There are two types of concentrates: nug run and trim run concentrates. However, they differ in quality and by the extraction method. Both nug run and trim run are cannabis concentrates, but nug run concentrates are produced from cannabis buds whereas trim run are produced using leaves and other material coming from parts of the cannabis plant that have been removed from harvested plants.

From these two concentrates, nug run ones are the “high-quality” one while nug run ones are considered the cheaper version.

What is Nug Run?

Nug run concentrates uses only cannabis buds in the extraction process. The cannabis buds have higher concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes than other parts of the cannabis plant. Therefore, nug run cannabis concentrates are of better quality than trim run concentrates.

The extraction process is very similar for nug run and trim run and the only difference is the part of the cannabis plant used in the process.

What is Trim Run?

Trim run concentrates are produced using cannabis leaves, stems and other materials that have not been used in the harvesting process. Leaves contain small amounts of cannabinoids, so they are not useless. The small leaves that grow among the buds are richer in cannabinoids than bigger cannabis leaves. Even though the buds contain the highest concentrations of cannabinoids, trichomes are also found in other parts of the plant.

There are many ways to extract cannabinoids from leaves and sugar leaves. For example, solvent based methods such as butane hash oil extraction or propane hash oil extraction.

Nug Run vs Trim Run: Which One is Better?

We have already explained that there are solvent and solvent-free extraction methods. In our article about propane hash oil, we mentioned that many cannabis users prefer solvent-free methods as they consider them “cleaner”. Nonetheless, if done correctly solvent extraction methods are safe. These methods usually employ butane and/or propane as a solvent. Nug run and trim run are extracted using the same process.

However, as mentioned above, nug run uses only cannabis parts that are high in trichomes, i.e. cannabis buds. On the other hand, trum run uses other parts of the plant with lower concentrations of trichomes. Consequently, nug run is a product of better quality. In short, it has higher concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and aromas.

Nug run is richer in aroma, so if your product lacks a strong scent, then it’s possible it was made from trim run instead of nug run. The same applies to taste. Nug run is more potent and intense. In addition, nug run has a more intense amber gold color whereas trim run is darker in color with more impurities. Trim run could be greenish and brown. In summary, nug run is more potent (both flavor and aroma) with a translucent amber gold color. On the other hand, you will notice that trim run is darker in color and its aroma and flavor are not as intense.

Conclusion: Nug Run vs Trim Run

The main difference is that nug run is produced from cannabis buds and trim run is produced using leaves and other material coming from parts of the cannabis plant that have been removed from harvested plants.

Nug run is a product of better quality, which means higher concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. In addition, it has a more potent aroma and flavor.

Despite their differences in quality, both types are extracted using the same methods. For example, using solvents such as butane or propane. Moreover, it’s also possible to use other solvents such as ethanol or solvent-free extraction methods like supercritical CO2.