HOW TO DAB CANNABIS CONCENTRATES SUCH AS WAX, SHATTER, BATTER, SUGAR AND RESIN
Dabbing is becoming a more common way to enjoy cannabis, especially in medical states such as Arizona and Maryland. We’ll explore what dabs are, the variety of ways patients dab their concentrates and some safety tips to ensure your dabbing experience is a positive one.
What Are Dabs?
Smoking dabs of cannabis concentrates has been around for 10 years. Cannabis consumers enjoy dabbing concentrates because they offer a higher THC potency (aka concentrate). The typical range for THC in cannabis concentrates is between 50 to 80%. Because of the higher potency, medical marijuana patients are advised to enjoy their dabbing experience low and slow to determine their tolerance level.
With such a high potency, you’re probably wondering how concentrates are made from the cannabis plant? Cannabis concentrates are created by extracting THC and other cannabinoids from cannabis plants using solvents such as butane or carbon dioxide, for example. The final product of the extraction process results in varying consistencies of concentrates such as diamonds, sauce, batter, wax and sugar. These products can then be consumed in a dabbing rig, dab pen or even by mixing the concentrate with cannabis flower. Let’s take a closer look on each consumption method and examine their pros and cons.
Ways to Dab
Just like consuming cannabis flower, there are numerous ways to enjoy your cannabis concentrates. Here are some examples of how you can enjoy your dabs:
Dab Rigs – also called oil rigs, are used to smoke a variety of cannabis concentrates. Dab rigs are typically constructed out of glass resembling a traditional bong. Instead of placing the cannabis concentrate in a bowl, it’s placed in a nail which is made of titanium, glass or quartz and is heated to temperatures ranging between 500-600 degrees using a hand-held torch. Once the nail is heated, the user inhales the vapor through the rig’s mouthpiece.
If heating a dab nail with a hand-held torch sounds intimidating, there is an option to use an e-nail with your dab rig. The e-nail or electronic nail is essentially a heating element that you place on top of the nail. One major benefit to using an e-nail with your dab rig is the ability to control the temperature to vaporize your concentrate. However, the cost of purchasing an e-nail can sometimes be outside of people’s budget.
While we are talking about temperature ranges and control, did you know your cannabis concentrate experience can vary depending on temperature? Let’s start with low temp dabs that range between 500 to 540°. If someone is looking to experience terpene profiles, the low temp range is where you want to be. This range is best for cannabis concentrates such as hash rosins. The high at these temperatures will be more gradual and less harsh.
If you enjoy consistencies like live resin, sugars, diamonds, shatters and crumbles, then 550-570° is the range for you! Patients using this range will enjoy a nice balance of flavor and effect without reaching combustion (which can be unhealthy with certain terpenes).
Looking for an immediate high? Temperatures 600° and higher will give you the immediate effect you are looking for, however, the experience will not be as long lasting or characteristic of the plant because terpenes and other compounds may be combusted at temperatures in this range compromising the intended effects. Be warned though, this range can lead to a burnt flavor and be a bit harsh to enjoy.
Overall, dab rig users would agree they provide a more efficient user experience as well as more bang for the buck since it doesn’t take much cannabis concentrates to feel its full effects. However, as previously mentioned, operating a hand-held torch might be intimidating to some. There is also the potential to experience burns if you accidentally handle a hot nail without letting it properly cool.
Dab Pens – also known as a wax pen, are pen-style vaporizers. A typical dab pen has a battery attached to a dab atomizer which is heated by a coil typically made from ceramic or coils. There are some dab pens on the market that offer users both options giving complete control over their medicating experience. Some additional added benefits for dab pen users include the ability to control the temperature settings, they’re compact and portable and rechargeable.
As with any consumer product, there are also some drawbacks to using a dab pen such as limited battery life, minimal maintenance could be required and components may need replacement depending on the age of the device.
Concentrates and Flower – This method to consume cannabis concentrates does not require extra equipment to purchase. However, it does require you to take the time to mix the concentrate with your cannabis flower when loading a bowl or a joint. Some smokers will wrap their joints with a concentrate that have a sap-like consistency. When a mixture of cannabis concentrates and flowers are consumed, patients will notice a heightened entourage effect, however, it takes a lot of concentrate mixed with the cannabis flower to feel the heightened effect resulting in a costly smoking session.
Dabbing Safety Tips
Now you know what dabs are and how you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home. However, there are some safety concerns when dabbing. Here is a list of potential hazards when enjoying your cannabis concentrates that you should consider:
1. When using a dab rig, remember the dab nail and the glass can become very hot which can burn the skin if not allowed to properly cool. The same can also be said for dab pens which also heat the atomizer that holds the dab.
2. Clean equipment for a clean experience. You should clean your dabbing equipment after use to avoid mixing cannabis concentrate consistencies and strains. Using unclean equipment has the potential to produce varying side effects and entourage effects.
3. A little goes a long way. As with any cannabis product, always start low and slow to gauge your tolerance. Too much could create a negative experience for you.
Where to Buy Cannabis Concentrates
Health for Life Dispensaries, located in Arizona and Maryland, carry premium cannabis concentrates such as MPX (Melting Point Extracts). MPX offers a wide variety of dabbing consistencies such a wax, shatter, batter, sugar and resin (cured and live). If you have questions about cannabis concentrates, we encourage you to speak with your Patient Consultant at Health for Life.
Cannabis use can contribute to short-term and long-term adverse effect such as impaired memory, impaired motor ability, altered judgment and paranoia. Regular inhalation may be associated with inflammation of large airways, increase airway resistance and lung hyperinflation. There is also an increased risk of chronic psychosis disorders (including schizophrenia) in persons with a predisposition to such disorders. There is a small percentage of people who may develop a form of addiction to marijuana, particularly if consumed in large quantities daily. Marijuana should not be consumed if pregnant. For use only adults, 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
It is always recommended that when using cannabis, especially for a cannabis-naïve person:
HOW TO DAB CANNABIS CONCENTRATES SUCH AS WAX, SHATTER, BATTER, SUGAR AND RESIN Dabbing is becoming a more common way to enjoy cannabis, especially in medical states such as Arizona and Maryland.
How To Smoke Resin: The Complete Guide
Thinking about how to smoke resin because your wallet is empty and you just toked your last gram of Cherry OG?
It’s okay to admit. We’re all friends here and we’ve all thought the exact same thing at least once in our life.
To help you achieve the best experience when you can’t afford fresh bud, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana have created this complete guide on how to smoke resin.
At the end, we’ll give you one sure-fire tip to make all your resin adventures better than you ever dreamed possible.
What Is Resin?
Resin — a.k.a. pipe resin or weed resin — is the gunk that accumulates in your pipe or bong when you smoke several times without cleaning your tools.
Resin consists mainly of tar, ash, and carbon with a tiny bit of THC and other cannabinoids thrown in. And when we say tiny, we mean TINY!
There is so little THC in this sticky, nasty residue that it’s almost not worth the effort to learn how to smoke resin.
But when life’s got you down and you’re fresh out of pot, it can be a handy skill to have in your toking toolbox.
One word of warning before we continue: burning down on resin is one of the unhealthiest ways of trying to get high because resin contains high levels of elements you don’t typically want in your lungs (e.g., ash, tar, and carbon).
We would recommend almost anything else — bumming off your friends, emptying out old roaches, rifling the couch and your car for loose change, even going without until you can scrape together funds for a dime bag — before we’d recommend smoking resin.
But, as we said, in a pinch it can be a lifesaver. Having said that, proceed at your own risk.
For more information on how to get rid of resin in your pipe or bong, check out these helpful articles:
Resin Vs. Live Resin: A Crucial Distinction
There’s a crucial distinction between resin and live resin that you should never overlook.
Pay close attention to these definitions, commit them to your long-term memory, and use the terms correctly in any weed-related conversation so you don’t come across as a complete and utter neb.
Resin: Residue that accumulates on a pipe or bong after repeated toke sessions.
Live Resin: A concentrate — like wax or shatter — that is high in terpenes and other cannabis material.
Basically, resin is dirt; live resin is marijuana gold.
Highly trained professionals with expensive equipment make live resin by freezing fresh cannabis plant matter — not the dried and cured variety — and stripping off the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and other good chemical compounds using butane extraction.
This results in a concentrated oil that’s high in cannabinoids — sometimes two, three, or even four times as high as the marijuana plant matter from which it’s made — and much closer to the flavor profile of the original plant.
If you want even more information on live resin, take a few minutes to read our article Live Resin: What Is It And Why Is It So Awesome?
How To Smoke Resin
There are many ways to use resin — some good, some bad, some just plain stupid. In this section, we’ll describe some of the best methods of how to smoke resin.
1) Dry Pipe
The simplest way to use up all the resin in your pipe or bong is to apply heat to the outer surface until the resin vaporizes, and then toke away.
If you choose to try this method, keep in mind that everything is going to be very hot. You’ll definitely need a potholder, oven mitt, or tongs of some kind so you don’t burn your fingers.
And be careful when you put the pipe or bong to your lips. The mouthpiece may be warm (or even hot).
If hitting the pipe dry isn’t your thing, try these alternative methods that require removing the resin first.
For the rest of the methods in this section, you’ll need to remove the resin from your pipe or bong first.
To do that, find a bobby pin or paperclip and a small plate or bowl.
Run a lighter or torch over the surface of the pipe or bong to warm up the resin (so it doesn’t stick to the inside surface as hard). Then start scraping with the bobby pin or paperclip.
Collect all the resin on the plate or in the bowl.
When you’ve removed all the resin that you want, roll it into a ball and pack it in the bowl of your bong. Apply heat per usual and smoke away.
In this case, it’s best to use a bong with fresh water in the bottom to help filter out as much of the foulness as possible.
3) Dab Rig
You can also try smoking your resin with a dab rig. Clean the resin out of your pipe or bong (as described above), roll it into lumps, and then dab yourself silly.
Be sure to put fresh water in the bottom of your rig so the taste and harshness of the resin don’t overwhelm you.
4) Hot Knives
Like the dry pipe method mentioned above, the hot knives method is going to be very harsh and will most definitely stink up the area where you choose to smoke.
Here’s how the hot knives method works:
- Two metal knives (the wider the blades the easier it will be)
- Stove, fire, or torch (something with which to heat the knives)
- Oven mitts or potholders
- Funnel (optional)
- Scrape the resin out of your pipe or bong.
- Form it into small lumps (sometimes called “spots” or “dots”).
- Heat the knives. We find that the burner on a stove is the easiest solution, but you could also stick the knives in a campfire or heat both of them at the same time with a torch.
- Don one oven mitt.
- Place the lump of resin on the blade of one of the hot knives.
- Place the other hot blade on top of the first blade and gently squeeze.
- Inhale the resulting smoke through your nose or mouth (remember, it’s going to be harsh).
To make sure all the smoke goes where it’s supposed to go — into your lungs — you can hold a small funnel in your mouth, maneuver it over the hot knives when you put them together, and inhale from there.
If you don’t have a funnel, you can make your own out of whatever materials are on hand. The easiest DIY solution is to cut the top off a plastic water bottle and use that as a funnel.
This is also known as a spottle, bowser, hooter, or toker.
How To Smoke Resin: Quality Bud Yields Quality Resin
If you want the resin in your pipe to have any chance of being smokable at the end, you have to start with a high-quality, sustainably sourced, organically grown cannabis bud like those from Honest Marijuana.
Resin, by nature, is extremely low-quality stuff. But if you start with extremely high-quality bud, the leftovers will be much better low-quality stuff.
Think about it this way. If you pack your pipe with gold — don’t do this, by the way; it’s just an illustration — the leftover resin will be partly gold.
But if you pack your pipe with dirt — don’t do this either, my stoner — the leftover resin will be dirt as well.
So if you pack your pipe with one of the best Blue Dream strains on the planet from Honest Marijuana — the gold in the above illustration — the resulting resin will have a much better chance of getting you high.
But if you pack your pipe with dregs, the resulting resin will do little more than taste awful and give you a headache (with the very real possibility that you’ll just get sick).
It’s not worth the risk.
Talk to the budtenders at your local dispensary to find out what strains they recommend. If you live in Colorado, find some Honest Marijuana and discover what the purest marijuana experience on the planet feels like.
The Honest Marijuana Way
At our Rocky-Mountain-based grow facility, we employ world-class organic growing methodologies to provide cannabis connoisseurs with the purest marijuana experience on the planet.
We grow our plants the way Mother Nature intended: in organic soil without chemicals or pesticides. We even hand-trim our plants so that they’re organic from the ground up.
Not only does that make all your smoking, dabbing, and edible experiences infinitely better, but it also means that the resin you scrape from your pipe or bong is better as well.
So don’t settle for inferior resin. Start with the best strains on the planet — the Honest Marijuana strains — and experience cannabis and resin the way it was meant to be. You won’t be sorry.
Learning how to smoke resin can be a lifesaver when you’re without fresh bud. We’ll tell you how to make the most of the leftovers in your pipe or bong.