Are you new to dabbing or are you curious about what the differences are between high temp and low temp dabs? With more innovative products entering the market, dabbing is quickly catching up with smoking as the go-to method of cannabis consumption. For those who are new at this, dabbing is the process of consuming cannabis concentrates or extracts commonly known as dabs.
Marijuana concentrates like dabs, oils and waxes are a growing part of the cannabis market, but techniques for smoking the stuff can be confusing — especially because the high and medical benefits are so dependent on evaporating the concentrate at the right temperature.
The industry and what little scientific literature exists on the subject seems to agree that dabbing at 350 degree Fahrenheit to 450 degree Fahrenheit is the best for flavor and effect, though higher temperatures — up to about 900 degree Fahrenheit may make for a more intense high.
The underlying idea is you typically want to avoid combustion — especially with oil concentrates — and allow the substance to vaporize for inhalation.
There are several benefits to low-temperature dabbing. While low-temp dabbing may not leave you as elevated as quickly, low-temperature dabs are more flavorful, less irritating to the tissues of the lungs and throat, and offer little risk of burning your cannabis oil.
Low-temperature dabbing also reduces the risk of inhaling toxic compounds that become present when cannabis oils are heated to high temperatures. Low-temp dabbing is more akin to vaporization, which is considered the safest way to inhale cannabis.
At low temperatures, you get a truer sense of the taste and overall effects of an individual strain. Some terpenes burn off closer to the 300 degree Fahrenheit (148 degree Celsius) mark. The higher the temperature, the fewer flavors will be present in your concentrate.
It’s not uncommon for plant and animal oils to become rancid when heated to high temperatures. Even oils commonly considered safe, like coconut oil, can release very small amounts of the toxin acetaldehyde when heated to 446 degree Fahrenheit(220 degree Celsius ). Acetaldehyde is a class-one carcinogen, meaning that it has been shown to cause cancer in the body.
With high-temperature dabbing, there is more of a risk of inhaling carcinogenic compounds like benzene and naphthalene. These compounds are created when plant oils are heated to extreme temperatures.
Back in 2001, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) teamed up to study the health effects of vaporization.
They found that while vaporizers successfully prevented benzene, toluene, and naphthalene from being released at a temperature of 365 degree Fahrenheit (185 degree Celsius), these compounds became present at the 392 degree Fahrenheit (200 degree Celsius) mark.
Heating cannabis products much higher than 390 degree Fahrenheit runs the risk of burning the material. Combustion happens at 446 degree Fahrenheit (230 degree Celsius), which is when you’ll switch from a process more akin to vaporization to straight up smoking. While some people might enjoy combusting their concentrates, it is not necessary for an enjoyable and lifted experience. High-temp dabs tend to hit very strong, providing a substantial psychoactive effect. While you’re more likely to get powerful pain relief and an intense euphoric experience from high-temperature dabs, there is no need to take a hit from a rig that is hotter than 400 degree Fahrenheit or so.
Now that you know more about high temp and low temp dabs, we hope that your next, or possibly even first dabbing experience is an elevated one!