Selecting the Right Concentrate

It’s been a long week and there you are, ready to roll into the dispensary and claim a bounty to relax and enjoy the weekend. The last thing you want is a bunch of confusion when it comes to picking the right concentrate. There are roughly 11 different options when it comes to concentrates. The basic choices boil down to hash, kief, moon rocks, rosin, hash oil, shatter, sugar wax, budder, crumble, live resin, and CO2 oil.

Yes, that actually all sounds good, but each choice comes with pros and cons that might or might not work for the customer or patient. It really does come down to personal preference, but let’s take a look at some of the qualities that come with each variation of concentrate.

A quick personal note. They all will get the job done. I personally make my choice based on the device. I love my Storz and Bickel volcano and will always turn to it for waxes, sugars, budders, and crumble. I really don’t like it for shatter, hash oil, or moon rocks.

When using a vape pen live resin is the way to go for me. I like low temps to keep the burn to a minimum. I also feel like it provides the best flavour. Alright, enough about me. Let’s take a look at all the options and try to find the right ones for you.


Hash is like that old grandfather figure. It’s been around for a long time. I remember the first time I was lucky enough to get a small puck of hash. It burns for days and always packs a punch. The product itself can be found in many different forms that include bubble hash, Lebanese hash, afghani royal, charas hash, super Nepalese hash, and Moroccan hash.

There are plenty of options, but only two when it comes to ingestion. You either eat it or smoke and/or vape it. Hash can be a harsh hit at times. It’s good to start with small amounts and work your way up to something more substantial. It will also take effect quickly and give a good prolonged high.

Some of the difficulties of hash are its consistency. It can quickly gunk up pipes and bongs, making it difficult for large sessions. One way to avoid this is tossing some into a blunt or joint, smoking that bad boy down, and walking away with little to no waste.


Anyone with a grinder and a catch tray knows about kief.

If hash is the concentrate game’s version of a grandfather, then kief is that warm grandmother in the kitchen always waiting to brighten your day up. Kief can often be a pleasant surprise when checking the bottom of a grinder after heavy use. It piles up quickly and can give a bowl a nice punch.

If you’re looking for an immediate use, Kief can be sprinkled on a bowl, thrown into a joint or blunt, or mixed throughout a grinded product for the vapourizer.

You really can’t go wrong with kief, because it’s simply a product of grinding your product up and letting gravity do the work. It’s always a good way to enhance a session. Kief can even be saved up and pressed into pucks for convenient on the go use.

Moon Rocks

Moon Rocks. Everybody’s favourite nugget dipped in cannabis oil and rolled into kief. Come to think of it, there aren’t too many products on the market like Moon Rocks. They pack a heavy punch and can be made with nearly any type of bud. Of course, the better the bud, oil, and kief, the longer and better the journey. Moon rocks are fun and certainly can be a show-off type item at a smoke session.

Moon rocks can be made at home or ordered through nearly any dispensary. The best option is to break one apart and fill a bowl or even sprinkle it on for filling a joint or blunt. The effects are almost immediate and intense.

Be warned, Moon rocks and grinders don’t mix. A trip to the grinder could result in oil getting all over it and then no kief falling off your product into the catch tray. Not a fun time.

Rosin (wax)

One of my personal favourite choices when it comes to concentrates. It spreads easy and can be extremely flexible when it comes to options. It also is used in some of the most impressive looking rolls in the business.

What makes rosin such a good form of concentrate is its ability to be managed without much product getting stuck to your hands. It works well in dab rigs or vapour pens, because small chunks can be broken off and placed directly on the banger or heat source.

Some people mix it with their ground-up product. A good buddy of mine prefers to top his bowls with a little piece for an extra kick. Honestly, it’s a good product all around and easy to manage. The wax that comes through at the dispensaries in my hometown always provides a nice punch no matter what option you decide to use.

The only con is like most concentrates. If you don’t keep up on cleaning devices, it can become an issue. All it takes is a little wipe with the Isopropyl Alcohol and boom! Everything is clean and ready to roll.

Hash Oil

We talked about some of the old school ways to produce concentrates, but nothing is older than Hash Oil. We’re not here to go through the ins and outs of producing hash oil, but know this, it is the oldest way of producing pure concentrate from flower. History over.

Hash oil can be extremely sticky to deal with. It is best used in small amounts with a pen or heating source. It can get messy quickly. Much like all the original forms of doing anything time has perfected the art of removing the valuable parts of the plants. There are better and cleaner ways out there to enjoy concentrates.


The old saying goes “if it doesn’t shatter, it doesn’t matter” and although there are other forms and ways of enjoying concentrates, shatter is still one of the tops on my list.

I personally love shatter in a pen with a nice coil heating system. It’s simple and clean to cut off a small rice sized little piece, place it directly on the heating source, and enjoy a solid, smooth smoke full of flavours.

Some of my buddies like to put their shatter in the fridge, but if it’s going to be something I go through in a week (it usually is) I leave it at room temp. It’s much easier to handle and cut into pieces. It also makes it great for dosing if you’re looking to extend the life of your pickup.

Sugar Wax

Another favourite of mine, especially for the Volcano or pen with a heating unit.

Sugar wax is one of my go to options for concentrates. It vapes clean and doesn’t leave much of a mess. To get the most of your sugar, at least this is what works for me, just use enough for a few hits at a time. It will burn off and keep your device clean. Plus, who doesn’t love digging through a fresh jar and setting up hit after hit.

Some of my favourite sativa strains come in this form, which makes it easy to start the day off with a strong pull from my vape pen. Not saying sugar wax is only made from sativa, just saying it’s what works for me.


Just like the yummy stuff you drop into brownies or cookies, budder is one of the most flavourful of all the concentrate forms.

Budder always has outstanding flavour and taste. Some of my favourite strains seem to hit another level when consuming it in budder form. The name implies the product will have a creamy consistency and that’s not always the case. Even if you do happen to get an extra soft batch it’s nothing a little time in the fridge can’t solve.

Budder is tasty and always leads to fun sessions comparing different flavours and brands. It’s incredibly easy to use and can be rolled into joints or blunts, tossed on a dab rig, or, my personal favourite, hitting the Volcano up for a few bags full of goodness.


Crumble is one of the easiest to use of the concentrate varieties. It’s oftentimes a little drier than the other ones, which basically means it is scoop and go for a quick and powerful hit. This really works well in vapourizers and the go-to for nearly everything for me, the volcano. Crumble even works well mixed up with grinded product. It’s very tasty too. There really isn’t much downside to crumble for me. Like I said, it’s really easy to use in a number of different ways.

Live Resin

The best way to enjoy a vape pen. I love live resin. Anytime I’m shopping at the dispensary I make sure to pick up something in the live resin field.

This is one of the newest ways to enjoy a concentrate. Seriously, if this is the direction this whole thing is headed, we are in for a treat. Live Resin is extremely tasty and just like every concentrate it packs a punch. Personally, I love flavours like Pineapple Express or Blueberry AK. Really anything with a fruit flavour in the name will work wonderfully.

The only problem I ever have with live resin is going through it quickly. It’s very tasty, which makes taking multiple hits very easy. Oh well, it’s all about the journey and you might as well be satisfied by the end. Enjoy.

C02 Oil

Another form of oil I prefer in my vaping pens. C02 oil seems to burn a little quick for me. Even at lower temperatures. It’s easy to burn through this product quickly, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it. I personally like the health themed C02 cartridges. Those can include ones for waking up, sleeping, and even recovering from a tough night. Not one of my go-to forms of concentrate for daily use. Like I said, it seems to burn up quickly. I do keep a vape pen on my nightstand to help with sleep.


And there you have it. Basically, everything is my go-to, it all just depends on the situation. There are a few that are my favourites. Live resin in a vape pen is one of my top choices, but when it comes to loading the Volcano for a session, I’m all for it.

Concentrates come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and strengths. They can be a lot of fun and a great go-to if you don’t have a lot of time for sessions. You’ll definitely get a quick and long-lasting high. Pipes, bangers, pens, and the trusty Volcano have become the go-to sources for torching up quick loads of concentrate. Enjoy it out there my friends and blow a big cloud for your boy!



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