Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It celebrates a miracle that happened over 2,000 years ago when the smallest cruse of olive oil lasted for eight nights, shedding its light from a menorah after the temple had been destroyed. Much of society has changed in the millennia since the destruction of the temple, but in honor of Jewish traditions, we celebrate our affinity towards the brightest beacon in the cannabis landscape: concentrates.
Similar to the Hanukkah miracle, just a small amount of hash oil can last for days or even weeks without you needing to return to your favorite dispensary. This of course varies from person to person depending on their tolerance, dosing, and method of consumption. And while there are no rules for what strains make the best concentrates, I have compiled a list with eight of my favorite strains that make crazy-good oil.
To better understand my selections, you should know what qualifications I look for when selecting a strain-specific concentrate. The first thing I concern myself with is the quality of the genetics and product used in extraction. Was the concentrate derived from trim or buds? Is it a killer phenotype of your favorite strain or is it some random bag seed? These considerations are paramount to capturing the best potency and complex flavors in oil form. The other major quality I analyze is the flavor profile of the strain. Concentrates not only condense the power of the cannabinoids, they also emphasize the immense spectrum of terpenes that cannabis can exude.
So keeping all that in mind, here are eight strains that can be used to make some quality hash oil. Mazel tov!
1. Kosher Kush
An obvious choice for thematic reasons, but the pungent, piney tones of skunky Kush flavors are also exactly what I look for when selecting Kush genetics. Any number of OG Kush varieties can produce a profound mixture of flavor and potency. Kosher Kush not only fits the profile, but even your rabbi will agree the resulting effects of this indica will leave you feeling blessed.
2. Sour Diesel
Besides the incredible euphoria and happy energy of its sativa effects, Sour Diesel also emits an expansive scope of flavors. The rich diesel and citrus tones provide an invigorating terpene profile that fascinates the senses. Some Sour D phenotypes exude the sugary qualities of lemon candy or subtle watermelon sweetness that makes for an extremely pleasurable dab.
Jillybean is a hybrid strain with such marvelous flavor combinations that I have a hard time passing it up no matter what form it is presented in. TGA Seeds have bred a stunning mix of Romulan, Orange Skunk, and Cinderella 99, and the tropical flavors of its parent strains turn Jillybean into a fruit salad of mango and orange. The creamsicle phenotype delivers a creamy orange mouthful of flavor that is especially nice when concentrated.
Durban Poison is a key ingredient to the unique and renowned flavor combination found in GSC (f.k.a Girl Scout Cookies). The intense sweetness and energetic effects make Durban Poison a perfect strain to help you stay active while the oversized resin glands and the thick coat of trichomes draw concentrate enthusiasts to this sativa. With crystalline trichomes that extend to almost all areas of the plant, the trim from Durban Poison can make concentrates comparable to so some lower-yielding, bud-run concentrates, supplying yet another reason to pick this poison.
5. Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze produces exceptional amounts of THC, making it a prime choice for concentrate production. The mellow cerebral buzz keeps one from being totally overwhelmed, even when hit with the forceful effects that cannabis oil is known to supply. Its citrus sweetness mixes with earthy Haze flavors that provide an elevated mood and will help you forget any troubles.
Speaking of exceptional THC content, how about Bruce Banner #3? The Incredible Hulk’s alter-ego has tested at over 25% according to High Times’ list of the “Earth’s Strongest Strains 2014.” While I have yet to personally experience this strain in concentrate form, the 3rd place prize at the 2014 Cannabis Cup held in Denver is enough to make me drool over the possibilities. The sweet skunky mix of pungent flavors deliver a euphoric buzz, while the high concentration of cannabinoids points towards exceptional yields once extracted.
Alaskan Thunder Fuck is great all-purpose strain. It is relatively forgiving to grow and the smoke is an earthy mix of pungent fruit flavors. I enjoy the way that extracts emphasize ATF’s diverse range of flavors and when properly purged, the oil created from Alaskan Thunder Fuck gives off a candied mix of citrus and banana flavors that are hard to ignore. The flavor is so compelling, you will have a hard a time putting this concentrate to rest before it does the same to you.
8. Sour Tsunami
With so much movement in our understanding of the therapeutic abilities of cannabinoids, it seems proper to highlight a high-CBD strain. While there are a number of choices for strains like Harlequin, ACDC, and Charlotte’s Web that induce CBD’s healing properties, I think Sour Tsunami brings the most intriguing and enjoyable flavor experience. With its genetic heritage of Sour Diesel and NYC Diesel, Sour Tsunami boasts an incredible mix of pungent diesel flavors to compound its ability to quell pain and epileptic seizures.
Have you tried any of these strain-specific concentrates? Do you have your own favorite strains to dabble with? Find and review your favorite strains with the Leafly Explorer and share your favorite cannabis varieties with your friends using #MyLeaf. Happy Holidays and Happy Hanukkah from your friends at Leafly!