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What are cannabis concentrates, and how are they produced?
Marijuana concentrates are created when the most desirable parts of the marijuana plant are distilled down, without the extra plant material. This distilling process produces cannabis concentrate, which is essentially a condensed accumulation of the cannabinoids and terpenes present in cannabis flower.
Cannabinoids and terpenes affect the flavor, potency, and aroma of cannabis. They are found in trichomes, which are small, sparkling, hair-like structures that cover the surface of cannabis plants.
Since THC concentrates only incorporate the best parts of the flower, they are typically high potency. Marijuana concentrates also may contain a larger proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes per dose than typical cannabis flower, due to the distilling process.
Cannabis concentrates are available in many different forms, and can be used in a variety of ways. Check out our vast selection of weed concentrates today!
Budder - also known as ‘badder,’ this form of cannabis concentrate has a soft, butter-like texture
Crumble - a dryer form of budder, which resembles honeycomb with a crumbly texture
Diamonds - this THC concentrate, also known as ‘crystallines,’ appears crystal-like and can even be in powdered form
Hash - a type of solventless cannabis concentrate with high potency, similar to kief
Live Resin - a popular form of THC concentrate that is typically shiny and glossy amber in color
Rosin - a type of marijuana concentrate with a consistency similar to syrup
Sauce - this form of cannabis cancentrate commonly has a thick, sticky texture
Shatter - a common type of TBC concentrate that appears shiny and glass-like
Sugar - this type of marijuana concentrate is similar to sauce, but has a texture similar to wet sugar with less pronounced structure
Wondering how to use cannabis concentrates yourself?
As so many different types of marijuana concentrates are available on the market today, there’s a myriad of ways to use them as well. Cannabis concentrates are often smoked using a dab rig or a vaporizer pen. However, if you are looking for a way to use cannabis concentrate without smoking, there are plenty of choices for you.
One popular method of consuming THC concentrate is through edibles. Cannabis concentrate is used to create an extracted butter or oil, which is then placed or baked into the edible. Edibles are a great way to start for those new to weed concentrates. There are also hundreds of options available, from chocolate and cookies to drinks and gummies. When trying edibles, be sure to wait at least two hours after consumption to experience the full effect.
Cannabis concentrates can also be used via topical treatments. Typically sold in the form of a cream or ointment, topical marijuana concentrate products can be applied to specific areas (such as aching joints) for targeted treatment and symptom relief.
One of the most well-known ways to use cannabis concentrate is by smoking it. If you are looking for a fast-acting and potent high, using a dab rig to smoke THC concentrate is the best option for you. Using a dab rig, or ‘dabbing,’ involves using a torch to heat up a ‘nail,’ which acts as the bowl of the dab rig. Nails are typically made of glass or titanium, and can now even come with self-heating features. Once the nail is hot, the marijuana concentrate is applied directly to the surface of the nail, and vaporized for inhalation through the dab rig. Using this method to smoke cannabis concentrate is quick and produces an instant, highly potent effect.
Another way to smoke THC concentrates is by using a vape pen. Also known as dab pens, these devices are light and portable, and provide a discreet way to use cannabis concentrates while on-the-go. Marijuana concentrates made for vape pens are typically sold as individual cartridges, or sometimes as an all-in-one including an attached battery. Individual cartridges are attached to the battery of the dab pen, which heats up the cannabis concentrate to vaporize it for smoking. Dab pens are readily available in any price range, and can be rechargeable or single-use. Using a vape pen is an easy and efficient way to try different marijuana concentrates.