What is Dabbing CBD: Understanding This Potent Consumption Method

Dabbing CBD: Dabbing is different from typical cannabis ingestion methods. It’s a lot faster and can be soaked up to 30-40% by the body. 

Do you remember what you learned in high school about oxygen getting into your bloodstream? Vaping works in a similar fashion. It’s different from smoking. See, your lungs are directly connected to blood vessels. So, whatever you inhale will invariably end up in your bloodstream. And because these dabs are extremely concentrated, your body gets to experience a strong response. Stronger than tinctures or edibles.

What Really is Dabbing?

Dabbing is known to be the most potent method of consuming cannabidiol. CBD dabs are highly concentrated products. They are usually sold as wax, shatter, crumble, or crystals. Here’s a brief introduction:

  • CBD Resin

Resins are sticky and viscous. This thick, resinous substance is produced through solvent-based extraction. Resins contain a high level of CBD and other components like terpenes.

  • CBD Wax

CBD Wax is very waxy and spreads like butter. Wax can be combined with tinctures and edibles. They are very convenient to turn into vapor.

  • CBD Shatter

CBD shatter is translucent and looks like glass. It shatters very easily, if you couldn’t guess. 

  • CBD Crumbles

Crumbles are similar to shatter, but the texture makes the distinction. They have a granular consistency. Crumbles are comparatively easier to handle than shatters. 

  • CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is a crystalline powder and the purest form of CBD. It does not contain any other material. Every other cannabis compound, including THC, is removed. Pure CBD isolate has no flavor.

Comparing Dabbing to Other Consumption Methods

Dabbing CBD

Dabbing CBD makes sure that you have instant munchies. It lets you taste different flavors of terpenes. This way, you can have a more aromatic and flavorful experience. But how does it compare to other methods? Many people think it’s just smoking instead of swallowing, which is true. But that’s just a surface-level analogy. Let’s do a comparison.

Dabbing CBD 

  • Efficiently and effectively delivers CBD into the bloodstream
  • Direct inhalation lets the user have rapid onsets
  • Soaks into the body in a much higher amount (30-40%)
  • Smokeless and obviously safer
  • You get a variety of terpenes to choose from
  • Aromatic and flavorful experiences
  • These are highly potent concentrates, which means you can get baked with smaller doses


  • Lower potency and lower bioavailability because of oral ingestion
  • Longer lasting effects
  • Lacks terpenes, so no flavorful or aromatic experiences
  • Offers a less thrilling experience than dabbing, edibles are more on the relaxing side
  • No risks associated with inhaling high temperatures and impurities
  • Gradual onset, meaning it will take you some time to get there
  • You can have your favorite snack and get high simultaneously


  • Won’t make you high if it lacks THC
  • Less effective than dabbing products
  • Doesn’t require tools like rigs or nails, unlike dabbing concentrates
  • No aromatics or flavors
  • You won’t have to worry about high temperatures or impurities because it doesn’t enter the bloodstream right away


  • Lung damage is a potential risk
  • Less powerful than dabbing CBD concentrates
  • A less effective way of entering the bloodstream
  • Doesn’t make you as high as vapes
  • No aroma, no flavor
  • Noticeably unpleasant for amateurs

The Equipment Needed for Dabbing CBD

The Equipment Needed for Dabbing CBD

“Dabs” are cannabis extracts that are either crystalized or made into crumbs, which are then made consumable by vaporizing. These vaporizers are known as dab rigs. These rigs look like the usual glass bongs, but instead of a bowl, they contain a “nail.”

Once the product hits the nail, it should start sizzling instantly. The vapor is then inhaled through the glass pipe into the lungs. Stoners have reportedly claimed that dab hits are cleaner and much more potent. 

Anyway, we are listing 7 essential tools for dabbing:

1. Dab Rig

Despite their similarities, you shouldn’t use a bong to inhale wax/shatter/budder. Rigs have far less water at the base. But they have to deal with a relatively higher heat than a regular bong. Also, don’t smoke dabs and flowers from the same glass. Keep them separated. Mixing them will give you an unpleasant experience, not to mention bad flavor. Dab rigs are also cheaper than regular bongs. 

2. Banger

Heat essential nails are known as “bangers.” They have an open top so that you can quickly pour in the dabs of your choice.

Make sure your nail fits your glass and additionally, that it’s made of high-quality material. You can opt for a universal titanium nail or an alternative E-nail. But quartz nails are considered the best. And you won’t have to spend more than 20$ for a decent quartz nail. 

It may last you a lifetime unless, of course, you lose it under your carpet or in between your couch cushions.

3. Blowtorch

Unless you can afford an E-nail, you will have to use blowtorches. E-nails come with a heating wand, which may cost you about a hundred bucks in addition to the initial nail. Most people use titanium nails since they are long-lasting.

This is where blowtorches come into play. You would need to make your nails hot enough to vaporize your products. And you can buy them at your regular smoke shops. A typical hand-held torch will be enough to heat up your nail. You would also need to buy butane cans if you’re using torches. Don’t go overboard about the quality of the butane because average-quality butane would work perfectly.

4. Dabber

Now, you need to think about how you’ll get your dabs in place. Remember that dabs are super sticky, and your nail is going to be extremely hot. You do not want to get your fingers in there.

You can use dabbers. These tools are tiny and made of stainless steel. They can load your dab very neatly into the nail. Don’t use plastic tools, no matter how attractive they may appear. Plastic will melt if it comes in contact with that much heat, raising potential health risks. In contrast, steel is much easier to clean and can cool down very quickly.

5. Carb Cap

A Carb cap is an optional tool, but it can be very helpful. A carb cap is basically a lid placed over the top of a nail. It can help you get the most out of your dabs. These lids can be made with glass, ceramic, metal, or quartz. They allow you to inhale it all instead of letting some of it escape.

A carb cap is considered an essential tool because of its capability to enhance your experience so much. They also keep your dab nails clean because little to no residue is left with them, and almost all of it is vaporized.

6. Reclaim Catcher

When you dab, you may notice tiny blobs of oil getting stuck into your rig. Cleaning them is time-consuming, and even if you manage to get it out, it is unusable.

This is when reclaim catchers come in handy. It catches all the oil or wax stuck in it before it hits the rig. Reclaim catchers are placed strategically to get a hold of all the residual wax. It won’t be as nice as freshly out of the packet, but at least you won’t have to throw it away.

7. Glass Storage Container 

Finally, for dabbing CBD, you need to think about how and where you store your dabs. The best option is to go for glass containers. Plastic and silicone also do the job, but they don’t keep your goods as fresh.

Keep it in an airtight and small container for minimum airflow. Plastic and silicone pass on contaminants to your dabs, which is why it’s best to avoid them. Also, terpenes present in dabs degrade silicone. So, a glass container is by far the best. Remember to keep it away from the sunlight in a cool place.

How to Dab CBD Safely

How to Dab CBD Safely

Once you’ve gathered all the equipment and the dab of your liking, you’d naturally want to know how you should do it. In fact, you might’ve already looked up several articles on dabbing CBD. Here are the steps:

  • Prepare Your Dab Rig: Clean the dab rig and fill up the water chamber. Heat up your dab nail with a torch until it’s hot enough. 
  • Apply CBD concentrates: Use your dabber to apply a pea-sized amount of wax/shatter/resin onto your hot nail. Put on the lid (carb cap) and get cooking.
  • Breathe In: If your nail has a dome, remove it before inhalation. Breathe out, and enjoy. If you’re using an E-nail, make sure to shut it off after use. And one more thing, do not use your fingers.
  • Clean Your Tools: Dabbing can leave hard-to-remove residue on your glass. Use isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs to keep your rig squeaky clean.


Can you overdose on CBD by dabbing?

There is no lethal dose for CBD since it does not contain psychoactive ingredients. Dabbing leads to a much more potent high, but it does not put you at any risk unless, of course, the product you’re taking contains more than 0.3% THC.

It is legal in most states as long as the THC content is lower than 0.3%. Dabbing wax, crumbles, or shatters is a fast-acting method, which is why you should always follow safety guidelines before use.

Do you need a prescription to dab CBD?

No, you don’t need prescriptions to dab CBD. If you are vaping CBD-only products, you don’t need to worry about the intoxicating effects of THC. You do, however, need to worry a little about the temperature. No strong proof suggests it’s okay to inhale any hotter than 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the temp between 320 and 350 for safety.


CBD can be taken into the body in many ways. You can smoke them, vape them, or even eat them. Eating them does retain CBD in your system for a longer period, but you don’t reach your desired high. 

Dabbing, on the other hand, is a whole new deal. Have all the essential equipment on hand, and don’t use your fingers. Clean up the residue, and don’t smoke flower buds from the same glass you used for waxes or shatters. The only advice for happy dabbing would be to keep your nails clean (pun intended).

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