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A Guide to the Different Types of Wax Dabs: What They Are and Why You Want Them 

As research into cannabis accelerates, thanks to changing public sentiment and subsequent legislation, companies are not only discovering new compounds, properties, and uses for this amazing flora, but they’re also finding new and exciting ways to process it for consumption, including various types of wax dabs. 

What Are Wax Dabs?

Although concentrates are thought to have been around since about the 1940s and dabs were first invented back in the ‘70s, this type of consumption remained relatively niche for decades. This was perhaps because dabs are considered difficult and potentially dangerous to produce, depending on the form of extraction used. 

Today, concentrates are considered to be an ideal way to enjoy the many benefits that cannabis has to offer in an incredibly potent, cost-effective way. 

Of course, there are a lot of weed concentrates to choose from, including distillates, oils, live resin, caviar, crystalline, wax, and more. There are also several different types of wax dabs. 

If you’ve heard of dabbing and you’re interested in giving it a try, here’s what you need to know to make an informed decision. 

What is Dabbing?

Even if you’re already familiar with other forms of cannabis consumption, such as smoking flower, ingesting tinctures, or sampling a wide range of edibles (candies, gummies, chocolates, baked goods, and even beverages), you might not have a good understanding of what dabbing entails. 

It starts with several different types of wax dabs, which can range from viscous oils to sticky sugar wax to creamy budder, brittle crumble, and hard shatter. 

If you know anything about cannabis plants, you know that the buds are covered with trichomes, which are tiny, crystalline structures that contain the hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes the plant is known for. 

Dabs are concentrates created by extracting compound-laden oils from the trichomes using a wide array of processes. 

Common extraction methods involve the application of heat and pressure, washing in a water and ice bath, or via chemical processes involving solvents, like CO2 or butane, for example. 

Butane processing — used to create butane hash oil (BHO) — is among the most popular methods and is often used to create a range of wax dabs. The resulting substances contain incredibly concentrated and potent levels of cannabinoids, like psychoactive THC and terpenes. 

Whereas flower might contain about 10-20% THC, depending on the strain, dabs could have as much as 80% (sometimes more). This means that only a very small amount needs to be heated in a dabbing rig, creating vapors that are inhaled, in order to get the same effects of smoking a significantly higher volume of flower, for example. 

The Benefits of Dabbing

Before you start exploring the wide world of wax dabs, you need to understand that concentrates are incredibly potent. A little goes a long way! 

You should start with very small amounts until you understand the effects that dabbing will produce for you. Wax dabs deliver an intense experience you may not be prepared for, so it’s always best to start low, go slow, and work your way up to your desired effects. 

When you exercise caution and choose safe, tested products, you will likely enjoy several benefits with dabbing. First and foremost, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Dabs may seem like they’re expensive compared to flower — especially for the small volume you receive — but because of their elevated potency, you’re sure to find that you get more for your money. 

In addition, you can get the same experience as smoking a blunt from a tiny inhale of vapor. It’s much quicker and easier than smoking, and you’ll enjoy immediate and substantial effects, such as relief, relaxation, and/or euphoria, depending on the product. 

If you’re worried about the potential health concerns and the social stigma of smoking, you want something more potent than edibles, you’re seeking fast, cost-effective options for relief, or all of the above, wax dabs could be a solution worth exploring. 

The next step is understanding what the different types of wax dabs are and what sets them apart from one another. 

Common Types of Wax Dabs

There are several forms of concentrates to choose from, but if you want to try dabbing, wax is your best option. Powdered kief or dry hash, for example, is not ideal for use with a dabbing rig, as getting it onto the tiny nail to heat it is challenging, to say the least. 

Wax dabs come in a range of consistencies, from thick liquids to hard sheets. It’s always best to try different products to see which you like.

Here’s a quick rundown of the different wax dabs and what makes each one unique. 

Oil Dabs

Cannabis oils may be consumed in a number of ways, depending on how they are extracted and refined. These viscous substances can be used for vaping, turned into tinctures that you can consume sublingually or simply ingest, or made into oil dabs, which are a bit thicker and not ideal for vaping. 

One of the most common forms of extraction is a chemical process using butane, which produces concentrates of great potency. It also preserves terpenes, unlike some other forms of extraction. 

The instrument-grade butane used for this process is purified, pressurized, and delivered at extremely low temperatures, gently separating the oils from the plant. 

When the process is complete, any residual butane is purged from the oil to create a safe, pure product that contains concentrated cannabinoids, along with all of the terpenes that deliver the aroma and flavor of the plant — not to mention the full entourage effect. 

Another reason this method of extraction is so popular is that it creates opportunities for wax dabs of different consistencies, whereas some other methods are more limited in what they produce. 

In addition to BHO, CO2 and propane are other forms of solvent extraction. There are also several forms of solventless extraction (dry-sifting, freeze-drying, ice water bath, a combination of heat and pressure, and so on). Solvent extraction tends to generate the purest, most potent products. 

Sugar Wax Dabs

When you see sugar wax, you’ll understand how it got its name. The consistency is very much like mixing a small amount of water into a pile of sugar crystals. It is much like a sugar scrub you might use on your body, where the sugar is wet, but granular, rather than dissolved. 

Although it is mostly liquid, it is very thick and sticky. This makes it great for dabbing, as it’s easy to place a small amount on the nail head for heating. 

Sugar wax is most commonly made via chemical extraction (BHO), like many other types of cannabis wax. 

THC Budder

Budder Dabs

Budder is among the most popular forms of wax because of its smooth, creamy consistency, often compared to butter. It’s not quite as sticky as sugar wax, which makes it a bit easier to work with, particularly where portioning is concerned. However, it will still stay put when you apply it to the nail in your dabbing rig. 

Budder is sometimes confused with similarly-named “badder.” While the two are actually very alike, badder is slightly more liquid. 

How can you tell the difference? While budder essentially holds its shape, like cake frosting, badder is looser and it will slowly spread. 

There are many shades of wax between viscous oil and hard shatter, and budder and badder are just two of the in-between consistencies. 

Crumble Dabs

Also made from the BHO method of extraction, crumble is far less wet and sticky than some other types of wax. As you can imagine, it gains its moniker from a drier, more brittle consistency than creamy budder. 

Crumble is not entirely dry like a powder, though. It still retains some moisture, making it similar to a crumbly cheese, like feta, cotija, or goat cheese. 

In other words, you can easily flake it apart into smaller pieces, but the crumbled bits themselves will more or less hold together. 

While budder is often considered to be the happy medium between wet products like oil and drier products like crumble, you may find the dry end of the wax spectrum easier to work with. 

It all depends on your personal preferences, which is why it’s a good idea to try different types of wax to discover what works best for you. 

THC Shatter Extract

Shatter Dabs

This BHO product is hard and brittle, like spun sugar, although it’s most often compared to a sheet of glass. It’s called shatter because you can break it into pieces, either by snapping off a corner or simply smashing it. 

Shatter is smooth, solid, stable, and easy to store, which makes it ideal for anyone who plans to make their supply last for a while. Although it’s not quite as easy to dab as budder or stickier products, it does have the distinction of being among the purest forms of concentrate available. 

With so many types of wax dabs on the market and so many appealing benefits associated with dabbing, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider giving dabs a try. Just make sure to start slow if you’re new to dabbing so that you can ensure a positive and enjoyable experience!


 

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Dab Price List

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 01 February 2021 in Canna Blog

There are few worse things than coming home after a long day, pulling out you’re dab rig and then realizing you’re fresh out of wax. Time to buy some more; but with the pandemic, staying frugal is important to almost everyone. To make things easier (and cheaper) we’ve compiled a list of some of the best deals on dabs and where to find them. Here is the ultimate dab price list.

dab price list

Best Dab Deals

The Lodge Cannabis has two locations in Denver: one on Federal Blvd and the other on High Street. Current deals on dabs include:

High West Cannabis has one location off 51st Ave. Their store is open from 9 am – 9:45 pm on Monday – Saturday and 10 am – 7 pm on Sundays. Some deals going on right now are:

AMCH Denver is located in Capitol Hill off 13th Ave. The store is open Monday – Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm. Some of the deals you can find on dabs here are:

The Stone is a Denver dispensary located on Morrison Road. They are open from 10 am – 10 pm every day. Some of the current deals are:

 KrystaLeaves is located in Commerce City on Vasquez Blvd. They’re open 10 am – 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am – 9 pm on Friday – Sunday. Some dab deals include:

Trenchtown Dispensary is located off Sheridan Blvd in Denver. They’re open from 10 am – 6:45 pm every day. Some of the best deals at Trenchtown right now are:

Reefer Madness Dispensary, open every day, is off 46th Ave in Denver and has some great deals on dabs going on right now:

best deals on dabs

Keeping it Cheap with Dabs

“Those deals up there are great, but I don’t have that much scratch right now.”

That you?

No worries, money problems are going around these days. Here are some of the cheapest dabs you can find in Colorado right now:

·         Cherry Peak Dispensary has a deal for $18 grams of wax or shatter.

·         Doc’s Apothecary is selling Summit concentrates for $22 a gram.

·         There are Full Spectrum Diamonds available for $25 per gram at Lodge Cannabis.

·         Pure Marijuana Dispensary on Bannock Street has a deal on mix-n-match wax or shatter grams for $12.95.

·         KrystaLeaves is selling Habana Extracts live resin at $25 per gram.

Buying Dabs In Bulk

Ever been to Costco? People who go there swear by it.

They say something about how buying in bulk saves money in the long run. The same principle applies to weed: sometimes it’s smartest to pick up a grip at a time. If you’re looking to stock up for the long run, we put together a few of the best deals the bulk buyer could ever hope for (keep in mind that most require a medical marijuana card):

·         The Little Brown House is selling Lazercat Cannabis Crystal Water Hash for $1,200 an ounce. You can also grab an ounce of VIOLA live resin for $800 or find a deal on shatter, budder, or wax at 20 grams for $240.  

·         Reefer Madness dispensary has CGC Black Label Live Rosin on sale right now for $1200 an ounce.

·         Kind Meds in Denver has a deal on distillate syringes for $476 per ounce. There’s also a deal on an ounce of live resin for $461. Crumble, sugar, and shatter are on sale as well at $325 an ounce.

dab deals

Dab Deals for Non-Denver Folks

The deals mentioned above are great, but won’t do you much good if you don’t live in Denver. Here are a couple deals that you can get outside Mile High city limits:

·         Organix dispensary in Breckenridge currently has a deal on West Edison wax and shatter. You can get it for $14 a gram, but only on Sundays.

·         At Rocky Mountain High in Stapleton you can get four grams of any wax or shatter for $60.

·         Chronic Therapy in Wheat Ridge is selling a four gram bucket of concentrates for $45.82.  There’s also a deal on four grams of Chronic Creations Silver Concentrates at $50.

·         Twin Peaks Dispensary in Longmont has a great deal on wax or shatter, selling for $18 a gram.

Still Nothing?

If you made it through the whole list and still didn’t find a deal that called out, we applaud you. Those deals are the frugal stoner’s heaven. But if you’re determined to seek out an even better deal, more power to you.

         Check out  Cannasaver for the best local deals.

Stay cheap and stay high!

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Solventless vs. Solvent Free

Solventless vs. Solvent Free

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 26 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Rather than smoking cannabis flower, these days, cannabis-enthusiasts are preferring to vape or dab their favorite danks.

These smoking methods increase the bioavailability or the proportion of marijuana that enters the circulation when introduced into the body and to have an active effect. They also hit fast and effectively.

Given that ol' Mary Jane concentrates typically contain 65+% in THC, canna-consumers have never been getting so much bang for their buck. 

But as concentrates evolve every day, it can often be hard to keep up with all the lingo. Solvent-based extractions, solventless extractions, and solvent-free extractions? What’s the difference? Let’s dive in.

solventless cannabis oil

A Closer Look at Concentrates

As with magical marijuana growth itself, concentrates come in many different forms and are made from a variety of methods.

Solvents

Solvent-based extracts first became a thing in the early 2000s. These are some of the most popular ways in which people enjoy marijuana concentrates.

Solvent-based extractions promote chemical solvents to expose the cannabis plant’s extremely potent resin glands.

BHO

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) utilizes the chemical, n-butane, which has a high purity compared to regular butane.

The common availability of the compounds of butane and propane (PHO) make solvent-based extractions idle for small to large scale productions.

Due to butane and propane being very flammable, BHO production is incredibly crude and extremely dangerous. Specialized professionals use a special closed-loop system to clean/purge any remaining BHO. Unrefined oils must be purged before any of it can be fit for consumption.

It then becomes...

butane marijuana wax

Wax/Budder/Crumble

Marijuana waxes are made by using butane or propane as a solvent. This will extract cannabis and its terpenes.

The result is a texture determined by heat, vaporization, chemical recomposition, and the purge of any residual chemicals. It turns the substance into a bee wax/ear wax-like matter of extreme potency.

Shatter/Sap/Taffy

Shatter’s production forms from separating raw cannabis through heat, compression. And inducing a solvent-lead vacuum chamber purge.

CO2 Oil

CO2 oil is a special solvent-based concentrate. The extraction technique ensures no unwanted plant-material sneaks into the batch. CO2 oil is made using high temperatures with high pressure, supercritical form of CO2 as the solvent.

The oil takes expensive, high-tech equipment to produce. CO2 is seen as a natural solvent and offers a low carbon footprint.

Solventless

Solventless extracts are, well, without solvents. This means that these are concentrates claiming to be absolutely solventless. Or rather, they have never contained any butane, propane, or similar solvents. These are the most “organic” of the marijuana concentrates. 

Kief

Kief is a craft-based approach to separating trichomes from marijuana plant material. This is created by the use of extremely fine micron screens and some good ol' elbow grease (grinder, anyone?). 

This style of solventless extraction is known as dry sifting.

Dried buds are rubbed over a screen to separate the trichomes. Back and forth, this turns surrounding trichomes into a pile of THC crystals or kief.

Fresh, dry sift kief is a great way to blitz out. Go ahead and sample that precious goodness collecting in the bottom of your weed grinder and remember why it's such a classic.

Bubble Hash

Bubble hash is a classic, high potency THC concentrate. The hash is made when the cannabis flower is submerged in ice-cold water and vigorously agitating the flower using fine micron bags (Bubble Bags) to filter out the plant material. The byproduct is a golden solventless delight that is safe for anyone to try making.

Rosin

Rosin is a highly versatile concentrate made from flower, kief, or hash. 

The concentrate is made from high temperature and extreme pressure. The reaction results in a gooey, solventless treasure that preserves more terpenes and cannabinoids than any other extraction methods.

A simple way to produce rosin is by squishing a bud, wrapped in parchment paper, with a hair strengthener. As for the professionals, they use specialized machine presses which allow for stronger temperature control.

moon rocks weed nuggets

Caviar/Moon Rocks

Marijuana caviar and Moon rocks are a relatively new way to enjoy solventless marijuana extractions. They are high-quality marijuana buds that were dipped in hash oil and rolled in a fine layer of kief. This beautiful combination leads to potencies between 50-90% THC.

And, alas, the Solvent-free Extraction

You might be asking yourself, “didn’t we just go over solventless extracts? Isn’t that the same deal?”

I know, it’s confusing but solvent-free isn’t the same as solventless.

A solventless extraction never uses a single solvent throughout the production process. More organic if you will.

A solvent-free extraction is one that uses solvents and then purges the solvent at the end of the process. This wording can be a bit confusing but then again, the English language is weird as hell.

The end product is supposed to have 0 ppm (parts per million) of solvents present.

Distillate

Marijuana distillate is a golden delight and an example of a solvent-free extract. The distillate is made through the actual process of distillation, think the way whiskey is made. For cannabis, distillation is achieved through fractional, short-path distillation. 

It begins as crude cannabis oil (plant material still present) and is purified through winterization and decarboxylation. 

The crude marijuana oil is mixed with ethanol or alcohol. The mixture is then placed in a frozen environment for 1-2 days. When the distillate mixture is removed, impurities from the crude oil are separated and fall to the bottom by using colder temperatures. 

The solvent removal process occurs when heat is applied, heated to the point which eliminates specific acids. Such heat allows cannabis compounds such as THCa to change into 100% THC. THCa alone does not get you high until the actual decarboxylation occurs. The process helps cannabinoids interact and hit correct brain receptors in your body.

Health and Solvents

Because of the way they are made, solventless extractions are the “healthiest” way to enjoy your favorite concentrates.

They do not contain any contaminants such as butane or propane. But be wary of where you buy. Although lab-grade butane is nearly pure, it is expensive to buy and hard to find. Not every dispensary takes care when acquiring such high-grade materials. Concentrates are also a relatively new product. Concerns of inhaling residual solvents may be unhealthy long-term and are being further studied.

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