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Here’s What You Should Know Before Taking Your First Dab

For the casual weed consumer, dabbing can seem a little intimidating. After all, taking a dab involves a blowtorch, metal “nails” and oil-like substances. Are you getting ready to fix your car, or are you simply getting stoned?

A lot has changed in the world of cannabis since we started legally enjoying it not long ago. As concentrates grow more popular in states like Oregon, first-time dab users just like you are eagerly stepping up to the plate. But they may be doing so with a bit of limited knowledge.

So how do you know if you’re ready to make the leap? Let’s review the most important dab-related questions to determine exactly what you should know before taking your very first dab.

So What Exactly is Dabbing Anyway?

We know, it sounds a little scary. But simply put, a dab is a concentrated form of THC that’s extracted from cannabis flower using a solvent, such as butane or CO2. Newer methods that don’t involve solvents like rosin and ice-water hash are also utilized, but those haven’t caught on in mainstream fashion just yet.

Once extracted, the final product results in sticky oils referred to as wax, shatter, budder, and butane hash oil (BHO). Though dabbing has been around for at least a decade, more advanced extraction methods are being developed. And dabbing’s popularity has boosted as a result (FINALLY!).

What Are the Benefits of Dabbing?

When done safely with the very best in dabbing products (like those sold by Diem ), both patients and people just like you can find several advantages to dabbing as opposed to other traditional forms of cannabis consumption. The primary advantage remains its swift onset and powerful effects — there’s no doubt you’re going to feel it.

Patients dealing with severe to chronic pain or extreme nausea report that dabbing can be one of the best ways to get immediate and effective relief. And those that dab can take on a ‘less is more’ approach, meaning you can use a lot less product to reach that wonderfully wholesome high.

What’s the Recommendation for Starting Out?

As with most things cannabis-related, it pays to take things slow. Every gram of dab-worthy oil contains approximately 25 servings. Thus, an extremely small portion of a dab is enough to do the trick — perhaps 1/25th of a gram to start.

As your tolerance grows, or your desire for a stronger high ensues, increase the dosage carefully. Because dabs are so highly concentrated, it doesn’t take much to feel the effects.

What Should You Be Looking for in Your First Dab Rig?

Again it pays to keep things simple as you slowly enter the dabbing waters. Start with basic equipment before deciding if a serious dab rig is something you’d like to invest in — nicer rigs will often go for more money.

Should you choose to upgrade after growing comfortable with dabbing, do some research and shop around. Look at rigs on Instagram, poke your head into glass shops, and spend some time talking with the experts. There are great dabs rigs out there for under $100.

Is It Possible to Bake a Dab Into an Edible?

Baking a dab into an edible is something a lot of us at Diem love to do. Some don’t even bother dabbing or vaping, but will instead buy oil with the sole purpose of turning it into a scrumptious edible. Once you throw a gram of shatter or oil on a cooking tray and decarb it, it’s fully live and active. From there you can put it into your butter or any other principal baking ingredient. Be sure to determine the correct dosage before consumption, just in case your treats are potent. Believe it or not, this is how to use dabs if you want your money to go a long way (and who doesn’t want that?!).

Do Dabs Affect Everyone the Same?

Cannabis remains such an interesting plant because it affects each of us so differently. Some of us will only need a single dab serving to feel the effects, while others may in fact need a bit more (or a lot more). Though dabs are often highly potent, they still affect everyone differently. With that in mind, it would be wise to remain within your personal comfort zone.

Trying to keep pace with others or pushing your own boundaries are easy ingredients for a wacky high. Take things slow, get to know how dabs affect you , and soon enough you’ll find yourself in a blissful dab-induced heaven.

Dabs and Diem

Truth be told, there’s a lot more to dabs than meets the eye. And you may have more questions along the way! Feel free to contact Diem at any time, or visit our blog to learn more about dabs and how they may affect you.

Diem Farms has some incredible full-melt hash coming to a dab rig near you. And if you’re still in need of that very first rig, we’ve got our very own glass shop in Salem right next door to our dispensary at 1038 Commercial Street ! Drop in any time and we’ll help you build that first dab rig that meets all your needs. From there we’ll find the products right for you, and soon enough you’ll be dabbing like a pro. Do some dabs with a bit of help from Diem, and seize your day along the way.


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For the casual weed consumer, dabbing can seem a little intimidating. After all, taking a dab involves a blowtorch, metal “nails” and oil-like substances. Are you getting ready to fix your car, or are you simply getting stoned?

I Dabbed for the First Time. Here’s What Happened

Working in the cannabis industry has revealed a whole new world of pot-centric opportunity. From discovering unique edibles to wading through a vast pool of cannabis terpene science, I’ve seen close to everything when it comes to cannabis experiences, products, and technology. But the one subject that’s continually escaped me? Dabbing.

I’m a flower girl through and through. Vape pens leave my throat less-than-pleased and infused treats aren’t my usual preference. Grinding flower, packing a bowl, and lighting up, however, is a ritual I will hold onto until the day I die. Nothing beats a hit of fresh herb—well, nothing did until I tried my first dab.

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Curious about dabs and what to expect as a first-timer? Here’s what I can tell you.

Kick Those Apprehensions to the Curb

On more than one occasion, I’ve heard dabs referred to as the “crack of weed” with a few close friends recounting the times they got “way too high” the last time they dabbed. The set-up doesn’t help: a blow torch is needed to get the concentrates heated, and the extra tools make the process seem like a chemistry experiment. So I get it, and those who prefer to dab get it too, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid giving it a shot due to sheer intimidation. There’s no passing out in the front lawn, seeing random hallucinations, or falling into a mind-numbing pit of despair when you go about dabbing with a couple of boundaries in mind (we’ll get into those later).

Despite the unfamiliarity of a dabbing rig, concentrates themselves offer a purer and cleaner source of cannabis since—unlike flower—you’re not inhaling ash or plant matter with every hit. As long as your strain was extracted in a safe and hygienic environment with honest testing and no pesticides—which is becoming the norm in the concentrates world—then you should be set for that first inhale. We even offer a step-by-step guide on how to dab to take out a bit of the initial confusion.

When it comes down to it, the addition of a blow torch as a heat source isn’t such a big deal when the payoff is healthier lungs.

Surround Yourself With Trusted Friends

Now that you’ve gotten through the trepidation, the next step is to set yourself up for success. Your first time dabbing should be a welcome experience that won’t forever tarnish your views on the method. As long as you don’t let an overzealous buddy talk you into taking an enormous dab, you probably won’t end up on that front lawn or in that pit of despair.

Remember: you don’t have to prove yourself. Experienced dabbers who have your back will walk you through the process with a small dose. They won’t toss you into the middle of the ocean when you’ve only conquered the shallow end of the pool.

I truly lucked out with the people who joined me on my first dabbing excursion. They were all trusted friends who had either dabbed before or knew more than me about concentrates. Having faith in the knowledgeable people by my side meant I wasn’t afraid to go all in.

Start Low, Go Slow

While I was gearing up for my first pull, I expected the vapor to tear up my throat since I had viewed it as stronger than flower in all aspects. The opposite happened; I barely coughed at all. On the exhale, my lungs felt as if they had a little more room to breathe. The vapor was light and the fresh terpenes emanating from the hit tasted sweet and potent.

Bonus? I wasn’t too lifted. I could enjoy the flavors, scents, and effects of my fist dab since the concentrate I ended up choosing wasn’t extremely high in THC (and my dab glob wasn’t the size of a mini-basketball). It’s cliché, but the mantra, “start low and go slow” is absolutely necessary when trying out new methods of cannabis consumption. Always start a lower THC level, then slow down the process by either waiting or relaxing until you get the best feel of what dose and method works for you. And yes, this still rings true when you’re adept at other modes of toking up.

Our very own Avid Dabber heated up the rig and portioned out my dab size. It was about the size of half a grain of rice and it was perfect: I wasn’t blasted into space and I felt as though I could take on the day after the high had fizzled. Any more would have been irresponsible and possibly led to a bad time and an out-of-control high. My more accomplished companions held out for the full rice-sized dab and we were on the same level when it came to the post-dab elevation.

Give It Time

Having gone through the motions, I recommend taking one hit and sitting on it for the remainder of the day. As noted above, dabs can be a lot stronger than traditional flower, and their effects are intense at the first pull.

I felt suitably elevated the 20 minutes following a breath of Honey Bananas—content with my head in the clouds—before slowly sinking into relaxed body bliss. If I had taken a second hit, my anxiety may have shot up from the intensity, and I wouldn’t have had a truly enjoyable time.

Additional tip: keep in mind the surroundings you’re in and what kind of vibe you want from your experience. After our dabs had been smoked, the group headed outside where we picked vegetables and shot the shit. Don’t overthink it—try a calming activity to fill the space or simply unwind on the couch.

Will I Try It Again? Should You Try It, Too?

When I was gearing up for my first dab, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt that tinge of uneasiness which comes with every new experience; yet, at the same time, I was open to it. In the end, I’m happy to report that old worries were put to rest.

Bottom line? Dabbing concentrates is not a big deal, and if you’re curious about it and have access to a rig, then give it a try. Truthfully, I won’t be shopping for my own dab rig anytime soon, but I won’t say no if the opportunity to dab rises again. Those who love dabbing, love it for it’s clean vapor, intense body high, and smooth hit. I can attest to those experiences and can see why the process is so appealing.

Keep in mind the tips from above, don’t take it too seriously, and who knows? You may become an avid dabber yourself.

Curious about dabs & what to expect as a first timer? Read about my first experience and get some tips to help get you started.