What is dabbing? It's not just a cool dance move, it's a way to consume cannabis. Maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't. Maybe you actively dab or are just interested in potentially checking it out.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Here are our top five dabbing tips for individuals at the beginner level. With these tips, you'll at least have an idea of what you are doing and maybe even take to dabbing like a natural from the start.
What is Dabbing?
Dabbing might be a little daunting if you've never done it before! Some sworn flower consumers find that once they try dabbing, it becomes their preferred method of getting medicated.
Dabbing is different than smoking, vaporizing, or edibles. It's got a concentrated high and might be a little more tricky to operate than something like a bowl, but don't let that stop you.
Dabbing is a popular way to consume that THC/CBD goodness. You may be a rookie now, but with the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis and the advent of medical cannabis product available, you may try dabbing and in a few weeks be the expert in your circle!
Dabs are referred to as hash oil, wax, or budder, among other terms. These highly-concentrated weed doses are made by taking THC and cannabinoids out of the flower through extraction with butane or carbon dioxide.
The result is gorgeously potent oil that is sticky and ready to be dabbed. All you need to do is heat the concentrate on a hot surface or quartz nail tool, and then inhale using your dab rig. You also want to have the tools on hand for the session that you need, which may include everything from a special lighter to a rubber dab mat and your rig and the concentrate yourself.
It may not be considered the most 'clean' method of consuming cannabis, but it is certainly one of the most fun. If you're new to dabbing, check out these five dabbing tips so you can be on your way to dabbing like a pro!
Dab with someone who knows how in a nice environment.
Having someone who has dabbed before on hand to guide you through it can be often way more fun than trying to do it yourself while having no prior experience.
Since dabbing can involve concentrates with high amounts of THC, be sure you're somewhere calm with someone you trust.
Be sure to drink enough water.
You always want to have enough water throughout your day, but you especially will want to have some on hand when smoking or dabbing cannabis. It's a good idea to keep your throat fresh and will give you some relief when dealing with the coughing of dabbing if you inhale a bit too much with your first hit.
Dab inhales can be a bit hot, so keep some cold water or a bottle of water on hand to keep your throat fresh, cool it down, and help you out if you've been coughing after that first (probably very strong) hit.
Pick a good day for dabbing.
A good day is a good day to dab. Never dab if you're having an off day or if you have something important to do. Take a day off work, don't plan to dab if you're going to go in later. Be sure also to allow a few hours to be high and come down from it so that you're not in a rush and you can enjoy your experience. Put on a movie and just hang out, enjoying the session and chilling!
Start small, then build.
Do not go too hard too quickly! Try one dab and be sure it's small, starting slow and then building from there. Progress after waiting 15 to 30 minutes your first time if you have a high tolerance but have not dabbed yet-- the effect may have a slow roll that you start feeling even more deeply after a few minutes' time.
Be in a nice environment.
A good setting with calm vibes and someone who has dabbed before will help you feel at ease and not so anxious about your dabbing experience. High THC content can mean that you may experience a bit of anxiety after dabbing, so it's nice to have a pleasant and not sketchy place to be. If you have a trusted friend you can dab with, by all means, call them up!