The Differences Between Cannabis Concentrates and Cannabis Flower


As the legalization of cannabis picks up steam across the globe, a new technology has paved the way for a new form of cannabis to be introduced. This leaves us with a pivotal question: Which form is really worth the purchase? In this article, I will be sharing the differences between cannabis concentrates and cannabis flower so you can find out what suits you the most.


When you think of cannabis concentrates, what usually pops up in your head? Would it be CO2 oil? Dabs? Crumble? Well, if you guessed all three then you would be spot on, but those are just a few examples.

So, what exactly is a cannabis concentrate?

Cannabis concentrates are exactly what the name says they are: Concentrated cannabinoid and terpene compounds. The process involves taking the trichomes from the cannabis plant (trichomes primarily contain cannabinoids and terpenes) while removing excess plant material and other impurities. A couple pros from medicating a concentrate over a flower are:

  • 1: It has high bioavailability – meaning you will feel the effects almost immediately.
  • 2: It has a higher amount of cannabinoids and terpenes than flower, which means it tastes and smells more pungent.
  • 3: It delivers a extremely more potent high.

All though that may sound all sweet and dandy, it’s not always rainbows and unicorns with cannabis concentrates, especially if you are not a seasoned toker. It’s high potency rate and intensity can send a rookie to infinity and beyond, so it’s always recommended to start off slow and ease your way into medicating with concentrates.

Cannabis Flower

Now cannabis flower is what has been around for centuries. From the ancient Chinese to Cheech and Chong, flower has always been a go to favorite. When talking about cannabis flower, if you try to compare it to concentrate it looses in all aspects of potency, consumption methods, variety, and even sometimes flavor.

Personally for me, I prefer cannabis flower due to its simplicity and less of the potential for a bad time. One may say that medicating with flower is the preferred way of ingesting cannabis, but of course that is only a personal preference.

At the end of the day, we all have our favorite way of medicating whether it be with flower or concentrates. What’s your favorite way of medicating?