When it comes to wax, shatter, rosin, terpene, hash oil, budder or crumble, there’s a lot to know about concentrates for first-time users.
If you’ve never done a dab before, there are some things you should know before you fire up the blowtorch.
Dabs are one of the hottest trends that are going on in the cannabis industry, and it’s hotter than a leaked celebrity sex tape. As a matter of fact, dabs are exploding and more people are currently interested in dabs than ever before.
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Warning for first-time users.
This is by no means a warning to scare you, but more of a heads up because I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to someone who never did a dab before. Dabs are a highly-concentrated form of THC, and it packs a punch harder than Mike Tyson! If you are someone who already coughs profusely from dried flower cannabis and has a hard time breathing on a daily basis with COPD type symptoms, leave the dabs alone!
So, how are dabs made?
Dabs are made from the concentrated form of THC that’s extracted from the cannabis flower by using a solvent like CO2 or butane, as well as recent methods that don’t use solvents like ice-water hash and rosin.
If you want to get higher than a Georgia pine, other distillate options can remove terpenes and cannabinoids while isolating just the THC to create a very potent product.
What’s involved with dabbing?
First of all, concentrates are consumed in a more intense manner than cannabis in its dry flower form. A blowtorch is required to heat up a ceramic, glass or metal element that replaces a typical bowl found on bongs. I assume they call this piece the nail because it will nail you like a kick in the groin!
The device that looks like a bong is called a rig or oil rig. Even though you're not drilling for oil, you might as well be because once you take your first hit, it’s pay-dirt on a grand scale. The concentrate is put into the nail by using a narrowly pointed tool called a dabber with the concentrate on the tip.
The intense heat from the blowtorch on the nail instantly evaporates or at lower temperatures, simply melts down the concentrate. The vapor can be inhaled just like a normal bong hit; however, the difference between a bong hit and a dab is real.
What’s the difference between dabs and buds?
The difference between concentrates and dry flower cannabis is that dabs are significantly more potent and deserve respect. Most quality medical marijuana has a TCH potency of 15% to 25%, and the highest quality strains can reach into the 30s and 40s, while some concentrates reach THC levels of 80% to 90%!
The difference between one hit of dried flower and one hit of dabs is something you’ll never forget.
A good tip is to start small, especially if this is your first experience with dabs. Take a baby-hit because you will be surprised at how powerful a dab can be.
Be prepared for a coughing spell that can last 5 to 10 minutes on your first hit. You will build up a tolerance and not cough as much as you progress; however, most dab smokers have a hard time going back to buds because the effects are significantly less.