Dabbing involves placing a dose of CBD extract on a red-hot nail and inhaling the resulting vapor. This method allows users to intake a large amount of CBD in one go, resulting in swift, more noticeable effects. Although dabbing is typically used to enjoy THC-rich concentrates, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying CBD in this way.
Old-school cannabis smokers dreamed of what we have access to in the modern era. The ability to walk into a coffeeshop or dispensary and browse through a catalogue of extracts and hash remains a luxury that we often take for granted.
CBD can help to reduce feelings of nervousness and allow people to feel at ease. Taking CBD throughout the day helps to tame the nerves and becomes especially helpful before important meetings and events. Using CBD concentrates amplifies the effects of CBD flower thanks to such high levels of the cannabinoid alongside synergistic terpenes.
Concentrates are nothing new in the cannabis world. In fact, herbal enthusiasts found ways to enhance the cannabis experience thousands of years ago by lumping together as many trichomes as possible. As technology continues to grow in the cannabis field, exponentially more potent concentrates are becoming available on a consistent basis. With CBD in particular being so popular, CBD concentrates offer a whole new way for consumers to benefit from the versatile, non-psychotropic cannabinoid.
Vaporizers use convection or conduction heating, or both, to heat up CBD concentrates. Instead of combusting the material, these systems simply heat it up to the point at which CBD and terpenes begin to evaporate. This creates a gentle, smooth, and extremely tasty hit. Some vaporizers even allow you to select specific temperature settings to harness particular terpenes and benefit from the entourage effect.
Because concentrates offer much higher doses of CBD than flower, the chances of experiencing side effects may increase in some users.
Live resin can reach a potency of around 90% cannabinoids, and it’s often used in a portable vaporizer to supply high levels of CBD in just a few puffs.
Depending on the process, the resulting product is either large CBD crystals or a fine white powder that resembles confectioner’s sugar. While there may be a slight residual cherry flavor, neither form of CBD isolate should contain a distinct odor or taste. But don’t be fooled by its plain appearance — there are actually a number of reasons to get excited about CBD isolate and all that it has to offer.
When shopping for CBD isolate, it’s important to look for products from reputable companies that are lab-tested by a third party. This should ensure that your isolate doesn’t contain any THC, additional plant materials, or other impurities.
CBD isolate can be mixed with terpenes to create homemade CBD concentrates that can be vaped or dabbed. The isolate can also be made into crystal slabs that can be dabbed using a traditional oil rig.
There are various processes used to produce CBD isolate from industrial hemp extracts, such as supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) or ethanol-based extractions. The same extraction methods can also be used as a starting point for the production of THC isolate as well, but typically with marijuana plants instead of industrial hemp. To create an isolate, a number of components are removed from the plant, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, as well as fats, lipids, and other compounds. After that, the CBD compound is separated from the rest of the extraction through a series of chemical washing and separation processes.
While it’s true that hemp-derived CBD doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects as THC, that doesn’t mean it’s completely free of THC. According to federal law, hemp plants and hemp-derived products are legally permitted to contain up to 0.3% THC.
The effects of dabbing CBD are not as long-lasting as other CBD consumption methods, such as oral. While the effects of swallowing CBD can last seven hours, the effects of inhaling CBD vapor from a dab rig will last less than half that time, usually about three hours.
It should go without saying that the information contained in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. The effects of CBD have not been evaluated by the FDA (except in the case of Epidiolex, the CBD-derived pharmaceutical treatment for childhood epilepsy). Be sure to consult your physician before using CBD dabs or any other cannabis products.
Whether you’re shopping online or in-person, make sure to buy from a licensed cannabis dispensary and choose organic when available, advised Dr. Rae. She also stressed, “Like any other CBD product, be careful if you’re taking any kind of prescription medication that has a ‘grapefruit’ warning on the label: CBD can interact with these medications, sometimes dangerously.”
For more information on dabbing devices, different types of dabs, and how to dab, check out the Weedmaps’ Guide to Dabbing.
You can buy dabs as wax, crystals, crumble, or shatter. Budder, pull-and-snap, and honeycomb are other popular CBD dab products. Each option has a different consistency to bear in mind when shopping and putting products in the cart. For example, budder is smooth and creamy, while pull-and-snap stretches out like taffy. Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD.
Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Dabs can provide a quick but powerful hit without the intense intoxication many other cannabis products provide. And with higher bioavailability, you’ll need less CBD to achieve the same results as other consumption methods.