Believe it or not, July is only a week and a half away. You may be gearing up for fireworks on the 4th, but as we are cannabis consumers, did you know 4/20 isn’t the only stoner holiday? Rejoice! This July stoner holiday has become very popular over recent years in Colorado. While maybe not as well known as the mother of cannabis holidays, 7/10 is a relatively recently established day in which cannabis concentrates are celebrated. But what is 710?
As I’m sure you are aware, 420 is the key code for establishing whether something is marijuana-related and the day in April on which to celebrate. Along with that comes the phrase "420 friendly" which describes whether an event, business, or household is accepting of marijuana-related activities. It helped to link like-minded pot-smoking people together.
In the years of legalization, a different three numbered code has emerged among the marijuana culture. 710 has become the term used to define marijuana concentrates (wax, shatter, etc.) and thus the celebratory day in which to dab down good and heavy.
710 was chosen because when flipped around, 710 spells “OIL”. OIL is a term that has become synonymous with cannabis concentrates. Cannabis concentrates or “oil” is found in products such as wax, shatter, or live resin and when all put together with the specific smoking method creates dabbing. Like 420 friendly, if someone is 710 friendly they are perfectly fine with marijuana concentrates being around.
The popularity of cannabis oils has only appeared in recent years. Like most things in cannabis culture, some rumors, much like with the code “420”, extend back to the Grateful Dead in their heyday. But being only rumors, whoever coined the term 710 in relation to concentrates is a mystery though the code is widely used. Most likely, the code 710 only started to appear in the last decade. It has been said that the first 710 celebrations took place in 2012 when a group of oil enthusiasts pushed concentrates to the mainstream limelight.
A proper 7/10 will have you smoking your favorite concentrates on July 10, optimally at 7:10 a.m. or 7:10 p.m. Traditional “dabs” or pinhead size portions of concentrates, such as wax or shatter, are normally consumed by the use of a rig (small concentrate bong). You are also going to want a dab tool to pick up your concentrate with a torch to cause combustion. If you’re extra fancy, you can also attach an e-nail for consecutive hits without constant relighting.
Vape pens and other portable dab vapes have become incredibly popular in the past couple of years. They have made dabbing even easier for you to consume your favorite concentrates. Current vaporizers and portables allow you to heat your concentrate to an idle temperature making the devices very refined. Temperature control allows you to have complete control of the flavor and smoke production during your sesh.
Cannabis concentrates are products that contain much of the plant itself and appear in an assortment of ways. The naming of specific cannabis extracts can be a bit confusing to understand at first so let’s look at some concentrates.
A soft concentrate that can look many different ways in terms of color, texture, smell, and looks. It comes in varieties known as crumble, badder, budder, and honeycomb.
A harder concentrate, shatter is named based on its likeness to glass. Shatter is a hard, fragile amber-colored, and translucent substance. Shatter also has a variety known as pull-n-snap. This is a softer concentrate texture making it easier to break up for smoking.
This delicious concentrate is widely known as the highest quality of marijuana extracts. Live resin is created by extracting plant materials process the marijuana plant has been cured/dried. With the process of live resin, the concentrate maintains its fullest terpene profiles. Another iteration is known as "sauce. This consistency has a more watery texture which drowns in rich flavor.
As marijuana legalization spreads its way across America, the code term, 710, continues to gain traction as the years go by. 7/10 is a way to celebrate marijuana’s “OIL” with products like wax, shatter, hash oil, and live resin. Concentrates such as these can be found as high in percentage as 90% THC.
Never underestimate the power of concentrates, not all marijuana products are equal; with differences in consistency, effects, and texture.