CBD Dabs – An introduction to Concentrates and Dabbing

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CBD Dabs – An Introduction to concentrates

If you want to know about CBD Dabs, you’ve come to the right place. This is your beginners guide to dabs and dabbing. We’ll cover how they are made, the different types, and the difference between THC dabs and CBD dabs.  The main difference being the content of cannabinoids CBD and THC.

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CBD Dabs – Types of concentrates

There are several types of concentrates but all of them are purified extractions of cannabis resin contained within the trichomes. CBD Dabs differ in that they contain higher levels of CBD than is normally found in high THC concentrates.

Budder/Wax/Shatter

Budder has a soft caramel like texture and is quite flexible and easy to manipulate.

Waxes are slightly firmer than butter and may break if handled too rough

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Shatter is much harder and quite brittle compared to waxes.  they are generally a clear golden yellow to amber color.  the darker the shatter the more impurities there are in the material.

Oil

Hash oil or phoenix tears are a liquid concentrate and is one of the oldest concentrates in the industry

Hash

Hash or hashish is pressed kief or trichomes as they are known scientifically. Hash is one of the oldest concentrates and dates back several centuries where it was made by hand in india as charas.

Kief

kief is the loose powder form of trichomes.  It can be found at the bottom of any 3 or 4 piece grinder purified by a screen.  press this powder and you get hash.

CBD Dabs – How are they made

There are two main methods of creating cannabis concentrates, solvent-based extraction and non-solvent extraction. In solvent-based extraction, chemical solvents such as butane, propane, carbon dioxide (CO2) and alcohol are used to separate resin glands containing the psychoactive compound THC from the cannabis flower. In non-solvent extractions, water, temperatureand pressure are the predominant factors.

Solvent-based extractions utilize chemical solvents to strip cannabis flowers of their highly potent resin glands. Because chemical solvents are often highly flammable, professional extractors use what are called “closed-loop” systems to ensure that there is no airborne chemical exposure during the process, therefore eliminating any risk for fire, over-pressurization or explosion. This is why concentrate production should only be conducted by licensed professionals. It is extremely dangerous and illegal to perform solvent-based extractions at home, so leave the process to the professionals!

CBD Dabs – The Tools

Essentially, dabbing is the flash vaporization of cannabis concentrates once applied to a hot surface and inhaled. These concentrates are a lot more potent than marijuana flowers, so a little bit goes a long way.

cbd dabsDabbing technology is evolving, but the traditional setup includes the following items (keep in mind that the appearance of each tool may vary slightly depending on its design):

  1. A cannabis extract. Any of the above listed concentrates like budder, wax, or shatter. Do not use alcohol based extracts for dabbing as trace amounts of alcohol may be present and is combustible.
  2. A water pipe. You can take the glass bowl pieces out and replace them with dabbing attachments to turn your pipe into a dab rig.
  3. A nail. Find a nail that fits your water pipe’s gauge. Some are made of ceramic and quartz, but titanium is the most commonly used type.
  4. A dome. This is the glass hood placed around the nail. “Dome-less” nails (see below) don’t need a glass globe, but standard nails need something to trap the vapor before it’s inhaled.
  5. A torch. Mini-torches used for crème brulee will do the job, but some choose to upgrade to larger propane-fueled torches that heat nails faster. New flame-less methods of dabbing are becoming available, but most people still use the torch method due to the low cost investment.
  6. A dabber. This is the glass, metal, or ceramic tool used to apply a dab.

CBD Dabs – How-To Instructions

Once the rig is set up and your dab is prepared on the dabber, you’re ready to get started. We advise you to sit while taking a dab, since the rush of THC can be physically intense.

Step 1: Turn on your torch and aim the flame directly at the nail. Most people will heat the nail until it begins turning red-hot. If you’re using an electronic nail, refer to the section below for more information on heating.

Step 2: Once the nail is hot, turn off your torch and place the glass dome over the nail. It’s recommended to let titanium nails cool for about 10 seconds and quartz nails about 45 seconds so the surface temperature isn’t too hot.

Step 3: Take your dabber, apply the dab directly on the nail inside the dome, and inhale slowly. Rotating the dabber tip on the nail can help you prevent wasting any oil stuck to the dabber.

Step 4: Exhale and enjoy!

Safety notice: nails and glass domes become extremely hot in the dabbing process. Take caution when handling them, and always wait for all pieces to cool down before you even think of touching them.

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