Solvent-less vs Solvent-Based.
Solvent-less extracts are preferred by many because they deliver the same potency, taste and experience as solvent-based extracts without the potentially harmful chemicals that those extracts require.
Some consumers also prefer solvent-less products because they generally require a lower temperature when vaporizing. Solvent-less extracts require less heat for vaporization because they don’t go through a process of removing fats and lipids.
How To Consume Solvent-less Extracts.
Solvent-less extracts can be consumed in a few different ways. They can either be combusted, vaporized or infused.
When combusted, solvent-less concentrates like dry sift and rosin can be added to cannabis flower and smoked in a glass bowl, joint or blunt. Although these types of extracts can technically be smoked, it is likely not the most effective way to experience all of the potential effects and benefits.
When vaporized, solvent-less products can be dabbed in a rig (the preferred method among many concentrate enthusiasts) or vaped through a pen or device designed for concentrates. It is important to take into account the temperature when vaporizing cannabis concentrates. The optimal temperature for vaporizing most solvent-less concentrates is somewhere between 160°C and 280°C.
Aside from smoking or vaporizing solvent-less concentrates, you can also use them in a variety of infusions including edibles and topical products. Most forms of solvent-less concentrate can be directly added to food while cooking, or easily infused into butters and oils. Solvent-less extracts like rosin are already activated, meaning there is no need for decarboxylation.