CBD Dabs: Benefits, Precautions & Key Details

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

No, we’re not talking about the dabbing dance craze. The dabbing we’re referring to is CBD dabs or cannabidiol dabbing.


What Is CBD Dabbing?

Dabbing is known as the method of consumption associated with “flash vaporization” of CBD concentrates. The CBD concentrates are first applied to a hot surface, and then inhaled.

CBD dabbing is another way of ‘vaping’ the CBD. With dabbing, you do not applying the CBD topically or ingest it.

Cannabis concentrates are used for dabbing; compared to oils and edibles, concentrates are way more potent. A small amount will go a long way, and the effects will be felt much faster, too.

Cannabis oil concentrate aka shatter with smoke isolated over dark background

Dabbing Essentials

What products do you need for dabbing?

  • Dabbing Rig — This is a glass pipe with a joint meant to hold a nail rather than a connector. You use the rig to heat up the nail, then the concentrate will be placed on it, leading to vaporization.
  • Nail — You can choose a titanium, quartz, or ceramic nail. If you prefer a better flavor, then you should go for ceramic or quartz. Titanium, on the other hand, is more durable. Titanium also comes with the danger of oxidation when facing high temperatures, causing the alloy to prematurely degrade as time passes.
  • Torch — You’ll use this to light up the nail. You can’t use your usual lighter, hence the need for a torch. Torches are empty upon purchase, so make sure to buy a butane refill.
  • Dab Mat / Dab Rag  — This prevents your table (or wherever you place your rig) from being coated with sticky residue. You can also use it to remove whatever mess you made while dabbing. Purchase one that’s easily washable for easier maintenance.
  • Dabber  — You need the dabber to get your CBD oil or wax onto the nail safely. The dabber looks like a long and skinny piece of metal. It’s used to scrape and hold your CBD concentrate, and then you’ll rub the concentrate inside the nail or banger.

Once you have everything on that list — together with the cannabis concentrates, of course — you can then start dabbing.

Dabbing, on the other hand, tends to increase the bioavailability to around 50%. You’ll feel the effects faster — and for some, even immediately.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

Why Should You Choose Dabbing?

Bioavailability refers to the speed at which your body can absorb a substance. A lot of users choose dabbing over ingesting because the former has better bioavailability.

The bioavailability of oral ingestion is only about 15%. This is because the substance would have to enter your intestinal tracts as well as your liver wherein it’ll undergo various chemical changes and breakdowns.

Dabbing Precautions

Here are certain precautions you should be aware about before you start dabbing.

  • Don’t attempt to formulate your own CBD dabs. If you do so without the right equipment, you won’t know how pure it is, and you won’t know if dangerous extraction chemicals still remain.
  • When choosing CBD products, make quality a priority. Don’t buy CBD dabs just because they’re very cheap. Go for reliable sites when choosing your CBD oils and equipment.
  • Learn how your equipment works before you use it, especially because it might involve hot surfaces and heating devices. You wouldn’t want to be injured just for wanting to dab.
  • Begin with small doses. Compared to ingesting, inhaling would have higher bioavailability. The higher bioavailability, the better.
  • You shouldn’t only rely on CBD dabbing to feel better or to deal with a medical condition. You should also go for healthy food together with physical activity for optimum health.

Don’t be left behind. CBD dabbing is what’s ideal now, and it’s what you need to try out. What are you waiting for? Grab your own CBD today.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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