Dry Herb vs Concentrates: Which is Better?

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When it comes to the debate over dry herb and THC concentrate, the question isn’t really which one is better, the question is which one is better for me? That obviously depends on the individual but this article gives you a better idea of their pros, their cons, and their differences so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

Price and Availability of Dry Herbs and Concentrates

Dry herb is a lot easier to come by than wax, all dispensaries carry a variety of strains and it’s not prohibitively expensive because growing marijuana is not too difficult. Wax is harder to come by because creating it requires a complex chemical process and expensive equipment. This is also the reason why it is more expensive than dry herb. Price varies by marketplace but wax is nearly always more expensive.

The Potency of Wax and Weed

The potency of weed varies by strain but there is a limit to how much THC—the psychoactive element of marijuana—can be in each marijuana plant. It is generally between 10% and 25%. With wax, it is possible to increase the THC potency to between 50% and 90%, so it’s easy to see which substance is more intense. However, it is also possible to make wax that has more CBD—which provides the beneficial aspects of marijuana—than THC, so wax can be more or less potent than dry herb.

Ease of Use of Dry Herb and Cannabis Wax

Everybody is familiar with the classic marijuana joint that is made with weed and a piece of paper, it doesn’t get any easier than that. It does get more convenient when you opt to use a dry herb vaporizer instead. These devices heat the weed instead of burning it, creating a vapor instead of smoke. The vapor contains fewer toxicants than the smoke created by combustion and vaporizers are more efficient as well. Most of the cannabis vaporizers for dry herb are convenient, portable, and easy to use.

Wax can be used in a variety of ways, from portable devices the size of a pen to rigs that use a blowtorch. Basically, dabbing—the ingestion of wax—can be simple or complex, it’s up to the user.

Discretion of Using Weed and Concentrates

Using weed often creates a distinct smell, whether you’re using a vaporizer or a joint or a bong. The smell makes it easy for people to know what the user has been up to because it sticks to clothes and hair. Wax doesn’t produce strong smells no matter how it is used. It can produce a lot of vapor, more than dry herb, so even if people can’t smell the wax, they can see its results.


These are the main issues when choosing between wax and dry herb but there are a few other factors to consider. Marijuana sessions normally last longer and the high is more gradual, while wax sessions are shorter but usually have a faster high.

Cleaning is also a point to consider; weed vaporizers leave behind blackened, baked buds while wax vapes leave a sticky residue behind. Now that you know what factors to consider, the substance you choose, and how to use it, is up to you. If flower is your choice, then be sure to check out this list of the best weed vaporizers to get you started. Thanks for reading.

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