When using dabs, one gets a high from the concentrated cannabis substance. The dab oil is made by extracting THC and other chemicals from cannabis using a solvent such as butane. Once the process is finished, the sticky oil will be between a potent fifty and ninety percent THC.
Typically, the dab is vaporized and can be used in bongs, water pipes and e-cigarettes also known as a vape pen. Alternatively, it can also be flash vaporized in a much more elaborate process by putting the oil on a hot nail and then inhaling the vapour using a dab rig. This rig is usually a device that resembles a bong made of glass and this process is commonly referred to as dabbing. Another method of consuming dab is to heat the oil concentrate on a metal surface using a small and portable blow torch. The resulting vapour is then inhaled and produces a more intense and euphoric high than smoking or eating marijuana. Marijuana smokers may have often wondered why some pot smells like a skunk or nasty dirty socks while others have a pleasant fragrance of pine or lemons. This is because terpenes are essential oils that provide the fragrance found in foods and herbs. For example, when you smell basil, that fragrance is the terpenes. Dabs don't smell as strong as flower, but there is a smell.
Dabbing has become increasingly popular over the last decade as extracts and concentrates have made it to the mainstream. If you’re new to dabbing, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. It used to be obvious when someone was toking up inside because of the distinct smell. Dabs are different from fresh flower, however, and do not produce the same effects or smells. Whether you’re trying to be sneaky and discreet or you’re just a really considerate roommate, let’s get to the bottom of it. You’re heating highly potent cannabis extract, inhaling it, and then exhaling it back out into the room. However, the smell will not be as strong as if you were to light up a joint or use a pipe to smoke flower indoors. The resulting vapor will still smell like weed, but it won’t be as strong nor will it be likely to stick around as long. If you have access to a window or good ventilation the smell should dissipate quickly. Of course, there are other factors that may contribute to the smell produced by taking a dab. A huge dab is going to make much more of a stink than a small one, for example. The size of the room you’re in and the concentrates you’re using will also play a part in how much the dabs smell. Portable dab pens are much smaller than dab rigs and will not produce as large of clouds, meaning they won’t smell as strong as dabbing from a rig. Still, many people think weed pens are odorless or completely discreet which is not true. One puff off of a dab pen is probably not going to stink up a room, but the odor will linger for a few minutes. Whether your neighbors aren’t very 420-friendly or you’ve got other reasons to keep your dabbing out of sight and smell, there are a few ways to reduce the smell of dabbing. If you wanted to discreetly smoke a joint inside a shared space without anyone noticing, you’d have a lot of work to do. Opening the window would be a start, but it wouldn’t come close to eradicating the smell. Opening a window will go a lot further if you’re dabbing. You just need to get some airflow to help the smell dissipate quickly. Blow the vapor out the window if you’re really worried about the smell lingering. If you’re trying to be considerate while dabbing away in your bedroom, lighting an aromatic candle or some incense is a good way to go. Dabbing produces vapor which will dissipate fairly quickly, but a candle or incense will produce light and good-smelling smoke. This may help cover up some of the lingering dab smell and is especially useful if you have someone around who just doesn’t care for the smell of weed. If you’re serious about covering the dab smell, making a homemade sploof may put your mind at ease. If you already have a window open and some candles burning, the smell will probably disappear shortly on its own without needing to do anything.
But if you’re determined to do everything you can to not smell like you’re dabbing, go ahead and make a sploof.
Sploofs are devices primarily made up of toilet paper rolls and dryer sheets to cover the smell of weed.