One of the many wonderful things about marijuana being legalized in certain states across the U.S. is the freedom for innovation when it comes to how we can consume our weed. This has seemingly been the hallmark for legalization in the states as producers have created a slew of different products outside of the predominant marijuana flower that enthusiasts can use to get high.
However, this newfound variety in products can lead to some confusion among weed lovers that may not be familiar with these new methods of getting nicely toasted. An understandable situation considering that nowadays there are so many different types tinctures, waxes, extracts, and concentrates available it’s enough to make one’s head spin. With even more types of products sure to come over the horizon sooner than later, it’s a good idea to stay well informed.
Given the nature and potency of some of these different products, it’s highly recommended for enthusiasts to do their homework before they try out a new method of getting stoned. To put it plainly, many of these new types of products are not meant for newbies or even casual smokers. Due to the fact that they can be considerably stronger than the usual marijuana flower, it is not recommended for those starting out to jump right in with a rig and start dabbing away with no worries.
One important question to answer before you consider going to your local dispensary to see what they have in stock is: “What type of effect are you looking for?” Are you looking to get blazed out of your mind to the point where you can’t speak? Looking for a better way to get some sleep or relieve stress? Or do you just want to help alleviate some aches and pains without getting stoned? The good news is that many of these newer methods and products allow for greater control over what effects enthusiasts will experience.
One you have determined what you are looking for, the next step is to do some research on what types of cannabis products will get you where you want to go. In order to help let’s take a look at some of the alternatives.
More commonly found in Europe and Asia, hashish is made up of the cannabis’ plant’s trichomes which produce the cannabinoids and terpenes found in each strain. When the trichomes are separated and collected, they are called kief. The kief collected is then processed into one of the different types of hashish. The hash can usually be smoked or eaten to experience its effects.
Live resin is produced by flash freezing a freshly harvested cannabis plant at extremely low temperatures. Because it is frozen so quickly, the live resin captures more complete cannabinoid and terpene profiles, providing more efficient results.
Shatter is just one of the many forms of marijuana concentrate produced by extracting cannabinoids like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant. It’s named “shatter” because once cooled, it becomes sort of like rock candy and will shatter into pieces when dropped. It is considered one of the most potent type of extracts that are currently available.
Cannabis tinctures are basically solutions of marijuana infused alcohol. This method is very popular as it allows for the cannabis to be quickly absorbed into one’s bloodstream and doesn’t require one to inhale any smoke or vapors making it easy on your lungs.
Marijuana wax was aptly named for its very wax-like appearance, appearing thick and oily with a consitency reminiscent of honey. It is made by packing marijuana buds in a tube and heating it with the use of butane. This process extracts the THC from the marijuana in a super-concentrated form that can be extremely hallucinagenic.
Still not sure of what you are looking for? Be sure to ask your local budtenders about any questions, additional advice, and/or clarification on what you are planning on purchasing and enjoy responsibly!