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THC concentrates vs Marijuana buds 

When you mention the word cannabis, most people picture the flower bud that can be vaped or smoked. However, there are other forms of marijuana such as concentrates and edibles that offer the consumer a different experience. So what is the difference between THC concentrates and cannabis buds? Many people who use marijuana wonder what the difference between these two are and this blog post will explore each and weigh the pros and cons of both THC concentrates and marijuana buds. If you are new to the cannabis community, or perhaps you’re just a smoker who’s looking for a new way to consume, stick around. 

Different ways to consume both

There are different ways to consume both THC concentrates and marijuana buds and we'll explore each below. 

THC concentrates:

  • Wrapping wax around your blunt: This is a great way to slightly increase potency.
  • Dab rig: this is a water filtration device similar to a bong except it uses vapor instead of smoke.
  • Vape pen: These devices are discreet and portable and much healthier than traditional smoking because it works with vapor and not combustion.
  • Edibles: People generally don’t associate edibles with concentrates however some edibles can be made with concentrates and extracts.
  • Topicals: concentrates can provide targeted relief to affected areas without causing any psychoactive effects.
  • Tinctures: This is cannabis that has been dissolved in alcohol to form a concentrate that you consume by placing a few drops under your tongue before swallowing.

Marijuana buds:

  • Joints: This is the most traditional way to consume dry herbs and involves combustion which has health risks.
  • Bongs: This is another popular method that involves a water filtration device and the water purifies the smoke which makes the hit smoother.
  • Capsules: dry herb is often found in capsule form for a discreet and convenient method of consumption.
  • Edibles: You can add finely crushed dry herb to any food or baking product and the result is a very potent and long-lasting high.
  • Pipe: This is a small, handheld smoking device that uses a small amount of dry herb and delivers a quick and convenient experience.

There is no best way to consume cannabis - it all comes down to personal preference. Whether it be edibles or smoking, there are many different methods out there. The most popular form of consuming marijuana is through inhalation because it is the fastest way to achieve the desired effect, so if you fall into this category you might want to consider using a glass bong or pipe such as those offered by Smoke Cartel. Other methods are slower but may be more appropriate for certain conditions or patients. For example, people with chronic pain might want to try using edible forms of marijuana before smoking it so they don't have to inhale as much smoke in their lungs. Some people find that eating cannabis helps them sleep better at night while others use it during the day for appetite stimulation or relief from nausea.

Concentrates are strong

Concentrates are known to be four times stronger than marijuana buds. Concentrates are in the form of wax, oil, budder, butane, etc. and are made with modern equipment or alternatively in a home setting through the process of dry processing, water-based processing, dry ice processing, and combining pressure with heat, using non-flammable carbon dioxide solvents and many other methods. The most popular method is using flammable solvents because they contain a higher level of THC and users claim to have longer-lasting effects. Making concentrates is generally inexpensive and is considered a very efficient method of production. In simple terms, concentrates have been extracted from the marijuana plant. The dangers of concentrates are that they are more potent which means that they tend to have more of an intense psychological and physical effect on the user and long-term effects can include anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and panic attacks. 

The flavors 

Both concentrates and buds have flavors. Different marijuana strains have different tastes and concentrates have flavors. Concentrates are more potent however flowers generally have more flavor because concentrates usually lose their flavor during the extraction process. 

Different strains of each 

Many strains of marijuana fall under the category of indica, sativa, and hybrid strains. The top marijuana strains are White widow, Pink Kush, Master Kush, and Sweet Skunk CBD to name a few. There are also many types of THC concentrates and the most common are Budder, cannabis flower essential oil, crystalline, dry sift, and crumble to name a few. There is so much variety for consumers that you are bound to find something you like.


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