My first experience with cannabis was smoking dry flower out of a glass spoon pipe. I coughed and I got really hungry for a candy bar. This was probably many people’s first experience with cannabis. I smoked hash occasionally, but most of the time it was flower. Concentrates weren’t even widely available until I was in my twenties. Now everyone is all about the concentrates. Some of my stoner friends don’t even bother with flower anymore and just do dabs. Usually when I have the option I’ll go for concentrates. As it turns out, a lot of people feel the same way, hence the rise in popularity in concentrates. Are we witnessing the end of flower?
The Popularity of Concentrates is Rising
When it comes to cannabis consumption, methods like vaping, edibles, and using concentrates are quickly starting to overtake the traditional combustion method. In the last couple years we’ve seen a steady decline in the popularity of flower. Eaze, the cannabis delivery service often referred to as “Uber for weed”, reported that roughly one quarter of its sales in 2016 were for vape cartridges, which we all know contain concentrate oil. Concentrates also increased from 5 percent in 2015 to 10 percent in 2016. Flower on the other hand, decreased from 75 percent down to 54 percent.
Of course, it’s easy to understand why people are starting to prefer concentrates and cartridges over regular flower. It’s a less conspicuous method of consumption, and much faster too. You just puff and go. Flower on the other hand has to be broken up, it’s more difficult to store, and some people just don’t care for the smell (Not me. I love that dank smell). There’s still a stigma attached to cannabis flowers. Some people think that smoking it makes them a pothead, when they would prefer to think of their cannabis in a more clinical way. Combustion is not as healthy as other methods of consumption; the fact is that a lot of these people would just prefer not to smoke.
Is This the Beginning of the End of Flower?
I don’t know if this is the beginning of the end of flower. It’s still the most commonly purchased cannabis product. Some people are put off by things like vape cartridges and will probably always prefer herb in its natural state. It will be interesting to see how these trends continue. I still love my grass, and I’ll never drop it completely. Anecdotally however, it seems that more people I talk to are ditching smoking dried flower for good and embracing the power of consumtion methods such as tinctures. One thing is for certain, concentrates are the future.
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