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What Is Dabbing and How Do Dabs Work?


What Is Dabbing and How Do Dabs Work?

When you think of the word “dab,” what do you think of?

The dance craze?

A form of measurement? (“A little dab will do…”)

Or a way to get high?

If you said “a way to get high,” you’re not alone. Dabbing is one of the hottest topics in the weed world right now. Even though Canada legalized marijuana just over a year ago, many marijuana enthusiasts are moving from smoking flower to dabbing concentrates.

Want to join in on the fun? Learn what dabbing is and how it works first. Dabbing isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great way to get high using a more pure form of THC.

What Is Dabbing?

Dabbing is a way to ingest concentrates by the use of a dab rig. It’s been around for a few years, but is now starting to gain a lot of popularity due to cannabis legalization and more available information about concentrates.

What Are Concentrates?

Concentrates are made by extracting THC and other ingredients from the cannabis plant. Manufacturers use butane, alcohol, or CO2 to create concentrates - the different extraction methods come with different pros and cons, but they all have one thing in common. They’re strong.

Some of these products have up to 90% THC. When you compare that to the 25% THC in a strong flower, it’s no wonder why dabs are appealing. With just a small amount of shatter, budder, or another type of concentrate, you’ll be soaring.

What Are Concentrates

Concentrates come in many forms, including:

  • Butane hash oil (BHO)

  • Wax

  • Budder

  • Shatter

  • Honeycomb

Concentrates aren’t just for recreational smokers. Medical concentrates may contain high amounts of CBD for a solid hit of pain relief and good feelings.

How Do Dabs Work?

Want to dab? You’ll need a dab rig. It kind of looks like a bong that wasn’t made quite right. Dab rigs are pretty convenient - you’ll never have to empty any crusty water out of a dab rig. And when you dab from a dab rig, you get to play with a blow torch.

Here’s how it works. You have your dab rig. There’s a little bucket on the end of your dab rug - that’s called a banger, or the nail. Using a blowtorch, you heat up the banger. It’ll only take about 10 seconds to heat the banger up to where you need it to be for your dab.

Once the dab rig is heated up, you’ll need to grab your dabber and scoop up a bit of the concentrate of your choice. The dabber looks like a little scalpel, but without the super sharp edge. Pop the dabber with the concentrate of your choice into your hot nail. Remove the dabber once the concentrate starts to vaporize.

Once the concentrate enters the nail, vapors will start to form and move through the dab rig. Inhale, exhale, and you’re good to go!