Cannabis concentrates are a great way to get more out of your marijuana enjoyment. As the name suggests, these are concentrated extracts of CBD and THC as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes. The extracts produce a few different potencies.
Being such a different product than cannabis bud, it’s understandable that many people have burning questions about these extracts and how to properly use them.
Here, we’re going to dissect concentrates, so you can become more familiar with what they are and how to enjoy them. Soon enough, you’ll be ordering own concentrates from our site! Read on…
Cannabis Concentrates: What Are They?
Ready for a science lesson? In a tricky process, the trichomes and resin of the cannabis plant are separated from the flower, thus extracting all the good stuff (terpenes and cannabinoids) and throwing the bulky and technically unnecessary plant material to the side.
While most flowers have about 20 to 30 percent THC, concentrates have anywhere from 80 to 90 percent. These powerful products are then used in a whole array of other cannabis products like tinctures, edibles, and oils.
However, you don’t have to add it to anything to use it — you can enjoy the power of concentrates on their own by inhaling them with a dab rig, vaporizer, or vaporizer pen. Inhaling concentrates results in strong effects for anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. The decision to smoke or vape concentrates is an easy one.
Kinds of Concentrates
The type of concentrate depends on the chemicals used in the process and the plant part that is used. Here are the different options:
- Hashish – This is the most well-known kind, referring to the product that results from separating the plant’s trichomes from its materials and molding the resin into a mass. Some of the different types of hash include bubble hash Lebanese, Charas hash, Afghani royal hash, Moroccan slate hash, and super Nepalese hash.
This is best used by smoking or eating. You can use hash to make delicious treats like brownies, or you can smoke it in a bong, pipe, or hookah.
- Kief – The simplest form of concentrate, kief is the powdery material that begins to collect over time at the bottom of a weed grinder. This is a super-potent extract, as it’s essentially just trichomes that have separated themselves from the pack.
Try using kief on top of a joint, bowl, or bong for a stronger and slower burning experience.
- Rosin – Rosin is a solid-form resin made by simply applying heat and pressure to the flower. Usually, it’s made with an industrial press, but it’s not too hard to make at home with just a simple hair straightener.
Use rosin by rolling it out into a long snake-shape to add to joints or blunts, or just blend it with ground flower in a bowl.
- Hash Oil – This type uses alcohol to wash off any trichomes and then is heated to remove the alcohol, leaving just the plant’s extract. This is the original way to make cannabis oil.
It’s great to use this by smoking or eating — your choice!
- Shatter – Shatter (also known as dabs) are the purest and most potent form of concentrate. Most commonly, this is made using butane to extract the concentrates. Butane or another solvent acts as an extractor. Just note that using them can be quite dangerous so leave this one to the experts. What you’ll end up with is a glassy-looking product similar to hard candy that can be broken off into smaller pieces to vape.
Shatter can be difficult to use, so stick to common ways of vaporizing shatter.
Getting the Most Out of Concentrate Use
One key note – measure your cannabis dose wisely.
Inhaling: You can easily inhale it by mixing the concentrates with bud and smoking as normal.
Vaporizing: One of the healthiest ways to consume, you can vaporize the concentrates to experience a pure high without inhaling unnecessary toxins or exposing your lungs to higher temperatures. Vaping marijuana is much healthier than smoking.
Dabbing: This is quickly becoming the most popular way to use it, as it only requires the right equipment and the concentrate itself. To dab, you must heat up the “nail,” or the metal or glass area where you’ll place the concentrate using a torch. Then, drop it onto the heated area and inhale the smoke that’s created once it contacts the heat.
Edibles: You can also enjoy concentrates by consuming them orally through edibles and tinctures. Edibles require digesting the product whereas tinctures are just placed underneath the tongue or added to food. You can also use cannabis distillate to make edibles, or just eat it.
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