Do you prefer dabbing as your primary method of cannabis consumption?
Well unless you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, you probably don't have access to safe lab tested dabs.
Thankfully Delta 8 THC has saved many consumers from purchasing contaminated concentrates from local plugs and drug dealers who definitely don't care about your safety.
Many illicit cannabis products found on the streets contain heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other harmful chemicals.
Since Delta 8 THC is extracted from hemp, it is considered federally legal thanks to the 2018 farm bill. Because of it's legality, you can buy all sorts of products online and get them shipped straight to your door.
The only problem is that there are many forms of Delta 8 Concentrates.
Which one is for you? Keep reading to learn the differences between the top forms of Delta 8 dabs, waxes, and concentrates that you must try in your Delta 8 journey.
1. Delta 8 Distillate Syringe - Purest Form of Delta 8!
Delta 8 Distillate Syringes, also referred to as drizzlers or wax dispensers, are the most popular form of delta 8 dabs. They are extremely popular because they have a wide variety of uses.
Delta 8 Distillate Syringes are typically used for:
- Making Delta 8 Edibles
- Filling your own Vape Cartridge
- Dispensing into Dab Rig
The reason why these dab syringes are used for so many purposes is because they contain Delta 8 THC oil in its purest form.
There are 2 types of Delta 8 Syringes:
- Delta 8 Distillate With Terpenes
- Pure Delta 8 Distillate (without terpenes)
What is Delta 8 Distillate?
Delta 8 THC Distillate contains the actual cannabinoids (compounds) that are responsible for getting you "lifted". All forms of Delta 8 concentrate require distillate to be processed into other forms of dabs. Distillate is odorless unless it is paired with terpenes.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the taste and smell that determine the strain of a given cannabis product. If you vaped or dabbed pure distillate, it would be a very bleak experience as there would be no significant taste.
There are 2 types of terpenes:
- Cannabis-Derived Terpenes (CDT)
- Botanical Derived Terpenes (BDT)
CDT vs. BDT
CDTs are terpenes that have been extracted from the physical cannabis flower while BDT are terpenes that have been extracted from random fruits, vegetables and plants.
Always opt for CDTs because they result in smoother and more flavorful hits in comparison to BDTs which are cheaper to produce and result in harsh or scratchy feeling on the throat when inhaled.
Delta 8 Distillate vs. Delta 8 Distillate with Terpenes
Use Delta 8 Distillate Syringes with Terpenes if you're making vape carts or dabbing it directly into a rig so you get the most amount of flavor.
If you're using the distillate for edibles its best to get it unflavored or without terpenes as you'd want to taste the actual food you'll be cooking, not the strain terpenes.
A Sour Diesel cookie or a Trainwreck Brownie sounds like it'd taste interesting, but proceed with caution as the terpene flavors may be too strong to be enjoy!
Want to learn more on how to use Delta 8 Dab Syringes? Read our instructions on how to dispense the oil safely and effectively.
How is Delta 8 Distillate made?
Delta 8 THC distillate is created by converting CBD Distillate into Delta 8 using chemistry.
Is Delta 8 Distillate Legit?
Yes it is! However the Delta 8 market is unregulated so you must only purchase Delta 8 from vendors that show lab tests proving there are no contaminants.
2. Delta 8 Dabs - Best Variety!
Delta 8 Dabs are the easiest to use because you don't have to deal with a bulky syringe which can get a bit messy or sticky! With Delta 8 Dabs, you can simply scoop out the desired amount of concentrate you need with a scraping tool.
The Origin of All Delta 8 Dabs
All forms of Delta 8 Wax or dabs are created using Delta 8 Distillate and terpenes (basically what'd you'd find in a distillate syringe). The consistency of the concentrate itself is what determines what type of dabs they are.
Delta 8 may sometimes be combined with CBD or other cannabinoids to create the desired consistency.
Some common forms of Delta 8 Dabs include:
- Delta 8 Wax
- Delta 8 Diamonds
- Delta 8 Shatter
- Delta 8 Sauce
- Delta 8 Distillate Dabs (THC Distillate with Terpenes)
- Pure Delta 8 THC Distillate
What is Delta 8 Wax?
Delta 8 Wax is a cannabis concentrate that literally looks like ear wax. It sounds gross when you first hear it but it is one of the most popular form of dabs.
How is Delta 8 Wax made?
Delta 8 distillate must be combined with CBD Wax or an extract from another cannabinoid to create Delta 8 wax. This is because D8 is only found in distillate form, which has a honey like consistency.
Most CBD Wax is made using BHO or C02 extraction. This process involves putting hemp flower in a tube then blasting it with pressurized Butane, Propane, or carbon dioxide. This separates most of the cannabinoids from the plant matter creating a waxy substance. The extract is then heated or "purged" to burn off any residual solvents.
This is then combined with Delta 8 distillate to create the final product, Delta 8 Wax!
Is Delta 8 Wax Legit?
Yes! It's legit. You will just need to combine distillate with a different cannabinoid like CBD Wax to create a true wax extract.
What are Delta 8 Diamonds?
Delta 8 Diamonds are a form of THC concentrate that has a very solid consistency, almost that of a rock or diamond, hence the name.
How are Delta 8 Diamonds made?
Because Delta 8 can only be created in distillate form, which has a very thick viscosity, similar to that of honey, the diamonds must be made by combining CBD diamonds with delta 8 distillate.
When CBD is concentrated, it crystallizes into a solid rock (unlike Delta 8 which does not crystallize). That rock is then melted using heat and then mixed with Delta 8 Distillate as well as terpenes. This results in delta 8 diamonds!
Are Delta 8 Diamonds Legit?
Yes they are legit! Just keep in mind you will need to combine Delta 8 Distillate with another cannabinoid that crystallizes (like CBD) to create true diamonds.
What is Delta 8 Shatter?
Delta 8 Shatter is a form of dabs that has a very solid glass like consistency. It is very hard and can easily break, crack or "shatter" by applying pressure to it on a flat surface.
How is Delta 8 Shatter Made?
Delta 8 THC Shatter is typically made using highly concentrated delta 8 distillate. Unlike CBD, Delta 8 THC does not crystallize and stays in a thick honey-like consistency. When Delta 8 reaches extremely high percentages it can turn into a hard shatter consistency.
Keep in mind this hard shatter-like consistency only occurs in cold temperatures. If you were to subject the shatter to room temperature, it will likely start to melt and return to it's distillate form.
Is Delta 8 Shatter Legit?
It seems that Delta 8 shatter is more of a marketing gimmick rather than real product since it's simply ultra-concentrated distillate that has been cooled into a hard substance.
What is Delta 8 Sauce?
Delta 8 Sauce is concoction of wax, shatter, or diamonds that are sitting in a solution of sticky terpenes and Delta 8 distillate.
How is Delta 8 Sauce made?
First the initial concentrate like wax, diamonds, or shatter must be produced (sometimes from a separate cannabinoid like CBD). That concentrate is then placed in an extremely flavorful solution that contains a high concentration of terpenes & delta 8 distillate.
Is Delta 8 Sauce Legit?
Yes! Keep it mind there is more than 1 way to create Delta 8 Sauce and most times involves combining delta 8 with other cannabinoid extracts like CBD to achieve the desired consistency.