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As cannabis legalization continues to spread to new countries, states and cities, research and product development has followed swiftly behind. Marijuana aficionados have quickly discovered that THC is not the only cannabinoid worth obsessing over. Over the past few years, CBD has emerged as marijuana's second rockstar compound, helping users quell physical pain, anxiety and a host of other recurring ailments. As CBD products continue to grow in popularity, cannabis companies have developed new, more effective ways to consume the now-ubiquitous cannabinoid. In this article, we'll help you break down what a CBD dab is, the differences between CBD shatter, CBD isolate and other forms of CBD concentrates, what kind of rig you will need to consume it, and of course, how to do actually dab CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound that is naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. Like THC, CBD has shown to help users treat chronic pain, stress and anxiety, and has been used by epileptics to quell seizures. Because CBD does not cause a high or intoxication feeling, cannabidiol was legalized at the federal level with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and has quickly gained mainstream approval as an alternative medicine in American culture. Even though hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all 50 US states, federal officials have not yet regulated CBD product standards, and as it stands, CBD is not a definitive answer to an underlying medical condition. Although CBD has been helpful for many, an individual should seek advice from a medical professional for specific recommendations.
How is CBD Sold?
CBD sales have exploded in every corner of the country in the year and a half since the 2018 Farm Bill went into effect. The blitz of customer demand has led to an array of product types in the growing industry. These days, you can buy CBD in countless forms, including gummies and other edibles, tinctures, smokable hempflower, patches, salves, capsules and waxy dabs.
Like traditional cannabis products, all CBD is not created equal. And when it comes to how effective each form of cannabidiol is, it largely comes down to bioavailability. No matter how many milligrams of CBD you take, your body will only absorb what is bioavailable to it, while flushing the rest. When CBD is consumed in edible or capsule form, it is mixed with an oil, and must pass through the liver where it is thoroughly processed and filtered before entering the bloodstream. On the other hand, when CBD is inhaled by vaporization, like in the case of vape cartridges or CBD dabs, the cannabinoid has a much higher bioavailability because it enters the bloodstream instantly. For users looking for the most immediate dose of CBD, a fat dab will do the trick better than almost any other method.
What Is Dabbing CBD?
In the simplest terms, dabbing is the act of vaporizing a cannabis concentrate. When it comes to a CBD dab rig, you will need the same equipment popularized by THC dabbers. In most cases, a traditional waterpipe or bong is fitted with a quartz, ceramic or titanium nail to replace a standard bowl. To prepare a dab, use a blowtorch to heat the nail between 300-700 degrees Fahrenheit before dropping a small bit of your CBD concentrate in the dish of the nail. The heat of the nail will vaporize the CBD dab, allowing you to inhale the resulting vapor. By using a carb cap to cover the nail, experienced dabbers can hold peak temperature for longer and experience a fuller, more intense dab.
What Are the Different Types of CBD Dabs?
Like the breadth of different CBD product forms on the market today, there is just as much variety when it comes to picking your CBD dabs. From CBD shatter to CBD isolate and everything in between, CBD is now available in just as many consistencies and concentrations as traditional THC dabs. These are the most common types of CBD dabs:
How To Dab CBD
When it comes time to consume your CBD dabs, there are a few preparations you want to make before firing up your blowtorch. If you're using an open flame to heat your nail, make sure you're in a safe and open place. If you don't feel comfortable yielding a torch, there are a number of popular e-rigs and handheld vapes that use battery power to reach precise temperatures for an optimal and easily replicable perfect dab temp. In the early days of dabbing, users would vaporize their concentrates at red hot temperatures reaching 1000 degrees, but as the consumption method was refined, expert dab consumers dialed in low temp dabs for perfect flavor, cannabinoid absorption and lung health.
For torch users, apply heat to the nail for about one or one a half minutes, before allowing the quartz, ceramic or titanium receptacle to cool down for about 30 seconds (or until it reaches optimal dab temp). Once you've got the perfect temperature, drop your CBD dab into the nail, top the nail with a carb cap, inhale and enjoy. And no matter how you're dabbing, make sure to clean your nail after every hit for optimal flavor, cleanliness and long-term upkeep.
Now that you know how to dab correctly, you'll be able to take your CBD consumption to the next level. Happy dabbing!