There was a time when you walked into a dispensary and all that was available were buds, but now there are a plethora of new products on the market. In the world of cannabis extracts and dabs, there is a multitude of products available, such as dabs and oils. These are super potent extracts and dabs made from marijuana, usually with a high THC content and costing more than just regular buds.
If you are new to all of these products, it can be hard to choose which one you need and which one will be good for you. This is a guide about the world of cannabis oils and dabs, all the equipment you need to jump on the bandwagon, and some useful advice on how to choose!
What equipment do you need for dabbing?
If you are going to be dabbing with oils or shatters, you are going to need some equipment that might not already be in the inventory. Most bongs can be dabbed with, so long as you have a nail (a metal stick or wand for burning) and a blow torch.
Different kinds of extracts
Most marijuana users are used to smoking buds that they grind up and put in a bowl or in a joint. However, technology has allowed us to extract the most potent part of the bud, namely THC or CBD for smoking. Extracts come in a wide range of products, such as oils, dabs and shatters.
In general, choosing which extract you like is a matter of opinion, and it is great to try them all at least once. Oils can be smoked or ingested orally, depending on what you wish to use it for. For example, if you are looking for a medicinal product, a CBD only oil could be a good product for pain management or nausea.
Shatters are a harder extract that when broken, shatter like glass. Depending on the strain, some extracts turn into a waxy product, and others crystallize something like sugar. These consistencies depend on how the product is agitated during the extraction process, and of course on the strain. The consistency does not usually say anything about the potency, so don’t get too wrapped up in the consistency.
Can extracts be medicinal?
Of course extracts can be medicinal. They are high potency, high strength marijuana products that are extremely beneficial to people with medical conditions. Choosing an oil, tincture or shatter with a high CBD content and less THC content assists with pain management and other medical conditions, without the interference of the cerebral high.
Clean pure concentrates are actually far healthier for those health conscious people because resin-producing plant material has been removed from the product. These also provide a very swift onset of the medicinal properties of marijuana, so the effects can be felt faster.
Alcohol based tinctures
Some extracts available on the market are made with alcohol and are tinctures for taking orally. These are not safe to dab or smoke because they are made with alcohol. Beware of this because mixing alcohol and fire is a big no no!
Use alcohol tinctures for taking orally, although they may not actually get you stoned. These are more for everyday use with medical marijuana patients.
The difference between flowers and extracts
The difference between flowers and extracts lies mainly in the potency of what you are smoking and in the price. When you are buying marijuana buds, the potency of THC is usually anywhere between 10% and 25%. However, with purchasing extracts, the THC content is anywhere from 50%to 90%. Naturally, this means that depending on what kind of a smoker you are, a little bit can go a long way.
This also means that the price is affected. A gram of extracts can be as high as $70. Although the initial investment is a little bit steep, it may be more cost-effective in the long run.