Weed concentrates are a favorite among medical patients and experienced cannabis users as they are a more potent and flavorful way to enjoy cannabis. Airfield maintains a deep menu of cannabis concentrates and extracts that traverse the spectrum of manufacturing techniques and consistencies. Airfield also carries all the best brands in the business including 710 Labs, Papas Select, and Raw Garden.
Cannabis concentrates achieve greater potency and flavor with manufacturing processes that strip the terpenes and cannabinoids from the cannabis flower to create a highly "concentrated" product. This idea is not new. Hash, a form of concentrate, has been around as long as cannabis. However, over the years, many advanced techniques have evolved to create cannabis concentrates.
In the broadest sense, two methods are used to strip cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis flowers to produce concentrates or extracts. One technique uses "solvent". The other is "solventless". It's worth noting that the true connoisseur distinguishes concentrate from extract depending on whether a solvent was used. Generally, concentrates are made with a mechanical process such as "ice-water hash", while extracts are made with a hydrocarbon-based solvent like butane.
Further, weed concentrates take on many different forms and/or consistencies depending on the method used to create them. Some of these include:
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Dabbing is a preferred method to consume cannabis concentrates for users who demand the highest potency and flavor. It requires a dab rig (water pipe), banger (quartz bowl), dab tool, and torch. This method involves heating the banger to temperature and using the dab tool to place the desired quantity of weed concentrate or extract in the hot banger. The heat vaporizes the concentrate, and the vapor is inhaled through the rig.
Temperature is important to the quality of the dab. So much so that there are gauges to measure the heat on the banger to ensure that it's optimized for flavor and smoothness. Nobody likes a hot dab.
There are also state-of-the-art, automated rigs like the Puffco that charge like an Ipad, require no torch, heat to exact specifications, and can be operated from an app on your smartphone. Many users elect to use this technology for its convenience, precision, and simplicity.
Beyond dabbing, there are a number of other methods for using weed concentrates and extracts:
- As a topper in a bowl or snake in a joint/blunt:
You can add potency and flavor to a bowl by sprinkling some powdery "kief" or hash on it. You can do the same for a joint or blunt by adding a concentrate "snake" to it.
Vape pens are by far the most discreet and convenient method to use weed concentrates. Vape pens feature a battery and a cartridge that contains concentrate that attaches to the battery. Cartridges come in half-gram and full-gram sizes, and in every flavor imaginable. The 510 thread is the most universal battery and cartridge configuration, however, some companies such as Moxie, West Coast Cure, or Plug N Play use proprietary batteries and cartridges.
Cannabis extracts/concentrates are also used to make most edibles. Edibles typically take longer to kick in and have a longer-lasting high. But be careful with your dosage. Many new cannabis consumers ingest more edible than they can handle and end up feeling more than a little uncomfortable. Don't worry, you're not going to die, but boy oh boy that can be one rough ride!
In summary, weed concentrates and extracts offer many benefits over traditional flower consumption:
- Cannabis concentrates and extracts are more potent than flowers. Medical patients who require higher potency for treatment, or recreational users with tolerance, or who want to smoke less to achieve the desired effect, find this ideal.
- More diverse and delicious terpene profiles.
- Vape pens are very discrete and practical.
The most common methods are:
Weed concentrates have THC concentrations between 65-95%. It’s up to four times stronger than cannabis flower, which typically has a THC content of between 15%-30%.
For high potency medical use, effect, and/or distinct terpene profiles (flavor).
Cannabis concentrates may stay in the body for up to 4 weeks, dependent on the frequency of use.
The effect kicks in immediately unless you are consuming it in edible form. Depending on the edible, it may take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours.
You may pick up cannabis concentrates of all kinds from Airfield Supply Co. We carry all the best brands in the business and are the most vertically integrated dispensary in California. Our aim is to encourage our clients to use cannabis for better quality of life.
You can place an order online or visit our dispensary at 1190 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110.