Here at Elemental, we’re proud to offer a plethora of amazing oil extracts for our members to choose from. Whether you’re looking for saucy or crumbly, shattery or oily, we have you covered with one of the South Bay’s most expansive extract selections. The only downside to such a wide array of products is that it can sometimes be confusing to keep track of all the names, and what those names imply. To help you navigate our concentrate menu better, we’ve whipped up a brief summary of the terms used to describe our products.


To begin, we currently group our extracts into four main categories: Resin, Wax, Shatter, and Sauce. The exact definitions of these classes are a bit subjective, and may even vary slightly from region to region, but the folks at Kind Pen, Leafly, and Royal Queen Seeds comprehensively offer what we consider to be a fair breakdown:


Resin:Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate that is manufactured using a technique that takes freshly harvested cannabis and freezes it to subcritical temperatures prior to and throughout the extraction process. Where these methods differ from other extraction processes is in the amount of time harvested cannabis plants are allowed to dry and cure before the extraction.”


Wax:A cannabis concentrate that closely resembles honey is called wax. Even if you’re not a concentrate buff, you’ve probably seen it before – wax is easy to come by and it’s one of the most popular dabs in use. The most common way of using waxes is with the help of either a dab rig or a personal vaporizer.”


Shatter: “If you’ve ever encountered a glass-type concentrate that reminds you of caramel candy, then you know what shatter is. Its glass consistency is where the name is derived from -- it’s mostly created from BHO and PHO extracts and has high levels of THC and CBD. Shatter can’t be smoked easily because of its high evaporation point. Generally, you will have to use either a butane torch or a nail rig that you can heat up to 600 F before you can vaporize shatter.”


Sauce: “Genuine sauce preserves all of the molecules locked in every trichome for a more complete cannabinoid and terpene extract. This is not just another high-THC concentrate. It resembles applesauce with granules of sugar floating in it. The crystals are actually THCA and the syrupy liquid is rich in terpenes.


In addition to these four main categories, you’ll notice one of two prefixes added to each of these terms: either ‘Cured’ or ‘Live.’


If the starting material is fresh and/or fresh frozen upon use for the manufacturing of an extract, that extract is then considered ‘Live.’ If the starting material was dried, aged, or cured it is no longer considered Live, but is then considered ‘Cured.’ Live products hold a higher price value then cured products do as the terpene content and "freshness" of the material is better.


Here are some real-life examples of products you’ll find on the EWC menu: Cherry OG Live Sauce, Blue Dream Cured Sauce, GDP Cured Shatter, Headband Live Resin, etc.


We hope you now have a better understanding of how our extract nomenclature is organized here at EWC; you can view our full oil extract menu here. If you ever have any questions regarding this or anything else, don’t hesitate to ask your consultant at the counter!