If you have been prescribed medical cannabis by your doctor, the next step is to apply for the card. In most states where medical cannabis is legal, getting a medical marijuana card is fairly easy and simple. For most patients, the overwhelming part is choosing between products. Dispensaries have a wide range of products, right from the basic cannabis flower or buds, to edibles & concentrates. In this post, we are comparing cannabis buds with concentrates, taking a look at the pros and cons.
Cannabis buds are flowers of the plant, which contain all the cannabinoids found in the plant. For those who are new to medical cannabis, this could be the best possible way to experience the benefits, and also, buds are less expensive. You wouldn’t have a hard time finding different strains, and you can even choose to get therapeutic benefits. Cannabis buds can be further cured to make edibles, juices and shakes at home.
On the flip side, cannabis buds have a lower dose of THC, and for some patients, that may not be the right thing. Buds are also meant to be stored rightly, or else, presence of mold can become a problem. Even for making edibles, you need to prep the buds first. For many patients, smoking or vaping may not be good options.
Cannabis concentrates are made using a solvent and specific extraction process, such as butane or CO2 extraction. Some of the examples include shatter, budder, wax and live resin. The best thing about concentrates is the THC and terpene levels, which can be considerably higher than buds. Also, for patients in need of intensive therapies, concentrates may work better. Expect effects to set in immediately, and some can be used sublingually, as well. Concentrates are also great for making edibles.
On the flip side, concentrates are meant for beginners, or those who have never tried cannabis in the past. Not all concentrates are same, which quality can be a question, and in general, most concentrates are expensive. You cannot make concentrates at home, and some need specific storage.
We recommend that you try both to understand what works best for your medical condition. Keep in mind that cannabis is meant to be used responsibly, and as far as quality of products is concerned, always go for a state-licensed dispensary. Some of them will even deliver to your home.
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