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Enhancing Your Experience: A Guide to Bowl Topping

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.

Alien Orange Candy Moroccan melt hash
Hash makes a great bowl topper.

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)
Dragon Tears cannabis oil with an applicator tip.
Dragon Tears are a flexible and convenient option.

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.

Here’s how:

Intensified Effects:

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.

Personalized Experience:

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:

  • Safety

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.

  • Quality

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.

  • Potency

Look for the cannabinoid and terpene content on the package. This will clue you into the potency, flavor, and aroma you can expect.

  • Consistency

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.

Two people packing a bowl of cannabis.
Bowl topping can be a fun way to enhance your experience.

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.

Final Thoughts

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

Sources:

Cannabis (Marijuana) Concentrates DrugFacts

If you’re interested in trying a bowl topper for yourself, check out our Moroccan Melts or our THCa Powder.

General Cannabis FAQ

Cannabis, often referred to as marijuana, is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for various purposes, including medicine, textiles, and recreation. The plant contains compounds known as cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known. THC is primarily responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects, while CBD is recognized for its potential therapeutic benefits without causing a “high.”

Many countries and U.S. states have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana for medical use, recreational, or both. The legal status changes frequently as legislation evolves.

In the U.S., states vote to regulate marijuana use on an individual basis. While it remains illegal at the federal level, numerous states have legalized it for medicinal and/or recreational use.

The following states have legalized medical, recreational, or both:

  • Alaska – Medical
  • Arizona – Legal
  • Arkansas – Medical
  • California – Legal
  • Colorado – Legal
  • Connecticut – Legal
  • Delaware – Legal
  • District of Columbia – Legal
  • Florida – Medical
  • Hawaii – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Illinois – Legal
  • Louisiana – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Maine – Legal
  • Maryland – Legal
  • Massachusetts – Legal
  • Michigan – Legal
  • Minnesota – Legal
  • Mississippi – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Missouri – Legal
  • Montana – Legal
  • Nevada – Legal
  • New Hampshire – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • New Jersey – Legal
  • New Mexico – Legal
  • New York – Legal
  • North Dakota – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Ohio – Medical (Possession decriminalized)
  • Oklahoma – Medical
  • Oregon – Legal
  • Pennsylvania – Medical
  • Rhode Island – Legal
  • South Dakota – Medical
  • Utah – Medical
  • Vermont – Legal
  • Virginia – Legal
  • Washington – Legal
  • West Virginia – Medical

 

Outside of the U.S., countries like The Netherlands, Canada, and, more recently, Thailand have legalized cannabis on a national level.

Always check local laws and regulations in your specific location.

In states where marijuana has been legalized, you can purchase products at licensed dispensaries. Revolution products are available at Enlightened, Revolution, and partner dispensaries in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, and Maryland. Find a dispensary near you.

Keep in mind that dispensaries may cater to medical patients, recreational consumers, or both, depending on local laws.

Always ensure that you are buying from a reputable and licensed establishment to guarantee product quality and safety.

The effects of cannabis vary widely depending on the strain, dosage, method of consumption, an individual’s endocannabinoid system, and more.

Some commonly reported effects include:

Psychoactive Effects: Euphoria, mood elevation, cerebral stimulation, stress relief, calming effects, and relaxation.

Physical Effects: Pain relief, body buzz, anti-inflammation, anti-nausea, energy boost or sedation, and appetite stimulation

*Medical Benefits: Cannabis is believed to have a range of therapeutic effects and alleviation of symptoms related to conditions like epilepsy, PTSD, and more.

*Marijuana is not approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The primary difference lies in their intended use:

Medical Cannabis: Used as a treatment and alleviation of symptoms for specific health conditions. Medical strains might be cultivated and processed to have higher CBD content or other therapeutic compounds. Medical cannabis requires a physician who usually prescribes or recommends it as a treatment option.

Recreational Cannabis: Used without a medical justification but for personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

The process varies from state to state but typically involves the following steps:

Doctor’s Recommendation: Schedule an appointment with a physician who is authorized to recommend medical marijuana. Discuss your health conditions and reasons for seeking cannabis as a treatment.

Application: Once you have a doctor’s recommendation, you’ll usually need to apply for a medical marijuana card through a designated state or country agency.

Proof & Identification: Provide necessary identification and proof of residency as required by your jurisdiction.

Fee Payment: Most jurisdictions require a fee for the application and issuance of a medical marijuana card.

Card Issuance: Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card, allowing you to purchase cannabis at designated medical dispensaries.

If you’d like more detailed information, please read our state-specific medical card guide here.