It’s hard not to be impressed by the astonishing inventiveness of cannabis users. Perhaps one of the most simple and straightforward developments is the emergence of ‘bowl topping’—a quick and simple method that leverages the potency of concentrates to enrich your cannabis journey. If you’re a new (or even a veteran) smoker looking for an easy way to boost your next session, take note.
Let’s dive into it and uncover how bowl toppers can broaden your horizons when it comes to your cannabis experience.
What Are Cannabis Concentrates?
Cannabis concentrates are potent substances made by extracting the most important compounds—cannabinoids and terpenes—from cannabis.
Concentrates are made in various ways, including:
- dry processing
- dry ice processing
- Water and ice processing
- Combining pressure and heat
- using CO2 solvents
- using hydrocarbons, including butane (lighter fluid), propane, ether or alcohol.
Every concentrate (and consistency) is unique, characterized by the extraction process used and the resulting THC content.
Some of the most common types of cannabis concentrates on the market include:
- Dry-sift Hash (Like Revolution Moroccan Melts)
- Bubble Hash
- Resin – (made with hydrocarbon solvents)
- Live Resin
- Cured Flower Resin
- Rosin – (made with heat, pressure, and mechanical methods)
- Live Rosin
- Dry/Cured Flower Rosin
- Virgin Rosin
- BHO – aka Butane Hash Oil
- Cannabis Distillate (Like Revolution Terp Tanks & Dragon Tears)
Concentrates also come in different consistencies depending on the chemovar (chemical make-up) of the final product.
It’s important to remember that the cannabinoid content of a cannabis concentrate is well beyond what’s found in the smokable flower equivalent; these concentrates are a high-potency option for veterans and smokers looking for an enhanced experience.
What Are Bowl Toppers?
Bowl topping is the art (and science) of adding cannabis concentrates to your regularly packed bowl of cured flower. By adding a small amount of powerful concentrate to your bowls, you’re adding potency and flavor to your flower smoking experience. Most cannabis flower will contain anywhere from 15-35% THC while concentrates can be anywhere from 50% all the way up to 99% in some cases!
Why Use Bowl Toppers?
Incorporating bowl toppers in your cannabis routine isn’t just a gimmick; it’s a science-based approach to enhance your experience.
Due to their high concentration of cannabinoids, bowl topping with concentrates will intensify your overall cannabis experience. In fact, concentrates are not for the faint of heart. Always start low and go slow! You can always pack another bowl if necessary.
Unique Flavor Profiles:
Terpenes, the compounds responsible for the aroma and flavor of cannabis, are preserved in high concentrations in many types of cannabis concentrates. This is one of the main factors for concentrate enthusiasts. They offer a robust flavor experience that is unrivaled by any other consumption method.
With such a huge range of concentrate types and strains, you can tailor your cannabis experience to your preferences; whether it’s for therapeutic effects or recreational enjoyment, there’s something for everyone.
How to Choose Quality Bowl Toppers
The first and most basic step is choosing the best concentrate for you. The biggest considerations here are potency and ease of use. Selecting quality bowl toppers requires a discerning eye for trusted brands, lab-tested products, and well-preserved terpene profiles.
Here are some tips:
Only use commercially produced concentrates. The commercial market is well-regulated, meaning products are tested for contaminants. There is also a certain level of transparency in the production process that can be trusted. Some concentrates are made using potentially dangerous solvents that must be purged from the final product by experts.
Concentrate quality comes down to a variety of factors. Look for the cultivator, strain lineage, and breeder information on the packaging to help you find high-quality products.
Look for the cannabinoid and terpene content on the package. This will clue you into the potency, flavor, and aroma you can expect.
Some consistencies are better than others for topping off bowls. Runny extracts, like sauce, can be difficult to handle or even dose out properly. Look for stable concentrates like traditional hash, bubble hash, and kief, and avoid full melt concentrates like rosins and resins.
How to Use Bowl Toppers
Once you’ve chosen your concentrate, the next step is to choose your dose. Concentrates are potent and not for the faint of heart. It’s important to start low and go slow! You can always pack another bowl if necessary.
We recommend starting small – about the size of a grain of rice. Once you learn your limits and understand what to expect from the enhanced potency, you can start to experiment with other concentrate types until you find the personalized experience you prefer.
Using bowl toppers effectively means understanding both the physical properties of the concentrates and having a healthy respect for their enhanced potency.
Staying Safe When Using Bowl Toppers
Like any potent substance, bowl toppers require care and consideration of safety. The increased potency calls for controlled dosage and awareness to avoid the potential of unwanted side effects.
In addition, using high-quality, lab-tested concentrates is essential to avoid contaminants, ensuring a safe and consistent experience. Black market concentrates are also untested and don’t come with any information regarding cannabinoid or terpene content.
If you’re a beginner, you should approach with a healthy level of caution, starting with a small dose and gradually adjusting based on your individual tolerance and preference.
Bowl toppers have been around for a long time, at least for as long as concentrates have been around. But still, for those exploring the boundaries of the cannabis experience, it can be a fun new way to discover what’s possible.
For those willing to delve into the world of cannabis concentrates, topping your bowls promises a potent and flavorful experience. However, as with all cannabis products, safety, legality, and responsible use should always be at the forefront of anyone’s bowl-topping journey.
Are you ready to learn how to use cannabis concentrates? Check out this article – Dab-ucation 101: How to Take Dabs Like A Pro