How to use concentrates correctly. A step by Step guide
You might have heard your weed-loving friends raving about “concentrates” lately and wondered what all the fuss is about. Concentrates, like shatter, crumble, wax, and hash oil, pack a powerful punch of THC that provides an intense high with smaller amounts compared to flower. While the potency of concentrates is appealing, it also means you need to use them correctly to have the best experience possible.
If you’re new to dabbing or want to improve your technique, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to use concentrates the right way. By the end, you’ll be dabbing like a pro and enjoying your favorite strains’ pure, crisp flavors.
What's the Deal with Cannabis Concentrates?
Cannabis concentrates, also known as extracts, are concentrated forms of cannabis that contain very high levels of THC and other cannabinoids. They are made by extracting cannabinoids like THC from cannabis flowers and leaves using solvents like butane, CO2, or ethanol. The end result is a product with more potent THC levels that can range from 50-90% or more.
Concentrates come in many forms, from oils and tinctures to waxes, budder, shatter and crumble. Oils and tinctures can be consumed orally, while waxes and shatters are usually dabbed or vaporized. Concentrates typically pack a potent punch, so start with a very small amount, around the size of a grain of rice.
To consume concentrates properly and safely, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Use the right equipment like a dab rig, wax pen, or vaporizer, and do some research on proper temperatures. Too hot can burn your throat, and too cool won’t vaporize the concentrate fully.
- Start with a tiny amount, you can always consume more but you can’t consume less. The effects of concentrates kick in quickly and intensely.
- Have food, water, and anything else you may need within easy reach. Once the effects start hitting you, you won’t want to get up.
- Don’t mix concentrates with alcohol or other substances until you know how it will affect you.
- Let someone know you’re consuming in case you start to feel uncomfortable. Concentrates can cause anxiety or paranoia in some.
By following these tips, you’ll have a safe and enjoyable experience with cannabis concentrates. But as always, know your limits and don’t overconsume. Moderation is key.
The Different Types of Concentrates: Kush, Sativa, Indica
When it comes to concentrates, it’s important to understand the different types so you can find what works best for you. The three main categories are sativa, hybrid, and indica.
Sativa concentrates provide an uplifting, energizing high. They have a fruity, tropical aroma and are great for daytime use or social gatherings. Well-known sativa concentrates include Sour Diesel or Kind Tree – Sour Diesel Live Resin Sugar available at Leaf Haus.
Indica concentrates typically have a musky, herbal scent and are known for their sedative, full-body effects that are perfect for nighttime use. Popular indica concentrates include Afghani or Kind Tree – Afghani Live Resin Budder which you can also find on our Leaf Haus menu.
The differences in effects between kush, sativa, and indica come down to the terpene profiles and cannabinoid ratios found in each plant. Terpenes are organic compounds that give cannabis its distinctive aroma and flavor. The combination of terpenes, along with amounts of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids determine the overall experience.
Whichever type of concentrate you prefer, be sure to start with a small dose until you find the right level for your needs. Consuming cannabis concentrates provides a fast-acting, intense high, so it’s best to exercise caution. With the proper technique and understanding of the different options, you’ll be enjoying concentrates in no time!
Choosing the Right Concentrate for You
So you’ve decided to start using cannabis concentrates, but aren’t sure which type is right for you. There are many options to choose from, so take your time exploring the different concentrates to find what suits your needs and preferences.
Waxes and Crumbles
These concentrates resemble earwax or crumbly butter in texture. They contain high amounts of THC, usually around 70-90%, and provide an intense high. Waxes and crumbles can be dabbed, sprinkled on bowls, or used to make infused edibles. They have an oily, sticky consistency that can be messy to handle, so they may not be the best choice for beginners.
Shatter has a hard, brittle texture that shatters when handled, as the name suggests. It also contains very high THC, around 70-90%, and provides a potent high. Shatter can be difficult for novice users to work with since it’s rigid and breaks into sharp pieces. However, when handled properly, shatter can be dabbed or used to make edibles. The appearance of shatter can vary from clear to amber in color.
For the ultimate cannabis experience, live resin is a premium choice. It’s made from freshly harvested cannabis plants that are flash-frozen to preserve the terpenes. Live resin has a saucy, liquified texture with THC levels of 60-80% and an incredibly aromatic, flavorful smoke. However, it is usually the most expensive concentrate and can be hard to find. Live resin is best enjoyed by dabbing.
In the end, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each type of concentrate and determine what is most important to you. Think about factors like potency, texture, aroma, flavor, and price. Don’t be afraid to try different options to find your favorite—that’s part of the fun in becoming a concentrate connoisseur! With some experimenting, you’ll be using concentrates like a pro in no time.
How to Properly Consume Concentrates
Concentrates offer an easy way to consume cannabis, but it’s important to understand how to use them correctly. Follow these steps:
Step 1: To start, make sure you have the proper equipment: a dab rig, oil rig, or wax pen designed for concentrates. You’ll also need a butane torch or electronic nail to heat the nail.
Step 2: Next, gather your dose of concentrate. For beginners, start with a rice-sized dab, about 0.05 grams. You can always take another dab, but you can’t untake one! Place the dab on parchment paper or in a silicone container.
Step 3: Now heat the nail. Place the torch a few inches below the nail and heat for 30-60 seconds until red hot. Let the nail cool for 30-90 seconds so it’s not too hot. You want the nail around 500-700°F. If it’s too hot, it will destroy the terpenes. Too cool and the concentrate won’t vaporize properly.
Step 4: Use dabber tools to place the concentrate in the nail. Gently inhale as it melts, drawing the vapor into the pipe or rig. Inhale steadily and slowly for 5-10 seconds. Remove the dabber and continue inhaling to pull all vapor from the nail.
Step 5: Exhale and enjoy the effects! The experience from concentrates tends to be intense. Wait at least 30 minutes before taking another dab to allow the full effects to settle in. Start low, go slow. You can always take more, but you can never take less!
Following these instructions will ensure you have a positive experience with concentrates. Be safe, take it slow, and enjoy! Let us know if you have any other questions about properly using these products.
So you’ve got your hands on some high-quality cannabis concentrates and you’re ready to experience their full effects. Now that you know the proper techniques and have the necessary equipment, you can confidently use concentrates to elevate your cannabis experience to the next level. Start low and go slow – you can always take another dab but you can’t untake one. Remember, the key is patience. Take your time to appreciate the flavors and aromas. Once the effects start setting in, sit back and enjoy the ride. Concentrates open up a whole new world of possibilities for recreational and medical cannabis users alike. Follow these steps and you’ll be dabbing like a pro in no time. Now get out there and explore all the wonderful concentrates this plant has to offer! Stop by Leaf Haus today to learn more about our extensive concentrates selection.