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Consumption 101 Series: THC Concentrates and How to Use Them

August 15, 2022
Consumption 101 Series: THC Concentrates and How to Use Them

If you’re looking for one of the most efficient cannabis delivery systems out there, consider concentrates. While these are highly potent and effective products, many medical patients aren’t aware of them. That’s why in this post we’re going to look at what a THC concentrate is, how to use it, and the difference between the concentrate vs flower experience.

What Is THC Concentrate?

First, let’s go over what a THC concentrate actually is. In simplest terms, a concentrate is cannabis with all the plant matter removed. Extractors use one of several methods to “wash” active ingredients like THC, CBD, and terpenes off of marijuana flower. The most common extraction methods use solvents like butane and CO2 for this. Then, they purge away the solvents, along with any unwanted ingredients or impurities, to create their final product. 

Concentrates can come in a variety of forms. Some of the most common include shatter, budder, wax, and oil. These substances all have different textures and colors, but they’re similar substances. While you can’t always assess a concentrate’s quality by its texture, you can sometimes infer it from the extract’s color. You want to be on the lookout for lighter tan-colored THC concentrates. Some may be nearly translucent.

Concentrate vs Flower High: Potency

It’s nearly impossible to use a concentrate without recognizing the differences between its effects and those of cannabis flower. Cannabis concentrates are highly potent—often two to three times as strong as even the most powerful flower. Some research shows that the average concentrate reaches THC levels of at least 80%—that’s potent!

As a result, a concentrate high is much more dynamic vs a flower high. Indicas will be even more sedating and relaxing, while sativa-based concentrates can inspire a huge creative rush. If you’re new to concentrates, it’s essential to start low and slow. This means start with a very small dose or amount of concentrate, and then consume more only after you’ve given your body plenty of time to reach the peak experience. We recommend waiting about an hour before consuming more.

How to Use Concentrates

Although many cannabis patients refer to consuming concentrates as “smoking,” this is actually incorrect. For best effects, you don’t want to smoke a THC concentrate. Applying an open flame to a concentrate can break down some of its active ingredients before you get a chance to inhale them. Instead, you want to vaporize it.

Several tools exist to help you do this. One of the most common is a “dab rig.” This is essentially a bong with a specialized bowl that vaporizes concentrates. Vape pens that are designed for use with concentrates are also common. These tools use ceramic or metal heating coils to vaporize their contents.

Best Way to Smoke Concentrates

If you’re looking for one of the best ways to smoke concentrates, you can’t beat the Lookah Seahorse Pro Plus. The Seahorse Pro is a powerful device and the perfect tool for patients who need the option to use THC concentrates on the go. This electric nectar collector is like a straw that you use to vape concentrates straight out of their container. Each fully-charged battery can get you between 10 and 15 dabs, ensuring that you’re never caught without medical marijuana.

How to Use Concentrates: Learn From 3Fifteen Primo

Interested in trying cannabis concentrates for yourself? At 3Fifteen Primo, we have an extensive selection of concentrates. Find the closest 3Fifteen Primo dispensary near you and stop by today to learn more about selecting and using cannabis concentrates from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Of course you can always peruse our live online menus from the comfort of home, too. We look forward to seeing you!

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