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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.


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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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!)


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


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!


  • Types of concentrates
  • How to dab


Budtender Spotlight: Matt

Name: Matt

From: Swansea, Massachusetts – near Fall River.

He’s also lived in Southern California, where he made wax for the cannabis industry, and Wisconsin periodically. Matt moved to Vancouver in late May after visiting a friend in the area and checking out the scene, he said.

“I visited a bunch of weed shops up here and just fell in love with the city,” Matt said. “I applied for a job at The Herbery as soon as I could and they hired me. I’m really happy to be here.”

Weed history: “I’ve been a weed smoker since I was a teenager,” Matt said. “I’ve always been interested in weed – even before it was legal I knew that this was what I wanted to do for a living.”

In California he worked for a delivery service briefly before deciding he wanted to learn how to make wax, which wasn’t available as a legal consumer product at the time.

“I was interested in trying it but nobody would tell me how to make it,” Matt said. “I had to figure it out for myself watching YouTube videos. And one thing I’ll say – if you use crappy dried up material in your wax, you’re going to get crappy wax. I’ve learned quite a bit about how to make it the right way since then.”

Favorite strains: As a dab expert – Matt recommends Dorado concentrates.

“The stuff from Dorado is pretty good, and Phat Panda’s Sugar Wax looks really good, but I haven’t tried it yet because I’ve only been here for a few weeks. That’s next on my list.”

For flower, he likes The Jack from Cascadia Gardens.

“That’s one of the best sativas I’ve tried in a while,” he said. “I’m a big fan of the fruity lemon strain sativas. I just don’t like the lazy aspects of a high.”

Customer support: “The customers who need weed – not just the ones who want to get stoned. I like to talk to people who use it for specific purposes and need information. I have a LOT of information. If they have questions, I have answers.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have a pet tortoise in Massachusetts named Sheldon. He’s at my parents house but I’m going to bring him here once I’m settled.”

Growing up, his grandfather had a pet store – which let him have some strange pets as a kid, including a racoon.

“You can train a racoon, but once they reach sexual maturity they go back to being wild,” Matt said. “But I’m kind of an animal whisperer. I can make almost any animal like me.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I would actually like to start growing again. Not a big grow, just a small one where I can pay my bills and stay happy. I’d also love to get back into making wax.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Nate

Name: Nate

From: Vancouver and Battle Ground. He graduated from Skyview High School.

Weed history: “I grew up smoking, since I was about 14,” the 21-year-old said. “I always dreamed of having a legal job in the industry and it was a wish I wanted to fulfill – so I applied for a job at The Herbery as soon as I could and I’m so happy I’m here.”

Favorite strains: Raw concentrate syringes – they’re new and they’re about 99 percent THC, Nate said, adding that in general dabbing is his favorite way to consume cannabis.

“I really like dabs because of their strength,” Nate said. “I like to get the most feel from the flower and I love strong head highs. The rush you get from dabbing is just the best.”

For flower, Nate also likes Green Jack and Bear OG from Cascadia Gardens.

Customer support: “I’m best with the older audience,” Nate said. “They like people with thorough knowledge that can walk them through things in easy steps. I take pride in my knowledge – especially knowing which terpenes have which effects and how to use them.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I’m an absolute anime nerd,” Nate said. “I’m all about anime, manga and I also really love video games. My favorite right now is Overwatch.”

His two favorite anime shows right now are Tokyo Ghoul and Bleach, he said.

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be a store manager or product tester. I’d like to try out new things and figure out how to set some standards for the industry.”

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Budtender Spotlight: Camille

Name: Camille

From: Camas, Washington. Camas High School graduate.

Weed history: “I started smoking when I was 17 – I used to smoke primarily flower, but now I’m mostly into dabs because they’re easier on my lungs.”

Favorite strains: Her flower favorites include Doc & Yeti‘s Red Headed Stranger and NWCC’s Orange Creamsicle – for dabs she likes Cheese Dog from Dorado and EBDB from Cascadia Gardens.

“I felt like the EBDB gave me a unique high – very heady. It put me in a different world. The Cheese Dog also makes me incredibly happy, and as a bonus it doesn’t put me to sleep.”

Customer support: “My expertise lies in dabs. I’m good at working with people looking for value. I like to get the most bang for my buck and I like to help others do the same.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I love dragons. I collect dragon stuff. I’ve loved them since I was a kid. I actually believed they were real for a long time. I did a 10-page essay in school on how they might have existed in the past!”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to still be here. I got my associates degree in human services, and I feel like budtending is a human service. I’d love to stay in this industry for the next five to 10 years – maybe more!”

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