Premium concentrates are highly potent products that include wax and dabs. They’re both some of the most popular forms of concentrate. Because they’re so much more potent than any other product, you can consume smaller amounts to feel the bursting euphoric effects.
The central goal of making sauce is to allow the major cannabinoids, especially THC, to crystallize and separate from the terpenes. This makes sauce quite different from other extracts.
While extracts like shatter, budder, or wax aim to keep cannabinoids and terps fully integrated and uniform in color, texture, and potency, sauce exhibits varying levels of uniformity while still fulfilling its intended purpose — high potency and flavor.
The solvent removal process takes much longer with sauce than with other extracts. While making shatter typically involves purging most of the solvent in a closed-loop system and immediately placing the extract into a vacuum oven for 24 to 72 hours to remove all residual solvents, the process for making sauce can take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks to complete.
That's because rather than purging out all solvent at once, sauce producers purposefully leave solvent in the mixture for a longer time, to allow THCA or CBDA compounds to crystallize.
Additionally, extraction technicians manipulate the temperatures used throughout the process to control how long it takes for residual solvents to evaporate to create small or large crystals.
When the process is complete, and all solvents have finally evaporated, extraction producers are left with the final product: sauce which contains a combination of crystals rich in cannabinoids and oil rich in terps.
In addition to topping a cone or bowl already packed with ground cannabis, budder can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Ultimately, the best way to consume budder is going to be the way that you prefer it, but here are a few ways cannabis enthusiasts prefer to experience their budder:
Dabbing: This method is easily the most popular way to consume concentrates in general, but especially budder. You do need to have a dab rig and dab tool. You scoop up a bit of the budder and place it on the nail. Heat the budder and consume.
Pro-tip: For the best flavor with your dab rig, consider using a quartz nail. This doesn’t interfere with the terpenes and mess with the flavor of your marijuana.
Vaporizing: There are a variety of vaporizers available on the market to purchase, some more sophisticated than others. The process is similar to dabbing but can be a little easier because of the tool itself. You load the budder into the vaporizer and, when the budder is heated (around 300 degrees), it will turn into a vapor that you can inhale.
Pipes: While water pipes (also called “bongs”) are typically the most preferred pipe to use when consuming budder, you can use just about any type of pipe. You place the budder on the bowl and light it. As the budder vaporizes, you can inhale it. Just a note: marijuana flower is easier to light than budder because budder has a higher melting point. Be sure to take your time and be patient.
Cannabis infusions: Budder can be used for edibles, but typically, people who are looking for budder want the rich flavors from the terpenes. Adding budder to an edible defeats this purpose.
Cannabis diamonds can be consumed just like most concentrates. Heating the diamonds through smoking or vaporization is the best way to enjoy the diamond’s full potential and fast-acting effects. Most users consume diamonds in a dab rig by heating the dab nail with a butane torch and applying a “dab” of diamonds inside the heated nail to vaporize it.
Keep in mind marijuana THCA diamonds contain a higher-than-average concentration of THCA, which convert to THC Low-tolerance users or those who have never consumed concentrates should consume the smallest dose possible (the size of a grain of a small grain of rice or smaller) and wait about 10 minutes for the effects to kick in. Effects can last for 2-3 hours. If necessary, users can gradually build up the dosage over time.
Cannabis diamonds can also be enjoyed with whole-flower cannabis products to add an extra potency level. Add some diamonds into your joint and light up. Diamonds can be crushed and sprinkled in the joint or on top of the flower in your pipe or bong bowl.