There was a new odor dominating this year’s High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, a smell replacing the skunky fug of previous years. That odour was concentrates. Vaporizerblog.com takes a first sceptical look at the ‘dabbing concentrates’ phenomenon.
Our recollection is of some ‘dabbing’ going on last year, notably with the amazing mask from XXXX. But this year it was prominent; there were several stalls selling the dab-friendly e-pens and tools, visitors were sucking on pens more than spliffs.
The hottest ticket at the Cup was for the DAB A DOO party hosted by the legendary Mila from the Pollinator Shop – 75 eurobucks to try out 15 different waxes, shatters and oils.
Not willing to splash that kind of cash, our Vaporizerblog.com reporter nonetheless managed to gain access for a look around, in the hopes of chatting up some dabbers.
He found the atmosphere a bit intimidating; dozens of lone individuals hunched over glowing glass and steel contraptions, blue flames spurting from torches; it had a kind of coffeeshop-crackhouse vibe, frankly. He hung around awkwardly before making his exit, undabbed.
We did sample some oils, waxes and shatters over the course of the Cup. It’s certainly a different high to an old-fashioned joint or bong. We were really impressed by the Sublimator high but that was probably more about the delivery method than the substance in it (see feature).
Since it’s not a subject any of us down-home weed vapers at Vaporizer blog are that familiar with, we’ll be getting some experts to give us their opinions and tips in the New Year.
In the meantime, here are some first thoughts on the phenomenon, the pros and cons of dabbing concentrates.
Reduction of combustible plant material to +/- 0%
Pure cannabinoid vapor
Super discrete and rapid medication
Possibility to downsize to e-pen
Potentially more economical
Possible solvent residue from some production techniques
Loss of some terpenoids, little flavour, no depth or richness to the high
Too strong, leads to rapid acclimatisation
Loss of sociability of a passed joint (for you old-schoolers)
Looks a bit sleazy, frankly, with the gas torches and glowing nails
It’s too expensive or you need to make it yourself
More illegal than weed in most countries
Concentration of plant compounds has a bad history (Heroin, Cocaine)
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