CBD concentrates are the most potent type of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the market, offering a much stronger experience for those who need it. Some concentrates have a remarkable 99% CBD or more – that’s pretty much pure CBD!
These high-strength products – which include wax, shatter, crystals, crumble and dabs – deliver a level of relief that no other form of CBD can provide. Concentrates are very versatile, and suitable for dabbing, eating, vaping, mixing into hot drinks and adding to creams.
This gigantic guide will cover everything you ever wanted to know about CBD concentrates – and even a few things you’ve never thought of! We’ll discuss the various concentrated products available, how to use them and look at some potential benefits. We’ll also look at the possible effects of different dosages.
What is CBD?
CBD products have been around for sometime now, but there are still a few misunderstandings about what CBD is, and why it’s not the same as marijuana. In a nutshell, CBD comes from the cannabis plant, but does not have any intoxicating properties of its own. These are caused by another compound, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD is part of a rare set of compounds known as cannabinoids. Researchers know about more than 110 cannabinoids, but CBD and THC were discovered first – in the 1960s – and the ones we know the most about. Cannabinoids initiate a wide range of effects on the body, but the most interesting of these impact the complex endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Legal CBD products are made with industrial hemp extracts. Hemp is a special type of cannabis sativa with lots of CBD, and hardly any THC. This makes hemp non-psychoactive. The U.S. federal government legalized ‘ industrial hemp’ in the most recent version of the Farm Bill, with one vital footnote. Industrial hemp-based products – such as CBD products – must have less than 0.3% THC. Essentially, Washington has created legal space for non-intoxicating CBD products like concentrates, which cannot be used for recreational purposes.
What are CBD concentrates?
CBD concentrates are products with very high levels of CBD. Concentrates often contain CBD-isolate extracts, but broad and full-spectrum hemp concentrates are also popular. CBD-isolate concentrates are, however, stronger, and regularly reach 99% CBD or more.
In comparison, even the strongest CBD flower strains rarely have more than 20% CBD. High-strength vape juices also top out at around this percentage. Concentrates technically refer to any CBD products with very high levels of the compound. However, when talking about CBD concentrates, we usually mean crystals, wax, shatter, crumble and dabs.
CBD concentrate wax
CBD wax is a potent and sticky concentrate that’s great for vaporizing, dabbing and eating. Wax is a highly-concentrated oil, often created with a solvent. CBD wax doesn’t always look like the most pleasant CBD product, but users tend to forget about that when they experience it!
Broad and full-spectrum CBD wax will contain pungent terpenes. The rich concentration of these aroma molecules means that wax has a smell as strong as hemp flower – if not stronger! However, it’s a great concentrate to keep with you, as it’s compatible with several pen and portable vaporizers and produces extended effects when ingested directly or by stirring it into coffee.
CBD concentrate shatter
Next up is shatter, another highly concentrated form of CBD. Shatter is concocted from hemp extracts, and packed with cannabinoids and terpenes for maximum relief.
Shatter has a glassy and hardened feel to it, and turns into this state when the leftover resins from the hemp plant are allowed to cool. But shatter is also brittle, breaking up nice and easily so you can fine tune your serving size!
In general, CBD shatter is super potent, thanks to special filtering that removes any unnecessary fats and waxes. This also enhances the purity, while amping up the flavor as the terpenes come to the fore. CBD shatter concentrates are a must-buy for CBD enthusiasts!
CBD concentrate crystals
Crystals are valuable, and these CBD concentrates are no exception. You won’t find stronger CBD anywhere else, with these products typically having CBD levels well above 90%, with some reaching a staggering 99%!
With nearly perfect purity, it’s no surprise that crystalline and powdered CBD concentrates are nearly always CBD-isolate. This makes perfect sense, as with such a high CBD content, there’s not enough room for anything else!
A dab or two of CBD crystals will bring you substantial and near-instant relief. Crystals work a treat for pesky pain, agonizing anxiety and other acute symptoms that need taking care of quickly. That said, eating crystals or dissolving them into drinks is also effective, delivering strong, long-lasting and discreet relief!
Top-selling CBD concentrates at CBDVapeJuice.net
At CBDVapeJuice.net, we are always on the lookout for the best CBD products on the market, and we employ the same approach with concentrates. We’re proud to stock products from America’s big-name CBD brands, and we’re delighted to introduce our very own CBD Genesis range.
This is what you need to know about three top-selling CBD concentrates on our store.
CBD WAX by Genesis
CBD DABWAX is a therapeutic full-spectrum hemp wax, with a hefty 200mg of pure extract, which works out at 20% potency. For us, quality is paramount. That’s why we use organic hemp in our DABWAX and employ the supercritical CO2 extraction process, which takes out any harmful byproducts.
This product has third-party lab certification, and was analysed with high-performance liquid chromatography. Testing found less than 0.2% THC, well within the legal limit of 0.3%.
The name says it all, but to leave you in no doubt, we recommend dabbing the Genesis DABWAX for speedy and successful effects. Dabbing brings rapid relief, and produces a clean and delicious vapor, so you can really taste the terpenes!
But no worries if vaping isn’t for you. Like all concentrates, the DABWAX is a lovely fillip in your morning coffee or tea, with the terpenes providing flavor, too. Intrigued by concentrates? The DABWAX is great for experiencing medium to high doses of full-spectrum CBD.
CBDistillery are big players in the CBD scene, with a reputation for doing things right. They have been in the market for a few years, and featured in some of America’s leading media outlets. With their great record for producing premium CBD products, we knew we needed CBDistillery in our range.
Their Terpsolate is a fascinating crystalline concentrate, that blends together pure CBD with beneficial terpenes. Why do this? We all know terpenes bring flavor, but they are also packed with excellent health benefits. CBDistillery has taken the terpene profiles from some well-known marijuana strains and added them to their 99% pure CBD crystals, while keeping everything non-psychoactive. Pretty awesome, right?
We have four CBDistillery Terpsolate products in our collection: Jack Herer, Tangie, Cherry Pie, and Blue Dream. Here’s what you can expect in terms of flavor and effects.
Jack Herer: There are few more famous names in the world of weed than Jack Herer, and CBDistillery has paid homage to the great man here. This Terpsolate has potent sativa properties, which means more energy, better mood, and improved concentration levels, with a fresh and fruity taste.
Tangie: Looking for a strong and fruity hit when dosing big with CBD? Then Tangie is the Terpsolate for you. Tangie terpenes are a classic sativa blend, promoting beneficial cerebral effects, from more motivation to enhanced creativity. If you’re experiencing a mental block, blow away the cobwebs with Tangie Terpsolate.
Cherry Pie: Ready for a CBD dessert? Cherry Pie has everything you need to keep your taste buds satisfied and ailments at bay. Composed of a mixture of sativa and indica terpenes, Cherry Pie is a hard-hitting hybrid. It’s just great for getting an all-round CBD experience. If you want an around-the-clock concentrate, Cherry Pie has you covered.
Blue Dream: You’ll be dreaming of blueberry after a few hits of Blue Dream. This CBDistillery Terpsolate has a hybrid terpene profile, making for a brilliant balance of relaxation and stimulation. Blue Dream will help ease any worries and stresses holding you down, while leaving you refreshed and invigorated for challenges ahead.
CBDistillery Wax – 80% broad-spectrum
Usually with a broad or full-spectrum wax, or any CBD concentrate, you have to compromise a little on the percentage. But at a mighty 80%, CBDistillery’s offering changes the potency game.
Since this is a 1-gram wax and the extract makes up 80% of the product, that equates to 800mg of broad-spectrum hemp. And this wax isn’t just about CBD, but another cracking cannabinoid called cannabigerol (CBG). This non-intoxicating compound has been likened to CBD and appears to have similar effects. Put them together, like this CBD concentrate wax has, and you have an unstoppable pair.
Don’t worry, despite the super-high cannabinoid content, THC doesn’t feature in this wax, so it’s totally non-intoxicating and federally legal. If serious hemp relief is what you require, in efficiently delivered and tasty high dosages, make sure you check out the CBDistillery Broad-Spectrum Wax.
How to use CBD concentrates
When we discuss concentrates, the conversation is mostly about dabbing and getting lightning-quick effects. And for sure, fast delivery of big doses is what makes concentrates stand out from the crowd. But concentrates also deserve appreciation for their versatility. We want our customers to get the most from their products, and have compiled a list of ways to take CBD concentrates, with their upsides and downsides.
Dabbing or vaping CBD concentrates, either on a nail or in a compatible device, is the fastest way to benefit from shatter, wax and crystals. Not to mention, mixing crystals into your vape tank is a neat way of strengthening a CBD e-liquid or giving a CBD kick to your nicotine vape juice. “Why is CBD concentrate vaping so effective?” you’re asking – we’re glad you asked!
It’s all to do with how the body absorbs the CBD. Vaping is a form of inhalation, and the CBD gets passed into the bloodstream through the lungs, a process that takes just a handful of seconds. The CBD is then quickly transported into the brain, passing through the blood-brain barrier, where it may be helpful for mood, anxiety and more.
Once CBD is in the bloodstream it gets taken all over the body, also acting upon cannabinoid receptors that work to reduce inflammation. In a nutshell, vaping gives CBD a shortcut into the bloodstream and provide immediate effects, which is vital for easing anxiety and certain types of pain.
Vaping does come with some health risks, but research shows these are nowhere near as substantial as from smoking. Concentrates are not burned when vaped, so won’t expose your lungs to nasty carcinogens.
However, if you have no qualms about smoking, you can take concentrates this way, too. Adding a serving into a joint or topping off your bowl with a highly-potent concentrate is a great way of boosting CBD’s effects. But bear in mind, as you’ll likely lose some of the concentrate during the burning process, this isn’t a cost-effective way of taking these products.
If vaping is like flying, then consuming concentrates orally is like taking the coach. Concentrate effects build steadily when enjoyed like an edible, as the cannabinoids go on a guided tour through the body, before being absorbed into the bloodstream via the stomach.
Oral intake tends to reduce bioavailability somewhat (the amount of CBD that reaches the bloodstream), due to a process known as the first-pass metabolism.
These don’t sound like good arguments for eating concentrates, but edibles are popular for a reason! Some users prefer the slower absorption rate, as in the end, the CBD stays active for much longer. Gradual and sustained relief is excellent for tackling chronic symptoms that stay persistent throughout the day.
Taking concentrates orally is also a stealthy approach. Eating directly or dissolving wax or crystals into a drink allows you to go under the radar when taking a high dose. This is handy if you want a hit of CBD at work or on a flight.
Or you could pop a crystal under your tongue and let your sublingual glands do the hard graft. Sublingual absorption is a faster acting and more bioavailable way of taking CBD, as the cannabinoids skip the first-pass metabolism. CBD tincture oils also work by harnessing sublingual absorption!
Potential benefits of CBD concentrates
There has been a lot of talk about the health benefits of CBD in the media. We agree that there’s plenty to get excited over, and that a new wave of research on the therapeutic effects of CBD is needed. Indeed, already, CBD user surveys show people have all sorts of reasons for taking products like concentrates.
But let’s slow down a little. Right now, as of early 2020, CBD has hardly any approved medical uses. Our CBD products are supplements, not medicines. We definitely recommend consulting with a medical professional if you intend on taking CBD with any other medication. Looking for advice online is no replacement to speaking with a doctor who knows about you and your health situation.
However, studies are beginning to filter through on some possible uses for CBD. We’ll look closely at these in this section, and look at how they could apply to CBD concentrates.
Potent pain relief
As per the data, pain relief is the most-commonly sought after benefit of CBD products. There are indications that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) influences how our body feels pain. The CB1 receptor is involved with pain perception, while the CB2 receptor helps mediate inflammation. Receptors outside of the ECS may also be implicated.
CBD has a regulatory effect at both of these receptors, and in theory could offer the analgesic effects so many CBD users are seeking. That so many people continue to take pain is, in itself, promising, although we can’t rule out a placebo effect.
In terms of concentrates, the beauty of these products, in most scenarios, is the swift relief. Acute, neuropathic pain symptoms, such as those from multiple sclerosis, must be pushed back upon by a fast-absorbed product. Dabbing concentrates is a brilliant way to quickly get CBD working in the body. And for those who want chronic pain relief, eating concentrates is likely better than vaping them.
Anxiety manifests in two different ways. Some suffer from what’s known as generalized anxiety, which causes a pretty consistent feeling of nervousness, worry and negative thinking. Others are affected by social anxiety, which spikes in certain situations due to various triggers. For example, if interacting with new people sets off your anxiety, a job interview could be your worst nightmare.
Research on CBD’s usefulness for anxiety has yielded positive results. Studies looking at the pharmacological effects suggest CBD regulates GABA and serotonin receptors, both of which are involved in anxiety management. Another study analysing how people perform in public speaking tests (which can trigger social anxiety) found that CBD could make a helpful difference.
In general, social anxiety needs quelling quickly. Dabbing or vaping CBD oil concentrates is ideal, but this isn’t always possible – especially in public. You could try sublingual absorption instead. For lasting generalized anxiety relief, it simply has to be oral consumption – either directly, or in a drink.
Lots of people find that CBD helps with their stress. It’s likely the anti-anxiety benefits play a role here – if you aren’t worrying about stuff, there’s less to be stressed over! Some research shows that CBD lowers stress levels by reducing cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Large doses of CBD are renowned for having calming physical and psychological effects.
CBD concentrate products stand out as good stress-relievers, because of the high potency. Taking a big dose into your system in just a few seconds via vaping or dabbing is the perfect way of getting stress relief to wash over you. Rest, relaxation and recovery is important for overall well-being. Stress is implicated as an underlying cause of many illnesses. If relaxation is difficult for you normally, CBD concentrates in cartridges could make a notable difference.
Neutralize an uncomfortable cannabis high
Most people who partake in marijuana have had more than they cared to at some point in time. This is notorious for happening with edibles – you don’t feel the effects after half an hour so take a second dose, and then an hour later you’re feeling both!
A double dose of THC is unlikely to have any long-term effects, but the short-term may be uncomfortable. Anxiety, paranoia are common, and hallucinations not unheard of. Thankfully, CBD has a plan for that.
CBD blocks THC’s effects – it’s why strains with CBD don’t cause such a “high”. THC creates its effects by binding to CB1 receptors in the ECS; CBD binds to another point on the receptor to switch them off.
Therefore, if you’ve taken too much THC, vaping a CBD concentrate helps to cut these effects down to size. Perhaps you just want to taper the effects, or end the high altogether – CBD will help with both.
Improved sleep quality
Without a good night’s sleep, everything else falls apart. You’ll be running on empty the next day, impairing your mental and physical abilities. The brain also suffers from limited sleep, as it’s unable to get the deep sleep required for recuperation, or to literally clean the brain of toxins with cerebrospinal fluid.
CBD may have some indirect regulatory effects on the body’s sleep-wake cycle, which come from acting upon the ECS. Combine that with the generally relaxing effects of hefty CBD doses, and you have an attractive natural sleep remedy. And not forgetting, CBD doesn’t have addictive properties, a common drawback of mainstream sleep meds.
If you just have trouble getting to sleep, then dabbing or vaping a concentrate is probably the best way forward. This will quickly provide the deeply relaxing effects you need to drift off. However, if you’re waking up at night due to pain, or due to a specific sleep condition, you might need to take it orally. Maybe a bit of CBD wax in your cup of hot chocolate!
Are CBD concentrates legal?
Yes, CBD concentrates are legal, providing they meet the legal federal requirements of all industrial hemp-based products. CBD concentrates must have a maximum of 0.3% THC. CBD-isolate concentrates, such as crystals, don’t have any THC.
CBD wax and certain forms of shatter contain full-spectrum hemp, so will likely have a small amount. As always when buying CBD products, check that third-party reports are available from an independent and respected laboratory.
Do I need CBD concentrates?
At CBDVapeJuice.net, we have both mild and super-strong CBD concentrates for sale. Not everybody needs the extraordinarily high doses delivered by our most potent products. Concentrates are mostly recommended for CBD users who aren’t getting enough relief from regular products.
Your personal circumstances will decide whether concentrates are right for you, in terms of effects and economics. If you’re unsure that you need concentrates, start with a standard CBD product and see how you get on. We have a huge selection of vape juices, tinctures, edibles and more. And the concentrates will still be there if you want them at a later date!
Will I fail a drugs test with CBD concentrates?
These products are very unlikely to cause drug test issues, although they can’t be ruled out with broad-spectrum and full-spectrum concentrates. Drug tests don’t scan for CBD, only THC, so CBD-isolate crystals and other isolate concentrates are drug test-proof, whatever your dosage.
Any product with a tiny level of THC presents a small risk. This is possibly amplified with concentrates as you’re taking a higher dosage, and therefore a greater overall amount of THC. The THC level is still below 0.3%, so there’s no psychoactive intoxication to worry about. But levels of THC in your bloodstream could potentially exceed the threshold on a stringent test.
If you can’t risk being forced to explain a failed test, there’s a simple solution: just stick with CBD-isolate concentrates!
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CBD concentrates really maximize the effects of CBD. Manufacturers have learned new tricks to increase potency and improve purity, and the results are fantastic. Innovation is also playing a key role in making concentrates better than ever – just look at the Terpsolates from CBDistillery!
Whether CBD concentrate vaping or eating takes your fancy, wax, shatters and crystals can take your CBD experience to the next level. We hope you have a better idea of how to get more from these products, and that this post has been a good introduction to CBD’s possible health benefits.
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