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Dabbing CBD: A guide for beginners

Tinctures and lip balms and creams… oh my! There are so many CBD products on the market that it can make your head spin. Most products are fairly easy to understand, but what in the world is a CBD concentrate? Commonly called CBD dabs, products like our CBD Shatter and CBD Crumble are terpene-infused CBD in a highly concentrated form. These products are meant to be consumed by vaporizing and inhaling them.

Why should I dab CBD?

Studies suggest that vaporizing CBD is one of the more bioavailable ways to consume CBD. Bioavailability is defined as the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity. Since the CBD vapor is absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your lungs, the wait time for any potential effects is relatively low.

One of the other major benefits of dabbing CBD is it can offer the best options to refine your CBD experience. While most tinctures will just offer CBD in a convenient oil form, they will more or less be uniform in terms of effect. CBD concentrates, on the other hand, are infused with terpenes, which enhance your baseline CBD experience.

How to dab CBD

There are a few different methods to dab CBD, from old school glass to modern e-devices. Each method will yield the same results, it will mostly just come down to what best fits your lifestyle!

Requirements: Glass rig, dab nail, butane torch, dab tool

Description: This method is best for people who are experienced cannabis users. The initial setup will require some upfront investment to get rolling. If you already have a water pipe that you use for flower, you can just purchase a nail that will sit in place of the bowl. This method is great for consumers who enjoy “the ritual” of smoking, but may be looking to reduce their THC intake.

  • Turn on your torch and aim the flame directly at the nail. Most people will heat the nail until it begins turning red-hot. If you’re using an electronic nail, please consult your product’s manual.
  • Once the nail is hot, turn off your torch. It’s recommended to let titanium nails cool for about 10 seconds and quartz nails about 45 seconds so the surface temperature isn’t too hot.
  • Take your dabber, apply the dab directly on the nail inside the dome, and inhale slowly. Rotating the dabber tip on the nail can help you prevent wasting any oil stuck to the dabber.

Requirements: Device rated for concentrate use, such as The Phang

Description: This is the best method for people who are looking to try something new but are intimidated by the thought of vaporizing something. E-devices are sleek, easy to use, and can help even the most inexperienced consumer vaporize CBD in a way that feels comfortable. When shopping for a device, just make sure the device intended for concentrates, NOT regular vape juice.

Directions (written for The Phang, refer to user manual for your device):

  • Fully charge device before use
  • Remove glass mouthpiece and fill with water
  • Turn Phang on by clicking fire button 5 times, LEDs will blink to confirm power is on
    Click fire button 3 times to change voltage. We recommend the blue LED which is medium power
  • Remove bottom cap from device to expose vape tip
  • Hold open concentrate container with non-dominant hand, device with dominant hand
  • Touch tip to concentrate, hold fire button while tip is touching concentrate, and inhale through mouthpiece. Think of it as using device like a straw, as device will vaporize on one end while you inhale through the other.

Requirements: Glass pipe, material such as tobacco or marijuana in a legal state

Description: This method is a simple way to use CBD concentrates to supplement your current smoking routine. The flame of a lighter will be enough to vaporize the concentrate and combo a CBD bonus while you smoke. The concentrates cannot be smoked alone in this way, as they will melt and go straight through the hole in the bowl. They need a smoke-able material under them for this method.

  • Prepare your smoke-able material in your preferred method
    Pack the bowl with your smoke-able material
  • Sprinkle CBD concentrate over the top of the bowl
  • Using a lighter, smoke bowl to desired level of effect

Commonly called CBD dabs, products like our CBD Shatter and CBD Crumble are terpene-infused CBD in a concentrated form.

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Contents

  1. What are CBD dabs?
  2. Do CBD dabs get you high?
  3. What does a CBD dab feel like?
  4. How long do CBD dabs last?
  5. How do I use CBD dabs?
  6. Where can I buy CBD dabs?

In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.

What are CBD dabs?

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.

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Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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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.

Do CBD dabs get you high?

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.”

When consuming CBD in any quantity — but particularly CBD dabs — it’s important to start with the lowest possible dose and gradually increase that dose until you feel the desired effect.

What does a CBD dab feel like?

If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. If you have experienced pain relief from CBD oil, dabbing CBD may produce similar effects. CBD has also been reported to potentially offer a range of other therapeutic benefits, from fighting inflammation to slowing the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

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If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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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.

How long do CBD dabs last?

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.

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.”

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.

How do I use CBD dabs?

Using CBD dabs is easy once you’ve perfected your technique. But before you begin, there are a number of factors to consider. First, what kind of dabbing device would you be most comfortable with? Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. E-rigs or e-nails offer a flameless way to have a traditional dabbing experience. There are also dab pens that, on the upside, require the least amount of set-up and practice. On the other hand, they offer a much more subdued experience than you would expect from a traditional dab rig.

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Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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For more information on dabbing devices, different types of dabs, and how to dab, check out the Weedmaps’ Guide to Dabbing.

Where can I buy CBD dabs?

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.”

Start searching for the right CBD product for you and confirm with your doctor before starting a new regimen.

In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.