Flower or Concentrate: What’s the Difference?

In today’s cannabis market, you have so many product options.

Knowing which recreational cannabis products to choose can be a challenge. Below, we’ll discuss flower vs. concentrate so that you can decide which option is right for you. 

What Are They?

Flower is made from dried and cured buds from the cannabis plant. You’ll typically find several different strains on dispensary shelves.

Concentrates are made by extracting cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds from plant matter. Generally, the process involves a solvent, but there are solventless extraction methods. The exact methods used will influence the final product—you’ll find many different types on the market. Some of the ones you might see include budder, crumble, hash, shatter, and wax.

Flower vs. Concentrates: Which Is Better?

There is no right answer as to whether flowers or concentrates are better. The right product for you ultimately comes down to personal preference. 


Some flowers have little to no THC, while others can have up to 30% THC. Different strains also have different amounts of CBD, which can impact the effects you feel.

Concentrates are the most potent on the market, with different products ranging from 50% to 90% or more THC. 


When it comes to flowers, you grind them up and smoke them. A common way to do this is to roll the ground buds into a joint. You can also use a pipe or bong. There are dry herb vaporizers as well. 

Concentrates are versatile. A popular method of use is dabbing. You can purchase portable concentrate vaporizers. Or, you can top the dried buds in your joint or bowl, adding an extra kick of THC to your regular smoking experience. 


Flowers offer a wide range of flavors. The reason for this is because of their terpenes. Every strain has its own terpene profile, influencing what you taste when you smoke it. 

When it comes to concentrates, most aren’t flavorful. Many extraction processes destroy the delicate terpenes. Some manufacturers do add terpenes back into their products, however, giving them a more noticeable taste. 


Smoking flowers isn’t a subtle method of consumption. You exhale smoke and also have to deal with a very distinct aroma. That smell can stick to your hair, clothes, and other belongings.

Concentrates are more discreet depending on your method of use. For instance, vaping doesn’t emit any noticeable smells.


Flowers cost less than concentrates. However, you need much less concentrate to achieve the same effects as you would if you were to use a flower. As such, concentrates typically last much longer. 

Health Considerations

When you smoke flowers, the plant matter combusts. You inhale not only smoke but carcinogens and burnt plant matter, too. 

Concentrates are easier on your lungs. If you vape or take a hit from a dab rig, you’re just inhaling the vapor. As such, there isn’t as much of an impact. 

Looking for Cannabis Flower or Concentrates?

Whichever side you’re on when it comes to flower vs. concentrates, Campfire Cannabis has a broad range of products to meet a variety of needs. Visit our website today to see all that we have to offer and place your order for pickup from our West Boylston Massachusetts dispensary location.  

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