What Cannabis Concentrates are and How to Consume Them
Cannabis concentrates are the product of refining the most desirable parts of the plant, including terpenes and cannabinoids. Excess plant material is removed during this process, leaving behind a far greater proportion of these potent compounds. As a result, cannabis concentrates are much more powerful than cannabis flower.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what cannabis concentrates are and how to consume them.
Types of Concentrates
There are several different cannabis concentrates, each with its own unique texture and appearance. The most common include:
- Budder: Budder is a concentrate with a creamy, butter-like consistency. It’s made by whipping cannabis extract during the purging process.
- Kief: Kief is a powdery substance that consists of trichomes separated from the plant matter. It’s often used to make hash or added to a joint for an extra boost of THC.
- Shatter: Shatter has a glass-like appearance and is made by purging cannabis using butane extraction.
- Crumble: Crumble is similar to shatter but has a crumbly texture.
- Rosin: Rosin is made by exposing cannabis to heat and pressure. It doesn’t require any solvents and is generally considered a safer alternative to other concentrates.
- Wax: Wax is a sticky, thick consistency concentrate made using high and low temperatures.
How to Consume Concentrates
The most common way to enjoy concentrates is via dabbing. This involves using a dab rig, which is similar to a bong but with a few key differences. A dab rig includes a water pipe, a nail, and a dabber. First, the nail is heated to a high temperature using a torch, and then the concentrate is placed on the hot nail using the dabber. The heat vaporizes the concentrate, which is then inhaled through the water pipe.
Dabbing is not the only way for you to consume concentrates, however. You can also ingest via vapes, oils and tinctures, edibles, and topicals.
Vaping is a popular method of concentrate consumption because it’s easy to do and doesn’t require any special equipment. All you need to start is a vape pen and cartridges filled with concentrate.
Tinctures are another easy way to consume concentrates. You can ingest them, add them to drinks and food, or take them sublingually (under the tongue).
Edibles are a great way to enjoy concentrates without having to smoke them. You can make your own edibles by infusing concentrates into butter or oil and then using that to bake cookies, brownies, or other treats.
Topicals are cannabis-infused creams, lotions, and balms that can be applied to the skin. They’re a great way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without experiencing any psychoactive effects.
The Bottom Line
Cannabis concentrates offer a powerful and potent way to consume cannabis. If you’re looking for a more intense experience, then concentrates are worth trying. Just be sure to start with a small amount and go slowly until you find the right dose for you.
If you’re not a fan of smoking concentrates, you can also use them in edibles, tinctures, and topicals.