Whether we are old school flower smokers or high tech dabbers, we can all agree that cannabis extracts are definitely here to stay. Their popularity runs up quickly behind dank flowers. By definition, a cannabis extract is a highly concentrated manipulation of cannabis that is acquired by running either live or dried, cured flowers through a solvent. The extraction process magnifies the concentrations of the chemical compounds as compared to flower form. Some distillates reach upwards of 99% THC while the most potent flowers remain in the low 30’s percentile.
Extracts are either dabbed, injected into vapor cartridges, infused into edibles and capsules. They’re often made with solvents like butane, CO2, ethanol, and even propane. For many, dabbing these products can be overwhelming. However, some medical patients need the intense, long-lasting effects that extracts like wax, shatter, and butter provide. Like most things there are good and bad with extracts, to avoid a bad experience it’s important to know the positive and negatives of a product before diving in.
As we mentioned, the high THC content in the average dab isn’t ideal for everyone. Some people want to explore the wide world of cannabis extracts without getting too high to function. For this type of stoner, we would recommend a vapor cartridge. Cartridges are discreet and tend to not be so overwhelming after a puff or two. It also costs less to get started with this method as compared to dabbing. We just need a simple little battery and a cartridge and we’re ready to go.
On the other hand, some people need these incredibly long lasting, intense effects. For example, a patient that is prescribed a multitude of pain medications probably won’t be able to replace their opioids with regular flower. Extracts are also great for capsules and edibles since they allow us to precisely dose each serving. Each cannabis extraction has a specific use and not every person needs the same cannabis product. This is why we need to educate ourselves on the various products and how they’re properly used.
Knowing that a cannabis extract is strong doesn’t have to scare us away if we also know the proper use for the product at hand. Everyone has their preferred cannabis product, they just have to find it.
Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.