Getting every last bit of concentrate out of the container
As concentrate enthusiasts, we understand that getting the most out of our cannabis concentrates is crucial, especially considering their often hefty price tags. We often wonder how to remove dabs from glass containers and get every last bit of our precious concentrates. Depending on the type of concentrate, this task can be quite challenging, which is why creativity is key.
In this article, we’ll delve into various methods to help us retrieve the last bits of BHO, wax, shatter, live resin, and rosin dabs from our gram jars. Thankfully, cannabis users are some of the most inventive people around, and we’re not keen on letting good products go to waste. Here’s everything we need to know about salvaging those last few drops of our dabs.
1. Apply Heat
Heat is an excellent choice for runnier concentrates like BHO, oils, and terpene sauces. When gently heated, these concentrates become more malleable without damaging the terpenes or cannabinoids. By slightly warming them, we can tilt the dab container at an angle, allowing the concentrate to pool in one area for easier scooping with a dab tool. Be cautious not to heat concentrates like shatter or wax, as they will melt and lose their potency.
If we’re using a glass container, apply some heat with a small lighter or torch to each side, allowing the concentrate to pool at the bottom. If the container is silicone or plastic, it won’t withstand direct heat. In that case, hold the container in your hands for a while until it becomes runnier. Just remember to hold it at an angle so that the concentrate pools to one side for easier access.
2. Apply Cold
While heat is typically the go-to option for softer concentrates, applying cold can be more effective for others. For example, heating runny concentrates can make it difficult to scrape them onto a dab tool. Shatter, for instance, will leave behind a sticky puddle with even a small amount of heat, so it’s smart to use cold first and then apply minimal heat if necessary.
To cool a concentrate, place it in the fridge or freezer or find a cool spot outside or in the basement. The amount of cold needed will depend on the concentrate, so feel free to experiment until you find the ideal method. Keep these tricks handy so you can save money and avoid wasting products in the long run.
3. Scrape it
For liquid concentrates like BHO or terp sauces, it’s exceptionally challenging to get every last drop out of the container. The best way to tackle these messier concentrates is to scrape all the edges with a scraper tool, such as a dab tool or a rounded metal nail file. These can slide into every nook and cranny of the container, allowing you to gather the concentrates into one section for your final dab. If you have a Yo Dabber Tool Kit, which features several dab tools with differently shaped ends, you’ll easily find something to fit even the most hard-to-reach corners of your container.
For smaller containers, use a tool with a flatter edge. For added effectiveness, place the container in the freezer for a few minutes to help the concentrate stick to the tool more efficiently. To ensure you’re not counterproductive, try scraping the leftovers into a larger jar that’s easier to gather and won’t spill over the edges.
4. Fight fire with fire
When dealing with some of the stickier concentrates like diamonds, shatter, or wax, we’ve found that using more of the same can help get the last few dabs out of that stubborn container. Hash tends to stick to almost everything, but nothing sticks to it quite as well as it sticks to itself. So, to gather that last stubborn piece of shatter, we suggest using more shatter. Get a larger piece and press it against the remaining concentrate. Once it adheres, pull it with a quick ripping motion, as friction can cause the shatter to become stickier or melt, making it nearly impossible to retrieve the rest.
5. Use rolling papers
If we’re down to the last bits of our concentrates and can’t apply heat or scrape them into a pool, we can use rolling papers to collect the leftover residue. However, keep in mind that we won’t be able to scrape the concentrates off the paper afterward. This method is best if we plan to roll the paper into a hash-infused joint. To determine if our container still has some usable concentrate, we can check for color. If the glass is still slightly yellow but mostly clean, we might still be able to get an extra boost of THC oil with a bit of effort and determination.
To effectively retrieve concentrates from their jar using a rolling paper, we’ll need to apply some gentle heat to release the sticky bits that might have hardened due to age and dryness. Once the container is warmed up, take a rolling paper with the glue side up and coat it with the leftover warmed concentrates. Handling the paper might be a bit messy once it’s coated, so we recommend filling it up with herb right away and rolling it up for later use.
6. Leverage silicone tools
Silicone tools can be a game-changer when it comes to removing those last bits of concentrate from containers. Because silicone is non-stick, it allows us to effortlessly scrape and gather the remaining concentrate without the frustration of it sticking to the tool. Silicone-tipped dab tools, in particular, are perfect for this task.
Start by carefully scraping the edges of the container with the silicone tool, making sure to reach all the corners and crevices. As you scrape, the concentrate should start to gather on the silicone tip, making it easier for you to collect it all in one place. Once you’ve managed to gather as much as possible, you can then use the collected concentrate for your next dab session or mix it with other concentrates.
7. Combine with other concentrates
Sometimes, it’s easier to salvage those last few bits of concentrate by combining them with other types of concentrates. For instance, if you have some leftover shatter in one container and some wax in another, you can use a dab tool to mix them together, making it easier to collect and use the combined product.
To do this, carefully scrape the remaining concentrates from their respective containers and combine them on your dab tool. Make sure to mix them well so that they form a cohesive mass. This way, you can ensure that none of the valuable concentrates go to waste, and you’ll also get to experience a unique blend of different types of concentrates.
In conclusion, there are several methods we can use to get every last bit of concentrate out of the container. From applying heat or cold to using rolling papers, silicone tools, or even combining different concentrates, we can make the most of our cannabis products and prevent any waste. With a little creativity and determination, we’ll never have to worry about throwing money away again.
8. Use a parchment paper trick
Parchment paper is another handy tool to help us get every last bit of concentrate out of a container. This method works well for stickier concentrates that tend to cling to the container’s sides.
To use this method, cut a small piece of parchment paper and press it onto the remaining concentrate in the container. Apply gentle pressure and move the paper around to pick up the leftover concentrate. The concentrate should adhere to the parchment paper, making it easier to collect and use later. Keep in mind that this method may not work as effectively for very runny or liquid concentrates.
9. Try a solvent-based solution
As a last resort, you can try using a solvent, like isopropyl alcohol, to dissolve the remaining concentrate in the container. This method is particularly useful for cleaning glass containers, but it’s not recommended for plastic or silicone containers, as the solvent may damage them.
Pour a small amount of isopropyl alcohol into the container and swirl it around to dissolve the remaining concentrate. Then, pour the solution onto a non-stick surface, such as a silicone mat, and allow the alcohol to evaporate. Once it’s fully evaporated, you’ll be left with a thin film of the concentrate, which you can scrape up and use as desired.
It’s essential to exercise caution when using solvents and ensure that the alcohol is fully evaporated before consuming the resulting concentrate.
There are numerous creative ways to ensure that no precious concentrate goes to waste. From applying heat or cold, utilizing rolling papers or silicone tools, combining different concentrates, using parchment paper, or even resorting to solvent-based solutions, we can efficiently salvage every last bit of concentrate from our containers. By implementing these techniques, we can maximize the value of our cannabis products and enjoy every last dab.