Dabs are one of the newer trends when it comes to the legal cannabis industry. For some, gone are the days of just rolling up a joint without knowing how much THC you are consuming. Now, with prohibition ending and possibilities expanding within the industry, the true cannabis connoisseurs want to know the exact amount of THC they are smoking. With wax pens, dab pens, dab rigs and all other sorts of contraptions meant to help you get as high as possible, knowing exactly what a dab is and how big they come is crucial before you indulge.
How Big is a Dab?
Dabs come in all different shapes and sizes. Depending on your budget and tolerance you can go for as big as you want or as little as you want. But for starters, dabs give your body access to at least double the concentration of active cannabinoids as compared to traditional smoking. In other words, dabs get you way higher than simply smoking a blunt or bowl because you are inhaling pure THC. Because of this, you typically see people only doing dabs that are no larger than a cannabis seed and for a beginner that may be even too much to handle. But in the same breath, there are "experts" who are doing dabs as large as two feet long.
Like I said, dabs can be big as you want them so it is important to know how your body will react, because due to the concentrated THC the high can be extremely intense and lead to a horrible experience. Dab rigs allow you to burn as much as you'd like, whereas dab pens only allow you to put a certain amount of concentrate into the device. This allows you to monitor how much you are consuming, as microdosing is the smart way to go when experimenting with dabs.
The term “dab” is used because when it comes to consuming the cannabis concentrate a “little dab” will do. To put it in perspective, the average amount of THC in cannabis flower is around 19 percent whereas dabs can have anywhere from 60 percent to 90 percent THC. Dabs are not for the lighthearted, but there are several benefits to dabbing, even if you don't want to consume extreme amounts. For starters, due to the concentrated levels of THC, you get much higher, while consuming much less. Any cannabis consumer is familiar with the feeling of spending way too much money on flower that does not seem to last as long as planned. If responsible, this will never truly be a problem with dabs. While dabs are more expensive initially, but they tend to last longer, unless you have an insanely high tolerance.
Also, there is a clarity when inhaling that comes along with smoking dabs, especially if you are using a dab or wax pen. These compact devices allow for a pure smoke that is not as harsh as a blunt, bowl, or joint. And did I mention you'll get higher, as well? In a time when everyone is looking to be as healthy as possible, while also enjoying the sweet cannabis plant, dabbing is a way to have your cake and eat it too. Dabs are powerful, clean and can be inexpensive, but they also can be harmful. I would not recommend doing a dab challenge anytime soon (or at all for that matter). Stick to microdosing if you are new to dabs. Like anything else, dabs should be taken in moderation, so go slow, don't overdo it so you can enjoy the cost-effective high.