"Smoking wax" means many things to different people but before we dive into the details on how to smoke concentrated cannabis (dabs), let's talk about safety first.
If your first question is, "what are dabs?" please take a minute to read more before continuing. Seriously, a little dab goes a long way.
You have come to the right place if you want to learn how to smoke wax, dabs, shatter, oil, and other cannabis concentrates!
Between giant torch lighters, red-hot glass, sticky gooey messes, and right-out clumsiness, learning how to dab properly can be quite dangerous so please exercise caution.
Marijuana concentrates, or dabs, have potencies ranging from 60%-90% and can easily cause discomfort among beginner users, especially those under 18 years old. [which shouldn't be using them anyway! We'll address this point shortly.] The thing is, a significantly stronger substance is not the only risk...
It's important to know the signs of contamination in your stash because, in the event of adverse health effects, symptoms can get ugly if left untreated.
Before we get to the benefits, it's important to realize the risk associated with concentrated cannabis or whatever nickname you want to give it from wax, dabs, shatter, budder, and even those oil cartridges; there are real risks that consumers need to be made aware of. Generally speaking, it's safe to say the average cannabis user does not want to be a lab rat for unscrupulous dealers selling untested products. Truth is, quality control is not happening in every greenhouse, processing facility, or basement lab and many consumers are unknowingly putting themselves in harm's way. Any presence of mold in the bud prior to extraction guarantees the mold is also in your dab. Know your grower or budtender and ask the right questions.
There are a few ways to consume concentrated cannabis. We explain what each one means and how fast it kicks in below.
Buckle up and strap yourself in for a ride, smoking from a dab rig is the most intense and instantaneous method of cannabis consumption around. Imagine using a water bong, but this time it has a special bowl for wax compared to the normal flower.
Getting started with dabbing is simple! Consider these top tips if you're a first dab rig user.
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No matter what brand battery you use from ooze, dr. dabber, kandypens, or o2vape and other manufacturers, wax vape pens are perfect for a more controlled & measured hit. A dab pen still packs a punch but with more restraint than a rig. All while sporting a stylish-discreet look while you are on the go.
To get started using your dab pen all you do is...
Dab pens, like dab rigs, will immediately come into effect after inhaling your first hit.
Smoking (or vaporizing really) distillate in a vape cartridge is the easiest and most discreet method of consuming cannabis in popular culture today; here's how it's done.
The effects of using an oil cartridge kick in instantaneously once THC/CBD vapor enters your lungs, immediately finding its way into your bloodstream.
First off, do not eat dabs or wax because they have not been decarboxylated and will be a total waste. We are talking about ingesting pure THC/CBD distillate and edibles.
Sadly, we do not cover making edibles or what it takes to make THC distillate but we shared a few places that do! Experiment at your own risk.
Orally ingesting oils or edibles guarantees your body will receive 100% of the ingested amounts of THC/CBD, however, they will take at least 20mins to kick in on an empty stomach and up to 2 hours for some people depending on tolerance and metabolism.
Majority of hospital visits involving edibles are due to this giant time gap that arises with how long it takes a body to process before taking effect. Eating too much too fast because "you do not feel it yet" are famous last words before "I need to go to the hospital" an hour after you tossed another two brownies in your mouth. No, CARRL, you need to take a deep breath because you're likely having a panic attack from the onset of anxiety you ingested with your 3 double-stacked brownies. Either way, do not refuse a friend the right to go to the hospital if they seriously feel the need. Medical emergencies are no joke and need to be assessed right away.
Beginners often do not realize the length of time it takes for edibles to kick in which can really land them in an "overdosed" feeling for hours; not fun.
Inform, educate, THEN experiment. Learning the other way sucks.
Choosing the best method to consume cannabis depends on your personal preference and situation, consider consulting a medical professional for personalized advice. (likely they will not recommend any smoking or vaporizing)
Vaporizing and smoking share many qualities but one of the main differences between them is how they affect your lungs. Although the clouds look the same, they are grossly different, by definition.
In our opinion, the biggest difference between smoking and vaporizing cannabis is that smoking releases more toxic particles (known as carcinogens) than vaporizing does when each is used.
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The answer always varies because there are dabs that are safe, but not all dabs are the same quality. In states where regulated medical or recreational programs exist with rigorous testing, yes, consuming dabs, wax and other concentrates can be safe when they are purchased from a regulated (tested) source abiding by all the rules.
A popular process of making wax using a solvent such as CO2 requires an entire lab equipped with ventilation. Avoiding an extreme explosion is important to your safety when extracting the active THC/CBD particles from the plant using solvents like butane. Making your own dabs at home is very dangerous and highly not recommended without proper training.
Sort of.. considering that dabs/live rosin/oil/shatter are all concentrated THC products, sure they are very similar to the untrained eye but they are not the same. The biggest difference between dabs and oil lies in the way each of them is created.
Hands down our favorite form of concentrates would be live rosin pressed directly from buds, or what's frequently called nug-run live rosin. Again, everyone has their opinion/preference for the types of concentrates they use but we prefer the potency and full flavor of live rosin compared to any other option.
Do you need a better way to keep your dabs from bouncing off that clumsy wax paper? Everyone does.
Once you get home from your local provision center or dispensary first thing most people do is open their baggies and examine their product. This presents a perfect time to transfer those precious concentrates to a dab container, we prefer silicone dab containers.
Silicone is the perfect material to use with a super hot dabber and not worry about melting it too.
Dabbing concentrated cannabis will take longer to get out of your system than smoking marijuana flower would. Every decent-sized dab is practically the same as smoking an entire joint but in one hit. Typically 14-30 around days for a semi-regular user depending on their metabolism.
If you are trying to pass a drug test tomorrow then you might be out of luck.