Cannabis concentrates are the popular product in the cannabis industry. Essentially, concentrates are extractions of the most desired compounds of the cannabis plant. Concentrates have increased potency over flowers, meaning that less product is needed to get the same effect. Most cannabis plants have strains that are topping out at between 20-30% THC. A concentrate may have up to and in some cases, beyond 75% THC.
Concentrates are powerful, which means there are new benefits and risks to using these products. Here are some things to consider.
Benefits and Risks
You can use less concentrate to get relief when compared to flowers. This high potency allows for more efficient and quicker delivery, and therefore, relief of medical symptoms.
Concentrates also tend to have a better flavor than smoking the herb directly. Consuming concentrates via a dab rig or a vaporizer is also more discreet than traditional smoking methods.
The drawbacks to concentrate consumption are, unfortunately, rooted in their very benefits. A novice consumer who tries concentrates may take too high of a dose. Too much THC can cause symptoms like rapid heartbeat, anxiety, and paranoia. They may also experience a condition commonly known as “couch lock” which is, essentially being too high to move.
There are several different ways to consume marijuana concentrates. Depending on your needs, you may prefer one method over another.
This requires some shopping, because in order to dab you are going to need a dab rig or a dab nail. A dab rig looks a bit like a bong. The concentrate is heated on a very hot surface, which produces the vapor. The vapor is then passed over water to cool it and then inhaled. Dabbing works with butane hash oil, shatter, wax, and rosin.
Like dabbing, if you want to vaporize concentrates, you’ll have to invest in some equipment. Vape pens are being sold that allow you to consume cannabis oil, and other devices are built for waxes and shatter. Some vaporizers are all-in-one devices: dry herb vaporizers, oil vaporizers, and wax vaporizers. Since vaping is one of the most efficient ways to consume concentrates, this may be the best way to go.
Dropping usually involves a CBD oil tincture. A few drops are placed under the tongue, which is then absorbed in the bloodstream. This sublingual method brings quicker relief than edibles, but not quite as fast as dabbing or vaping. However, it doesn’t require any special equipment. Read more on CBD oil tinctures here.
Edibles can be made with concentrates, and the process is much, much faster. All you need is some butter – toss in your concentrate, melt it, mix it, and then let it harden back up. You can also incorporate cannabis oils in a myriad of recipes, from homemade cookies to gummy bears. One thing to keep in mind when consuming concentrates in edibles is that while it may take longer to take effect, the effect is often much more potent than any other method. Begin with a small portion of the edible and wait at least 90 minutes to 2 hours to eat more if you’re not getting relief. On the plus side, edibles tend to provide longer-lasting relief than other methods of consumption.
Roll It or Top It
If you’re just looking to dip your toes into concentrates to decide if you like it, you can add a little to the top of your smoking bowl. Alternatively, people have gotten their dry herb ready to roll into a joint and sprinkled some shatter in the mix. You can also wrap wax around your rolled joint. However, be aware that this method doesn’t allow you to experience the full potency of the concentrate – most of it is wasted in the smoking process.
Concentrates have become an important part of the recreational and medical cannabis industry. By allowing patients to access the concentrated cannabinoids, concentrates can provide better, faster, and more long-lasting relief than just traditional cannabis flowers.
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