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.

stonerdays-logo-smallWhile these side effects are blamed mostly on dabs, it does also happen with cannabis flower.

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.

stonerdays-logo-smallSome people handle substances differently and there are always people who will end up getting really unlucky.

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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Is 710 the new 420?

Digital vs Analog: Oils vs Flowers

The great debate simmers on…

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If you haven’t already tried by now, you’re at least probably familiar with concentrates and dabbing as a smoking alternative for fortifying your vitamins T, H, and C.  And if not, feel free to share down below what’s been stopping you.  Dabbing may not be to everyone’s preference, that’s perfectly fine too – to each their own!  In our ongoing ‘Digital vs Analog’ series examining the current state of the cannabis union, we start by examining the newest frontier in the stoner game: BHO (butane hash oil).  Is 710 becoming the new 420?  (710 = ‘OIL’ inverted)

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Don’t be a hardo…

 

Dabs generally fall under three main kinds of concentrates: oil, shatter, and wax.  These 3 forms are all just different styles of weed concentrates extracted from the plant using butane (other names you may have come across: hash oil, sativa / indica bho, crumble, budder, honey oil, dabs).  By using a solvent-based process to extract the THC, the resulting product can achieve much higher potency (pun not intended but intended).  As a general rule of thumb, THC concentration in dabs is roughly double the yield of what you’d typically find in marijuana.

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Goopy and translucent, oils and shatters typically exhibit the highest potency by virtue of the purity achieved through the solvent extraction process.

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Shatter

Think of this as Heisenberg’s blue magic, but for potheads instead of methheads.

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Wax

Earwax…or delicious golden nuggets of THC?  Wax makes me think of those crumbles that top Entenmann’s coffee cakes…

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Did someone say Entenmann’s…

For those of you who have already dabbled, do you prefer it to burning greens?  Or are you more a traditionalist at heart, content to keep smoking your herbs like sticking with vinyl and leaving digital to others?  Either way, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.  Personally, I find that smoking weed gives you a more muted but well-rounded high while dabbing produces a sharper, more intense high that leaves you with increased Rip Van Winkle potential.

Turned off by the blowtorch and smoking off a nail involved with dabbing?  Totally understandable, however it’s our hope that we can open your mind by shedding more light on the subject (think of it more like you’re a welder doing work on your rig).  Speaking of rigs, we’ll be covering best practices and what to take into consideration when assembling your dab accessories and equipment.  Plus, technology has now advanced to alleviate these concerns, with currently much more streamlined solutions at your disposal like vape pens.

We’ll be diving deeper into both of these and more in our ongoing unfolding ‘Digital vs Analog’ series.

Stay tuned and stay blazed out there…

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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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