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The Best Cannabis Concentrates in Colorado According to Budtenders

July 9, 2018
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On July 10—or 7/10—we celebrate potent, mind-blowing, cannabis concentrates! I spoke with budtenders to get the low-down on the best concentrates for dabbing in Colorado. Here’s what products they recommend and where you can find them.

Kush Masters Live Resin

The best weed concentrates according to Colorado budtenders #1: Kush Masters Live Resin

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Most cannabis connoisseurs consider live resin to be the best concentrate around, and that’s reflected in its price—a gram usually costs between $40 and $80. Justin, a budtender at L’Eagle Services, told me that the amazing taste makes it worth the expense.

Kush Masters makes some of the best live resin in Colorado. Their concentrates contain a lot of terpene-rich “sauce,” which Chanel—a budtender at The Station in Boulder—says makes them more flavorful than other brands. Danielle, the concentrate buyer at Starbuds in Louisville, says that Kush Masters’ live resin usually has a higher THC content than other brands.

You can dab the crystals for a strong, stoney effect while dabbing the terp sauce provides a mellow, flavor-rich experience. Chanel likes to mix terpene sauce with CBDA crystals for a relaxing, flavorful experience.


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Green Dot Labs Live Resin

The best weed concentrates according to Colorado budtenders #2: Green Dot Labs Live Resin

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Concentrate quality can vary greatly, and a lot of this has to do with the source material. As Matthew, a budtender at Kind Love says, “Trash in, trash out!” The best concentrates come from buds that have been lovingly tended to create oil-rich trichomes and lots of terpenes. That’s what Green Dot Labs is all about: whole-plant extract and no distillate.

Green Dot Labs’ live resin is high in terpenes and features big, stellar crystals. Several high-end dispensaries use Green Dot Labs to make their live resin, including House of Dankness in Denver and Golden Leaf in Steamboat Springs. Green Dot also makes Black Label live resin from plants they grow themselves.

Their live resin retails between $30 and $55 per gram.

Kama Ice Wax

The best cannabis concentrates according to Colorado budtenders #3: Kama Ice Wax

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If you want to dab a super clean concentrate, solventless ice wax is the way to go. It has an average THC content of 75% and costs between $25 and $50 per gram.

Since solventless extraction typically doesn’t require much equipment, many dispensaries make their own in-house. A good place to get started is Kind Love. Their KAMA Ice Wax is clean, clear, and terpene-rich.


The many types of solventless cannabis extracts

Craft 710 Concentrates

The best marijuana concentrates according to Colorado budtenders #4: Craft 710 Concentrates

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Danielle from Starbuds in Louisville recommends that concentrate newbies start with butane hash oil (BHO) or propane hash oil (PHO) concentrates. The lower price means you don’t have to invest a lot of money to find out whether concentrates are your thing.

Several of the budtenders I spoke with recommend Craft 710 BHO and PHO concentrates. Kirstie at Ajoya says that Craft 710 makes an excellent PHO extract. The sugary texture makes it easy to dab and produces a thick, flavorful smoke. Craft 710 concentrates can sometimes be found for as low as $20 per gram, making them the best concentrate for budget-conscious dabbers.

West Edison Concentrates

The best marijuana concentrates according to Colorado budtenders #5: West Edison Concentrates

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Danielle, the concentrate buyer from Starbuds in Louisville, recommends West Edison concentrates for newbies. They offer a variety of strains, are affordable, and are always honest about how their products are processed. As a bonus, West Edison tests their concentrates for CBN and CBG in addition to THC and CBD.

A gram will usually cost you between $20 and $30.

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Karen Getchell

Karen Getchell has been a cannabis educator and patient advocate for nearly 20 years. She is the co-founder of Byron's Botanicals, a hemp-derived CBD-infused product manufacturer.

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  • P.H. Bridegroom (GoldenLion137

    This is just such a poorly written and researched list. Every person who is in the business of profiting from the cannabis industry will feed everyone the lies about how “amazing” live resin is and how the much much higher priced products are superior in every way. Fact is they’re the same as every other product: dependant on the company that produces it and the dispensary that sells it. You can get 2 products of the same brand from 2 different places and end with 2 different levels of quality. And if you’re looking for a product to stretch, the pricier items are the first to run dry. West Edison crumbles are some of THE best products on the market and they’re available from far more stores than is listed here. If you cannot find a decent product at a low price point, chances are high the high price point will be just as bad or not worth it at all.

    Ripe Dispensary in Southern Pueblo carries it and they’re one of the best dispensaries in all of southern Colorado.
    Side note: finally tried ice wax, nothing special. Cannabis maximus produced the best terp sauce to ever exist and they aren’t around anymore.

    • Zachariah J

      Double Black Concentrates has some of the most amazing products I’ve found you should try to find some of their stuff, they are based out of Carbondale. I’ve been a medical patient for nearly 8 years and they excel in my opinion, be sure you ask your budtender what the consistency is like as they have various options for crystal size and terp sauce ratio. You are correct that price doesn’t dictate quality and I will say I very much enjoyed the Cannabis Maximus products, Double Black definitely delivers on both quality and pricing every time in my opinion.

  • Dmember

    Thanks to both commenters here for the warnings and good info.

  • pacific dispensary

    Great tips as well, thanks. Mike Koski Budtender – Phone/WhatsApp: +1 347-378-8601