Are dabs right for me?
Taking dabs vs. smoking a joint is kind of like taking a shot vs. drinking a beer. It is generally 1-3 hits out of a dab rig instead of passing a joint around for minutes. The effect comes on a lot faster, is more intense than smoking flower, but does not last as long.
As such, dabs are not for everyone. While connoisseurs sometimes use dabbing as their exclusive form of consuming THC, the average cannabis consumer will benefit just as well from taking a couple of hits of a joint or bong.
To get the best experience out of your dabs, it is important to keep these tips in mind!
Take it easy!
If you’ve never taken a dab before, start slow and work your way up! While It’s impossible to overdose on cannabis, taking too big of a dab can leave you high to the point of discomfort. Start with a dab about the size of a half-grain of rice and adjust accordingly!
Don’t hold it in!
The notion that holding in your hit makes you higher is probably the biggest misconception in the cannabis world. It has been proven that absorption of THC in the lungs occurs within milliseconds of inhalation. Therefore, holding in your bong hit or dab is silly for a few reasons. For one, you’re wasting time that you could be using to finish off whatever is left in the bong/rig and WILL get you higher. Also, the fuzzy feeling that you get when you hold in a hit is actually your brain being deprived of oxygen and should be avoided at all costs.
The most common mistake new dabbers make is not waiting for the nail to cool to the appropriate temperature. In the same way that cooking food in a pan that’s too hot will char it and make it bitter, dabs will burn and char if taken too hot. Therefore, after heating your nail with your torch, it is crucial to wait at least 30-45 seconds before taking your dab. Actual time varies with each individual nail and figuring out the timing is generally a trial-and-error process.