| Posted on Wed, February, 25th 2015 by THCFinder
How Do You Determine If Cannabis Concentrates Are Good Or Bad?
Are you new to the marijuana concentrates world? Do you know what ‘dabs‘ are? If you consume marijuana often enough, chances are you have taken at least one dab hit by now. For those of you that have yet to take a dab hit, maybe due to unavailability in your area or because you are a new consumer, you should really check it out. They say a dab will do ya, which is true. If you are like me, and you like to ride the ‘higher high’, dabs are the way to go. Anytime you are consuming concentrated forms of marijuana, you will get higher faster than if you were smoking a joint of flower.
For a long time I didn’t know how to tell if the dabs I was consuming were good or bad. I have a long history consuming flower, so I can tell how good the flower is very easily by sight, smell, taste, etc.. But concentrates are a different thing. Some of my usual measurements (smell for instance) of quality translate to concentrates, but not all of them do. For a long time I think the general assumption was that the clearer/lighter colored the cannabis concentrates, the better they are compared to darker dabs. I’m here to tell you that that’s not necessarily true. I know there are people that will argue until they’re blue in the face against that claim, but I know it to be true because I recently visited my friends at Udoxi Scientific and did some research. The results were surprising to both me and my little brother that came with me. I figured I needed another person to help with the research, plus he is brand new to the dab world (took his first dab the day before the visit to Udoxi).
Udoxi Scientific processes cannabis into concentrates for growers. Their concentrates are second to none, and that’s based off of my experiences consuming concentrates all over the Western United States. There are certainly people out there that consume more concentrates than I do, but I consume more dabs than most. A lot of concentrate makers are making dabs in their garage with primitive equipment. Udoxi is operating on a whole other level. Their facility is world class, and the owners have strong backgrounds in agriculture, chemistry, and engineering. I don’t say these things because I’m paid to do so. I’ve never received even one penny from Udoxi. I say these things because they are my unbiased opinion.
I was lucky enough to participate in a quality test at Udoxi. They brought out four slabs, as seen below, and asked which one I thought was the best based off of appearance alone. Naturally, I ranked them in order of how clear they were. How would you rank the slabs below? I pre-apologize for the picture quality – I’m a writer, not a photographer:
Can you tell which dab slab is the best, based off of appearance alone? Does clearer always mean better?
The four concentrates above are the Blue Cheese strain, OG strain, Cherry Pie strain, and Black Cherry Soda strain. After looking at the visual appeal, we then got down to business trying out each one. We made sure to take low temp dabs to maximize the flavor. The first one I tried was the Black Cherry Soda, which was the clearest out of all of the samples. Based off of how most people measure dab quality, this would have been the best one since it was the clearest, as seen below:
The first thing that I did was smell the slab. The slab really lacked any smell at all, good or bad. It was like I was smelling nothing at all. After taking a couple of hits, it because obvious that there wasn’t much flavor either. There wasn’t much bite to the hit, on the exhale or the inhale. It didn’t seem to get me high that fast, certainly not as I originally expected it to. The Black Cherry Soda sample wasn’t bad, or good, there just wasn’t anything distinct about it.