What are CBD Dabs? [All You Need to Know]

September 12, 2018

What are CBD Dabs

On first reading the word “dab”, you might immediately assume it refers to the dance move quickly becoming obsolete and somehow old-fashioned among the world’s teenagers.

Well, no, it’s something… rather different.

A dab refers to a concentrate of CBD or THC, sold in a huge variety of different forms that allows you to get access to extremely high doses of your cannabinoid of choice in a quick and potent manner.

Why does dabbing share a name with the dance move? No one’s really sure. It’s possible it’s to do with the fact that it resembles the action of sneezing into your inner elbow, something commonly done by inexperienced dab users, due to a mild irritation of their nose from the vaporizing oils. The term “dab” to describe the cannabinoid concentrate comes from the practice of just grabbing a dab, or a tiny amount, of the concentrate on the wand when dabbing with a water rig.

However, what is a dab, exactly, and how do you even do one?

What is a Dab?

As mentioned, a dab is simply any form of extremely concentrated, potent cannabinoids. Available in high-THC form, high-CBD form, or an even 1:1 ratio, dabs exist to provide a simple way to imbibe a large quantity of a particular cannabinoid very quickly.

Dabs actually come in a variety of different types, each with their own distinct manufacturing methods and physical qualities. Here are a few examples, though there are far too many to name completely:

  • Wax: Wax dabs are often described as “firm”, with an unmalleable texture usually containing around 65% concentrate of cannabinoids.
  • Shatter: This type of dab is usually considered the strongest type of dab available. Shatter resembles a piece of dirty glass and, true to its name, will shatter very easily if you exert pressure onto it. This is what you want if you’re looking for the highest possible dose.
  • Sugar: This is a form of dab that often resembles powdered sugar. This generally describes dabs that have been ground into a more usable powder, allowing you to add it to your meals or use it as an ingredient in any number of ways.

Regardless of its particular type, a dab generally looks like a sticky, somewhat solid piece of resin.

As attractive as that description sounds, these resinous looking substances are actually a near-pure concentrate of either CBD or THC. The usually brown/yellow color comes from the process of extraction and refining cannabis into a dab. In inferior processes, the substance might look even darker and have a particularly tacky look and feel – this would be indicative of the dab having too much butane still suspended within in it, a common industrial error.

Dabs are a convenient way to ingest, and not just because of intense concentration of substances. Due to the fact that they are so refined and concentrated, they keep extremely well, allowing you to hold it in the wrapped paper that it usually comes in for several weeks. If you preserve dab material in an airtight container, you can actually hold onto it for months at a time.

The actual process of hitting a dab is somewhat more complicated than when imbibing cannabis in other ways, however.

How Do You Do a Dab?

Dabs can be taken in a variety of different ways, but the two most common are using a dabbing rig, which is a sort of water pipe similar to a bong, or through vaporization.

If you use a vaporizer, the dab is vaporized at extremely high temperatures within the vaporizer, and then it is mixed with water vapor, allowing you to inhale the concentrate through cool temperature water vapor.

If you want to use the more complicated, but slightly more practical option, then opt for a water pipe.

A water pipe is essentially a bong with a few extra steps. To start with, you need to heat up your nail, which the part of the dabbing device that holds your concentrate.

Using a butane torch or other heating implement, heat the nail until the bottom section of it glows red hot. When it glows red, it means that it has reached 800˚C. Once it’s there, leave it for just under a minute to cool down slightly – you’re looking for it to reach roughly 650˚C. This is important because you need to ensure you don’t burn the concentrate, or yourself, when taking a dab. You may be vaporizing it, but you don’t want to burn (combust) it!

Once it’s heated, use your dabber (dab wand) – the tool used to measure out the concentrate – to take the amount you desire and insert it inside the nail.

Upon touching the surface of the nail, the concentrate will vaporize completely, allowing you to inhale at the breathing end.

Make sure you inhale slowly and steadily, as well as capping it after it has completely vaporized. That way, you ensure you get a good, clean vapor without any outside interference and avoid choking or sputtering.

The whole process might seem a bit complicated, but it isn’t too far from using a normal bong. However, a bong has the infamous reputation of causing you to collapse in a fit of violent coughing due to the overheated air flowing too quickly into your respiratory system.

With dabs and water pipes, you don’t have to subject yourself to the pain of coughing fits, instead enjoying the smooth pull of the water pipe and the almost immediate effect of the concentrate.

CBD Dabs vs. CBD Oil vs. CBD Edible

Dabs might seem rather strange and alien when considered by a newer user. Why go through all the hassle of the process of heating the nail and buying all the equipment and various necessities when you can just use a CBD oil or eat a CBD edible?

Well, dabs are easily the fastest way to get the effects of the cannabinoids into your system, without having to smoke the marijuana directly.

When you dab, you are vaporizing a pure concentrate, likely containing anywhere from 65%-95% pure CBD or THC. Upon vaporization, it is inhaled directly into your lungs, allowing your bloodstream to immediately access it and carry it to your brain and throughout your body.

It is not impossible to begin feeling the effects of the dab in under a minute from inhalation. Alongside this, cannabinoid concentrates are made from pure extracts of CBD or THC, which means they contain absolutely no plant matter whatsoever. As the plant matter is the substance in marijuana that burns, it means you can avoid the inherent problems of smoking a plant and prevent unwanted substances from ending up in your system.

When you compare this to the time delay inherent in CBD oils or edibles, it starts to make a lot more sense. Dabbing is by far the best way to get a huge amount of CBD or THC into your system extremely quickly.

Using a dab also allows you to get the best of both worlds; when you smoke marijuana, you get to enjoy the distinctive taste inherent in the smoke, but you also have to deal with the acrid, burning vaporized plant matter.

When you ingest oils or edibles, you don’t get the satisfaction of smoking, as well as having to deal with the sometimes awful taste of cannabinoid oil.

With dabs, you get the joy of smoking weed without the acrid taste or burning of smoking the plant, while still getting the ease-of-use that oils or edibles provide.

Alongside this, you get to enjoy the benefits of using a bong, without the combustion. One of the principal complaints from bong users when smoking marijuana is the hot, acrid smoke that comes through with the vapor, causing intense coughing and sputtering fits. This is due to the aforementioned plant matter inherent within marijuana, so being able to avoid that when using dabs is a massive benefit.

And lastly, due to the nature of vaporization, you won’t get any of that unpleasantness, as there is no plant matter to burn within concentrates. This leads to a smooth, even dab with no hot air or otherwise unpleasant burning. All you get is the effect of the cannabinoid concentrate.

What are CBD Dabs? Final Thoughts

Dabbing is an easy, convenient way to imbibe CBD without having to deal with the inherent negatives of smoking or taking CBD oils or edibles.

With concentrates, you can safely and easily vaporize them using a vaporizer or a water pipe, allowing for fast, effective doses of CBD or THC to enter your system.

Though its reputation might be maligned by its association with the awkward, thankfully dying dance move, dabbing is a fantastic way to consume potent amounts of cannabinoids.

While it does require a bit more setup and knowledge than smoking regular, high-CBD cannabis or purchasing CBD oils, CBD dabs are quick and easy, as well as being incredibly potent.

For those that are looking for a way to imbibe as strong a CBD dose as possible, while avoiding the acrid tang of smoke or the poor taste of oils, CBD dabs are the answer.

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Getting Started with CBD Oil

If you suffer from anxiety (like me), depression or pain and are looking to get started with CBD oil, you need information on how to buy CBD oil, or you’re simply looking to learn more about CBD products, you’ve arrived at the right place.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits. CBD can be extracted from two different species of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, which include Cannabis and Hemp. Unlike its rival THC, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

One of the main advantages of CBD is its non-psychoactive affect making it a great option for people looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.
As I mentioned above the primary distinction between Hemp and CBD oil is the part of the plant they are derived from and what parts of the plant are used to create the oil. Hemp oil is typically made from pressing cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oil from within, while some that have mastered the CBD extraction process also use the flowers as they contain high percentages of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually made from the flowers of cannabis plant through various extraction methods.

How Does CBD Affect Your Body?

The way marijuana affects your body varies from person to person as it will often depend on genetics, tolerance to the cannabinoids, medical health, DNA, and more. It also depends on the way you consume the CBD, for example, the effects of vaping CBD are far different to smoking it in the form of high-CBD cannabis strains. 

CBD and the way it affects us is still of somewhat a mystery to researchers they still try to figure out how it effects the EndoCannabinoid system. During the previous century, it was discovered that our bodies have receptors within the brain and central nervous system. Specific cannabinoids such as CBD bind to those receptors and activate the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). This then provides a wide range of psychological and physical benefits helping the body.

Without going into specifics, cannabinoids signal to the body to create endocannabinoids and build more receptors. This helps the body to limit things associated with pain and inflammation, repairs cells and provides a wide range of other health benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is thought to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

Want to learn more about how CBD works read: How Long Does it Take CBD to Work

Medical Benefits of CBD

There is a misconception as to whether CBD can help treat patients, similar to pharmaceutical medicine, but thanks to the internet and a few different medical studies patients and researchers have been exposing their findings on how CBD oil is helping to cure a wide range of medical conditions.

The most popular story was the one of Charlotte Figi. At the time Charlotte was only 6 years old. As a little girl, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic seizures per week until she was successfully treated by a CBD-rich strain oil, later named Charlotte’s Web.

The high-quality CBD oil, changed her life, helping her to overcome a 6-year battle. Since her story hit the news, CBD and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are constantly being researched to understand how they can help to treat different medical conditions. As a matter of fact, CBD has been thought to help treat over 170 medical conditions, among them severe conditions such as Anorexia, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.

Recent studies have even shown that CBD, may cure life-threatening diseases by altering genes. Other studies have proven that it might even be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

The way that CBD works is that it interacts with receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Both reflect the areas of the brain they interact with such as the limbic system. When taking CBD, this cannabinoid locks in on these receptors and affects the body in different ways. For example, it can help to block the pain caused by specific medical conditions.

While numerous studies have shown promising results, it is important to understand that CBD research is still at premature stages. A 2011 study that researched CBD for fibromyalgia showed extremely promising results. 56 of 112 participants who took CBD in the form of oil saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see hardly any improvement.

Can you Buy CBD if you live in an illegal state?

The process is not cut-&-dry, and but thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, forms of CBD can now be delivered to your doorstep. Those that live in recreational states can purchase CBD cannabis oil which is high in potency and extremely effective for helping to treat severe medical conditions, while those that live in other states that are not medical or recreational can benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil is perfect for helping to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain. 

Who is NaturalWellNessCBDOil?

My name is Jonathan, and I’ve created this loving resource that is packed with information about CBD oil. I am growing a community on Facebook and are constantly engaging with different people to help them make more informed decisions. I review products on a daily basis and provide unbiased reviews about some of the top CBD oil manufacturers. All the information on the site is FREE; I only ask that you help to share the information you find on the site with other people that are suffering. 

To your health and happiness.