Certain terms may be used on labels and descriptions on concentrate products to identify: The type of cannabis plant materials used to make the concentrate The processing techniques The resulting textures The intended consumption methods. Everything starts off with cannabis plant material. The cannabis plant’s flower buds, leaves, and stems are collectively referred to as the starting, or input material. The input material can alter the resulting cannabinoid and terpene profile of the cannabis concentrate.
Additionally, the quality or grade of the input material also affects the potency and flavor of its resulting concentrates. Cannabis concentrates are products created by the accumulation of trichomes (the gland that makes the cannabinoids and terpenes). There are a variety of ways to separate the trichomes from the starting material. Each of these processes needs its own specific materials and/or physical actions, or methods, in order to produce a concentrate. Once the cannabinoids and terpenes have been removed from the plant material, the resulting solution can take a variety of forms. These forms allow patients and consumers to pick and choose their preferred texture of the concentrate product; they aren’t necessarily an indicator of how the concentrate will taste or affect an individual. Once the cannabinoids and terpenes have been removed from the plant material, the resulting solution can take a variety of forms. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Dabbing Equipment.
To consume a cannabis concentrate safely and effectively, you must have a specific setup with the appropriate equipment in order to properly activate the concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes. A fair amount of thought should be put into the components when building the ideal dab rig. For instance, some users prefer to dab their concentrates on a titanium nail, while others might opt for quartz nails or bangers. While quartz is less durable than titanium, it heats up much faster than titanium and offers a cleaner taste. Depending on the banger nail, most users will heat it up for around 30 seconds or until the banger starts to show an orange or red hot glow. To consume a cannabis concentrate safely and effectively, you must have a specific setup with the appropriate equipment in order to properly activate the concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Textures and Consistencies. Terms like shatter, badder, crumble, sugar, oil, and sauce refer to a concentrates’ appearance (texture, color, malleability). In other words, these terms simply inform us about the look and feel of the concentrate. For example, a concentrate product with the name “ Nug Run Blue Dream Shatter ” tells you three things: The strain of the cannabis plant used was “Blue Dream” “Nug run” indicates that the plant material used to make the extract was dried and cured flower The extract has a “shatter”-like consistency and texture. The following seven terms describe the most common concentrate textures found in the market. Shatter is known for its brittle, glass-like texture. (Imagine taffy candy being pulled really tight before snapping). Shatters usually have a golden yellow to bright amber color throughout. Budder and Badder are oilier and softer in texture. (Think of a stick of butter or cake batter.) They’re malleable, easy to handle and have a sun yellow to bright orange coloring. The butter-like consistency allows the extract to be easily used as a spread on blunts or joints, or to be dabbed using a dab rig. As the name suggests, it has a crumbly-like honeycomb consistency. The color tends to be similar to budder or badder, but instead of having a glossy texture, they tend to have a matted shade of yellow. Top: Shatter, Badder Bottom: Budder, Crumble (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Sugar, Sauce, and Crystalline. Sugar is a term used for any concentrate that has a similar consistency to wet, sappy sugar. They’re not uniform in nature and typically have colors ranging from a bright yellow to a deep amber. Sauce is thicker, more viscous in texture and looks stickier. The color of sauce can range from deep amber to bright mustard.
Sauce is similar to sugar in both its consistency and color, but has a more uniform and prominent crystalline structure. Just as the name implies, THCa and CBD crystalline are white crystals that can vary in density and size from small rocks to powder. Top: Sugar, Crystalline Bottom: Sauce (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Smoking Methods. A cannabis concentrate can be consumed in a variety of ways, from sprinkling it on a bowl or adding it to a joint for added potency, to vaporizing them using a dab rig or portable vape pen. The ideal method for consumption depends on the type and texture of the selected concentrate as well as the personal habits of the person consuming. When deciding which method will work best, first consider the tools you have at your disposal and the texture of the concentrate.
Perhaps you’ve seen extracts like shatter and badder and wondered how best to smoke them? These extracts are malleable and easy to use in a dab rig, while powdery concentrates, such as kief and crumble, can be easily enjoyed by adding them to a more stable foundation like flower. Here are some of the most common methods for smoking or vaporizing concentrates. Adding powdered kief to your bowl, or wrapping wax around a joint, are the most cost-effective methods to using cannabis concentrates. These methods don’t require any of the expensive tools necessary to dab oil, while still increasing the potency of your smoke and adding extra flavor from the concentrate.