There’s a lot of “fake news” out there about cannabis concentrates and the dangers of dabbing, so we’re here to set the record straight. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about dabbing, and our answers.
1. Can you overdose on dabs?
No, and stop calling extracts the “crack of weed” while you’re at. Sure, concentrates like butane hash oil (BHO) have much higher levels of THC, but you still can’t overdose on cannabis. Period. What is true is that the regular dabbers need the extra boost of THC for things like chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, dabbing might increase your weed tolerance, but it’s nothing a little tolerance break can’t fix.
2. Can dabs make you freak out?
The only truth to this statement is if weed that’s high in THC makes your anxiety worse, which is actually pretty common. The solution? Take it slow, especially if you’re a first-time dabber. Try a micro-dosed dab and see how you feel. Another solution could be trying an extract of a high CBD strain, or one with a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD to keep your anxiety in check.
3. Are you inhaling residual chemicals?
The only way this is true is if you’re smoking low-quality, amateur-produced extracts. Because of regulations and lab-testing legislation in legal states, you’re not likely buying contaminated concentrates at your local dispensary. If this really is a concern, the easiest solution is to opt for a solvent-free extract, like rosin.
4. Is dabbing bad for your lungs?
Sure, you’re going to cough a lot from your first dab, but there’s no evidence to support the statement that concentrates are bad for your lungs. It might actually be better for you than traditional smoking because it’s vapor, not smoke.
5. Are dab rigs dangerous?
Not really. Admittedly, you have to use a blow torch with a traditional dab rig, but if you can cook on a stove and cut vegetables without hurting yourself, you can also use a blow torch. If you really don’t trust yourself, electronic rigs are now available (known as e-rigs or e-nails), which heat up the nail using electricity, so there’s no chance of your hair going up in flames.
6. Is making concentrates dangerous?
While it’s dangerous for an amateur to make a solvent extract at home, licensed professionals know what they’re doing, so there’s no need to worry. If you really want to make your own concentrates at home, get a solventless press. They’re somewhat affordable and a super-safe way to make extracts free of solvents.
Basically, the only side effect of dabbing is getting high AF. If you don’t like getting high, we’re not sure why you’re dabbing in the first place. Our advice? Learn how to dose yourself so you reach your optimal, comfortable level of highness. And remember, it’s best to not drive or operate heavy machinery after dabbing. Other than that, you should be good to go.