If you’re in a state that doesn’t have legal cannabis, I feel for you. It’ll come eventually. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this store. Cannabis shops are just like any other retail operation. There are low end, middle of the road and high- end stores. High-end is not a new concept in retailing, but it’s still new-ish to the cannabis industry.
Cannabis is an industry that’s most closely aligned, at least in my mind, with wine shops. You can get wine anywhere, but finding really terrific bottles is the job of a high-end wine shop. Why shouldn’t it be the same with a cannabis store? Enjoy a little voyeuristic tour inside what looks to be a terrific wine shop. I’m looking forward to going to Diego Pellicer in Denver!
[Canniseur: This is a fabulous article about a fabulous photographer. Personally, I never get tired of looking at beautiful photographs of anything. And the artistry and technical precision that Mr. Christiansen brings to photographs of cannabis is nothing less than astonishing.]
The right strain. I wonder what that means actually. Since cannabis has become legal, there are only 4 or 5 strains that are the ‘right’ strain for me. In no particular order, there’s Blue Dream, Princess Nikita, Red Headed Stranger, Golden Goat, and Acapulco Gold, which was supposed to be a landrace strain, but whatever it was, it’s wonderful.
Everyone is different and different strains work better for different people. So far, we know so little about the endocannabinoid system in our bodies that there’s just no way to find out what’s best…other than try for yourself that is,
Jimmy Carter was a proponent of decriminalized cannabis and actually tried to get congress to consider decrim in the 1970s!!! Yes, the 1970s. Amazing. And Willie Nelson was both a friend. In this revelation, President Carter admitted that his son, Chip was the one on the roof when Willie famously (as admitted in his first autobiography) that he consumed reefer on the roof of the White House.
For many reasons, Jimmy Carter is underrated and misunderstood during his term in office as President. He was reviled by many and it’s becoming clear that one of the main reasons he’s been shunted aside was because of his belief in equality for everyone.
[Canniseur: I’ve never really been a dabber mostly because it is SO intense. Sometimes intense is good. but not always. I appreciate the qualities of dabbing though. This is a very handy guide to learn how to dab and if you’re already a dabber, then you might learn something new or different here.]
Getting high is one of those things that felt as though we as a species had perfected. For the past few thousand years, the concept has remained more or less the same. You take dried cannabis flower or hash, light it on fire, and inhale the smoke — three simple steps that anyone could do.
Isn’t that some annoying dance that obnoxious people do when they do something they think is great? While the answer to that question is yes, in the stoner community dabbing means something entirely different.
For the uninitiated, the following lines will be an in-depth guide to all things dabbing. If you’ve ever wondered, “What is Dabbing?” Or “How to dab,” this guide is a good place to start. We’ll also cover the risks and benefits of dabbing and the tools you’ll need to get started. Welcome to Dabbing: 101 — class is in session.
The basics — what is a dab?
If you want a one-sentence explanation, it would be this: A dab is a single dose of highly-concentrated cannabis extraction that is heated to a very high temperature and inhaled.
This handy guide goes into a bit more depth about what dabs actually are. Typically a user will pre-form their dab into a single dose based on personal preference, and “dab” it on to the head of a super-heated tool called a nail.
The term may have originated from people actually using metal construction nails to heat the concentrate. Today, the tools used for dabbing have become much more refined and nails are specially crafted pieces of equipment. There are many different types of nails available today, but more on that later. With the help of the nail, the concentrate gets heated to its boiling temperature and the resulting vapor is then inhaled through a dab rig. Dab rigs, like dab nails, are also getting increasingly more complex as dabbing culture evolves.
Most dabs (remember, that’s the cannabis concentrate) are a type of butane hash oil (BHO), a concentrate created by using a petrochemical solvent. There are seemingly 1,001 names for the various types of BHO concentrates, including oil, honey, shatter, budder, wax, and more. The consistency varies from a hard, glass-like substance that can literally shatter, to a spreadable, honey-like consistency.
If you prefer a cleaner dabbing experience, look for solventless cannabis extracts such as budder, rosin, or solventless shatter, all of which create a highly-potent concentration of cannabinoids — perfect for a clean dab.
But in recent years a new way of processing and consuming cannabis has appeared onto the scene and taken the hearts of stoners everywhere by storm: dabbing. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years, or simply outgrew your teenage stoner years and are just now getting back into getting high, you may be wondering what dabbing even is.
Cannabis flower these days typically contains between 10-30% percent THC, depending on the strain. Even the most potent flower pales in comparison to cannabis concentrates. Most concentrates reach a THC content of between 60-90% percent and can even surpass that. That’s approximately three to nine times more potent than what you’d get from a joint or a bong rip — if you’d smoke the same amount. Think of it this way: you can get the same amount of THC you’d find in 1 gram of strong marijuana from about a 1/4 gram of concentrates.
Because dabs are highly concentrated, they deliver a far bigger punch than smoking buds. When you’re dabbing you’re not actually inhaling smoke but vapor, thereby reducing a significant level of organic particulate matter going straight into your lungs. On top of that, since a dab is a delicious reduction of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the raw cannabis flower many people find dabbing a cleaner and tastier experience.
To get these benefits though, you need to be careful about the temperature of your dab nail. A common rookie mistake is to get the nail way too hot and then burn your concentrate. Not only does that ruin the flavor of your dab, but it can also release carcinogens and other harmful compounds. Try to stay below 365°F (185°C) to keep your dab as healthy as possible.
Another huge difference between dabbing and smoking bud is the tools required. You can’t just roll up a blunt filled with concentrate, or pack a bowl of BHO. There is a certain upfront investment into dabbing but once you have all the needed hardware, it’s pretty straightforward. In the last few years, a small but growing number of brands have also released portable dab rigs that you can take with you to dab on the go. In addition, most higher-quality vaporizers can also vaporize concentrates now.
What do you need to dab?
Dabbing is not as complicated as some over-the-top setups might make it seem. Once you understand the basic build of a rig and the tools needed, it’s actually pretty simple. Sure, you can get a crazy rig with several levels of percolators, ash catchers, and smoke coolers, but dabbing doesn’t need to be that complex. Here are the basic tools of the trade.
A dab rig
The dab rig is the heart of your entire dabbing operation. Your rig can be as simple or as complicated as you want and can range from simple budget models at around $20 to custom rigs that will run you well over $1,000. The rig itself is basically the body to which you attach your dab nail (see below) and through which the vapor from your dab gets filtered and brought to your lungs.
How a dab rig is designed can vary greatly, but in their most basic version, they include a mouthpiece, a chamber that you fill with water, a stem, and a dab nail. From that basic design, the sky’s the limit, and more advanced rigs can include additional filtration chambers, recyclers, percolators, or even be fully modular.
A dab nail
The dab nail is the part that confuses people the most, so let’s clear this one up. The dab nail, whatever type you choose, is the part of the dab rig that you heat up, and onto which you place the dab. There are two (very) general categories of dab nails: regular ones that you heat with a blow torch, and e-nails, which are self-heating electric nails. Nails can be made from many different materials such as glass, quartz, titanium, and ceramic.
In addition to a vast offering of different materials, there are also many different shapes and forms, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The most popular type of dab nail are quartz bucket nails, also known as bangers, due to their durability and ability to evenly cook concentrate. To find out which material and shape you prefer you’ll have to try out different designs until you find the one that gives you the taste and dabbing experience you prefer.
A carb cap
The cap traps the vapor released from the dab back into the rig. Instead of rising straight up and going to waste, a cap captures the vapor which you then inhale through the rig. Carb caps come in all shapes and sizes and can be a literal simple cap or an intricately shaped piece of art that allows you to precisely steer the airflow inside the dab nail. Again, they can be as basic or as lavish as you want. When all else fails, use a spoon to cover your nail if you’ve got nothing else handy.
A blow torch
If you didn’t get an e-rig or an e-nail, you’ll have to rely on a good old fashioned blow torch to heat your nail. There are many discrete and more aesthetically pleasing varieties available at your dispensary, but a small handheld blow torch from your local hardware store also works. It’s likely much cheaper as well.
Do you really need all of that?
Yes and no. A complete dab kit looks a bit more involved than a pack of papers and a filter, but, again, it doesn’t have to be. If dealing with this entire setup sounds too daunting, there are many portable and one-handed devices available that take the nail, banger, and cap out of the equation. They are small, aesthetically pleasing, and battery operated. And unless you know what an e-rig is, you wouldn’t even recognize them for what they are.
How to prepare for your first time dabbing
Alright, you’ve made it this far. You’ve got yourself a dab rig and you are ready to try your hands at dabbing for the first time. Here’s how to go about it.
Lay out everything you plan on using for your first time dabbing in front of you, preferably on a silicone mat. Don’t forget the blow torch.
If you are using a banger, attach it to the dab rig.
With the help of your dab tool, form a small ball of wax, the smaller the better, for your first experience. Remember, it’s much easier to take another hit than it is to undo one. First-time dabbing? Don’t overdo it.
Heat the nail using the blow torch for 30-40 seconds. Make sure the flame of the torch touches only the nail and not the rig itself. The intense heat can easily damage your rig.
Let the nail cool down for 15 to 30 seconds (this depends on the material of the nail and the type of concentrate).
Place your mouth over the mouthpiece, and slowly start inhaling as you place the dab into the nail.
Gently swirl around the dab with your dab tool to evaporate as much as possible in a short period of time.
Cap the nail with your carb cap, and continue to inhale.
Release and breathe out once all vapors have been inhaled or you’ve reached the end of your lung capacity.
Sit back, hold on tight, and get ready for liftoff.
What are the benefits of dabbing?
There are many benefits to dabbing. There’s a good reason dabbing is quickly becoming a popular method for inhaling cannabis. Here are five reasons:
It’s a cleaner smoking experience: Smoking dried flower remains one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis, but it isn’t always the cleanest. To smoke flower, you need to burn it first. The incinerated organic plant material produces thick smoke, filled with tiny particles in addition to the compounds you are trying to get out of the plant. While smoking cannabis is definitely healthier than smoking cigarettes, you’re still burning plant matter and inhaling it. Dabbing a concentrate, on the other hand, especially one produced in a modern facility capable of preserving the plant’s terpene content, is a much cleaner experience. There is less material to burn, and less smoke inhaled. In fact, if you dab at the right temperature, you’re only inhaling vapor, not smoke. The terpenes shine through much more than when smoking raw flower.
More flavor: As mentioned, if your concentrate is a full-plant extract rather than pure THC or CBD, it preserves the delicate flavor profile of the terpenes and flavonoids. If you smoke the same strain of cannabis in a joint and in a dab, you’ll suddenly pick up many underlying flavors that you might have missed in the joint. Some concentrates remove much of the terpenes, but a CO2, rosin, or other low-temperature extraction guarantees full flavor from start to finish.
A different kind of high: People who dab generally do it for the high. The feeling from dabbing can be crisper than one from an edible or a bong rip. It’s cleaner and clearer. Dabbing full-plant concentrates like rosin or live resin is a way to truly experience the differences in strains because the experience is not clouded by smoke. If you dab crystals or other isolates you don’t get that benefit, obviously.
Speed and efficiency: Once you’ve got your dab rig set up, taking a dab is a much faster way of getting your dose than rolling a joint or packing a bowl. It’s also efficient. No need to grind, pack, or roll your way into euphoria or relief. One dab, and you are done. The speed and efficiency of dabbing are especially apparent when you use a vape pen or nectar collector. The ‘dab’ isn’t even required.
Is dabbing dangerous?
A wise man once said, “all things in moderation.”
Many of the concerns around dabbing are about the high amounts of THC and the possible long-term health effects. While there hasn’t been much research into dabbing, the same concerns that are valid for smoking cannabis also hold true for dabbing cannabis.
Because dabbing is that much more powerful than a regular joint or hit from a pipe, anyone with a history of schizophrenia and psychosis may want to avoid dabbing altogether. Even if you have a history of schizophrenia in your family, it may be best to refrain from the activity. If you do choose to use cannabis despite your history, consult with your doctor and aim for lower THC strains, with high levels of CBD to counteract psychoactive characteristics.
[Canniseur: I never thought about CBD for skincare. I use THC containing salves for things like sunburn and they work wonders for me. And you can use a THC salve all day and it doesn’t impair you in any way. Love this stuff.]
“The CBD Skincare Solution: The Power of Cannabidiol for Healthy Skin”
By Dr. Manisha Singal
It is always a pleasure and a privilege to be able to dive into educational cannabis-oriented content that has been put together by respectable professionals who are generous enough to share their own level of expertise with us.
Dr. Manisha Singal does exactly that with her new book “The CBD Skincare Solution” as she divulges many ways that intelligent use of CBD can aid us with the quality and health of our own skin.
This is a topic we can all benefit from so let’s see just what the good doctor has to say in her book.
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as “CBD”, is the primary non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that has grown in social acceptance due to it’s known beneficial properties.
What is less known about CBD is just how effective it can be when it comes to increasing the quality and health of your skin. There are many surprising skin conditions that CBD can also help you with that are covered in this book.
“The CBD Skincare Solution” gets into just how you can utilize CBD to have healthier skin in a step-by-step process that is written with authority by an author who has devoted a significant portion of her life to gain this level of knowledge and has the credentials to back it up.
–About the Author–
The author of “The CBD Skincare Solution” is Dr. Manisha Singal and she is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Bridgepoint Hospital. She is a board-certified internal medicine practitioner and avid writer who is outspoken regarding her discoveries when it comes to beneficial uses for CBD.
She has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and has taken to engaging in speaking gigs to further spread the message regarding the uses of CBD in the modern world. She also heads a podcast and does whatever she can to help get the information out into the world.
You can learn more about Dr. Manisha Singal and her books here at her Amazon author page:
“The CBD Skincare Solution” by Dr. Manisha Singal is clearly written by an expert who possesses considerable knowledge on the topic and a serious level of passion to match it.
The book starts by helping the reader to understand just what CBD is, the history surrounding it, the best delivery methods for CBD usage, and so much more. The structure helps to start with a solid foundation of understanding so that you can better understand the future content later n the book.
The book weaves together first-person narrative and solid scientific information to put together incredibly useful content that the average layman such as myself can enjoy and understand. At times, books written by an educated expert can feel challenging for the average reader to digest but this book doe a great job making the information accessible.
“The CBD Skincare Solution” by Dr. Manisha Singal brings serious value to the table and tells her story while also covering her own evolution on the topic that helps the content be anchored by such a narrative.
The idea of learning new and beneficial ways to leverage CBD is exciting and this book will empower you to utilize CBD to increase3 the health and quality of your skin. This is news to me! I think we’re all used to haring of other ways CBD is healthy so it’s very interesting to learn that there are even more useful applications for CBD.
You can get your copy of “The CBD Skincare Solution” at the following link:
[Canniseur: I’m willing to bet that because of the lingering stigma of cannabis consumption, the actual percentage of adults who consume cannabis is quite a bit higher. So what is the U.S. waiting for? Legal cannabis does not increase crime, bring underage teens into the realm of consumption or do any of the negatives the naysayers have been using as talking points for decades. It’s time to eliminate cannabis from Schedule 1. It’s about time to do something.]
A new study found that almost one-in-four American adults (22.6%) say they’ve consumed marijuana within the past year.
The study’s researchers are affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, NORML reported. The study assessed cannabis use data from a national sample of over 35,000 adults.
“Overall 22.6 percent of US adults reported using marijuana within the last year,” the study says, and that “53.5 percent of the US adult population reported ever using marijuana between 2005 and 2018.”
Support across the U.S. has continually increased for marijuana legalization. A majority of the support comes from people under the age of 50.
Other studies have found that cannabis legalization doesn’t increase crime rates and that youth cannabis use doesn’t increase alongside medical and/or recreational cannabis legalization.
[Canniseur: Almost seems like a; “Duh, really?” kind of story. But it’s not and real scientific evidence has been lacking. Now there’s starting to ba a small body of knowledge about women, cannabis and sexual satisfaction. We need more real evidence about everything cannabis.]
Among women who enjoy marijuana, there’s no shortage of anecdotal evidence that adding a bit of cannabis can bring a thrill to the bedroom, and in states where the drug is legal, marketers have capitalized on that claim. THC-infused lubricants promise increased arousal and better orgasms, and some sexual health advocates have built entire careers on cannabis-enhanced intimacy. But is there anything behind the hype?
While researchers are still trying to tease out the precise relationship between cannabis and sex, a growing body of evidence indicates the connection itself is very real. The latest study, which asked women who use marijuana about their sexual experiences, found that more frequent cannabis use was associated with heightened arousal, stronger orgasms and greater sexual satisfaction in general.
“Our results demonstrate that increasing frequency of cannabis use is associated with improved sexual function and is associated with increased satisfaction, orgasm, and sexual desire,” says the new study, published last week in the journal Sexual Medicine.
“Increased cannabis use was associated with improved sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, and overall satisfaction.”
To reach their conclusions, the team analyzed online survey results from 452 women who responded to an invitation distributed at a chain of cannabis retail stores. Researchers asked respondents about their cannabis use and had each fill out a Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) survey, a questionnaire designed to assess sexual function over the past four weeks. The survey scores six specific domains, including desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain.
“To our knowledge,” the authors wrote, “this study is the first to use a validated questionnaire to assess the association between female sexual function and aspects of cannabis use including frequency, chemovar, and indication.”
Generally speaking, a higher FSFI score is understood to indicate better sexual function, while a lower score indicates sexual dysfunction. Comparing frequency of cannabis use to each participant’s FSFI score, the researchers determined that more frequent consumption was associated with lower rates of sexual dysfunction.
“For each additional step of cannabis use intensity (ie, times per week),” the report says, “the odds of reporting female sexual dysfunction declined by 21%.”
“We found a dose response relationship between increased frequency of cannabis use and reduced odds of female sexual dysfunction.”
Women who used cannabis more frequently had higher FSFI scores in general, indicating better sexual experiences overall. More frequent consumers also had higher specific FSFI subdomain scores—indicating things like greater arousal and better orgasms—although not all of those differences reached the threshold of statistical significance.
Another weak relationship showed that women who used cannabis frequently reported lower levels of pain related to sex.
“When stratified by frequency of use (≥3 times per week vs <3 times per week), those who used more frequently had overall higher FSFI scores and had higher FSFI subdomain scores except for pain,” the study says.
The research doesn’t shed much light on what marijuana products might work best for sexual stimulation, however.
“Our study did not find an association between cannabis chemovar (eg, THC vs CBD dominant), reason for cannabis use, and female sexual function,” the researchers, who included members of the Stanford Medical Center’s urology department and the medical director of the Victory Rejuvenation Center, wrote. “Neither, the method of consumption nor the type of cannabis consumed impacted sexual function.”
Researchers said a number of mechanisms could explain the overall results, noting that prior studies have postulated that the body’s endocannabinoid system is directly involved in female sexual function. It’s also possible, authors wrote, that cannabis could be improving sex by reducing anxiety.
“As many patients use cannabis to reduce anxiety,” the report says, “it is possible that a reduction in anxiety associated with a sexual encounter could improve experiences and lead to improved satisfaction, orgasm, and desire. Similarly, THC can alter the perception of time which may prolong the feelings of sexual pleasure. Finally, CB1, a cannabinoid receptor, has been found in serotonergic neurons that secretes the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a role in female sexual function thus activation of CB1 may lead to increased sexual function.”
As the study notes, cannabis’s potentially positive effect on women’s sexual function was first noted in research from the 1970s and ’80s, when women in research interviews who used cannabis reported better sexual experiences, including more intimacy and better orgasms. But subsequent research has yielded mixed results. Some studies have found that women’s orgasms were actually inhibited by cannabis use. Authors of the new report said that past studies used interviews rather than a validated questionnaire to conduct research.
“The mechanism underlying these findings requires clarification,” the authors said of their report, “as does whether acute or chronic use of cannabis has an impact on sexual function. Whether the endocannabinoid system represents a viable target of therapy through cannabis for female sexual dysfunction requires future prospective studies though any therapy has to be balanced with the potential negative consequences of cannabis use.”
Yet another study, however, cautions that more marijuana doesn’t necessarily mean better sex. A literature review published last year found that cannabis’s impact on libido may depend on dosage, with lower amounts of THC correlating with the highest levels of arousal and satisfaction. Most studies showed that marijuana has a positive effect on women’s sexual function, the study found, but too much THC can actually backfire.
“Several studies have evaluated the effects of marijuana on libido, and it seems that changes in desire may be dose dependent,” the review’s authors wrote. “Studies support that lower doses improve desire but higher doses either lower desire or do not affect desire at all.”