- Posted by agency-it
- On June 18, 2018
Cannabis concentrates are a relatively newer product in the world of cannabis and allow for a very potent way of consuming THC. Cannabis concentrates are commonly referred to as dabs, wax, shatter, budder, live resin, rosin, oil, and more, which often refers to the production method or final product consistency.
At Infinite Wellness, we understand that not only can the names be confusing, but the methods of consumption vary so greatly also that it can be overwhelming, to say the least. Our customers always have questions regarding how to consume concentrates, and as usual, we are here to help!
Cannabis concentrates are best consumed by vaporizing, not combusting, at temperatures from 400 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. Early studies are showing that lower carcinogen production is present at lower temperatures. Terpenes, the volatile compounds that create flavor and effect in cannabis, have boiling points in the high 300’s, so many consumers prefer low temps claiming “You have to waste it to taste it” in reference to the residual oils that can be left from low temp dabbings.
One of the most popular, and convenient ways to consume cannabis concentrates, vaporizer cartridges have taken the market by storm. The simplicity and convenience of vaporizer cartridges has led to an explosion of different competitors, hardware, and oil products that can be confusing. More affordable cartridges will contain excipients such as propylene glycol and often have potencies in the mid 30’s for total cannabinoid content. Mid to high-grade cartridges can have further refinement, such as distillation, and can reach potencies of up to 91% total cannabinoids. Look for high-quality hardware with modern features, such as top air flow holes to avoid leaking and easy refill designs for repeated use. Nearly
all vaporizer cartridges are “510 thread”, meaning they work with our Flux by Infinite Capacitor Battery, which is only $10 in store. Expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $60 for cannabis cartridges, with some higher end proprietary options such as the Pax Era requiring a $30 battery.
The high cost of pre-filled cartridges drives many consumers to look for the convenience of cartridges, but the affordability of full concentrates. Thus – the dab pen! Our house battery, the Flux by Infinite Capacitor ($10) goes perfectly with our Flux by Infinite Atomizer set ($12.50). This small screw on attachment has a ceramic bucket that holds a quartz rod with titanium coil that heats concentrates to their vaporizing point. A magnetic mouthpiece snaps on top and makes vaporizing wax, shatter or live resin as easy as a cartridge! Many other dab pens exist on the market, such as the Humboldt Vape Tech Sai or Bee-Nail Go-Bee, but expect price points upwards of $50 and as high as $250
Many different products fall in to the category of dab rigs, which are glass and/or quartz smoking apparatuses similar to bongs or water pipes. Using a “rig” is often when consumers refer to consuming concentrates as dabbing, as you apply a small dab of concentrate to a heated quartz, titanium or glass surface and capture the vapor through a glass piece of some nature. The nail is heated with either a torch or an e-nail setup with an electronically heated coil that heats the nail to temperatures well over 500 degrees. The concentrate is vaporized on the surface of the nail, and the smoke is inhaled through the water to cool. There are many variations and designs, including nectar collectors, buckets, skillets, globes and more – we recommend speaking with our sales associates or the pros at Up ‘N Smoke
By far the easiest but most wasteful method on this list due to it not involving any special equipment would be smoking the concentrate along with some flower. Using a pipe, a bong, or rolling it into a joint and then smoking along with the flower, you get the best of both worlds but do not get to enjoy the true flavor of the concentrate due to the flower, and vice versa. In addition, combusting concentrates over vaporizing changes the terpene profile, and too much oil on flower can cause an extremely slow burn leaving unpleasant flavors at the end of the experience.
We cannot forget edibles! With gummies, pizza, chocolate, drinks, and more, this is an amazingly popular category we have to mention. Many manufacturers are no longer cooking with cannabis flower, but with concentrates to reduce the “weed” flavor that can come from excess green plant material or over cooking. Often, distillate is used to add THC without additional flavor, though the additional oil tends to make baked goods thicker and softer than standard recipes. Ingesting activated concentrates is not recommended, as the dosing can vary greatly depending on size and decarboxylation. Ingested THC is much more potent in effect than vaporized or combusted concentrates, as it produces Delta 11 THC instead of Delta 9.
As you can see there are many types of cannabis concentrates, as well as ways to consume them, and we here at Infinite Wellness carry some of the best concentrates in Colorado. Our house brand, Flux by Infinite, offers concentrates at the best quality and value every day, with some offers as low as $20 per gram. Take a look at some of our medical daily deals and take part in our rewards program. See us today and let us help you with any of your cannabis concentrate questions, as well as holistic wellness.