Today, cannabidiol (CBD) concentrates are considered the leading cannabis trend. In recent years, there’s been a growing preference for CBD concentrates, and becoming widely available. It may seem daunting if you’re interested in knowing about CDB dabbing, but knowing the basics will make the process manageable.
Generally, dabbing involves the vaporization of cannabis concentrates once applied on a hot surface and inhaled. The concentrates, such as wax, shatter, and oil, to name a few, can bring a potent hit, so a small amount is usually enough.
If it’s your first attempt at dabbing CBD concentrates, it may be best to go for the conventional setup with the essentials. As for those who already have the experience and are eager to take dabbing to a new level, Dr Dabber said there are several electronic rigs (e-rigs) worth checking out. However, the right one will depend on your personal preference and how you plan on using the device.
What Is A CBD Dab?
If you want to know more about a CBD dab, it’s a form of cannabidiol derived from either marijuana or hemp that allows one to gain a potent dose of CBD. Dabbing CDB may be an efficient way of enjoying the benefits.
The CBD concentrates are derived from the oil from hemp flower or biomass via extraction methods. After the extraction process, the CBD oil underwent further refinement or dilution and was converted into various forms. The end product often comprises high concentrations of CBD and terpenes, which offers several benefits without bringing about intoxication.
CDB dabbing involves vaporizing your chosen cannabidiol concentrate and inhaling it. As you inhale, it reaches to lungs directly, making it easier to reach your bloodstream. The method makes dabbing an efficient method to ensure a potent hit.
What Are The Basic Dabbing Tools?
Once you’re ready to learn about dabbing, a dab rig is one of the essentials. Keep in mind that the dabbing process continues to evolve, but if it’s your first try, the traditional setup will ensure a good start and includes the following:
- Dab Rig: The dab rig is one of the important tools. The water pipe strikingly resembles a bong but is equipped with a fitting for a nail.
- Nail: The nail functions similarly to a bowl, which holds the concentrate you’ll use. Today, the standard is a quartz banger with its’s distinctive bucket shape. Other options are made of titanium and ceramic, while electronic nails (e-nails) are also becoming a popular preference. When buying one, ensure you get the right joint size, which is where the nail slides into the dab rig. For example, if you purchased a 14mm dab rig, you must invest in a 14mm nail.
- Dabber: A dabber is a handy tool for applying concentrate to the nail. It can be made of glass, metal, or ceramic and is available in various shapes. The shape you choose will depend on the consistency and texture of the concentrate you’ll be dabbing.
- Carb Cap: For many, a carb cap may not be necessary, but it may ensure better airflow regulation. It’s fitted to the nail to control the airflow and enable better-concentrated vaporization. It also helps maintain a lower temperature, so the vapor produced holds more terpenes and a better aroma.
- Torch: A miniature torch will be a portable choice but be ready to stock up on propane. Nowadays, e-nails are gaining popularity, cutting out the need for a torch.
- Cannabis Extract: Cannabis concentrates are available in various forms, but the most common dabbing forms include wax, shatter, and rosin, to name a few.
The dabbing process is a relatively straightforward one. Complete your dabbing setup by investing in good-quality essentials to ensure the best session experience.
A Close Look At The Dabbing Process
Once your dabbing setup is ready with the concentrate on the dabber, you can start your session and keep up with one of the growing cannabis trends. Ideally, it’s recommended to be seated in a comfortable position since dabbing may deliver a potent hit.
- Switch on your torch and aim the flame at the nail. For many, the initial move is to warm up the nail until it turns red hot.
- As the nail reaches a high temperature, switch off the torch. Depending on the nail you have, allow enough time to let it cool down, so the surface temperature isn’t too excessively hot. Allow a quartz nail to cool for up to 45 seconds, while a titanium nail requires 10 seconds. A timer will surely come in handy during this step.
- Place the dab directly onto the nail using your dabber. Start by inhaling in a slow, steady manner. You should rotate the tip of the dabber on the nail to prevent wasting any dab adhering to it.
- Use a carb cap to cover the dab and finish inhaling. The carb cap will control the airflow.
- Finish off by exhaling and enjoying the experience.
As you can see, the dabbing process is relatively straightforward. All it takes is practice until you can gauge the amount of concentrate to ensure the best experience and master the basic techniques when using your dab rig, especially in heating the nail. Remember that the nail can reach extremely hot temperatures, so take care when handling one and wait for all components to cool down before holding them.
What Are The Main Types Of CBD Concentrates?
CBD concentrates are usually described based on their forms and appearance. Some of the popular forms include:
As the name implies, wax mainly comprises candle wax. Production involves butane hash oil (BHO) or carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction. CO2 extraction is widely used, generating top-quality wax with a 65-90% potency.
Wax also contains other compounds such as flavonoids, sterols, terpenes, and other waxes from the cannabis plant. Aside from its distinctive wax-like form, it has a dark yellowish color. You can choose from the common variants such as crumble and budder. Due to its sticky quality, you need to use a dabber to pick it up and place it on the nail.
As stated earlier, budder is one of the variants of wax. Generally, it has a gooey consistency due to a higher moisture level. Budder is known for its creamier and fluffier texture, almost resembling butter.
Crumble, or honeycomb is also another variant of wax. Unlike budder, it has a brittle consistency. Due to the crumbly texture, it’s easier to handle than the other wax variant. It’s less adhesive, and you can use your fingers to place it on the nail.
Shatter boasts a glass-like appearance and texture. It’s translucent and amber in color. Using a dabber, you can break it down into smaller pieces. Once heated with a torch, it liquefies into a honey-like substance.
5. Live Resin
Live resin is produced using flash-frozen buds. As fresh marijuana buds are harvested, they’re flash-frozen to preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids. It may contain a superior number of cannabinoids and terpenes, providing you with better flavor and quality than the other concentrates. Live resin has a more fluid-like consistency with a potency of 90% CBD. The superior qualities of this extract make it costly to acquire.
CBD dabbing may be ideal if you want to enjoy a potent hit with all the benefits. If you have been eager to try CBD concentrates, knowing everything about them will ensure a good start. With practice and patience, you’ll eventually master all the basics of CBD dabbing, especially on the heating step, to provide the best experience during your sessions.