Cannabis concentrates and oils provide amazing health benefits, which you can’t get by smoking flowers. They are processed for keeping the important ingredients of marijuana and removing the other materials and impurities. There’s a wide range of concentrates available, and they can be used in different products.
To buy THC oil or cannabis concentrates, you require an MMJ card signed by a licensed doctor. In most marijuana legalized states, a card is valid for 12 months, and after that, you need to renew medical marijuana card for another year.
This post discusses the different types of cannabis oil, extraction options, and ways to consume concentrates such as smoking, vaping, etc.
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Different Types of Cannabis Oils
They provide various health benefits along with delivering psychoactive effects. The THC-infused oils can be consumed in various ways, the common ones are—dabs, capsules, and tinctures.
These are non-intoxicating products for managing symptoms of various medical conditions. The oils are usually available in tinctures and capsules. The hemp-derived CBD oils contain less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the allowed limit in the United States.
You can consume the cannabis ingestible oils with foods or beverages or in the form of capsules.
Difference Between Cannabis Concentrates & Extracts
The major difference between concentrates and extracts is the method of collection of trichomes. Concentrates contain the aroma and flavor of the substance while extracts are prepared by using a solvent such as alcohol, CO2, etc.
Examples of concentrates prepared without using solvents are—rosin, moon rocks, rosin, hash oil, and kief.
What Distinguishes Concentrates?
There’s a wide range of cannabis concentrates available. Manufacturers use various processing techniques and plant materials for making concentrate products. Listed below are the major distinguishing factors of different concentrations-
Plant Material Used
What’s the type of marijuana plant materials used for manufacturing concentrates? Usually, flower buds, leaves, stems, etc. are used collectively. The quality of the input material has a direct impact on the potency, flavor and other characteristics of concentrates produced.
How trichomes are collected from the marijuana plant? Different processing techniques use different physical processes for making concentrates.
After the important ingredients are extracted from the cannabis plant, they can take different forms, allowing patients to get their preferred ones. It’s important to note that the form of concentrate doesn’t affect their effects.
To activate the ingredients, you need to use the right method of consumption. Some patients dab concentrate products on a titanium nail while others prefer quartz nails. The latter heats up quickly and offers great taste.
Different Smoking Methods
There are various ways to consume cannabis concentrates, such as vaporizing, smoking, portable vape pen, etc. The method you should choose depends on the type of concentrate you have. Listed below are some of the best methods of delivering active ingredients of concentrates into the body-
Topping The Flower
You can add concentrates on the top of the flowers in the glass pipe or wrap it around the joint to receive immediate effects. This will increase the potency of the smoke and change the flavor as well. These are the common, cost-effective methods, and you don’t require any special equipment.
Using Handheld Vaporizers
Handheld vaporizers allow you to consume concentrates in a more discreet way. Just fill the chamber with the concentrate and attach it to the battery. The concentrate is activated by the battery connected to the chamber, thus turning it into vapors. No additional equipment is required. Just press the button and inhale the vapors. However, you can pre-fill the chamber with a concentrate.
Using Pre-Filled Vape Pens
This is another common method of consumption of concentrate. A pre-filled vape pen contains a battery and a cartridge. The cartridge heats the concentrates when it comes in contact with the battery. One disadvantage of using this type of pen is that it can’t be refilled, and after the concentrate runs out, you have to throw it. However, you can reuse the battery multiple times.
Using a dab rig is another way to enjoy the medicinal effects of cannabinoids and terpenes. It involves heating the nail, adding the concentrate, and then inhaling the vapors. The nail is made from different materials, such as glass, titanium, or ceramic.
However, the demand for torchless methods of dabbing is increasing these days. Electronic nails allow you to control the temperature to have a better dabbing experience.
Major Extraction Methods?
When it comes to making CBD, THC oils or other concentrates, usually there are two methods-.
Liquid Solvent Extraction
This method involves separating the active ingredient of cannabis using a liquid solvent. The solution is further processed to extract the required components. To ensure a safe extraction process, closed-loop systems are used, allowing technicians to control the temperature, pressure, etc. After the extraction process is over, the extract is then moved to the vacuum to remove the solvent.
The ingredients from the cannabis plant are extracted with physical actions such as shaking. However, it involves a series of screens that perform different functions. Rosin is prepared by squeezing the required components using a combination of heat and pressure.
Accessing Cannabis Concentrates Legally
In the United States, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug and remains illegal. Still, 33 states allow possession, consumption, and cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.
As per the Farm Bill of 2018, hemp-derived CBD products (that contain less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal countrywide. If you want to use cannabis products with higher THC amounts, you need a doctor’s recommendation in a marijuana legalized state.
During the COVID-19 lockdown conditions, it’s quite difficult to visit a marijuana clinic physically. Telemedicine services allow patients to apply for a new or renew medical marijuana card online. Here’s the complete process-
- Sign up an account
- Talk to a licensed doctor over a secure digital platform
- Receive your MMJ recommendation letter in PDF format
Using cannabis delivery services, you can get marijuana products delivered to your home. This helps you to ensure social distancing, and stay protected from the coronavirus.
To sum up, concentrates are potent products that contain high amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes. There are different types of cannabis oils such as THC oil, CBD oil, and ingestible oils, allowing patients to choose based on their requirements. The two important extraction techniques are—solvent extraction and physical separation. Concentrates can be consumed by different methods such as dabbing, vape pens and topping the flowers. When purchasing cannabis concentrate products, do complete research, check the ingredients, medicinal properties, etc.
You can use hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC legally in the United States. However, if you want to use high-THC products in a legalized state, you require a valid medical marijuana card signed by a licensed doctor.