You have received some concentrates … Now what?


Wow concentrates! What now?!

Congratulations on entering the world of cannabis concentrates!

You’ve heard from your friends about how awesome they are and how long the effects can last, but you have no idea how to use them! It’s a little embarrassing to ask your stone friends when you want to be cool and know. Hopefully this article will introduce you to the plethora of smoking devices used to consume concentrates. I wrote this article from my experience with hash and concentrates and I’m sure others have more knowledge than me! Have fun with hash!

You should probably be asking yourself: what kind of concentrate did I get? Provided you know a little about hash and concentrates, there are several types or forms that concentrates come in. There is pressed hash, usually made by compressing the kief and / or plant matter into a flat brick or ball. There are bubble hashes made by dipping buds in ice-cold water to repel the trichromes, collect the result and either let it dry or keep heating it to make waxes and geese. There is also BHO (butane extraction), which uses butane to extract the “concentrated” form of the good material.

Concentrates are further classified as presses, balls, marbles, melts, waxes, oils, geese, crystals, glass, ribbons, half melts, full melts, and super melts. Probably a lot more than I’ve listed. The half, full and super melts generally refer to the amount of residue left after burning / igniting.

Tools of the concentrate world

As mentioned earlier, the way you use your concentrates depends on what type you are. You can toss any type / shape of hat in a joint with some of your weed! When the hash is strong

Roll it in a joint!

If you smoke the entire joint yourself, you can sit on the couch for HOURS! It’s best to just sprinkle or dab a little if it’s an oil or goose bumps, in a doobie if you’re unsure or if you’ve never smoked hash or concentrates.

Put it in a pipe and smoke it! Smoking hash in a pipe with some weed in the bottom is a great way to test your concentrates! Best for the pressing and drier types of hash like caviar and marble, or when you are not sure what type of hash you have.

Put it in a pipe and smoke it!

Put it in a pipe and smoke it!

I would like to choose the REAL Concentrate Tools!

Ok ok so you don’t want to mess around and experience concentrates for all of their fame. What do the real concentrate chroniclers use ?! Pans and nails and smashers … oh my god! It may sound like hardware talk, but they’re real devices!

Use of frying pan

A pan is an attachment that greenies can buy for their bongs. It consists of a hollow glass tube-like device that is curved at one end with a bell-shaped flair, and a glass-on-glass end that fits into your bong like a normal bowl. It has a metal pan (usually titanium) wire-wound with the curve in the glass, and a handle that you can use to rock the pan back and forth under the bell-shaped end of the bell. To get a hit, burn the metal pan down with a welding torch or similar device until it glows red-hot. Then swivel the pan with the handle so that the pan is directly under the bell. Take a swab of your concentrate on a toothpick, metal or glass stick and rub it over the glowing pan and inhale !! With one pan you can use almost all whole and super melts, as well as waxes, CO2-extracted concentrates and oils.

Skillet setup

Skillet setup

A globe and nail setup is the BEST way to enjoy the full and super melts, waxes, and purer forms of hash in my opinion. The presses really don’t work well because they leave too much residue that won’t burn clean. A globe and nail setup consists of a glass ball, glass, or titanium nail and a male contraption that fits into your glass on a glass bong and holds the globe and nail.

Globe and Nail Setup

Globe and Nail Setup

The globe has either a top or a side opening through which you stick your swab to touch the nail. To use, remove the globe and expose the nail that rests on the male contraption. Similar to the frying pan, heat the nail with a flashlight until it glows red hot. Place the globe over the nail and on top of the male contraption. Use a glass or metal swab to evaporate the concentrate by rubbing it on the hot nail and inhaling! It has a super smooth taste and a high that lasts for hours over a regular bowl of flowers.

Atom smasher

I’ve loved this device since hearing about it and was lucky enough to get my hands on one! An Atom Smasher can be either a bong attachment or a pipe attachment. Got the pipe because I wanted to smoke concentrates on the go without worrying about my favorite bong breaking on the street or some cracked looking gadgets in my car! Ok, a nuclear destroyer still resembles a crackhead-like device, but only for those who don’t know what it’s doing!

Atom Smasher Pipe

Atom Smasher Pipe

The Atom Smasher concept for the bong attachment and the pipe is a glass bowl with a glass pick that swings in and out of the bowl. Similar to the pan and globe / nail, heat the glass pick with a flashlight until it is red hot. Drop a swab or drop of concentrate into the bowl and rock the glass holder up and down in the bowl. You will see the concentrate evaporate as you inhale. Concentrates are here to stay. So why not try a swab yourself? The high lasts for hours which can definitely save you money if you are a greenie on a budget.


Beth Edmonds