Wax vs Dry Herb

Jan 10, 2017

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The difference between Concentrates and Dry Herbs

Cannabis continues to grow as an industry with the latest onslaught of states deciding to legalize marijuana both recreationally and medically.

With any growing industry, people begin to experiment with different ways on how they can contribute to the uproar of the booming market. The cannabis industry is no different, with people always looking for new ways to consume and enjoy their cannabis, including cannabis wax. So, what’s the difference between concentrates and dry herbs and which do we suggest? We’ve broken down the Pros and Cons of each and listed the top vaporizers to help you consume your cannabis.


Concentrates are a substance of concentrated THC. THC is the primary cannabinoid, or psychoactive substance, found in the cannabis plant.

Cons: One of the main reasons that many still choose dry herb over concentrates is the price difference. The average price of dry herbs can range from $15-$30 per gram in California depending on the quality, while wax for the same amount will run you around $70 to $100

Pros: What attracts so many people to the use of concentrates over dry herb? One of the most popular reasons is the pure potency that comes along with its consumption. Concentrates are known to have up to 80% pure THC, according to experts. This higher percentage of THC is what leads to a quicker and better high that many often seek through smoking or vaping their cannabis.

Vaporizing: Many concentrate users prefer to consume their concentrates via concentrate vaporizers or “Wax Pens”. These pens are extremely portable and discreet, which allow the users to take with them on the go and use while away from their homes. Some of the popular products for this include the Exxus GO Concentrate Vaporizer by Exxus Vape, Gravity Pen by Kandypens, and the Dr. Dabber Ghost Concentrate Pen.

The Exxus GO is a hybrid between a full-sized dab rig and a smaller portable vaporizer pen that features an XL Triple Quartz Coil. The power of this vaporizer delivers a huge hit and effective high that many often say lacks from wax pens.

The Gravity Pen by Kandypens is a great on the go concentrate pen that is pocket friendly. This device features a quartz crystal chamber that sports dual quartz rods to vaporize your concentrates. Another great portable concentrate pen is the Dr. Dabber Ghost Concentrate Pen with its Titanium Technology that heats your oils to the ideal temperature slowly, instead of burning red hot on contact.

Dry Herbs:

Cannabis is a dried preparation of the flowering tops or other parts of marijuana plants.

Cons: Compared to the consumption of concentrates, the “high” one will get from the same amount of concentrates will be less consuming dry herbs than compared to wax 

Pros: When vaping with dry herbs you get everything from the plant. Terpenes, cannabinoids and everything in between are all released when vaping dry herbs.

Why is this important? Terpenes are the part of plant that’s responsible for its scent. According to research, terpenes can synergistically work with cannabinoids, which means that it could increase the healing potential of cannabis. Terpenes can increase the amount of cannabinoids that get through the blood brain barrier. Terpenes, similar to cannabinoids, also hold individual properties that could be beneficial to the human body. For instance, there are terpenes like Myrcene, that helps in promoting sleep, and Limonene, which are considered mood enhancers.

Vaporizing: The cleanest way to ingest your cannabis is through vaporization. This method takes away the tobacco effects most commonly used through smoking from rolling paper. Vaporizing uses a heating chamber to heat up your herbs and release the THC and CBD without the harmful chemical from tobacco paper.

Some of the most popular products for cannabis vaporization are the FireFly2 Vaporizer by FireFly the Exxus Mini Vaporizer by Exxus Vape, and the GPen Elite Portable Dry Vaporizer. If you’re looking for something small, discrete and pocket friendly, the Exxus Mini is just 4 inches tall and can fit virtually anywhere making it the ultimate take on the go vaporizer out on the market.

Hybrid Vapes

On top of Vaporizers with specific use for either concentrates or dry herbs, there are many on the market that have the capability to do both. The most popular units for this include the PAX 3 Vaporizer by Pax, the Loki Touch Vaporizer by Loki Vapes, and the Crafty and Mighty Vaporizers by Storz & Bickel. These hybrid units can reach temperatures up to 440 degrees Fahrenheit and allow the user to switch between their herbs and concentrates with the necessary attachments. 

To sum it all up, there are both negatives and positives to vaping both concentrates or dry herbs, so it’s more of a matter of preference for the cannabis user. Concentrates will take a bit more out of your wallet, but the higher levels of THC, which cause the high, are the main contributing factor to that. Traditional dry herb comes with all the benefits of concentrates plus a few additives that won’t hit the bank hard, and still give you the high you’re craving.

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