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What Is CBD Concentrate?

CBD concentrate is a high potency cannabidiol extracted from the hemp plant. We secure CBD by using the CO2 extraction method, which is a solvent-free process. There are many different types of concentrate, whether you’re looking for something that burns easier, something with flavor, or longer shelf-life.

Think of other concentrated products, such as juice. Concentrated juices are much stronger and pure, and often times consumers even mix them with water to dull down the potency! Concentrated juice also has a much longer shelf life as well. Most of these same factors apply to CBD concentrates. They are the purest, most powerful form of CBD for consumers, and their shelf life is typically much longer than other CBD products.

Each flower is filled with terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids that contribute to the well-being of every individual. Besides scent and taste, these complexities provide many beneficial attributes to the human body. 

CBD concentrates are very efficient and effective, offering consumers high potency along with reduced use. Pure CBD concentrates can come in several forms. The most basic form is CBD distillate, which is a syrupy substance that contains broad spectrum CBD (no THC). CBD distillate is often mixed into other products to make CBD-infused goods. 

The most popular concentrates, however, are wax, dabs, or live resin. CBD shatter and CBD isolates are also gaining popularity across the nation. CBD waxes and shatter may contain all the cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant, making them a full spectrum CBD product. On the other hand, pure CBD isolate, also referred to as broad spectrum CBD isolate, contains 99% pure CBD without other cannabinoids or terpenes present.

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What Are The Benefits Of Using CBD Concentrates?

CBD concentrates are very powerful. This is great for consumers for two reasons. The first, and more obvious reason, is that the consumer gets a very potent product. The potential benefits of CBD concentrate should last longer because of how potent and pure it is. For consumers dealing with very pervading and acute issues, CBD concentrates are the best bet for attaining the highest form of relief. However, we still recommend asking a healthcare professional for more serious health issues!

Value of CBD That Makes It Into Your System

The second reason that CBD concentrates are great for consumers is the value. Because of how strong and pure CBD concentrates are the benefits should last longer. Some products (like CBD oil and edibles) are broken down by your body before benefiting it. With concentrates, a high amount makes it all the way through your body, meaning more of it winds up in your system.

 

Besides any CBD concentrate, there are several other ways to take CBD, from tasty edibles to topical applications. Some even prefer using CBD oil sublingually! Others prefer to add CBD oil to their favorite meal or drink. All of these methods have their advantages, but none work quicker than inhalation. When you inhale CBD, it enters your bloodstream directly from your lungs, giving consumers immediate effects.

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How To Use CBD Concentrates — CBD Dabs & CBD Vaporizers

Yes, you can smoke CBD concentrates! Since concentrates typically have higher CBD content, you’ll probably need to use dab rigs and a torch to heat the thick substances. Just be sure to take a small amount at first because they’re extremely potent!

If you combine your CBD concentrate (like CBD isolate) with CBD flower, you’re likely to have a more rewarding experience, too. Try combining the two into a rolling paper or adding both into a pipe or bong bowl.

If you combine them in a rolling paper, we recommend adding tiny concentrate pieces to the paper first. This will help your joint smoke more evenly. For a bowl, add a little bit of concentrate on top before lighting up — be careful not to add too much, as it may become tricky to burn and smoke.

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CBD Concentrate — Will It Get You High?

No, CBD concentrate should not get you high! Although it can be potent at high doses, CBD is generally non-inebriating and doesn’t have the same effects as THC products. Even at higher doses, you’ll most likely only feel sleepier than usual, as it is extremely unlikely to experience any adverse effects. And it’s extremely unlikely that CBD will show up on a drug test since most only test for THC.

Why All These Different Strains?

The reason for creating these types of cannabis strains (hemp) is to ensure that the final product will have only CBD. This is because even though CBD and THC are closely related, CBD is a non-inebriating cannabinoid. This is just a fancy way of saying that CBD will not get you high – it should not cause inebriation in anyone who takes it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes — you can eat CBD isolate! Though CBD distillate and wax are technically edible, they aren’t very effective unless decarboxylated first. This means that you must heat them for their effects to become activated. If you ingest them, you’ll miss out on these effects.

When it comes to CBD isolate, though, the sky is the limit. Try adding it to your favorite drinks, soups or salads, various baked goods, and more for a higher-dose snack!

People often prefer CBD isolate in edibles over CBD flower because it’s easier to measure a more consistent dose each time. This method of consumption is also preferred by people wanting to feel CBD’s effects for a longer amount of time. Though effects will take longer to set in, you’ll experience them for much longer than with vaping or dabbing.

CBD edibles take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to kick in, with effects lasting from 6 to 8 hours. These times also depend on when you last ate, how much you ate, and how fast your metabolism is. For this reason, we recommend consuming your CBD isolate snacks on an empty stomach.

While you can’t add CBD concentrate to a vape pen, you can add it to a dab pen! That’s right — concentrates like CBD distillate and wax get their own special pen. Dab pens look similar to vape pens but are a bit thicker and contain a small oven or chamber for CBD wax and other concentrates to sit in. If you haven’t used a dab pen before, here’s how:

  1. First, charge your pen.
  2. Set your desired temperature.
  3. You’ll need a dab tool for many pens — you can use this to load your concentrate into the oven chamber.
  4. Once it’s loaded, screw your pen back together. Before reattaching, make sure there is no concentrate on the chamber’s rim.
  5. Finally, click the button on your pen, and inhale!

Like vape pens, each dab pen is slightly different and has its own instructions. Be sure to check yours out for optimal use!

Full and broad spectrum CBD concentrates will taste different depending on the strain. Different terpene combinations can make concentrates taste earthy, sweet, citrusy, woody, and more. These concentrates often have a flavor profile with many different notes.

On the other hand, pure CBD isolate doesn’t have a flavor or taste because it contains no terpenes. This is another reason why it makes such a great addition to your favorite food and drinks!

What Do CBD Concentrates Smell Like?

CBD concentrates that are full and broad spectrum will have different scents depending on the strain. Like with flavor, this is because of terpenes! Concentrates have many scents and can smell reminiscent of lavender, pine, lemons, spicy, musky, and more. Most have a mixture of these scents. Again, like with flavor profiles, CBD isolate doesn’t usually have a scent or aroma.

The legality of CBD concentrates depends on the source plant that it comes from. Marijuana contains high levels of THC and THC is not yet legal in all 50 states, so any CBD products derived from marijuana (A controlled substance) is not legal. If the CBD is derived from legal hemp and contains less than 0.3% of THC, then it is absolutely legal.

What About Hemp?

Properly manufactured CBD concentrates will come from hemp plants, resulting in a product that will not cause intoxication and is 100% legal. Some companies will sell products that only come from properly cultivated hemp plants, resulting in a safe, effective, and legal CBD Concentrate.

CBD oil, CBD wax, CBD shatter, and CBD isolates are the most popular forms of CBD concentrate. There is also CBD budder, rosin, distillate, and crumble which are all impressive concentrates in their own right. As technology advances, consumers should expect to see even more options available in the near future.

Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Products, Broad Spectrum Hemp CBD Products, & CBD Concentrate

Most CBD concentrates are full-spectrum products. This means that all of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC, are in the concentrate. Although CBD concentrates don’t contain enough THC to get you high (0.3% or less), the synergistic effects of all the cannabinoids in cannabis gives consumers the most effective benefits. This combined reaction is called the entourage effect.

Consumers can also look for broad spectrum hemp CBD products, which contain all of the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant except THC. Both broad-spectrum and full spectrum hemp CBD concentrates (like wax and shatter) offer some form of the entourage effect. Only CBD isolates, which are the purest CBD products, do not offer the entourage effect because they only contain the cannabinoid CBD and nothing else. Isolates, however, still provide all the benefits of cannabidiol.

CBD Wax

CBD wax is a sticky, typically oily substance. It resembles a candle wax or ear wax in texture. CBD Wax is the most popular of the CBD concentrates. It is typically brown, beige, or yellowish in color, with the lighter hues signifying a better product. While some CBD waxes look gooey, others look like a waxy substance that retains its form well unless disturbed.

CBD Shatter

What is CBD shatter? Well, it’s all in the name. CBD shatter is similar to CBD wax, but the consistency is different. This puts CBD shatter in a similar realm with budder or crumble. Let’s take a look at what makes CBD shatter unique.

First off, CBD shatter is different in appearance than CBD wax. It looks more solid and shiny in appearance, much like a piece of glass. CBD shatter earns its name from the texture. It is brittle yet firm and it will break up or “shatter” easily when disturbed. CBD shatter varies in color as well, but typically comes in yellow, amber, or tan-ish shades and it can be transparent or translucent A simple rule for judging CBD shatter quality is lighter hues and transparency usually indicates a better product.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. Because of this, CBD isolate looks more white in appearance. They do not contain the terpenes and other cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant, and instead just present consumers with a pure CBD product. CBD isolates typically look like powdered sugar or rock candy.

CBD Budder

CBD budder is a concentrate that has the appearance of butter or margarine. The creamy look may also remind consumers of a warm piece of fudge.

CBD Crumble

CBD crumble is a concentrate that resembles blue cheese crumbles in appearance. Some CBD crumble can even have the appearance of a spongy cookie, defined by a porous body and a fragile composition. As the name implies, CBD crumble will break up when disturbed.

CBD Distillate

CBD distillate has been used by cannabis manufacturers for years and now it’s available for consumers. Essentially, CBD distillate should be almost odorless, tasteless, and flavorless. It is a refined concentrate that has been used to create uniformity in commercial production. Several of the cannabinoids and terpenes in CBD distillates have been removed. By utilizing CBD distillate, manufacturers can mass-produce a consistent base product, and then from there add the extras they prefer.

CBD Rosins

There are two types of CBD rosin: live rosin and regular rosin. They are both created with heat and pressure, which is a different method than the other CBD concentrates referenced above. Rosin also does not use solvents during the extraction process. Regular CBD rosin is extracted from dried hemp flower (CBD flower). Live Rosin, however, is extracted from fresh hemp flower. This process is typically completed by first freezing the hemp. This allows the hemp flower to preserve more of its compounds until they are ready to be extracted. That means live rosin retains more cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Because live rosin extraction is more complicated, it is more costly.

There are several ways to extract CBD from the cannabis plant. Many of these methods involve solvents such as butane, hexane, and ethanol. These methods are not the cleanest though. CO2 extraction is the cleanest and most healthy way to extract CBD from cannabis. Like us, most reputable cannabis companies use this method because it leaves no residual solvents in the end product.

When the cannabis plant reaches maturation, the flowers, stalks, and leaves are dried out and ground up. This ground-up hemp is then placed in a container which is connected to a CO2 extraction machine. Carbon dioxide and high pressure are used to extract the CBD from the hemp at low temperatures. This process takes several hours and isolates and preserves the extract. Afterwards, the plant material waste is removed.

This is where the technological advances in the industry come into play. As we mentioned earlier, shatter and wax really only different in appearance. During the extraction process, the level of pressure and the temperature are both factors that can affect how the final product appears.

What About Broad Spectrum Products?

Broad spectrum CBD products have a slightly different process. One method to create broad spectrum products is to remove the THC during the extraction process. Another method is to start with a CBD isolate and then reintroduce all compounds, except THC, back into the product.

Solvent extraction is the most common and least expensive method to make a CBD concentrate. This method uses the flowers, leaves, and stalks of a CBD-rich strain of the cannabis plant. First, manufacturers run a solvent (usually grain alcohol or butane) through the material. Then, the solvent evaporates away (either through natural evaporation or vacuum chamber suction). 

What’s left after the evaporation process is various forms of CBD concentrate. Concentrates produced from butane are also called BHO, which stands for butane hash oil. It is an ISO hash concentrate if it comes from grain alcohol (the ISO stands for isopropyl alcohol). If the process involves CO2, the end product is a CO2 concentrate.

Are There Downsides of CO2?

One major downside about using solvents for extraction is that it usually leaves behind residual solvents. Minuscule amounts of the solvent are still in the concentrate people consume. It is the CO2 extraction process, however, which results in the cleanest, safest CBD Concentrate. 

For most people who take cannabis supplements, this is the defining factor for why they prefer CBD. Unlike THC, a patient can take CBD products any time of the day or night and still function normally. They will not experience any change in perception that comes with ingesting THC. That means that you can enjoy all the life-changing benefits of cannabis with none of the drawbacks. And depending on which state you live in, THC may or may not be legal; it’s still federally illegal. But the 2018 Farm Bill legalized all hemp and hemp-derived products, making CBD legal across the United States.

When it comes to CBD concentrates, you can easily tell a high-quality product from a low-quality one by looking for several quality features.

Here are a few things to look for when evaluating a CBD concentrate:

  • Color: The concentrate should be a clear or light yellow or amber color. If it’s dark brown or black, that’s an indication that the product is of lower quality. The darker the color, the lower the quality of your concentrate.

  • Texture: The consistency of the concentrate should be smooth, not gritty.

  • Scent: The smell of the concentrate should be mild and pleasant, not harsh or artificial smelling.

  • Taste: When you taste the concentrate, it should be smooth, not bitter or harsh.

If you keep these things in mind when choosing a CBD concentrate, you can be confident that you’re getting a high-quality and fresh product.

Since CBD concentrates come from hemp, a cannabis plant, there is a small chance that it could show up on a drug test. However, this is unlikely unless you are using extremely high doses of full spectrum CBD concentrates that also contain small amounts of THC. Most drug tests are looking for THC, the main cannabinoid in marijuana, not CBD, so it’s highly unlikely that CBD concentrates will show up on a standard drug test. That’s why you should stick to only broad spectrum CBD products since they contain no THC.

All CBD products must contain 0.3% or less THC in order to be federally legal. On the other hand, CBD concentrates typically do not contain any THC and are broad spectrum (THC-free) CBD products.

At Cheef Botanicals, our broad spectrum CBD concentrates contain the following amounts of CBD in them:

  • CBD Wax: 83.7% pure CBD

  • CBD Distillate: 90.56% pure CBD

  • CBD Isolate: 99%+ pure broad spectrum CBD isolate powder

  • CBD/CBG Wax 1:1: 99%+ pure CBD/CBD wax

If you’re concerned about potentially testing positive on a drug test, there are a few things you can do:

  • Check the ingredients: Make sure to purchase your CBD concentrates from a reputable source that clearly labels their products. This will help ensure that you are not accidentally purchasing a product that contains high levels of THC.

  • Ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA): A COA is a third-party lab-tested document that confirms the quality and potency of your broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products. These lab results will list the amount of THC present (if any) so that you can be prepared for your next drug test.

  • Choose broad spectrum CBD: Unlike full spectrum CBD products, which do contain THC that can build up over time in your system, broad spectrum products contain no THC, so they will reduce the likelihood that you might fail a drug test. All of the concentrates we sell here at Cheef Botanicals are broad spectrum CBD.

If you are consuming CBD concentrates and are worried about failing a drug test, talk to your doctor or employer to see if there is a possibility that you could test positive. In most cases, the chances of this happening are very low. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Yes, concentrates are a good option for someone new to CBD. They can be a great way to get started with CBD, and they offer a number of benefits that other CBD products can’t. Concentrates are more potent than other forms of CBD, so you’ll need less of them to get the same effects. This makes them a great choice for people who want to make sure they’re getting the most bang for their buck.

Concentrates also tend to be absorbed by the body more quickly than other forms of CBD. So if you’re looking for quick relief, concentrates might be the way to go. However, dabbing CBD concentrate might be a little harsh for first-time consumers.

Because concentrated CBD is more potent, people who are new to CBD might consume more than they can handle. This might end up making them drowsy or lethargic. As with any CBD product, it’s important for consumers to start at a low amount and gradually work their way up to an amount that’s suitable for them and their needs.

Since CBD concentrates are typically inhaled via the use of a dab rig or wax vape, you will start to feel the effects immediately to within 30-90 seconds of inhalation. For those who want fast results, inhalation provides the quickest way for you to enjoy CBD.

The duration of effects from CBD concentrates last about 3-4 hours. Although inhaling concentrates is one of the fastest ways to receive the benefits of CBD, the effects only last a few hours when compared to other more long-lasting forms of CBD (i.e., edibles). However, first-time CBD enthusiasts who end up consuming too much CBD and become drowsy will find the duration of effects to their advantage, allowing them to refresh quicker.

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