Weed concentrates are increasing in popularity, but many are unaware of their wide variety. From descriptive names such as shatter and crumble to more confusing ones such as isolate and distillate, cannabis concentrates occupy a unique niche within the cannabis space.
Once thought of as dangerous and illicit, beginner and expert cannabis users alike are beginning to warm to the delicious flavour, textures and experiences that cannabis concentrates offer.
In this article, we’ll be discussing cannabis crumble, a cannabis concentrate known for its unique honeycomb texture and engaging taste. By the end of this guide, you’ll have everything you need to know about this crumbly, wax-like concentrate and how to best enjoy it yourself.
What is Weed Crumble?
Weed crumble, also known as crumble wax, is a cannabis concentrate.
Concentrates are potent cannabis products that have significantly higher THC content compared to cannabis flower. Regular cannabis measures around 15-30% THC, whereas concentrates can reach up to 90%.
Because they are extremely potent, concentrates are usually not recommended for new cannabis users. Still, experienced marijuana enthusiasts can enjoy them for their increased potency compared to smoking flower through joints, bongs, and pipes.
How is Crumble Made?
Making cannabis crumble begins with mixing dried cannabis flower into a solvent to extract and separate the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes from plant matter.
Once the plant’s desirable compounds are extracted and separated, the solvent mixture is heated and pressurized at a low temperature to slowly evaporate the solvent, leaving behind a dry cannabis concentrate.
Other cannabis concentrates are made using higher temperatures during the evaporation stage, but this low and slow technique is what gives this concentrate its signature crumbly texture.
Its yellow hue and honeycomb-like appearance are why weed crumble is sometimes referred to as ‘honeycomb wax.’
While some retailers simply label their crumble as either sativa or indica-dominant, many familiar marijuana strains are available in crumble wax form.
The process of making weed crumble preserves a high level of terpenes, so you’ll notice the original flower’s flavour profile when enjoying your favourite strain as a crumble.
Read our indica vs sativa article to learn more about the differences between these two strain types.
How to Use Weed Crumble
Concentrates are commonly used with dab rigs, but crumble wax can be used in a range of other ways too. These are four of the most popular ways to use weed crumble.
Dabbing is the act of using a dab rig to vaporize and consume cannabis concentrates. A dab rig is a type of water pipe similar to a bong but designed specifically for consuming cannabis dabs. The body of a rig looks just like a bong, but where a bong has a bowl for flower, a dab rig has a dab nail.
After filling the rig with water, the user heats the nail with a lighter or torch, spoons some weed crumble or another form of concentrate onto it, and inhales the potent vapour through the mouthpiece.
Dabbing supplies powerful effects, so newcomers should exercise caution when using this method.
Vape pens have gained popularity over the last few years among cannabis connoisseurs. Many enjoy vaping for being healthier on lungs than smoking and vape pens for being portable and discrete.
Concentrates can be vaped with a device known as a wax vape or dab pen. A basic wax vape is a ceramic bowl and coil attached to a standard vape battery; concentrate is placed into the bowl, the battery provides heat and powers the atomizer, and the user inhales from the mouthpiece.
More upscale dab pens feature temperature control, convection heating and are easier to clean than basic models.
Crumble is ideal for use in a dab pen as its dry consistency makes it much easier to load into the bowl than other more viscous concentrates.
Unlike other forms of cannabis concentrate, weed crumble can easily be added to joints (also known as twax joints), blunts, pipes, and bongs.
In order to smoke crumble, simply mix cannabis crumble into ground flower, roll it or pack it into a bowl, and smoke as you normally would.
Using weed crumble is ideal for those new to concentrates, as the crumble’s potency is diluted by mixing it with regular marijuana flower.
How to Store Weed Crumble
Storing crumble in a sealed, dry environment is essential.
Heat and humidity can degrade the THC found in weed crumble, so storing your product in a glass container and storing it away from direct light is essential to keep your product fresh and potent.
Extreme cold temperatures will also cause degradation, so do not keep your concentrates in the freezer. Instead, a cool cupboard is ideal. With ideal storage, crumble wax should stay fresh for at least six months.
Check out our guide on how to store weed for more information.
Alternatives to Crumble
If you’ve realized crumble isn’t for you but are still looking for a heavy-hitting dose of THC, consider one of these alternatives.
You can buy THC-infused gummy candies, pretzels, chocolate bars, beverages, and many more these days.
Edibles are available with THC content ranging from 5mg to 1000mg, so even the most experienced consumers should find one that gives them potent effects.
Crumble and shatter are similar in many ways. However, shatter is more heat-resistant. If you find that weed crumble tends to overheat and burn in your dab rig, give shatter a try as it can withstand higher temperatures.
There are a few products that fall under the umbrella of “THC oils.”
Butane hash oil (BHO) refers to any concentrate made using butane as a solvent. Rosin (not to be confused with resin) is a cannabis concentrate extracted by heat and pressure rather than using a solvent.
Both BHO and rosin can be used with a dab rig or dab pen. THC oils are also used in oral drops, tinctures, and vape cartridges, though these are less potent as they are mixed with carrier oils and thinning agents.
Weed Crumble – Your Next Favorite Concentrate
Weed crumble is a potent concentrate that allows even the most experienced users to medicate effectively and in a tasty way.
This concentrate can have up to 90% THC and deliver potent highs. That being said, this concentrate is not recommended for new cannabis users. Make sure to start slow with this product and increase the dosage gradually to experience the best effects.
Cannabis crumble can be dabbed, vaped, smoked or melted into edibles.
Additionally, if you look for alternatives, products such as edibles, shatter, or oils can be great substitutes.
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