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How to Get Started in the World of Delta 8 Dabbing

With delta 8 THC quickly growing in popularity across the United States, hemp brands are launching all kinds of delta 8 products that deliver the cannabinoid to the body through various means.  One of the more unique types of delta-8 products is delta 8 dabs, which provide a one-of-a-kind experience for those who crave stronger effects from this fascinating compound. 

If you’ve been itching to take your delta 8 THC experience to a whole new level, delta8-based dabbing could be exactly what has been missing from your routine.

What Exactly is Dabbing?

Before we get into the specifics of delta 8 dabbing, we need to discuss dabbing as a general hobby.  Dabbing refers to the practice of inhaling the vapor produced by certain concentrates derived from hemp, known as dabs.  To dab, you need two things: the concentrate, and the proper hardware.  Concentrated forms of hemp compounds have a unique consistency that’s sticky and moist, and so inserting them into a traditional pipe or vaping device simply won’t produce vapor.  That is why you need a dabbing device, such as a dab rig or dab pen – more on that later.

What is the Appeal of Dabbing?

Primarily, it is the potency level that you get, which is simply unmatched.  Concentrates are, as one would guess, concentrated.  Producing them discards some of the plant compounds that are undesirable. Thus, leaving behind extremely potent levels of the desirable compounds, including cannabinoids and terpenes.  This potency level allows for stronger effects- only need a couple of hits to feel those desired effects.

What’s Unique About Delta 8 THC Dabbing?

A good number of us are familiar with CBD dabs, which offer a powerful dose of cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the hemp plant known for its various useful properties.  Delta 8 THC is different.  The one major difference is that delta 8 is mildly psychoactive, meaning that it can get you high.  Therefore, delta-8 dabs offer uniquely potent psychoactive effects, creating a stronger high. 

Note: Delta8’s high is different from delta9’s no matter how you consume the compound.

It should also be mentioned that delta 8 dabbing is probably not ideal for delta-8 beginners.  Why?  Due to the psychoactive properties of this cannabinoid, the unique potency that comes with dabbing may be too strong for new users who have not yet developed a tolerance to it.

Types of Delta 8 Dabs

Delta 8 is so new to the market that delta-8 dabs aren’t yet as widely available as CBD dabs.  Right now, there are two primary types of delta 8 dabs that you can find for your dabbing enjoyment.

Delta 8 Wax

Sometimes simply referred to as “delta 8 dabs”, is a hemp-based wax that’s infused with pure delta 8 concentrate.  As a result, the wax doesn’t just contain the delta 8 compound, but a rich array of cannabinoids and terpenes, with the terpenes adding properties and flavor to the experience.  This is great for those who feel that the entire hemp plant is useful thanks to the individual properties of each of the desirable compounds. 

Did You Know: Wax gets its name from its wax-like consistency and is relatively easy to dab with for this reason.

Delta 8 Distillate

Quite different from wax in that it contains above 90% pure delta 8 THC. This means that there are only trace levels of other compounds such as terpenes.  It’s produced by using steam distillation to gradually isolate the delta 8 cannabinoid while discarding the surrounding compounds.  As a result, unlike wax, delta 8 distillate is flavorless, colorless, and odorless. 

Did You Know: Delta 8 distillate will produce a stronger high than delta-8 wax because the delta 8 THC is not diluted with other compounds.

Where to Find Delta 8 Dabs

Delta 8 dabs are more widely available than they were just a year ago. However, it is important to know how to find only the highest-quality options on the market.  Only buy from a company that has positive reviews, and offers third-party lab reports with their dabs. These reports indicate that the concentrates have been tested by a certified laboratory to verify their quality and purity levels.

Choosing the Best Hardware

We need to discuss the other required component to dabbing, which is the hardware.  Like we touched upon earlier, you cannot use dabs with a conventional device like a standard pipe or a vape pen made for oils or flower.  The unique consistency of concentrates requires a special type of device that melts the product so that it is converted into vapor.

There are two main means of dabbing: analog devices and electronic ones.  Let’s cover both so that you can decide which one is best for your preferences.  Keep in mind that neither is objectively superior to the other – it is all about what you prefer based on your personal needs.

Dab Rig

A dab rig is an analog device that looks similar to a pipe, but with one major difference.  Rather than containing a bowl into which the flower is inserted, it contains what is called a dab nail, which is a surface or chamber onto which the dabs are applied.  Before the dabs are applied, the dab nail is heated with a butane torch.  This way, once the dabs are applied, they melt almost on contact, instantly turning into vapor that can be inhaled through the mouthpiece.  Most dab rigs use a water filtration system that cools the vapor to make it smoother to inhale.

Dab Pen or E-Nail

The alternative is an electronic dabbing system, and there are two kinds that you can choose from: a dab pen, also known as a wax pen, or an e-nail. 

  • Dab Pens: Resemble standard vaporizer devices, but contain a chamber that’s more suitable for concentrates. Not only that, but they operate at output levels that are ideal for dabs. 
  • E-Nails: Look similar to analog dab rigs, but they use internal electronics to heat the dab nail. No butane torch is required.  These setups are less portable than dab pens but offer something closer to a more traditional type of dabbing experience.

Knowing How Much to Dab

Once your dabbing setup is ready to go, it is important to know how much to dab.  If you’re totally new to the concept, we recommend starting slow with just one puff per session the first few times, and only working your way up as desired.  Because of the high potency of concentrates, just one puff can give provide the effects that you are looking for.

Delta 8 Dabs are Ideal for Fans of the Cannabinoid Who Just Want Something a Bit Stronger

Today’s dabbing devices are getting more and more advanced to accommodate enthusiasts’ needs like never before.  Just remember that dabbing with delta 8 is more suitable for experienced users of the compound due to the high potency levels associated with the hobby.  Beginners should only start dabbing once they have developed something of a tolerance to delta8’s effects.

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