Dabbable concentrates are recommended for experienced users as these products are highly potent and take more practice to control how much you consume. They are often evaluated by how closely their taste and effect resemble the cannabis plant it was extracted from.
Dabbable concentrates such as waxes, shatters, badders, budders, sauces are made from dried flower material or from live fresh frozen material. The plant material is mixed with either hydrocarbon or liquid CO2 and the resin glands or trichomes of the plant are dissolved and stripped of plant materials, leaving behind nothing but cannabinoids and terpenes. The solvent is then purged out. [See “How is My Cannabis Produced”] This process leads to cannabinoids potency ranging from 60-99%, while flower usually contains around 7-30% cannabinoids.
Recently, extracting from fresh frozen material has become very popular and such forms are generally called Live Resins. Live Resins can come in crystals, shatter, sugars, badder or budders, and sauces among other names. These different forms range in potencies, consistencies, and terpene profiles. The presence of THCa crystals as well as the preservation of terpene and cannabinoid ratio is a good marker of a well-made final product. Solventless extractions such as Rosin, bubble hash or kief are popular concentrates as well. Rosin is made by applying a heated press to the cannabis bud and bubble hash can be made by using an ice water bath sift.
With so many different kinds of concentrates there are a few different ways concentrates can be used – dabbing and vaporizing are the most common. All of your standard BHO or CO2 concentrates as well as things like rosin and live resin can be consumed through the process of dabbing. To dab, you will need a dab rig, a quartz nail or banger, a torch, a dab tool, a carb cap, and a gram of concentrates. To dab a concentrate, you’ll scoop out a small amount of the concentrate (.05-.1g) with your dab tool. This amount may seem small but due to the potency of these products, a dab’ll do ya. Get it! Apply your dab to the bottom of your banger, and cap it with the carb cap. From there, you’ll apply heat using the torch until the concentrate vaporizes and inhale from the dab rig. You will inhale the vapor from the dab until the rig is clear, and then swab out the excess oil with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. People like this method since it’s effects hit hard and last a moderate amount of time (2-4 hours)
Vaping concentrates is the more discreet and convenient method for consuming concentrates since they require less equipment and prep, and can be taken on the go. We advise consumers to use an electronic battery powered vaporization device. These devices heat either a quartz, ceramic or titanium coil to 450 to 800 degrees, the coil sits beneath or within a chamber. The user would fill about .05-.1g of concentrate into the chamber. When the coil heats up it will vaporize the concentrate to an inhalable steam vapor which can then be inhaled through the mouthpiece. Like any other form of cannabis you can inhale, it is quick acting (1 min-5 mins) and has a moderate duration (2-4 hours).