What’s The Difference Between Cannabis Crumble, Sugar and Rosin?

by Brad P
Crumble wax Emjay. Photo by Jeff W on Unsplash

Crumble, sugar and rosin, oh my.

Whether you’re off to see the wizard or just trying to understand the menu at your local dispensary, cannabis concentrates are complex. Like the helpful Good Witch of the weed world, we’re here to help guide you down the yellow brick road of concentrates with an in-depth look at crumble, sugar, and rosin. What are they, what is the difference between them, how are they made, and most importantly, how do you use them? 

What is crumble wax?

Whether you call it crumble wax, crumble dab, or just plain crumble, this cannabis concentrate is one of the most unique when it comes to texture. While most concentrates are a dense liquid resembling honey, crumble is best known for its dry and crumbly consistency. Made in a similar fashion to shatter, crumble is created using an extraction process that involves a solvent such as butane, propane or CO2. The difference is that crumble needs lower heat for a longer period of time in a vacuum oven. This longer cooking time creates the dry consistency crumble is so well known for, while decreasing the risk for mold.

A potent concentrate that can contain up to 90% THC, crumble can range in color from pale yellow to deep amber. Crumble often gives you the most bang for your buck, as it tends to be one of the cheaper concentrates without compromising potency. Its texture can be tricky to work with, but it also makes it more versatile when it comes to how you consume it.

How do I smoke crumble wax?

While many concentrates are difficult to enjoy outside of dabbing or vaping, crumble is incredibly versatile. You can easily add it to joints, blunts, or spliffs, or sprinkle it in a bowl or pipe. Like the cherry on your weed sundae, you can easily amp up any bowl or blunt with a little bit of crumble sprinkled on top.

What is Rosin?

Rosin is actually a type of extraction process that utilizes a combination of heat and pressure rather than solvents to create cannabis concentrates. We also use the term to refer to the cannabis extracts that have been created using this process. Generally, rosin wax is a translucent, sappy, or sometimes shatter-like product with similar consistency to more traditional concentrates made with solvent-based extraction.

What makes Rosin unique?

Providing concentrates without the side of solvent, rosin is unique in that it uses only heat and pressure to isolate trichomes and create potent concentrates. So, if you’re looking for a more natural option, Rosin is the concentrate for you.

How do I smoke Rosin wax?

Just like flower, everyone has their own preference when it comes to how to smoke rosin. Use a toothpick and add a dollop to a bowl or spread it on a paper or blunt wrap to enjoy using more traditional methods. You can also purchase a pre-packed vape cart of rosin concentrate for the fastest and easiest results. But, most cannabis users who smoke rosin recommend using a “dab rig”. 

What’s a dab rig? 

A dab rig is a specially designed bong that is used to vaporize concentrates like rosin. Innovation in dab rigs, like the electronic vaporizer Puffco Peak and Dr. Dabber, have become more prevalent as dabbing grows in popularity with consumers.

While a glass dab rig is similar to a traditional bong, there are some important modifications that make it better for smoking concentrates. Specifically, a dab rig has two pieces that are essential for smoking rosin: a nail and a dome.

Like a bong, a dab rig has a vertical chamber, a mouthpiece and a hole. Instead of inserting a bowl in the hole, that’s where the ‘nail’ goes. First, you heat the nail (typically with a blowtorch), then place the rosin wax on the hot nail and cover it with the dome (a spherical glass piece that fits over the nail). The hot nail vaporizes the rosin while the dome keeps all that good stuff locked in for you to inhale through the mouth of the dab rig. This will draw the vapor through the chamber and into your lungs.

Remember, when you use a dab rig you are inhaling a concentrated form of cannabis directly, as opposed to cutting it with flower as in the other methods. So, start with small measured tokes until you have a better idea how you’ll react to a potent THC concentrate like rosin wax.

What is sugar wax?

Not to be confused with the sugar wax designed for hair removal, sugar wax is a type of cannabis concentrate. Named for its texture, sugar is the name given to any cannabis concentrate that resembles a wet, sappy sugar consistency. Generally, sugar is made using a similar process to concentrates like shatter and budder with chemicals like butane, propane, or CO2. Although not quite as popular, you might also be able to find rosin sugar at your local dispensary, which would be made without the use of any chemicals.

How do I smoke sugar wax?

Because sugar has a thick but still malleable consistency it’s great for topping off bowls or adding to joints and blunts. We recommend starting with a relatively small quantity of sugar, and working your way up once you are able to judge your body’s reaction. Remember, you can always smoke more if you aren’t as impacted as expected. You can also consume sugar wax using a dab rig, e-nail, or electronic vaporizer if that’s more your speed.

Can I get crumble, rosin, and sugar delivered?

There’s no place like home, which is exactly why we deliver crumble, rosin and sugar to your door on the daily. It’s seriously as simple as ordering online and waiting for your concentrate to come to you. 

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