Manufacturers sometimes cut corners and use low-grade butane, and parts of it get into the end product which you ingest. The issue of whether exposure to vapor is harmful to one’s lungs is still open for debate. There are concentrates with 500 ppm of residual hydrocarbons. While that sounds bad, it is no worse than when you smoke a joint.
It has often been said that you can’t die from a marijuana overdose. This is because it has never happened in human history! While it also won’t happen with dabs, the extreme potency can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Remember, there are dabs on the market with a THC content of over 90%. Cannabis concentrates are sometimes known as “pot on steroids.” According to marijuana advocate Dr. Dustin Sulak, a single inhalation of a dab offers up to 10 times the THC (and other cannabinoid content), as does weed. If you’re new to cannabis and consume too much concentrate without developing a tolerance, you may lose consciousness. Above all, make sure you either dab at home or with a friend, just in case the high becomes too extreme.
The amazing THC content contained in high-quality dabs means that your body will quickly become accustomed to the psychoactive cannabinoid. Eventually, you will get to the stage where you need a greater amount of concentrates to get high. In theory, you could suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you use dabs for long enough and suddenly go cold turkey. However, there is no concrete evidence for this assertion. The most significant health risks associated with marijuana arise when you smoke a joint. While smoking, combustion can reach approximately 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. As combustion causes smoke, there are similar risks as there are when you smoke tobacco. When you vaporize your dabs, around 95% of the gases contain cannabinoids. In contrast, the gases produced by combustion consist of just 12% cannabinoids. Also, the combustion of marijuana produces a few known carcinogens and tar. This could lead to chronic bronchitis as they irritate your lungs. If you’ve ever used dabs, you’ll notice that the glass and water remain cleaner for longer. When you smoke flower via a water pipe or bong, it is striking how quickly the glass and water become dirty. The glass typically becomes black with tar and other substances, which can take a toll on your lungs. Research into how dabs affect your lungs is still ongoing, but users routinely report cleaner hits with less lung irritation. One of the best things about concentrates is the burst of flavor you enjoy when you purchase a high-quality product. As well as consuming a cleaner substance, with better cannabinoid content, dabs may have a higher level of terpenoids. This is crucial because the marijuana plant’s terpenes are responsible for its aroma and flavor. However, concentrates can lose their aroma and flavor during the extraction process. This is because terpenes are extremely sensitive to heat. Some producers have started reintroducing terpenes into their dabs after extraction. This results in an even better level of flavor than the flower from whence they came. Combustion destroys an enormous number of terpenes because it exposes the flower to extreme heat. Important terpenoids such as beta-caryophyllene, alpha-pinene, and linalool have boiling points between 242 and 388 degrees Fahrenheit. CBD has a boiling point of between 320 and 356 degrees. Using vaporizers that heat concentrates to temperatures in the low 300-degree range should theoretically result in a better flavor than smoking flower. The most common way to consume flower is by smoking it. Some people also like to use their culinary skills to create tasty treats and edibles.
If you go down this route, make sure you decarboxylate your marijuana first. This process ensures the THC-A transforms into potent THC.
The decarb process happens automatically when you smoke a joint. For use in cooking, heat your flower in the oven at around 220-245 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes. Dabs, however, offer a greater degree of versatility. The most common form of consuming concentrates is via a dab rig. This involves placing the substance on the hot nail and inhaling the vapor.