Concentrates are quickly gaining popularity among the medical cannabis community as a powerful and effective delivery system for symptom management. However, those who are unfamiliar with these extracts commonly feel intimidated by them. Concentrates with high levels of THC come in a variety of forms and are higher in potency than the flower. When beginning this new medication method you may feel overwhelmed both by the number of choices as well as the potential effects of a high-potency product. This nursing note will help you understanding what concentrates are and how to appropriately use them. Our goal is to ease your concerns and help those who may have struggled with finding an effective flower product.
Extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant can be done using various methods, such as CO2, butane, and ethanol. This process pulls the therapeutic compounds from cannabis similar to the way that essential oils are extracted from other plants.
Concentrates can be consumed in multiple forms, such as edible oils, sublingual tinctures, and inhalants, such as wax, which is ideal for those who require a particular delivery method.
Concentrates are known for their high cannabinoid and terpene content, which means a very small amount can produce dramatic symptom relief. This also allows the product, in many cases, to last longer.
High-potency extracts are appropriate for those who experience intense symptoms that are unrelieved by standard products. For example, patients who have tried multiple flower strains or edibles and have yet to experience relief may find concentrates extremely beneficial. The extraction process allows for precision when isolating cannabinoids and terpenes, which results in a greater degree of control over both effect and dosing.
Another value of concentrates is that, with proper extraction, beneficial compounds are present in high quantities while plant matter is eliminated, making the inhalation of high-potency products a completely smoke-free experience.
If you feel you may benefit from concentrates, Verdes has a variety to offer, and any one of our knowledgeable team members can guide you through the process. Below are links to informative articles on the basics of concentrates and their use.