All About Dabbing
By Alice Grace
On a recent trip to the dispensary I set my sights on the concentrated offerings and it was education. The most ornate, sometimes funny, sometimes glamorous glass tubes were displayed with reverence. “What’s going on over there?” I asked the more than friendly bud tender and was surprised when three more came over to discuss the ins and outs of dabbing and just what makes it so alluring.
So, What Is Dabbing?
You may have heard of dabbing since everyone and your mother was doing the move – the head tilt to elbow other arm extended dance move – at some point over the last year. Well, that move’s origins are actually traced back to the process of smoking highly concentrated dabs of cannabis and is attributed to the rap group Migos. Dabbing can make you cough or sneeze afterward so the action of head to elbow is representational. But fancy moves aside, dabbing is rapidly becoming a method of choice for the experienced cannabis user in part due to its ability to deliver high amounts of THC in a short amount of time and with other some added benefits.
First, What You’ll Need
The equipment used in dabbing is called a rig and it consists of a water pipe, usually glass and a metal piece which is called a nail. The unit looks a lot like like a bong but the metal nail replaces the glass bowl. The nail is important because it is able to maintain a much higher temperature than glass and most often a blow torch or flame is used to heat it, but if you don’t want to have an open flame you have other options. There are electronic nails available for purchase. You just plug it in and you’re ready to go. Or, to make things even easier there are dab pens. Small, inconspicuous and portable.
And, What Is A Dab?
So, how does it all work? Well, as mentioned above, dabs are highly concentrated doses of cannabinoids that have been extracted from cannabis using a solvent of some kind – like butane or propane or similar. The flowers are crushed and pressed together and the plant materials are stripped away. In just the same way a fine wine is cultivated by a sommelier there is a refinement to the highest quality dabs on the market which are painstakingly distilled. The result is a waxy substance that varies in color and quality and consisting of more THC than any other product available.
Time To Get Dabbing
So, once you have your rig all set you’ll heat the metal and get it blazing. You’ll have chosen the exact waxy component and add just a small amount of that dab onto the nail. The heat will vaporize and you’ll inhale and enjoy the clean, earthy taste of highly concentrated cannabis. The THC content is so elevated a little bit will go a very long way. It is much better to start out small and increase as your experience level grows with dabbing. And then it’s time to get your groove on.