Although cannabis culture has a rich and long history, it is since recently that cannabis products get a lot of marketing and room in the media. With more people engaging into this culture, the more cannabis forms comes out from the cannabis advocates. Today, we talk about a crumble. Cannabis crumble is a form of cannabis that is concentrated and that has a really high potency and therefore it is not advised for beginners to start with these. It comes in the shape of shatter, wax or crumble as a final product of cannabis concentrates. Now, why should you smoke crumble, instead of a nice big fat nug which smell fulfills the whole room once you open the bag?
Why should you smoke crumble?
Besides the fact that it’s popular, cannabis crumble costs $30-$50 per gram, which is not cheap but the overall effect that you will get is worth much more than that. First of all, the potency. There is no more potent bud flower than any wax or crumble concentrate, case closed. The smoke is less harsh and richer in flavor which is exactly what heavy smokers want. Although these dabbing activities do require a bit more of equipment, it is worth of every dollar as you will get high and that will last almost day. That is how hard these crumbles are! Potency, price-quality ratio and great flavor – what more do you need?
How to smoke cannabis crumble?
The best way is to smoking by putting it on a flower that is going to be burned in a bong. Still, for those who prefer traditional way, rolling up a coned-shaped joint, and then daubing the crumble around the joint evenly is the best way to use crumble. In case you are rolling a blunt, the crumble will be a great way to seal off your joint and make it compact. Some experienced stoners roll a blunt and then make various decorations with crumble on the outside of blunt, as this can keep a consistent burn. Have in mind to start slowly, if you have not had any experience with concentrates previously, as these concentrates are really potent and strong. Another advice we would like to give is that you start with slow heating at first, as you will preserve the taste of the concentrate and have a flavor-rich smoke.
Why should I smoke concentrates?
The reason why people opt for concentrates is that they are much more potent, produce long-lasting effects and they offer more convenience in terms of consuming. Though you will experience the best effects with the right equipment, the concentrates can be used traditionally, by rolling it up. As the price is a bit higher, you can expect to be high much longer. The cannabis crumble has become wanted as it can be used in a traditional way and with vaporizers and bongs. Not to mention that is much healthier as you do not smoke any of the side-materials that do not contain the psychoactive ingredient.
Smoking devices are more common in the cannabis culture as they utilize the latest technology while providing the best possible experience of consuming the cannabis. Different types of weed pipes may work differently, but they have the same delivery method. Some people prefer eating cannabis instead of smoking, and they are right, as no smoke can be good for the lungs. Still, to make things easier, there are three ways of delivery methods: oral, inhalation and topical. We will explain first the inhalation method and then will move on the other two.
This is an ancient method that is present today all around the world, and it is the most used method for cannabis consumption. Classic smoke is the best, but the experts came up with the healthier solution and that is vaporizing with vape devices. Although smoking effects are not confirmed 100% to be harmful, smoke cannot be healthy for any person.
The most commonly used tool is a hand pipe. The concept of the device is also ancient although the look depends on the artistic preferences of the man who made it. They come in different sizes and shapes.
Water pipes (bongs)
Water pipes utilize water in its process and give the consumer less harsh smoke. The smoke is cooled as it passes through water before going to your lungs. It does filter the harmful substances but you cannot be assured 100% that no harmful substance gets to your body. The favorite way of smoking for hardcore stoners.
Rolling papers (rizla)
Rolling cannabis in a paper or a tobacco leaf (also called blunt) is the most used way of consuming cannabis. The papers can be made of hemp, rice, bamboo or other plant. They have a glue on the top that helps you to lick/close your joint and make it compact.
These devices heat the cannabis material up to a certain temperature degree where the matrials starts to vaporizing, instead of burning like in joint. This method is the healthiest method of consumption so far as you inhale a steam.
Oral methods – tinctures, oils, edibles
This method includes ingestion of the cannabis tinctures, oils or edibles. These extracts are powerful and very potent, but healthy at the same time as there are no smoke at all. Tinctures are best to use on the empty stomach.
Ingestible oils are something between edibles and concentrate: you can swallow them, but also roll in joint and smoke. They became popularized in 2003 by Rick Simpson.
Edibles are any food that contains cannabis and this food produces long-lasting and powerful effects both on mind and body. Not for inexperienced users.
Topical method refers to cannabis extract, usually a thick oil that has been decarboxylated. This process enables cannabinoids to remain inactive until you put the oil on your skin, when cannabinoids are absorbed and activated through your skin. The main difference of topical method is that these products do not produce “high” feeling. They rather localize the pain but leave your head and mind intact.
Smoking cannabis concentrates is a relatively new thing and even experienced smokers could find themselves in intimidating situation, especially when they don’t know how to smoke shatter properly. The dabbing trend continues to rise, we have to stay up-to-date with the latest methods of consumption. Dabbing has been around for a while although the technology made a huge leap in the past few years, which led to emerging many tech-tools for cannabis concentrates consumption. The reason why concentrates are so popular is that they deliver much quicker and potent effects than the traditional herb material. This fact can be petrifying, especially for novice smokers who just have started their cannabis adventure.
Old-School Method Of Smoking Concentrates
For people who are not big fans of tech-cannabis-tools, the best way to start a smoke session is using a water pipe or hookah. They are available in different versions that give you an option to use certain attachments to turn your water pipe into a professional dab gadget. You will also need a nail – the best ones are made of quartz or titanium, although a ceramic one will be just fine. The third thing you will need is bowl where your concentrate will be heated. To make everything old school, find a blow torch to heat up your concentrate. And finally, use a dab tool to apply the dab once it is heated.
The only drawback of these old school rigs is the lack of portability. They are usually desktop units and are hard to transport without the proper case. Now, let’s explain the more convenient way of smoking cannabis concentrates.
How To Smoke Shatter Using A Vaporizer?
The technology leap enabled us the healthier consumption of cannabis via vaporizing, instead of smoking. Electronic dab rigs like Kandy Pen for example, are taking the dabbing culture to the next level. The simplicity of using is unbelievable – just put your shatter into a quartz bowl, close the lid, press a button to start the heating, and wait until it heats. This straightforward and minimalistic design turned out to be the exactly what cannabis users want; a simple, quick and reliable procedure that gives a fantastic experience while staying incognito.
Once again, how do you smoke shatter with a vaporizer? First, make sure you are using vaporizer/pen that is made for wax/shatter use. Turn off the device, open the lid, pack your shatter nicely, using the dab tool (a long metal piece). Close the lid. Now, turn on the device, press the button to start heating and wait until the chamber fills in with the vapor. Once you see the signal that is full, start with inhaling. Enjoy your shatter!
Do Not Forget To Clean!
Wax, shatter, or any other cannabis concentrate produces a lot of resin inside the chamber and the bow. To avoid any possible health risks, it is advisable to clean the device after each session. Make sure you read the instructions and the manual carefully to disassemble the device, clean all its parts slowly with alcohol to removing any residue left. After you are done with the cleaning, leave the device to dry up. After it is dried up, use a cotton cloth to polish it. Assemble all the parts and plug it in to make sure everything works fine!
There is a strong debate for the past few years over the question: extract vs concentrate – which one is better? Now, as some stoners like the cannabis extracts only, they will claim that the extracts are better. To perform the best and the most objective review, we will try to explain the difference between these two. We will also, explain how you can determine whether you are looking at the concentrate or extract of the cannabis plant. Now let’s explain what are these two words, as we expect to host some of the inexperienced cannabis smokers.
What is a concentrate of cannabis?
Cannabis concentrate is any cannabinoid product that is produced through any of these three processes: a mechanical process, CO2 without heat or pressure and water/ethanol process. For example, if you want to make a bubble hash, you will use bubble bags, ice and water and therefore the process you are going to utilize is mechanical, which means you are making a concentrate.
A bubble bag is actually a mechanical tool that you use to separate trichomes from the plant. Rosin is also n example of cannabis concentrate that has emerged recently; there are two steel plates that are heated and pressed together to squeeze the cannabis dried or wet material that is put between the plates. This will “extract” all the oils and cannabinoids from the plant without using any liquid or dissolvent.
What is an extract of cannabis?
An extract made of cannabis plant is any cannabinoid product that is produced using CO2 with applied heat and pressure or using any hydrocarbon-based solvent. Some people prefer extracts as all the hydrocarbon extracts have stronger potency, they are easy to use and you can feel the cannabis terpenes to the maximum. Butane Hash Oil is well-known extract, where hydrocarbon based butane separates trichomes and the resin from material. After they are separated, the extractor physically removes the remaining butane from the oil. This way, the oil will keep the flavor, potency and price consistency as you will get a hell of a high after you smoke BHO.
One of the easiest extracts to use is CO2 oil. CO2 breaks down the trichomes as it passes through the plant material. Once it passes through, the extractor will use heat and pressure to utilize the separation of CO2 from the final product. The final product can be loaded in e-cigar pen tip. This is great for people that are looking for a super stealth method of cannabis consumption while maintaining the quality, potency and flavor.
Which one is better in the end?
After we have explained how each type of cannabis products is produced, we are getting to a conclusion where we need to determine which one is better. The best answer is: it depends on the consumer. Extracts are usually easier to find and they are cheaper, especially if you are buying a bulk. They give you an option to smoke them almost anywhere, using pens and e-cigarettes while staying incognito. On the other side, concentrates compensate for their higher price with the quality, as you will get high like you have never experienced before. They are harder to find but they are much better in terms of quality and flavor, which are usually the starting point for all cannabis consumers.
Weed effects are certainly strong, especially when you bump into some indica strain that couchlocks you. Still, as the dabbing becomes more and more popular, it is natural to see somewhere along the road the sign “dab vs weed”. Of course, the cannabis concentrates are much more potent than regular flowers, as you get the pure THC trichomes when you use concentrates. Hands down – dabs are stronger than any weed you have ever smoked!
The strongest lab tested wax had 99,99% of pure cannabinoids while the strongest weed had oonly around 30%. The difference in potency is evident. Still, the additional equipment you usually need for dabbing detracts many users as they need to invest additional money. Let’s break down the myth and explain few things.
Can an inexperienced cannabis smoker try dabs?
To be clear, dabs are meant to be smoked by hardcore weed lovers, However, if you are gaining a lot of interest in dabs and cannabis concentrates generally, here are few things you could do to make sure you get the best dabbing experience possible. First of all, you can go for a lab test. The lab test is performed by all the cannabis dispensaries as they want to provide their customers with all the specs about the stuff they are buying. This way you will know how potent the stuff is, and you can decide whether you want that or something less potent.
Follow the three golden rules to achieve the best experience
When it comes using, it is extremely important to know your dosage. From one gram of concentrate, you can dab about 40 times, under the condition that you are new to dabbing. Experienced smokers will dab about 5-10 times at most. Make sure you test different dosages to find the one that is the best for you. You don’t want to start coughing and burn your concentrate for a big cloud of smoke that you will be coughing out.
Watch out for set and atmosphere, as the dabbing gives you much stronger high and can produce increased paranoia or similar unwanted effects. You don’t want to take your first dab at the Cannabis cup, but rather at some comfortable place where you feel safe. Make sure you also have enough water as you will be thirsty. Just have in mind that if the effects are become overwhelming, remind yourself that everything is cool and that you are at a comfortable and safe place. Don’t start tripping.
You must have a set of proper tools so you can enjoy in your cannabis experience to the maximum. Spend some money on quality vaporizers first. You don’t want to blaze high-grade medical cannabis concentrates with some domeless nail and low-grade vaporizer. Get yourself a professional equipment to blaze like a boss! Also, do not buy low-budget plastic containers for your concentrates. Instead, buy platinum and professional containers to store your product.
In a nutshell – dab or weed?
Depending on what you want. Weed is more conventional and you can find it anywhere basically, while concentrates are not that easy to find. Dabbing is great for people who like to enjoy cannabis, but cannot deal with the smells of smoking weed, due to many reasons. Concentrates do produce some smell, but the smell is not that skunky as it is with flowers. The concentrates are great for people who have sensitive lungs but need cannabis. The overall potency is much stronger in concentrates so there is no need to discuss anymore whether the dabs are stronger than weed.
Earwax hash is basically 99,99% pure concentrate of your favorite cannabis strain, that contains only cannabinoids only. The consistency of earwax hash is very similar to the wax that comes out of your ears and that is where the name came from. The reason why this hash is so popular is its potency which is among the highest ones when it comes to cannabis concentrates. Commonly, earwax hash is smoked by putting into a joint together with dry herb flower and then rolling it. Some people prefer dabbing with this wax, and each way is great and you can decide which way is the better for you. If you are wondering how to make earwax hash, keep reading our post.
The making of earwax hash
There a couple of things you are going to need, so prepare them before you start. You will firstly need an extraction cylinder. This can be made from 2 inch plastic tubbing that you need to cut to a length of 30 cm. Then you will need a vine cork in one end. On the other side of tube you will need putty to seal and wrap the coffee filter. Eventually, you can use duct tape to secure everything more tightly. You will also need latex gloves, heat source, a razorblade, a large pyrex dish, butane, mixing instrument (mini screwdriver will be just fine) and the dried trim/bud. We suggest you use high-quality buds only as you will get the top-notch quality.
How to make earwax hash?
The first step is to find a well-ventilated room so you the butane can go out. Now, pack your tube with the dried flowers, but make sure it is not too tight but without any air pockets inside. Now seal the end with the cork cap. Now, run hot water in your sink and place the pyrex dish to float without wetting the inside of dish. After two minutes when the pyrex is warmed up, shake the bottle of butane and squeeze it inside the cap fitting and hold the device over the pyrex. Butane must go through the material. Leave butane to evaporate.
While the pyrex dish is still in hot water, use the mixing tool to scratch the surface and scrape through the bubbles and you will notice that the mixture is getting a bit milky. Stir for a minute. Then remove the pyrex dish out of water, but be careful that you don’t mix water and oil in the dish. Gather oil in the middle of dish and place the dish on the heating source. Heat it up gently and slowly. When the mixture becomes softer and runnier, turn off the heating and stir well. Get it back on the heat and stir it as it bubbles.
When the oil cools down and becomes thicker, repeat the heating and stirring a few times until the oil changes its consistency. It will crystallize and become like a paste, When you see it becoming milky, it is time to collect the concentrate. Let it cool down. When it cools down, the mixture should look like a paste. Sometimes you will need to repeat heating and cooling a few times before the mixture turns to milky color. Now, put on the latex gloves, and use razor blades to gather wax into one pile. Now, press the mound in the pyrex and shape it into a pyramid-like structure. Get under the mound, and use blades to mold the wax into a ball, using your latex gloves. When you shape it, you can enjoy it!
Cannabis concentrates are very popular among chiefers especially those who have been smoking for a longer time. More inexperienced smokers will often avoid smoking concentrates as there are really really potent. We can say, without any fear that we might be wrong, that concentrates are way more stronger than any cannabis flower grown, indoor or outdoor! To smoke concentrates and feel great, you will simply have to possess a good level of tolerance to handle dabs. Now, before entering into the discussion called concentrate vs flower, we will explain some basic things you need to understand before we proceed further.
Concentrate vs flower – what is what?
All cannabis concentrates are classified by their names. For example, you have strains of weed (White Widow, OG Kush, Purple Haze etc…) that you can pretty much classify by their names since it is all about the genetics. The concentrates are usually classified by their way of production., while extracts basically do not involve any complex chemical process but rather are made by a simple physical separation, to be blunt. The famous concentrate is of course wax, which is the extremely potent product of cannabis and all novice smokers out there should be careful with this stuff.
Honeycomb, wax, oil, tincture or any other similar product are nothing but a concentrate. The main difference comes from the extraction method. If you use water for extraction instead of solvents, you are getting hash oil. Extracts that are made using heat are called rosin. We can go like this for another hour, but the point is that the different people use different methods for making concentrates and extracts. Some people like the more oily product so they make hash oil, while some that like more consistent form will opt for shatter for example.
The difference in potency
Flower of cannabis, depending on the genetics and conditions which the plant was grown in, can be very potent, with THC level of up to 25%. Some of the strongest sativas are Durban Poison strain which has a powerful headhigh for example. While these THC levels can go even above the mentioned value, it is simply not possible to achieve anything over 40% with the flowers. The concentrates are, on the other hand, way more potent, reaching the THC level up to 99%! Of course, it all greatly depends on the percentage of CBD, which is easier to handle especially for newbie smokers. THC is a strong psychoactive substance that in high dosage can cause paranoia, sweating, fever-like feeling or a strong feeling of being spaced-out, and therefore inexperienced smokers throw into own fight inside the head.
The flowers usually have skunky smell and hay-like taste and that is what makes our favorite smell so distinguished. Concentrates have similar smell, though only when smoked, but the overall intensity of smell is almost unnoticeable. You can smoke it in the room and you will not feel any smoke after 5 minutes you finish with the dabbing. Concentrates can have that dank smell, but nothing like a cannabis dry flower.
It is not so hard to answer this question as we have explained a few things about the concentrates. They are indisputably more potent than regular dry cannabis flowers and the effects last much longer. Another great thing is that they are almost smell-proof, especially when they are stored in bags/containers. A real incognito! Still, their price can a bit higher when compared to flowers and they do require some equipment to consume them properly. Whatever you choose, enjoy your high!
As the dabbing culture slowly rises to the top, cannabis concentrates are available in many different shapes an forms. How to use shatter is one of those questions that newbie smokers would like to know to answer since they have no experience with the dabbing. Although products like shatter, wax or dab are pretty much the same thing, there is still a lot of misinformation about these. We have prepared a short guide about shatter, which a cannabis concentrate. Feel free to post any comments and questions regarding our article.
What does shatter stands for?
Shatter is, like we said before, cannabis concentrate that is can shatter like a glass. Wax and resin are also concentrates but they have a different viscosity. Shatter is produced after you collect dried cannabis flowers and use solvent to extract cannabinoids. As the flowers can be of sativa or indica plant, it is the same for shatter. Of course, the difference in potency is totally huge. Concentrates can have up to 99% of THC/CBD while dried flowers not more than 30%, in the ideal conditions. Although there are many concentrates, shatter is the most potent you will ever try.
Does shatter have a smell of weed?
Some concentrates lose their aromas during the extraction process. Terpenes, which give each plant a unique smell, are very fragile and it can be very hard to preserve these and keep the smell. You can find though aromatic concentrates that can smell even more pungent that flowers, although this is rare. But regular/commercial dabs/shatters pretty much don’t have that distinct cannabis smell like flowers usually do, and if you are using a vaporizer, you can smoke it outside without any problems. Only people who are cannabis enthusiasts will be able to recognize the smell, although they will not be sure if they are tipping in the beginning.
How to use shatter?
To enjoy in the potency of shatter, a regular cannabis user could face some minor obstacles due to required equipment and knowledge. Still, you can always crush it and roll it in joint, however, we advise to use one of the techniques below for the best experience. Invest a bit more and enjoy more!
Oil rig bongs
The oil rigs are custom-made rigs that are designed to be like small bongs that are designed for concentrates. The difference between a regular bong and oil rig bong is that oil rigs have a glass nail that you apply shatter to before you start with smoking. E-rig vaporizers are really popular right now as you can experience shatter anywhere outside due to low-key smell and taste.
Vaporizers have changed the cannabis culture and made it healthier. These simple devices have two components: a battery and tank where you put your shatter. You simply then heat it up and enjoy your vapor! Dr. Dabber is a great portable vaporizer for concentrates and it is great for beginners as it is very straightforward. The price is not high, considering the experience you get for the price.
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