With less stigma attached to marijuana, than it had five or ten years ago, the cannabis industry continues to grow and innovate. It includes new methods of consumption, such as dabbing. Dabs involve heating a concentrate on a nail in a specialized dab rig, which vaporizes the oil so you can inhale it. It can deliver an instantaneous and potent high.
It’s a Faster Way to Get High
Before dabbing became a dance move and pop culture reference, it was a way of consuming cannabis oil that offered more THC and faster effects. Dabs are extracted from the marijuana plant using a solvent, typically butane, to create concentrated forms of the drug that can be inhaled through a dab rig. The process is relatively quick, allowing users to experience immediate pain relief and euphoria. This immediacy and potency appeal to many people, especially those who struggle with chronic pain or other medical conditions requiring medication with significant side effects. The most common method of consuming dabs is to drop the concentrate onto a hot surface using a dab tool such as a nail in a dab rig and inhale the vapor. However, using the concentrated oils in other products such as edibles, capsules, tinctures, and topicals is also possible. However, these methods are slower and may not be as potent as dabbing.
It’s a Cleaner Way to Consume
Using cannabis concentrates can give you a more potent high than smoking marijuana flowers or buds. That is because dabs contain more cannabinoids than traditional marijuana products. Dabs also eliminate most of the plant matter that creates carcinogens and harmful smoke when burned, so you only inhale a vapor of pure cannabinoids.
Dabbing is a safer way to consume marijuana than smoking, but it still has the potential for addiction. The potent effects can cause users to build up a tolerance quickly, leading them to consume more and more marijuana to experience the same carefree, happy feeling. It can lead to addiction and may even cause individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms. That is why it’s essential to use clean and reputable marijuana products that have been tested for contaminants. Thankfully, many addiction treatment programs are available for individuals who struggle with marijuana or dabs.
It’s a More Effective Way to Manage Pain
With medical marijuana becoming more accepted, more patients are turning to dabbing to treat their pain. The high THC levels found in dabs can be more effective at alleviating pain than cannabis flowers, which have an average potency of about 23%. In addition, dabs are usually free of plant matter and the carcinogens that come with them, making them much cleaner than traditional marijuana. However, dabs can still contain residue from the butane extraction process. Dabs can vary in texture and appearance depending on the method of production. Shatter is a firmer concentrate that is brittle and often translucent in color. Wax has a softer consistency, similar to ear wax or honey, and is more malleable. Other types of dabs include budder, batter, sugar, and crumble. If a dab is whipped into a consistency similar to peanut butter, it’s known as terp sauce. This type of dab is more flavorful than other forms of concentrates.
It’s a Safer Way to Consume
A dab is an oil-based cannabis concentrate with a high THC content. It is produced by forcing butane through a tube loaded with dried marijuana trimmings. The butane extracts the plant’s THC and other hydrophobic compounds to produce a resin. The resulting product, which comes in various forms such as wax, shatter, budder, and live resin, can be used to smoke marijuana or placed on a nail in a dab rig to inhale the vapor. Dabbing is not for novice users, but when done correctly, it can offer a purer and cleaner way to consume marijuana than smoking traditional flowers. However, long-term or heavy dabs can lead to adverse side effects such as psychosis or mental illness.
For this reason, nurses need to talk with their patients about the risks of consuming dabs. These conversations responsibly and nonjudgmentally can help patients make educated decisions about marijuana use. They may decide that dabs are not suitable for them or find that it is an effective treatment option.