Marijuana concentrates products with high amounts of cannabinoids and other plant molecules. These usually come in the form of oil or wax (hence the colloquial term “wax” ). To obtain them, it is necessary to resort to any of the multiple extraction techniques that exist, however in the vast majority of cases the result is a viscous substance.
Regular Marijuana concentrates usually contains between 70% and 80% THC . This is much higher than what is found in marijuana flowers or even in hashish (the latter is, in a way, a type of concentrate). Therefore, it is natural that in the first uses the effects are perceived much more intense, compared to the regular use of the flower.
Below is a general classification of Marijuana Concentrates and the ideal ways to use them.
These types of Marijuana Concentrates are among the oldest and among them are old acquaintances in the cannabis community such as hashish and kief . Both are a pure form of trichomes, which are released with mechanical force (rubbing your hands in the classic charas) and with the help of gravity, separating the trichomes from the plant matter with water (the clearest example is the bubble hashes).
Also in this category is Rosin, a newer marijuana concentrate. Any of these three extraction methods can result in a product of the highest quality, but requires experience and extensive development of technical work.
As its name makes clear, these marijuana concentrates are those that are obtained without using additional solvents , which is why there are those who consider them more 'safe' for personal use (particularly in cities where extractions are made clandestinely due to their illegal nature). ). Rosin itself is a very complex area of Marijuana Concentrates (read more about rosin here).
Rosin is affected by factors such as humidity, pressure and temperature that are used to squeeze the marijuana flowers . The variances in these factors can radically change the final result of the product as well as its quality. This is how this extract reaches different textures (we will talk about this later).
- based marijuana concentrates can be just as (or more) safe for human consumption, as long as they are made under proper conditions. In this case , the aforementioned factors are also important (pressure, humidity, temperature) but the type of solvent to be used is added.
The most common today are butane, carbon dioxide (CO2) and ethanol has also begun to be used propane . Each of these is used for a particular purpose according to the needs of the user or extractor.
Some are preferred because they preserve the terpenes in better quality (these aromatic molecules are very fragile and degrade easily). Others are preferable because their purging process is less 'harsh' on the final product.
REMEMBER: A concentrate that is prepared with butane or ethanol must be purged with the appropriate industrial equipment to ensure its safe use in humans.
Forms purest. They are obtained by an evaporation and re-condensation method where the recovery of a specific cannabinoid is sought. The distillate is used for medical use due to its high precision when choosing a dose.
But it is also distilled (together with a mixture of terpenes) which is introduced in the cartridges to vaporize . Although it is theoretically possible to introduce all types of oil, including rosin and alcohol extracts, distillate is the industry preferred for vaporization in cartridges.
The final texture of a marijuana concentrate is the result of countless combinations. Each of these textures offers a unique experience in terms of flavor, aroma and complexity of effects . Although the names to designate each texture have varied over time, some widely accepted categories are:
Shatter: Marijuana Concentrates with a rigid and hard structure. When crashing into something it breaks similar to glass, hence its name.
Pull n´ Snapp: instead of breaking it stretches until it thunders. These tend to have a high content of cannabinoids and an unremarkable taste.
Sugar crumble: for example, its texture is similar to that of a sugar cube. It has a more prominent flavor due to the terpenes being "volatilized".
Budder: (butter in English) its consistency is similar to that of butter. Like the sugar crumble, it has a complex flavor, but it is more viscous.
Diamonds: This is THC in crystal form, usually accompanied by a sauce of terpenes. It is presumed to be the 'highest purity' extract and extremely potent in effect.
Live resin : The type of extractions that carry the prefix 'live' (live in English) refer to the fact that the resin was extracted when the marijuana flower was fresh, practically still alive. For this, it is necessary to apply the extraction as soon as the flower is cut from the stem (some use freezing to preserve the bud intact).
Thanks to this, the flavor is something without comparison, of a very remarkable complexity. They are considered part of the 'premium marijuana concentrates'. It is also possible to use the rosin technique on live buds, the result is called 'live rosin'.
The ideal temperature:
Each marijuana concentrate has an ideal temperature to vaporize and optimize its characteristics. This issue already corresponds more to the personal taste of users, but it is worth noting the importance of low temperatures for Marijuana Concentrates with a high amount of terpenes.
Due to their 'fragility', the terpenes in the extracts are better appreciated when they are vaporized at temperatures as low as 220°C . This is preferable for textures like sugar or budder.
On the other hand, stiffer textures like shatter and diamonds vaporize at slightly higher temperatures like 300°C.
In any case, it should never be vaporized at temperatures greater than 300°C . this could result in severe damage to health. Likewise, the use of terpenes in excess is contraindicated because, with high temperatures and after extended periods of time, it can cause severe damage to lung health.
Does it make you stoner?
As we mentioned before, a regular marijuana concentrate usually contains between 70% and 80% THC. Therefore, it is natural that in the first uses the effects are perceived much more intense, compared to the regular use of the flower. However, as the use of these products becomes habitual, a tolerance towards the psychoactive effects will develop.
Recently, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, United States , revealed that regardless of the type of product or its strength, the levels of intoxication or the self-reported "high feeling" by the participants was remarkably similar , as well such as measurements of your balance and cognitive abilities. "People in the high-concentration group were less affected than we expected," explained study co-author Kent Hudson. (Read more here).
As with marijuana flowers, to 'outwit' tolerance and perceive 'powerful' effects despite constant use , the most effective thing is to vary the profile of terpenes and cannabinoids that we consume . Fortunately, the world of marijuana concentrates offers an immense range of possibilities, perhaps even greater than that of marijuana flowers.
That said, we remind you of the importance of using substances moderately and avoiding excesses as much as possible.
How to dab?
Marijuana concentrates are best enjoyed via the dab, or at least that's what 710 lovers claim. However, this process is very daunting and involves following a series of steps step by step to make the most of the extract.
* First you have to heat the banger with a blowtorch (that's what the extract is deposited on).
* Once the glass reaches red hot, you must wait between 1 minute or 1 minute and a half depending on each piece.
* Then the wax is poured and inhaled
Here are some tips to maximize the experience:
* Respect the temperatures : For your health, but also to better preserve the marijuana concentrate. After all, there are growing trends that indicate that lower temperatures are better for properly tasting Marijuana Concentrates.
* Don't forget the carb cap : Using this little piece of glass completely changes the dabbing experience. It not only serves to contain the vapor in the container , but also creates a vacuum to concentrate the flavor density of the marijuana concentrate.
* Keep your glass clean : It's worth remembering, but a clean glass is essential for optimizing your dabs . The remains of re-condensed wax (known as reclaim) that accumulate in our rig not only stain the original flavor of our Marijuana Concentrates, they can also obstruct the flow of air and hinder the moment of inhaling.
* Use the cotton swabs : And to keep your banger clean, it is best to use cotton swabs to remove the remaining wax after each dab.
* Do not keep the vapor in your throat : A bad habit even for flower smokers is to hold the vapor or smoke in the lungs. The truth is that our alveoli absorb all cannabinoids almost immediately, so there is no reason to store it in our lungs for more than a couple of seconds at most.
On the contrary, this could lead to an unpleasant burning and scratchy sensation , which will surely cause you to cough aggressively.
* Have a glass of water handy. Do it, it is better to have it and not need it so that your throat burns as if you were breathing fire and not having a sip nearby.
Alternatives to dab to use marijuana concentrates:
Vaporizer: Vaporizer use for marijuana concentrates has come a long way since its inception. Today there are products in various price ranges and for different needs . Ideal for the portable and discreet use of cannabis.
Nectar Collector : This device combines the portability of the vaporizer with the classic intensity of the dab. Used correctly they allow the consumption of large amounts of concentrate (almost comparable to a full dab). A blowtorch is necessary, but this can also be a pocket torch.
Joint : When a concentrate is spread into a joint the temperatures will probably not be right for optimal vaporization of all the cannabinoids. Therefore, care is taken not to use a small amount. There are those who mold a small strip of concentrate to place it in the center of the rooster. Others spread the resin around the already forged joint, and on top they have the luxury of sprinkling kief.
Edible : The preparation of marijuana edibles using Marijuana Concentrates is one of the favorite ways of cannabis cooks. This way of cooking allows the use of higher amounts of cannabinoids with the least possible interference to the flavor . If you are going to use Marijuana Concentrates for cooking, remember that the decarboxylation process is necessary.
How to identify good quality Marijuana Concentrates?
Our friends at Machete Dabs shared their tips with us in a previous . Here is a summary of the basics:
Aroma : The aroma is essential when examining the extract, it must have the aroma of the terpene profile of the Marijuana flowers with which it was made, obviously you do not want to inhale a concentrate that does not smell good.
Texture : Marijuana concentrates have several presentations and names that allude to its texture: wax or "wax" (from which the general group of Marijuana Concentrates took its name). This occurs when the crystal structure of the concentrate is lost, usually when the concentrate is stirred during the distillation process.
Marijuana concentrates should look consistent. That when observing it they look clean, not green or with vegetable matter, that it does not have traces of solvent aromas since that is an indication of the little care that was taken at the time of eliminating the extraction solvent and it is very harmful to consume it.
Taste : Premium Marijuana Concentrates taste like the strains from which they are extracted. A concentrate can't taste like the solvent used to extract it, it doesn't have to hurt your throat, and it shouldn't leave traces when consumed in a banger or vaporizer.
The culture of 710
Similar to the 420, the 710 was chosen as the flag of extract enthusiasts because turning the digits upside down and reversing their position reads something like OIL.
In addition, the quality of the glass has acquired great importance, since the pieces with better qualities preserve the flavors and aromas of the Marijuana Concentrates better.
This makes the 710 Culture and dab enthusiasts a world of wide and deep knowledge derived from the enormous complexity that results from the use of Marijuana Concentrates.