CBD concentrates, as the name suggests, are a potent extract of the hemp plant that contain a high percentage of CBD. Concentrates are available in several forms, colors, and textures.
Today, since high concentrates of specific cannabinoids are easily accessible, inexperienced users are generally advised to exercise caution and control when consuming concentrates.
Equally important is having a good basic knowledge and understanding about cannabinoids.
Taking these precautions can help a great deal in improving the therapeutic profile of cannabis extracts as well as spreading awareness regarding the correct dosage practices.
At Nordic Oil, our commitment to establishing awareness, educating people, and making CBD more accessible is at the forefront of our ethos and resonates in our high-quality and innovative products.
We recommend taking some time to research, understand and make informed decisions while buying Nordic Oil CBD products.
Below is a detailed summary of our CBD concentrates.
What are CBD concentrates?
A CBD concentrate is the essence of the cannabis plant. Concentrates have a strong intensity and contain a high potency of cannabidiol. You could say that they are the condensed form of the extracts taken from the cannabis plant. The amount of CBD present in concentrates is also usually higher than other CBD products.
Let us now simplify this further to demystify any misconceptions concerning concentrates in general. For example, we could make an analogy with coconut milk concentrate; this is the thick, creamy content extracted from coconuts. Coconut extracts come in several forms as a result of varying extraction and manufacturing methods. The concept of creating cannabis concentrates is very similar, whereby desired forms and potencies of cannabinoids are extracted using different methods.
It is well known that hundreds of cannabinoids exist in the cannabis plant alone and specific extraction methods have been developed in order to target unique compounds.
The resulting concentrate could therefore be a broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, or isolated form of CBD.
Different types of cannabis concentrates
So far we have learnt that a highly potent extract from cannabis is called a concentrate. We know that specific extraction methods are applied to obtain desirable attributes and benefits from different areas of the plant. The outcome results in a wide range of viscosities; starting from liquids and ranging to solids. Examples of some popular types of concentrates are shatter, wax, oil, crumble, distillate, rosin, kief, budder, etc.
Different types of CBD concentrates
We have already discussed the broad types of cannabis concentrates. When it comes to CBD concentrates, there are three types.
Full-spectrum CBD: Concentrates of CBD are extracted using all the active compounds in the plant. This helps to enhance the overall effect of all the cannabinoids and terpenes. With this type of CBD concentrate, the positive effect from the cannabis plant is expressed in a much more pronounced and accentuated manner- this is known as the ‘entourage effect’. Since the THC potency remains below the legal threshold of 0,2%, there is no risk of any psychoactive effects.
Broad-spectrum CBD: Concentrates of CBD are extracted from the entire range of naturally occurring compounds, except for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Similar to full-spectrum CBD, a broad-spectrum also gives an entourage effect as a result of the combined actions of the different cannabis compounds.
CBD Isolate: CBD isolate is a crystalline powder form of CBD in its purest form. Once all the active compounds of cannabis have been eliminated through extraction, further refinement of other plant material then leaves behind a pure form, called CBD isolate.
CBD concentrates come in the form of CBD crystals, CBD oils, CBD paste, and CBD Tinctures. They can also be added to other substances for more specific purposes.
What is a CBD paste?
Compared to CBD oil, CBD paste is a concentrated, high potency formulation of CBD. Most often, pastes contain MCT oil or coconut oil as a carrier.
Some CBD users may choose a highly potent dose of CBD, simply because they feel comfortable using cannabinoids or find this higher dose more suitable for their needs. Hence, CBD concentrates in the form of a CBD paste are available in potencies ranging from 30% to 50%, in order to cater to this demand.
CBD paste is a thicker liquid compared to CBD oil. Therefore, it comes with a suitable dosing dispenser that allows for precise dosing. To ensure optimal absorption of CBD into the bloodstream, place the paste under your tongue.
What are CBD and CBG crystals? How do you use them?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabigerol (CBG) are non-psychoactive compounds of the Cannabis Sativa plant.
Our CBD crystals are 99.6% pure, isolated cannabidiol and 0.4% cannabidivarin (CBDV). It is a fine white powder in its purest form without terpenes, flavonoids, or THC.
Our CBG crystals are isolates of 97% pure cannabigerol and 3% cannabidivarin. It is a fine brown powder in its purest form without terpenes, flavonoids, or THC.
You can use CBD isolates sublingually or mix them in food or drinks. Alternatively, you can also use CBD isolates to make topical applications.
Benefits of Isolate crystals
Zero THC - The primary attribute of isolates is that users can benefit from CBD without the fear or risk of any combined effects with other cannabinoids, such as THC. Isolates are the purest form of CBD and contain zero percent THC.
Ease of use - The powdered form of CBD or CBG is suitable for consumption in multiple ways. CBD concentrated in the form of isolates can be taken sublingually or mixed with food or drinks. Additionally, some people may like to mix CBD crystals into essential body oils or other cosmetic products, which is a good example of how they can also be adapted for topical application.
What is CBD distillate?
The distillate is the most refined extract of cannabis and undergoes numerous purification processes. CBD distillate contains all the active components of the whole cannabis plant, including terpenes, and other cannabinoids-much similar to the full spectrum. But CBD distillates also undergo one additional step in the extraction process, which is the process of THC removal. Therefore a distillate can also be called a broad spectrum.
CBD distillates are also suitable for making edibles.
Can concentrates give you a high?
CBD concentrates are not psychoactive and do not make you high.
Whereas cannabis concentrates extracted from marijuana strains that contain high amounts of THC may get you high. However, besides the high, users also need to take into account the expected desired effects from switching to concentrates. Since different concentrates can vaporise at different temperatures, it is important to have a thorough understanding of how to handle more complex cannabis concentrates.
How to handle concentrates?
Although concentrates sound simple, handling the different types of cannabis consistencies does require a certain level of expertise.
While CBD pastes or CBD isolates are relatively easy to consume, using concentrates in wax and other forms is complicated, especially considering the rising trends for dabbing.
Handling the concentrate and transferring the right amount on the dab nail, choosing a standard dabbing nail, as well as using the blow torch all need to be carried out with a cautious approach, due to the obvious dangers involved. Many amateur enthusiasts are eager to attempt making their own concentrates or dabs. This however may lead to contamination or in the worst case, explosions.
Therefore, it is advised to experience the positive effects of cannabinoids by using safe methods and high-quality CBD products.
What are the benefits of concentrates?
For most CBD users, the benefits of concentrates can be purity, higher potency, and a quicker onset time.
The legitimate purity and potency of concentrates can only truly be considered, for CBD concentrates which are manufactured using standard extraction processes and undergo regular quality checks CBD users capable of handling highly potent CBD extracts as well as those who may require a higher potency to treat a medical condition, may choose CBD concentrates. Additionally, oral and vaping routes provide a quicker onset time and higher absorption rates.
What are the side effects of CBD concentrates?
Generally, there are no adverse side effects reported on consuming CBD concentrates. However, on a case-to-case basis, one may experience drowsiness, changes in appetite, or changes in weight. Again, these reactions could vary based on age, diet patterns, metabolism, lifestyle, prevailing health condition, as well as prescription medications that are taken on a regular basis.
For people suffering from any pre-existing ailment or health condition, please make it a practice to first talk to your medical health care professional about incorporating CBD into your wellness routine.