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Apr 4, 2016 5:55 PM

Best Ways to Consume Cannabis Concentrates

There are many types of cannabis concentrates available at dispensaries near my location, but the variety of methods for their consumption is even more impressive. It may be a costly affair for someone who wants to get a new marijuana experience because some cannabis accessories for using concentrates cost more than $100. Moreover, not all methods of consuming weed extracts may be suitable for you, as they have their pros and cons for different types of users.

Ways to Consume Cannabis Concentrates

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the most common ways of consuming concentrates and find your best method of using them.

With Dry Marijuana

Smoking concentrates with dry cannabis is probably the most obvious and accessible method for new weed consumers. Just add a few drops of this natural product to a joint or on top of a pipe bowl and light it up. The drawback of this method is that you cannot taste the weed concentrate itself without the additional flavor of dry buds. Many users also claim this is a simple waste of cannabis concentrates, and it spoils the whole smoking process. Thus, this way of using concentrates is only recommended for newbies who do not have the special accessories to smoke or vaporize the weed extracts.

Hash Pipe

If you want to have a more profound experience of using marijuana concentrates, visit your local head shop to purchase a hash pipe. This is a specialized accessory designed for using water hash or solvent and oil concentrates. To use this pipe, you only need a lighter and occasional replacement screens. This is a more pleasurable experience than consumption with dry weed flowers. You can taste the hash on its own and feel its high-potent effect directly. Prices for hash pipes are quite affordable for an average consumer, so this option may be appealing to you if you want to broaden your horizons of the marijuana's world.


Vaping concentrates is another popular method of marijuana consumption. On the local market, you will find two types of vaping accessories: desktop vaporizers and portable ones. Not all of them are suitable for concentrates, even if they cost a fortune. Moreover, desktop equipment is now being replaced with portable vape pens that are more convenient in use. There is no need to be connected to a power device during your smoking session, as you can charge your vape pen via USB and take it along wherever you want. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a vaporizer only for solvent-extracted concentrates or opt for a high-quality device that is designed for various substances, including hash water and flowers.

Using vaporizers for consuming cannabis extracts allows you to taste their pure flavor without the combustion of the material that usually leaves tar and carcinogens in your lungs when you smoke.

The drawback of portable vape pens is that most of them have a week battery of the heating element, which leads to the improper work of the device, degraded flavor of the concentrates, and weaker effects comparing to smoking. Buying a portable vaporizer, pay attention to its quality to avoid this downside of most vaporizers. Most devices from China may contain chemicals like boron and arsenic that are dangerous for people. Thus, ask for a quality certificate before buying a vape pen and do not harm your health with low-quality devices.


Dabbing cannabis concentrates is the most controversial method of marijuana consumption, but it is also considered the most effective one. To experience dabbing, you need to vaporize concentrates on a “nail,” a hot surface made from ceramic, titanium, or quartz, and inhale the extracts through an “oil rig,” a specialized pipe designed for this purpose.

At your local head shop, you can also find e-nails that are the newest devices for marijuana consumers. Using e-nails, you can heat the surface up to 550-750 degrees Fahrenheit with the help of electronic heating elements. Then you need to place your concentrate on a “dabber,” which is made from the same materials as the surface, and carefully dab the extract onto the hot area. Depending on the temperature of the device, you will get different effects. Thus, a lower temperature preserves more flavor and terpene content, while a higher temperature leads to a more intensive vaporization.

The dabbing side effects include a high price of additional accessories, chemical contaminants contained in concentrates, and a high level of danger for new concentrate consumers.

Have you tried other methods of using concentrates? Let us know all about your cannabis experience in the comments below.