Dabbing and concentrates are relatively new additions in the world of marijuana. Their introduction has led to much excitement, as well as the inevitable skepticism. Given that this method of consuming cannabis products is still in its infancy, you’ll likely have some questions you want to ask.
Well, you’re in exactly the right place. Have a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about dabbing and concentrates below. Is there something we’ve not added? Ask a question below and we’ll be sure to add it to the list.
Concentrates are what’s produced when the active ingredients of a cannabis plant are extracted into a pure form. There are various methods of extraction, and each produces different consistencies of concentrate, such as Oil, Wax, and Shatter.
You can find an in-depth guide to concentrates and extraction methods in the Lowdown on Concentrates.
When it comes to taking dabs, there is no real need for concern. Concentrates are more potent that other forms of marijuana, and you may get higher than you have been before, but that’s about it.
As long as you buy only quality concentrates from a reputable provider, you don’t have anything to worry about.
And whatever you do, don’t try to extract your own concentrates at home. The results can be disastrous.
For more information about the safety of dabbing, visit this page.
Four pieces of equipment are essential for dabbing: a water-pipe, nail, heat source, and a dabber.
A nail is connected to the downpipe of a water pipe, and then heated using the heat source. This is primarily done using a butane torch, although eNails are fast growing in popularity.
Dabbers are used to apply your concentrate to the heated nail. While you might be tempted to use a makeshift tool made from household items, a dedicated tool makes everything easier and is a very worthwhile investment.
However, there are ways you can consume concentrates without a water pipe. Learn how to smoke wax without a rig here.
There are numerous different types of marijuana concentrates, each differing as a result of the method of extraction used. Some of the most widely available concentrates include Oil, Wax, Shatter, Budder, Dust, and Bubble.
For in-depth information about the various types of concentrates and the extraction methods used. Visit The Lowdown on Concentrates.
Concentrates are produced by extracting the active chemicals from the marijuana plant. There are a number of different methods for doing thing, such as BHO extraction or CO2 extraction. They work by acting as a solvent to extract the THC and other cannabinoids from plant matter.
Some of the most common methods of extraction include:
- Water and Ice
- Dry Ice
For more in-depth information about the various extraction methods and the consistencies of concentrates they produce, check out our Lowdown on Concentrates resource.
In order to keep your dabs tasting pure, you’ll need to clean your nail from time to time. There are a few methods you can use to do this: the Torching Method, the Water-Dipping Method, and the ISO Rub Method.
You can find more information about each of those methods on How to Clean A Titanium Nail.
Low-temperature dabs, which best preserve the flavor of your concentrates, typically occur at 600 and 710°F.
Dabbing with a lower temperature than that can result in the nail not being hot enough to heat the concentrate, causing it to go to waste by pooling up on the nail, bubbling and dissipating. Dab at a hotter temperature and you risk wasting your concentrate, burning away the terpenes and causing a harshness in the throat and lungs.
We highly recommend using a Carb Cap with dabbing, allowing you to reduce the temperature, enhancing the flavor and get the most out of your concentrates.
For more detailed information about the optimal temperature for dabbing, visit our Dabbing Temperature Guide.
A Carb Cap is a tool that enhances flavor and makes for smoother dabs. It essentially functions by balancing the distribution of heat on the nail, preventing overheating of concentrates, encouraging an even burn and resulting in a smoother, more flavorsome hit.
You can find more information about the science of how a carb cap works in our resource page: What Is a Carb Cap?
Smoking wax is best done with an oil rig, but there are other ways to consume your concentrates.
Check out our resource page telling you how to smoke wax without a rig.
It can happen: It’s late at night and your butane cannister runs out. You can’t make it out to the store for more, so what do you do?
Fortunately, there are a few options. You could use an eNail, vape your concentrates, put them in a bowl, or load them into a joint. Find out more information on how to dab without a torch here.
Live Resin is a type of concentrate made using marijuana that has been freshly harvested. Instead of allowing the cannabis to dry, the plant matter is frozen and the active chemicals are extracted. This results in dabs that are more potent and terpene-rich.
Find more information about Live Resin in our resource page.
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