Cannabis How-Tos

How to Use an Extract-Specific Vaporizer

Extracts are highly concentrated forms of cannabis that can be consumed by smoking, vaping and dabbing. Here’s what to consider when using an extract-specific vaporizer.

How to Use an Extract-Specific Vaporizer

  • Cannabis extracts can be consumed by smoking, vaping or dabbing, each of which requires a particular accessory.
  • Cannabis extracts contain a very high concentration of THC, so there is a greater risk for overconsumption.

Cannabis extracts, also called concentrates, are a variety of solid or liquid products that are created by processing cannabis flower into a concentrated form, to be either ingested or inhaled. These products include hash, kief, live resin, rosin, shatter and wax — all of which can be consumed using an extract-specific vaporizer. Here’s how:

How are extracts consumed?

Depending on the form, cannabis extracts can be consumed by smoking (in a joint, pipe or bong), vaping (in a dried flower vaporizer with an extract attachment or an extract-specific vaporizer, or in a vape pen, in the case of distillate) or dabbing (using a dab rig). Here’s an in-depth look at the variety of accessories available.

Because these products contain a very high concentration of THC, there is a risk for overconsumption. If you are using an extract-specific vaporizer, the recommended amount for hash or kief is a pinch (roughly the size of a dime); for shatter, rosin, wax or live resin, it’s less than the size of a lentil.

As always, Health Canada suggests a “start low and go slow” approach when consuming cannabis products.

What is an extract-specific vaporizer?

While smoking burns the cannabis product and produces smoke, a vaporizer heats it to the point where the active ingredients—such as the cannabinoids and terpenes — are released into a vapour, which is inhaled.

There are three types of vaporizers: vape pens, which are disposable or reusable and are only used with cannabis oil; dried flower vaporizers, to be used with dried cannabis; and extract-specific vaporizers,  to be used with most other forms of cannabis concentrates. (Dried flower vaporizers may also come with attachments to accommodate extracts.)

Descriptive Video: How to Use an Extract-Specific Vaporizer

How is an extract-specific vaporizer used?

There are five simple steps to using an extract-specific vaporizer, although you should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular device.
First, portion your extract (keeping in mind the recommended amount). Load the extract into the chamber, and adjust the vaporizer’s airflow and temperature settings (if these are relevant to your particular device). Turn on the vaporizer and take small inhalations from the mouthpiece.

Keeping your vaporizer clean will extend its life and ensure it stays in proper working order. and authorized retailers carry a range of cleaning supplies, including brushes, wipes and cleaning solutions.

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