“Dabs” are concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent such as butane, carbon dioxide, water, ethanol, etc., resulting in products such as wax, shatter, budder, or live resin or solventless methods such as heating and cooling methods resulting in products such as rosin.
According to analyses revealed in a study conducted by Mallory Loflin and Dr. Mitch Earleywine, using “dabs” creates no more problems or accidents than using flower cannabis. Extracting the THC and other cannabinoids is a precise and potentially dangerous process, and is the main concern around use (or misuse).
Concentrates typically contain 70% or more THC, where flowers typically contain about 20% THC, sometimes more. Keep this in mind when selecting strains; you will experience a more immediate, intense high from consuming concentrates. It is important to note that due to increased levels of THC, concentrates have potential to lead to higher tolerance and dependency.
Being too high can be uncomfortable. As Erowid says: know your body, know your mind, know your substance, know your source. Typical negative side effects are paranoia and an increased heart rate. There isn’t really a “standard” dose for dabbing due to various levels of THC found in different strains before and after processing, but remember, dabs are concentrated cannabis, so less is always more. Effects of vaporizing concentrates are instantaneous, so you will know best how much oil you feel comfortable consuming, if any at all.
Finally, always be safe while using dabbing tools such as e-nails and butane torches to prevent accidental burns!
Consume safely this holiday, and be sure to help educate your peers about the potential risks related to dabbing.