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A Guide To THC Concentrates
Years ago, before the medical and recreational marijuana craze began sweeping across the states, concentrates were usually hard to come by, and incredibly limited in variety. For the most part, the only exposure old school smokers had to concentrates were in the form of hash, and hash oil, usually either homemade or imported from the middle east. Today, marijuana is a completely different game, with different rules and different products. There is a staggering amount of products available on the market today, and it takes a little education to get up to speed with what’s going on. Let’s learn a little about concentrates.
Concentrates are much more potent than the traditional “bud” or “flower”. Today’s buds tend to fall into the 10-25% THC range, while concentrates have a content of 50-80%, with some even going to 90%. There are many different ways to consume concentrates, and they are incredibly varied in form. Concentrates can be generally grouped into one of three categories; combustible, edible, and topical.
Popular “combustible” products include shatter, wax, rosin, crumble, hash, and hash oil, among others. As you could have already guessed, combustible concentrates can be consumed in a variety of different ways. Dabbing has become incredibly popular recently. It is a relatively easy method for consuming cannabinoids, but can be hard to grasp for beginners. Shatter is becoming increasingly popular with smokers that prefer dabs.
Many people are using vaporizers to consume concentrates such as THC oil, and hash oil. They are using vape pens to ingest cannabis oil in the same fashion as mainstream vape users ingesting e-juice. With each passing year, it seems that there are more and more types of cannabis oil to choose from. Some other popular forms of THC oil are CO2 oil and Rick Simpson oil (RSO).
As times passes, more people are realizing the benefits of THC, both medically and recreationally. Many people who cannot, or choose not to smoke, now have a wide range of methods of using cannabis. For these consumers, edibles are a great alternative to smoking. Traditionally, edibles were limited to the famous “brownies”. Many smokers growing up in the 60s and 70s remember these all too well. Today, marijuana edibles have been broken down to a science. Back in the day, you would just have to try a little bit of the brownie or cookie, see how you feel, and then proceed accordingly. These days, all edibles are broken down into doses of 10 or 20 milligrams.
If you were shocked by the number of varieties of combustible concentrates, you will be absolutely floored by the amount of edibles that are present. Today, the popular forms are candies (hard, soft, gummy, cookies, chocolates, brownies), juice, pop, capsules, and THC tinctures. Among all concentrates, medical users tend to favor edibles due to their ease of ingestion and their high potency. They have a noticeably different feeling than combustibles and since your body’s fat absorbs the THC, the effects are prolonged.
THC tinctures are a great way for beginning marijuana users to experience the world of smokeless marijuana products. Since they are highly concentrated, tinctures are usually consumed by placing a small drop under your tongue. Like all marijuana products, once you find your desired dosage, you can experiment from there. They act faster than ingestible oils and other edibles, although they are less potent. Another increasingly popular form of edibles are THC pills and THC capsules. These THC pills and THC capsules are designed for an easy introduction into the bloodstream, and as with all edibles, they often have a stronger and longer-lasting effect than smoked marijuana.
Mainly geared toward the medical consumer, topicals are also a popular method of ingesting cannabis. Topicals generally come in the form of patches, lotions, and balms. They do a great job of fighting pain and are great at treating the pain brought by such ailments as arthritis. They have also been known to have a positive effect on headaches, dermatitis, itching, and psoriasis.
Many edibles and topicals are now available with both THC and CBD (cannabidiol). Even today, a lot of non-experienced users are not certain of the difference between THC and CBD. Cannabidiol typically comes from non-psychoactive (non-THC) marijuana plants, making it legal across the United States. Many consumers, including those who do not use marijuana love CBD for its strictly medical value. Today, a mix of both compounds in just about any type of cannabis product. As you can see there is a great difference between THC and CBD.
As the cannabis culture evolves, it is almost certain that we will see more and more different products and breakthroughs in this fascinating field. It seems that our culture is now finally accepting the benefits of THC. We can be sure to see products coming out in the next several years that will absolutely dwarf what is available on today’s market. Keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting developments.
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