With more than 30 states legalizing medical cannabis, the marijuana market in the US is expanding at an unbelievable rate. There are various conditions, such as cancer, epilepsy, and chronic pain & muscle spasms, for which cannabis can be prescribed by a doctor, and most patients want to know about the vast range of products available. Concentrates seemed to have gained incredible popularity in the last few years. Most licensed dispensaries and stores that offer cannabis delivery are selling concentrates. For the help of medical cannabis users, we are reviewing the pros and cons of concentrates, but before that, let’s understand the concept.
What are cannabis concentrates?
True to the name, cannabis concentrates contain concentrated amounts of cannabinoids, most importantly THC. THC is the only compound in marijuana that’s psychoactive, or will produce a high. There are varied steps in production of concentrates, and most extraction methods like butane or CO2 extraction is used for making concentrates.
Concentrates have a high amount of THC, and often other desirable plant matter, such as terpenes. There are varied types of concentrates in the market, right from shutter and budder, to wax, live resin, and keif. Each concentrate contains THC in high doses, which is desirable for patients who are in need more intensive therapies. Also, you don’t need a lot of concentrate to get the effects, and in most cases, concentrates can be consumed easily using a dab rig, or by adding to edibles. Flavor and potency of cannabis are retained in concentrates, which is the precise reason why some patients prefer it more than buds. For patients who cannot smoke buds, concentrates can be a good alternative.
Concentrates are expensive, because of the entire process involved. Also, new medical marijuana patients may have their issues with concentrates, given that it’s easy to go overboard. Also, not all dispensaries sell concentrates of the best quality, so the source and extraction process have to be right.
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If you want to try concentrates, we would recommend that you select a right dispensary. More importantly, go slow and see how a concentrate works for you. Cannabis works on the endocannabinoid system of our body, and the effects can vary for each patient. Also, use concentrates as recommended, and talk to your doctor, if you wish to be more precise about the dosage.
All in all, concentrates deserve the attention, but go easy and try out more varieties to find the right one for you!