Dry herbs are highly versatile substances that provide for many different methods for consumption depending upon how it is refined or prepared for use.
Chances are if you’ve tried the old-fashioned way of smoking your herbs, you’ve likely wanted to try it in other ways as well. And hey, we can’t blame you…after all, variety is the spice of life, and you deserve to enjoy all that these wonderful flowing buds have to offer.
But first thing’s first, let’s take a quick look at exactly what you’ll be dealing with.
When it comes to dry herbs and dried out buds and flowers, we pretty much all know what we’re dealing with and what to expect. But what is a concentrate exactly?
The short version is simple: a concentrate is simply a concentrated version of your dry herbs, created through various means of extraction and natural processing to extract all kinds of wonderful oils, organic compounds, active ingredients, and terpenes that produce that all too familiar (and quite wonderful) aroma!
This resulting extract is much stronger than dried flowers and buds, containing as much as 95% more of the active ingredients we know and love.
While dried leaf and bud material can usually only be smoked via traditional “combustion” methods, concentrates can and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways, including via dabs, oils, sprays, and edibles.
With that being said, let’s get to the first method for consuming these concentrates!
#1 Edibles – yum!
Edibles are pretty popular among the herb using community and is one of the safer ways to enjoy the benefits had from consumption of concentrates. Edibles are traditionally made with butter or oil as a base.
Aside from the obvious bonus of being mixed into delicious food such as “special brownies”, edibles also tend to be more potent and provide a longer-lasting “feel”.
Potency will vary with edibles, depending on a number of factors, so you should always try a small amount of a new edible and wait about an hour to gauge just how it’ll make you before overdoing it.
Commonly, you’ll see brownies, cookies, syrups, and candies made with oil concentrates. However, there are many more options available, and you can essentially add oil concentrates to any recipe that calls for oil or butter.
The internet is your friend, and with a few clicks on the keyboard, you’ll quickly find a treasure trove of recipes you can try out yourself.
#2 Vaping – it’s sleek, stealthy, and healthier!
Vaping has been popular for quite a while, and the use of dry herbs in the vaping community is no exception to this steadily growing niche.
If you’ve been smoking for long, chances are, you’ve seen a vape pen or other box device when out in public. Once used for “e-juices” alone, the industry has shifted to also producing vaping devices geared specifically for vaping dry herbs, concentrates and oils.
The primary discerning factor between combustion and vaping is that with vaping you don’t actually burn the dried buds and flowers (or concentrates). Rather the device heats them to the perfect optimal temperature at which the concentrate emits the active ingredients and flavor you’re looking for (all without lighting it on fire). Pretty cool right? We think so.
Benefits of Vaping Dry Herbs:
- Affordability and portability
- Discreet and stealthy
- Potent and pure experience
- Enhanced flavor and experience
- App compatible (with some devices)
- Low scent (you can enjoy without others smelling it)
#3 Dabbing – Dab, dab, daba-roo
Over the past few years, dabs have become very popular.
Dabs are made by using butane to pull out all the fun active ingredients from the plant, resulting in a waxy oil concentrate that is quite potent.
The resulting concentrate is most commonly called shatter, wax, or BHO (butane hash oil), and can contain up to 50% of active ingredients…so take it easy will ya.
If you’re planning to try dabs, check out the Loto Legend by Loto Labs. The Legend heats to optimal dabbing temperatures in less than ten seconds thanks to patented non-contact induction heating technology. No exposed heating elements, no hot coils and no need for a blow torch. That means safe and fast vaping with a clean taste each and every time.
Since this is wax you’re working with and not just regular dried plant material, you generally need a higher level of heat to ignite it and cause combustion. To do this, you’ll need to heat the dab nail using a dab torch instead of a regular lighter.
Once it’s hot, pressing it on the dab in your smoking apparatus of choice will start to melt it, allowing you to achieve the desired effect quickly.
#4 Adding Concentrate to Dry Herb – that hybrid good-good
A common way to try concentrates for the first time is by adding the crumbled concentrate to a bowl of dried flower or buds, much like you would do with kief.
While this isn’t a bad way to try concentrates for the first time, sprinkling shatter into your mix can muddle the flavor you would get from smoking the concentrate by itself.
It is also important to remember that concentrates will be much stronger than normally dried herbs, and you will need to tread lightly to avoid some unpleasant side effects.
If you’re interested, you can try one of the methods mentioned above, or do some more research to find other methods of using concentrates.
Always start out slow with concentrate as they can yield up to 50% or more of actives in each formulation.
And as always, if you have any questions hit up the Loto Labs team for information regarding our induction dab rig, the Loto Legend.