An Astronauts Guide to Navigating Dabs: Part 1
The world of concentrates has expanded to great heights and if you’re just getting into it, the vast terms and product variety may seem daunting. But don’t worry! Zero Gravity is here to help! Let’s keep it simple this time and just start with the basics.
What are Cannabis Concentrates?
Cannabis concentrates are refined, more potent forms of marijuana derived from the flower we know and love. Concentrates are made using a process called extraction, which isolates and removes the essential compounds in cannabis, specifically, cannabinoids (like THC) and terpenes.
Types if Cannabis Concentrates:
Kief: Trichome crystals that have been physically removed from plant material and collected. A powdery substance similar to that of pollen or sand. Has a much lower THC content than other concentrates but is much easier to work with and a great choice for smoking out of bowls or adding to joints.
Hash: Thick little bricks of collected trichomes. Can also come in the form of bubble hash, which looks more similar to kief, but still retains its hashy texture and flavor. One of the oldest concentrates in the world.
Distillate: A concentrated oil made through a complex distillation process that isolates and separates THC from the other compounds in the plant. Can be incredibly potent, sometimes reaching as high as 99% THC. However, it tends to be light on the terpenes, leading to a less flavorful smoke and typically a less complete buzz.
Shatter: Shatter is a thin and brittle concentrate that tends to break into many little pieces when handled. It usually clocks in at anywhere from 60%–80% THC depending on quality. Shatter is a good middle-of-the-road concentrate that provides both decent flavor and decent potency.
Crumble: Sometimes known as honeycomb wax, is a solid/waxy concentrate that is much easier to handle than most other extracts, making it a better choice for adding to joints or blunts and a great texture for beginners.
Sauce: A gooey concentrate that gets its name from its resemblance to apple sauce. Sauce contains high levels of terpenes and is one of the tastier concentrates. As a result, it’s a good choice for those who prioritize flavor over potency.
Badder/Batter/Budder: Badder texture is very similar to that of butter. It is a solid/waxy concentrate that is similar to crumble, but less thick and creamier. It can be cured or live. And, like crumble, this more solid concentrate is a better choice for smoking or adding to joints and blunts but can also be used for dab tools.
Diamonds: Diamonds, also known as THCa diamonds, are a unique concentrate made from the crystalline diamonds left over after the terpy sauce has been removed. This type of concentrate may have less flavor, but a higher potency.
Live Resin: Live Resin is a concentrate that is known for its intense flavor and smell. Made using frozen and thawed flower, it tends to reach levels of 50%–70% THC. Great for those who love strong flavors in their dabs.
Live Rosin: Live Rosin is a super terpy and tasty concentrate that is made using a solventless extraction process. It is a favorite among health-conscious cannabis consumers that prefer solventless extracts with lots of flavor.
RSO-Rick Simpson Oil is what’s known as a decarboxylated full-spectrum extract. RSO differs from a lot of other cannabis oils because it contains higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The high levels of THC present making it particularly effective at treating pain compared to other medical marijuana alternatives. RSO has been shown to help with several physical ailments, including chronic pain.
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