Shattering the Stigma of Cannabis Concentrates
If there's one thing every patient should know about cannabis, it is that everyone requires something different. A strain that lends sedating effects for one patient with insomnia might keep another patient awake instead. The dosing of cannabis is no different; for some, a microdose of 5 mg or less is sufficient, but for others, it's not enough.
Cannabis concentrates are potent forms of cannabis made by extracting the beneficial cannabinoids, as well as the plant terpene profile. To best preserve the plant’s terpene profile, MÜV utilizes selective cold ethanol to produce concentrated forms of THC and CBD – you can learn more about the production process here. The resulting concentrates are 25 mg per grain of rice-sized dose – which is 5x’s more potent when compared to MÜV Vapes and Flower. We recognized the necessity of these high-potency options and created a range of options for patients.
MÜV produces a variety of concentrates intended for vaporization, taking form in Shatter, Blue, Live Rosin and Distillate. The issue, however, does not lie within the concentrates themselves, but in how they’re consumed.
How Do You Dab?
The stigma around concentrates boils down to the heating method for consuming the concentrate. You can add these concentrates to your whole flower medication session, but to fully activate the cannabinoids and experience the flavor profile of the medication, the concentrate should be heated to above 350°F. Consuming the concentrate via vaporization is referred to as dabbing, and requires some special tools.
In the past, the only way to achieve the high temperatures was with a water pipe known as a dab rig and a blow torch – but more on the torch in a minute. A dab rig is similar to a bong, but instead of holding a bowl in which to put the concentrates, it holds what’s called a banger. The banger is most commonly made of quartz in the industry, due to its ability to withstand high heat.
The blow torch is used to heat the quartz banger. This creates a touch-and-feel game with heating the piece – you hold the blowtorch about 6 inches away from your banger until it gets visibly hot. You then let the banger cool and monitor by holding your hand the same distance away from the banger as the torch; it should be hot, but not hot enough to burn your hand. After you identify the temperature you want to dab, load the concentrate with what’s known as a dab tool, a long tool typically made of stainless steel or glass, and inhale through the mouthpiece.
Fortunately, medical cannabis patients now have more user-friendly options for consuming the potent medicine. The e-nail was introduced to the market and made consuming concentrates much less intimidating. The electronic nail is attached to your banger, usually fitting snugly around the bottom, and allows users to set the temperature of which they wish to dab. E-nails do need plugged into an outlet, and the exposed nail truly does heat to the temperature set, so users must still exercise caution and always remember to fully turn off the e-nail (we also recommend unplugging to be completely cautious). Dab pens have made this use even easier.
MEET THE MÜV CONCENTRATE DEVICES
Dab pens has made marijuana concentrate consumption more accessible than ever. Pens are an ideal starting place for newcomers to the method, as they are affordable and extremely easy to use when compared with a rig. MÜV carries two devices with differing functionalities that have received great reviews from patients: the Boundless Terp Pen and the Puffco Plus.
BOUNDLESS TERP PEN
The Terp Pen is one of the most robust dab devices. The Terp Pen is draw-activated and hardly larger than a writing pen. Exposed coils are where the concentrate is heated, and can be used in three ways:
- By dipping directly into the concentrate in its container, or on a dab mat. Nectar collectors allow users to graze the concentrate device on the concentrate of choice while inhaling.
- By loading it onto the dab tool. The Terp Pen comes with a dab tool to make the dosing of concentrates a smoother process. Users can add the dose to the tool, then directly consume the concentrate from the tool.
- As a dab pen. This is achieved by placing the dose of concentrate onto the coil, replacing the cap and inhaling. This function brings portability to consuming with the Terp Pen.
The Terp Pen comes with one temperature setting, making it an easy device to begin consuming concentrates with.
The Puffco Plus is what's referred to as a pocket nail, and the first ever introduced to the cannabis market. While pocket nail may sound intimidating, the Plus is arguably one of the most straightforward ways to dab. The mouthpiece contains what's called the Dart; pressing down on the silicone mouthpiece extends the dart for easy loading of concentrates. The Plus allows for a press and heat functionality to draw to your heart's content, or a sesh session, in which continuous draws from the device may be taken. The Plus features three temperature settings, low (blue), medium (green) and high (white) to suit each patients' needs.
G PEN ROAM
The crown jewel of the G Pen devices is arguably the Roam. It’s a fully portable concentrate system, with full-ceramic atomizer, and a spill-proof water tube housed in the device. The Roam features temperature-specific heating to truly tailor your medicating experience.
HOW TO CLEAN CONCENTRATE DEVICES
Concentrate devices are best cleaned after every session with a cotton swab, and deep-cleaned after every few sessions. To deep clean, soak your banger or ceramic atomizer from the device in isopropyl alcohol (90% or higher) for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. Always be sure to burn off residual alcohol by preparing your piece for a session without loading your MÜV Concentrates.
Concentrates are truly a tailor-made product based on the temperatures consumed. Low temperatures tend to have a more robust flavor profile, while higher temperatures have larger vapor clouds, making the dosing of concentrates one based on patient preference. No matter the device or temperature you use, it’s key to remember to start with a low dose and slowly add more to future doses to achieve desired effects.
MEET THE MÜV CONCENTRATES
Now, for the good stuff. Meet the vaporizable MÜV Concentrates.
MÜV Shatter was the first cannabis concentrate offered to Florida patients at MÜV Dispensaries. After cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant, the crude extract is poured onto slabs and placed in a vacuum oven. This step removes residual ethanol from the extraction process and stabilizes the extract into its final form: a clear, glass-like consistency that shatters like the top of crème brûlée when cracked with a spoon.
Think of MÜV Crumble as the sibling of Shatter. While still in crude extract form, the extract is agitated and whipped, bringing air into it. The agitated extract is then poured onto slabs and placed in the vacuum oven, where it will rise similar to baking a soufflé. The final texture is dry and crumbly, and reminiscent to that of a honeycomb.
MÜV Distillate Syringe is the Swiss army knife of cannabis concentrates. Crude extract is distilled to further isolate cannabinoids and terpenes (distillation). The resulting clear, relatively tasteless, yet very viscous and potent Distillate can be used orally, for effects and delayed onset times similar to an edible or consumed via inhalation for more immediate effects.
MÜV Live Rosin is an outlier in the world of concentrates, in that the extraction of cannabinoids is more of an expression. Trichomes, or the mushroom-shaped hairs that give cannabis it’s frosty appearance, are collected from whole flower in an ice water bath. The trichomes are then dried and pressed using only heat and pressure, resulting in the expression of a cannabis oil with full aroma, flavor, and terpene profile of the cannabis strain extracted.
Are you feeling like a concentrate expert now? If not – don’t fret! Your MÜV MedTenders and the Patient Care Team are always here to assist with your medical cannabis journey, including titrating up to concentrate consumption.