We tried to use what is considered an “average” size for each of the three consumption methods. That is, a 0.32 g joint, a 0.25 g bowl, and a 0.5 g (500 mg) dab. CONSUMPTION METHOD POTENCY TOTAL THC CONTENT (%) Joint (0.32 g of flower) 20% 38.4 mg Bowl (0.25 g of flower) 18% 45 mg Dab (0.5 g of wax concentrate) 70% 235 mg. Overall, it’s pretty obvious that dabbing provides you with the most THC per gram , but it is far more expensive than dry herb. The enormous amount of THC contained in dabs means that it is ultra-potent, and is not suitable for beginners.
Dab rigs are designed with this potency in mind, which means you use far less wax than dry herb. All in all, regardless of whether you are a smoker, dabber, or vaper, you should always be aware of the amount of THC you’re consuming per session. Hospital visits from people who have freaked out after consuming too much THC have spiked in recent years, but if you know what you’re getting into before you fire up, you can most certainly avoid this. DID YOU KNOW: Anywhere between 40% and 50% of THC is lost when smoking a joint? And of course, THC consumption will also depend massively on your particular tolerance level . Always begin with the smallest possible amount, and work your way up accordingly. (This is why edibles can be so dangerous for beginners, as there’s often no real way to tell how much THC you’re consuming). Lastly, we have not even discussed the act of vaporizing dry herb , which could provide an increase in THC of up to 20% when compared to smoking a joint! You can vaporize both dry herb and dabs/wax, though the latter is consumed the majority of the time (although some users like to sprinkle some wax into their joints or bowls for an extra THC-laden boost).
Dab Dosage Guide: How to Dose Cannabis Oils and Concentrates. When dabbing, there are no universal tools for measurement, and seldom do dabber tools suffice in pointing to the direction of a sufficient dab size. For newcomers, the saying, “Start with a small dab” doesn’t help much when most whole samples are less than the size of a quarter. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to better understand the dosage of your dab, as well as a couple of techniques you can utilize to give you a more accurate understanding of the strength of your concentrates. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Most markets are required to add, at the very least, some cannabinoid information on their concentrate packaging. On the more liberal end of that spectrum are products containing key cannabinoid markers and, in some cases, a basic terpenoid profile. A majority of hash oil products will contain at the very least total THC content, with certain products going a step further to indicate the ratio of THCA to THC. This will give you a general indicator as to how potent your hash oil is. Most solvent-based hash oils will land in the range of 60-90% total cannabinoids, with a few special examples exceeding 90%. The potency of some solventless concentrates may fall below 50% total cannabinoids, but the majority of all hashish products will fit into this potency range. Let’s use an example of a one-gram sample hash oil that contains 80% total THC. That one gram will contain 800mg of total cannabinoids. For reference, the recommended starting dosage for an edible is between 5-10%. This should be an indicator that dabbing is not for those who are new to consuming cannabis. Obtaining a 5mg dab from a freeform sample of hash oil in any consistency is next to impossible. There is absolutely no standard for a collection tool when it comes to dosing concentrates, so choosing the right tool for the job will come down to a few factors, an important one being handleability. If you can only choose one tool, pick one with versatility in handling different concentrate consistencies. For instance, a pointed dabber tool is not going to be effective in portioning a sap or high terpene, full-spectrum extract. Conversely, a scooper tool isn’t the best option for somebody trying to tackle the monumentally frustrating act of breaking apart shatter (cue searching around a carpet for rogue shards). Dabber tools with broad tips, like paddle dabbers or various shapes, are versatile enough to handle most consistencies. Leafly Investigation: How Much Butane in BHO Is Too Much? Let’s refer back to our aforementioned one-gram sample.
At 80% total THC, your gram will contain around 800mg of cannabinoids (assuming there are no other cannabinoid markers present). If you took your gram and split it into eight portions as evenly as you could, you would be left with eight 100mg portions. Granted, this procedure is much easier to achieve with some hash oil consistencies than others. Shatters portion relatively easily if you heat up your dabber tool and use it to slice through your sample like a hot butter knife. This technique helps to give your naked eye a better grasp for your cannabinoid dosage by reducing the guesswork down to a more manageable quantity.
Pulling a 25mg dab off of an 800mg slab of shatter is much tougher than pulling one from a 100mg piece. For reference, a 25mg dab at the ratio of 80% total THC typically comes in about the size of a Dippin’ Dot, or a single piece of couscous.