Concentrates have become the latest craze in vaping weed, offering bigger and better highs than the usual consumption methods. Basically, anytime you take cannabis and use an extraction method in order to create the product, you will be looking forward to a very high cannabinoid content. Marijuana concentrates have become popular across the board and there are a multitude of varieties from which to choose. Some are easy to make at home and some are a little more dangerous or complex to make from scratch. Depending on the product you choose, you will get a much stronger high than what you'd expect from dry herb. This can be both good and bad, so it's best to proceed with caution if you’re not a veteran of concentrates.
Basic Marijuana Concentrates
Firstly there's kief. Kief is basically comprised of the little white 'hairs' or trichomes that cover a regular marijuana plant. These are loaded with cannabinoids and terpenes which are the components in cannabis that give you the taste, smell and effect of a particular plant. These are often collected to make hash but they can also be used on their own as a concentrate. Hash is one the oldest and well known marijuana concentrates, used for hundreds of years throughout Asia, India and the Middle East. It is made from kief, which is collected and then compressed. Budder is also a waxy concentrate that looks like butter and can be added to cannabis flower to boost the effects or simply be consumed on its own.
Concentrates Created from Extraction
Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is what's commonly used for dabbing. In this situation, kief or hash is taken and treated with butane as a solvent. The result is a brown, waxy, sticky resin that can harden to become what is known as “shatter”. This concentrate is very strong. Rosin can also be used for dabbing, which is essentially a resin that comes from placing a bud between parchment paper in a rosin press (or even a hair straightening iron). It is then pressed together so that wax concentrate or 'rosin' is squeezed out from the bud. This can be a little safer and healthier than using butane to create a concentrate for dabbing. Another healthier alternate to using butane is by using botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide to extract concentrated amounts of cannabinoids from the plants.
Not all concentrates pack a psychoactive punch. CBD oil is a topical concentrate that is used for its medicinal purposes as opposed to the high. It is high in the CBD compound which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain killer. It can be used for a number of medicinal purposes, including stopping pain and even seizures. Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is also a topical concentrate commonly used for medicinal purposes. This concentrate was created by Rick Simpson who created this topical cannabis to successfully cure his skin cancer. Tinctures were the most common way cannabis was used for medicinal purposes before it became illegal in 1937. A liquid cannabis concentrate was mixed with alcohol and given to those who could benefit from its therapeutic uses.
As you can see there are many types of marijuana concentrates that can all be taken in different ways. It's all about exploring what suits you and your needs most.