Is smoking a joint giving way to dabbing? It hasn’t come to that yet but in the future we are going to hear more and more about this new way of smoking weed. Dabbing is still illegal in the Netherlands but one thing is for sure: dabs are amazingly popular in small circles. It’s just a question of time before dabbing permanently breaks through.
What is Dabbing?
You will certainly have heard of it. It’s also a fact that it’s on the rise. But just what exactly is dabbing? Dabbing is smoking a strong weed concentrate using a special dab bong or pipe. You can also rub it on your joint or, with a few adjustments, use your normal weed pipe or bong. There are even vaporizers that are specially made for dabbing.
These strong weed concentrates are called dabs. There are many different kinds of dabs. You can make most of them yourself with the right equipment and instructions. We’ll tell you more precisely about how dabbing works later.
Dabbing is Popular in the United States
If you mention the word ‘weed’ in the United States, there’s a good chance that the subject of dabs will come up. This reflects how popular dabbing is in America already. Dabbing has become a standing ritual amongst cannabis smokers. The probability is that the popularity of dabbing will only increase in the future. This kind of thing can move quickly in the cannabis world. If you see someone getting really stoned after smoking dabs, you want to give it a go yourself. A development likely to continue for some time in America.
The Netherlands lags behind
If you look purely at the development of dabbing in America, then we in the Netherlands are lagging behind currently. Although it’s happening in the Netherlands, there’s no comparison with the hype surrounding it in America. An old-fashioned joint or a bag of weed is always easily obtainable in the coffee shop so people prefer to smoke a joint with tobacco, tip and rolling paper. Added to which, dabbing is officially illegal whereas smoking is tolerated. But true lovers of cannabis are very intrigued about dabbing. It is certainly happening on a small scale.
Get Absolutely Stoned
Dabbing is very popular, in part because the effects are pretty intense. However, the insane effects are also its pitfall. Whoever thinks you can just take ten big drags one after the other with dabs has got it wrong. One inhalation has approximately the same effect as 5-10 inhalations of the same weight in herbs (weed). Don’t go too mad to begin with or you’ll be kicking yourself. Start cautiously with one or two drags. Dabbing gets you absolutely stoned. More stoned than after smoking a joint.
Difference between Dabbing and Smoking
It’s interesting for future dabbers to know what the differences are between dabbing and smoking. Why ought they to try dabs as well as their joints? Or more emphatically: why should they leave their joints permanently behind and proceed with dabs? One important reason for many people switching to dabbing is that it is healthier than smoking weed. The high purity content of the concentrates and the small quantity of pollutants makes dabbing healthier than smoking. Moreover, just like with a vaporizer the use of dabs doesn’t involve tobacco. So, do you want to stop smoking tobacco? In that case dabbing is a really good solution.
Another reason for preferring dabbing is its more intense effects. Dabbing gets you stoned like never before making it more tempting for true stoners to switch to dabbing. Most weed varieties have a THC percentage of 15-20% whereas the THC percentage of dabs varies between 50 and 90%. And finally you dab in a different way from smoking. Whereas you smoke crumbled weed with tobacco, tip and rolling paper, dabs are smoked with an oil rig or bong.
Thinking of making dabs yourself? Then we suggest you choose a strain with a high THC percentage as this will ensure you get the maximum effect. In need of inspiration? Check here for weed seeds with a high THC content.
Making Dabs Yourself
Dabbing can get you really stoned. The concentrates have a very high THC percentage and it is also healthier than a joint, as you are not burning any plant material or tobacco. Sounds like music to your ears, right? What if we told you that you can make your own dabs quite easily? With a good amount of weed, the right supplies and good instructions, anyone can make dabs. And because we want to make dabbing as easy as possible for everyone, we have created a 4-part "Course in Making Dabs". Here you will learn how to make the best and strongest dabs, step by step. All in a safe and responsible way. Before we start, it is useful to know what types of dabs exist.
Types of dabs
Types of Dabs
Don’t be surprised by the many types of dabs. Dabs can differ considerably in appearance and can be produced in several ways. We have set down a list of the best known dabs. We give a short explanation of each type. Do you want to make one of these types? Then click through to the corresponding course.
- BHO - Butane hash oil (Shatter & Crumble)
- Weed oil
Rosin has a THC percentage of over 60%. Rosin is made by heating dry buds and then pressing them. For that you need a rosin press. In contrast to other dabs, to make Rosin you don’t need that much weed and few items. Useful if you don’t have a lot of weed or don’t want to use too much. Make Rosin yourself? It's possible! Take a look at our “Course for Making Dabs - Part 1: Making Rosin”.
BHO stands for butane hash oil and is made by using propellant gas and an oil extractor. By putting weed and/or cutting waste in such an oil extractor and filling it with, for example, butane gas, you extract all useful substances such as THC from the weed. BHO has a THC content of a good 70-90%. You should therefore think twice before smoking this powerful extract. The true weed smoker though won’t want to miss this challenge. The result is you get high as a kite in no time at all. Bear in mind that to make a small amount of BHO you need a considerable amount of weed.
Shatter and Crumble are dabs you can make from BHO. It is in fact the same extract, only it has a different structure. You can define the structure by using a different temperature during the vaporization of the propellant. Shatter can be described as a glass-like concentrate which is pretty hard. Crumble is also called butter and is the soft, buttery variant of BHO. Want to make your own BHO, shatter or crumble? Go to the second part of our course in making dabs.
The effects of this clay-like concentrate are not to be underestimated. Wax has a THC percentage of 50-90% which is certainly no joke. THC Wax is made without alcohol or propellant. You can even make it with household items such as freezer boxes, oven dishes, glass jars, a funnel and a sieve. If you make THC wax the right way, you can make the strongest kind of dabs there is. Want to try it? Check out part 3 of our course.
Ice-O-Lator is also called bubble hash or ice hash. It is actually extremely potent hash with THC percentages of up to 80%. Most people will only know it as a certain type of hash, but it is in fact a weed concentrate. Making Ice-O-Lator takes quite a lot of effort compared to some other dabs. You need filter bags and/or a special machine and it takes quite a lot of time.
Weed oil or THC oil is actually also a kind of dabs. You extract THC from weed or cutting waste using alcohol and then mix it with a base oil. Weed oil can be made as strong as you like. Would you like a weed oil with only 10% THC? Then dilute the concentrate with a larger quantity of base oil. Do you want it as strong as possible? Then use only a little.
How do you use dabs?
Do you have some dabs? Then you can start smoking. But how do you actually dab? And what do you need for smoking dabs? We’ll help you get started!
You need an oil rig (dab rig) or a bong with glass or titanium banger / dabbing nail. You heat this up with a jet torch with blue flame until it’s properly hot. Then you leave it to cool down a bit. Then use your dabber to scrape out the dab from the jar or parchment paper it’s packed in. Now allow your dab to melt in your banger nail. After this you put the carb cap on the banger nail so that no smoke escapes during your hit. You suck the bong full of smoke, take the carb cap off and empty the pipe of all smoke.
In principle a bong is the same as an oil rig. The only difference is the bowl. A bong purchased with bowl and nail can thus be used for herbs but also for oils and concentrates. You can also use a dab pen or vape pen to smoke your concentrates (reasonably) discretely.
Tip: do you already have a normal bong, but do you want to smoke dabs with it? Buy the Dabbing Nail Starter Set! With this you can turn your own bong into a dab rig!
Also check out the Dabbing Tutorial for more information!
What should you bear in mind when dabbing?
As mentioned, the effects of smoking dabs are quite intense. It’s important for the novice dabber to take a number of factors into account. You even need to schedule when to dab. First of all, choose a day when you’re free and have no appointments or commitments. It’s possible that you won’t be able to function properly for the rest of the day.
It is also essential to find yourself a relaxed and comfortable environment. You must feel at ease during dabbing. This increases the pleasure of the experience. What is also good and in fact necessary is to have an experienced dabber by your side. He or she can help you if needed. Make sure you are fit and feeling good. It’s not a good idea to dab for the first time if you have a hangover or aren’t 100% fit. Finally, organise something nice to eat and drink. You’ll enjoy this after the dabbing.
Once you’ve taken all these precautionary measures it’s time to get dabbing. Let the experienced dabber go first so that you can watch how it works. Then have a go yourself with a small dose. That means having one or two drags. Have plenty to drink during dabbing as smoking dabs can be hard on your throat. Your first go at dabbing will probably make you cough. It’s nice to have a refreshing drink ready next to your dabs.
Are you starting to get interested? And would you like something other than a standard joint for once? Smoking dabs will give you an unparalleled high!