Today we will be going over the differences between BHO textures: shatter, wax and sugar. If you haven’t read our blogs on butane hash oil basics or how this concentrate is extracted, check those out to learn more and catch up!

Surprisingly to some, the extraction process is exactly the same with sugar, shatter and wax. It’s what we do with the oil after it’s extracted that separates the three!

BHO Sugar

Sugar is identified by its sparkly crystalline appearance, and is the most flavorful type of concentrate. Specific strains contain large amounts of terpenes, which create a very suitable environment for THCa to crystallize once extracted. 


Once the terpene-rich concentrate is removed from the collection base, it’s spread out on parchment paper to allow it to crystallize. The crystallization process is called nucleation and leaves us with a concentrate resembling wet sugar. 

Further whipping of this concentrate causes nucleation to continue – resulting in a fluffy, sparkly concentrate. This whipped sugar is now put into the oven to purge out any remaining solvents.


Wax can come in a variety of different textures – buttery, crumbly, or sugary. 

Mob Angel Wax 3

This aptly named concentrate is put into an oven to purge after removing it from the collection base, but isn’t vacuumed. Once taken out of the oven, it’s whipped. Wax typically tests higher in THCa, but lower in terpenes – resulting in a fluffy, more dry texture. Both the purging and whipping processes force any remaining butane to evaporate. 

BHO Shatter

Shatter typically resembles glass, or “melted Jolly Rancher” in appearance and texture.

Lemon G Shatter

This concentrate undergoes a lengthy purge, heat, cool, repeat process. Once removed from the collection tank, the concentrate is placed in a vacuum oven where it is purged of solvents. Any remaining butane will bubble up and disappear as the concentrate flattens, resulting in the commonly-seen swiss cheese appearance. This multiple-day process causes the extracted oil to condense into a brittle, glassy consistency. 


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