Dabs were originally considered a novelty in the cannabis community, and while they continue to gain importance, many people still don't know much about them. One important thing people who use cannabis for medical purposes should know is that if you're trying to get the most out of your medicine, then you must understand the concept of temperature.
People who smoke flower will be familiar with the concept of burning the herb to get the most out of it. There is low temp vaping and high temp vaping.
Why Do Your Dabbing Temperatures Matter?
Dabbing temperatures denote the temperature that a dab of concentrate is ready to be consumed after it has been taken off the heat source. In order to activate cannabinoids, such as THC, you must heat the concentrate to a specific temperature.
- High temp dabs are heated between 410-480 F (210-250 C) for between 5-25 seconds.
- Low temp dabs are heated below 410 F (210 C) for up to 2 minutes.
The higher the temperature, the more cannabinoids are activated. This is known as 'decarboxylation'. Those who smoke flower will know that the taste of cannabis changes when it's burned. This is because the decarboxylation of cannabinoids has taken place, meaning that some of the THC and other cannabinoids are converted into another chemical which makes the smoke taste different.
Those who decarboxylate their cannabis will find that they can experience effects sooner and that the effects will last longer. However, many people don't have a dab rig or a bong, or anything else that can be used to smoke flower or extracts.
Comparing Dabbing Temperatures
Since we now understand the concept of dabbing temperatures, lets compare low temp dabs and high temp dabs.
Low Temp Dabs
Low temp dabbing is generally done with a lower-temperature dab rig. Around 410 F (210 C) is the standard low temp dabbing temperature, however, it can be achieved through a lower temperature dab rig or by using a water-filtration attachment on your existing rig. To do this, you'll need to take the bubbler off the dab rig; generally, this is done with a glass slide.
Advantages of Low Temp Dabs
- The product will last more than a regular dab because fewer cannabinoids have been activated.
- The taste will be good and the smoke won't irritate your lungs.
- Higher terpene intake can be achieved.
- Easy on your body; you won't be inhaling much butane or propane gas.
Disadvantages of Low Temp Dabs
- The high will not be as strong as a high temp dab.
- It takes longer to experience the effects of low temp dabs.
- Higher terpene intake can sometimes affect the flavor.
High Temp Dabs
High temp dabs are those that are heated above 480 F (250 C). This temperature is generally achieved by using a domeless titanium nail or by heating the dome to a high temperature. A dome is typically made of quartz or ceramic and can be heated with a flame such as a propane torch, lighter, or even an electronic heating device.
Advantages of High Temp Dabs
- Since more cannabinoids have been activated, the high will be stronger.
- Less residue will be left in the dab rig.
- You will experience thicker clouds of smoke.
Disadvantages of High Temp Dabs
- There is less flavor.
- Not suitable for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma.
- The high can be too intense for some people, especially if you're a newcomer to cannabis.
- Not recommended for people who don't have experience with dabbing.
- It is expensive to sustain high temp dabbing since your product will last less.
So, now you know the difference between low temp dabs and high temp dabs. Therefore, the choice is yours on which one you prefer. If you're looking for a quick, intense high, go for high temp dabs. On the other hand, if you want a more drawn-out high with better flavor and for your product to last longer, it's best that you dab at a lower temperature.
However, if you're not experienced with dabbing yet, go for low temp dabs. This will allow you to ease into the process slowly without experiencing too much of an intense high.