Cannabis concentrates can provide a smoke-free alternative to consuming dried cannabis, but there are many considerations when it comes to concentrates, including the amount you should consume and the potency. Here’s what you need to know — and why you should always buy legal.
What type of concentrate should I choose?
The type of cannabis product and consumption method — inhaling or ingesting — depends on the desired effect and your experience with consuming cannabis.
Choosing a method of consumption depends on personal preference. If you are new to cannabis, dabbing is not recommended. Dabbing involves consuming a cannabis concentrate in oil or wax form by placing it on a very hot surface (called a nail) that is attached to a dab rig. The vapour that is produced is then inhaled through the rig. It is a complicated process that can produce strong, immediate effects, and it may increase your risk for experiencing negative effects, which could include toxic psychosis, orthostatic hypotension and acute impairment.
How much should I consume?
The way you consume cannabis concentrates will alter the onset, duration and intensity of effects, so even if you have consumed cannabis before, start low and go slow.
To avoid consuming too much, start with a very small amount, especially if you are trying a new product, and wait at least two hours to see how it affects your body before taking more.
To avoid consuming too much, start with a very small amount, and wait at least two hours to see how it affects your body before consuming more.
Although there are rough estimates of the intensity and longevity of the effects produced by cannabis products, they depend on many personal factors, such as your weight and sex, how much food you consumed prior to consumption and your metabolic rate.
Why buy legal?
When you purchase a cannabis concentrate from the legal market, either through OCS.ca or an Authorized Cannabis Store, you can be sure the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) content in the product is correct. Cannabis concentrates can be highly concentrated — the latest extraction methods can create a product that is over 90% THC — so there is the potential for overconsumption. Concentrates available through the OCS that are meant to be inhaled can contain no more than 1,000 mg of THC per package.
Buying legal cannabis concentrates ensures the product does not contain any harmful solvents that may be found in products in the illegal market.