Measuring a dab can be daunting. Different extracts have different THC concentrations, so a sliver of shatter might be a lot stronger than a scoop of sugar. Most solvent dabs are in the 60-90% THC range total, with a few exceeding 90%, and some solventless concentrates may fall below 50%.
Carbon, reclaimed oil, and particulates can build up in a nail. A lot of dabbers clean the nail after each hit, but at the least, it should be done at the end of each session. Here are some ways to clean your nail:
(Optional): Dab mat and timer
Temperature is crucial when dabbing. If a nail is too hot, you’ll scorch terpenes, kill the flavor, and likely have a coughing fit. The trick is to heat the nail hotter than you want, let it cool to the correct temperature, and then drop in your dab.
To get a 25mg dab, you’d have to split one of those portions further into fourths, or split the entire one gram of hash into 32 equal parts—again, it’s the size of your thumbnail. So one 25mg dab of 80% THC hash is about the size of a few grains of rice.
How to regulate dab temperature
Traditional dabbing with a torch requires several accessories to get a concentrate out of its container and into your lungs. Dab technology is constantly evolving and new products and accessories are always coming out, but a traditional dab setup requires the following core items.
Using CBD dabs is easy once you’ve perfected your technique. But before you begin, there are a number of factors to consider. First, what kind of dabbing device would you be most comfortable with? Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. E-rigs or e-nails offer a flameless way to have a traditional dabbing experience. There are also dab pens that, on the upside, require the least amount of set-up and practice. On the other hand, they offer a much more subdued experience than you would expect from a traditional dab rig.
It should go without saying that the information contained in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. The effects of CBD have not been evaluated by the FDA (except in the case of Epidiolex, the CBD-derived pharmaceutical treatment for childhood epilepsy). Be sure to consult your physician before using CBD dabs or any other cannabis products.
Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Whether you’re shopping online or in-person, make sure to buy from a licensed cannabis dispensary and choose organic when available, advised Dr. Rae. She also stressed, “Like any other CBD product, be careful if you’re taking any kind of prescription medication that has a ‘grapefruit’ warning on the label: CBD can interact with these medications, sometimes dangerously.”
How do I use CBD dabs?
Not exactly. CBD dabs will either contain very little or absolutely no THC, the cannabinoid that gets you classically high. So while you won’t experience a classic THC high, you won’t necessarily feel perfectly sober either. Even at relatively low doses, CBD consumption can cause a reduction in anxiety and more restful sleep (as reported in 2019 in the Permanente Journal), which technically constitutes a psychoactive effect. When consumed in high concentrations, CBD can cause drowsiness and a heavy body “high.”
Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
When consuming CBD in any quantity — but particularly CBD dabs — it’s important to start with the lowest possible dose and gradually increase that dose until you feel the desired effect.
What does a CBD dab feel like?
In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.
Put simply, a CBD dab is a CBD (cannabidiol) concentrate derived from marijuana or hemp. Unlike other CBD products that mix the concentrate with other ingredients (to make an edible or tincture, for example), CBD dabs are unadulterated.