Dabbing has increased in popularity over the last few years, particularly among people who are looking for a much stronger high.
Essentially, dabbing is all about inhaling a small amount of concentrate through vaporization. These are usually resins, waxes, or cannabis oils that are dabbed. In the past, dabbing for a strong hit thanks to THC was popular, especially for those who no longer get high with other forms of consumption or due to their cannabis tolerance.
But a lot of people still don’t know that you can actually dab CBD too! You won’t get high, but you will benefit from its fast-acting pain relieving, anti-anxiety and relaxing properties.
Benefits of Dabbing CBD
Vaporized cannabis is a highly effective way of getting the most out of your CBD. Studies have shown that vaporizing a cannabis substance increases bioavailability, or the rate at which it is absorbed by your body. When you dab CBD, it’s absorbed straight into your bloodstream after passing your lungs, so you can feel its effects immediately.
Additionally, when you consume CBD concentrates, these products contain high amounts of extremely beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids. What you get is a much healthier experience, and much quicker. On the other hand, when you consume CBD orally, just 13-19% of the CBD actually makes it to your bloodstream.
This is important for people who are sick and need fast-acting relief for pain, inflammation, anxiety, and stress.
Choosing CBD Concentrates For Dabbing
There are several different kinds of CBD concentrates you can use for dabbing. These are all derived from hemp, so they won’t get you high:
Wax is an umbrella term referring to waxy, sticky concentrates. They come in a wide range, from isolates to full-spectrum varieties.
Shatter is a solid concentrate made through the addition of terpenes to slabs of CBD isolate.
CBD isolate is one of the purest forms of CBD you can get. It contains only the molecule of CBD but in crystalline form. These can be as much as 99% potency.
CBD extract is oily, but contains the plant’s full spectrum of molecules. Before you buy CBD extract for dabbing though, make sure that it has been winterized in order to eliminate plant material and fats, because you don’t want to inhale these.
Crumble is a moist type of concentrate made by removing the oils from a regular cannabis concentrate. It takes its name from its crumbly consistency.
Terpsolate is an isolate made by combining the liquid form of terpenes
It’s always recommended to choose a broad or full spectrum concentrate for dabbing CBD, because these types of products enhance the entourage effect for better results. If you are looking for more flavor, look for terpenes in a concentrate form.
You can dab CBD alone or mix it with a THC extract, depending on the effect you are looking for. If you don’t mind getting high, it’s good to know that CBD has the tendency to give a smoother experience when combined with THC concentrates.
However, keep in mind that you CANNOT dab CBD oil or alcohol-based extracts. They are not made for dabbing since they contain several ingredients that are not designed for being heated. CBD oils should only be consumed sublingually or orally.
How To Dab CBD
Dabbing CBD can be pretty straightforward once you’ve gotten used to it, but for some people it takes practice to nail the process down. The most important thing to keep in mind when dabbing CBD is that you need to have full control of the temperature at which you vaporize it. If you use too little heat, the concentrate will not vaporize and if you use too much heat, this ends up in combustion.
Check out this video to learn more about dabbing cannabis.
Ideally, dabbing temperatures should be between 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If your temperatures are on the higher side of this range, the terpenes can end up burning, reducing the flavor as well as the health benefits of these compounds.
There are many ways you can dab CBD, but the most convenient way is to use a wax pen. Always just use a dose that is the size of 1 or 2 grains of rice to start with (depending on the potency of the extract you’re using), then you can gradually increase if needed. Add the concentrates to the wax pen chamber then assemble the parts and turn it on. Most wax pens are simple enough that you only need to push a button to heat it, but press the button once you are ready to inhale.
Always start slow and work your way to a bigger inhale without burning the CBD concentrate. If you are using a large vaporizer, the device might let you set the temperature so that you only need to wait for it to heat.
Using a dab rig is often seen as a complicated process that tends to intimidate many. If you end up using a dab rig, be sure that your workspace is clear since you will be using a lot of hot materials and open flame.
Dabbing CBD has significant benefits, but it can also be dangerous so always approach the process with much caution in order to avoid explosions. Don’t attempt to extract especially if you don’t have experience – this is something you should leave to the professionals.
Always, always, always buy your concentrates from reputable companies only. But other than these, dabbing CBD is safe. The other ‘dangers’ of dabbing are getting too high that you can’t handle it, but that isn’t something that you need to worry about with CBD. The effects may not last as long as when you consume CBD, just around 2-3 hours, its immediate onset is a huge benefit enough for many people.