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What is CBD Dabbing? Types and Benefits of CBD Dabs

You might have come across the term CBD dabbing and felt like you were missing on a lot. If you are new in this felid and unaware of the word, don’t worry. This article will enlighten you on the topic of CBD dabbing and answer all your questions relating to the subject.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is among the 113 natural cannabinoids found in Cannabis. It is the second major component of Cannabis, accounting for about 40% of the plant extract.

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound and doesn’t deliver the effects of high or cerebral euphoria. CBD is believed to impart various medicinal and therapeutic properties. It is widely used by patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, stress, psychosis, seizures, spasms, cramps and many other health issues.

What is CBD dabbing?

CBD dabbing is classified as a consumption method, associated with the concept of flash vaporization of Cannabidiol concentrates. It involves the intake of CBD using some inhaling instruments, such as a vape pen or bong.

There are many misconceptions about CBD dabbing, and the method has earned undeserved criticism on many platforms. Many people have compared CBD dabbing with smoking, and have therefore tagged it as dangerous. This is a massive misunderstanding because dabbing only involves the vaporization of chemicals, as opposed to smoking, which works by combusting the substance.

Some people are also of the belief that dabbing overdose can cause death. This is a very misplaced concept as there has never been any verified case where CBD use has proved fatal. There may, however, be some mild symptoms such as lightheadedness, sleepiness, or fainting.

Types of CBD dabs/ concentrates.

CBD concentrates are available in different forms. They are usually produced specially for the intention of dabbing. They differ from CBD oils and tinctures as they have greater CBD levels and are not meant for ingestion. Following are the different types of CBD dabs;


CBD wax is a gooey CBD concentrate that is extracted from the hemp plant. The focus may appear to have a relatively firm texture, but it breaks quickly.


Shatter is perhaps the most potent among all the different types of dabs. It is easily breakable and is simple to use. It is believed that the best quality shatter tends to be golden yellow, while shatter with a darker color tends to have a lot of impurities.


This type of CBD dab has a soft texture and is easily used.

CBD crystals

CBD crystals are just another form of CBD powder. Many people prefer it because of its easy-to-use properties.

How are CBD concentrates made?

CBD concentrates are obtained from non-GMO hemp plants by either CO2 or alcohol extraction. CO2 extraction involves filtering the plants through a series of chambers under controlled temperature and pressure. This isolates the oil from the hemp plant. Alcohol extraction, on the other hand, involves the addition of high-quality alcohol (ethanol) as a solvent to the hemp plant. This produces an adequate volume of full-spectrum CBD extract.

The next step involves purifying the CBD hemp oil using proprietary processes for removing excess waxes and plant materials. A chemical process called chromatography is performed on the extract to get rid of plant components such as chlorophyll. The end product, in its purest form, is called CBD isolate. It has a CBD level that can range between 99.7% and 99.9%.

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What are the essential tools needed?

CBD dab

You can choose any CBD concentrate for this purpose, but make sure not to use alcohol-based extracts since they are slightly combustible.

A dabbing rig.

This is a modified water pipe that has a glass joint designed to hold a nail. With this tool, you heat up the nail and place the concentrate on it to cause vaporization.

A nail

You need a nail that fits your water pipe’s gauge. Nails can be made from different elements such as quartz, titanium or ceramic. While titanium nails may be the most commonly used nails, some people prefer quartz or ceramic because they provide a better flavor.

A dome

This is the glass hood placed around the nail trap the vapor before it’s inhaled.

A torch

The torch is an essential part of dabbing. It is used to heat up the nail and hence vaporize the CBD dab. It is important to note that the nail cannot be heated with a standard lighter.

A dabber

This is the glass, metal, or ceramic tool used to apply a dab. It is advised to use a wider dabber if the concentrate is dry as it can do a better job at scooping.

How is CBD dabbing done?

Turn on your torch and aim the flame directly at the nail. Heat the nail to around 300-400 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the best temperature for dabbing since it makes sure none of the essential chemicals in the original extract are lost.

Some people tend to heat the nail until it glows red hot. This is not recommended as it is considered too high a temperature (probably more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit!) for dabbing and may cause the extract to combust. Temperature control, however, can only be performed with an e-mail, which is rather expensive. When the nail is hot enough, use your dabber to scoop the correct amount of CBD concentrate and add it directly to the nail inside the dome.

Now, while rotating the dabber tip on the nail (to avoid wasting oil that could be stuck to the dabber), inhale the vapor slowly. Repeat the process of inhaling and exhaling until satisfied.

What are the benefits of CBD dabbing?

CBD dabbing is usually done by medical patients who suffer from chronic pain. They report feeling the onset of the analgesic properties of the substance almost immediately. Users claim that no other consumption method can compare to CBD dabbing regarding potency. Compared to smoking, dabbing is considered a safer form of consumption as it doesn’t involve inhaling the products of combustion which may otherwise cause respiratory problems. Also, dabbing doesn’t leave behind any ash byproducts; it is better to taste and is faster than rolling a joint or blunt.


If you are a beginner and looking for a safe, fast and effective way to consume CBD, then dabbing is indeed your thing. It can deliver all the health properties of CBD almost instantly and is considered best for people who are suffering from conditions like muscle spasms and seizures, where the delay associated with ingesting CBD cannot be allowed.

John Schroyer
John Williams has been working as a health writer since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about marijuana and Kratom. He lives in San Diego, Ohio, as the beaches are nicer there. He is a regular contributor to many top health magazines and frequently writes for Redstorm Scientific.

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