- On May 11, 2016
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It’s a familiar story. You’ve been smoking since the dawn of time and know everything there is to know about bud. And just like that, a new high emerges and suddenly you’re a 15 year old – back in your parent’s basement and nervous to try this new substance: Cannabis concentrate. What is it and how do you smoke it? It’s okay – at LiveGreen, we’re here to catch you up to speed with this not-so-new kid on the block.
You have probably heard of “dabbing” (before you ask, it has nothing to do with Cam Newton!) or overheard talk about “shatter” on your latest visit to the dispensary. Whether you use marijuana recreationally or medicinally, you’ve likely seen concentrate in a variety of forms, including:
As ‘dabbing” can be an all-encompassing term, let’s further examine the most popular types of concentrates:
Cannabis concentrates can also take the form of topical creams or CO2 oil. For simplicity’s sake though, let’s look at the latter concentrates and how you should approach these curious substances as a novice.
- Hash pipe: This is essentially a specialized pipe that differs from one you’d use for flower. Aside from needing replacement screens and a lighter, you have a low-maintenance method of consuming hash. It’s cheap to obtain and allows you the freedom of dabbling in the world of concentrates without the smoke and flavor of traditional bud.
- Vaporizer: Those who enjoy smoking in public will appreciate the allure of portable vaporizers (or vape pens). Though in-home vaporizers also exist, they are less popular due to size and compatibility with most concentrates. Conversely, vape pens are small, versatile, and battery operated – simply recharge via USB. You can spend as a little as $20 for a pen or as much as several hundred dollars depending on its features and multi-use functionality.
- Dab rig: This is where things get a little more complicated and expensive. This process is a method of vaporizing concentrate on a heated surface and then inhaling it. As it involves specialized equipment and very high temperatures, it is not recommended for beginners.
If you think about its very name – concentrate – it’s easy to understand some of the apprehension surrounding the product. It might blast you into outer space as if you smoked several joints with your buddies or simply replace your favorite strain as a stronger, more effective way to treat chronic pain. So should you or shouldn’t you?
If you’ve never used concentrates, clear your schedule for the afternoon and go easy. As a general rule of thumb: you can always do more, but you can’t do less.
For professional recommendations, visit one of our four Colorado LiveGreen locations. The elevated life – and high – is what we’re all about.