Not exactly. CBD dabs will either contain very little or absolutely no THC, the cannabinoid that gets you classically high. So while you won’t experience a classic THC high, you won’t necessarily feel perfectly sober either. Even at relatively low doses, CBD consumption can cause a reduction in anxiety and more restful sleep (as reported in 2019 in the Permanente Journal), which technically constitutes a psychoactive effect. When consumed in high concentrations, CBD can cause drowsiness and a heavy body “high.”
Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Do CBD dabs get you high?
However, inhaling vapor may be preferable to ingesting edibles, as Dr. Adie Rae, scientific adviser to Weedmaps and a neuroscientist at the Legacy Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, explained: “Vaping CBD is a better choice than eating/swallowing it because the lungs are far more efficient at getting CBD into the bloodstream. The bioavailability of CBD is greater through the lungs than through the gut. Specifically, about half of the CBD you inhale makes it into the blood, but only 5% of the CBD you eat gets into your blood.”
Put simply, a CBD dab is a CBD (cannabidiol) concentrate derived from marijuana or hemp. Unlike other CBD products that mix the concentrate with other ingredients (to make an edible or tincture, for example), CBD dabs are unadulterated.
For more information on dabbing devices, different types of dabs, and how to dab, check out the Weedmaps’ Guide to Dabbing.
In this article, we talk about dabbing CBD as a therapeutic means to relieving even the most harsh of medical symptoms.
As you might guess, then, depending on where you live (i.e. if you live in a state where weed is legal or not), obtaining a “dabbable” CBD concentrate may be a little more difficult than obtaining a simple CBD oil.
First Things First: What is Dabbing… and What is CBD?
However, for individuals that suffer from the most intense or severe of symptoms, or for those who have tried traditional CBD oil with minimal results, a different, more potent administration of the natural cannabinoid may be in order.
The typical method of CBD consumption is by way of oil tincture, which the patient administers sublingually by placing drops under the tongue and swallowing. Since hemp-derived CBD (i.e. cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC) is legal, patients can order it and have it safely shipped to their doorstep in all 50 states.
Once extracted, the CBD-rich resin needs to be further processed in order to remove any of the excess butane material. If done correctly, a properly-produced CBD concentrate will leave you with a thick, sticky, gooey, ultra-potent CBD “wax” (or shatter, butter, etc, depending on texture/consistency) that is ready to be vaporized on your dab rig.