If you are a cannabis newbie, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed by the sheer variety of products and their many methods of consumption– but fear not! We have put together a ton of handy guides to help you get your bearings, one product genre at a time! Today, we tackle the massive category of dabs. Grab a seat and sharpen your pencils because class is now in session!
What are dabs?
Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are created by extracting cannabinoids, using either solvents, like butane and CO2, or a combination of heat & pressure. (1)(2) Dabs come in all shapes and sizes these days so while the dabs of yore were exclusively thick, sticky oils, today it is common to see a wide array of textures and colors. Dab types are named according to their consistencies and we’ll be covering all the known variants in detail.
What is dabbing?
Dabbing is when you bring a concentrate to high temperature on a hot surface, producing a smoke that is inhaled, generally through a “dab rig.” Dab rigs are water pipes, not unlike bongs, that filter the concentrate vapors through water at their base. (3) In lieu of a bowl is a glass, quartz, ceramic or titanium basin that is known as a “nail” or” banger.” This area is either self-heating or brought to proper dabbing temperature using a torch. The concentrate is “dabbed” onto the hot surface with a dabbing tool, then the carb is capped and the vapor inhaled
Now, you may be saying, wow– this seems complicated! And while initially it is, there are certain draws to dabbing over other cannabis consumption methods, like higher THC levels and a unique experience of terpenes.(4) For example, cannabis flower can reach about 30% THC at the highest, whereas concentrates will range from 50 to 90% THC. (5) And in the case of live resin concentrates, the plant’s full terpene profile at the time of harvest is preserved in the final product. (6)
Types of Dabs
Wax has the consistency of its name-sake: it is firm and pliable. Wax, along with many of the following dab types, tend to range from a light yellow to a deep amber.
Shatter has a glassy, brittle and sheet-like texture.
Budder has a soft, creamy and slightly oily consistency like that of, you guessed it: butter.
Badder (or batter) is creamy and a bit stickier than budder.
Crumble has a soft and crumbly texture that is drier than budder or badder.
Sugar refers to concentrates that have a granulated, sugar-y and wet texture.
Sauce has a thicker, more uniform wet texture.
Live Resin is created by flash freezing cannabis immediately after harvesting, forgoing the standard drying and curing process. This produces a concentrate that retains the original terpene profile, flavor and fragrance of the cannabis plant. Live resin is generally thick, very sticky and a deep yellow.
Diamonds are a nearly clear, crystalline form of THCa (unactivated THC) which become activated with the application of heat.
Rosin, unlike all of the other dab types mentioned, is made without solvents, using a combination of heat and pressure. What emerges from the process is a resinous sap that can range from a transparent light yellow to a creamy beige to a dark brown. (7)(8)(9)
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