Dabbing—you've most likely heard about this by now. If not, you must live in a place that still supports draconian marijuana prohibition. Or, you are entirely new to the cannabis scene. For those of you who are not familiar with the term dabbing, it refers to smoking cannabis extracts/concentrates, which go by different names depending on how they were produced. 

Dabs basically started out as hash but has evolved into a variety of different types: shatter, wax, budder, sugar wax, crumble, live resin, and CO2 honey oil are the most common. You might remember it being called hot knifing. Today, the world of dabbing has grown to have its own vocabulary, tools, and even its own holiday.   

The synonymous number for dabbing has become 710, like 420 is for smoking bud. Do you remember back in school typing 710 into a calculator and holding it upside down to see it spelled OIL? Since dabs are referred to as BHO (butane honey oil), the number 710 was only fitting. Now, July 10th has become an additional holiday for those who love cannabis, in particular, cannabis extracts. 

Dabbing Continues to Evolve

Today, hot knifing is a thing of the past. We now have a multitude of different styles and designs and devices. We have electronic nails (e-nail) for your dab rig, which require only electricity to heat up. There are electronic dab pens similar to e-cig vape pens—so if you use an electronic device to dab, you’re e-dabbing. You can use a variety of glass dab straws, quartz bangers, and titanium nails. And don't forget your silicone containers, silicone dab mat, and dab tool.

You'll need a torch if you're going to dab on a straw, a nectar collector, or use a rig, unless you opt for an e-nail. If you're entirely new to dabbing and would like to give it a try, remember to go slow. Dabs are much more concentrated than bud. Start with a dib (small dab) vs. a dab. Hit the rig, straw, or nectar collector slow and easy. Hitting a dab rig is much different than hitting a bowl or bong.

Visit a pipe shop and ask for someone to set you up with everything you need to dab for the first time. Set-ups can get pricey depending on what you choose, but you can get started for as low as $20 (straw or cheap nectar collector). Remember with dabs a little goes a long way—you might say that just a dab will do.

  Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 10:09pm 5 months ago
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James has a passion for wordsmithing content specific to the cannabis community, culture, and industry. This father of seven spends all his time writing about the plant he loves. James believes that cannabis should be an essential part of everyone's life but, this doesn't mean that everyone has to get stoned to do this. Only through education and sharing the stories of the community can we help to tear down the negative walls of stigmas and stereotypes that cannabis has received or the last 80 years. James likes to say, "A single seed can tip the scales, be the seed."

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