4 differences between marijuana concentrates and flowers
Are you confused about marijuana concentrates and the differences from regular flower consumption? Let´s take a closer look.
Marijuana concentrates are becoming an increasingly popular method of consumption, but their potency and unfamiliar shape can be intimidating at first. Many consumers will stick to what they know and never feel compelled to stray from marijuana flowers. But cannabis concentrates and extracts have many advantages you may not realise – for example, concentrates can offer cleaner, smoother effects.
1.Marijuana concentrates with many names
Although the sheer number of cannabis varieties available can make one’s head spin, even beginners have a pretty good idea of what they’re getting from the marijuana flower, regardless of its name. The term “concentrate” is a generic term that refers to a variety of different cannabis extracts and their monikers – and this is where things can get more confusing. Marijuana concentrates have names such as shatter, rosin, BHO, CO2, wax, crumble, honey oil, dabs, hash, tinctures and capsules. Don’t be put off by the sheer number of options – many of these products are different names for the same thing. Here are some quick tips to narrow your search:
- Shatter, wax, crumble, sugar, honeycomb, sap, and oil often refer to the texture of a concentrate. While some people have a preference for the consistency of an extract, what is important to many is the solvent used and the compatibility of the extract with their preferred method of consumption. Also pay attention to the potency and understand that a high THC content does not always mean the best experience.
- Most concentrates are extracted using CO2, hydrocarbons, water, alcohol and heat. Solvent-free extracts made with water (e.g. hashish) or heat (e.g. rosin) are excellent choices for those who fear the effects of solvent consumption.
2. Marijuana concentrates are many times stronger
The most important distinction to make between cannabis flowers and concentrates is potency. While flowers potency tends to be between 10 and 25 per cent THC, a concentrate is usually between 50 and 80 per cent, although some exceptional extracts can even exceed 90 per cent. These figures can be enough to scare off inexperienced users, and with good reason: dosing becomes more delicate as potency increases. Hashish and tinctures also tend to have a lower THC content than other types of concentrates, so you may want to consider moving towards these products before moving on to the more potent oils.
3. Marijuana concentrates are consumed by many special methods
Marijuana flowers can be smoked, vaped and rolled, but there is not much else you can do with it. Concentrates offer more options.
Dabbing – the process by which you apply extract to a hot pin and inhale it through a piece of glass – is booming among cannabis veterans. Dabbing is an easy way to get a potent dose of cannabinoids, although price is high and maintenance are challenging.
Ingestible oils act like edibles in that they take effect slowly and last much longer because of the way they are metabolised. These oils (or any other extract, really) can be high in THC, CBD, or both.
Tinctures are sublingual concentrates, meaning that they pass under the tongue and enter the bloodstream. They work faster than edibles and ingestible oils, but are often less potent.
Hashish and oils can also be consumed using some of the same consumption methods as the marijuana flower. Some vaporizers are compatible with liquid oils, but some portable vape-pens are specially designed for use with specific oil cartridges. Some users roll their own joints with flowers covered by hashish and/or oils.
4. Most methods of consuming marijuana concentrates are less harmful to health
When you smoke flower, you are also smoking the plant material that leaves your glass blackened with tar. This can have a negative effect on your lungs. However, you may have noticed that when you dab on oils, the glass and water stay clean much longer. Vaporizers (even dabbing)heat cannabis to a temperature lower than combustion, but hot enough to extract the beneficial compounds. This method of administration is ideal for health-conscious consumers. This of course does not apply to all consumption methods, for example the aforementioned hashish in a regular pipe or bong and marijuana flowers covered with BHO (oil) are emiting tar too.
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Published by Sakul28/02/2023