What Are Marijuana Dabs

In recent years dabs have been all the rage; but what is dabbing? In this article we take a look at the trend that’s stormed the cannabis scene.

 

What are dabs?

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A dab stick with marijuana shatter. (Photo: Houseofdabs.com)

According to Leafly; “Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent like butane or carbon dioxide, resulting in sticky oils also commonly referred to as wax, shatter, budder, and butane hash oil (BHO).”

While it’s possible to extract non-psychoactive compounds like CBD, high levels of THC are what make dabs so strong.

 

What is dabbing?

Dabbing is the process of consuming dabs. This is done through the use of an oil rig; this is a bong that’s been designed to have a nail, instead of a bowl. Users will place a small amount of cannabis extract on the tip of a dab stick. They will then light the nail with a torch, unless they have a self-heating nail. Nails are often made of titanium or quartz; they can also be made of glass, but can crack easily due to the high heats of the torch.

Once the nail is thoroughly heated, a dome is placed over it; the dab stick is then pressed against the nail and the consumer smokes it like a typical bong. The step of adding the dome can be avoided with the use of a dome-less nail.

 

The necessary equipment:

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A standard oil rig with a domed nail.

To begin dabbing, you will need a few things:

  • An oil rig. These can be purchased online, or in many smoke shops.
  • A marijuana nail. Typically these will come with the oil rig, but are often glass. We highly recommend upgraded to a titanium or quartz nail; you won’t regret it.
  • A torch (unless you have a self-heating nail).
  • Some form of dabbable cannabis extract.

 

Here to stay, or a trend?

It’s safe to say at this point that dabs are not just a trend or fad. They are here to stay. There will always been those who will avoid it, and stick with traditional cannabis; and that’s also fine. But for those who want a much stronger high; or those wanting more powerful medical relief, there’s nothing that compares to dabs.