Dabbing is the process of inhaling the released vapour from heated cannabis oil. It’s a viable substitute for the commonplace act of smoking marijuana but remains highly concentrated and potent. Its viability arises from the fact that it’s healthier than smoking weed because it doesn’t cause the release of tar and carcinogens during combustion.
Dabbing also offers a more portable and discreet option to marijuana users as it produces a less potent odour compared to smoking marijuana so you can attain your high without drawing attention. Studies on vaporization have also shown that it presents a lower risk of respiratory illnesses compared to smoking due to the absence of combustion.
While it’s becoming increasingly popular, the dabbing topic polarizes many marijuana users either on the basis of preference or misinformation. This article gives you the necessary information about Dabbing, flavours, the various tools necessary and potency levels.
Dab Flavors and Potency
There are a lot of dab flavours and products on the market, with different types of concentrates like waxes, oils and shatters available to choose from. This abundance of options may lead to confusion and indecisiveness for an uninformed buyer.
When picking out your choice dabs, it is important to pay attention not just to potency, but to the flavour as well. This is because what constitutes a good dab isn’t just how high it gets you, but also how good its aroma is. Imagine getting high off strawberry smelling kush? Crazy, right?
The potency of cannabis extracts is determined by the cannabinoids inherent in the cannabis itself. These compounds are of two types: Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The latter is psychoactive in nature and causes brain cells to release dopamine that leads to the euphoric feeling you get when you smoke weed. CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive and does not produce the high associated with THC. Although it does not get you high, CBD offers lots of medicinal benefits and could help manage anxiety problems, as well as pain reliefs. Dab potency is thus determined by the level of THC concentration it carries.
Dab flavours are generated by concentrating weed taste while intentionally reducing the burny and plant-like feel. The best dabs are highly potent, rich in flavour and safe for consumption. The best types of dabs are extracted from Butane Hash Oil, which makes it the most common ones on the market. However, due to market saturation, choosing the right dab oil can be difficult. This article provides information on the various types of dab oil flavours available to help you make a more informed choice.
This cherry flavoured oil by Dark Side Dabs is locally grown and manufactured from butane extracts. It is also charcoal filtered and winterized which removes waxes, chlorophyll and other plant fibres. The resultant product is a clear, tasty and red coloured oil containing between 65-705 of THC. The oil may be consumed with the use of a pipe, vaporized, hot knifed or rolled into a joint and comes in real handy when immediate absorption is desired. Read our article about Cherry Oil vs Honey Oil.
Also produced by Dark Side, this honey-flavoured dab follows a similar production procedure as its Cherry Oil counterpart. It’s also made from butane extracts and subjected to charcoal filters and winterization for optimum results. This leaves it free from waxes, chlorophyll and other plant material. This dark-brown coloured oil is packaged in single gram syringes for easy dosage and contains between 75-80% THC. It’s ideal for immediate consumption and can be enjoyed with the aid of a hot knife, vaporized, or rolled into a joint.
Diamond concentrates are subjected to high production standards at every procedural phase from seed to distribution. The extracts are laboratory tested to ascertain their THC & CBD levels. They are also tested for aroma, flavour and effect. Premium purging methods are used in order to filter impurities, resulting in pure concentrates that contain a high terpene profile. Each package contains one gram for a convenient dosage.
KleerX is a cannabis brand that focuses on and prides itself on extracting the best quality concentrates. High standards production and substance control are maintained to ensure product quality and consumer satisfaction. Products are also packaged in a single gram for easy and convenient dosage.
This cannabis shatter by Concentrate Co. is specifically designed to produce premium grade shatters for your dab lifestyle. The production standards ensure that only fine and organically grown cannabis is processed into shatter. The product is also subjected to intensive testing to arrive at the soothing aromas, flavours and unrivalled effects. Concentrate Co. products aim to deliver an unparalleled concentrate experience.
This oil is made from locally grown flowers and terpenes. The extraction is done through a process known as the supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) method with carbon dioxide. This creates a CO2 based product with 80% THC and much higher terpene content than BHO or shatters. Plant residues such as chlorophyll and waxes are filtered out through a winterization method using food grade alcohol. The finished product has no solvents or carriers, it’s completely natural and plant-derived.
Diamond Concentrate is a seed-to-sale extract company focusing on in-house grown cannabis plants and extraction systems. All extracts are THC and CBD tested without comprising important features such as aroma, flavour and effect in order to maintain quality standards. All products are nug run and subjected to purging methods that remove impurities, resulting in pure concentrates carrying high terpene profiles.
Oro cannabis oil is derived from outdoor grown and pesticide-free strains. It’s subjected to filtering and winterization to weed out waxes, chlorophyll and other plant residues that may be inherent in the extracts. Oro oil has 84% THC concentration as opposed to just 1.8% CBD this is because the oil is made by stripping THC from quality buds. They are manufactured from a single strain which gives the consistency other brands lack. Oro oil isn’t as sweet as honey but is just as sticky and a concentrated liquid form of marijuana. The terpene levels are high and give the product a clean and potent burn.
FAQs about Dab Oil Flavors
THC Oils vs Dabs
The choice between THC oils and dabs is often debated by a large number of marijuana users. However, it should be noted that oils and dabs or waxes are both extracted from marijuana plants, jointly classified as oleoresins, although through different processes.
Dabs are more concentrated and potent than oils. They could come in solid or semi-solid forms that melt and vaporize when heated up to a particular temperature. Due to the extraction processes, dabs are purer and have higher concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes, sometimes containing as much as 80% THC.
THC oils, on the other hand, are liquid marijuana extracts of varying viscosity (some are very thick, while others are light) that are less concentrated as a result of the dilution that occurs during extraction methods. Due to the dilution and extraction methods they go through, THC oils don’t contain as many cannabinoids and terpenes as dabs but ultimately get the job done. There are mainly two types of oils; CBD and THC oils.
THC oils which are the focus here have more terpene and cannabinoids than CBD oils but not as much as Dabs or waxes. Although the main component in THC oils is tetrahydrocannabinol itself, it doesn’t contain as much THC as dabs which may contain up to 90% THC concentrates.
Ultimately, both THC oils and Dabs give you a pleasant euphoric feeling, so the choice boils down to your preference as they are both safe for human consumption. Dabs are however more suitable for immediate absorption, as they come in very handy and give off pleasant aromas.
How to Properly Heat Up a Dab Rig
As simple as it may seem, not knowing how to properly heat up your dab rig may ruin your dabbing experience or cause you some harm. Expectedly, the first step is to get a small dab rig.
After getting the rig, you’ll need to add a titanium or quartz dab nail. Nails made from other materials may produce an unpleasant taste when heated up, interfering with the vapours you’re going to and that could lead to health issues.
It’s important to use a consistent, low temperature when heating up the nail. This is because high temperatures may lead to combustion and make your dabbing experience unpleasant. High temperatures may also cause the terpenes to burn, replacing the expected flavour with harshness.
You can heat up your rig with the use of a lighter while making sure to point the flame away from the rig. The temperature should be maintained until the nail glows red. The next step is to carefully select your concentrate or dab and wait until the nail cools down. It’s essential to select a small amount of concentrate due to the high THC concentrates. If the saying small but mighty is true, it would be a dab.
Once the nail has stopped glowing red, you may drop the Carb cap on it. The carb cap reduces airflow towards your nail, giving you the opportunity to collect the last residues of your oil. Once melting begins, vapours begin to appear and you should inhale until you no longer see any vapours coming up.
What to Know Before Hitting a Dab Pen
A dab pen is a vaporizer styled in pen fashions that enable you to heat up your concentrates on the go. Bearing much semblance to writing pens, dab pens consist of a battery, mouthpiece and atomizer (which holds the concentrates) and a coil. The vaporization process occurs by placing the concentrate on the coil heated up by a wick to produce vapours that you then inhale through the mouthpiece.
Just like with dab rigs, temperature plays a very significant role in vaporization. Thus, if the temperature is too high, you may actually end up burning your concentrates instead of vaporizing them. It’s therefore essential to watch out for temperature features. Oily concentrates need a temperature of around 440°F to 550°F while others need less temperature (between 360°F to 400°F).
While dab pens are durable, handy, smoke-free and save money, purchasing quality products is essential as some only include hand-held blow torches and a nail attachment. Battery life, casing materials and charging requirements also deserve attention and it may be best to purchase the disposable variants.
What Goes in a Wax Pen
While shaped in a similar mould to vape and dab pens, wax pens only vaporize wax concentrates of cannabis. They don’t vaporize oils or dabs. So, the only thing that should go in your wax pen, is a wax concentrate. Unlike with vape pens, wax pens don’t limit you to cartridges and you may carry different forms of concentrates like wax, shatter, and budder.
Get the Most Out of Your Dabs
If you’re looking to get the most out of your dabs and augment your dabbing experience, it’s advisable to get a dab rig with a quartz nail and control the temperature when heating up your rig. You should also clean your rig regularly and rinse regularly with hot water to remove any oil residues.
The use of Carb Caps is encouraged to enable you to collect oil residues that may remain on the nail. Dab gloves are also advisable although not necessary.
Owing to the slimy nature of oil concentrates, it’s easy to end up with sticky hands after handling them. As a result, it’s advisable to wear gloves when handling your dabs to prevent your hands from getting sticky. Also, handling dabs with bare hands may lead to a transfer of skin-oils or bacteria unto your concentrates, which isn’t ideal.
Thus, in order to prevent contamination or dilution due to possible bacteria transfer from your hands, gloves are preferred to leave your dab flavours undiluted, free from contaminants and to protect your hands from stickiness.
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