In case you are unfamiliar with the term, “ dabbing ” is a fairly new method of marijuana consumption that involves the vaporization (or actually sublimation) of highly-concentrated, highly-potent cannabis waxes and resins.
Typically, the act of dabbing is done with super strong THC-concentrates in order to get incredibly high. The raw marijuana flower is processed via a range of different methods in order to extract the plant’s active compounds (either THC or CBD) into their pure, concentrated form.
First Things First: What is Dabbing… and What is CBD?
If you are suffering from abnormal or excessive levels of pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, or any other range of medical challenge and have not had success with sublingual CBD oils, then perhaps dabbing CBD may be a solution for you.
When you dab CBD (or any cannabis concentrate, for that matter), it is suggested that you only take one hit, or “dab,” at first, and then go from there. Like we’ve said several times, dabbing is incredibly potent and is very different from regular smoking, and especially from taking a CBD oil. As such, its effects may surprise you and catch you off guard if you’re not prepared.
If you are able to secure a quality CBD concentrate, then of course you will need a dab rig in order to, well, do your “dabbing.”
Dab rigs come in a massive variety of sizes and styles, and you can also choose from a range of different nails (the part of the rig where the concentrate is actually vaporized) in order to suit your particular habits and specific tastes.
Using CBD dabs is easy once you’ve perfected your technique. But before you begin, there are a number of factors to consider. First, what kind of dabbing device would you be most comfortable with? Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. E-rigs or e-nails offer a flameless way to have a traditional dabbing experience. There are also dab pens that, on the upside, require the least amount of set-up and practice. On the other hand, they offer a much more subdued experience than you would expect from a traditional dab rig.
If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
However, inhaling vapor may be preferable to ingesting edibles, as Dr. Adie Rae, scientific adviser to Weedmaps and a neuroscientist at the Legacy Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, explained: “Vaping CBD is a better choice than eating/swallowing it because the lungs are far more efficient at getting CBD into the bloodstream. The bioavailability of CBD is greater through the lungs than through the gut. Specifically, about half of the CBD you inhale makes it into the blood, but only 5% of the CBD you eat gets into your blood.”
How do I use CBD dabs?
When consuming CBD in any quantity — but particularly CBD dabs — it’s important to start with the lowest possible dose and gradually increase that dose until you feel the desired effect.
It should go without saying that the information contained in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. The effects of CBD have not been evaluated by the FDA (except in the case of Epidiolex, the CBD-derived pharmaceutical treatment for childhood epilepsy). Be sure to consult your physician before using CBD dabs or any other cannabis products.
Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.