Dabbling With Dabs

              Cannabis bud is what most people think of when they hear weed or marijuana. Magical green plant matter that grows completely naturally, is how most old school (and new school) users get down with the concept of weed. However, with advancements in technology and cannabis becoming more legal by the day, there are new forms of cannabis to be consumed. One of these potent new forms is called concentrates. Concentrates use isolation of active ingredients within the cannabis material, allowing its most influential properties to give more direct effects. Some concentrates (tinctures for example,) do not require heating the product to use it correctly.

               For a long long time, cannabis has been being used by people for a range of various reasons. Cannabis was reported to be used by the Japanese as early as 8000 B.C. Before that, hemp was used for clothing and could be considered one of the first plants to ever be cultivated by people. By 1230 C.E., cannabis had spread to western Europe and parts of Africa. People from Persia, Iraq, and Egypt would smoke Hash (cannabis resin) known for its psychoactive, relieving high that would set in quickly after the user smoked it. These were examples of the first documented cannabis encounters, with those utilizing it in ways other than its typical flower form.

             Fast forward to today, and there are hundreds of different types of concentrates, THC, and CBD products derived from the Cannabis plant. All this being said, concentrates aren't exactly what they sound like. They are a form of cannabis that isn’t your typical flower or bud. Instead, concentrates can come as oils, tinctures, rosins, shatters, and wax. These highly-concentrated cannabis products are very similar to their all-natural counterpart, marijuana bud. However, they do have some very distinct differences that you should know if you are looking to try something new.                                                

              Some of these differences include the fact that concentrates are a concentrated form of the marijuana plant, so their effects are typically going to be more intense. This can be good for heavy cannabis users or users looking for quick pain or anxiety relief. Another big difference is most cannabis concentrates don’t smell as much as their flower counterparts. While you may still be able to tell concentrates smell of marijuana, the smell is a lot less noticeable, allowing people to use concentrates in more places and more openly than if they were trying to spark a joint in the bathroom at work.

              Today there are many ways for users to consume their concentrates. If you're old school, you can just throw a piece of shatter on a bowl pack or buy what's called a nail for your glass bongs. These nails, (sold at pretty much every smoke shop in America), allow the user to heat a metal piece with a blowtorch or other heating element. You then melt your concentrates on the nail, (not as extreme as it sounds), and inhale the vapor through your piece. More and more people turn to vaping marijuana concentrates out of what's widely referred to as a dab pen. Dab pens are the new go-to for all kinds of cannabis users, allowing them to discretely sneak a puff in throughout the day. They also give users the ability to quickly and efficiently consume medicine; this becomes very beneficial for users suffering from anxiety and severe pain. If your new to weed or just are curious about a new thing, I recommend going to your local dispensary and asking about what concentrates might be right for you.

Written By Kiante' Smith