This series is meant to explain the various cannabis-related terms you may have heard. The following is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to condone the use or consumption of the term being defined. For more information, please refer to our disclaimer.
Cannabis can be consumed in many different ways. The dried flower can be smoked, infused into butter or oils for edibles or topicals or undergo an extraction process to make hash and concentrates. Concentrates are super potent doses of cannabis commonly referred to as wax, shatter or oil that can be smoked by vaporizing it or dabbing.
Dabbing is the process of heating up concentrates using blowtorch, a nail and dab rig to create a vapour that can be inhaled. Similar to a bong, most dab rigs are tabletop glass pieces; the difference is that they are specifically designed to accommodate a nail which is a surface that can be glass, quartz, titanium or ceramic that’s warmed with a blowtorch or electric heating device to vaporize a concentrate on contact. There are also torchless ways to dab with devices called e-nails that allow you to plug in an electronic rig and manually set the temperature.
The effects of dabbing are felt immediately and are quite strong. Whereas cannabis buds can have up to around 25% THC (with a few exceptions), concentrates can have between 50% and 90%.
Story by K. Astre