If you haven’t tried cannabis extracts yet, take it upon yourself to read this article as your guide to researched information and educational information based on my personal experiences. I have progressively dissected a plethora of feedback in regards to the makers of these products and by people who consume them. This has shown me that dabbing is not only a culture of like-minds, but that it is also used for optimizing overall inner balance and wellness. I myself dab everyday to correct my anxiety, and to align a clear path of awareness and consciousness. However, I did not dive into “dabbing” just overnight. Just like respecting any other drug, weaning into dabs is far safer than diving into them. Doing too much concentrates can have scary yet harmless adverse side effects like vomiting, paranoia, anxiousness and low blood pressure to name a few. This could potentially scare you away from ever wanting to try it again. So respect the decision to dab and respect the drug for what it is, concentrated. I always say this: your first experience in anything should ALWAYS be a positive one. My first dabbing experience was budder concentrates, that came from my dear friend Neil Magnuson. A pinch of this amazing extract sent my entire body into a pillowy cloud where I felt physically and spiritually connected within myself. It was the beginning of something quite wonderful for me and I haven’t looked back with any regret. Today, I enjoy a variation of cannabis extracts, and decided to write this for anyone who may be interested in learning how to enjoy concentrates and dabs safely.
Types of Cannabis Concentrates and Their Processes.
As a rule, I prefer only clean, quality made/derived cannabis concentrate products. They look, feel and taste different, and are made in different variations. For instance, cannabis oil is sometimes also referred to as hash oil, “RSO” a.k.a. “Rick Simpson Oil “, honey oil, or Cherry oil. But remember to leave the extraction methods to the EXPERTS!
And then there is cannabis hash or hashish, that was believed to have originated in Morocco. Hash is the most natural THCA cannabis available. This amazing cannabis concentrate is usually made from cannabis flowers being agitated and then dry sifted, and is sometimes pressed. OR instead, the flowers are ice water extracted and poured through different sizes of micron bags. This results in the collection of strictly the trichome heads and resin glands, unveiling the purest medicine of the flower. This collection is then cured and dehydrated by being carefully placed on cardboard, or special dehydrating mats. There a plethora of hash variations available to enjoy and sample, and I personally and highly recommend that it be tried at least once.
A newer type of concentrate is Budder or Wax, made mostly from butane sources, and sometimes propane and other fuel like applications. These are usually NOT clarified or purged after the main process. About this wax…..this is wax residue that is found in canned butane and is used as an aerosol transportation application in most butane cans. The waxiness is often the leftover wax from that butane directly after the initial processing of the cannabis flowers. THIS is what leaves that “waxy” feel and appearance. It is not directly harmful, but can be harsher and be harder on the lungs for sure. Budder in medibles is not good either as it cannot be digested due to the fact it is not food grade wax. However, when dabbed on a nail, it somehow leaves behind the amazing terpenes and natural cannabis oils which is an absolute delight to hit.
Shatter, Pull and Snap (viscosity difference, soft to hard, you can pull and then snap it), and/or Glass (harder and much more solid, it usually goes flying if it’s picked at the wrong way) are also made from butane or propane cannabis extraction just like the wax and budder are, BUT are then immediately purged through commercial grade chamber ovens with attached vacuums for clearing out the wax residuals. It is processed this way for a stable 72-96 hours. This processing results in high grade cannabis concentrates and is much cleaner on the hit. These varieties have stepped up the game in this particular culturally driven dab lifestyle market.
Sugarwax was best explained to me as when the terpenes become separated from it’s other cannabinoid compounds, during the process of an unstable and longer 120 hour oven and vacuum purge (C/O WOW Concentrates Purveyor), rather than the previously mentioned normal 72-96 hour oven and vacuum purge that makes shatter and pull and snap. It appears shiny, crystally and sugary and it also smells and tastes amazing.
Rosin is the newest of concentrates, and is resulted when cannabis oils are collected through heat and severe pressure (a.k.a. flat iron and clamp method or t-shirt press method). It is considered to be one of the purest extraction methods and a great DIY hobby if you eventually can get into it.
Live Resin is when the fresh harvested cannabis is extracted with BHO and immediately made into concentrate, rather than using dried, cured flowers. Considered to be the freshest cannabis concentrate that is readily available.
How to Obtain Cannabis “Anything” (in North America).
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Necessities, Utilities, & Dab Tool Essentials.
Basically you need a few big things, and then a few little things to follow as you become more into dabbing. First important investment is glass. Glass, as in, a water percolator style bong or pipe that can accommodate just about anything you decide to feed it. Versatility is key in a first glass purchase. You can save cash and buy a Red Eye or Hoss style manufactur made one until you can afford a locally blown collector piece or more expensive factory made one. You should buy one that is portable, and make sure to buy it a good durable case as it’s home when not in use. You may spend a little more on a case than the glass, but believe me, it is worth the investment long term. You can always use it for more expensive future glass you may purchase and it will protect your glass from almost any environment. These two go hand in hand, so be prepared to spend a few bucks. Secondly, you will need a proper sized TITANIUM or QUARTZ nail for the glass piece you are buying. If you already decided that you don’t like torches because it perhaps intimidates you, I might suggest to try an electric nail. They come in titanium and ceramic. They are known to be pricey, but are genuinely safer than a hot blowing flame, and you would never need butane either if you purchased one. You simply just need electricity to get it hot. Ask your local head shop retailer what nails are best and which one would work for your new glass piece, so you can customize your dab gear. In addition, it’s VERY IMPORTANT to properly “season” your nail before you first use it. Click on the word “season” to learn how. If you don’t get an electric nail, then you will need a blowtorch. A chef’s blowtorch is cheaper than an electric nail by far, and can be purchased at almost any hardware store or local head shop. Oh btw, you will need butane for it, and a lot on hand, always. Quartz nails are great and are now more affordable. They also compliment terpenes so beautifully. You can also buy glass and ceramic nails, but in all honesty, glass nails are poor quality as they don’t retain heat for a long period and don’t get hot quite enough. Ceramic is nice, but can also be expensive.
The last thing you will need are concentrate application tools, like a dental style pic, spoon, carb-cap or dabber. This will allow you to apply different types of the concentrates onto the heated nail. These tools come in various styles, and in metals such as stainless steel and titanium. I personally, prefer carb caps for the extra punch it gives. Never hit off a red hot nail, as it should never be more than 710 degrees as a rule.
Your First Dab Should Be A Little One.
Here’s a question for you. Where are you with cannabis in your life? Do you use it once in awhile (1-2 times per month)? Or are you using it more often than not (1-2 times a day)? Our physical and mental systems have cannabinoid tolerance levels, like anything else, and to ensure we do not overdo cannabis concentrates, we need to examine the cannabis usage within ourselves, prior to our first concentrate dab. I recommend to try it with someone who has experience in dabbing. Make sure you trust them not to feed you a huge first dab. It’s not called slabbing afteral, it’s called dabbing. Keep them tiny until you get use to the effects. And make sure to take your time when dabbing, taking breaks. NEVER operate any machinery high on dabs! Don’t drive if you don’t have to either. This is responsible recreational. Dabs hit hard and can make you feel heavier. As you get use to them, you will balance. Have a dabtastic time!