Concentrates, whatever variety of consistency or brand, are a THC extract, using a variety of methods, (heat, pressure, solvents, etc.) to pull it from the
flower, or in some cases, such as with, "live" concentrates, is pulled from the entirety of the living hemp plant. This has actually been found, as a superior extraction technique, to produce a different result with each strain of hemp plant, most of which, resulting in a very high quality concentrate. Concentrates vary from a live sauce, which is virtually a medium weight hemp oil that's possible to dab, to live beach sand, or crumble. Both of which are extremely dry, but are different in property and quality, where crumble is more
comparable (most of the time) to a dry mud, and boasts at best, 75-85% THC content sometimes, but again, usually isn't even that high. Live beach sand is exactly the consistency of a sand grain, or a crystal, which as a general rule is 95% or higher THC content. However there are many variations of concentrates in between those two types, of many
different types, colors, smells, contents, consistencies, potencies, and terpene profiles. Just about any type of concentrates you could possibly want, do exist, and the makers of these products are developing new products and methods by the day, making concentrates even better, and hopefully cheaper. Concentrates are currently, as it stands right now,the outstanding most potent, and effective way to intake THC. (Edibles might come close in comparison, but don't take effect nearly as fast or strong without mass amounts.)
Most concentrates contain a large amount of THCA, which to the best of my understanding, means simply that it is heat activated. Most Concentrates are vaporized through either an electronic hand held rigging device, a cartridge, or a banger nail with a rig/bong set-up, and all vaporize at different temperatures. Some can be orally ingested, but could also be
vaporized just the same. Very few, called R.S.O. or Rick Simpson oil concentrates are oral ingestion ONLY. So whatever method and effect you're looking for, you can find it with concentration. It's simply a matter of finding out, and knowing which type of concentrates work for you. You do so by trial and error, and by knowing your terpenes, but also by knowing whether it's a hybrid, a sativa, or an indica.
The strain, whether it be hybrid, sativa, or indica, may not entirely be what's important when looking for concentrates. The terpenes are important as well, and
usually by smell, can tell you whether or not you're going to prefer a concentrate. Because not only do terpenes have a lot to do with how a concentrates tastes, as well as smells, but also tells you what it might do, or how it might affect you. Terpenes are different herbal embellishments that are put into the concentrate extraction to enhance their quality. However, this makes it tricky, because someone who may prefer an indica for the pain relief aspect, may find more of that property in a sativa property driven concentrate, that simply has a high end of pain relieving terpenes in it's terpene profile. The different terpenes are these. Humulene, which smells of hops, cloves, and coriander, is known to have antibacterial and antifungal qualities, and can inhibit tumor growth. Limonene, which smells strongly of citrus, lemons, and oranges, is known to relieve stress, and elevate your mood, and give you better focus. Linalool, smells of lavender, birch, or rosewood, and is an anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic, mood enhancer. It can also relieve stress, and relax your
muscles. Pinene, smells of pine, sage, or rosemary, and counters short term memory loss. This one actually also can help with breathing, is an anti-inflammatory, and inhibits cancer cell growth. Caryophyllene, smells like pepper, cinnamon, oregano, and basil, helps you sleep, relieves pain, helps control muscle spasms, relieves stress, and is an
antioxidant. Myrcene smells strongly of citrus, lemon grass, mango, and bay leaves. This terpene makes you hungry, helps sedate you, really helps sleep, and is arguably the best terpene for pain and inflammation. Terpinolene smells like apples, or nutmeg and lilac. its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and inhibits cancer cell growth. Then last, Ocimene, smells of
mint, mango, and orchid, and is an antiseptic, decongestant, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial. Using the knowledge of how much of each one of these is contained in a concentrate, and the way it smells, in conjunction with what strain it is, and what type of concentrate it is to begin with, all combined, should give you an accurate idea of exactly what your concentrate will taste like, what they will smell like, and most importantly, how they might work for you.
Contrast With Flowers.
So, why concentrate over flowers? Flower has always got the job done, and vaporizing something seems, or feels to some like a great leap, or leaving their comfort zone, of actually wanting to utilize the flower the old school way, for fear that it may not be as effective, or may not work. As i myself personally, have been disappointed with alternative intake methods. So why try this new one? What makes this so different? Well allow me to explain. Concentrates are taking what you would get from a gram of flower, and concentrating it down to be ingested in two, or maybe one large shot. It really is legitimate as far as effect, and as for potency, it takes something, that at its base, is between 9 and 29-30% THC, and condenses it down to where it's upwards of at least 60-70% THC. So even the worst of concentrates should be three times as potent as the best of flowers, making it that much more effective. Some would ask, "I can get 7 grams of flowers for 80 dollars, or I can get 1.5 grams of concentrates for the same price. Why should I go for something 1/7 the size, and the same exact price? Won't i run out of that faster?" Well the response to that question is no, the gram and a half of concentrates will actually last you longer, provided you are using them the same as you would your flower. I personally have experienced going through 7 grams of flour in 2-3 days, as to where even to my suprise, one good gram of concentrates used correctly, will last for 6-9 days. The reason is that it's so much more effective, so instead of using half a gram all at once like one would with a flower, with concentrates, all you need is enough to make up the size of a match head. This means your concentrates will last you longer as well, making them
arguably well more worth the price asked for them versus flower. There are some who just want to, "keep it simple" and will never know what they're missing out on. Not to say there is anything wrong with utilizing flowers the old-school way, concentrates are just the new, "bang for your buck." and in contrast with flowers, will stretch much farther when you need them too.
Concentrates, where new to the market, are a fantastic new intake method. They seem complicated or overwhelming, but just like anything new, it just takes learning just a few simple things about them, and then they are easy both to understand, and to use. Overall, they make things much easier, and convenient even whenever you've got your methods and items figured out perfectly. Sure it isn't as simple as lighting something on fire, but it's still relatively easy to learn and do, and is infinitely worth it to do so, as it's not just more effective and enjoyable, it's also becoming the new social thing as well, so you could just call it keeping up with the times. However, if you want to actually call
it what it is, it's an upgrade that will save you constant money, and bring you steady effectiveness and enjoyment. In conclusion, it's not only worth it to convert over to using concentrates, but it's a shame we weren't all able to do so from the start. Happy heating, and stay safe!