This series is meant to explain the various cannabis-related terms you may have heard. The following is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to condone the use or consumption of the term being defined. For more information, please refer to our disclaimer.
When someone says they like smoking cannabis, you assume that they are referring to the dried and cured buds that are put into joints, pipes or vaporizers before being consumed. But, things might be a little more hazy when someone says that they enjoy using concentrates because the term encompasses a wide range of products.
Similar to a word like edibles, concentrates is an umbrella term that refers to cannabis that has undergone various extraction methods to produce concentrated forms of cannabis that are much more potent. It is made by using solvents like ethanol, butane, CO2 (carbon dioxide) or even water to eliminate or strip all plant material and isolate compounds like THC or CBD. Some of the most common concentrates are hash, wax, shatter and oil. They all have different textures and consistencies that vary from a thick salve or gooey like honey, to solid like glass candy.
There are a number of ways to consume concentrates depending on what kind it is. Dabbing by heating up concentrates using a blowtorch, a nail and dab rig creates a vapor that can be inhaled. Concentrates can also be mixed with flower by crumbling it over a bowl or into a joint for an enhanced experience. There are also ingestible concentrates like oil or alcohol-based tinctures as well as oil capsules for people who prefer to take it orally without having to heat it up to be smoked.
When smoking concentrates, expect to feel a buzz using much less product than when smoking flower. Tinctures can be taken by putting drops beneath the tongue or into beverages, soups, sauces or other foods, although under the tongue is a quicker method of absorption.
Story by K. Astre