A wise man once said, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE! When it comes to cannabis, those words are applicable to the surging popularity of cannabis concentrates known affectionately as "dabs". Many cannabis users considering themselves traditionalists have chosen to side with the "flower" over the "oil" but it seems that many cannabis users are also dropping smoking flower altogether for "dab-life." There are so many reasons for why many users are making the switch from flower to oil, but the main reason is the strength of the dab, also known as BHO (Butane Honey Oil), shatter, or wax. Detractors are wary of dabs, the chemicals in their manufacture, and the potential health risks. Essentially Dabs are manufactured through a process which concentrates the psycho active chemicals in cannabis and enhances the psychoactive effects. What makes dabbing interesting is that the high is so strong, it is hard to believe at times one is smoking cannabis. To be able to get super high from cannabis, as some have compared it to the first time they got high, and know that you are vaping something healthy for the body vs an alternative drug that can kill you is a great feeling. There are many advantages to dabbing and many in the industry believe that oil concentrates will trump the popularity of the flower itself in the future.
At the recent Cannabis Cup by High Times in Denver a panel was recorded discussing the health risks of dabbing, featuring two doctors on the panel. Below is the panel video recording of their discussion at the Cannabis Cup in Denver: