Cannabis concentrates can be consumed using various methods, depending on the type of concentrate and personal preferences. Here are some common ways to consume cannabis concentrates:
Dabbing: Dabbing is a popular method for consuming concentrates like shatter, wax, budder, and sauce. It involves heating a specialized dab rig with a nail or banger and then placing a small amount of concentrate onto the heated surface. When the concentrate vaporizes, it is inhaled through the rig, providing an immediate and intense effect.
Vaporizing: Vaporizers or vape pens are commonly used to consume concentrates like THC or CBD distillates and CO2 oils. These devices heat the concentrate to a temperature that vaporizes the cannabinoids and terpenes without combustion, producing a smooth and flavorful vapor for inhalation.
Adding to Joints or Bowls: Some concentrates, like kief or hash, can be sprinkled on top of a joint or added to a bowl of cannabis flower to enhance the potency and flavor of the smoking experience.
Sublingual Use: Tinctures and oils can be consumed sublingually by placing a few drops under the tongue. The cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes, providing a rapid onset of effects.
Edibles: Cannabis concentrates can be incorporated into edibles, such as gummies, chocolates, or baked goods, after proper decarboxylation to activate the cannabinoids. This method offers a discreet and longer-lasting experience.
Topicals: Some cannabis concentrates, like full-spectrum extracts, can be used topically for localized relief. They are often infused into balms, creams, or lotions for applications on the skin.
Vape Cartridges: Pre-filled vape cartridges containing distillates or CO2 oils can be attached to a compatible battery or vape pen for on-the-go consumption.
You don’t need any special equipment to try concentrates. A hot knife pen is a simple and DIY method of consuming cannabis extracts, particularly wax or other concentrates that are not in a liquid form. It involves using two hot knives (typically metal knives heated on a stovetop or with a torch) to vaporize the concentrate and inhale the resulting vapor.
Here’s how it works:
Heating the Knives: The first step is to heat the blades of the knives until they are red-hot. This is usually done by placing the knives on a stovetop or using a torch to apply direct heat.
Placing the Cannabis Extract: Once the knives are hot, a small amount of the cannabis concentrate, such as wax, is placed on the tip of one of the knives.
Vaporization: The second knife is then pressed against the first knife, sandwiching the concentrate between them. As the hot knives come into contact with the concentrate, it instantly vaporizes due to the high heat.
Inhaling the Vapor: As the concentrate vaporizes, the user inhales the resulting vapor through a makeshift funnel, such as a plastic bottle with the bottom cut off, or simply by leaning over the knives and inhaling the vapor directly.
It’s important to note that while hot knife pens can be an effective way to consume cannabis concentrates without the need for specialized equipment, they also come with certain risks. The high heat involved can be dangerous, and there is a risk of burns or accidents if not handled carefully. Additionally, the method can be harsh on the lungs and may not provide the most efficient vaporization compared to more modern and controlled methods like dabbing or using vaporizers. For a safer and more controlled experience, it’s advisable to use proper dab rigs or vaporizers specifically designed for consuming cannabis concentrates.
It’s essential to use cannabis concentrates responsibly and, as with all things cannabis, start slow, especially for newcomers or those unfamiliar with their potency. Each consumption method can offer different effects and onset times, so understanding how to consume concentrates safely and effectively is crucial for a positive experience. Stop by FireFlower any time to chat with one of our knowledgeable budtenders about concentrates, accessories for consumption, or any other questions you might have.