Cannabis concentrates are a variety of solid or liquid products that are created by processing cannabis flower into a concentrated form. These products include hash, kief, live resin, rosin, shatter and wax — all of which can be consumed through inhalation using a vaporizer specifically made for concentrates. Here’s how.
How are concentrates consumed?
Depending on the form, cannabis concentrates can be consumed by smoking (in a joint, pipe or bong), vaping (in a dried flower vaporizer with a concentrate attachment or a concentrate-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 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, there is a risk for overconsumption. If you are using a concentrate-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 a concentrate-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 concentrate-specific vaporizers, to be used with most other forms of cannabis concentrates. (Dried flower vaporizers may also come with attachments to accommodate concentrates.)
How do I use a vaporizer for cannabis concentrates?
There are five simple steps to using a concentrate-specific vaporizer, although you should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular device.
- Portion out the concentrate, keeping in mind the recommended amount.
- Load the concentrate into the chamber.
- Adjust the vaporizer’s airflow and temperature settings, if applicable.
- Turn on the vaporizer.
- Take small inhalations from the mouthpiece.
Keeping your vaporizer clean will extend its life and ensure it stays in proper working order. OCS.ca and Authorized Cannabis Stores carry a range of cleaning supplies, including brushes, wipes and cleaning solutions.