Crumble is an extract, a form of cannabis concentrate that’s produced using a solvent. But unlike other concentrates, which are generally fluid in their consistency, crumble is defined by its unique, crumbly texture. In fact, when made correctly, the final product is the driest type of extract on the market. Crumble can be made with processes that include either trimmed, cured nugs or a freshly harvested plant. It can be consumed on its own, or combined with flower in a variety of ways. This versatility, combined with its potency, makes this increasingly popular among cannabis consumers.
How to Smoke Crumble
One option for smoking crumble is to add it to blunts or joints to enhance the effects. When the flower is flat on the rolling paper or tobacco leaf, add small pieces of the concentrate, ensuring that as much of it lays in the center as possible. Once it’s rolled up and ready, light one end and draw from the opposite end. When the smoke is inhaled, the flower and crumble combination produces significantly heightened effects.
If you’re smoking your flower topped with crumble in a bong or pipe, fill the glass bowl with flower and add the concentrate to the top. Light the mixture with a lighter and, depending on the device, pull air into your lungs when the smoke is ready. The flower and crumble mixture will produce a smoke that’s more potent than flower alone.
How to Dab Crumble
“Dabbing” is another popular method of consuming crumble. Dabbing uses a particular type of water pipe called a “dab rig,” or simply “rig,” as well as a flat bowl called a “nail.” Unlike glass bowls used for smoking flower, nails are designed to withstand higher temperatures.
Use a dabber with a spoon-shaped tip, as opposed to a flat-tipped dabber that’s used for most other extracts. To take a dab, preheat the nail with a gas-powered torch, preferably butane (propane-fueled flames are much hotter and could damage the nail). Once the nail reaches the correct temperature, turn off the torch and safely set it aside. Use your spoon-style dabber to drop the concentrate onto the nail. When the crumble comes in contact with the hot nail, the extract quickly vaporizes. As the vapor emerges from the nail, inhale through the mouthpiece on the opposite end of the rig.
As an alternative to using a gas-powered torch, an electric nail, or “e-nail,” can be used with a dab rig. An e-nail attaches to a dab rig just like a typical nail, but is heated using electricity rather than by a torch. When the e-nail has reached the optimal temperature, drop the crumble into it using your spoon-shaped dapper and draw in the vapor from the rig’s mouthpiece.
How to Store Crumble
Properly storing crumble helps to maintain its aroma, flavor, and potency, helping slow the natural degradation of the extract. Exposure to high temperatures, moisture, oxygen, and light speeds up the degradation process, which can change not only the unique characteristics of the concentrate, but also its effects as well.