Dabbing? What is Dabbing?

You’ve seen the 88% THC test results for the amber-colored oil around The Herbery sales floors, and you’re wondering what this whole dabbing thing is all about, how to dab, and why people do it.

Sure, dabbing can be intimidating, but once you’ve perfected the routine, you’ll have a high-powered method for getting lots of cannabinoids into your body quickly. And for our sweet customers seeking relief from a stressful day, to soothe angry joints and muscles, or simply a restful sleep, vaporizing cannabis concentrates smacks you in the face with high-octane cannabinoids that hit your system fast.

WHAT IS A DAB, AND HOW DO YOU SMOKE ONE?

If smoking cannabis flower is like sipping a beer, dabbing cannabis concentrates is like shooting whiskey! A “dab” is a small amount of cannabis oil, concentrated from parts of the pot plant that affect your nervous system, like the cannabinoids THC or CBD, for example. Terpenes and flavonoids are found in most concentrates, as well, which help inform the taste and effect of the strain.

A small chunk of oil – aka, a dab – is pressed to a piece of titanium or quartz that has been super-heated with a torch. The concentrate vaporizes, and the vapor is then inhaled. The smoker gets a potent hit with high cannabinoid percentages anywhere from 50-90% or more, inducing euphoria, relaxation, energy, or whichever effects are typical to the strain. All you need is a tiny piece to blast off, especially as a new dabber – this is where we get the adage, “A dab’ll do ya!”

For a more detailed guide on taking the perfect dab, stay tuned for our upcoming blog post in this dabbing series!

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WHY DAB?

People dab for a lot of reasons. Smoking weed for extended periods of time builds up cannabinoids in your system, raising your tolerance so marijuana flower that usually tests at 18-28% no longer gets you as high. Concentrates that regularly test upwards of 70% can get the job done. Dabbing will continue to increase your tolerance, so tolerance breaks a couple times a year really help to reset your levels.

(Read some tips from Leafly on taking a successful tolerance break!)

Others prefer oil & wax to flower because smoking bud can be harsh on the lungs. Plant matter that gets incinerated when you roast a bowl can irritate the respiratory system on inhalation, while (good quality) concentrates have had that irritant removed. (There is an art to smoking a nice, smooth, low-temperature dab for maximum flavor and minimal coughing, and we’ll go into some of those tips & tricks in a later post.) And without the plant matter, cannabis vapor, like that which you get when dabbing, tends to be less odorous and lingering compared to cannabis smoke from bud. This is handy for people with families or roommates who don’t like the smell of pot, or who want to avoid getting smoke build up in their homes.

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Some customers use cannabis for various wellness reasons, and after experimenting with different product types, they’ve determined that they need really high levels of cannabinoids and terpenes really quickly for the particular relief they are looking for. Dabbing concentrates helps to get them to a place where their aches are at bay, or they can sleep, or can eat despite a low appetite, where flower may not be powerful enough or fast enough to do the job.

(Read about why this Leafly writer loves CBD dabs!)

HERE IS WHY SOME OF OUR HERBTENDERS℠ DAB:

Jamin at The Herbery – 164th: Been dabbing for 4 years, loves the efficiency of the process

Aisha at The Herbery – Chkalov: Loves the efficiency of dabbing & packing a little more punch in my hits

Collin at The Herbery – St. Johns: Loves that dabbing gives less carbon, longer & stronger effects, and less smoking

READY TO START DABBING?

Explore the styles of concentrates you want to try, discuss with your HerbTender℠ what supplies you need to get started, and discover this high-powered way of enjoying weed!

WANT TO KNOW MORE? CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS SERIES ON DABBING:

  • Types of concentrates
  • How to dab