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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: Dominik

Name: Dominik

From: Los Angeles, California, originally, but he’s been in Vancouver for several years.

“I moved up here with my dad when I was 16,” Dominik said. “He’s an airplane mechanic with Alaska Airlines. I ended up falling in love with Washington.”

He graduated from Columbia River High School and spent four years in the Air Force as a combat photographer based out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

“I ended up staying in Nevada for a while after that, then I went to California, and then I used a tax return to buy a ticket back here with just the clothes on my back so I could be with my fiance.”

Weed history: “I was nine, and one of my best friend’s older brothers had it. I had actually heard about weed before that from DARE, but they didn’t have much to say about it other than don’t smoke it, and I ended up trying it” Dominik said. “I like everything about it. It’s all natural. It’s used as a medicine. It’s relaxing. And it’s a better social thing to do than drinking.”

Favorite strains: Secret Recipe from Cascadia Gardens.

“It’s sticky. It’s always fresh. It has a very pungent aroma – and when you smoke it you get a real terpene taste. It’s a great happy, silly high.”

As a dab fan, he also likes Phat Panda concentrates quite a bit.

“I enjoy pretty much anything Phat Panda makes – and Sunshine Farms has been doing really well with their dabs too – I love their Tangie.”

Customer support: “I feel like I’m good with all customers,” Dominik said. “There’s something about the older generation that comes in that’s really great – they’re normally the funniest customers. The things they tell you – like about how they smoked Thai stick in Vietnam – it’s just absolutely awesome.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have a leopard gecko and a pug, deerhead chihuahua and a pitbull that I love very much. I’m a big animal guy.”

Dominik also makes his own hip hop music and loves outrageous stoner humor. “How High” is one of his favorite films.

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be maybe farming,” Dominik said. “I’ve sold glass, weed, edibles. The only thing left to do is start growing it – and I haven’t even scratched the surface. There’s always something new to learn.”

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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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