7/10 National OIL Day! Concentrates and "Dabbing"
What is 7/10?
“710” is the unofficial holiday and number associated with cannabis oils and extracts due to the fact that if you read the number upside down, it spells out “OIL”. Unlike 4/20 which has been celebrated since the 80s as the representative cannabis holiday, “710” is a recent trend that rose with the popularity of cannabis concentrates, with first celebrations dating back to only 2012 at the 7/10 Cannabis Cup celebrating the various types of cannabis extracts and oils.
Cannabis concentrates recently rose to popularity as medical and recreational use first became legal in Washington and Colorado. Before states began to legalize, it was dangerous and risky to create cannabis oils because the highly combustible process had no quality assurance or safety regulations in place. Since recreational legalization, the states have passed laws against the practice of using hazardous solvents when making concentrates, thus improving the quality of oils being products being produced and increasing the safety for consumers who prefer cannabis oils.
What are concentrates?
Concentrates are often referred to as “wax”, “shatter”, “BHO”, “budder”, are plant-extracted cannabis oils which contain concentrated cannabinoids and are a lot more potent than cannabis flowers, so a tiny bit can go a long way. While flower tends to test between 10-25% THC, concentrates typically range between 50-80% THC, depending on the extraction type and quality. Non-intoxicating CBD extracts can also be dabbed for quick therapeutic effects, even though it can be hard to find.
A cannabis extract is defined by the method through which it’s made, more specifically they are defined by the solvent used during the process. There are a few types of popular solvents in the extraction industry. Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Ethanol (EHO), Butane (BHO) and even propane are viable options in cannabis extraction.
Smoking Weed vs Dabbing/Vaping Concentrates (Combustion vs. Vaporization)
When smoking weed, you are technically combusting the plant matter and inhaling the resulting smoke. The build up of resin, tar, and THC inside of a glass pipe comes from burning the cannabis plant material. With concentrates, the normal range temperature for a heated up titanium, quartz, or ceramic nail will only vaporize the concentrate, bypassing any harmful and possibly carcinogenic material from smoke.
Additionally, concentrates contain a lot less plant material than flower, so you’re inhaling more cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) and less combusted resin and plant material.
How to use cannabis concentrates
There are many forms cannabis oil products can come in and even more ways to consume them. They can be in the form of liquid tinctures with droppers or sprays applied sublingually, they can be infused into a lotion, they can be applied directly from an applicator, or even easily mixed with food. However, the most confusion concentrates bring is with a form of vaporization referred to as “dabbing” with concentrates. Dabbing is not the only way to vaporize concentrates, however, it remains to be the most effective in maintaining the integrity (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavor) of the plant and delivering all necessary chemical and medical properties to the consumer through vaporization.
What are the benefits of Dabbing?
What is “dabbing”? Dabbing is a relatively new form of cannabis concentrate consumption that became popular for its potency, taste, and vapor.
When done safely with clean, tested products, patients and adult consumers find several advantages to dabbing as a delivery, primarily in its swift onset and powerful effects. Patients dealing with severe or chronic pain, or extreme nausea report that dabbing can be one of the best ways to get immediate and effective relief.
Dabbing may seem daunting at first, but it is definitely a lot less intimidating after observing it get done by someone else. It certainly is not something a novice cannabis user should get into right away. There should be a little bit of experience with cannabis, however by no means does it require an expertise. The use of a blowtorch to heat up a glass plate is intimidating to some, whereas dosing precision can be challenging for others. Both of these are valid concerns but are quickly resolved with some experience with the method.
Using a tiny piece of cannabis extract flash vaporized on a ultra-hot surface maximizes the amount of cannabis used and provides a stronger, quicker high, which can be beneficial for medical marijuana patients who need fast and potent relief.
Dabbing technology is evolving, but the traditional setup includes the following items.
A cannabis extract: These come in different forms ,but the most common ones used for dabbing are BHO, CO2, and solventless extracts like rosin.
A water pipe: You can take the glass bowl pieces used for flower out and replace them with dabbing attachments to turn your pipe into a dab rig.
A nail: Find a nail that fits your water pipes gauge. Some are made of ceramic and quartz, but titanium is the most commonly used type.
A dome: A glass hood placed around the nail to trap the vapor before it’s inhaled
A torch: mini-torches used for creme brulee will do the job, but some choose to upgrade to larger torches that heat nails faster.
A dabber: This is the glass, metal, or ceramic tool used to apply a dab.