Cannabis is becoming legalized across the United States with 8 states already having full legalization for recreational and medical use. 11 states have medical and decriminalization laws in effect, and 28 more states have some form of medical use laws in place. With legalization-taking place across the country, dispensaries are popping up everywhere, and with it, people are learning that there are a ton of ways to use Cannabis besides just smoking the buds.
by Lexi Sheets
People are learning about the many different edibles beyond the traditional hash or bud brownies. There are lollipops, hard candies, gummies and Chocolate bars of all kinds.
They are also learning that you can get lotions, massage oils, and lip balm with THC that get you high by seeping through your pores.
But none of these methods are making as big a splash in the cannabis world as Concentrates. You’re probably asking what are concentrates? Well, concentrates are any type of cannabis product that is refined from flower into a more purified and potent form.
In the cannabis industry concentrates are referred to as Oils, Dabs, Shatter, Wax, Hash, and Kief. Don’t worry if you’re new to the cannabis scene; I will explain what each of these is in more detail in this article.
Concentrate oils are just what it sounds like, it’s the oils exacted from the marijuana plants using a process that separates the natural plant oils from the cannabis plant. Oils are the most potent way to receive THC/CBD most oils range from 50% to 80% of the cannabis plants THC/CBD content. This, in turn, gives the user a longer lasting and harder hitting high. Because it’s just the oil of the plant you get a smoother hit without the cough you get with flower.
Oils have also entered the edible market as pills. So for those that don’t like to smoke, there is still a way to partake in the cannabis boom and receive all the benefits of this wonderful plant placed here by our loving mother earth.
Dabs, Shatter, and Wax are all essentially the same thing the only thing the sets them apart from one another is the consistency as each one goes through a different process to be made. Dabs come out if it’s process with a tree sap consistency. Dabs require special equipment to smoke, often requiring either a Dab rig or a Vaporizer.
There is a learning curve with this method and you have to preheat the dab nail then use a dabber to handle the dab to the hot nail. This method is best for experienced users.
Shatter is Dabs in a more solid form. It comes out of its process with a consistency of amber and looks like a sheet of ice with honey mixed into it. Although you can add dabs to flower to increase potency, shatter and wax are best for this because of their consistency. Shatter does just that it shatters into small to medium size rocks making it easy to add to a blunt, joint, or use as a bowl topper.
Wax is just that, it’s a wax-like dab that comes in two forms solid and crumble. Crumble wax is made with a similar process as shatter but has pre-purged oils used that generally have a high moisture content, and are cooked at a different temperature than shatter. Which gives crumble its cheese like body after purging it. Crumble can be difficult to work with unless you’re using a portable vaporizer, but is most commonly used as a bowl topper to flower due to the difficulty of handling it.
If you’ve been in the cannabis world long you may already know the next concentrate which is hash. Well, hash is the by-product of the trichomes being separated from the female plant then processed to achieve resin separation. The most common way to do hash is a mobile vaporizer but can also be done using a dabbing rig.
Which brings us to the last concentrate, which is a naturally produced concentrate and its Kief. This is the dust you see on a bud before harvest. Often a majority of the kief is knocked off at harvest and in transit, but what remains can be found at the bottom of a grinder. Cannabis companies have perfected a technique to collect the kief and package it as a bowl topper. That’s what stoners have been doing for years.
Flower contains 10-25% THC after harvest mostly due to the loss of kief and trichomes during the harvest process and transport. Flower is often not allowed enough time to cure properly or time much time in the curing. So you end up with either wet or stick bud that doesn’t stay lit or dry and crumble bud that doesn’t get you as high as it should.
So concentrates are better than flower because they get you higher faster, you have many options on how to do them, they have a much higher THC/CBD content which makes them great people need to medicate. You don’t get the harshness of flower with the endless cough sessions. That’s my take on concentrates, peace, love, and fly high my stoner bothers and sisters.
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