Now that you know what a ‘dab’ and what ‘dabbing’ is, why do people dab? What’s the advantage over just smoking flower or hashish?
For some people, it’s hard to get over the cumulative effect of Cannabis in your system. After prolonged use, you may find that you need THC heavy strains to produce the effects that you desire; If this is you, try dabbing!
What temperature should I dab at? Anything below 180 degrees C will not be vaporizing *all* of your cannabinoids and terpenes, resulting in a very thin vapor. Anything above 230 degrees C and you are close to combusting your medicine, which actually destroys the cannabinoids and terpenes, delivering a sub-optimal vaporization and dabbing experience.
For other people, it’s how ‘clean’ the end product is; You’re leaving behind the plant material, waxes and fats that don’t contribute positively to your Cannabis experience. Some people take it a step further and will only smoke rosin, C02 extracted and other ‘Solventless’ products, in lieu of flower. You also have distillate and isolate falling into this category as these products are as close to molecularly pure as possible.
While flowers typically have 15-25% (and more and less) THC, your typical dabs will be anywhere between 60%-99% total cannabinoid content, making them *far* more potent. This can be a double-edged sword as it’s very easy to ingest too much, too fast. On the other hand, people who need to medicate in concentrated or extremely high dose quantities will find that extracts are their preferred choice.
One of the major health benefits of vaporizing your dabs at the correct temperature is that you won’t be actually combusting your smokable material. This keeps all sorts of nasty stuff that you don’t want to be inhaling anyway, out of your lungs! Chemicals like Benzene & Methacrolein are produced when you introduce combustion to your smokeables!