If you’re involved with cannabis at all, then the term “dabbing” isn’t a new one for you, even if you’ve never dabbed before. It’s a consumption method that has been around since the early 2000s, leading to a flood of cannabis concentrates, high-efficiency extraction techniques, and a whole lot of fans in the cannabis community.A dab is a dose of marijuana concentrate—shatter, wax, budder, rosin— that is placed on a very hot quartz or titanium nail, to create a vapor that gets inhaled through a bong-like rig. Dabbing uses high heat and extremely concentrated material to induce an intense high, plus dab equipment can look intimidating to traditional marijuana users and non-users alike.
A dab is a dose of marijuana concentrate—shatter, wax, budder, rosin— that is placed on a very hot quartz or titanium nail, to create a vapor that gets inhaled through a bong-like rig. Dabbing uses high heat and extremely concentrated material to induce an intense high, plus dab equipment can look intimidating to traditional marijuana users and non-users alike.What are Dabs and How are They Made?
What are Dabs and How Are They Made?
Dabs are concentrated doses of marijuana created by first harvesting the cannabinoid-rich trichomes off of the flowers, leaves, and stems of the plant using a solvent like butane or carbon dioxide. What comes off is a sticky oil that’s called what it resembles wax, shatter, budder; either way, they’re all butane hash oil (BHO). The process also extracts terpenes (aromatic oils) although the more thorough the extraction, the more difficult it is to preserve some of the more volatile compounds.
The Medical Benefits of Dabbing
Dabbing is going through an awkward phase, rife with production and product safety concerns, but it bears to reason that concentrates do have a lot to offer medical marijuana patients. Dabs are for patients who require a powerful dose of fast-acting medicine, something that can’t be done with edibles and sub-linguals. Patients with chronic pain or extreme nausea are good candidates for this method of immediate and efficient relief. Instead of smoking more flowers over a longer period, a dab can be vaporized in seconds to get the same effect. While still not lethal, overdoing your ideal dose of marijuana can lead to an uncomfortable high for up to several hours.
The Downside of Dabs
Dirty butane hash oil (BHO) that is not entirely flushed of butane presents a genuine danger to patients who are sensitive to other everyday products, like scent and flavor extracts, where butane and alcohol may be present. To be your own advocate in regards to obtaining high-end concentrates is to check that products are lab-tested by a third party, and by choosing solventless extracts over BHO formulas.
Additionally, the actual process of dabbing can look overwhelming with its glass bong parts, blow torches, and substances that look anything but organic. So, unless you’re the baked Alaska queen of the midwest or aced creme brulee day at Le Cordon Bleu, you may need to get some practice in with the blow torch.
This brings us to the relationship between cannabis concentrates and technology, which is quite a unique one. While dabbing may look clumsy and archaic with all of the fragile parts being transportable only by the rig’s own Pelican case, the idea is to evolve vaporizers to the point of a “no-torch necessary.” Some personal portable dab rigs use lithium ion batteries to heat coils, but the technology is still not as elegant as it could be.
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