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In a nutshell, dabbing is defined as smoking the vapor of highly concentrated concoctions with cannabinoid percentages of 75 (allegedly reaching the 90+ range) and a purity that "regular" concentrates such as hash can only dream of. So, what do you need to "budder up" and have a dab? You need a concentrate, a "dabber", a blowtorch and what is commonly referred to as an "Oil Rig" or just "Rig". Oil rig is simply a name for a pipe that has been made specifically for taking a dab. These pipes come is two main styles: skillet and nail. A skillet and dome rig consists of a small metal plate attached to a swing arm and a dome above, that leads to the down stem of the "dab bong". A nail and globe rig utilizes a nail made of either quartz, titanium or glass and a glass tube or sphere to encase the nail and vapor. The "dabber" is a small rod made of either glass or metal which is used to dab the concentrate on the hot skillet or nail you heated using the torch.

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Dabbing: Read All About It!

What Is Dabbing?

What is Dabbing?

In short, dabbing is the inhalation of vapor of highly concentrated concoctions with cannabinoid levels of 75% (allegedly reaching the 90+ range in some cases) and a purity that "regular" concentrates such as hash can only dream of. The use of concentrates is not really something new, but there is a new hype forming around the new concentrates - the Dabs. These are commonly called oil, wax, budder, BHO or shatter. The interest in dabbing grows quickly in the cannabis community and if you live in a country or state in which the use of medical marijuana is legal, you probably already noticed that more and more dispensaries carry more and more sorts of concentrates.

In 2012 the popularity of the concentrates skyrocketed and users of medical marijuana really started seeing shatters, budders, waxes, and oils appear on dispensary menus. Some say this is a quantum leap forward in stoner evolution or a miracle medicine and claim that dabbing is a healthier alternative to smoking a bowl or blunt because you don't inhale the butane from the lighter or smoke from the leafy material and likely enclosed tobacco, just the vapor of the concentrate.

But, with each passing month, the controversy about dabbing grows alike. Some admonishers point out the potential dangers of the new concentrates and mention the hazards involved in both making (some methods of making concentrates involve highly flammable chemical solvents such as butane) and ingesting it, as well as possible negative effects on the publics' (currently) increasingly favorable attitude toward marijuana which could change to a more negative attitude due to dabbing (the use of concentrates in combination with a torch makes some people think it is similar to crack).

Others warn about the oxides of the metal nails or skillets, but those are usually made of titanium, which can be found in many food and cosmetic products and although it does oxidize, it is no real hazard because the water in the rig filters almost 100% of it.

What Do You Need To Have A Dab?

So, what do you need to have a dab? You need what is commonly referred to as an "Oil Rig" or just "Rig", a "dabber", a blowtorch and a concentrate of course. A rig is simply a name for a smoking device that has been made particularly for taking a dab. These rigs come in two main styles: nail and skillet.

A nail and globe rig utilizes a nail made of either titanium, quartz or glass and a glass sphere or tube to encase the nail and vapor. A skillet and dome rig consists of a small metal plate attached to a swing arm and a dome above, that leads to the down stem of the oil rig. The "dabber" is a small rod made of either metal or glass which is used to dab the concentrate on the hot nail or skillet you heated using the blowtorch.

As soon as the concentrate or oil hits the hot surface it vaporizes quickly and the forming vapor is inhaled. Depending on the concentrate one long, hard hit can feel as if you have had FIVE blunts at once, which means dabbing is not for newbies and should be approached with precaution. A Sativa dominant extract will trigger an incredible head high and can prepare you to take on the day, whereas a dab of some strong Indica extract can send you to bed and make you sleep soundly in a short time.


History Of Dabbing

Hash is an archaic form of "concentrated cannabis" and is as old as the use of cannabis itself, but the THC level and strength are in no way comparable to the concentrates used nowadays. Along with how it has assimilated itself as a sub-cultural phenomenon of sorts in such a short time, it is a bit of a mystery where, when, and who invented the "dab".

Alas, the first archived article about it was published by Cannabis Culture in 2005 and according to it, the first "dabs" were in fact being smoked as early on as the 60s.

By that time modern methods to extract cannabinoids involved alcohol, chloroform, butane and other solvents and the outcome was traded as "honey oil", "red oil", "jelly-butane hash" or similarly named concoctions - the first dabs. The purity and cannabinoid levels were usually higher than those of hash, but the concentrates were often polluted by solvent residues and the process of producing extracts with chemical solvents was dangerous.

According to BudderKing, "Budder" is the outcome of ten years of research and its roots lay in the production of liquid cannabis oil - the honey oil. He and his colleagues in Surrey, British Columbia took honey oil manufacturing to a new level when they created a product named "glass". BudderKing explained that "It was a refined oil that was manufactured in a multi-step process that involved alcohol" and that "We then took it further and it hardened into something that had the feel and look of amber. We liked it because it was extremely strong and much easier to smoke than oil."

Some prominent people in the medical marijuana industry stated that they first ever heard of those high octane concentrates around the Summer of 2010. They also suppose that the concentrates took form first in the United States, either in Northern California or Colorado. From there the Dabs began to spread like wildfire and pick up momentum particularly in the areas in and around Denver and Boulder.

In 2012 the process of manufacturing concentrates became much more industrialized and prominent amongst growers and at the high times cup of the same year, there were actually more people smoking concentrates, than marijuana - and that in an amount, that it could be called close to abuse.

The word about this healthier or, according to skeptics who think it is a far more serious "drug" than cannabis, hazardous and abusive way to smoke, is spreading fast and only time will tell what the next level of cannabis products will be.


How Are Dabs Made?

First off, let's get this straight: Strictly speaking, hash is a "dab" - but one with a much lower cannabinoids percentage than the dabs of the new generation and it is produced in a totally different manufacturing process.

Basically, the process of producing budder or shatter or BHO or how ever you might call it, is, that buds (preferably very resinous, but high quality in general and in the first place) are stuffed into a tube and a liquid chemical solvent is allowed to drop through the tube then. One can use snippets of the plant as well, but for obvious reasons the result will have a lower cannabinoids percentage and you will end up with less budder (regarding the weight of plant matter to end-product ratio).

The solvent "washes" the cannabinoids out of the plant material and eventually drips out of the tube, where it forms a liquid stream in the color of, well, urine. This liquid is collected in a glass dish (the best material to allow for easy cleaning - and to scratch the product off from) and gently warmed to remove the excessive solvent. The result is a dab. The quality of the dab depends on several circumstances, but the most important parts are the feedstock and the quality (Purity is the key! Don't be a cheapskate if you want to produce a high quality product) of the used solvent.


We are talking about producing dabs. Before you even think about it, read about it, talk to people who have done it before (successfully!) and be cautious! The involved chemicals can have fatal effects! Butane is highly combustible and careless use can cause an explosion whereas CO2 in high concentrations can cause death by suffocation. Bottom line: Get wise before you try it and stick with smoking dabs instead of making your own if you have no 100% secure setup.