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5 Ways To Tell You’re Smoking Top-Shelf Dabs

Top-shelf concentrates taste like the strains they are extracted from. If you are new to the work of dabs, here’s what you need to know.
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If you’ve been using cannabis for years, you know the difference between quality bud and something grown in a newbie’s dorm room closet. You’re refined. You have taste.

As the legalization movement continues to spread, the green continues to get better. In particular, the world of concentrates has expanded rapidly, meaning that you have some amazing options to choose from!

Here are a few of our favorite dabs out there:



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If you want to experience the best in dabbing, rosin is the way to go. Rosin is the purest form of cannabis extraction known to mankind and some call it the apex of cannabis concentrates. And in the rosin world, the go-to brand is CLSICS.

CLSICS rosin is made only using heat, pressure, ice, and water. Nothing more. The result is a terpene-fueled concentrate that delivers the ultimate experience and flavors.

Delta Effex’s Pearls are one of the best tasting and most powerful concentrates you can get. This 1 gram hybrid blend produces an euphoric head buzz and a pleasant high that will leave you invigorated, focused, and productive.

These D8 pearls have a high concentration of THC, so a little goes a long way. They’re the perfect choice for those who are new to concentrates or just looking for the most bang for their buck.

Binoid offers highly potent Delta 8 THC  dabs that all the boxes of how a top-shelf concentrate should look, feel, and taste.

Their wax dabs pack quite a punch as they come in at 92% Delta 8. Fin Binoid’s wax dabs in six strain-specific options: Blue Dream, Lemon Squeeze, Fruity Pebbles, OG Kush, Zkittlez, and Pineapple Express

If you are new to the world of dabbing, here are some ways to know you’re enjoying quality, top-shelf concentrates.


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When you first started smoking weed, you smelled the stuff. The same goes with dabs. Aroma is essential when examining bud, however, you obviously don’t want to inhale a concentrate that does not smell appealing.

If you are extracting your own concentrates, they will smell amazing while they’re hot!  If you are just buying them from a dispensary, give it a good whiff!


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Concentrates come in a number of forms. There’s shatter, wax, oil, and eventually, there will be something else as the popularity of dabs continues to dominate the cannabis industry.

Be aware that high-CBD dabs have a more crystalline texture, while hash oil will be more of a syrup. To know what a good texture in concentrates looks like, do your research. Visit dispensaries and explore your concentrate of choice.


Why Are There So Many Different Kinds of Concentrates?

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Whichever concentrate you prefer, go for the one that looks the cleanest. Shatter should look glass-like, think stained-glass people!

If it looks like honeycomb, it better be crumble! If it’s hash oil, it should look like light maple syrup, and be a bit runny. Concentrates should look consistent, so if something looks “off,” steer clear!


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Top-shelf concentrates taste like the strains they are extracted from. A concentrate may taste like the solvent used to extract it, but don’t settle for a butane flavored shatter.

Solventless concentrates exist, and they will provide you with the most flavorful hits and highs.

End Result

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Concentrates should be pure – that’s how they’re marketed, right? Your concentrates should not taste like solvents, and if they do, find a new dispensary.

Butane Hash Oil or BHO is the only exception, and even then, your dabs should be delicious, not gross! Additionally, if you take home a concentrate and hate the taste, don’t buy it again. Trust your palate!

In dispensaries, look for these five things when you are purchasing concentrates. You deserve the best dabs, so aroma, texture, aesthetic, taste, and end result are essential. Talk to your budtender and ask them about a concentrate if you’re trying something new.

July 27, 2021
Written by Herb
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July 27, 2021
Written by Herb
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