What is a dab?

What is a dab, and how does it relate to cannabis concentrates? How is it consumed, and what should I be aware of in terms of potency and effects?

One answer “What is a dab?

  1. A dab is significantly different than inhaling simple cannabis flower, so it’s important to be aware of the potency, effects and safe consumption methods.

    A dab is a type of cannabis concentrate, typically consumed through an oil rig or by “dabbing” it directly onto heated metal surfaces with a dabbing tool. These concentrates contain extremely high levels of THC and other cannabinoids, with some reaching up to 96% THC content. It’s important to note that while cannabis flower can have between 10-20% THC, dabs have significantly higher potency which can have effects in even small doses.

    The legal cannabis market has seen the rise of convenient and easy to consume dabbing products, such as dab pens or vape pens, which offer users the same effects of a standard dab in an easier form. These are especially popular among younger users, since they’re small, portable and discreet.

    Consuming dabs also provide a cleaner and more intense flavor than traditional cannabis flower, since a dab is a pure concentrate. Terpenes, the chemical compounds that provide different odor profiles and profiles among strains, are especially potent and flavorful when consumed as a dab.

    Typically, dabs are extracted from cannabis flower and other sources, such as vegetable glycerin, wax, shatter and honeycomb. Although there are differences in the type of extraction process for each concentrate, they all start as a cannabis “slurry” extracted from either cannabis flower or other sources. To make the final product, the concentrate is then heated to remove all of the unnecessary plant material.

    When it comes to dabbing, it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with high levels of THC. High doses of THC can put the user at risk for adverse reactions and even lead to hallucinogenic episodes if consumed in large quantities. Therefore, it is advised to start with a low dose and wait at least 20 minutes to gauge the desired effects.

    With all of this in mind, if you’re considering trying a dab, safety should be your top priority. Thoroughly understand the product you’re using, responsible consumption and proper dosing, and make sure you’re using the right dabbing equipment when partaking. Keep in mind that dabbing is known to cause more intense effects than other consumption methods, so inexperienced users should always handle the concentrate with caution.

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