means buyers are trying to analyze quality via the texture of the oil. This tactic is a fool’s errand because oil can be hard, runny, crumbly, dry, or sticky and it tells nothing about its purity. The only reason to care about texture is to determine how easy it is to use. Runny wax is hard to use whereas malleable waxes are simple to handle.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that transparent shatter is the hallmark of quality. Sure, it looks nice but there is no scientific basis for assuming it is better. According to Steep Hill Labs, a trusted laboratory that has performed thousands of tests on clear shatter, transparent shatter is more likely to have a greater level of residual solvents. Shatter tends to have a higher part per million (ppm) concentration of residual solvents than other concentrates because the process of creating it involves low purging temperatures. It has become increasingly common for companies to extract cannabinoids via CO2 extraction. Meanwhile, butane extraction gets a bad name; primarily because there are so many substandard BHOs on the market plus the dangers of home extraction which often involves butane. In reality, there are still several reputable companies that utilize butane extraction. They use hi-tech equipment which results in pure oil you can safely put into your body.
Home extractions tend to involve canned butane which is a different story entirely. It is common for such products to contain as many as 50 gases and since it isn’t food grade, there is no regulation to protect the consumer. As gases have different evaporation temperatures, most home extractors will have no idea what temperature to use and the impurities will remain in the oil. If you stick with BHO from a well-known company that has third-party lab testing results widely available, you should be fine. Although there are over 100 identified cannabinoids, THC is the most famous because of its capacity to get you high. Those in the know understand that THC content alone is not the most important factor. First, you want a concentrate with a low ppm of residual solvent. Then there is the small matter of the ‘entourage effect’ where the different cannabinoids and terpenes in marijuana work better together than separately. CBD for example is a cannabinoid with therapeutic qualities but unlike THC, you won’t get high. Terpenes are excreted by the cannabis plant’s trichomes and are the reason for the distinct smells and flavors of the herb. Terpenes work with cannabinoids to enhance their medicinal benefits. When the oil is properly extracted from the plant, its aroma should be similar to the flower used to make it. Even today, consumers and dispensaries alike are concerned with a concentrate’s THC content. Realistically, you won’t be able to tell the difference between 25% and 30% THC so why stress over it? FALSE: The Extraction Lab is Where a Concentrate Becomes High-Quality. Extraction labs are not magical places where low-grade weed becomes premium quality. The standard of the concentrate you purchase begins in the garden. You don’t want weed that has been heavily treated with pesticides for example. Likewise, it is bad practice to trim the plant, toss it on the floor and dump it in a trash bag for transportation to the lab. If manufacturers don’t keep a close eye on the growing and trimming processes, their labs won’t be able to turn lead into gold. It is not a joke to suggest you can create a homemade dab rig . You will need to experiment with different metals as DIY nails but if you persevere, you could make a low-grade version. Perhaps the most famous DIY method is the Apple Dab Rig which isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Remove the stem from one of the apples and gut the middle with a knife or scissors.
The opening has to be big enough for the nail to fit. We recommend using a male nail because they need a smaller opening. Remove all apple seeds to ensure you don’t inhale any! Push your pen into the middle of the apple to create a hole for your mouthpiece. Create a second hold in the apple’s side around 90 degrees from the first hole. This is the ‘carb’ so it has to connect with the chamber in the center. Put your nail into the opening and start using your unusual rig! While an apple rig seems like fun, you will have a much better experience if you use a rig developed by experts in the industry. To help you find the best dab rig, we have analyzed dozens of brands to create this extensive dab rig review. Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s see how to use concentrate without a rig & check out a few things to consider when purchasing a dab rig.
There is a multitude of ways to consume concentrates without a rig. Vape pens are less expensive than rigs and are more portable. It is an efficient method that helps you conserve your concentrates. On the downside, a pen doesn’t provide you with the same level of ‘hit’ as a rig. You can try and rectify that by vaping with dabs instead of dry herb or e-liquid.