Cannabis Concentrates: What Are They and How to Use Them

Regardless of whether you’re a cannabis newbie or a regular user, you may have heard of concentrates before. But, for one reason or another, you never dabbled with them. If you find yourself in this situation, never fear. We’re here to help! Below, we’ll cover all the basics of cannabis concentrates. By the end of this post, you’ll have all the information you need to use them yourself!

What Are Cannabis Concentrates?

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First off, it’s important to understand exactly what cannabis concentrates are.

In simplest terms, concentrates are all the active ingredients in cannabis with plant matter removed. That leaves behind two main ingredients: cannabinoids and terpenes. As a result, concentrates have massive THC concentrations (usually 60-90 percent), making them highly potent.

Concentrates usually appear as a golden-hued, translucent, sticky substance. Its exact texture can range from a waxy semi-solid to a hard, brittle slab. Different types of concentrates take their names from their textures. That’s where terms like “shatter,” “wax,” and “badder” come from. These are all still concentrates, just in different forms.

Extractors (concentrate makers) create concentrates using one of several techniques. But one thing that concentrates all share is some kind of solvent. Butane is a common solvent, and yields some of the highest-grade concentrates available. CO2 is another popular solvent.

Don’t be intimidated by these solvents, though. Commercial-grade extractors all purge the solvent from their final product. You won’t be inhaling butane or CO2!

Instead, you’ll be inhaling copious amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes. But you can’t just use cannabis concentrates like you would use flower. In fact, you’ll need some special tools.

How to Use Concentrates

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Generally, you’ll need one of two tools to get the most out of a cannabis concentrate.

First, you could use a vape pen. These types of self-contained vaporizers have a chamber for concentrates. A metal coil within the chamber heats the concentrate, allowing a user to inhale the tasty vapor and experience its effects. Vape pens provide two main benefits. They’re fairly easy to use, and they’re super-portable.

If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there’s another option. Specialized bongs, called dab rigs, provide everything you need to get the most out of a concentrate. Instead of a typical bowl, these glass pipes have a flat slab made of quartz, titanium, or another heat-absorbing substance.

While dab rigs aren’t as portable or simple as a vape pen, they offer peerless flavor. They also give you more control over factors like the temperature of your hit, which can change how a concentrate makes you feel.

Where Can I Get Cannabis Concentrates?

Now that you have a basic understanding of cannabis concentrates, there’s just one thing left to do. You need to try them for yourself! No amount of reading about concentrates beats actual first-hand experience.

We carry premium concentrates from several extractors, so be sure to check out our online menu to see what’s in stock!