Daikoku Discovers: Concentrate Vapes

The high quality concentrates that are available in Alberta deserve to be consumed using quality pieces. But if you’re new to dabbing, getting started can seem daunting. Which is why a concentrate vape is a nifty accessory if you want to avoid purchasing a lot of gear. Today we’re inspecting two of the industry’s top rated dab pens to help you determine which one to add to your cannabis wishlist. On today’s inspection spotlight we have the SLASH dab pen from Stonesmith and the Carta V2 by Focus V. 

The Products

The Slash can withstand Canadian winters

The Slash:

The SLASH dab pen is a concentrate vape from Stonesmith. It is proudly manufactured here in Canada. Stonesmith prides themselves in developing thoughtful designs with the cannabis community in mind. With its ergonomic design and forward-thinking features, the SLASH takes dabbing to an elevated level. 

Carta: The portable dab rig.

The Carta V2

Proving that dab rigs can be portable, the Carta V2 by Focus V is changing the cannabis vapourizer game. Offering both concentrate and dry herb consumption (using the additional dry herb atomizer), the Carta is designed to meet every stoners’ needs. 

How to use your device:

Slash:

Load concentrates easily and mess-free using the built-in loading tool. Press the button 3 times to cycle settings (temperature).

Hint: Press twice to  activate the automatic 12 second setting.

In our experience, this yields the best output.

Carta:

The large bowl offers a stronger experience for more frequent consumers. Press the button 5 times to turn on, and 5 times or one long press to turn off. 

Temperature Control 

Slash:

Three temperature levels: high, medium, low. 12 second auto-mode. Press the button to cycle through temperature settings. 

Carta:

To heat up, press the button once and your base will heat to the last temperature set. To change the temperature, single clicks allow you to change from 500°F up to 842°F. Quartz or titanium atomizer.

Cleaning 

Both devices

1-step cleaning process. After use, clean the inside of the ceramic bowl using a q-tip and 99% isopropyl alcohol. Avoid touching the any silicon parts with the alcohol!

It’s a lot easier to clean the device after every use than after a number of uses!

Your device will thank you for regular cleaning.

Appearance

Slash:

Compact, brass pen design is sleek and lightweight. Offering a high-end look and feel that will have you showing this off at every event. 

Carta:

Emulating the iconic dab rig shape with an added futuristic aesthetic. A 100% borosilicate glass water piece caps off the Carta’s base, providing an ultra-smooth experience. 

What’s the best concentrate vape?

It depends what you’re using it for.  If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, on-the-go vape that not only gets the job done but looks good while doing it then the SLASH is for you. Alternatively, if you’re interested in a new and improved take to the classic dabbing experience then the Carta is your match. 

When it comes to finding your perfect accessory we’re always here to help. There’s many factors to keep in mind and our staff have the knowledge to help you make the right decision. Let us know if you have any questions about the SLASH, Carta, or any other cannabis vapes. 

Shatter: It’s the Sheet

Shattter : It's the Sheet

We now have a number of Shatter options in Alberta. Fireside has brought three different cultivars of the product to the market. Stigma Grow is poised to bring their latest Banana Punch x Sour Grape concentrate to market any day now:

It’s coming… #StigmaGrow #shatter #bananapunch #sourgrape

Posted by Stigma Grow on Saturday, August 8, 2020

About Shatter

Shatter is a bit of the new kid on the block. It came to market in Canada in the nineties alongside badder. Both formats were the culmination of the research for a pure form of concentrates, with no fats or residues.

It’s typically thin and glass-like. It reminds me of sugar candy, which is unsurprising because I liken everything to food.

Sheet of Shatter by Stigma Grow
Sheet of shatter by Stigma Grow. 🤤

How is shatter different from other concentrates?

When you break it apart – or, more heartbreakingly, drop it – shatter shatters. It’s where it gets its name from. It’s as satisfying as cracking a crême brulée topping. 

This concentrate can reach a potency of up to 90% THC. (Read: this product is better suited for experienced consumers, not someone starting their cannabis journey.) Ultimately, “Shatter” is the nickname for this format of hash oil.

What’s Hash oil? 

Licensed Producers obtain hash oil, also known as butane hash oil or BHO, using a solvent-based extraction method. Licensed producers will either use a Hydrocarbon-based (eg, butane) extraction process, or a CO2-based extraction process.

Wait. Butane. You mean there’s lighter fuel in my shatter?

Well, yes. But no.

Butane has a boiling point of -0.5˚C and burns cleanly (leaving little to no residue) during the natural process of creating hash oil. If left to professionals, that is.

Solvent extraction is a dangerous process.
Licensed Producers are closely monitored to ensure overall safety and legal compliance.

This includes ensuring that there are no residues on the products we buy.

Consuming Shatter

These types of concentrates are best consumed when using a concentrate vaporizer or a dab rig. Use tweezers to manipulate the solid product. Place in a dab rig attachment to your bong. Heat the product until it produces vapour, either with an e-nail, or using a torch lighter (like the one you’d use for the aforementioned crême brûlée, not one you pick up for a buck or two) and a carb cap.

You can also add it to a joint – think of it like croutons to a salad. Add the chunks of shatter towards the end tip: burning the concentrate too early can clog up your joint.

Anatomy of a Dab Rig

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Daikoku Discovers Dab Rigs

Anatomy of a Dab Rig

The time-tested, hands-on method for consuming your premium concentrates

Live Resin Caviar, Cured Badder, and Hash Rosin are finally on the menu! As enticing as these formats may sound, you might ask yourself: “How do I consume concentrates?” 

Cannabis concentrates have a higher boiling point. As a result, concentrates do not burn with a lighter the same way as dried flower. The solution? Use special accessories, like Dab Rigs, for optimal experiences. 

The Dab Rig

The more traditional method of consumption involves using a contraption called a dab rig, see below. Dab rigs arrived around the 1970’s thanks to professional glassblowing duo, Hashmaster Kut.

These days there are electric, self-heating options available for dab rigs, such as e-nails or dab pens, but we’re going to focus your attention on the more traditional model. 

  1. Mouthpiece: This is where you place your mouth. Ideally, you should create a seal and inhale slowly and evenly.
  1. Carb Cap: You place the carb cap on top of the hot nail after the concentrates have been added. You don’t need a Carb Cap. However, they prevent heat from escaping which helps direct airflow for better vaporization of your concentrates. 
  1. Nail: This is the key part to dab rigs. You heat the nail until it’s hot enough that added concentrates will reach their boiling point. Nails come in a variety of materials including quartz, titanium, and ceramic. Materials affect flavour, durability, and heating time. 
  1. Downstem: Smoke travels from the downstem into the water chamber. 
  1. Water Chamber: Helps filter the smoke and provide a smoother flavour. Some water chambers contain percolators that further cool the smoke. Remember to always use clean water.

Maintenance

It is critical to keep your device clean! Resin tends to form in the base and tube areas. This affects flavour and overall experience. Clean your device with coarse salt and isopropyl alcohol, then rinse it out. If appropriate, you can also place it in the dishwasher after each use.

Regular cleaning reduces disagreeable experiences and ensures optimal continued use.

You’re now ready to try out this artistic accessory for yourself and we’ve got the tools to help make that happen. Stop by and let us help you get started in the world of concentrates. Whether you need cannabis, accessories, or just have more questions, we’ve got you covered.