Smoking Cannabis concentrates are gaining in popularity due to the cleaner smoke you get, rather than the cannabis flowers. It may also be due to the variety of ways to consume concentrates, that are becoming increasingly available. Concentrates are also a lot more potent then smoking cannabis buds. Marijuana flower can run from 10-25%THC , where as, concentrates can be between 50-80% THC. So, although cannabis concentrates may cost more than the flower, the THC is much higher, so you may tend to use less product in the long run saving you money.
All concentrates are derived from the cannabis flower using different extraction methods,depending on how you are going to be consuming them. Some techniques used are; Co2, butane, hydrocarbons, propane, water, alcohol and heat. But, I am not going to get into the technical aspects of separation of each, as it is complex.
When you arrive at your local dispensary you may see an assortment of products you do not understand what they are or what they do.
Here is an easy break down for you:
There are several options anything from pens to desktop vaporizers. Many dispensaries carry a variety of cartridges or disposable pens with your favorite flavor such as; Pineapple Express or Girl Scout Cookies. They will run about 500mg per cartridge. You can also get concentrated cannabis oils.
Getting to be popular, this can be made at home using a hair straightener and pressing the buds. Make sure your bud is cured and dried, fold it into some parchment paper. Using a warm straightener, press the bud in the paper. Let it cool, unfold and enjoy!
One of the most potent and purest of the extractions. Most common for dabbing. It can contain up to 80% THC. Here you will find your waxes like Green Crack or Chem 91 Dawg. Other names could be: crumble, sugar, honeycomb, sap, and oil. (Referring to the texture of the concentrate.) Shatter and wax have gone through the drying and curing process.
Also known as sauce, uses fresh, flowers or sometime the whole plant. They are taken from the grow room before they have had the chance to cure and dry. It is said to have the freshest flavor and aroma, due to unique form of cryogenic freezing of the fresh plant.
These will be anything you consume such as; Brownies, Gummies, THC Syrup, Sodas, Dried Fruits, or peanut butter just to name a few. If you are new to edibles, start with a smaller low dose. You can always up your intake to the desired level. Cannabis edibles take longer to go through your system, so it will take longer for you to feel the effects and they will last longer.
Rick Simpson Oil. The only way to get it, is to make it yourself. Soaking the cannabis plant in a solvent such as ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. Then evaporating the solvent leaving the purest cannabis oil.