Dabbing has quickly grown in popularity, going from something hardcore to the mainstream. It offers a higher high and that naturally makes it appealing.
But, dabbing is not for everyone. There’s no subtlety to it: it punches you in the face and calls you its bitch.
What is Dabbing?
Dabs are doses of cannabis that are concentrated, making them much more potent than flowers. They offer a high that’s faster and loftier. It’s a high that’s ideal for people who are in intense pain and need relief to quash that intensity.
Dabs have much more THC than other products, that’s why caution should be exercised when using them
A flower strain is considered high in THC if it has 20 percent or so; the percentage of THC in a dab is around 60 percent to 90 percent.
Why Try Concentrates?
Concentrates aren’t recommended for people who are inexperienced with weed, but they may be necessary for medical marijuana patients with certain ailments that other types of cannabis don’t touch. Flowers might not be strong enough while edibles can take too long to take effect – some edibles take as long as two hours before relief sets in.
Recreational users often try dabs because of the high (duh) but also because of the ease of use. Unlike joints that you have to roll (and that smell strong enough everyone near you knows exactly what you’re doing), dabs are more discreet – you might be able to smoke a dab in a nearby closet without everyone wondering about a skunk.
Tips for Your First Time
Dabbing for the first time isn’t the same as the first time you smoked marijuana; it’ll likely be a much heavier experience. Thus, don’t go into it expecting similarities: you’ll end up on the ground convinced you’re dying.
Besides a high that hits hard and fast, there are a few other things to be mindful of. Some of these include:
It’s easy to take too much: You can’t overdose on marijuana, but you can certainly dab too much and this can result in a trip you wish you hadn’t taken. You may vomit, pass out, or find yourself unable to move and think. Nothing that makes for a fun and exciting Friday night.
Your tolerance might not mean much: If you’re well-versed in weed – you’ve been smoking regularly since college or you eat edibles like they’re regular candy – dabbing shouldn’t be quite as crazy for you (when compared to someone who spent their college days drinking milk and reading Chaucer). But that’s not a given.
Dabbing is the equivalent of smoking several bowls in a small amount of time
something you likely haven’t done unless you have multiple mouths. Just as edibles can still drastically impact people with tolerance, dabs follow suit. Be prepared.
You’ll feel hungry and thirsty: Dabbing tends to make people crave water and food, not surprising since the munchies are so highly tied to marijuana. This really isn’t a big deal unless you’re on a diet. If that’s the case, have a ton of water around. Most people can’t completely silence hunger with H2O but they can quiet it down a bit.
You’ll turn your head and cough: Most people who dab experience a cough that makes them feel as though they are indeed coughing up a lung. Sometimes, this cough lasts for hours, leaving your ribs sore and your voice so raspy you sound like Bea Arthur. But it gets easier – the more you dab, the less you cough. Drinking water should help as well.
You’ll Sweat: Another side effect of dabbing is sweating. Not everyone experiences this – some people are more prone to overheating than others – but don’t be floored if water pours from your pores. It’s not necessarily a bad thing – you can pretend you exercised even if you didn’t. A marijuana marathon.
You’ll End up on the Couch: The couch is likely your destination the first time you dab: when you smoke concentrates, you punch a one-way ticket to sofa city. Again, this isn’t necessarily bad, but be sure you have everything you need for the next few hours. This is not the time to have to search the cushions for the television remote. If you want to minimize the effects, maybe a strain like Bubba Kush will help you avoid couchlock.
Another word of caution: don’t dab before you have somewhere to be. While you may wake and bake with some flowers before heading to the office, a dab isn’t as fab in that regard.
Dabbing and Psychosis
Marijuana-induced psychosis is so infrequent that some people wonder if it really exists. But hospitals have seen an increase in psychosis ever since dabbing grew in popularity.
According to Q13 Fox News, some hospitals are reporting a drastic increase, up to two cases a day. These patients hear voices, exhibit paranoia, and often yell at everyone. They also suffer from hallucinations, hallucinations that can last for several days.
This increase has led some pot shops to tap into education:
Rainer Express began holding classes that teach people to safely smoke hash oil (maybe don’t mention this class on your resume)
The goal is to keep people from smoking too much and to help them understand that going from flowers to dabs is like going from lite beer to very strong liquor. There is a difference.
Other Dabbing Tips
There’s a few other things to keep in mind as you embrace dabbing with open lungs. First of all, avoid products that are sketchy, low-quality, or made in someone’s basement somewhere – you want to know what you’re smoking. Second of all, learn how to use a dab rig. Whenever you’re dealing with heat, you don’t want to go in blindly (or while holding a bottle of Aqua-Net).
And start small – the tinier dab the better. You don’t need to consume a lot to have a strong experience
Finally, never attempt to make your own dabs at home. It’s extraordinarily dangerous even if you know what you’re doing. Many people have been hospitalized because of explosions while some fatalities have occurred. So, leave the experimenting to the professionals and live vicariously through Jesse Pinkman.