As state after state legalizes recreational cannabis, new consumption methods are gaining popularity. But none of them have captured the attention of mainstream marijuana culture as cannabis concentrates. With their amber color and high potency, concentrates are rapidly becoming one of the hottest new ways to smoke. We’ll look at the reasons behind that in this post.
What Are Cannabis Concentrates?
Rosin, dabs, badder, budder–no matter what you call them, concentrates all share the same origins. They are made using butane, CO2 or other solvents to separate cannabinoids and plant matter. Then, concentrate creators purge the solvent from the resulting mixture. The end result is a cannabis concentrate, usually boasting between 60 and 90 percent THC.
Concentrates can come in a variety of forms like shatter, badder, wax, sauce, and more. Regardless of their consistency, high-grade cannabis concentrates always feature a golden, translucent appearance.
Enjoying Dabs, Badder, Butter, Shatter, and More
People use various devices like rigs or vape pens for dabbing. But at the end of the day, all these techniques are basically just a fancy hot knife. This method involves squeezing a concentrate between two hot knives and inhaling the resulting vapor.
Today’s equipment is much more complicated compared to heating knives. Dab rigs are specially designed for utilizing cannabis concentrates. These platforms have a “nail” or “banger,” which is a special surface made of titanium, glass, quartz, or ceramic.
Then, use a burner or electric heater to reach the temperature at which the cannabis concentrate evaporates. A nice, low-temp dab should be between 550 and 650 degrees.
It is important to be careful when taking dabs. Like different strains of flower, the quality of concentrates also differs. You therefore may need to try different types until you find one you like the best.
One thing to note about dabs. They shouldn’t appear green or runny. This is a sign of dampness. And one last note when it comes to concentrates: always start with a small sample, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The effects often prove to be too much for beginners to handle and can lead to a bad experience. As such, you should start out very slowly and work your way up. In doing so, you can ensure that you will have an enjoyable experience while feeling the proper effect that dabs are intended for.