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What is dabbing? Is good or bad?

on September 15 at 06:55 AM
Put aside your bong and burn your rolling paper, there is a new trend and its name is "dabbing".

Whether you are using cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes or not, chances are you've already heard of dabbing or dabs.

This new trend has hit the cannabis industry with great force, and although it represents a new way of consuming and enjoying weed for both recreational and therapeutic purposes, it has also generated some criticism regarding the safety of cannabis dabs and their production.

So is it really as good as some claim? Or should we be scared? Let's clarify certain aspects once and for all.

WHAT IS DABBING AND HOW ARE DABS MADE?
Dabbing is a term used to describe the process of heating cannabis concentrates , such as BHO oil, on a hot surface and inhaling them, usually through a "dab rig" or water pipes. The concentrates used are often known as "dabs".

Dabs are concentrated forms of cannabis that are made using a complex process that extracts the main compounds from the plant.

This process includes the use of a solvent, such as butane or carbon dioxide, to separate the trichomes from the cannabis plant material. These trichomes, which are small crystalline particles in cannabis flowers, leaves and stems, contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes.

The tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid guilty effects of cannabis), is obviously the main objective of this extraction process. However, it can also be used to extract other cannabinoids such as CBD .

These concentrates, or dabs, are also usually rich in terpenes . Although terpenes are very fragile and are normally lost in any extraction process that uses butane or a similar solvent.

Most concentrates on the market (both legal and illegal) are made using butane as a solvent. Any concentrate or dab made with butane is often referred to as BHO.

WHAT OTHER TYPES OF DABS ARE THERE?

Dabbing has become so popular, especially among the younger generations, that more and more types of dabs are being launched on the market.

To clarify the matter, we have prepared a list of the most common types of dabs today:

BUTANE HASH OIL (BHO)
As we mentioned before, the BHO is probably the main representative of the world of dabs.

The process of making BHO usually consists of compacting the cannabis flower in a container with a small hole, heating it with the butane and collecting the resulting liquid. Subsequently, the obtained mixture is purified to remove as much butane as possible, usually by means of a heating or vacuuming process.

The end product is a golden concentrate, which can contain really high concentrations of THC and other cannabinoids . BHO is usually sold under the following names:

Shatter:
Cannabis shatter is a type of BHO with a texture similar to that of glass, in fact it usually breaks if it falls to the ground ("shatter" means to crumble or crumble in English).

Many people believe that shatter is the purest form of BHO due to its translucent appearance, but it is not. During the manufacturing process, the shatter is purged (usually with a vacuum cleaner) to remove the butane.

Unlike other dabs, which can be filtered or whipped, the shatter is only purged. The shatter does not shake or beat, therefore its molecules remain intact and this gives it its semi-transparent appearance.

Wax:
The wax BHO usually a very sticky texture and can have different consistencies. Unlike shatters, wax is not transparent. It usually has a whitish color like honey or beeswax.

This is because waxes are often churned during the purification process, which agitates the molecules in the concentrate and results in a completely different end product.

Cannabis wax is available in a variety of different consistencies. For example, the crumble is a type of wax with a texture similar to the coating of the dessert "apple crumble", a crunchy crust. There is also honeycomb, a type of wax, which obviously closely resembles a honeycomb. Finally, we also find the budder, a wax with a particularly pasty and creamy texture, more similar to butter.

Live resin:
Live resin concentrates are making a name for themselves among the best recently created BHOs.

Unlike conventional BHOs and other concentrates that are always made from cured buds, live resin is made using fresh cannabis flowers that are frozen right after harvest and kept at extremely low temperatures throughout the extraction process.

This achieves a truly powerful extract, with a high concentration of terpenes and complex aromas and flavors.

ICE WATER HASH OR BUBBLE HASH
The ice water or bubble hash hash is a type of concentrate produced by extraction with water and ice.

It usually consists of freezing the remains of the manicuring of the buds, covering them with water and ice and shaking the mixture (using a "washing machine" or stirring it) to collect as many trichomes from the plant matter as possible.

The buds and leaves are subsequently removed from the mixture, which must pass through a series of filters to separate the hash from the remains of plant particles.

The final product is dried and a granular concentrate is obtained that can be handled and compacted into larger blocks.

Its preparation is relatively safe and simple, so the bubble hash is a great alternative for those who want to prepare their own dabs at home.

ROSIN
Like bubble hash, rosin is relatively easy to make , making it another great alternative for anyone looking to make their own extracts.

Rosin hash is made by compacting cannabis flowers between two hot surfaces and collecting the high-quality golden oil that is extracted from the buds through this process.

Although large-scale growers operating legal cannabis markets have specialized equipment to make rosin in large quantities, you can easily make it at home too.

Simply wrap a cannabis bud in parchment or parchment paper, and press it between two hot surfaces (such as a sandwich maker or the plates of a straightening iron) for a few seconds.

Then remove the paper from the bud and collect the sticky resin that has remained on the inside of the paper.

OIL WITH DRY ICE
CO₂ oil is made using carbon dioxide instead of butane or water as the solvent.

Extracting cannabis oil with CO₂ is an extremely complicated process that requires special equipment. However, it produces a precious amber oil that is considered one of the purest concentrates on the market today.

Dry ice oil is typically mixed with food grade propylene glycol or glycerin to retain its liquid consistency at room temperature, which is then typically vaporized using pocket vaporizers. It can also be frozen and consumed with a hookah.

HOW TO CONSUME DABS

Dabbing basically consists of rapidly heating and vaporizing a concentrate at very high temperatures and inhaling the resulting smoke. However, the dabbing process can be a bit scary ...

Imagine that you are used to smoking joints and suddenly someone passes you a blowtorch. Ufff!

But don't worry, dabs are often smoked through a type of water pipe known as a "dab rig." It consists of several different parts, such as a needle and a dome, and you will usually need a torch.

You will first have to assemble your pipe. Then heat the needle with the torch until it is red hot. Now you will have to place the dome on top of it. The dome is designed to prevent smoke from escaping once you place your concentrate on the needle.

The next thing will be to use tweezers to leave the concentrate in the dome, while you inhale the smoke through the mouthpiece of the pipe. If you want to take advantage of any residue that may have remained on the tips of the tweezers, you will only have to place the needle on them.

We always recommend smoking dabs while sitting down. Dabs provide a very fast and powerful THC injection, which can be very intense, especially when it is your first time.

THE ADVANTAGES OF DABBING
Dabs have become extremely popular because they allow the cannabis user to consume a powerful dose of cannabis almost instantly.

While this is good news for many, it can be especially helpful for medicinal users who need a strong dose of cannabis quickly. For example, patients in severe pain need a dose of strong THC or CBD to control their symptoms as soon as possible, and dabbing offers them a fast-acting alternative that smoking, vaporizing, or ingesting cannabis cannot match.

THE WORRYING ABOUT DABBING
Dabbing has generated a lot of negative news in the media, especially in the United States.

One of the main concerns regarding dabbing is the safety of your production.

There are a multitude of tutorials on the net for making dabs, which has led some amateur "chemists" to try to prepare different concentrates at home, especially BHO.

The process of making BHO is extremely dangerous. Mainly because butane is used, a highly flammable substance that carries obvious risks.

This is not a problem for professional growers working in legal markets, as they typically use laboratories and sophisticated equipment to minimize any risk in the production of their dabs.

But this is not true when we talk about a guy who heats butane in a frying pan on his gas stove at home to purify his homemade shatter. Homemade dabs have sparked a lot of sleepless stories: houses blowing up and the dead in between.

There is also concern around the chemical composition of the dabs. Many people are put off by the idea of smoking a product that is made with butane, a gas that is usually used to recharge Zippo.

The fact that dabs are relatively new and their effects on our health have hardly been researched or analyzed doesn't help either. Despite the fact that a high quality dab usually does not contain butane because it has been aspirated.

Another important aspect about dabs is their power. Some can contain up to 80% THC, while a normal bud contains around 15%.

Although it is not possible to overdose fatally with dabs or any other marijuana extract, this level of potency and the fact that the effects appear in a matter of minutes, makes it more difficult to control its dosage and the user is more likely to end up feeling bad or even pass out.

Needless to say, these kinds of stories are doing the legalization movement any favors, which is trying to convince society that cannabis is a safe and natural product that has been enjoyed for thousands of years.

Another reason for concern is the appearance of dabbing. Many people compare it to the "crack" of cannabis and this form of consumption generates rejection.

Although it is not easy to predict the future of dabbing or how it will affect the movement for legalization, it is important to be aware that there are significant problems with dab production, this new form of consumption and the way it is affecting the image of cannabis use. On other Side you should try dr zodiak's moon rocks cartridge also to get something new

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