If you’re new to the cannabis sector, an extreme traditionalist, or just a very concerned parent that enjoys eavesdropping, you may have been wondering what the heck “dabbing” is. Smoking “dabs” isn’t a new concept, but it has recently increased in popularity, thanks to an influx of cannabis concentrates in the marketplace.
What is dabbing?
Dabs are essentially wax-like cannabis concentrates that are vaporized to get high. The most common forms of dabs are shatter, wax and butane hash oil (BHO). There are different methods of extraction for each cannabis concentrate, but they have one thing in common–they are potent AF. The meteoric rise of dabbing can likely be contributed to the fact that cannabis concentrates contain much higher levels of THC than buds do.
Shatter and wax can be made into a dab through an emulsification process which results in a product with a similar texture to taffy or coagulated caramel. Are you hungry yet?
Butane hash oil, also known as BHO, is made from a butane-based process that effectively extracts cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis. After butane is applied as a solvent, the product is placed in a vacuum to purge the mixture of butane and other contaminants. The end result is a liquid gold concentrate with a potency range of 70-90% THC.
How to dab
Now for everyone’s favorite part: consumption. To smoke a dab you need a few items: your favorite cannabis concentrate, a heat source, a dabbing tool, and a dab rig. A dab rig is a smoking apparatus that is similar to a bong, and the dabbing process is conceptually similar to using a vaporizer–add cannabis material, apply heat, inhale, and enjoy.
Your dab rig should be comprised of a water pipe, a nail, and a dome (not necessary). Heat up the nail on your dab rig until it’s red hot, and then use a metal dabbing tool (your heat conductor) to scoop up a small amount of your cannabis concentrate. Dab the concentrate onto the nail, and inhale through the water pipe. If you have a dome, use it to cover the nail to keep the smoke from dissipating. The cannabis concentrate should vaporize into a thick cloud of smoke. Keep in mind that this method does provide a potent dose of THC, so please enjoy responsibly.