If you’re new to dabbing, the slang of choice for vaporizing cannabis concentrate, things can be a bit confusing. Some purist smokers dismiss the trend outright because of a need for new equipment and misinformation about the purity of the product.
This quick guide to vaping cannabis concentrate will get you up to speed on your dabs. Once you understand the product and the process, you might feel inspired to take the leap. The vaping trend is growing in popularity all over the US.
What Is Cannabis Concentrate
Cannabis concentrate is a type of cannabis extract. Cannabis extracts are highly potent substances made by separating the essential oils of cannabis which are full of cannabinoids and terpenes, from the plant matter.
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Different Types of Cannabis Concentrate
Hash oil, wax, shatter and dabs are the most popular forms of cannabis concentrate at the moment. Let’s break each one down a little.
Dabs (n) is a general name for any type of cannabis concentrate, but most frequently used to refer to oil or wax.
As a verb, it refers to the process of consuming cannabis concentrate, i.e., “We’re dabbing, you in?”
- Goes by: Butane Hash Oil (BHO), honey oil and others. Favored for medical use treating or soothing cancer complications, Alzheimer’s Disease, epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, asthma, and diabetes.
- Generally extracted with butane to achieve the most potent end product. Oil may also be extracted by CO2, which is considered cleaner with less risk of residual chemicals existing after processing.
- That being said, any properly processed BHO should not contain any levels of residual chemicals that are known to be harmful.
- BHO is approximately 80% stronger than cannabis flower, although this largely depends on the extraction process and potency of the original plant.
- Oil is easily used in vaporizers or vape pens (described in further detail below), but can also be ingested or used topically. Greater viscosity of oil makes it more versatile than other forms of concentrate.
- AKA Budder, crumble, and flake. Cannabis wax is also an extracted product with a consistency that is moist yet flaky. The refinement process is similar to BHO, but the wax is whipped during purging and the addition of air creates ridges in the end product.
- Wax potency is less than oil by about 10%, but it is more flavorful.
- Easily taken through glass with a dab rig setup (explanation below) or in some vape pens.
- Shatter is also extremely potent, considered equal to or slightly more potent than cannabis oil. The extraction process is generally the same as wax but the end product is more refined and stable. No whipping occurs and the final product is a hard thin cake that is easily fragmented.
- Easily used with an e-nail, dab rig, and some vape pens.
Part of the appeal is how much stronger concentrates are. Additionally, users can achieve the desired effect without inhaling any burning plant matter. This is especially attractive to anyone with breathing problems or asthma.
Let’s face it, this is also a very trendy thing right now. In some areas, it’s still new and only becoming readily available. It can be particularly useful to anyone experiencing a tolerance effect from smoking cannabis flower.
You will need some new equipment to get in on the dabbing craze.
There are two basic routes to go: dab rigs and vaporizers.
Dab rigs come in various shapes and sizes. Some resemble water pipes. The essential common thread is a piece called a ‘nail’ must be heated and the concentrate is placed on the heated nail in order to start smoking, which makes the concentrate available for consumption.
Nails come in ceramic, quartz, titanium, and glass. Aficionados understand which material is preferable to which type of concentrate, so doing some additional homework here is important. We will feature this information in-depth in articles to come.
Vaporizers, on the other hand, use conduction to heat the product and transform it into smoke. The heat source heats the air until the product begins to vaporize. There is absolutely no char.
Vaporizers come in many sizes, from small handheld ‘pens’ to larger models for at home use. Users consume the vapor through a tube, hose, or by filling up a bag and inhaling from that.
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This is truly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to vapes and dabs. Stop back soon for a series of articles that take a closer look at the dabbing and vaping phenomenon.