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Medical Marijuana Concentrates and Extracts: What Are They and How Do You Use Them?
Cannabis extracts have slowly become one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to use cannabis, and with Louisiana offering new items on the menu for 2022, patients will be browsing a variety of options at pharmacies.
Patients who have met the requirements for a cannabis certification in Louisiana can legally purchase any of the cannabis products at approved pharmacies.
While many will be picking up the newly introduced cannabis flower, many patients may find themselves eyeing the extracts or concentrates. Extracts offer a lot of benefits for specific types of patients and might be best avoided by others.
In this article, we’ll cover what cannabis extracts are, who they’re made for, and why they’re one of the best ways to consume cannabis!
What are Cannabis Extracts?
Cannabis Extracts are Potent Concentrations of Compounds
Extracts are just extracted parts of the cannabis plant, and the extracts you can purchase at Louisiana pharmacies are products with compounds like THC, CBD, and terpenes.
As opposed to cannabis flower, which contains many different compounds, extracts offer a way to only take in the most desirable compounds, and for extracts, it’s usually THC that is being isolated.
Because these compounds are extracted into such a potent concentration of THC, extracts are often sold with THC percentages above 60% and as high as 98%.
Extracts Provide High Value, High Potency
Cannabis extracts are particularly desirable because only a very small amount is needed to consume a fairly high dosage. Most extract products are sold in weights between .5g – 3.5g, as opposed to flower which is commonly sold in weights of 3.5g – 14g+.
Since only a small amount of extract is needed per dosage, patients won’t need to purchase as much, and depending on your frequency, this can be a very cost-effective way to consume cannabis.
Why Should I Choose a Cannabis Extract?
Extracts Offer a Unique Experience & Longer Effects
Extracts typically offer a longer window of effects than traditional products like cannabis flower, and they’re similar to edibles because the high can last for several hours.
The high from extracts is also considerably different than edibles or cannabis flower and provides a unique experience that some patients may find very enjoyable, or somewhat uncomfortable for the first time.
Due to the potency of extracts, consuming too much of an extract can have more aggressive effects, and users with a low tolerance to THC or patients that are prone to anxiety attacks from cannabis should ease into extracts very slowly over a long period of time.
Extracts offer one of the best ways to consume a potent dosage of cannabis efficiently and in a cost-effective way.
Hash Has a Subculture of Deep Roots & History
If you’ve ever traveled abroad or made friends with a deep-rooted cannabis connoisseur, you’ve likely heard of hash. Hash dates back thousands of years and is one of the first cannabis extracts, being manufactured for easier travel, and lasting longer than bulk cannabis flower for trade routes.
As an extract, hash has a more potent concentration of THC, and is much stronger than traditional cannabis flower, but for patients with a high tolerance, it can feel like smoking cannabis flower for the first time again.
Though hash can refer to the old-school brown bricks from yesteryear, in 2022, hash is synonymous with extracts and concentrates because they’re all technically extracted parts of the cannabis plant.
This is why hash, extracts, and concentrates (all the same thing) are favored by cannabis connoisseurs and why hash is appreciated in cultures that have used cannabis openly for long periods of time.
What Extracts are Available in Louisiana?
Distillate & Metered-Dose Inhalers
AYO’s Metered-dose inhalers are products that contain an extract and are currently available at Louisiana medical marijuana pharmacies. By introducing a quick aerosol solution to the lungs similar to an asthma inhaler, you can take advantage of cannabis extracts without any extra devices, or smoke production!
Wellcanna Distillate is also available, but it’s a little harder to track down due to limited supply in Louisiana, so you may have to travel to a pharmacy a little farther away to find RSO or distillate.
In the near future we hope to see a larger variety of cannabis extracts available at Louisiana pharmacies, and now that the state is offering cannabis flower as an available product, more extracts should be on the way sometime soon.
Get Your Louisiana Medical Marijuana Certification
Louisiana plans to offer a large variety of cannabis products this year, and the state has started 2022 by introducing smokable cannabis flower to the menu. Patients who have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition can receive a medical marijuana certification from one of our qualified doctors and begin using cannabis legally in Louisiana.
Beat the lines and get your medical marijuana certification in Louisiana today, and you can even get certified for medical marijuana online for ease of use and convenience.
For questions about Louisiana’s medical marijuana program, or how to become a medical marijuana patient in Louisiana, consult with one of our trusted doctors and book an online medical marijuana appointment today!
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