- Posted by Options Medical Center
- On October 8, 2018
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As more states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, THC and CBD extracts are becoming a favorite way to partake. These extra-potent marijuana distillates can be vaped, eaten or rubbed onto the skin depending on the products you choose. Before heading to the dispensary near me, here’s what you need to know about cannabis extracts.
What’s a Dab? Understanding Extracts
When it comes to extracts, you can choose between several products:
- Oils can be either vaporized or ingested orally, except alcohol-based extracts which must be ingested as they are flammable.
- Shatter is an oil extract that has been left to cool, creating a glass-like consistency that gives this form of cannabis its name.
- Wax is extract that is heated to create a material with the consistency of peanut butter.
Shatter and wax require a “dab rig,” a modified bong outfitted with a nail. You heat the nail with a torch, then place a small bit of the extract on the nail using a “dab tool” and inhale the resulting vapor.
How Are Extracts Made?
With extraction, the active chemicals in cannabis are removed from the plant using a solvent such as butane or propane oil. These flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids can then be ingested in their purest form. The exact method used determines the potency, effects, and consistency of the finished product.
What Are the Benefits of Extracts?
Many long-time cannabis smokers appreciate the potency of extracts. With marijuana flower, the THC content is usually about 10 to 25 percent (however at Options, our flowers’ THC content is more often 17-32 percent). When it comes to extracts, you’ll find THC content ranging from 50 to over 90 percent.
Extracts also make it possible to fine-tune your dosage, which is especially important for medical cannabis users. Each oil extract is labeled with the amount of THC and CBD oil so you can effectively adjust based on the effects.
Because of the increased potency, extracts tend to cost more than cannabis flower. However, extract fans also appreciate the discretion, lack of smell and ease of use. Vaporizing cannabis or adding extracts to food also reduces the health risks of inhaling marijuana smoke.
Extracts are a versatile solution for most users. They even come in topical lotions and creams that can be rubbed into the skin as a pain reliever.
Shopping For Cannabis Extracts
If you’re looking for a weed dispensary near me, consider Options Medical Center. We offer craft wax and shatter along with easy-to-use cannabis extract cartridges for vape pens. Choose from a variety of strains with high potency and purity. Call our knowledgeable staff today to chat about your medical and recreational cannabis extract needs.