Medical use of Marijuana Concentrates
What is dabbing and how does it work? How can it help those who use medical marijuana? We answer these and many more questions in the article below.
You may have heard about dabs. What are they? This is what marijuana concentrates are called, and ‘dabbing’ is the process of concentrates vaporization. What are concentrates, then? They are basically marijuana extracts that are much more powerful than dried herb (the concentration of cannabinoids might reach 90%), from which the plant material has been removed. Concentrates are usually goldish, sticky substances, but they may vary in terms of looks and texture. There are many different methods of making concentrates, but they can all be divided into two main groups: concentrates made with the use of solvents (such as butane, carbon dioxide or glycerine) and those made with no solvents – so-called solventless concentrates.
The production process of concentrates made with the use of solvents is usually much more complicated. First of all, there is a risk of explosion (especially if you use butane). Secondly, the final product must be precisely cleaned of any remains of the solvent. One of the best examples of such a product is RSO oil – the most popular concentrate in USA. If it comes from illegal sources, there is always a high chance that it is contaminated with solvents. On the opposite end, there are concentrates made without solvents. They can be obtained by pressing resin from plants (to get so-called rosin) or in the process of dry-sift, where you filter pieces of plant through a series of sieves with an increasingly fine mesh, in order to completely separate the plant material. There are also concentrates that don’t contain THC and are legal in many countries, e.g. CBD crystals. Their vaporization is a much cheaper alternative to the widely popular but very expensive CBD oils.
How are concentrates consumed ?
Concentrates can obviously be added to a joint or to the blowpipe of a bong, but it’s a waste of material – the majority of cannabinoids will get damaged due to the high temperature. The right way to consume concentrates is through vaporization, which is the evaporation of cannabinoids without burning of the substance. ‘Some portable vaporizers, such as Mighty Vaporizer, let you vaporize both dry herbs and concentrates. However, the most efficient vaporization of concentrates is guaranteed by the devices designed especially for this type of substances’ – says Jonathan Weed, a vaporization expert. These devices are already available in online VapeFully store with vaporizers. Whether you use the RSO oil, a home-made rosin concentrate, or you have access to high-quality, imported, BHO concentrates, vaporization is always the most comfortable method of their absorption.
Benefits of Concentrate Vaporization
Concentrates are very popular among those who use marijuana for recreational purposes, but patients who need it for medical reason can also make the most of their potential. What are the advantages of concentrates over dry herbs? First of all, they provide much faster results. You don’t need to spend a quarter of an hour to properly grind the herbs, load the vaporizer and have an inhalation session. ‘When you use concentrates, you just apply a small amount of the substance into your vaporizer, take one or two draws and you get an instant and powerful medical effect. The whole process takes less than a minute and the fast relief it provides is priceless in the case of those patients who suffer from pain, convulsions or nausea’ – explains Jonathan Weed from www.VapeFully.com. The results offered by concentrates are not only faster but also stronger – patients who need a high dose of cannabinoids find it much more comfortable to take in those amounts through concentrates. Instead of consuming a few grams of marijuana – which requires dozens of draws with vapor or smoke – they simply have to take a few draws of vapor produced from a few dozens, up to a few hundreds of milligrams of concentrates. Concentrates vaporization, just like in the case of dried herbs, is not associated with any health risk, such as lungs disease or toxins absorption, which is an inherent element of smoking. Dabbing also allows for a very precise dosing of concentrates – the patient can take just one draw, check the results and decide whether it’s necessary to continue the inhalation or not.
Risk related to Concentrates
Some inexperienced users, especially those who have only tried dried herbs, underestimate the power of concentrates. While it’s practically impossible to overdose THC, the consumption of an excessive quantity of cannabinoids can result in a range of unpleasant symptoms, such as the feeling of heaviness, drowsiness, anxiety or disorientation. If you are aware of the power of concentrates and take them in limited amounts, you are on the safe side. For some users, the phenomenon of tolerance might be a problem – your body builds the tolerance to concentrates much faster than in the case of dried herbs, so you need to increase the dose from time to time. However, just a few days of a break lets you lower the tolerance to cannabinoids. The biggest problem in terms of concentrates is their quality, especially in those countries, where concentrates are illegal. It’s doubtful that concentrates made in amateur conditions, rather than in professional laboratories, get properly cleaned of the solvents used in the process. Until then, it’s much safer to choose the solventless concentrates, especially that you can easily make them at home. For example, rosin concentrates can be made with the use of a safe Tarik+Rosin T-Rex Press. It lets you make your own concentrate within minutes, the final product is entirely safe for your health and requires no filtering.
Concentrates – the future of medical marijuana?
Taking into consideration the huge potential of concentrates in the field of medical use of cannabinoids, we might assume that they have a bright future. The majority of medical marijuana distribution points in the USA are already selling more concentrates than dried herbs and this trend seems to be growing.
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