By Berry White
In my life, I have been lucky enough to self-medicate/smoke marijuana for over half of my existence; I have smoked sativa’s, indica’s and hybrid marijuana strains from all over the world. As one who grew up in the marijuana fields of the Central Coast, I feel as though I have a pretty good grasp on THC tolerance, as well as the other active cannabinoids that provide that feeling of bliss we all seek.
One might notice when they smoke copious amounts of marijuana, that after a time you need to consume more pot in order to offset your increased tolerance level. The other day a few of my friends and I were sitting around having a conversation about whether or not vaporizing wax (marijuana concentrates) further increases your tolerance to marijuana.
If it does… obviously this would not be a good thing for the old pot budget. While I love the instant elevation of vaporizing concentrates, I also like to smoke my favorite marijuana strains for their flavors or terpene’s. It’s not that weed alone no longer gets me high; it’s just that if I smoke concentrates, I can get to my desired elevation by smoking less combustible medical marijuana.
A Little Dab Will Do Ya’
By starting off with one or two waxes, budder, or oil dabs — I find that I can reach my desired elevation much more quickly. Then I just take one or two bomb hits of good weed — and not just purely for the flavor; rather for the other cannabinoids that are only available within the marijuana flower. The complimented high attained with the combination of marijuana concentrates and flower together, provide the ability to access additional cannabinoids which will give you a more robust and well-rounded high.
When looking at marijuana concentrates, the first thing we notice is that there are many subcategories. Most of your typical marijuana concentrates will fall within 4 classes: Hash Oil, Honeycomb Wax, Budder, and last but not least Kief. When looking at these four subcategories of marijuana concentrates, the one thing that they all have in common is that they are all created by disturbing the cannabinoids, causing them detach from the plant material.
The separation of the active cannabinoids from the plant is accomplished with either friction (tumbling the trichomes off) or extracting the active cannabinoids with solvents, such as butane. When one listens to medical marijuana patients speak about hitting the “nail,” it becomes quickly evident that there are many new and different terms used to descried the action of smoking concentrates… all of that aside, most are just different way to vaporize.
Not All Concentrates Are Created Equal
Waxes are an excellent way to preserve most of the important active cannabinoids provided by the marijuana plant; that being said — be careful. Much of the marijuana concentrates that we see on the shelves today at your local medical marijuana collective is a byproduct of grow room condition issues. As one who speaks with many mmj patients and growers alike, I cannot begin to remember how many times I have had the conversation with marijuana cultivators whining about “fucking spider mites covered my buds, time to whip up some concentrates,” or “the powdery mildew wiped us out, time to make wax out of it.”
Due to the greedy nature of this short sighted thought process, you’ll want to make sure you know who’s making the concentrates your consuming. When purchasing your concentrates from a medical marijuana collective – if they don’t already… ask them to test their products for contaminants!