What's the Deal With Concentrates?
You’ve probably heard about dabs unless you’ve been seriously off-grid for the past year or two. No, not the dance trend, we’re talking cannabis concentrates. Also known as extracts, this gooey stuff comes in many different forms, flavors, and potencies, but what is it exactly?
Concentrates, or just dabs, come from cannabis. Cannabis processors extract the resins and oils from the plant’s flowers and use them to create many different types of products. The numerous types of concentrates are generally named after their appearance and consistency. What’s your favorite strain? Bubba Kush? Skywalker OG? Whatever it is, it’s likely available in a concentrated form such as:
- Co2 oil
- Hash oil
- & many more
How Are Concentrates Made?
The basic process of making concentrates is called extraction. In this process, the desired compounds, called cannabinoids, are separated from the raw plant material. There are two methods used to extract cannabinoids like THC and CBD from cannabis. These are solvent-based and non-solvent based extraction.
What’s the difference between solvent-based and non-solvent based methods for making extracts? Solvent-based extraction utilized chemical gases, like butane, carbon dioxide, or propane to separate the cannabinoids from plant material. Non-solvent extraction methods use water, heat, and pressurizing equipment to process raw plant material.
CO2 extraction is generally considered the cleanest and safest form of solvent-based extraction. Other solvent-based extraction methods utilize butane, propane, or alcohol/ethanol. Non-solvent based extracts are growing in popularity for their purity and quality. These types of concentrates are your classics, such as bubble hash, rosin, kief, and dry sift.
How To Use Concentrates
If you really want to get into concentrates though, you should totally invest in a nice dab rig setup. Here’s your checklist for making an awesome dab rig setup. You can also explore vape pen options that easily allow for the consumption of live resin, wax, hash oil, sugar wax, and bubble hash, among all other variants of cannabis concentrate.
- Rig – Bong made especially for dabbing concentrates
- Nail – where you place the concentrate
- Torch – Tool used to heat dab nail
- Tools & Accessories – Keep your costly rig & extracts safe!
Protect Your Dab Rig
How many beautiful glass pieces have you broken? Yeah, me too, I know the pain! Don’t let it happen to your rig! The best way to keep your dab rig safe during sessions is to use a couple of key accessories, such as a dab mat and a protective case for your rig.
For big rig dabbers, you’ll want to invest in a quality case to keep your rig, tools, and extracts protected. Consider The Bully, one of our two concentration stations. It has an inconspicuous appearance outside and is absolutely functional on the inside. At just three pounds it’s super lightweight, comes in two colors, and is 19 inches tall. That should be big enough to handle any big rig out there. Other features include a durable Hempster exterior, padded interior, removable shoulder strap, heavy duty zippers, Dab Guard mat, and interchangeable Velcro labels.
For medium-sized rigs, The Magma is our go-to choice! It can fit dab rigs up to twelve inches tall, which is still a pretty big rig! Plus, it includes a smell/spill proof clear poly bag that’s perfect for storing dab dishes and extracts. These durable, protective bags make great stations for dab sessions. It’s a lot easier to dab when all your stuff is nicely organized, isn’t it? Both also come with their own dab guard mat, which is necessary to keep your expensive rig from slipping and sliding during sessions.
That’s it fam! Welcome to the dab world! Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out all our dab rig cases and accessories available now on our site. Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to get 15% off your first order!