The Complete Guide To Dabbing Cannabis Concentrates At City Compassionate Caregivers

At City Compassionate Caregivers, we know that finding the right cannabis concentrates can be tiring. The countless options for extracts and equipment that we carry can complicate your decision-making. That’s why we’ve taken the time to create the ultimate guide to dabbing and the best cannabis concentrates currently available at CCC.

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a daily dabber, City Compassionate Caregivers is your liaison to the world of cannabis concentrates. If you’re looking for high-quality BHO extractions or the cleanest, most terpene-rich live rosin—we have plenty of options. Follow this easy guide to find your way to the best possible dabbing experience with California’s leading brands.

What Are Cannabis Concentrates?

Dabs (also known as concentrates or extracts) are highly concentrated forms of cannabis. Typically, they come in the form of dabs or vape cartridges. Extracts are made through processes that involve removing the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis flower. The result is a concentrated mass of the most desirable parts of the plant. Dabs tend to have notably high THC levels, making them an extremely potent form of smoking cannabis.

This is part of the appeal for dabbing; you might experience the benefits of a powerful high in a small dose. The main things to note when defining a cannabis concentrate are the materials going in, the method of extraction, and the consistency of the concentrate. A concentrate is only “live” if the materials going in are freshly frozen upon harvest, for example.

Best-Selling Brands

City Compassionate Caregivers carries the best cannabis concentrate brands for dabbing in California. Since we became operational in 2006, we’ve seen the culture of dabbing evolve and the most cutting-edge brands take the throne. Best-selling brands that we stock include Alien Labs, Buddies Brand, The Cure Company Extracts, NUG, Cookies, Cali Kosher, West Coast Cure, Wonderbrett, Punch, and Connected Cannabis Co.


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Choosing The Right Cannabis Concentrates

The most important step in your guide to dabbing is choosing the right extract for you. There are several different types of cannabis concentrates. The differences mainly come down to the form in which they are extracted.

The preference in concentrate type is a personal one, but all of them offer the full benefits of dabbing. Each of the following types of dabs comes from extracting cured flower using either butane or propane as a solvent. The only exceptions are live resin and live rosin, which uses fresh-frozen cannabis for extraction. Live Rosin is also made using zero solvents, making it a top-choice for cannasseurs seeking cleanliness and potency. Here are some of the most common types of extracts we carry:

Shatter is a thin and translucent sheet of cannabis concentrate that typically looks like amber or golden glass in appearance. Our customers love the Mimosa Shatter by The Puffweiser, a 92.6% THC concentrate that offers a potentially euphoric high paired with a delicious fruity flavor.

Live Resin

Live Resin preserves the natural cannabis flavors and cannabinoids from the plant it is extracted from. This extract is considered to be one of the best concentrates on the market. When it comes to Live Resin, there are a few products that our customers can’t get enough of. First is Connected Cannabis Co’s Lemonatti Live Resin Sauce. The extract unifies the popular Felonade and Biscotti strains to provide a Sativa-based experience that brings out the best in both parents; a great option for an energizing experience.

Another equally popular Live Resin product is the Zkittles Live Resin Sauce from West Coast Cure. The extract is Indica-leaning with a subtle Sativa kick. Users can expect a sweet and sour taste potentially accompanied by a wave of full-body relaxation.

Live Rosin

This is the purest concentrate you can find. Made with zero solvents using only heat and pressure, live rosin is an extremely flavorful and potent concentrate that comes from pressing full melt bubble hash. Daily dabbers praise the flavor and full-spectrum highs that may come from prized extractions like the Pacific Frost Live Rosin by West Coast Cure. This extract is an Indica-dominant hybrid that offers a potentially stimulating dab with flavors of citrus and diesel. The Pacific Frost is a potent combination of Pacific OG and Frosty.


You can get a sense of what budder is just from the name; a  peanut butter-like extract in consistency and texture. It typically looks yellow, golden-brown, or yellow-beige. A great option for Budder lovers is  Headstash’s Tropical Kush budder; a blend of Tropaya and Bubba Kush that might offer a balanced experience. The flavor profile is delicious with a fruity taste and hints of old-school kush throughout.

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Crumble is a BHO cannabis extract with a crumbling texture that comes from cured flower. The appeal to crumble comes from its versatility. You can use this type of extract through dabbing, or sprinkled on a joint or bowl. Our customers particularly like doing this with Flavor’s Blueberry Cookies 1G crumble. The concentrate will add an aroma of wild berries and freshly baked cookies to any smoke sesh. You may experience a strong head and body high perfect for deep muscle and mental relaxation.

Live Resin Diamonds and Sauce

Live Resin Diamonds and Sauce comes from extracting fresh-frozen cannabis whole with butane or propane as the solvent. This form of extraction locks in the raw expression of a strain to maximize terpene and cannabinoid profiles. The result is a terpene-rich sauce and extremely potent THCA diamonds.

Curelato Diamonds by The Cure Company Extracts

Buddies Brand’s Live Resin concentrates are the perfect example. They make sure to preserve and process their oil at subcritical temperatures to allow the truest expression. Our customers currently love Buddies Brand’s Wedding Crashers Live Resin Diamonds and Sauce. With the ideal sauce-to-diamonds ratio, this indica-dominant strain might provide an uplifting relief. By crossing Purple Punch and Wedding Cake, you arrive at this delectable strain that tastes like vanilla, berries, and grapes.

Dabbing Tips

  1. Start small, go slow. The high potency of dabs may result in over-stimulation. We recommend gently testing your limit a little at a time. 
  2. Dab at lower temperatures! The higher temperature your banger is, the more cannabinoids and terpenes you’re losing. Find the right temp for your banger and don’t let it get dirty!
  3. Keep your rig clean. This will keep resin from building up and will help keep your smoking experience smooth and allow you to taste the terps. There are a number of rig cleaning solutions on the market, or you can clean it with salt and 99% pure isopropyl alcohol.
  4. Choose your environment wisely, surround yourself with the people and places you’re most comfortable with. Then just relax and enjoy your dabbing experience.

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