Are Dabs Really The “Crack” of Cannabis?

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Some of the old school stoners or some that haven’t really been on the internet (or people that are still stuck in reefer madness) genuinely think that cannabis concentrates are comparable to crack. Confusing to say the least, especially since cannabis concentrates (and “dabs”) have been around since the 80s. The only reason we’re now hearing about this now is that cannabis in the spotlight… And the people who don’t like it need something to complain about.

If you don’t know, dabs are a concentrated form of THC. The honey/wax/crumble like substance in place on a heated piece of titanium, glass, quartz, or ceramic and the heat vaporizes the concentrate. Dabs are stronger than buds, testing anywhere between 50 to 90% THC. Flower usually tops out at around 29% THC. Some people, the high from a dab lasts far longer than a bong rip, which leads some people to prefer dabs, for the fact that you need less coupled with the purity.

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On one hand, you have people who will smoke dabs and freak out. They will get extremely paranoid and anxious. There are those who will even get sick from the dabs.They will throw up, have panic attacks, and feel weak/dizzy. While these side effects are blamed mostly on dabs, it does also happen with cannabis flower. Every once in a while, you will encounter someone who has smoked a bowl and had a massive panic attack. There are also people who smoke dabs and freak out. Seeing as how every individual processes THC differently, this fact isn’t surprising.

Justin Kander, the head of research and development at Aunt Zelda’s (a cannabis concentrate company that craft edibles), says that cannabis concentrates are not like heroin or crack but that the high doses should be taken properly. From what he has seen in his time in the industry, Kander says that continued use over a long period of time can potentially cause permanent paranoia and anxiety. Even longer use may even increase the risk of brain damage but that is incredibly rare and almost unheard of. Another thing to be aware of is the increased tolerance. Prolonged use of cannabis concentrates can cause extremely high tolerances, which will ultimately result in you having to take a break.

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Dabs are not like crack or meth or heroin. Some people handle substances differently and there are always people who will end up getting really unlucky. The high dose of cannabis concentrate may cause negative effects but for patients with cancer or other severe illnesses, it can be lifesaving. The general consensus? Dabbing every day might end up having negative side effects. Sometimes it’s good to just take a concentrate-tolerance break.

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Stoner Dictionary | Dabs 

Dabs: noun 1. a form of marijuana concentrate commonly in wax or oil form

Example: “A dab will do ya good.”

The old saying, “a dab will do ya,” has never been more true than in this scenario. The term “dab” is derived from the correct use of the actual noun as in “ do you want a dab,” when referring to this concentrated oil. It later evolved into, “hey, let’s dab.” Dabs are known for their incredibly high potency levels which some are said to reach into the 90th percentile. These little dabs can pack a mean punch and when using them, require a bit of attention. A dab in its wax form is a bit different than other concentrates in the way that you can’t just put it atop your tree and smoke it. More often than not, a regular lighter flame will not be hot enough to melt it. This, my friends, is where the “oil rig” makes its debut to the stage. An oil rig is a bong designed specifically for smoking dabs.

One hit from a concentrate bong is most comparable to smoking one moderate sized joint.

The potency and excitement of the dab is what adds to its popularity today. Most dispensaries carry them, you just ask for them by name and you’ll be soaring in no time.

The Dab Dictionary

The Dab Dictionary

From extraction types to smoking tools, educate yourself on dab dialect with this helpful guide.

7:10:

710

The unofficial time to dab (“OIL” spelled upside down).


Absolutes:

Extracts that have had any waxes, fats and lipids removed (see also Winterization).


Autobuddering:

autobuddering

Phenomenon in which, over time, the texture of an extract slowly transforms from a glassy, shatter-like texture into more of a waxy, budder-like texture due to hydration by trapped moisture (nucleation).


Bell (a.k.a. Curve):

A bell-shaped glass headpiece that attaches to the stem of a standard water pipe used for smoking concentrates (see also Slide).


Belly Button:

Type of rig attachment in which a dome-like structure with a hole on its side is placed next to a nail rather than over it, eliminating the need to remove and replace a dome while dabbing.


BHO:

bho

Butane hash oil, also referred to as butane honey oil. A concentrate made by shooting butane gas through cannabis, then “purging” out the butane.


Blasting:

Slang term for open column butane extraction.


Borch:

A torch tube, or a combination bong and blowtorch.


Bubble:

bubble

A type of hash that bubbles up when you smoke it.


Budder:

An extract that has been whipped to a creamy, spreadable texture like butter; not to be confused with actual cannabis-infused butter, which is ingested rather than smoked.


Budder-Faced:

budder-faced

Getting really high on cannabis budder (i.e., “getting budder-faced”).


Closed Loop System:

Extraction method/equipment that recaptures the solvent gas released for reuse.


Concentrate:

concentrates

Any form of cannabinoid extracted from cannabis-plant material (e.g., hash, wax, tincture).


Concretes:

Extracts derived from fresh plant material.


Dab:

dab

A hit of extract loaded onto a wand or pick to be smoked on a rig.


Dabber:

A glass utensil used for smoking concentrates (see also Wand).


Dabbing:

Smoking a concentrate from a nail, swing or shovel.


Dish:

A small, glass, ashtray-like container used to hold concentrates; usually including an indentation to rest a dabber.


Dome:

The bowl-like collar/glass cap placed over the hot nail on an oil rig to help contain the smoke and prevent injury.


Domeless Nail:

domeless-nail

A type of nail that has its own method of capturing the smoke they create (such as holes built into it), therefore eliminating the need for a removable dome to capture the smoke.


Dual Extraction Method (DEM): 

The name given to the pairing of a butane extraction with an alcohol wash, in which butane is used as the solvent for the “first run” and alcohol or ethanol is used for the “second run.”


Errl:

Slang for BHO (“oil”).


Earwax (or just “Wax”): 

earwax

An extract with a sticky, pasty consistency resembling ear wax.


E-Pen:

Portable electric smoking device designed for smoking/vaping extracts


Extraction:

Any method by which the THC and/or other cannabinoids are removed from the plant matter via a solvent.


Fail-Tech:

Term used to refer to the use of faulty materials, equipment or techniques, producing an inferior extract.


Flavorbombing:

The technique of dabbing an extract onto a nail that’s just hot enough to vaporize only the terpenes, producing a hit designed to maximize/emphasize aroma and flavor rather than potency.


Fork:

A sharp-pronged dabber that allows one to break off and stab a dab of snap or shatter.


Goo:

Any sticky, oozy concentrate.


Glob:

glob

An especially large dab.


Globe:

Another term for dome.


Hash Oil: 

A sticky, moist concentrate that has the consistency of oil.


Honeybud:

honey-bud

Cannabis buds that have been infused with BHO.


Hot-Knifing:

A method of smoking concentrates that entails heating up the edge of a knife and then dabbing the concentrate onto it.


Ice Hash (a.k.a. “Water Hash”):

ice-hash

A concentrate made using ice-water extraction methods (see also Bubble, Melt).


Iron:

A metal spike used to smoke concentrates (see also Nail).


ISO Hash (a.k.a. “QWISO,” for “Quick-Wash ISO”):

A concentrate made by soaking cannabis in isopropyl alcohol as a solvent.


John Hammond:

More slang for goo (named after the scientist from Jurassic Park and his amber fossil, which has a similar appearance).


Kief:

A dry, solventless, powdered concentrate derived from sieving cannabis over a fine mesh.


Melt:

melt-hash

A very pure hash that melts fully when smoked and leaves no residue.


Mercaptans:

A clear gas with a rotten egg smell added to more dangerous gases (i.e. propane, butane) so their presence can be detected by their odor.


Miyagi:

More slang for earwax (i.e., “wax on, wax off”).


MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet):

List of all ingredients and essential information (toxicity, boiling and flash points) accompanying a can of butane or other volatile gas.


Nail:

A spike used in place of a bowl to smoke concentrates; usually made of glass, quartz or titanium (see also Iron).


Needle (a.k.a. “Pick”):

A metallic device similar to a wand (usually a nut opener or dental pick) used to scrape up concentrates and dab them onto a hot surface for smoking.


Oil Rig (or just “Rig”):

A bong designed specifically to smoke concentrates by replacing the bowl with a nail and dome.


Oleoresins:

Extracts derived from drier and cured material.


Open Column Extraction:

Extraction method/equipment in which solvent is passed through a glass or stainless steel cylinder packed with material, through a screen and onto a dish or tray. Extra solvent gas is lost into the atmosphere.


Paddles:

Long, thin glass sticks with rounded edges used to smoke concentrates by heating up and pressing together.


Purge:

The act of drawing out any solvents from your concentrate (usually by whipping with low heat or by vacuum leaching).


Reclaim:

The excess oil that builds up inside a rig or shovel, which can be “reclaimed” by gently heating the glass with the torch and pouring it out.


Seasoning a Nail

Seasoning-a-Nail

The practice of heating a nail, then cooling it off in water before using it to burn away any impurities that may be present on it.


Scoop:

A shovel-like dabber that allows one to scoop up drier, powdery extracts.


Sha-budder:

Budder-like extract texture achieved by placing shatter on low heat over time rather than whipping it.


Shatter:

shatter

A form of BHO that shatters when you try to scrape it up from the dish.


Shovel:

A hollow paddle that can be smoked from; a hybrid between a paddle and a bowl.


Skillet:

skillet

A small metal plate used for dabbing.


Slide:

A glass bowl that fits a standard water pipe that’s specifically designed for smoking concentrates.


Snap/Sap:

An extract texture that is opaque like shatter yet pliable like taffy, that will have a slight ‘snap’ to it as pulled apart.


Solvent:

A medium used to extract cannabinoids from plant matter (e.g., butane, ethanol, alcohol, oxygen).


Stab:

A hit from a hot knife (i.e., “Give me a stab of that earwax dude!”).


Swing:

A small metallic plate clipped to a bong or oil rig and used to smoke concentrates.


Thin Film Vacuum:

A purging technique that uses vacuum pressure rather than heat to remove residual solvents from an extract that’s been spread very thinly, thus preserving more oils and terpenes.


Tincture:

An ingestible extraction made by soaking plant matter in an edible solvent such as agave, drinking alcohol or vegetable glycerin.


Torch:

A small blowtorch (usually a handheld crème brûlée torch or propane canister) used to heat a nail or skillet for smoking concentrates.


Torching:

Smoking concentrates using a torch.


Traveler:

traveler

A rig that’s small enough to fit in one hand and take on the go.


Treebasing:

Slang term for dabbing.


Tube:

A rig or bong.


Vacuum Oven:

A chamber that applies both heat and vacuum pressure to purge extracts of any residual solvents.


Wand (a.k.a. “Dropper,” “Dabber”):

A long glass tool used to scrape up and apply concentrates to a heated surface for smoking.


Wash:

The technique of soaking an extract in a second, liquid solvent (i.e. alcohol, ethanol) in order to further purge away any remnant traces of the first solvent. When combined with cold, waxes, lipids and fats are also separated (see also Winterization).


Whipping:

whipping

The technique of literally whipping an extract to give it a fluffier texture by aerating it.


Winterization:

Refinement process that separates the waxes, fats and lipids from an extract by soaking it in alcohol and freezing it. Also known as an alcohol wash.

The Dab Dictionary

Are Dabs Safe

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Have you ever taken a dab hit? If so, then you are not alone. Dab hits are becoming more and more popular everyday. I remember five years ago only the most dedicated marijuana fans on the West Coast and in Colorado were hip to the dab scene. Now I know people on the East Coast and all over the Midwest that can’t get enough dab hits to keep them satisfied.

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One of the first questions people ask me when they have never taken a dab hit before is ‘are dab hits safe?’ It’s a question that was previously hard to answer because there wasn’t a solid scientific review out there. However, a recent scientific review was conducted by Mallory Loflin and Dr. Mitch Earleywine. Below is an overview of how they approached the study, and the conclusion:

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Abstract:

A new method for administering cannabinoids, called butane hash oil (“dabs”), is gaining popularity among marijuana users. Despite press reports that suggest that “dabbing” is riskier than smoking flower cannabis, no data address whether dabs users experience more problems from use than those who prefer flower cannabis.


Objective:

The present study aimed to gather preliminary information on dabs users and test whether dabs use is associated with more problems than using flower cannabis.


Method:

Participants (n = 357) reported on their history of cannabis use, their experience with hash oil and the process of “dabbing,” reasons for choosing “dabs” over other methods, and any problems related to both flower cannabis and butane hash oil.


Results:

Analyses revealed that using “dabs” created no more problems or accidents than using flower cannabis. Participants did report that “dabs” led to higher tolerance and withdrawal (as defined by the participants), suggesting that the practice might be more likely to lead to symptoms of addiction or dependence.


Conclusions:

The use of butane hash oil has spread outside of the medical marijuana community and users view it as significantly more dangerous than other forms of cannabis use.
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Stoner Guide; Dabs Vs Flowers

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Stoner Guide; Dabs Vs Flowers

Smoking weed has been improving over the years and now it’s come down to dabs and flowers. Each of these methods can be beneficial for patients and stoners alike but each of them definitely have a downside. Whatever your preference, it’s good to know what’s good and bad about your favorite way to smoke.

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Smoking flowers is the traditional way to get high. Cheech and Chong weren’t smoking dabs in their movies and a lot of stoners still feel like dabs are just too complicated. Buds also look far better for photography purposes. You can’t argue with trichomes that shine like diamonds. There’s also something extremely satisfying about grinding, packing, and smoking your favorite piece. The downside of flowers is the fact that they stink. A lot. You don’t want to get caught carrying bud just because it smells. Buds also take up more space than dabs, which can be a pain if you don’t have a lot of space.

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Dabs get people stoned… Really stoned. Which can be awesome for patients that need a heavy, long lasting high. It’s also good in the financial sense. While dabs may initially cost more, they don’t vanish as quickly as buds. Since you’re stoned for longer, you don’t need to smoke as much. However, while dabs may seem like a good thing, they can be extremely detrimental to a person’s health. When BHO isn’t made right, it can cause severe headaches, among other issues. Inhaling butane is extremely toxic so be mindful that they can potentially be harmful.

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There is also the issue of dabs increasing the users tolerance. If someone continues to smoke dabs, is it possible for them to get back to smoking flowers? Some stoners think so. But even flowers can create a higher tolerance in users. It’s recommended that you use both in moderation and responsibly. Whatever your preference, always be sure to medicate safely!

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