What is Crumble?
Crumble is an extract, a form of cannabis concentrate produced using a solvent such as butane or CO2 in combination with heat and pressure. But unlike other concentrates, which are generally more viscous, this one is — you guessed it — dry and crumbly. In fact, it is one of the driest extracts on the market.
Brands make crumble using either dried and cured cannabis flowers, or fresh flowers that are quickly frozen at an extremely low temperature. In this case, the end product is technically classified as a type of live resin.
Crumble wax is generally light yellow in color. It typically has the consistency of dry crumbs, but can also have a honeycomb structure that easily falls apart into its more distinctive crumbly texture. Over time, it tends to change color, going from light yellow to amber.
Because it’s so crumbly and falls apart so easily, crumble wax can be a bit more difficult to handle than other extracts and concentrates. But its unique solvent purging process may leave intact a very high proportion of the original terpenes and other key compounds such as THC, producing effects that can be ultra flavorful and potent
How to dab crumble and other cannabis concentrates?
Dabbing is by far the most popular way to consume concentrates and extracts. Because concentrates are more potent than flower, dabbing is known for producing a much stronger range of effects. Additionally, because dabbing uses high temperatures to vaporize cannabis rather than burning it, the flavors and aromas you get from this method tend to be much cleaner and more robust.
Dabbing crumble follows the exact same process as any other concentrate: heat the nail, scoop some crumble onto it, and inhale the vapor. The key difference with crumble is that it’s much better to use a spoon-shaped dabber as opposed to a flat-tipped dabber. This makes it easier to scoop the crumble out of its container and get it onto the nail without any crumbles falling off.
You can also use any vape pen that allows you to dab actual globs of concentrate and doesn’t restrict you to using cartridges only.
How to store crumble?
As with any form of cannabis, properly storing crumble helps maintain its aroma, flavor, and potency, and slows down the natural degradation of the extract.
Exposure to high temperatures, moisture, oxygen, and light speeds up the degradation process, damaging THC and other cannabinoids. If this happens, you may notice your crumble become darker in color. You may also notice your crumble beginning to lose quality in terms of taste, smell, potency, and effects.
The best way to ensure the longest shelf life possible is to store crumble in an airtight, lightproof container, away from direct light and out of extreme temperatures. Glass or silicone is ideal for this.