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5 Common Ways To Consume Concentrates

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DanaSmith on Friday Nov 24, 2017

5 Common Ways To Consume Concentrates


How do you Consume Pot Concentrates? from CannabisNet on Vimeo.


Dabbing is the newest way to consume cannabis, but given how fast the industry evolves, who knows how else we’ll be consuming weed in the next decade?


Nevertheless, dabbing has received a lot of attention both from old-school traditional tokers to today’s hipster stoners. It’s already been around for around a decade, but there’s no doubt that dabbing packs a serious punch – making it rather intimidating for newbies who don’t know much about it. Back in the day, all you had were rolling papers, a bong, and a pipe – so it’s easy to understand why dabbing can be overwhelming especially considering that you’re getting around 70 up to as much as 90% THC so it’s pretty damn powerful. The potency may seem much too high for an MMJ patient, but it also has medicinal benefits especially if you need a strong dose for instant relief.


Dabs or concentrates themselves come in dozens of different forms. Check out this article to read about them.


But knowing is half the battle! Here’s a guide to the different ways to consume cannabis concentrates so you can decide which one may work best for you:



Dab Rig


A dab rig could look too complicated to use at first glance. It’s made up of many different components; an oil rig, nail, wand, and a torch. A single hit from a dab rig can give you a high that’s just about the same as smoking an entire blunt! However, it’s the use of the blowtorch that often scares people away from using a dab rig. The torch is simply a heat source. Cannabis concentrates are used on a dab rig, which are then vaporized upon contact with hot surfaces such as a glass rod or nail, and then inhaled.


The trick to successfully using a dab rig without passing out is to use just a tiny piece of cannabis concentrate, placed on the wand. The torch then heats up the nail until it’s red hot. If you’re wondering why you can’t use a regular flame to heat the nail, it’s because a soft flame, such as the flame that comes out of a lighter, isn’t hot enough to melt the extract.


Mastering the art of using a dab rig takes time and patience. Ideally, this method of consuming cannabis concentrates is best practiced around buds who are knowledgeable about it.


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Electric Nail


Electric nails, also known as e-nails, work the same as a dab rig except that it no longer uses the torch. What a dab rig and electronic nail have in common is that they both rely on electronic heating elements to convert concentrates into vapor. The benefit of electric nails over dab rigs is that they’re ideal for people who prefer not to deal with a blowtorch.


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Health Stone


Health stones are porous rock that you can fit into your bowl. This is a much simpler way of consuming cannabis concentrates since you can place it directly on the health stone without the need of dab tools – but, you will still need the blowtorch.


An advantage of using a health stone is that it enables you to explore working with other kinds of concentrates such as crumble or hash, whereas shatter and other densely packed concentrates work best on dabbing with a rig and a nail.


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Dab Pen / Vape Pen


There are many different kinds of vape and dab pens available in the market for concentrates. Many people prefer to use dab or vape pens because they’re convenient, easy to use, and portable – great for use both indoors and outdoors. Pens are easy to use; for an oil pen, just turn the heating chamber where the disposable cartridge with the oil concentrate is located into a rechargeable battery then activate it by pressing a button on its side as you inhale from the mouthpiece.


Wax vaporizers work the same as vape pens, and are also powered by a rechargeable battery. All you need to do is add a piece of wax to the pen instead of inserting a pre-filled oil cartridge. The concentrate is then heated through a coil in the tank.


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If you love consuming good old flower, you can enhance your experience by adding some concentrates directly to it. This process, known as t-waxing, doesn’t require any fancy equipment. Concentrates can easily be added to flower on a joint or on your bowl, then consume it the usual way.


There you have it – 5 ways of consuming concentrated cannabis. For anyone who wants to try dabbing, these are the easiest ways to get your feet wet in the game.









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