Do you find concentrates confusing?
This dabbers knowledge guide provided by Atomic Blaze Smoke Shop will help you understand exactly what concentrates are and how to get high with them.
This modern world seems to roll out something new every time you blink, and in the cannabis industry that’s no different. New products, means of consumption, and ways to toke are flooding the market and it can be hard to keep up. Concentrates can be tricky (and sticky), but if you have been curious about getting a dab smoking kit, keep reading to understand how concentrates are created.
What is Cannabis Concentrate?
The term concentrate is used to describe highly potent, extremely strong varieties of cannabis extracts. Aside from their appearance and consistency, the major difference from each product to the next is simply the extraction process used to create the concentrate in the first place.
You may have heard of a dab making kit or a dab rig and torch. These are the tools of the concentrate trade. Often referred to as dabs or dabbing, marijuana concentrates are created through extraction methods that determine how the concentrate looks, the texture, its THC content, and how it is consumed. Methods of extraction include use of mechanical separation of compounds, and using solvents to separate the trichomes and other properties from the plant.
These processes make it possible to extract the most desirable parts of the cannabis plant while maintaining the integrity of those compounds we wish to keep. Typically those are the THC, CBD, flavonoids, and terpenes, and it’s how medical marijuana facilities are able to produce specific effect-driven products aimed at inducing symptom relief based on a particular strain’s medicinal qualities.
What Are the Different Kinds of Concentrates?
Kief and rosins are the most true-to-form concentrates. Essentially, kief is the little THC crystals that form on the flower of the marijuana plant, called trichomes. It naturally shakes off, and can feel very sticky on your fingers when you are breaking up weed. Cannabis companies have figured out a way to collect it mechanically through freezing and dry sifting. Rosins on the other hand, are produced using extreme heat and pressure to extract the cannabis oils.
Cannabis can also be concentrated using liquid solvents, and this method of extraction produces shatter, budders and batters, crystalline, crumble, and distillates. Shatter has a brittle or sometimes taffy-like consistency and is created with solvents like butane, CO2, and ethanol. Budders are created using the same method, but then it is whipped up into a more creamy consistency. Next is crumble, which is pretty much a drier version of budders and batters only with more air mixed in. Crystalline is made similarly to rock candy and with the same texture, and distillates are made using extreme heat and by separating cannabinoids according to their boiling points. All require a dab rig kit bundle to use unless you intend to smoke them with your weed, or ingest them via edibles, suppositories, or sublingually.
Why Should You Try Cannabis Concentrates?
Aside from the effectiveness of highly potent forms of cannabis, concentrates are incredibly versatile and cost effective. A dab rig and torch kit will make it easier for you to try concentrates so make sure to get yourself an easy dab kit before heading to the dispensary. Just make sure to get a dab kit with torch or you’ll be sorely disappointed in that trusty Bic lighter.
Concentrates can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, taken sublingually, and even come as suppositories. Their versatility makes them great for those with higher tolerances since it doesn’t take as much concentrate to get the desired result as it does with actual weed. Concentrates are also a great alternative when you want to give your lungs a break from smoking, or if smoking and vaping aren’t options.
The price is often unbeatable, too. Milligram for milligram, dab-style concentrates cost almost half as much as preloaded vape carts and premixed tinctures. You can make your own tincture by diluting your distillate with a little coconut or olive oil. The versatility and cost effectiveness is compounded with product potency. A little really does go a long way. And if you want to just bump up your THC content in that joint or bowl, sprinkling a little on your weed makes your flower stash last longer.
How Do You Use Marijuana Concentrates?
Concentrates that are to be consumed via vaping or smoking require a dab rig bundle in order to enjoy them. You will need a dab rig kit with torch that gets hot enough to heat the product if you are consuming them on their own, but products like kief, crumble, and even tinctures can be rolled into a joint or packed into a bowl with flower.
Sticky waxes and distillates are harder to work with but you can make THC bombs that are easier to handle by rolling your budder, wax, distillate or other sticky substance in kief or ground flower first and then smoking it that way. That dab rig bundle with torch you’ve been eyeing is looking pretty good now, isn’t it?
Where Can I Buy Dab Smoking Kits?
A good dab bundle and a complete dab rig kit will come with a good torch, like the Blink Edge torch, Blink rogue torch, or the Blink Blaze torch. An advanced dab rig bundle might have a pyramid dab rig or a dab rig with built in torch, which is nice. A mini dab kit is perfect for the pothead on the go. Often dispensaries will carry dab smoking kits or you can drive to the nearest smoke-shop to try to find one. Online headshops are often your best bet.
No matter what dab kit bundle you choose, do a little comparison shopping with cheap online headshops. Atomic Blaze headshop offers dab rig bundles, several dab kit with torch selections, smoker subscription boxes, and online promo codes to boot. There’s a wide world of weed out there to explore!