Why try them? Potency, flavor & other factors.
Part 3: The way marijuana concentrates can be quickly consumed is a double-edged sword. But they offer other benefits, including intense flavor and the ability to be discrete.
It’s fun to try something new and different, but concentrates can be tricky.
Most cannabis consumers who seek out concentrates after being a flower user are simply looking for a stronger experience. Others are looking for a flavorful sesh. But for people who have never tried them or who may have overdone it their first time dabbing, concentrates can be intimidating. Getting educated can help your cause, and that’s what this Concentrates 101 series is all about.
Say you’re a longtime fan of flower. Over time, regular users build up a tolerance to cannabis in general, but more specifically, to certain strains and specific cannabinoid/terpene profiles. For example, if you smoke nothing but Sour Diesel for a month and then switch it up to Grape Stomper, the latter will generally hit like a ton of bricks — but flash forward to the next month after nothing but Stomper-smoking, and that Diesel will kick the doors of perception open like it did the first time.
This interaction between body chemistry and specific strains is one of the greatest mysteries of cannabis. And it gets even murkier when you are extracting certain parts of the cannabis and leaving others behind, as is the case with concentrates. During the extraction process, plant compounds are extracted or left behind depending upon a lot of factors including esoteric things that most users would have no idea about, such as their chemical polarity. Whether a strain (and its associated concentrate) affects you in an uplifting way or a relaxing way depends largely upon what parts of it were pulled and how they interact with your body, as well as the manner in which they are consumed.
The most common question in the mind of a new concentrate user is, “Will this be too strong for me if I normally just smoke weed?”
While it’s complicated and depends a lot on the aforementioned body chemistry and other factors, in general, concentrates are stronger, but not in the way most would think. Essentially it’s a numbers game:
To compare this with doing a single dab, the math works out this way:
Looking at it that way, they are basically the same in terms of overall potency. Then why do some people get completely “spun out” when they dab, yet can smoke joint after joint with no issues? The answer lies in the complex interaction between cannabinoids and terpenes as well as body chemistry. There is no sure answer for how a concentrate will affect you; the only way to know is to try a tiny amount.
The complete concentrates series
Part 1: What’s on the market? Info about kief, BHO, water hash and others
Part 2: How should I smoke this shatter? Ways to consume concentrates
Part 3: Are concentrates right for me? On potency, expected effects and more
Most users who have a poor experience with dabs find themselves in that situation because they consumed too much, too quickly. While it’s fairly easy to do five dabs in a row in less than five minutes (or to “bite off more than you can chew” with one large dab, so to speak), it’s a little harder to smoke five joints in that same amount of time. So when it comes down to ease of use, it is much faster and easier to consume massive amounts of cannabinoids in concentrate form.