As you know, the THC content of marijuana strains varies; but the most significant difference lies in the type of cannabis you consume. As well as traditional marijuana flower, there are edibles, oils, tinctures, balms, and concentrates. It is the latter option that has captured the imagination of cannabis users because of the exceptionally high THC content.
There are some concentrates with 90% THC, approximately triple the strength of the world’s strongest marijuana strains.
What Are Cannabis Concentrates?
As you can guess from the name, they are concentrated CBD and THC extracts from marijuana flowers, and usually contain other cannabinoids and terpenes. They are created by separating the trichomes and resin from cannabis flowers to extract the highest possible amount of cannabinoids. As all unnecessary plant material is removed, you benefit from a much higher cannabinoid count.
Trichomes are extremely important when it comes to the potency of weed. When you see a strain coated with glistening trichomes, you know it packs a punch. As well as being available in oils and tinctures, you can enjoy concentrates in hashish, kief, moon rock, rosin, shatter, budder, sugar wax, crumble and live resin form.
A Warning About Cannabis Concentrates
We’re assuming that all of our readers are intelligent adults capable of making their own decisions, but we urge extreme caution when using concentrates, especially for the first time. It is also important to note that beginners should steer clear entirely because the extraordinary potency of any concentrate could result in a negative experience which may keep you away from weed forever.
If you consume an excessive amount of THC, there is a long list of potential side effects.
Also known as cottonmouth, this unpleasant experience involves ensuring your mouth feels like it is full of sand because it is so dry. There are cannabinoid receptors in our saliva glands, and THC significantly decreases saliva production.
If you have ever seen a person with extremely dry and red eyes, there is a good chance that they are, or were, stoned. Part of the reason is down to the smoke irritating the eyes, but THC lowers blood pressure and dilates the blood vessels in your eyes. The ensuing redness is a tell-tale sign that you have been using cannabis. You can counter this effect by staying well hydrated.
This could actually be beneficial if you suffer from fatigue or insomnia. THC promotes rest, but if you overdo it, you could remain glued to wherever you happen to be sitting or lying. This is a problem if you are due to go to work!
Again, this is not a bad thing if you have problems with your appetite. This is why certain strains are used by cancer patients. However, it is bad news if you are already overweight or are trying to lose weight.
Anxiety & Paranoia
These are among the worst effects associated with THC. You are more likely to become paranoid or anxious if you are already predisposed to those mental states. In rare cases, people hallucinate and have panic attacks. There was one awful incident a few years ago when a young student ate an entire marijuana cookie and ended up jumping from a hotel balcony to his death.
A Quick Primer on THC Consumption
Your method of concentrate consumption dictates how much ends up in your system.
- Up to 63% of THC is lost when you smoke a joint.
- Up to 60% of THC is lost when you use a bong.
- Up to 46% of THC is lost when you use a vaporizer.
Let’s say you find a cannabis concentrate with a THC of 90%. It means that 100mg of concentrate contains 90mg of THC. If you use the full amount in a session, here is how much THC you are actually consuming:
- 33mg of THC when you smoke a joint.
- 36mg of THC when you use a bong.
- 48mg of THC when you use a vaporizer.
Users enjoy smoking or vaping THC because it reaches the bloodstream quickly after being absorbed by the lungs. Edibles take longer to work because the liver metabolizes the THC. As a result, it can take anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes for that cookie you ate to start working.
The other thing to remember is that we all react differently to cannabinoids. If you have never used marijuana before, there is no way of knowing how you will react. Therefore, it makes sense to take it slow and begin with no more than 5mg of THC at a time. 5mg is typically regarded as the right starting point for novices.
If you have some experience using weed and know you have low tolerance, 10mg is normally enough to get the desired effect. Individuals with a medium tolerance should be able to handle 10-25mg. Very experienced users with a high tolerance can handle up to 80mg. However, please remember that these are guidelines, not recommendations!
Homemade 90% THC Dabs
Hopefully, you have read everything written above and understand the risks associated with potent marijuana concentrates. As well be purchasing them in a dispensary, you have the option to make concentrates at home. Please look at your state’s laws to see how much marijuana concentrate you are allowed in your possession! For example, you are allowed to possess up to 8 grams of concentrate in the state of California for recreational use.
One of the easiest methods of creating high THC concentrates is to invest in a special marijuana press. There are several reputable companies out there including Rosin Tech Products. Its Rosin Tech Go model costs under $300 and applies 700 pounds of pressure to your weed. The brand also has advanced models ranging from $2,000 to $5,000; these machines apply several tons of pressure.
If you have one of these machines, simply place your high-quality nugs in a special bag and crush them with the press. These machines come with full instructions and are designed to be extremely easy to use. Once you have mashed up the cannabis, you will see high THC oil that has been squeezed out of the nugs.
Collect the precious THC in a container. An interesting option is to add terpenes to the THC. Once again, you can easily find terpenes from popular marijuana strains such as Girl Scout Cookies online. Add the terpenes to the THC to improve the scent and flavor of your dab. In most cases, the ensuing texture will be gelatinous. When you look down at the small waxy blob, it will seem incredible that you only need a fraction of it to get very high.
The best method of consumption is probably via a dab rig, but you can add it to a joint, a bowl, or a vaporizer. Assuming you use high-quality marijuana and a premium grade press, the substance you create could have up to 90% THC! Happy dabbing!
Final Thoughts on 90% THC
Technological innovations, aided by the increasing legality of marijuana, mean that it is easier than ever to purchase ultra-high THC concentrates. You can even create a dab with 90% THC in the comfort of your home using marijuana flower and a special pressing machine.
As fun as it is to take hits from a high THC concentrate, responsible use is imperative. It is far too easy to over-consume THC wax, and you’ll regret it! If you vaporize 1 gram of wax with 90% THC, you are using around 50mg of THC; an amount that should not be used by anyone other than an experienced weed smoker with a high tolerance.
By all means, try THC concentrates but use a tiny amount. The other issue with high THC products is that measuring a 5mg sample is extremely difficult. As a result, beginners should steer clear of concentrates.