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The most popular way to consume cannabis concentrates is by vaporizing the concentrate using a “dab rig.” (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Vaporizers. Vaping is the most discreet and portable option for consuming cannabis concentrates. The most common form of vaping is a pre-filled cartridge that attaches to a battery. The cartridge contains a heating element that comes in contact with the battery and heats the concentrate when activated. This battery-and-cartridge combination is collectively referred to as a vape pen.

Standard vape pens are operated by pressing a button or, in the case of a buttonless pen, simply taking a drag from the mouthpiece of the cartridge. These pre-filled cartridges aren’t refillable and are to be discarded after the concentrate runs out, but the battery can be saved and reused many times. Vaping is the most discreet and portable option for consuming cannabis concentrates. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Handheld Vaporizer. If you want to know how to use cannabis oil in a more discreet and portable way, look into using a handheld vaporizer. With a vaporizer, you manually fill a chamber with any type of concentrate and attach the chamber to a battery. The chamber typically contains a heating coil that turns the concentrate into a vapor when the user presses a button. Unlike a dab rig, this method does not require any additional equipment, but still gives you the ability to pre-fill the chamber with any type of concentrate and use it on demand. With a vaporizer, you manually fill a chamber with any type of concentrate and attach the chamber to a battery.

(Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) What Are the Main Extraction Types? If you want to learn how to make THC oil or other forms of cannabis concentrate, there are two ways of doing so: physically separating the trichome from the plant or using liquid solvents. During the physical separation process, trichome glands are removed from the cannabis starting material using a physical action, like shaking or pressing. Think of the trichome glands as fruit on a citrus tree: physical separation is similar to the shaking of a citrus tree to remove the fruit. When creating dry sift, for example, cannabis is shaken through a series of screens in specific sizes to ensure only the trichome heads make it through to the final product. Rosin is created using a targeted combination of heat and pressure to squeeze the desired compounds out of the plant. The key concept of physical separation is that a direct physical action results in the expression of trichomes. All solvent extractions use the same basic workflow: a liquid solvent is used to separate the active compounds from the trichome gland to yield a solution. This solution must be further refined until nothing but the desired compounds remain. Due to the volatility of these solvents, technicians typically use closed-loop extraction systems, which allow them to safely control elements like temperature and pressure in order to achieve the optimal result. Due to the volatility of these solvents, technicians typically use closed-loop extraction systems, which allow them to safely control elements like temperature and pressure in order to achieve the optimal result. Depending on the solvent selected, the resulting extract is put into a vacuum oven to ensure complete solvent removal prior to consumption. Different textures are the result of deliberate steps taken before or after the initial extraction process. In fact, many other textures, such as budder and crumble, start off as shatter. Shatter is known for its resemblance to brittle glass, which shatters on contact, but can also have a “snap and pull” consistency that gives it elastic-like properties. Shatter should be vaporized using a dab rig, and can be created using a variety of solvent extraction methods, the most popular of which include BHO, PHO, EHO, and CO2. Shatter is known for its resemblance to brittle glass, which shatters on contact, but can also have a “snap and pull” consistency that gives it elastic-like properties. The textures badder and budder are the result of agitating terpene-rich shatter into a more creamy consistency. To achieve this frosting-like texture, technicians whip the shatter under low and even temperatures to introduce and redistribute air molecules. The volume of these air molecules determines the density of the resulting texture. The textures badder and budder are the result of agitating terpene-rich shatter into a more creamy consistency. Crumble is shatter that has been whipped, like badder and budder, and then purged in a vacuum oven at low temperatures to “dry” the concentrate while retaining its cannabinoid and terpene content. Crumble is shatter that has been whipped and then purged in a vacuum oven at low temperatures.

Crystalline is a transparent or semi-transparent cannabis concentrate that may resemble coarse decorative sparkling sugar or kosher salt. Multiple methods can be used to produce crystalline, but they all follow the same basic principles of crystallization. An example of crystallization is making rock candy. Rock candy is a flavored confection that’s produced when sugar (a chemical solid) is slowly added to boiling water (a liquid). The resulting solution cools a bit, then flavor and color is added. Over time, crystals form and grow on the prepared stick, eventually yielding the desired product. Crystallization is a process where a chemical solid is mixed with a liquid to create an initial solution.

Any impurities are removed from the initial solution, and the extract is then mixed with another solvent under a different set of conditions to start the formation of pure crystals. Crystalline is a transparent or semi-transparent cannabis concentrate that may resemble coarse decorative sparkling sugar or kosher salt. Distillates are made by exposing a winterized and decarboxylated extract to heat and vacuum, which promotes the separation of cannabinoids based on their different boiling points. Distillates are made by exposing a winterized and decarboxylated extract to heat and vacuum. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical or legal advice.

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