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CBD: Dabbing It Your Way
If you’re a fan of vaping or smoking hemp but wish that each session was a little more potent, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find a generous variety of dabs, waxes and shatter, which all belong to a category known as concentrates. These are concentrated hemp products produced using unique extraction and purification methods which result in a greater potency and a thicker consistency.
CBD Dabs & Waxes are plant-derived CBD oil concentrates that offer all the qualities of CBD with rapid bioavailability. They’re created when cannabinoids are extracted using a solvent like carbon dioxide or butane.
Note: A “cleaner” method is CO2 extraction, a solvent-free process used to create CBD crystal isolate. The resulting substance? A sticky oil usually referred to as wax or shatter. Depending on its substance and viscosity.
The World of CBD Concentrates
CBD concentrates are what happens when you take a hemp extract and concentrate it further than you would if you were making an ordinary CBD oil. Concentrates are commonly referred to as “dabs” due to the process required to smoke or vaporize them. By nature, concentrates are more potent. Creating a concentrate is a lot like cooking down a liquid to make it thicker, which results in a stronger flavor as a lot of the water molecules evaporate.
Again, there are various methods used to produce concentrates or dabs, and the name of the particular category of product comes from the method that was used. Two most popular types of concentrates are wax and shatter.
What are Wax and Shatter?
With both, you’re getting a very potent CBD product that comes in a non-liquid form. But there are some key differences, which relate to how they are produced.
Creating a hemp extract from the hemp plant material relies on some means of pressure, heat or a solvent. These three things are all capable of removing the compounds from the plant material. This is so you end up with a pure concentrate. Wax and shatter take things a step further by adding heat to the extract to concentrate it more thoroughly, which results in a thicker consistency and a stronger potency level.
Wax is a wax-like concentrate that’s sticky and has a strong aroma. It’s a rich golden color. Plus, it’s opaque, which is the result of the compounds being loosely bound together, blocking light from getting through.
Shatter takes the process one step further. A bit more heat is added, which turns the concentrate into a glass-like substance that’s transparent. The transparency comes from the fact that the molecules in the compounds are so tightly bound together that light can easily pass through the product.
Potency Level, Flavor, and Aroma
Both dab types are about 60% more potent than standard hemp flower. However, they’re unique enough from each other that most concentrate lovers have a strong preference.
For one thing, shatter is more chemically stable than wax due to the process involved in making it. This means that shatter will last longer than wax in terms of its potency. Wax breaks down more quickly, which means that it eventually loses the potency of the compounds.
Wax, however, is stronger in terms of flavor and aroma, which makes a lot of people enjoy using it over shatter. Plus, shatter is extremely fragile, as you would guess from the name, as it’s a thin, glass-like substance that can break easily. Wax is stickier, but it’s easier to handle without worrying about breaking it.
How to Use CBD Dabs, Waxes and Shatter
Both wax and shatter are dabs, and dabs require specialized equipment and techniques compared to typical smoking and vaping goods in the hemp world. To understand the equipment required and the process, first you must decide between the two methods of consuming dabs.
- Vaping: A popular option which simply requires a specialized vaping device designed for wax or shatter. This unit type contains a chamber into which you place your concentrate and uses a unique heating system that supports the vaporization of concentrates.
- Smoking: This is done with a dab rig. It contains a nail onto which you carefully place your concentrate before heating the nail with a torch to produce smoke.
Dosage Strength: Advantage CBD Concentrates
While dabbing concentrates and vaping are both extremely effective methods of delivering CBD immediately into the bloodstream, dabbing carries the stronger dose. This cannabidiol flex is attributed to the potency of the extracted substance, which exists in its solid wax form due to its high concentration. On the other hand, CBD vape oil loses a bit of its power when the isolate is combined with a thinning agent that allows the substance to flow through the cartridge and device.
Versatility & Accessibility: Advantage CBD Vapes
If you’re looking for ease of access, vaping is the way to go. It’s the plug and play method of CBD inhalation that requires very little maintenance on the user’s end. The juice goes a long way without needing to reload and vape pens are incredibly discreet and easy to transport. Traditional dabbing is a different story… one that requires a water pipe (or dab rig), torch, concentrate, water, and more.
However, the CBD is making it easier to dab with the emergence of dab vape pens and e-rigs. However, the user will still need to dab and reload the substance more often, which is a bit more hands-on for some.
Taste: Your Call!
Many CBD concentrate fans prefer the whole plant taste that terpenes deliver. The substance is infused with terpenes, making it rich in natural cannabis taste. Vaping delivers on a universe of tastes with so many flavor profiles saturating the marketplace.
Waxes and shatter share many properties, including this major quality: they will not get you high. Derived from industrial hemp, these CBD concentrates contain virtually no THC.
A potent and powerful CBD concentrate, CBD wax earned its name for its solid state and amber yellow color – the result intense extraction process.
Absolutely. After procuring a dab rig, add a bit of CBD wax to the rig’s nail, apply the hot end of a blowtorch and inhale like a traditional bong. A bit complex, but many CBD enthusiasts wouldn’t dose any other way.
Everyone’s body responds differently, and finding an ideal dosage amount is part of the CBD dabbing journey. Start small and increase gradually until the comfort zone lands.
Imagine being able to draw out the terpene complexities of hemp strain like a sommelier exploring the tannins of an aged red. As a pure extract, dabs provide an exciting rich taste of CBD’s origins – think along the line of citrus and pine notes.
Sure, but be civilized about it. Add shatter and wax to meals and drinks for a soothing secret ingredient.
The prime temperature for dabbing CBD hits somewhere in the 320-356 degree range. Any more heat and the terpenes can be destroyed in the process, mitigating the flavor and aroma.
No, and show some respect. If anything, CBD oil carries an aroma produced by natural terpenes. In fact, many of these natural profiles are associated with aromatherapy. Even before using, CBD can’t help but start soothing.
CBD oil is a rather incognito substance. No lingering smell or hanging cloud of smoke. Truly an impressive vanishing act for a such a magical compound.
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