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How I learned to stop worrying and love the dab


The future of the industry and the new reefer craze – dabs are here to stay.

To this day, even in the lit and smart Bay Area, I still hear when this particular character appears.

“What’s that stuff?”

When the answer comes, it will take a while
process.

“That’s…weed?”

If ever there has been a disruptor, it has been concentrated cannabis. If the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry wasn’t moving fast enough for you, the rise of high-end, potent concentrates has turned the table on its head in just a few years. You want innovation? A self-spun renegade trade is now the purview of scientists using laboratory equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars.

Almost half of the sales of some pharmacies are now concentrated cannabis. And yet it is still a stranger.

So under-the-radar is concentrated cannabis that a friend of a friend recently mistook some high-end wax for particularly floral lip balm (maybe it was the terpenes). Let that sink in: A cannabis product that many casual cannabis users fail to recognize has taken a significant chunk of the cannabis market by storm.

That is a real cult status that has no equal in any other industry.

And even if you’ve never dabbed a day in your life, concentrates are important. Concentrated cannabis can determine where the industry and movement are headed.

The fear of future hash makers blowing up their houses with poorly impregnated butane is indeed exaggerated. As contributor Greg Zeman points out, Thanksgiving turkeys cause far more fires than hack hash labs.

That doesn’t matter to law enforcement or politicians, who – already incapable of dealing with cannabis in flower form – now have a new and poorly understood “threat” to deal with. Some cops waste no time and eagerly lump concentrate makers with meth cooks. Unfortunately, according to the letter of the law, both can be treated the same.

Worrying about dabs is the new reefer madness. And with some dabbers exaggerating to an oil-induced spontaneous coma, or with unscrupulous manufacturers marketing poorly purified butane-filled extracts, concentrates may give the outlaw person the best chance ever of convincing soccer moms that legalization is a bad thing. idea.

In the typical style of the cannabis industry, dabs also divide the movement. Competing camps have sprung up: those who swear by the safety and efficacy of butane-derived concentrates, and those who loathe anything made with a chemical solvent and have delineated a “solvent-free” realm. Meanwhile, there is absolutely no scientific knowledge about how healthy this is for our minds or lungs.

As usual, we are still learning on the fly. Some extraction methods claim to capture unheard of levels of terpenes – the compounds that determine how something smells, and can also determine how cannabis makes us feel. There’s also great medical potential: As top author Angela Bacca tells us, dabbing CBD-rich extracts can help sick people get relief almost immediately.

One thing is clear. Concentrates don’t go away. As always, it’s better to try to understand something before moving on. If we can unravel dabs for you with this concentrate issue, then we’ve done our job.

Photo by Mike Koozmin


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