Dabbing cannabis extracts is the latest and hottest trend in mainstream cannabis culture. Thanks to the ever-growing community of CBD users and the increasing popularity of CBD, there’s now an endless variety of ways to experience all of the benefits of the cannabinoid, including, of course, dabbing CBD.
Today, users are no longer forced to stick to one boring administration method, and now have a variety of options to choose from. Many CBD users find the thought of dabbing CBD to be intimidating, but it happens to be one of the quickest ways to feel the effects of CBD. In reality, dabbing CBD isn’t as scary or as complex as it sounds.
While dabbing is also done with THC products, we want to tell you all about dabbing CBD specifically. Many people like to dab CBD products because it enables them to vape CBD concentrates and give themselves a stronger dosage of CBD.
What is CBD Dabbing?
At first, the entire dabbing process may seem completely alien to you, but you will get used to it. Technically, it’s classified as the “the flash vaporization” of CBD concentrates when it’s applied to a hot surface and then inhaled. You usually dab with concentrates that are a lot more potent than the CBD that you get in oils and edibles.
The CBD concentrate, such as wax, isolates, or crumble, is placed directly on a heating element that’s designed to vaporize the concentrate immediately upon contact. When dabbing, the user inhales the vapor and immediately feels the benefits because dab materials are a lot more concentrated – which is why these materials are known as concentrates.
In summary, dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are produced by extracting CBD and other cannabinoids using a solvent like carbon dioxide and solvent, resulting in sticky oils that are also commonly referred to as shatter, budder, wax, and butane hash oil (BHO). They are heated on a hot surface, typically a nail, and then inhaled through a wax pen or dab rig.
Smoking dabs as a method of consumption has been around for a long time, but the introduction of more advanced extraction methods has resulted in a flood of cannabis concentrates that have enhanced the popularity of dabbing.
Why Dab CBD?
Traditional oral and sublingual CBD products like capsules and tinctures are very easy to use but suffer from low bioavailability. For instance, when you swallow an oil-based CBD capsule, only between 5% to 10% of the molecule will have an active effect. The rest of the dose is flushed through the body as waste. Once ingested, it may take up to 90 minutes for the CBD to have an effect. This means that the user needs to consume higher amounts of CBD to achieve the desired effects when compared to more bioavailable methods.
Despite the many technological advances that have been made in the consumable CBD space, the inhalation of compounds has proven to be highly bioavailable. When inhaled, up to 50% of the CBD compound is absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition, the effects can be felt within five minutes, offering the user almost instant relief. For patients with serious medical conditions, the short onset time can be a real gamechanger.
In terms of inhaling CBD, dabbing is a highly concentrated method of consuming the compound. When compared to vaporizing, dabbing is a more potent, and more direct way to get your dose of CBD.
What are the Downsides of Dabbing?
While dabbing is an efficient and effective way of consuming CBD and other compounds, that doesn’t mean that it’s free of downsides. Inhaling vaporized CBD isn’t nearly as accessible as other more conventional methods like eating edibles and swallowing capsules. Furthermore, the effects of inhaling CBD vapor may only last for between 2 to 3 hours, while swallowing the compound can last up to seven hours.
Next, we also need to address the fact that dabbing is sometimes perceived as being dangerous. This thinking mostly relates to the extraction methods that are used to produce the concentrate.
It’s not advisable to try and extract CBD from cannabis and hemp yourself, because the combination of bad ventilation and flammable gases could end in an explosion. Believe it or not, since the rise in popularity of dabbing, police reports of home and garage explosions because of “DIY extraction operations” has also increased significantly.
In addition, when you extract and produce your own CBD concentrate, there’s no way of really knowing how pure the end product is unless you are willing to pay for lab testing and analysis. You can avoid this danger by buying a high-quality CBD isolate from a reputable company.
The other perceived danger is associated with dabbing itself. It’s a bad idea to create DIY dabbing equipment – a high-quality nail and torch combo is essential because it allows you to dab safely without the worry of severely burning yourself, which happens to be a very common occurrence.
How to Get Started with Dabbing CBD
We have all felt a little overwhelmed when it comes to trying new things. As a beginner, you may feel a little confused or at a loss as to how to get started with dabbing CBD. But not to worry. The process of dabbing CBD is actually a lot easier than you probably think.
There’s only a handful of things that you need to get started. Once you have these things ready and prepared, you can quickly start dabbing CBD, and be an expert in the process in no time.
What You’re Going to Need
- CBD Concentrate: The first thing that you’re going to need is high-quality CBD concentrate. The ideal types of materials that can be dabbed will be advertised as such. In other words, not all CBD products can be dabbed. In today’s market, there are a variety of options to choose from. These include CBD crystals, CBD isolates, CBD shatter, etc.
- Dab Rig: The only tricky part of the dabbing process is finding the right dab rig. Because of the variety of options in today’s market, and the variation in the quality and prices of products, it’s difficult to recommend one product to all users. However, this variation is a good thing – it means that there is something for everyone. Do your research and pick the one that suits your needs.
How to Dab
Now that you know what you need, it’s time to actually start dabbing. Important to keep in mind is that there are some types of dab rigs that have electronic nails, but we will explain the steps used in non-electronic nails because these are the most common and cheapest options for CBD dabbing.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Step 1: Firstly, you need to use a torch to heat the nail on the dab rig until it glows red. If your dab rig comes with a dome type piece that fits over the nail, place it over at this point.
- Step 2: Turn the torch off and let the nail cool for between 10 to 30 seconds.
- Step 3: Use a dabber tool to put a very small amount of the CBD concentrate over the nail. The amount you use will greatly depend on the dosage and your preferences. We recommend that beginners use a very small amount – like the size of a crumb.
- Step 4: Next, you need to start pulling air through the mouthpiece, and rubbing the edges of the nail with a tool so the oil can be completely covering the nail. At this point, the water in your dab rig should start to bubble, and you should see vapor begin to rise.
- Step 5: Inhale through the mouthpiece, and enjoy the delicious tasting CBD vapors. After a few seconds exhale – you have just completed your first dab.
For each dab hit, it’s recommended that you start fresh with new materials, and let the dab rig cool before you start again. For beginners, it’s generally recommended to start slow, and then work themselves up over time.
Final Thoughts on Dabbing CBD
Don’t let the thought of dabbing CBD put you off. Once you get the hang of it, the entire process is quick and easy. It may take a little time to find the perfect concentrate and dosage, but once you do, the whole process will feel seamless. By trying new products and methods of consumption, you can continue to have an enjoyable and exciting experience, no matter how long you’ve been using CBD.