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​How to Dab CBD

How to dab CBD

How to Dab CBD

How to Dab CBD

Whether your preferences favor Indica, Sativa, or hybrid concentrates, there are plenty of options to choose from when selecting a nice dab. 

When you're looking for a potent deep dab that hits like a freight train, there's no better way to consume marijuana. 

Dab CBD vs. Eating CBD

Dab CBD vs. Eating CBD

Most cannabinoid consumers are aware of CBD as a popular supplement. Walk down the aisles of any health food stores or dispensaries, and you'll find it sold in pill or tincture form. 

They come from CBD oil or isolate and work well once ingested. 

Consuming CBD in this way is an effective way to experience its many health benefits, although it's certainly not the fastest. 

Before benefiting from the pain-relief, stress-relief, or anti-inflammatory effects, cannabinoids must travel long distances to the small intestine. 

The intestine is where the cannabinoid is absorbed and transported to the liver. The liver must then break down the cannabinoid before it can be released into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it can then attach to the body's cannabinoid receptors. Although the dietary regimen may provide relief over a more extended period, it offers little immediate relief. 

As most consumers know, when it comes to cannabinoids, the lungs are the fastest way into the bloodstream. Consumers are turning to CBD vapes to medicate quickly, as many do with THC. 

However, as with THC, anyone who has tried dabs and vapes will attest that vapes can come close to replicating the dab experience but never seems to get there. So for medical patients or anyone looking for a faster response at higher doses, tapping CBD is the best answer. 

The good news is that dapping CBD doesn't require much (if any) new equipment for those already familiar with concentrates. 

A dab rig or wax pen will work with CBD concentrate just like THC concentrate, so no additional equipment is required. 


Different types of CBD concentrate

Here are some tips on which forms of CBD are best for dabbing. 

CBD oil and tincture 

CBD oil and tincture

You can't dab CBD oil or tincture. It doesn't work at all, and you'll just end up scraping burnt olive oil, coconut oil, or some other oil from your dab nails. This can be confusing, as some CBD oils used for consumption are labeled as "CBD extracts," and this same term is used for some CBD distillates and full-spectrum CBD extracts. 

Be careful that whatever you're vaping should be nothing but pure cannabinoids and terpenes. If there is anything else in there, then don't dab it, or it could lead to serious health problems. 


CBD extract/distillate

CBD extract/distillate

This is similar to what you find in CBD vaping cartridges.

This term can cover a range of CBD extracts with different viscosities and appearances.  

Much like THC extracts, there are several methods to extract, refine, and remove impurities such as plant matter and lipids.

Wintering and distillation are the most popular methods for making these extracts. Some methods reintroduce terpenes after refining. Please be careful to ensure that the products you purchase are specifically intended for dabbing. 

These extracts can be applied to nails or similar wax pens, which we will discuss in detail below. 


CBD Wax & Shatter

CBD wax & Shatter

Like with dabbing THC concentrate, you need to have your dab rig, torch, wax tool and concentrate all ready to go before you start. 

Heat the nail with the butane torch for around twenty seconds until it glows orange. 

Your target is to get a temperature of about 800-900 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Then, let it sit for about 60 seconds before bringing your loaded dab tool into contact with the nail. 

Of course, the temperature will vary depending on the thickness of the nail/banger and the material it is made from.

Swivel the tool around the edge of the nail to avoid wasting any concentration. Then, cover with a car cap and continue inhaling. 

CBD starts to activate at about 20 degrees Fahrenheit (about 10 degrees Celsius change) higher than THC. So make sure the temperature is at least above 320 degrees Fahrenheit (140 degrees Celsius), the temperature at which CBD begins to evaporate. 

However, most CBD waxes and crumbs are full-spectrum, thus adding a bit of complexity to calculating the ideal heat requirements. If it's full-spectrum and you want all the flavors, then a lower temp around 320 to 350 degrees Celsius (160-177 Fahrenheit ) is preferable. 

This provides a smoother smoking experience and vaporizes all these tasty and beneficial terpenes with the CBD to produce the full entourage effect. 

If you're picky about taste and effect, buy an enail or laser thermometer to ensure the temperature is exactly right. 

If you're looking for massive billowing clouds and don't care as much about the terpenes, then dab from 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit (177-205 Degrees Celsius). Dabbing at any more than 400 degrees will cause the tap to burn completely and lose many of the good compounds. 

Be sure to clean your nails after use to prevent buildup. Once they have cooled, swab the inside of the nails to remove any residue. You can use a Q-tip dipped in a little isopropyl alcohol to make it easier. 


CBD Isolate

CBD Isolate

Due to the advantages of the entourage effect, you're better off buying full spectrum CBD concentrates, such as waxes or shatter, but you can use CBD isolate. 

Isolate can pack a massive hit of CBD by itself, and it can also help balance out and complement some THC products.

Due to its consistency, it can be somewhat difficult to manipulate isolate using dab tools, so it's often recommended to use a dish coil on the rig or a doughnut coil on a wax pen. 

CBD slab is often better for dabbing since it's easier to manipulate with dab tools and less messy than isolate powder. Also, you have greater freedom with the temperature as you don't have to worry about losing terpenes and flavonoids with isolate. 

Isolate tends to taste a little like cough syrup. And as we mentioned before, since you don't have to worry about losing terpenes to higher temperatures, you can go up to 40 degrees for more significant clouds if that's your preference. Try to avoid anything higher as you'll get a hasher smoking experience. 

Final thoughts

By following these tips, you will be able to expand your bad repertoire and enjoy CBD's quick and effective hits to cure any discomfort you have. Overall, dabbing with CBD is not much different from using THC concentrate.