Since dabbing began to grow in popularity, there has been a lot of skepticism regarding how dangerous an activity it is. We’ve all heard stories of clandestine drug labs exploding as a result of improperly hash oil production, but does dabbing pose any real cause for concern for the average user? Despite the lack of formal scientific research on the matter, empirical data suggests that dabbing poses fewer health concerns than traditional smoking.
The main danger of dabbing is not when concentrates are smoked, but during the extraction process. Extraction is a tricky process, and many amateur ‘chemists’ think they know enough to try it on their own. In the best scenario, a low-quality product is produced. When things go bad, a house blows up. It’s really not worth the risk and should not be tried at home.
Quality Of The Concentrate
It’s important to consider exactly what you are dabbing. Dabs are produced by extracting THC and other cannabinoids from plant matter using a solvent, such as butane or CO2, leaving a sticky concentrate, referred to as wax, shatter or hash oil. A safe final product is produced when the trace levels of residual solvent are as close to zero as possible.
The National Institutes of Health has stated that trace amounts of butane are not harmful. The problem arises, however, when amateur “chemists” fail to purge enough of the residual solvent, resulting in a ‘dirty’ final product. Such concentrates could present a serious health threat and are not suitable for human consumption.
Dabs Are More Potent
The first thing you should know before trying dabbing for the first time is quite how potent concentrates are. Dabs are a lot stronger than smoking or vaporizing marijuana plant, so if you’re new to the game, it’s best to start off small. The powerful high caused by concentrates can be too much for some less-experienced users. On occasions, these users have reported panic attacks.
A Purer Product
The reason that dabbing is so popular among users is that it allows them to avoid inhaling the harmful carcinogens produced as a result of combusting plant matter while smoking. When producing concentrates, the active ingredients are stripped from the plant, leaving a much purer product to be consumed.
When shopping for your first titanium nail, it is important to know the differences between the various grades of titanium, and which is most suited to dabbing. Each grade has widely different chemical compositions.
Titanium grades 2 and 3 are most suitable for dabbing as they are unalloyed, ‘commercially pure’, have a low heat resistance and give off minimal to no harmful byproducts when heated. Any grades higher than this have too high a heat resistance, making it difficult to effectively heat a nail.
After testing both grades, we found that medical grade 2 titanium is the absolute best, and as a consumer, this is what you should be on the look-out for.
All Considered, Are Dabs Safe?
When it comes to actually taking dabs, there’s really no need for concern. Sure, they’re more potent than other forms of cannabis, and they’ll take you to levels you’ve never been before, but that’s it. Aside from passing out or having a mild panic attack when taking too much, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Buy your concentrates only from reliable sources so you can be sure of a quality product. And whatever you do, do not try to extract your own concentrates at home.