If you are involved with cannabis, whether recreationally, medically, or from a business point of view, you have probably heard about dabbing. This method of consumption has existed for at least a decade, but the arrival of more advanced extraction methods has led to an avalanche of cannabis concentrates that have boosted the popularity of dabbing.
A dab rigs usually refers to a dose of concentrate that is heated on a hot surface, usually a titanium or boron silicate nail, and then inhaled.
This has created a division of opinions within the cannabis community, due to the intense effect produced by the concentrations, and by the image perceived by people outside this new form of consumption.
While there are valid concerns that must be addressed for the safety of production and the power of these popular concentrates, this new trend is not all bad. Here is the breakdown of the related issues and how, in reality, it could be good for the legalization movement.
Dabs is the term used to refer to doses of cannabis concentrations, mostly BHO, Butane Hash Oil, which is extracted with butane gas. But there is a wide variety of concentrates such as wax, shatter, budder, or even errl, which is a way of saying oil. These concentrates can have up to 80% THC, the active psychoactive compound of cannabis, but usually range between 50% and 75%.
More research is needed to find out more about the other cannabis compounds, other cannabinoids and terpenes, which are also extracted in the process. Most likely, the high concentration of THC is what is behind the powerful effects, making it the fastest and most effective way to achieve the desired effect.
Let’s start with the bad of dabbing first.
Recently we have read in different media about accidents related to this type of extractions. The process can be complicated and dangerous if certain security measures are not taken.
On the other hand, there is the visual impact. The concentrations are smoked in glass bongs and you have to heat the nail with a torch so you can inhale them. This has led some people to compare dabs smokers with crack smokers.
The BHO has no similarity with this other drug, however, many people worry that the impression that can be made from outside can harm the pro legalization movement.
Another concern of oil extraction is that it may contain chemical contaminants that could pose risks to the health of consumers.
Finally, one of the most disturbing facts is that thanks to the potency of BHO concentrates, for the first time, overdose of cannabis seems possible. Although it is not lethal, and depends on your personal limit, it can lead to uncomfortable smoking and, in some cases, loss of consciousness. In any case, the information is limited and more studies are needed about it.
The most positive of the concentrates is its strong effect as a medicine. For patients with acute and chronic pain or extreme nausea is one of the best ways to get immediate and effective help. The amount of marijuana that they would have to smoke or vaporize to obtain the same effect is unfeasible for some patients who need the effect quickly.
The safety aspects associated with the fabrication of the extractions can be easily controlled in an open environment and with good extraction. In addition, there are other methods, such as extraction with CO2 or with ice – water, which are safer and eliminate the possibility of explosions.
One of the most surprising side effects of the trend of dabbing is that it has created an interest in the younger members of the cannabis community.
All cannabis events this year have become test terrains for the best concentrates and extraction experts.
The industry around these extractions has been growing and creating the need to improve the products to consume them.
Concentrates have much to offer patients and cannabis users, dabs are just one more option among many.