Concentrates have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a more potent and versatile alternative to traditional cannabis products. Concentrates are products derived from the cannabis plant. By extracting the plant's essential oils, cannabinoids, and terpenes, concentrates offer a concentrated form of the plant's active compounds. These concentrates can be many times more potent than traditional cannabis flower, offering an enhanced, more intense experience.
How are concentrates made?
Concentrates can be made through various extraction methods, each involving the isolation and separation of the desired compounds from the plant material to create a concentrated and pure product. The extraction process can influence the final product's texture, potency, and overall qualities.
Solvent-based extraction- This method involves using solvents like butane, ethanol, or CO2 to dissolve the cannabinoids and other desired compounds from the plant material. The solvent is then evaporated, leaving behind a concentrated substance.
Rosin press- This method does not require the use of solvents. Instead, it involves applying heat and pressure to the cannabis plant material, causing it to release its resinous oils. The oils are then collected and solidified to create a concentrate.
Ice water extraction- This method uses ice-cold water to separate the trichomes, which contain the desired compounds, from the plant material. The mixture is then filtered to remove any impurities, leaving behind a concentrated substance.
The resulting concentrate can take different forms such as hash, badder, wax, resin, oil, or live rosin.
What are the benefits of concentrates?
Cannabis concentrates provide numerous benefits for both recreational and medicinal users.
High potency- Due to the extraction process, concentrates typically have a higher concentration of cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, compared to traditional forms of cannabis. This means that users may potentially experience a more pronounced and immediate effect. With concentrates, less is more.
Precise serving sizes- Concentrates are typically measured in milligrams, providing better control over serving size for a more tailored experience.
How do you use concentrates?
Concentrates can be consumed using several methods. One popular approach is dabbing, which involves heating a concentrate on a hot surface, vaporizing it, and inhaling the resulting vapor through a dab rig. We recommend the Song Ryder Excursion E-Rig for a simple torch free experience. Another common method is vaporization, where concentrates are loaded into a compatible vaping device or battery. Some concentrates, like oils or tinctures, can also be consumed orally, while others can be added to food or beverages.
Concentrates vs flower
When comparing concentrates to cannabis flower, concentrates usually offer a more potent and intense experience. While flower usually contains about 10-25% THC, concentrates can have THC levels exceeding 80%. Concentrates are also often purer, containing fewer impurities and plant material, with a better taste profile, and more terpenes. However, concentrates require additional equipment and knowledge for consumption, and their high potency may not be suitable for less experienced cannabis enthusiasts.
Concentrates vs edibles
Concentrates are typically inhaled or vaporized, as opposed to edibles which are digested, providing a more rapid onset time. The effects of edibles can often last longer, but with less intensity.
Finding the right concentrates
With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which concentrate is best suited for your needs. Here are some factors to consider when making your selection:
Potency- Different concentrates have varying levels of THC and Cannabinoids like CBD. Consider your tolerance and desired effects when choosing a concentrate with the appropriate potency.
Extraction Method- Research the extraction method used for each concentrate. Some methods may result in a more flavorful or potent product, while others may prioritize purity and safety.
Source- It's important to purchase cannabis concentrates from reputable sources, like CBD Kratom. Look for products that have been tested for potency and contaminants.
Personal Preferences- With so many options available, it ultimately comes down to what you like. Consider factors such as flavor, aroma, and the desired method of consumption when choosing a concentrate.
Let CBD Kratom be your guide
Stop by one of our 60+ locations throughout Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, and let our Doyens help you explore our wide variety of concentrates. You can also shop online and schedule some one-on-one time with one of our experts from the comfort of your home.