variety, both flavored and non-flavored, on our online menu. Many people prefer CBD tinctures, which have little to no THC to receive medicinal benefits without getting high. Tinctures are not only fast-acting, but very versatile. You can use tinctures in most foods or beverages to essentially create your own edibles at home. 

Using Budder

Budder is a cross between shatter and wax. It is also produced using butane hash oil extraction. 

What makes it different, is its purity. Budder has fewer cannabinoids, but is much denser in terpenes. Budder is also not as solid as shatter, it has more of a wax-like texture. 

To safely use budder, place it into a dab rig or add it to a pre-roll then enjoy.  

Using Hash Oils

Butane hash oils offer a wide variety of cannabis concentrates, such as shatter, crumble, and budder. When you think of cannabis concentrates, this is typically what comes to mind. They’re also designed for those with higher THC tolerance than average smokers, as they are often far more potent. 

BHOs are created through a solvent such as butane or CO2 blended with freshly ground plants. Then, using the solvent traction method, the essential oils get stripped from the plant and the butane gets boiled off. This results in a highlight concentrated, sticky substance. 

That concentrated substance may contain up to 70-90 percent of THC, which is much more than the typical 20 percent THC from flower. 

Another form of hash oil is shatter. It resembles a golden piece of glass and is one of the more popular cannabis concentrates on the market because of its appearance. Shatter is created by avoiding agitation and is spread onto a tray to harden. 

Other popular cannabis concentrates include rosin, batter (different than budder), crumble, and diamonds.

The Future of Cannabis Concentrates

As the cannabis market continues to grow, people are looking for new ways to consume cannabis rather than just smoking traditional flower. With the growing variety of cannabis concentrates, people are being introduced to better priced, more potent forms of cannabis. Find a cannabis concentrate that suits you by ordering cannabis online. Our delivery service is available to all of Metropolitan Las Vegas and runs 24/7 for all of your cannabis needs.

New Year, New Weed: The Top Marijuana Strains Coming in 2020

If 2019 taught us anything, it’s that the marijuana business is growing along with its variety of top marijuana strains.

Illinois became the eleventh state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes in January. Many other states changed laws concerning marijuana and the workplace, making developments that erred on the side of leniency and acceptance.

And a handful of others—Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and several more—are geared towards legalization in 2020.

With these developments come new varietals as technology grows and stigmas lessen. Cultivators are crossing bud types left and right, producing fantastic new strains that harness some new favorites.

So, if you happen to hit up a dispensary this year, here are a few new and classic stand-out strains to keep an eye out for!

Hybrids

Hybrids are arguably some of the most popular varietals out there, as they’re handcrafted by growers to produce unique flavors and effects.

This can be anything from reducing anxiety to easing adverse symptoms of chemotherapy

Hybrids are a combination of Indica and Sativa—the THC content and levels of Indica vs. Sativa vary from strain to strain. Your Thrive budtender will be happy to explain what the expected effects are.

Here are some great hybrids to look out for in 2020.

Sour Banana Sherbert

The Green & Gold Sour Banana Sherbert strain is a sweet bud that produces equal feelings of relaxation and euphoria or creativity.

This strain sits at about 27% THC, making this a heavy hitter. The hybrid strain is a cross between sour diesel and banana sherbert, which creates a unique aroma, flavor, and feeling.

Animal Cookies

This hybrid strain is a cross between GSC x Fire OG, producing a pleasant, body-melting head high that helps alleviate depression, headaches, and body pain.

This strain is about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

Dream Queen

Here we have a 19.8% THC level.

Dream Queen by Matrix is a combination of Blue Dream and Space Queen.

If you like a musky, fruity, and earthy bud—this strain’s for you. Feel like your flying among the stars with its euphoric and spacey cerebral effect. 

Indicas

Indica strains produce those feel-good, cozy effects. This makes Indica buds intensely relaxing, helping to increase appetite while lowering pain levels or feelings of nausea. The following are some stand-out Indicas of 2020.

Irene

This beautiful purple bud is very soothing and sits at a THC level of almost 23%.

Expect your classic physical and mental relaxation with this strain. It also has the added benefit of being an excellent mood enhancer.

Banana OG

This 24% THC strain is an indicant-dominant hybrid of OG Kush x Banana.

This “creeper” (meaning, the effects set in a while after the first hit) deserves its name, as its aroma resembles yummy over-ripe bananas. Careful of overdoing it, as its effects will sneak up on you—leaving you every bit as comatose as one might expect from a potent Indica.

Try this if you are looking for pain relief, appetite stimulation, or a night of restful sleep.

Black Mamba

The strain sits at about 23.62% THC and 0.03% CBD.

Its flavor can be described as fruity, skunky, and sweet—a yummy cross of classic Indica flavors.

Try it in the nighttime, as its effects are relaxing and sleepy while offering pain relief and euphoria.

Sativas

Sativas often, but not always, have higher levels of THC with lower levels of CBD.

This potent mix produces a “mind high” that’s uppity, exciting, and energizing.

A Sativa’s effect helps you feel creative and productive instead of overly relaxed. That’s why Sativas are an excellent daytime option, as they stave off lethargic feelings while promoting an upbeat high.

Here are some 2020 go-to’s.

Mimosa

This higher-level THC strain sits at about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

It’s a beautiful high, offering feelings of alertness, energy, and euphoria. This makes it a perfect daytime strain, as any great Sativa should be.

Mimosa has won many Cannabis Cups, making it a significant player into 2020 as well.

This trending Sativa is a cross of Clementine x Purple Punch—which makes its flavor an exciting mix of Hawaiian Punch with citrus. 

If you want to stay clear-headed and focused, this strain’s for you. Expect pleasant anxiety relief, too.

Snow Dawg

This strain’s THC level sits a little lower, at about 20.23%.

It’s also its own complex mix of strains. The formula comes down to (Chem Sister x Sagarmatha’s Bubbleberry) x (Mass. Super Skunk x Oregon Sno). Try and keep that straight!

However, the name Snow Dawg or G6 is good enough for your local budtenders, who will hook you up with this excellent strain from the notorious Chemdawg family. 

It’s both fruity and citrusy, and most people choose it for its relief of stress and tension. It’s also a great daytime strain, reducing social anxieties, work pressures, or life stressors.

Candyland

Don’t let the name fool you—this strain is more hard-hitting than one might think!

Candyland is a Sativa with about 22% THC. Its flavors are classic Sativa—sweet and citrusy—with just the effects you might hope for: daytime alertness, feel-good happiness, and a burst of energy.

It’s a potent, California-bred strain that mixes Granddaddy Purple x Bay Area Platinum Cookies. If you love the taste of pink lemonade, you’ll love the taste of this bud. 

Try it out if you’re looking for a creative, social strain that doesn’t keep you glued to the couch.

Enjoy These Top Marijuana Strains!

This list is certainly not exhaustive—the year is young, and there’s much more cannabis greatness to come in 2020.

If you’re in the Las Vegas or Reno area and looking for some of these top marijuana strains, swing by one of our four Thrive locations.

We offer a variety of fantastic deals every single day with our Thrive Daily Deals. Come get your edibles, concentrates, flower, and pre-rolls at your one-stop cannabis dispensary.

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Blue Dream

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There’s one name that consistently comes up in the legal cannabis community and with very good reason. Blue Dream has been the #1 seller in Colorado, California, and Washington for years according to BDS analytics, and continues to be the most reviewed strain on Leafly.com to this day. Some attribute this to the strain’s ubiquity, others to strong marketing. There could be many reasons for its popularity but there’s no debate to its quality-Blue Dream is fantastic, and Thrive Cannabis Marketplace is the place to buy it!

WHAT IS BLUE DREAM?

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid created by crossing breeding Blueberry and Haze strains. It inherits the mind energizing traits of the Haze sativa with the full-body sedation from Blueberry’s indica heritage. The result is a THC heavy nugget that’s a perfect smoke for creative types or working people looking to alleviate pain while increasing production.

The buds are dense and heavily peppered with sugary trichomes. They tend to be light green with long, peach-colored pistils that carry an aroma redolent of mixed berries and sweet sandalwood.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The flavor and aroma of Blue Dream smoke is unique and easily recognizable. The scent is best described as sweet and sugary with the slightest hint of cheese. The smoke is very smooth and tastes of musty berries.

When Blue Dream is smoked, the amazing effects are felt almost instantly. Many Blue Dream reviews describe the mental alertness as similar to a cup of coffee, with strong motivation and creative energy noticeable in most users. Many describe getting lost in tasks including cleaning, organizing, and workplace activities all while experiencing a body buzz that dulls even chronic aches and pains. The energy isn’t manic, though, as most users describe the prevalence of a calm euphoria while using this strain.

DOES BLUE DREAM HAVE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS?

Yes!!! Blue Dream effects are both body-heavy and energizing to the mind, making it ideal for daytime medication of pain, depression, and PTSD. Users have also reported excellent results for menstrual cramping and relief of physical and emotional symptoms of menopause.

Those who suffer from anxiety disorders may find Blue Dream to be a good fit, as the mind is energized and alert, but not paranoid or “racy” as a pure sativa would be. Of course, it’s always best for those with anxiety to start with a small hit and be cautious not to take too much to avoid panic.

Find Blue Dream in Las Vegas

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace carries the best phenotype of Blue Dream in Las Vegas, and at a fair price of only $11 a gram. Visit our marijuana dispensary in North Las Vegas or our Downtown dispensary, and start living the Dream today!

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Sour Kosher

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The Sour Kosher strain is the royal offspring of the cannabis power couple of Kosher Kush and Sour Diesel. The resulting buds are extremely potent and encrusted in crystalline trichomes. This makes them the perfect base for our Sour Kosher Live Resin Vape Cartridges available at our North Las Vegas dispensary.

ORIGINS

DNA Genetics, a legend in the top shelf cannabis cultivation community, is responsible for the breeding of Sour Kosher. The lineage of the strain contains several powerhouse names that read like a celebrity marijuana family tree.

  • Sour Diesel’s story begins as an international amalgam of Columbian Landrace, Afghani and Acapulco Gold Landrace strains. These created the first Skunk strain, whose genetics were eventually bred into Massachusetts Super Skunk. Legend has it that a grow-op had perfected New York City Diesel from its Chem Dawg (Chemdog) parents when MA Super Skunk accidentally pollinated the crop. This happy accident resulted in Sour Diesel-The pride of NYC.
  • Kosher Kush is an indica and is considered one of the best tasting and most pungent derivatives of OG Kush around. It was the winner of High Times’ Cannabis Cup for two straight years and also won Best Strain of 2011. Kosher Kush is the only strain known to be grown in kosher conditions where a rabbi blesses the seeds and resulting adult plants.

WHY CONVERT SOUR KOSHER TO OIL CARTRIDGES?

Sour Kush Concentrates are considered superior in flavor to their combustible counterparts, and the high is more cerebral and less “stony” according to many Sour Kosher strain reviews. We’ve taken these concentrates to the next level by providing them in cartridges that are compatible with any 510 sized battery.

We love our Live Resin vape cartridges for many reasons.

  • They’re easy to use. Simply screw the cartridge into any 510 battery or box mod and enjoy. No lighter or complicated paraphernalia are necessary.
  • They’re portable and discrete. Grab and go without worry of odor or the obvious signs of cannabis.
  • They’re easy to dose consistently and responsibly. Push the button for as long as it takes, inhale, and repeat as necessary.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our Sour Kosher extract is crafted with full terpene retention and prime potency. Expect intense flavors of citrus, wood, and diesel. The effects are well balanced, leaning to the side of an uplifting sativa experience. It comes on rapidly and can be somewhat “heady” at first. As the effects Sour Kosher effects progress, a warm, physical body stone increases offering superior pain and anxiety relief.

You’re going to love Thrive Cannabis Marketplace’s Sour Kosher Cartridges. Contact us for more information, or stop by our Thrive dispensary in Downtown Las Vegas to try it for yourself!

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Blue Maui Vape Cartridges by Polaris

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace provides Polaris brand Blue Maui vape cartridges

Blue Maui is here! This relatively new strain is taking the recreational cannabis and medical marijuana communities by storm, and now you can experience it for yourself. Thrive Cannabis Marketplace is excited to provide our customers with Polaris brand Blue Maui vape cartridges that are compatible with any 510 thread battery for a discrete and convenient vaping experience.

What Is Blue Maui?

Blue Maui is a hybrid of two iconic strains-Blue Dream and Maui Waui. Both strains are adored by recreational users for their happy and euphoric effects, and the hybrid of the two only intensifies these feelings of bliss.

Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid of Blueberry Indica and Sativa Haze. Maui Waui is a classic sativa. The two combine to create a mellow, sativa-dominant hybrid that’s well balanced in its physical effects.

Blue Maui Effects

Most Blue Maui strain reviews agree that this strain is mellow, yet energizing with a minimum of anxiety or paranoia. The user first experiences a visually stimulating and euphoric “head buzz” that’s shortly followed by a warm, “body high” from head to toe that lasts for quite some time. The consensus among fans is that, in the right doses, this strain completely puts the body and mind at ease.

Blue dream is known in creative communities to be one of the more inspiring strains, and Blue Maui adopts this trait by instilling creative energy in the user. This trait makes it fantastic for daytime use with writers, artists, designers and any others that wish to increase motivation and creative production.

Medical users should look to Blue Maui first when aiming to alleviate stress, depression, and chronic pain. Those who suffer from PTSD may find it to be a fantastic daytime medication as the heady effects work well to lift moods and moderate panic while the energy provided allows for normal day-to-day functioning.

Remember to keep hydrated, as the strain can cause dry eyes and cottonmouth.

Polaris Vape Cartridges

Polaris’ 510 thread cartridges are the strongest, solvent-free CO2 cartridges available in Nevada. Their full spectrum Blue Maui vape cartridges contain 100% premium grade cannabis oil with all natural terpenes that duplicate the strain’s rich flavors with every drag. Expect a sweet, smooth inhale and robust flavors of pineapple, tropical fruits, blueberry, and pine when exhaling. 1-2 puffs should be all you need to experience the creative and therapeutic magic of Blue Maui.

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace is proud of our large assortment of high-quality vape cartridges, and we look forward to helping you choose the one that’s perfect for you. Contact us with your questions, or stop by our Thrive Cannabis Marketplace in North Las Vegas or Downtown dispensary to speak to us face to face.

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Skywalker OG

Skywalker OG

Do you need a break from battling the Dark Side of the Force? Whether you need an escape from stress or depression, relief from your pain, or simply an opportunity to relax, Skywalker OG is the hero you need. The Skywalker OG strain of marijuana is a powerful indica-dominant hybrid that is sure to chase away all of the evil that plagues you, available at our Cannabis dispensary in North Las Vegas.

Appearance

Like other indica-dominant hybrids, Skywalker OG is a shorter, fuller plant that produces tight buds with furry orange hairs and a delicate white sugar coating of trichomes. Also known as Skywalker OG Kush or Skywalker Kush due to the strain’s parentage, Skywalker OG is an earthy, spicy bud with a strong aroma of pine. It’s known for its smooth smoke, sweet and spicy flavor, and herbal aftertaste when smoked.

Origins

You may have heard a rumor that there is another Skywalker. There are two more, actually: Skywalker OG’s father, a classic mellow indica known simply as Skywalker, which was crossed with OG Kush to make Skywalker OG, and a sativa-dominant hybrid that is also sometimes referred to as Skywalker. Some cannabis connoisseurs believe this latter, sativa-dominant strain to be the original Skywalker, adding to the family drama.

What to Expect

Skywalker OG is known for its heady effects. With an average of 20 to 25 percent THC, this hybrid is well known for the euphoria, relaxation, and couch lock it produces. These qualities make it a favorite for those combating stress or depression, as well as physical maladies such as chronic pain. The strong effects of the munchies also make this an ideal strain for improving appetite. Use with caution, however: Skywalker OG produces a strong enough high that it’s best used at the end of the day, perhaps even to hasten sleep. In the words of Han Solo: “Let’s blow this thing and go home!”

Where to Find Skywalker OG in Las Vegas

When buying top-shelf marijuana like Skywalker OG, it’s important to visit a reputable dispensary to ensure you’re getting the Skywalker you bargained for. Our experienced staff can also help you determine whether this is the right bud for you, better than just reading a Skywalker OG strain review online. For more information about the particulars of this strain, or to discuss our extensive menu with one of our expert staff, stop in today at one of our Cannabis stores in Downtown Las Vegas.

May the Force be with you. Always.

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