Maybe you’ve seen dabs on the shelf at the local dispensary, or you’ve heard people talk about dabbing. The word itself may be familiar, but if you’re unclear on the how or why of dabbing, you’re in the right place. Here’s a rundown on dabs and the process of dabbing.
A Quick Definition
Dabs are highly concentrated, incredibly potent cannabis extractions created with solvents or carbon dioxide – the latter is how we do it here at KYND. These extractions are beautifully golden, sticky oils reminiscent of taffy, and they’re incredibly rich in THC and often terpenes as well. You may have heard them referred to in a few ways, including wax, shatter, BHO, or budder. Different names like this are an indication of different textures and consistencies in the finished product, but they can all be consumed in the same way.
To consume a dab, you need a special set up that includes a space to heat – what’s known as a nail – plus the dab rig, a contraption for inhaling. It’s similar to a bong, but designed specifically for oils and concentrates.
But Here’s the Thing
There are enough online tutorials and tech for sale that beginners can figure out the mechanics of dabbing. But cannabis dabs are designed to be seriously potent, usually ranging somewhere between 60 and 90% THC. A little bit goes a very long way, which makes dabbing less than ideal for the uninitiated. A too-intense high is no fun for anyone, and unless you know what you’re doing, it’s a very real risk when you dab. Starting low and taking it slow is the trick to responsibly consuming cannabis in any form, and the same applies here.
As a delivery method, dabbing is pretty much instantaneous. That makes it appealing to medical patients who are looking for relief from chronic pain or crippling nausea.
Is it Safe?
Aside from the potency issue, it’s important to clarify that we simply don’t know if dabbing has long-term effects – positive or negative. While dabbing itself has been around at least a decade or so, clinical trials and evidence-based research on cannabis are woefully scarce – another reason to push for a change at the federal level.
If dabbing is something you’re interested in trying, you can minimize risk by ensuring that you buy your concentrates at a legal dispensary. That way, you’ll know you’re getting a lab-tested product that was created by trained extraction professionals with high-grade solvents. Opting for decent equipment will also keep potential risks to a minimum and enhance the experience by ensuring factors like precise temperature control.
A knowledgeable budtender can offer suggestions on equipment and high-quality dabs, so let them know you want to give dabbing a go and heed their feedback.