Smoking Concentrated Marijuana, Known as Dabbing, Is All the Rage

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Ray Stern
A gram of butane- extracted marijuana concentrate.
Smoking concentrated marijuana oil is exploding in popularity, with many cases nationwide of amateur chemists experiencing explosions in their homes. Manufacturing and use of the substance comes with risks not seen with "normal" pot: Scorched skin when using the red-hot smoking apparatus is inevitable, aficionados say.

Longtime marijuana advocates and High Times magazine have expressed concern, noting that contaminants in the product are hazardous and that some smokers — especially novices — may pass out after taking a hit.

Explosions, blowtorches, super-intense highs, interstate smuggling: The negatives have been adding up, and pro-legalization activists fear a backlash that could damage their cause.

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Yet dabbing, the current name for the activity that became widespread only in the past few years, isn't a fad that will pass anytime soon. It's replacing typical marijuana smoking for an increasing number of medical and recreational users.

In Colorado, where marijuana is legal under state law for adults 21 and older, concentrates have skyrocketed in popularity at state-regulated stores. Extracts can account for about 40 percent of sales at California dispensaries, New Times' sister paper the LA Weekly reported this month.

The sale of concentrates at state-authorized dispensaries in Arizona seems poised for exponential growth because of a recent ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper. County Attorney Bill Montgomery and other prosecutors have warned that Arizona law prohibits extracts even when sold or used under 2010's voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act, but Cooper declared in a March 21 ruling that the act "authorizes qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD oil, prepared from the marijuana plant."

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The court case in question was a lawsuit by the family of Zander Welton, an East Valley boy whose seizures have been lessened by the use of marijuana concentrates, which he takes orally. Cooper's lawsuit, however, affects all the state's 45,000 registered medical-marijuana patients, and certainly a portion of them prefer concentrates if given a choice. Some state-authorized dispensaries already sell such concentrates as hash oil, sources say. Others may do so in the aftermath of Cooper's ruling, although some businesses are waiting to see whether authorities appeal.

Learning about dabbing requires a new vocabulary: The substance to be dabbed simply may be called "dabs." Or it may go by "earwax," "shatter," or "BHO (butane hash oil)," depending on how it's made. A bong becomes a "dabbing rig," the flat bowl a "skillet." A drop of gooey oil or chunky solid matter is vaporized by placing it onto the red-hot skillet with a "nail," a small rod sometimes made of glass or titanium.

Like in regular marijuana, the active ingredient in dabbing is THC, although oil is much more potent. Users say the effect is a familiar THC buzz, but one that's much more intense.

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John Knoell
John Knoell

Pfff been makin wax for years rookies

Amber Gibbs
Amber Gibbs

Take a dab they said, it's just marijuana they said...... lmaooo

Jaesin Zidelre
Jaesin Zidelre

Butane infused w/low grade moldy buds and trim..wow..."new trend" c'mon new times, we expect so much more from you...weak article

jeanjb
jeanjb

go on youtube and type "run from the cure,rick simpsons oil" and watch extraction being done with everclear.

Shanna Street
Shanna Street

I doubt it is a "new trend". Has been around since mid 2000's..

Joshua Caleb Bonheimer
Joshua Caleb Bonheimer

No medicine should be taken lightly, yet this is still the safest way to consume the medicine and at high potencies. This stuff can cost more then 4 times the amount of top shelf buds. Imagine how much money your.state could make in the roaring popularity of this concoction of medicine? Imagine the taxes these buisnesses pay. Fuck it, make hash legal!

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

We've been doing shatter here in washington state for years.Arizona is so behind the times,as usual.

Krista Schadt
Krista Schadt

Haha. That's been around for a while. Too funny

Christina Anderson-Roedel
Christina Anderson-Roedel

People really need to start distinguishing between the medical community that truly needs it, and the "potheads" and "stoners"

Christina Anderson-Roedel
Christina Anderson-Roedel

I have two types of cancer a bladder disease epilepsy and irritable bowel syndrome. I took 15 prescriptions a day. They came from my doctor and were prescribed. They got me higher than any weed ever will in my entire life-I was practically on the floor face down every day. Not only that but now I've been left with the severest form of a bladder disease simply because of prescriptions. And on top of that, if you take one pill too many even if it is exactly as the doctor instructed you to, you could end up like myself a few years ago. Waking up at John c Lincoln with the tube your throat after being in a coma for two days. Medications are manufactured and made from fillers such as petroleum jelly. They burn inside of your body and cause serious damage. If you want to talk about getting high, why don't you talk about OxyContin and all of those other medications that your doctor will happily hand you instead of marijuana

Daniel Troche
Daniel Troche

Can people stop already with this "medicinal" BS? If you like to smoke be honest about it! Dont hide behind the "medicinal" factor you haven't even researched and just say it because everyone else does! Lets put it this way...if you had to take a cannabis pill for your sickness and it doesn't get you high opposed to smoking it I bet you'd pick the one that gets you high!

tinalayla381
tinalayla381

I agree it does look like a tweaker. However when you look at the amount of THC and CBD that is necessary to treat severe diseases, the amount needed is so high you have to smoke a few pounds a day. The only way to do that without smoking yourself till your lungs pop would be to concentrate the chemicals and utilize them that way.

Bhang Bhang
Bhang Bhang

*Methods to kill pain and relieve other symptoms more effectively

Barbie Nicole Niño
Barbie Nicole Niño

Yea true but im js the method of smoking it is tweaker like , i rather smoke a jay

Bhang Bhang
Bhang Bhang

To those that are uneducated yes, but education takes time and we are only on the cusp of the beginning of a revolution in medicine.

Bhang Bhang
Bhang Bhang

No law abiding card holder is doing either in view of the public so what does it matter? Judge not less thee be judged.

Bhang Bhang
Bhang Bhang

I thought the writer got that wrong amount a few other things...

Esteban Fraijo
Esteban Fraijo

what? Explosions? I don't think that the people who wrote this article know what dabs are....

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

Like IPA's? Well now you can actually crush up and snort hops!!

shadeaux
shadeaux

Just because the press just found out about it doen't mean that it hasn't been used for a long time.

A couple of weeks ago, a local paper ran a story on the "new fad" of vaping????


Out of touch much?

shadeaux
shadeaux

You mean aside from the disease of ignorance?



jeanjb
jeanjb

sure i like getting high,but after 34 years of insulin dependant diabetes,my doctors are amazed that i still have none of the effects of being diabetic.

thank you god for this awsome plant!

of course i spent a night in joes jail in 89',and my family "gave up on their lost cause"i own a great business and they only see a pothead.

too bad!...for them.

people are really ignorant when it comes to their

"core beliefs"

tinalayla381
tinalayla381

I have two types of cancer a bladder disease epilepsy and irritable bowel syndrome. I took 15 prescriptions a day. They came from my doctor and were prescribed. They got me higher than any weed ever will in my entire life-I was practically on the floor face down every day. Not only that but now I've been left with the severest form of a bladder disease simply because of prescriptions. And on top of that, if you take one pill too many even if it is exactly as the doctor instructed you to, you could end up like myself a few years ago. Waking up at John c Lincoln with the tube your throat after being in a coma for two days. Medications are manufactured and made from fillers such as petroleum jelly. They burn inside of your body and cause serious damage. If you want to talk about getting high, why don't you talk about OxyContin and all of those other medications that your doctor will happily hand you instead of marijuana.

teknik
teknik

tweekers don't smoke bongs, they smoke glass dicks

teknik
teknik

the danger is only in making it, and yeah idiots are blowing themselves up.  

l8ghe
l8ghe

Totally different, honey. Not surprising that you don't know anything about concentrates, you hail from AZ, the land of Desert Dumb-Dumbs. And to 710/dab people, you look like a trashy ho from some hip-hop video, smoking some ridiculous gangbanger blunt like a 5 year-old trying to look "hard". 

teknik
teknik

yes, it's actually no different from simply smoking flowers, no different at all. The effects are the exact same and you can pass out from a simple bong hit of a high quality strain.


back in the old days you'd just run the flowers across a screen and knock off the THC glands onto a piece of glass to collect it.  

shadeaux
shadeaux

@tinalayla381  

Exactly.........took oxy and morphine for 10 years to deal with the symptoms of MS. 2 months after MMJ became available, I was completely weaned off the narcotics and that was 3 years ago. Have no desire to ever take the pharms again. Pot is safe, the shit you get from the Dr. will kill you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@teknik  "it's actually no different from simply smoking flowers, no different at all. The effects are the exact same"


Complete idiocy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@shadeaux @tinalayla381  


Doesn't change the FACT that the vast majority of "patients" taking advantage of the MMJ programs are in fact recreational stoners simply gaming the system in order to get high.


No honest participant in the industries in Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon or Washington would deny that reality, however politically uncomfortable it is to admit.



dkessler4
dkessler4

@Seville  Beware of Marinol!  It is 100% synthetic THC and safer than marijuana.  It is placed on schedule III while the plant itself is on schedule I.  Sounds to me like the federal government and the DEA endorse concentrates as clearly safer alternatives in their system...

Seville
Seville

Please, tell us all how THC magically has different effects when in hash vs bud.

And no, being stronger isn't different. You're getting the same kind of high from both (just luck beer and 151 both get you drunk).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@teknik ... you really have baked your brain.


To say there is NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL between hash oil at 80% THC and bud at 22% THC -- including the effects they have -- is laughably absurd ... and is betrayed by the fact that so many people seek out the concentrates instead of the bud.


You might as well say there is no difference between Budweiser and 151 Rum.





teknik
teknik

@DonkeyHotay @teknik  lies, outside of a 5 second fuzzy head that's obtainable from flowers there's no difference.  I lived in alaska most my life where it's been legal since 1975 and it still is.  check out ravin vs alaska.

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