Cannabis concentrates have been used throughout human history. Their current meteoric rise in popularity is due, in large part, to modern technology and the ingenuity of cannabis consumers, which have jointly ushered us into the golden age of concentrates. As one Michigan dispensary owner observes, “Concentrates have taken over the cannabis community.” According to Rhory Gould of the Arborside dispensary in Ann Arbor: “Concentrated cannabis can generate up to 40 percent of our sales in the form of wax, oil, hashish, kief, e-pens and edibles made with concentrates.”
Those are the facts. But exactly how and why this happened merits examination—and, most importantly, so does the question of what this means for the future of cannabis. Exploring the most popular types of concentrates, how they’re made, and the history of concentrating cannabis can provide a better understanding of the current market and where it’s headed.