What is dabbing? Pros and Cons

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Dabbing -- it’s growing every day, and it’s one of the top preferred methods of consuming concentrates out there. If you have questions, it’s ok, we can help! What exactly is dabbing, and what are its strengths and weaknesses? 

Dabbing consists of heating cannabinoid-rich concentrates, known as dabs, using e-dab rigs in order to vaporize them. These concentrates are naturally very high in cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and others. There are many different ways to ‘dab’, yet the most recommended method of consumption is with an electronic dab rig, or a vaporizer that is compatible with oils or concentrates.

It is most recommended because when using an e-dab rig, instead of traditional combustion methods, the concentrates are vaporized at the perfect temperature, which means they won’t burn off all of the goodies you’re after. A traditional heating method can burn off a large percentage of THC, CBD, and tasty terpenes in your product. 

Pros of Dabbing

Concentrates are considered one of the “cleanest” ways of consuming THC and CBD, since dabs offer a high amount of pure goodness, without all the extra plant matter. It’s thanks to this fact that many people feel like dabbing gets straight to the point, and they prefer it. 

On another note, the term “a little dab will do” really applies. You can get so much more out of a small amount of concentrates than you would with dry herb. Dabbing is both easier on your lungs and on your wallet. 

Thanks to the high concentration of terpenes and the absence of dry plant matter, dabs offer you a very clean and prominent taste; and when you dab with an electronic rig, that flavor is even cleaner and tastier. Another thing that many consider a bonus of dabbing is that they claim the high is “clearer”. This is probably due to the fact that when vaping dabs, you don’t consume the high amounts of tar and resin that comes from dry herb, and you body can process its benefits much easier. 

Cons of Dabbing

Like everything else, dabbing also has a few weak points to its name. The first con is also on the pro list: their potency. Dabs are so potent that they can be risky. Some people have experienced a much stronger high than expected when dabbing with THC concentrates, and this can lead to an increased heart rate, paranoia, and even blackouts. Because of this, it’s important to take it slowly when it comes to dabbing. 

Another thing that you should always be aware of is the quality of your dabs. Dabs are meant to be very clean and very pure, but that is not always true. There have been some cases when dabs have been found to contain a large amount of solvents and other chemicals which have been used in their production. Buying a good quality concentrate is key.Now that we’ve weighed the pros and cons, the question arises: should you try dabbing? The answer to this is ‘most definitely!’. Of course, it is always recommended to make sure that the dabbing rig is high quality and compatible with concentrate, and also that the dabs that you will be consuming are high quality. Once you’ve made sure that you’ll be safe, trying dabs can definitely be worth it! You’ll get tasty and clean vapor packed with all the most coveted goodies -- so what’s not to love?! 


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