All About dabs: Do they smell and how to maximize pleasure

All about the potent cannabis concentrate known as dabs – what causes them to have a particular smell and how to attain maximum pleasure and benefits



When using an extraction solvent such as butane in order to remove THC or other cannabinoids from weed you get a potent cannabis concentrate known as “dab.” And just like regular marijuana tobacco, dab can be smoked. If you’re a first timer, you may have a few questions: do dabs smell and if so, do dabs smell like regular marijuana? The succinct answer is yes. Dabs do smell because they possess the terpenes that are present in the cannabis it was extracted from. Dabs have been described as quite stinky.

The pungent skunk smell doesn’t seem to linger on clothes or in a room when compared with smoking a bud. When one smokes a joint or spliff, the stench can be strong and intense and as such it tends sticks to one’s clothes or fingers. However, the same cannot be said when consuming dabs. Frequent marijuana users have said that the first hit of a fresh wax dab concentrate is going be the highest in the terpene content. Therefore it’s likely to be the most pungent. As one continues to consume each dab, subsequent hits will contain more of the cannabinoids unless one is using a vape pen. For context, cannabis is famous for its pungent and quite distinctive smell.

Hence in the marijuana community, the slang term for it is often referred to as “skunk.” Marijuana connoisseurs value the herb for its unique scent, with some independent growers even going so far as to cultivate varieties of different strains with different flavour profiles including orange, chocolate, pine and so much more. That said, there are some situations in which a strong smell is not desirable, which brings us to dabs and dabbing. This is a recent trend in the marijuana community. When using dabs, one gets a high from the concentrated cannabis substance. Hence why it’s called dab. The dab oil is made by extracting THC and other chemicals from cannabis using a solvent such as butane. Once the process is finished, the sticky oil will be between a potent fifty and ninety percent THC.

Typically, the dab is vaporized and can be used in bongs, water pipes and e-cigarettes also known as a vape pen. Alternatively, it can also be flash vaporized in a much more elaborate process by putting the oil on a hot nail and then inhaling the vapour using a dab rig. This rig is usually a device that resembles a bong made of glass and this process is commonly referred to as dabbing. Another method of consuming dab is to heat the oil concentrate on a metal surface using a small and portable blow torch. The resulting vapour is then inhaled and produces a more intense and euphoric high than smoking or eating marijuana.

Marijuana smokers may have often wondered why some pot smells like a skunk or nasty dirty socks while others have a pleasant fragrance of pine or lemons. And the answer is terpenes. This is because terpenes are essential oils that provide the fragrance found in foods and herbs. For example, when you smell basil, that fragrance is the terpenes. Dabs do smell.

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