Think smoking flowers is the only way to enjoy cannabis? Think again.
No longer are tokers limited to the traditional joint or bowl pack. Although a staple method for many who enjoy a little herb, smoking cannabis does have its downsides. The taste usually is unpalatable and can leave a pungent smell in the area you're smoking in, which can lead to unwanted attention.
If you're not into burning flower, you're in luck. There are a number of innovative ways to consume cannabis, with the rising popularity of oils and concentrates putting those methods in the spotlight.
Dabbing, for example, has become a common and popular way to consume cannabis, and with good reason. Read on to learn more about dabbing and how to best enjoy your next dab session.
What is Dabbing?
You may be wondering what exactly is a dab, and how do you consume it? Dabs are an oil concentrate of cannabis and are much stronger than the traditional flower. Using carbon dioxide or butane, dabs are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids which all contribute to giving you an incredible buzz.
Using a dab rig is a common way to consume dabs. Dab rigs are equipped with a dab nail that's used to heat up the concentrate to a high enough temperature using a blowtorch so smoke forms for you to inhale.
Benefits of Dabbing
Dabbing delivers euphoric, powerful effects when done safely with clean concentrates. Many individuals suffering from chronic pain or nausea benefit from dabbing as a way to quickly mitigate their discomfort. Concentrates can also be a great way to treat common mental illnesses like depression or anxiety.
Dabbing can be a much healthier form of cannabis consumption if properly prepared, given that it eliminates a lot of the additives and leaves (mostly) just the active compounds in cannabis intact such as CBD, THC and terpenes. For example, burning the plant creates resin which can have an adverse effect on your lungs, so dabbing can be a way to eliminate that Some individuals also prefer the taste and flavor of a dab, but you'll need to explore that aspect for yourself to find out.
Tips to Follow For Your Next Dab Session
Whether you're a seasoned cannabis connoisseur or a beginner, these tips will help you get the most out of your next dab session.
First and foremost, you will need some supplies. You'll need a dab rig in order to properly enjoy a nice dab session. At Hemper they stock a wide selection of the best dab rigs and accessories, vetted and tested by actual smokers just like you. Their product lines are high quality, yet affordable. If you're on the fence or don't know what you need, just reach out. Their team is always ready to help. Alternatively, you could ask some friends what types of rigs and set-ups they prefer, and perhaps they will even let you try theirs out so you can get a firsthand feel for the setup.
Aside from a dab rig, you may want to also ask about dab nails, which are used during the heating process, and a good dab rig cleaner to keep your rig in tip-top shape.
Before setting up for your dab sesh, you should choose a safe environment you can relax in. Being calm during your dab session is important because it can be overwhelming, especially if it is your first time trying it.
You may also want to pick a day or time where you don't have much going on. Since most concentrates usually contain 60% or more of THC, the effects can be intense if your tolerance is low.
Another aspect to consider before dabbing is what temperature you want your dab to be heated to. A higher temperature is enjoyed by some who like larger vapor clouds. However, it can cause a lot of discomfort and leave a burning sensation in your chest and lungs.
For your first time, it's best to stick to a low temperature. Starting off at a lower temperature will also give you a chance to taste each concentrate which can range in flavors, and to adjust as necessary or as much as your lungs can tolerate.
Just in case you do mistakenly heat up your dab rig to an undesirable temperature, you'll want to keep some water or another beverage you like handy to mitigate the discomfort from the hot smoke on your throat. Dab nails are heated up to scorching hot temperatures around 482 degrees Celcius with a blow torch, so keeping a drink around to cool your throat is always a good idea just in case.
Take it Easy when Starting Off
Since dabs are much stronger than dry herb and buds, you'll want to be cautious of the size of dab you take. Start off slow with a small amount to see what your tolerance is. Being high is fun. Being too high is not. If you happen to be more sensitive to cannabis or are trying out a new concentrate it also never hurts to have a friend with you to help you stay calm and relaxed just in case things to get a little too intense for your liking. Remember, you can't really overdose on cannabis, even in concentrate form.
Another important tip is to keep the direct flame away from the dab rig. Dab rigs are usually heated up with a blow torch which heats things to extremely high temperatures. When your glass dab rig is rapidly heated up, it can damage the rig and break the glass. So you'll want to heat the dab nail, not the rig. Also, make sure not to touch the dab rig for at least a few minutes to avoid serious burns.
Keep your Rig Clean
Keeping your dab rig clean is a simple, yet often neglected aspect of dabbing. A clean dab will ensure proper heating and cooling, remove any leftover toxins or build up from your last sesh, ensure robust clean and unadulterated flavor next time you dab, and is just an all-around good idea for hygiene. Check out the best oil rig cleaning gear to find just what you need.
How to Practice Good Dabbing Etiquette
It may be helpful to try dabbing for the first time with a seasoned dab consumer. You will be able to visually see the whole process so you can have a better idea of how to go about dabbing. When smoking with others, it's important to follow some simple etiquette rules to make both your experience and partner's experience more pleasurable.
You should never show up to a session empty-handed, be polite and bring along some supplies to contribute like a blow torch or a dab nail. It may be helpful to talk to your dabbing partner beforehand to see what supplies they'll need. If you're partaking in someone else's concentrates, wait for them to serve you unless they tell you otherwise. You don't want to come off rude and take more than you're supposed to. Once you've taken your hit, completely clear the dab rig and pre-heat for your partner. Being courteous and clearing the rig before passing it on will eliminate stale vapor for the next person's hit.
Dabbing is a new popular way to consume cannabis, it can provide a more pleasurable experience and be healthier for your lungs. Concentrates allow you to reap all of the benefits of cannabis without the negative effects of traditional smoking like resin and strong odors.
However, there are safety precautions you need to take while dabbing to avoid hurting your lungs as well as burning yourself with the blowtorch or dab rig once heated. You'll also need to invest in a dab rig, a nail to heat your concentrate, and a blow torch to get started.
But with the right preparation, dabbing equipment, and concentrate, you'll be enjoying your first dab session in no time.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist