Cannapedia Encyclopedia of cannabis strains


Dabs are cannabis concentrates are results of extraction of THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent, such as butane or carbon dioxide. Depending mainly on its consistency, the newly-emerged sticky oil is then called wax, shatter, budder, and so on.

Although it is possible to extract non-psychoactive compounds such as CBD, the concentrates are created mainly for the powerful effects of higher doses of THC. It means that dabs are the fastest and most efficient way to get “under the influence”. It is also possible to extract terpenes, the aromatic essential oils that give cannabis its flavour, although preserving these compounds during the extraction can be complicated.


What Are the Dangers of Dabbing?

Let’s start with the bad news: Dabbing can be quite dangerous. The process of extraction is not easy, but many amateur “scientists” have the impression thanks to forums and tutorials available online that they are experienced enough to try it at home. When it works, the result is usually low in quality (low content of cannabinoids, but a lot of extraction substances residue.) When things go really wrong, whole buildings can blow up. It takes only a few explosions caused by these “handymen” and we are suddenly warned about cannabis the same way we are warned about methamphetamine.

The process of dabbing itself can give a quite a deterrent impression, too. The heating of big glass bong using specially adjusted soldering torch makes cannabis look like crack in the eyes of a lot of people. These are the concerns about dabbing being harmful to the whole legalization movement.


Medical Advantages

The main benefit of concentrates is the fact they can truly help those who need it. According to patients suffering from severe or chronic pain or extreme nausea, dabbing is one of the best ways to achieve immediate results and efficient relief.