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  1. What are CBD dabs?
  2. Do CBD dabs get you high?
  3. What does a CBD dab feel like?
  4. How long do CBD dabs last?
  5. How do I use CBD dabs?
  6. Where can I buy CBD dabs?

In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.

What are CBD dabs?

Put simply, a CBD dab is a CBD (cannabidiol) concentrate derived from marijuana or hemp. Unlike other CBD products that mix the concentrate with other ingredients (to make an edible or tincture, for example), CBD dabs are unadulterated.

Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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You can buy dabs as wax, crystals, crumble, or shatter. Budder, pull-and-snap, and honeycomb are other popular CBD dab products. Each option has a different consistency to bear in mind when shopping and putting products in the cart. For example, budder is smooth and creamy, while pull-and-snap stretches out like taffy. Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD.

Do CBD dabs get you high?

Not exactly. CBD dabs will either contain very little or absolutely no THC, the cannabinoid that gets you classically high. So while you won’t experience a classic THC high, you won’t necessarily feel perfectly sober either. Even at relatively low doses, CBD consumption can cause a reduction in anxiety and more restful sleep (as reported in 2019 in the Permanente Journal), which technically constitutes a psychoactive effect. When consumed in high concentrations, CBD can cause drowsiness and a heavy body “high.”

When consuming CBD in any quantity — but particularly CBD dabs — it’s important to start with the lowest possible dose and gradually increase that dose until you feel the desired effect.

What does a CBD dab feel like?

If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. If you have experienced pain relief from CBD oil, dabbing CBD may produce similar effects. CBD has also been reported to potentially offer a range of other therapeutic benefits, from fighting inflammation to slowing the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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It should go without saying that the information contained in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. The effects of CBD have not been evaluated by the FDA (except in the case of Epidiolex, the CBD-derived pharmaceutical treatment for childhood epilepsy). Be sure to consult your physician before using CBD dabs or any other cannabis products.

How long do CBD dabs last?

The effects of dabbing CBD are not as long-lasting as other CBD consumption methods, such as oral. While the effects of swallowing CBD can last seven hours, the effects of inhaling CBD vapor from a dab rig will last less than half that time, usually about three hours.

However, inhaling vapor may be preferable to ingesting edibles, as Dr. Adie Rae, scientific adviser to Weedmaps and a neuroscientist at the Legacy Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, explained: “Vaping CBD is a better choice than eating/swallowing it because the lungs are far more efficient at getting CBD into the bloodstream. The bioavailability of CBD is greater through the lungs than through the gut. Specifically, about half of the CBD you inhale makes it into the blood, but only 5% of the CBD you eat gets into your blood.”

Dabs can provide a quick but powerful hit without the intense intoxication many other cannabis products provide. And with higher bioavailability, you’ll need less CBD to achieve the same results as other consumption methods.

How do I use CBD dabs?

Using CBD dabs is easy once you’ve perfected your technique. But before you begin, there are a number of factors to consider. First, what kind of dabbing device would you be most comfortable with? Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. E-rigs or e-nails offer a flameless way to have a traditional dabbing experience. There are also dab pens that, on the upside, require the least amount of set-up and practice. On the other hand, they offer a much more subdued experience than you would expect from a traditional dab rig.

Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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For more information on dabbing devices, different types of dabs, and how to dab, check out the Weedmaps’ Guide to Dabbing.

Where can I buy CBD dabs?

Whether you’re shopping online or in-person, make sure to buy from a licensed cannabis dispensary and choose organic when available, advised Dr. Rae. She also stressed, “Like any other CBD product, be careful if you’re taking any kind of prescription medication that has a ‘grapefruit’ warning on the label: CBD can interact with these medications, sometimes dangerously.”

Start searching for the right CBD product for you and confirm with your doctor before starting a new regimen.

In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.

What is dabbing?

The benefits of CBD oil are obvious, and the popularity of CBD is growing worldwide. In addition to helping treat conditions such as chronic pain and anxiety, CBD has also been shown to help ease the symptoms of depression, diabetes, inflammation, and insomnia – just to name a few. For those who suffer from chronic and severe symptoms, or for those who have tried traditional CBD oil with minimal results, a different, more potent administration of the natural cannabinoid is also possible. Dabbing CBD may also be a therapeutic way to relieve the most intense symptoms

In order to clearly understand what dabbing is, you really need to get what the word “dab” refers to. Basically, a dab is a slang term for cannabis concentrates. A dab means a small amount or proportion of something. The name came about because most people just need a tiny portion of hemp oil to feel the effects.

Typically, the act of dabbing is done with extremely potent THC concentrates in order to achieve a stronger high. Raw cannabis flower is processed in order to extract the plant’s active compounds (either THC or CBD) into their pure, concentrated form. However, it was until the ascension of butane hemp (hash) oil that dabbling became popular.

So, What Exactly Is Dabbing?

Dabbing is simply vaporizing concrete cannabis. Some of the tools used in dabbing are pretty intimidating thus preventing a lot of people from giving it a try. Among the dabbing tools used include nail, cap dabber, mat, torch and electronic nail.

“Dab rig” is a name given to a bong that is only used to consume by dabbing. If you don’t happen to have a blow torch yet and you want to give dabbing a try, don’t stress! There are several devices such as wax pens solely designed to cater to your needs.

Why Do People Dab?

At first, the whole dabbing process feels kind of strange. There’s a lot of tools involved, and it may come across a bit intimidating. However, you soon get used to it after dabbing for a while. The answer to why people dab is actually pretty simple. You dab to get the very best out of your CBD concentrate. Technically, dabbing is vaporizing CBD concentrate then inhaling the fumes. The process is done by applying the concentrates on a relatively hot surface. Remember that you only dab concentrates as they have way more potent as compared to edibles and oils.

Just to lay all the facts bare, it is possible, actually normal for a single CBD isolate to have 99% of cannabinoid content. It is however expensive but users believe that it is worth it.

How To Dab

First and foremost, assemble all the equipment mentioned earlier. After all the equipment is set, turn the torch on and make sure that the nail is being heated by the flame. Most people prefer to have the nail heat until it turns red hot, it’s actually not necessary. As a matter of fact, overheating can combust the concentrate at times which is in fact against dabbing. One rule of thumb you shouldn’t forget is the “20/60 rule.” Torch your nail for around 20 seconds then dab after around 60 seconds.

When you are sure that the nail’s temperature is level, grab just about the right amount of the concentrate and place it on the nail. Slowly inhale the resulting fumes while turning the dabber tip that is on the nail to avoid wastage of oil that may have been stuck on the dabber. Exhale, enjoy then repeat the whole process until you are fully satisfied.

The Bottom Line

On a lite note, if you happen to have a medical complication that has you scorching after worthless painkillers, do yourself good and purchase dabbing equipment. With that and some premium concentrates, you are good to go! Virtually, CBD has no side-effects.

Dabbing is simply vaporizing concrete cannabis. Dabbing CBD may also be a therapeutic way to relieve the most intense pain.