Also, it does merit pointing out that CBD concentrates can also be produced from high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strains, rather than hemp. Therapeutic strains such as Charlotte’s Web, ACDC, and Cannatonic have all been specifically bred to contain very potent amounts of CBD, and virtually no psychoactive THC. Of course, though, unless you have a medical marijuana card or live in a recreationally legal state where you can visit a reputable dispensary, it may be super tough to find these particular CBD-rich strains, or even “dabbable” CBD concentrates in general.
If you are suffering from abnormal or excessive levels of pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, or any other range of medical challenge and have not had success with sublingual CBD oils, then perhaps dabbing CBD may be a solution for you.
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.
Can You Dab CBD Oil?
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.
Basically, the majority of CBD concentrates are produced from the hemp plant. Unlike THC which primarily exists in the flower buds of the marijuana plant, CBD can be found throughout hemp – including in its leaves, flowers, and even stems. As such, in order to be made into a CBD-rich concentrate, raw hemp material needs to be ground up and processed (typically by way of butane extraction) in order to extract the natural, pure CBD resin.
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.
When you dab CBD (or any cannabis concentrate, for that matter), it is suggested that you only take one hit, or “dab,” at first, and then go from there. Like we’ve said several times, dabbing is incredibly potent and is very different from regular smoking, and especially from taking a CBD oil. As such, its effects may surprise you and catch you off guard if you’re not prepared.
You’ll find these electronic devices used for dabbing under many names including wax pens, dab pens, and dab vapes. The basic idea is that a battery powered coil is heated which is used to vaporize a concentrate that is then inhaled. The main components of every wax pen are similar:
While dabbing is efficient, that does not mean that it is free of downsides. Inhaling vaporized CBD is not nearly as accessible as other more conventional means like swallowing capsules, using a tincture, or eating edibles. Also, the effects of inhaling cannabidiol vapor may only last for 2-3 hours where swallowing the compound can last up to 7 hours.
Dabbing is the act flash vaporizing a cannabis concentrate (in our case a high-cannabidiol hemp extract) through the use of a dab rig or wax pen. The vapor created is then inhaled. Dabbing became popular because it is highly potent and effective.
After heating the nail, use your dabber to get the concentrate ready to be added. Once ready, drop the concentrate into the nail or run the dabber around the nail as you inhale to vaporize the complete contents of the concentrate. Experienced dabbers may be able to inhale the entire hit at once. If that’s not you, once you’ve finished adding the concentrate, you may want to cover the nail with the dome to keep the vapor from escaping. This way, you can come back and inhale the rest of the hit.
CBD concentrates can be dabbed alone or combined with a high-THC marijuana extract. Many users find that CBD ‘smooths out’ and creates a more ‘complete’ high when combined with THC concentrates. Sometimes these concentrates are added to marijuana flower when it is vaporized, smoked, or rolled.
The dab rig is constantly evolving, yet even today there are a standardized set of tools used in a dab setup:
Dabbing equipment varies widely in function, features, and price. You can find a simple, low-cost option or dive in as deep as you’d like. For the scope of this article, we are going to cover the basics of the two main options available to flash vaporize your concentrates: wax vaporizers and dab rigs.
— What’s the difference? —
Depending on the context, CBD oil can mean a variety of things. This term technically applies to CBD-rich hemp flower extract, but the average person uses “CBD oil” to refer to CBD tinctures instead.
What happens if I vape CBD tincture?
Remember that the only two ingredients permissible in CBD vape products are CO2-extracted hemp flower concentrate and (optionally) cannabis-derived terpenes. Anything else is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
Refilling vape cartridges is a risky business under any circumstances, and under no circumstances should you vape CBD oil. CBD concentrate is another matter, but you need to clearly tell the difference before you accidentally inhale something that might damage your lungs.
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