Effortless Dab: One Simple Guide To Dabbing and Concentrates


An earthy, berry aroma surrounded my vape as I loaded it with Sour Lemon Zkittlez live resin by Humboldt Farms. It would take a lot longer to get this high from the flower but dabbing instantly took me where I needed to go. My vape is compatible with both flower and concentrates but I’ve hardly dabbed with it. That’ll change though, because with dabbing it’s easier and faster to get high from THC concentrates.

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To dab for the time I used the vaporizer to smoke Sour Lemon Zkittlez live resin by Humboldt Farms.

Vaping concentrates is easier than flower because of how much time is saved. My vape requires coarsely ground flower, careful packing and constant mixing between hits to avoid overheating. The ash leaves a mess and I always need to have sanitizer wipes and cleaning brushes on standby. 

Using cannabis concentrates only requires one of the included extract pads and changing the vape’s temperature to the appropriate setting using my phone. I then place a small amount of concentrate on the pad, close the vape and heat for 10 seconds. As soon as the concentrate melts into the extract pad, I take a hit.

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My Firefly Vaporizer brings all of the handy tools to use it for dabbing.

Cleanup is a breeze since all the mess left behind is inside the pad. Once every few sessions, I soak a used pad in isopropyl alcohol and rinse with water. With 4 pads total, there is always a clean one that’s ready. The high from concentrate is more immediate and strong and all I needed was one or two hits before the session was over. With flower, I would need constant hits to keep the high going.

What Is A Dab? What is Dabbing?

Outside of the Atlanta hip-hop scene, a dab is marijuana concentrate. Dabbing is vaporizing and inhaling these concentrates. THC concentrates come in many forms as cannabinoids.

Ready to start dabbing — here’s what I got so far.

FAQs On Dabbing & Concentrates

What Is Kief?

Kief is a concentrate found at the bottom of your grinder. The filter at the bottom extracts the precious trichome heads but a kief box is better suited for this because of its multiple microscreens. Unlike some other potentially dangerous methods of THC extraction, no special equipment or fragile chemical compounds are required. 

Kief can be smoked by itself for its most intense high. It can also top off a bowl to add potency to your sesh as well as being used to line a joint for a smoother burn. Kief spliffs also work.

What Is Hash?

Hash is short for hashish, an old Arabic word meaning dry herb or powdered hemp leaves. Hash is formed when kief is placed under heated pressure; using a hash press is ideal. Churn the hash press to turn kief into a solid compact brick. 

Hash can be smoked with flower and other herbs and can be vaped or dabbed. Hash is hard to light so adding other herbs helps. Hash is easier to dab if you put it between wax paper and compress it with a hot hair straightener. 

Things you’ll need for a hash joint, spliff or blunt:

  • Rolling paper/blunt wrap
  • Hemp wick/lighter
  • Hash
  • Flower/other herbs

What you’ll need for your preferred pipe:

  • a bowl, spoon pipe, bubbler or bong
  • Lighter required if using pure hash as it needs a higher sustained temperature

What Is A Tincture?

Cannabis-infused tinctures were medicinally used in the United States until the country banned marijuana but they are now making a comeback. Alcohol is used as a solvent in the THC and CBD extraction process and is part of the final product.

Tinctures are one of the easiest ways to get high since no tools are needed but take longer to kick in than dabbing. It’s best to place tincture droplets underneath your tongue for a quicker and more powerful high since the fluid bypasses your bodily acids and enzymes.

What Is CO2 Oil?

Any weed concentrate extracted from CO2 is considered CO2 oil. This concentrate is commonly used in vape pens and is the ingredient in shatter or wax. CO2 oil can be used through a vape pen or dabbed from its shatter and wax derivatives. 

What Is Butane Hash Oil?

Butane Hash Oil, or BHO, is any concentrate created from using butane as a solvent in the extraction process. The types of concentrates made from this method include shatter, wax, crumble, badder and sauce. Various strains and extraction techniques contribute to these many forms.

Butane hash oil can be dabbed, vaped or twaxed. Twaxing is when shatter or wax is rolled and wrapped around a blunt. Wax and crumble can also be sprinkled on top of a bowl or added to a blunt. 

What Is Shatter?

Shatter is an amber-like BHO extract that shatters into smaller pieces when taken apart. Textures vary from very fragile to taffy-like.

Higher THC content leans towards the taffy-like texture whereas a higher THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) level will mean a more fragile texture. 

What Is Crumble?

Crumble is like shatter except it breaks apart much easier. Once broken down, it can be added to blunts, joints and spliffs. You can also top off flower bowls with crumble.

Proper storage in an airtight container at room temperature will ensure your crumble doesn’t degrade too quickly. 

What Is Badder?

Badder is a concentrate that has a strong resemblance to the consistency of cake batter. Proper storage is a must as it will darken and degrade quickly. Take care of your badder and it will take care of you. 

What Is Sauce?

Sauce is the stickiest Butane Hash Oil concentrate with high levels of terpene. The terpenes are unevenly distributed so no two hits are the same and sauce can come preloaded in vape pens. The high terpene content makes for very flavorful hits. 

What Are Distillates?

Distillates are created from butane hash oil. BHO at already high levels of THC content can be brought to even higher levels after distillation. Distillates can be dabbed or vaped and also come in preloaded vape pens.

Drops of distillate can be added to a bowl or a blunt and won’t affect the flavor or odor since the terpenes have been extracted. This makes for an ideal edible base.

What Is Rosin?

Rosin is what leaks out of cannabis when met with low heat and pressure. Once cooled, it can be collected and dabbed. 

What Is Live Resin?

Live resin is made from cannabis plants that have been flash-freezed via being submerged in liquid nitrogen or placed in a container with dry ice upon harvest. It’s then placed into an oxygenless tank where BHO or other solvents are pumped through.

Full flavor and scent is retained throughout this process and no explosions occur when conducted by experts. Live resin can be dabbed or vaped using rigs, pre-loaded pens, vaporizers and nectar collectors. 

References — 

Mercadante, Sebastiano. “Sublingual Administration.” Sublingual Administration – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, 2007, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/sublingual-administration#:~:text=One%20reason%20for%20selecting%20the,quicker%20than%20with%20oral%20ingestion.