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22 Jul, 2020

What is Dabbing?

Dabbing is the practice of inhaling small quantities of concentrated substances, which is typically made from marijuana oil or resin. It has gained popularity in recent years, especially in countries where the use of marijuana is legal, but mainly in the United States. 

Dabbing is when a waxy, butter-like substance containing THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) and other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD is inhaled after being applied to a hot surface to create smoke and become high. A wax leak 'or' blob is an oil made from THC and other chemicals derived from cannabis through a complex process that extracts the main compounds from the plant. It is extracted from solvents such as butane and carbon dioxide and is often mixed with other substances.

The wax is heated with a blow torch or lighter, creating a vapour that can be inhaled. A dab is placed on an attached nail, and the dabbing process leads to the evaporation of the cannabis plant material.

While you can use a normal weed tray to dab, it is best to buy a special weed control device such as a rig. Dabbing is commonly referred to as a glass bong designed specifically for smoking marijuana concentrates such as an evaporator.

This method is used by younger generations because it allows them to use hash oil without noticing the distinctive smell of smoke, which leaves you with a bigger high than usual and smelling squeaky clean.

Dabbing is simply a colloquial term used to describe the process of extracting substances from the marijuana plant using butane. Marijuana swabs are also called "marijuana evaporators," "cannabis evaporators," or even "diabbers" or "buddy." Manufacturers use butane, alcohols, ethanol and carbon dioxide as solvents to break down the plant. 

The marijuana extract used for dabbing has a THC concentration of 80%, while the normal form of the marijuana plant has about 20%. Dabbing can happen in several ways: marijuana dabs can be consumed in the form of an evaporator or even as a liquid or liquid extract. If concentrated marijuana extracts are smoked, it can also be dabbed, but only in small amounts and only for a few minutes. 

One practice, similar to dabbing, is to put hash oil into a vapor device like an e-cigarette. While the nail is heated, the user places the concentrate on the hot nail with a metal or quartz rod - like a tool - and dabs the concentrated wax on the surface. Once the nails are heated, users inhale the rising vapor and begin to inhale the smoke created by the mouthpiece of the bong.

Most marijuana joints contain about 15 percent THC, while most hashish oils have concentrations of 60 to 90 percent, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

As marijuana use increases, more and more people are learning about "wax stains," a term that describes marijuana that was concentrated before it was vaporized. Whether it's a longtime pot smoker who just wants a strong shot of marijuana, or a young adult with a high tolerance for the drug, polka dots are a form of marijuana that raises questions in the medical community. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people smoke wax stains as part of their daily routine.

This is not yet legal in Australia but is a talking point among politicians who support the legalisation of cannabis in Australia.

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