One way to consume cannabis concentrates is by using a vaporizer. Although these devices come in quite a few different sizes and types, including those specifically for use with concentrates and dried flower, here are some useful recommendations to get you started with a versatile dual-purpose vaporizer.
What is a dual-purpose vaporizer?
All vaporizers work essentially the same way: The cannabis is heated to a temperature that’s high enough to activate the THC and CBD (a process called “decarboxylation”) without burning it. The resulting vapour is then inhaled.
Your preferred cannabis format will determine the type of vaporizer you can use. Dried flower vaporizers are for use with ground dried cannabis; concentrate-specific vaporizers can only be used with concentrates. If you want the ability to switch between formats, then a dual-purpose vaporizer, which can be used with both dried flower and cannabis concentrates, is a good choice.
Which concentrates can I use?
Cannabis concentrates are produced by processing cannabis flower into a concentrated form. Hash, rosin, shatter, wax, kief and live resin can be consumed in a concentrate-specific or dual-purpose vaporizer.
Health Canada warns that certain types of cannabis concentrates, such as hash, kief, wax and shatter, contain high concentrations of THC. Always check the label for the product’s strength and consider selecting products with a low amount of THC and an equal or higher amount of CBD. To minimize the risk of overconsumption, Health Canada recommends starting with a low amount and proceeding slowly until you understand how your body reacts.
How do I use it?
There are just a few steps required to use a dual-purpose vaporizer. Your device may vary in terms of parts and settings; check the manufacturer’s instructions before you begin. Here are the basics.
- Load it. Either add dried cannabis flower to the chamber or add an concentrate to the concentrate insert and position it in the device. (It’s recommended to use a small amount of concentrate.)
- Turn it on. Turn on the device and adjust the temperature to your liking.
- Inhale. Pull lightly on the mouthpiece.
- Clean it. When the vaporizer has dried, use cleaning tools and/or solution to remove any remaining residue.