Concentrates: An Alternative Way To Enjoy Cannabis
Why Use Concentrates
Cannabis concentrates have become quite popular in recent years, and when you realize the many forms and types, it’s easy to see why. While concentrates are nothing new, it has seen a tremendous increase in consumption. Much of the credit for this has to go to the legalization of marijuana in various states throughout the country.
What’s great about consuming concentrates is that it can be an alternative to smoking cannabis, which may not be appealing to everyone. Not everyone likes, or can tolerate the harsh smoke produced by burning flowers. Along with edibles, this provides yet another way for individuals to still reap the benefits of cannabis. One interesting point to consider, is that using a concentrate will give you a more consistent THC jolt, because when using a smoking method, you are naturally going to burn away some in the air between takes. That factor doesn’t need to be taken into account with concentrates.
According to BDS analytics, concentrates have seen a 125% increase in sales. It’s expected at some point that concentrates will eventually surpass the traditional flower in terms of sales and popularity. So the popularity and widespread usage of this is undeniable, but what exactly is it?
A Little History Lesson
First, it’s interesting to note that cannabis concentrates have been used to some degree or for thousands of years. Some of the earliest evidence for this comes from Asia and the Middle East. The oldest concentrate came from Middle Eastern people would created Hash using a dry sifting method that would eventually separate the components of the flower. It would “…separate the resin glands, called trichomes, from other plant matter. The extracted trichomes, with a powdery appearance, are commonly known as kief” (potguide.com). Indian and Chinese cultures both recognized the medicinal benefits of cannabis and developed their own methods to use the product to help ailments.
We have certainly come along way since those ancient days, and now there are more high tech methods for extracting and separating cannabis, either using a solvent or non-solvent method. A solvent method utilizes a liquid base in order to extract the THC from the bud itself. In a non-solvent method, “ [It] uses things like water or gravity to isolate resin heads” (merryjane.com).
Types and Methods
A word you will often hear associated with concentrates is dab or dabbing, which is cannabis that’s had its THC separated using various solvent or nonsolvent methods. This produces an oil-like residue that can the be used to make variations of cannabis types (Butter, Shatter, Rosin, etc…).
Depending on the the method used, a different type of concentrate will be yielded.
Solvent: Wax, CO2 Oil, Shatter, and Tinctures (these are the types you will find in our pre-filled Vape cartridges at Bumblebee Vape).
Non-Solvent: Bubble Hash, Rosin, Kief, etc… sometimes done by use of pneumatic press or high pressure hydraulic system.
One reason to try concentrates over other types is because of the high amount of THC blast you get from it. Dabbing a concentrate, a person might get 60% or greater THC count. Concentrates can offer a more effective distribution to the body, and allow for faster and greater relief of ailments, due to the aforementioned THC that is higher than other cannabis methods. According to an article at Engadget.com, “Lightly processed concentrates like kief and hash range from 20 to 60 percent THC, while extractions like BHO and CO2 oils range from 50 to 90 percent THC… distillate (also known as “clear”), which exceeds 90 percent THC, is becoming commercially available” (Engadget.com)
There are many types of concentrates out there, and the terminology can be overwhelming at times. Here is a quick look at some of the more popular ones and a little information about them.
- Butter: Cannabis butter, for one, tastes good, second, like it’s name entails, it can be used to integrate into various cooking methods. The concentrate is loaded with the cannabinoids needed for ailments and it’s easy to make. The cannabis butter can be used to replace actual butter in any recipe you are using.
- Shatter: Resembling hard caramel candy, Shatter boasts some high doses of THC (upwards of 80%), hence why the popularity of this particular concentrate is so high (no pun intended). During the extraction process and heated, Shatter, looks like honey, but once it has a chance to cool it resembles that hard candy or glass texture…drop it on the ground and it shatters.
- Kief: Also called Pollen, Kief was used by several ancient cultures, and is the small leftover crystals from the flower. This non-solvent is relatively inexpensive compared to some other out there because the extraction method is less intensive (sifting).
Many of the distribution methods for concentrates remain the same. The concentrate can be vaped, can be put into a joint or bong, or by dabbing. Depending on the type of concentrate used, can determine what method works best. For example, if you have Rosin, dabbing is best. If you have Kief, then smoking method (vaporizer) is preferable.
Bumblebee Vape pens utilize a vaporization method you get one of the fastest methods of distribution into your body. With a variety of strains to choose from, (OG Kush, Pineapple Express, Blue Dream, XJ-13, and more), Bumblebee Vape has something for everyone.
You can find some of our awesome products at a variety of dispensaries. Stop by Canna Care in Sacramento, Phytologie in Oakland, or the Holistic Healing Collective in San Pablo. If you have a favorite dispensary of your own that doesn’t carry us, send us an email with the information and we will get right on that! As always, experiment and find out what works for you, make it your own, and find out for yourself the varieties and benefits of concentrates. When you find out which Bumble Vape product works best for you, pass the word on, and give your friends the opportunity to see what all the buzz is about here!
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