Is dabbing bad for you?

Published Jun 17, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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It’s a new time for cannabis lovers, as technology takes hold across the industry, allowing old ideas to turn into new masterpieces that can be enjoyed by all. This is the case of the dab rig, a piece that has survived through the ages in its most rugged form, only to be revived by the trend of dabbing. Many decided to try dabs because they were under the impression that it was a safer choice, but how true is this belief and does it really make much of a difference?


Dabbing is often compared to vaporizing because they both produce a vapor filled with cannabinoids that are inhaled into the lungs of the user. Unfortunately, to properly vaporize dabs, you need to achieve the ideal level of heat, a task that is difficult with the use of a torch and glass piece that gives no indication of readiness. Even if only the temperature barely exceeds the threshold for combustion, it will scald the dabs producing smoke rather than vapor, which is irritating for the lungs, throat, and mouth.

So, you’re still inhaling smoke?

When you’re using a dab rig, you aren’t always inhaling smoke, but those who are less experienced at reaching the ideal temperatures are inhaling what is essentially the same thing as you’d get from a joint or a bong that was laced with cannabis concentrates. On the other hand, when it’s done right, you are inhaling vapor rather than smoke, which is less of an irritant, and better for your physical health.

Are the higher doses of THC in dabs bad for you?

Dabs have been one of the most popular cannabis drugs among seasoned consumers for the last few years now, as their dense, resinous textures hold a powerful dose of cannabinoids that cannot be beaten by your average flower, but this is the part of it that makes dabbing more dangerous in the eyes of the experts. Though high doses of THC won’t cause you any harm physically, they can impact you psychologically, especially if it takes you on a long, rough trip through intense euphoria, anxiety, and fear.

Is dabbing healthier than smoking?

Yes, vaporizing cannabis dabs is much healthier than smoking, as there is no need for excess materials like papers that can add to the toxicity of what you inhale, so if you can do it right consistently every time, dabbing is much better for your health than smoking. However, particularly for new users, it also increases the risk of overconsumption, which can result in a greening out or overdose that can leave a person uncomfortable for hours, so there is a balance of skill and dosing that must be maintained in order to benefit.

Using technology to improve the experience

Dabbing using glass rigs and torches might be the trendy thing to do these days, but that’s only because it’s the most affordable option out there. Nowadays, if you truly care about your health, and you want to keep dabbing, the best way to do that is to invest in a high-quality dab adapter that will do all of the guesswork for you. These devices work a lot like a vape pen, ensuring the ideal temperature every time, which can help you to avoid the potential adverse health effects of inhaling contaminated vapor.

In conclusion

Like with most good things in life, one of the most important things to remember with dabbing is to enjoy it in moderation and with the right tools. If you do, it could be a great experience that helps you to fill your craving to inhale while wanting to avoid the adverse effects of smoking, but no matter what, it is impossible to deny the risks that come with using concentrated dabs. For many, dabbing is a safer alternative, but it isn’t going to be an effective solution for everyone.

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