People use cannabis concentrates in many ways, ranging from adding them to a blunt to reinforce potency, to vaporizing them using a vape pen or a dab rig. The method you go for depends on your preferences and the type of concentrate you are using.

Here are some of the common ways of consuming concentrates:

Topping Your Weed

People add some concentrates, such as wax or powdered kief, to their joint or bowl. This consumption method is the most cost-effective option because it does not require the extra equipment needed of other consumption methods like dabbing.

Besides being a money-saver, topping your weed will also increase the high you can enjoy from your blunt by adding the concentrate’s flavour to your smoke. A downside, though, is that you will not be able to experience the full potency of your concentrate, and you will lose out on the delicate terpenes, too.


Vaping is the most portable and discreet option used for consuming concentrates. This method will require a bit more investment than topping your weed because of the expense of purchasing and maintaining the vaporizer and a supply of the THC or CBD concentrate-filled vape cartridges.

However, you will get to enjoy any concentrate on the go, benefiting from higher levels of potency than those achieved when you top up your flower.

Vaporizers come in different shapes and sizes, with some of the common options including pre-filled and refillable vaporizers.

Pre-filled Vaporizers

These types of vaporizers contain a mouthpiece and a cartridge pre-filled with the concentrate of your choice. The cartridge has an element that heats the concentrate when it is in contact with the battery, and all you need to do is activate it.

Most vape pens have a button that you press to activate the heating element, while others are buttonless and only need you to inhale from the mouthpiece to activate them.

If you can unscrew the battery from the cartridge, you will be able to replace the empty cartridge with a new one (like HVE carts) And keep using the battery. Other pre-filled vapes are disposable, which means you will have to discard the entire thing— battery, cartridge, and all— once the battery dies or you empty the cartridge.

Refillable Vape Carts

Refillable vape cartridges allow you to manually fill your vape pen’s chamber with the concentrate of your choice. While they can often look like the prefilled vape cartridges, the difference is that refillable carts allow you to unscrew the mouthpiece to refill it.


You need to have the right equipment and set-up to effectively smoke concentrates by properly activating the potency of the concentrated terpenes and cannabinoids. Dabbing is the best way to do that and is one reason it is the most popular method of consuming cannabis concentrates.

This method involves the use of a ‘dab rig’ to vaporize the concentrate. The rig contains a nail made from titanium, glass, or ceramic. You expose the nail to heat for a pre-determined period or until it attains a red- or orange-hot glow. Once it does, you apply the concentrate directly onto the nail’s hot surface, immediately turning it into the vapour that you then consume.

There are a few factors to keep in mind when building your ideal dab rig. One major factor is the material to use for your rig’s nail. Some opt to dab weed concentrates on a quartz nail because it heats up faster than titanium and offers a cleaner taste.

On the other hand, titanium nails are more durable than quartz. The choice you go for is entirely down to your preferences and desires.


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