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Medical Marijuana ‘Dabs’ Have Taken Over Southern California


At The High Times Cannabis Cup In Los Angeles, Dabs Were A Fan Favorite

If you are a medical marijuana patient from California, this article will seem like I am just stating the obvious. However, if you are not from the great state of California, chances are you have no idea what ‘dabs’ are. I have been a medical marijuana patient in Oregon for half a decade, and have been consuming marijuana for 18 years, and I had no idea what dabs were until I was hanging out at the WeedMaps headquarters about a month ago.

Barry Blunt from KushSmoke.com and Justin Hartfield of WeedMaps looked very confused when I asked them what dabs were. The best definition for medical marijuana dabs I could find online comes from Buds of Steele (with some additives in parenthesis), which is basically the definition I got from the WeedMaps staff, “any (concentrated) product of a chemical (or organic) extraction being performed on cannabis. Isopropanyl and Butane are the most common solvents used for this process but there are many that will work.” So hash oil, budder, earwax or most any form of concentrated cannabis could be considered a dab. It’s how you smoke it that makes it unique.

I have been smoking hash and kief for years, but always mixed in with my weed. Smoking dabs is way of smoking 100% concentrated cannabis through a specially designed bubbler (or attachment). It almost requires three hands and enough safe space to not light a fire around you with your butane torch (see video below). Yet, dozens of people were zipping around the Cannabis Cup smoking dip after dip of dabs, with no torch burns reported (to our knowledge, lol). All of the best booths at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup were giving out dab hits for free to event participants. There were lots of people with blunts, joints, pipes, and bongs, but dabs were all the rage.

I think most people in California forget that they are inside the fishbowl, and quite frankly, no one does it on a level like Cali does. Oregon is very advanced in the world of marijuana, and I can’t find anyone up here that is smoking dabs like they are down in California. There was a guy at the WeedMaps booth at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles named Eric that had brought 15 grams of hash oil to smoke on day 1 alone. People in California have the dab smoking process down so well, that I even saw people walking around with torches smoking dabs while milling through the crowd.

That’s what happens when you have a State that leads the world with marijuana innovation and culture. California was the first state in the country to legalize medical marijuana, and the first to have dispensaries. Combine that with a ‘cutting edge’ minded population and LOTS of people, and you have a recipe for excellence. If you live in an area that does not have a burgeoning dabs industry, just wait, because it’s coming. As with almost anything these days, it has started in California, and the popularity will spread sooner than later.



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  1. Dabs.. God people have their priories in a tangle out west… You guys are on the verge of having no water and all it seems you are concerned about is the next best way to get high. It seems to be solving all your fiscal and infrastructure problems, keep it up!

  2. So many people talking shit.. we are all stoners here right, why isn’t this a fucking peaceful conversation?

  3. u speak about weed but I don’t know anyone that will do a crime while high but dudes that drinks do domestic violence u the same person that approve same sex marriage witch is against the bible don’t judge or be judge

  4. Shawn Dunwoody on

    I’m siding with Kings OG here. What does it say about your mental capacity when you’re fapping over youtube videos?

  5. Rudeness such as you spout here is a sure sign of a low IQ. I’m sorry you’re a mental midget. I, for one, think she’s just FINE.

  6. I’m from LoCal1904, San Diego, and I still love my flowers. I do, however, like to take a couple of dabs after my session to get that full head change. Dabs are a great way to get a nice high if the flowers, the BUDS, aren’t enough for you anymore. Always make sure your wax is vacuum purged to degas it, getting all of the harmful butane out of it. It’s all about the concentrates now. Save your stems, grind em’ up a bit and turn them into kief with a kief box or other screener, giving you concentrated THC. You can then compress the kief and turn it into hash. Happy Four Twenty!

  7. Yeah, make sure your wax is fully vacuum purged of all butane. If it’s not purged properly, the remaining butane is horrible for your lungs. I heard that it makes the walls of your lungs expand to many times greater than normal. So like Wood said, get the high quality waxes, Four Twenty!

  8. Yo wtf was that?!?!?!?!?!? First of all, we are talking bout earwax not fucking caveman weed, and second of all you are grimy as fuck, and your bong, i literally use pieces like that as flower vases now. WHO THE FUCK hits rubber grommit bongs anymore???? I haven’t seen a bong like that since the fuckin 90’s homey! Get up on game and get yourself a glass on glass and do something bout that little belly of yours, and maybe you could take that little baby fat from your belly and put it in your chest. LOL! FUCK BITCHES GET MONEY! HAHA!

  9. We have had concentrates in California for at least TEN Years. I remember this stuff called “Frozen Trichromes” from back then. It was like what they call now “Shatter”. There were many other kinds too, sativas and indicas.. It has just lately become more well known. The technology of vaping and dabbing HAS evolved over the years.

  10. Yabba_Dabba_Doo on

    Just wanted to input my 2 cents. I have been a stoner for awhile now in CA. I found out about dabs when I went to a MMJ expo in Anaheim last year. I had never seen nails and dabs before and was completely confused. Then some people showed me what it was about and gave me a couple hits. I was to the moon.

    I think the thing I like most about dabs, is that you smoke less and still get super high. Instead of me sitting around loading bowl after bowl of weed in my bong, or tons of joints and blunts, I can just fire up 1-2 dabs and be good for hours.

    Dabs doesn’t smell as much as let’s say a burning blunt or joint. Yes, it still smells, but it is definitely less conspicuous. Even my lady likes me doing it more, because the whole pad doesn’t smell like weed all the time.

    Basically, I converted my bong, which I was using for flowers and bubble hash, got myself a rig, a nail, and a globe/holder around it, and I am good to go. Ever since I made the conversion, I haven’t gone back to the regular bowl / flowers. Probably about $150 to upgrade my bong to make it work with dabs.

    Now even though this is my preferred set up, this is only for at home since I got some nice glass. For on the go, I been using the MicroG Pen, putting dabs in there, and being able to take it all over the place and have dabs on the go. Also, less suspicious, less smelly, and everyone thinks it’s a E-Cig.

    I still blaze regularly too. It is just I prefer the dabs now. Less smoke is better in my book. Also, gotta be on the lookout for bad wax. I have one trust MMJ club I go to that has super clean wax. Always has a great after taste. But, I have also been to MMJ clubs that are all about “deals” getting more stuff for your money. Watch out, because I have definitely got some nasty ass after taste wax, that I do not recommend. From what I hear, if it has a super shitty taste, that is because the maker is not “purging” correctly and getting rid off ALL the butane. From my understanding, all wax is made with butane, but at the end, it has to be purged and cleaned of impurities. If it tastes bad than the wax maker didn’t do a good job at all.

    Dabs are great.

  11. hey Obama love the comment about weed smoking being a fun activity rather than a contest. although I will have to disagree to some extent because trying to smoke more than everyone else means your just going to end up having the most fun out of your friends. I agree you shouldn’t do it all the time but if you try and do that with your friends then all of you will probably end up stupid and laughing together for a while. I gave a thumbs up on ur comment by the way. just thought id add my 2 cents worth.

  12. That’s right cali budz arw all ways the beat hands down but no one wants to admit there state has just ok budz we grow poundz out of a couple tree’s, all grade A kush : og, sour, grand daddy, master,bubba, everything so we don’t need your tree’s in cali we export

  13. Same shit as “lets see if you can snap this bowl”, you fucking morron from Colorado, cali is the best!!!keep hating on us cause we the best,smoking bomb dabz all day….0x@{{☆’z p.s. we extracting everyrhing..hahahaha

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