Dabbing: What It Is and How To Do It

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Dabbing involves inhaling potent cannabis concentrates through a dabbing rig. Due to the high THC content of dabs, this can get even experienced cannabis users extremely high. The process might seem a little off-putting to some, but for others, it provides an interesting way to get the maximum effects of cannabis, and in particular, THC.

You’ll need a Dab Rig- a device a little bit like a bong or a vaporizer but made specifically for dabbing. You light your cannabis concentrate with a blowtorch and inhale a clean, potent hit of cannabis. Even veteran cannabis smokers will feel the effects hard and fast.

Getting started with dabbing can be confusing, so here’s a helpful guide on what is dabbing, how to dab, and what you need to know about dabbing.

What Is Dabbing?

Dabbing is one of the hardest-hitting methods of cannabis consumption. You inhale a cannabis concentrate with a dabbing rig that gives you an instant and potent hit of THC. Some people choose to dab over other methods, like smoking or vaping, due to the strong effects. You’ll get seriously high and it can be very enjoyable for experienced users.

Many people opt for dabbing purely for recreational reasons- the pure and intense high can be a great experience. However, it’s also great for medical users. You can dab with either THC or CBD concentrates and get a pure dose straight to your bloodstream. This makes the effects come on fast, making it useful for medical patients looking for pain relief, a clear mind or other benefits.

How To Dab

How to Dab Rig

Most people dab using a Dab Rig and their choice of dabs. Dabs are cannabis concentrates generally in wax, shatter or oil form.

Generally, you fill your rig with water and use a blowtorch to light up the nail. Once the nail is hot enough, you add a small amount of concentrate and inhale through the mouthpiece. You’ll get a pure, vaporized hit of THC (or CBD) and feel the effects come on very quickly.

You can also use a Dab Pen. These are much like Vape Pens but designed for dabs.

Some people also dab by heating up a knife on a stove, applying the dab, and inhaling through a straw. While simple, this method can waste your product and isn’t recommended.

Dabbing is becoming increasingly popular. Generally, many different Dab Rigs and Dab Pens are available to buy online or in head shops.

What Are Dabs?

Whta Are Dabs

Dabs are cannabis concentrates, but not just any concentrates. The concentrates used for dabbing are created by extracting THC/CBD into a sticky oil form. These usually come as butane hash oil (BHO, wax or shatter.

These are largely responsible for the strong buzz you get from dabbing. Dabs are usually made of pure, concentrated THC. While cannabis is usually around 15-25% THC depending on the strain, dabs can reach high levels of 60-90% THC. As you’d imagine, this results in an extremely strong high.

Why Should You Dab?

Dabbing isn’t for everyone, and may even be too intense for some less experienced users. However, it does have some benefits over other methods.

It provides a much more intense high than smoking or vaping. A dab hit will hit you immediately, making you feel relaxed, euphoric, and happy. Usually, the effects peak at around 1-2 hours, but you may still feel a milder high for a couple hours after.

Inhaling from a dab rig also offers a pure and flavorful hit. This can be enjoyable for many users.

Dabbing can also be useful for medical reasons. You can get the potent medical effects of THC, such as pain relief, reduced anxiety, and better sleep. You can also use CBD dabs. These won’t get you high but are great for medicating various conditions.

Is Dabbing Better Than Smoking or Vaping?

Dabbing will deliver a more intense buzz than smoking or vaping. You’ll generally get a much purer and cleaner hit, and the resulting high can be very enjoyable.

This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Many people prefer a milder high, making smoking or vaping preferable.

Setting up a dab rig and getting out your blowtorch can also be a little inconvenient. It can also be expensive. Some people may prefer to buy edibles for a heavy high. CBD users may prefer a more convenient method like taking pills, edibles or using a vape pen.

Whether it’s better or not comes down to what you’re after. People generally try dabbing for the exhilarating high it gives you, although you may not want this all the time.

Is Dabbing Dangerous?

Dabbing generally involves the same risks and benefits as using other forms of cannabis. One study found that dabbing was no more dangerous than using flower cannabis. Although you will experience a much more intense high. It can also raise your tolerance levels to the point where you need to use higher amounts.

In general, you should have no problem with dabbing as long as you do it wisely. Start with very small amounts of dabs- only a little is needed to feel the effects. You may experience some of the regular side effects of THC, such as paranoia, impaired memory, and dry mouth. However, if you have no problem smoking weed, you should be fine with dabbing.


Dabbing makes for an interesting and more potent alternative to smoking, vaping or using cannabis in other forms. You’ll need some equipment and it can be a little more inconvenient, but the high is much more powerful than what you’ll experience from other methods of consumption.

Remember to use dabs safely. Start off with a small amount and only add more when you’ve built your tolerance. For the most part, experienced cannabis users will have a good experience when dabbing. Dabbing isn’t recommended for beginners, and if you’re not used to the effects of cannabis it’s better to start with a milder method.

There are always alternatives. Edibles can also deliver an invigorating high, and you can also try vaping or sticking to smoking flower. You can always buy online and browse through various cannabis products to decide which suits you best.

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