Types of Marijuana Concentrates
Compared to hash products, marijuana concentrates typically have a larger percentage of THC. In fact, all concentrates utilize a solvent to remove THC, which is later extracted alongside any plant matter.
When it comes to the solvents utilized in the extracting THC from a marijuana concentrate, there are two common ones to note: butane and CO2. Many doubt that solvents are fully eliminated from the end product, hence why the cannabis industry has leaned towards using CO2 over butane.
Oils are typically found in vaporizer pens, like those found through the popular brand, Open Vape. Specifically speaking, CO2 and butane honey oils or CHO/BHO have gained popularity over the last few years, as the oil doesn’t cause any problems for leftover solvents in the marijuana concentrates. Because of the sticky consistency of oil, it will string if you choose to dab it.
Wax is another popular type of marijuana concentrate found in the cannabis industry. It’s made by whipping hash oil while it’s still in the purging process and is often referenced to as earwax, due to its sticky, pasty texture. Wax and oils have very similar percentage of THC, although the former is often simpler to use.
Shatter or resin, is a highly refined form of oil, usually developed in a pressure vacuum through several steps to single out any plant matter and additional solvents. Shatter is typically brown or amber in color, see-through and very thin, which breaks off when pressure is applied hence the namesake. This form of marijuana concentrate has around 90% THC, which makes it one of the stronger forms available.
How do I consume marijuana wax or shatter?
When smoking marijuana concentrates, it’s best to use a bowl attachment for your bong or bubbler. Put the hash at the bottom of the bowl, heat it up with a glass wand to vaporize the product, then inhale. Stick with particular burning tools, like wands, to avoid causing unwanted combustion and carcinogenic smoke.
Vaporizing is a definitely the healthier option to consume marijuana concentrates. You can find vaporizers at most dispensaries across the state, who will offer desktop setups and disposable pen options. These devices heat the THC product to the exact vaporization point to ensure the user gets a clean high, free of most wastes and toxins.
Dabbing is a new, but very popular method of smoking marijuana concentrates. A user would place a dab (or small amount) of concentrate of choice onto a very hot surface, typically heated with a blowtorch to achieve the right temperature. As soon as the concentrate touches the heated nail or skillet, the content will vaporize to allow the user to inhale the smoke. Users should be warned that dabbing is an aggressive way of getting high and is often best left to cannabis veterans