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Are concentrates the future of cannabis? Concentrates are cannabis in its most potent and purified form. They’re available as oils, waxes, tinctures, Shatter, Budder, and more. Versatile and discreet, it can be vaped, dabbed, added to food and drink, or taken sublingually. As for the effects – most concentrates contain a higher percentage of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Benefits of cannabis concentrates include,
Stronger effects: True to the name, concentrates tend to be more potent, producing greater relaxation and euphoria.
Less smoke: Concentrates create less smoke, making them easier on the lungs.
Low key: Concentrates produce less odor and can be consumed in small, portable devices.
Greater variety: Available in diverse flavors and effects, concentrates offer more options.
Fast-acting: Concentrates often work more quickly, providing faster relief for medical users.
Precise: Concentrates allow you to control the exact amount of cannabis consumed, ensuring a consistent experience.
Longer shelf-life: Concentrates are less likely to go bad or lose potency over time.
Cost-effective: While concentrates might be more expensive up front, they typically last longer, making them a more cost-effective option in the long run.
To get the most from a concentrate, it helps to know how they’re processed. Concentrates are created by extracting the most potent and valuable components of the cannabis plant: THC, CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. From there, concentrates can be categorized into two main types: full-extract and partial-extract.
Tap into the entourage effect. By using all parts of the cannabis plant: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, these concentrates harness the plant's full range of compounds, which may contribute to the entourage effect— enhancing the overall benefits.
Ideal for folks who already know what they’re looking for. These concentrates isolate specific compounds like THC or CBD, providing more targeted effects. For example, THC concentrates provide a psychoactive experience, while CBD concentrates are geared towards therapeutic benefits without the high.
One of the most exciting new full-extract cannabis concentrates is Shatter. Incredibly potent, Shatter can be composed of up to 97 percent cannabinoid content. Smooth and glassy and significantly more effective when vaped, Shatter is a cannabis derivative and not harmful.
Like most concentrates, Shatter is produced by extracting cannabinoids like THC and CBD. The extraction process for most Shatter involves running a solvent — usually carbon dioxide or ethanol — through cannabis buds to pull out the cannabinoids, then evaporating the solvent and collecting the remaining resins.
The term Shatter refers to the fact that the leftover resin is often cooled into a glassy sheet, similar to boiled caramel hardening into candy. When dropped, the sheet shatters like glass. Outside of non-dispensary settings, consumers are more likely to find it in a thick, taffy-like form.
Shatter is the most potent of all concentrates because it undergoes an additional filtration process to get rid of other naturally occurring fats and waxes. This is how it is able to have its active ingredients in such high amounts (typically cannabis, when vaped, has only 5-18 percent cannabinoid content).
NOTE: For folks who want to maximize the benefits of the entourage effect, Shatter is one of the only full-extract medical cannabis products available in Florida.
Shatter can be used in a variety ways, including:
Dabbing: provides a fast and intense experience
Vaporizing: creates a smoother, less harsh vapor
Adding to a bowl or joint: add Shatter to a bowl of cannabis flowers, or mix into a joint. The shatter will melt and vaporize, enhancing the overall potency and effects.
Twaxing: wrap a thin strip of Shatter around the outside of a joint or blunt before smoking. The shatter will melt and vaporize, increasing the potency of the smoke.
Versatile and potent, cannabis concentrates come in a variety of forms, each with its own unique properties. Whether you prefer dabbing or vaporizing, here’s what else you need to know:
Wax: Sticky and crumbly, easy to handle, usually vaporized or dabbed
Shatter: Hard and glass-like, breaks easily, often consumed by dabbing
Budder: Creamy and smooth, often used for dabbing or vaporizing
Oil: Golden liquid, versatile, great for vape pens, tinctures, or added to food and drink
Live Resin: Flavorful, terpene-heavy, intense aroma
Rosin: No additives, usually dabbed but also works with vape cartridge
Crumble: Dry and crumbly, often used for dabbing or vaporizing
Distillate: Purified partial extract, odorless and flavorless
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