As I’ve gotten more familiar and feel at ease with unusual types of cannabis consumption methods, I’ve become more crazy, then rather than strictly smoking flower, I’ve tried many tinctures, edibles and vapes.
Just a few months ago, I started looking into concentrates.
There are so many possibilities for concentrates that it’s a little overwhelming. I did some research and learned that a cannabis concentrate is made by removing excess plant matter. The cannabinoids and terpenes that are left behind offer a much higher potency. THC levels can average somewhere from 50 to 90%. Traditional flower usually range between 10 to 25% THC. Concentrates also deliver exceptional flavor and aroma. Most concentrates are created through either solvent-based or solventless extractions. A solvent-based extraction uses butane, carbon dioxide, ethanol or propane to dissolve the plant and allow the cannabinoids and terpenes to be stripped out. Live resin, shatter, wax and crumble are instances of solvent-based extraction concentrates. Solventless extractions avoid chemicals, insteading using physical methods that apply pressure, filtration or temperature to the plant material. Budder and rosin are also instances of solventless extraction concentrates, then once I choose the type, texture and strain of concentrate, I then need to figure out how to take it. Some concentrates, such as kief, can be sprinkled on flower and smoked for some added potency. Concentrate oils can be vaped by way of a disposable or refillable cartridge. Concentrates can also be dabbed using a dab rig and a nail. I’m not ready to try that though. Although our local dispensary includes a dab lounge where I could get some assistance, it just sounds a little too difficult.