Somewhere amidst the fog of Americans' love for hyper potent cannabis concentrates, a day of homage emerged. Celebrated on 7/10, aka OIL Day (flip it, reverse it) or Dab Day, is a celebration of the wonderful world of cannabis oils, extracts and concentrates.
For decades, April 20th, or 4/20, has remained the only unofficial, official weed holiday widely observed by cannabis enthusiasts from all walks of life. The celebration honors weed in a way most heavily marked by smoking joints packed with an ounce of it.
The first Dab Day was referenced as early as 2011. Now, ten years later, we live in an era where concentrates are far more available than any previous decade. This affinity for various extracts and their annual acknowledgment signifies Dab Day's inevitable solidification as a second stoner holiday.
Dabbing is a way to consume large amounts of terpenes, THC, and other cannabinoids, smashing the ceiling on the euphoric high of flower and edibles. The practice has become larger than its simple use - it's become a culture - a separate entity outside the familiarity of the “old ways" of cannabis consumption.
Dab Day isn't exclusive to any single concentrate - so pay homage to the high potency extract of your liking - whether it's wax, budder, badder, shatter, crumble, or live resin.
The solitude and unsupervised work environment of 2020 proved to be the year of the dab - an unusual year calls for unusual means of navigation.
Throwing caution to the wind, a new wave of consumers once exclusive to flower have been indulging in the “other products" on the menu. Now, as many of us are opening the blinds and venturing outside - this year's Dab Day is expected to be much brighter than last summer.
If you are new to dabbing concentrates, go slow. If you get too high and begin to panic, just remind yourself that no one has ever died from a THC overdose on record...and the powerful euphoria will wear off and things will return to normal in a short while. I say this because the THC percentages of some concentrates reach up to 90%, making them an easy trigger for anxiety episodes. If this happens, it will let you go within an hour or less.
The second most important aspect of dabbing, directly below its definition and tools of consumption is temperature regulation. If the temperature of the surface is too high, the concentrates are combusting, destroying the dab, and potentially exposing you to harmful chemicals. When you've overheated a dab, you'll know - believe me.
The goal is to find the ideal balance between preserving the terpenes while activating the cannabinoids, not blowing out the biggest stack of combusted concentrates and coughing until your stomach hurts. Low-temperature dabbing meets these specifications.
If you're not dabbing with an eRig like the Puffco Peak, accurately heating the proper surface temperature using a blowtorch can be tricky. An unofficial rule is to heat the quartz with a small torch flame until the bottom begins to glow a faint orange.
Then, wait about 30-45 seconds, depending on the banger's thickness or heat absorption. The goal is to have it hot enough to create vapor, but not leave the banger blackened with the aftermath. Using a timer can be a great way to keep the temperature consistent each dab session.
Place your dab in the banger using a dab tool, place the carb cap over the banger and inhale, using the whole in the cap to regulate the size of the hit. And then, boom, you're flying higher than ever before.
If you want more information on concentrates and how to use them, check out our Cannabis 101 section for tips and more.
Have a beautiful Dab Day 2021, as sunnier months now line the roads ahead.
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