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Flowers vs Concentrates

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In the growing world of marijuana, cannabis concentrates are becoming increasingly popular among consumption methods. Many traditional users just stick to the flower, which is what most of us think of when we think “weed”. We get it, new consumption methods and entering unknown territory can be intimidating, and while most people just stick to what they know, it’s important to understand the differences. 



Concentrates have many names, almost enough to make you go crazy. Concentrate is an umbrella term that refers to a wide variety of products that have different cannabis extracts. When you’re standing at the glass counter in a dispensary, you may look down and see the following products: shatter, rosin, crumble, honey oil, dabs, hash, tinctures, and capsules. And while that can feel extremely overwhelming, don’t let all those names throw you off. 


When you hear the term shatter, wax, crumble, sugar, honeycomb, sap, and oil these are often referring to the actual texture of the concentrate. Some people have different preferences, so the texture can be a very important aspect. The texture of certain concentrates will also be dependent on what type of consumption method the user is deciding to go with. Keep in mind that while concentrates tend to have a higher THC content, that does not mean that you need to reach for the concentrate with the highest level. More THC does not always mean that a product will give you a better high, we recommend that you speak with a representative at the dispensary to make sure that you’re getting the right type of concentrate. 


A lot of concentrates tend to be extracted using CO2, hydrocarbons, water, alcohol, and heat. Solventless extracts are made using water, like hash, or heat, like rosin, are great options of concentrates for those who are worried about the way that concentrates may affect them. 


As far as oils go, you’ll want to make sure that the oil that you are choosing is compatible with your method of consumption. If you’re looking for a dab, trying concentrates that are referred to as shatter or rosin are a great place to start. If you want to use a vape pen, make sure that the cartridge you chose is compatible with the battery pack in your vape. 


One of the most important distinctions to make between concentrates and flowers is that concentrates have a higher potency of THC than flowers do. The potency for a flower ranges between 10%-25% THC, while a concentrate can be anywhere from 50%-80% THC, and even some can push past 90%. Be aware that the numbers can get tricky when figuring out dosages as the potency increases. If you are an under-seasoned consumer, it might be good to first stick with a lower potency level concentrate. But, if you ever feel as if you’re too high, check out our last blog post on how to help lower that feeling. Another great way to go might be to check out the products that are mildly or non-intoxicating CBD rich. Hash and tinctures also tend to have lower THC content, so try them out before you full send into the potent oils. 



Flowers are the traditional marijuana buds that most of us think of whenever we hear the term weed. It’s the typically dried buds that people keep in their weed containers. One of the biggest differences with flowers is that many people argue that they have more flavor to them. Whenever products are concentrated, they can tend to lose their aromas and flavors in the extraction process. Terpenes are the fragrant oils that are secreted by the cannabis plant, giving them their distinct scent. Since terpenes are so sensitive to heat, it can be difficult to preserve the terpenes in the extraction process. But, recently, people have been introducing the scents and flavors back into concentrates, which have gotten many positive reviews. Many consumers have said that the new form of the flower has a better and cleaner taste than the actual flower that it was derived from. 


Flowers are more of an “old school” approach to marijuana consumption and some people really do like the act of either buying a pre-rolled product or rolling it themselves. It also easily allows the user to control the amount of weed that they are actually putting into the product. So, if you’re a beginner, this might be a good alternative for you. 


Since you are smoking the actual plant, it can be a bit messy. You’ll want to make sure that you have an ashtray around and that you don’t burn anything around you. It can also give off that distinct marijuana scent that some people are not a fan of. If you have roommates or live with your family, and don’t want them to smell the remnants of your smoke sesh, you might want to opt for a concentrate product that doesn’t give off that strong aroma. 

So which is better?

The answer is neither! While there are differences between flowers and concentrates, neither one is better than the other. It all comes down to personal preference and what you are looking to get out of a cannabis product. While we can sit here and give you all the information, at the end of the day, you have to choose what you want. At Empire Health and Wellness, we have a multitude of products including flowers and concentrates. If you’re in Modesto, California area stop by and see us! Happy smoking!