Is dabbing dangerous?

Though dabbing is seen by some critics as an aggressive, even “dirty” way to ingest marijuana – some have compared it to crack cocaine, probably because of the way it’s heated and then inhaled – the potency of this method means that many suffering from chronic pain, nausea, and anxiety gain much-needed, long sought-after relief.

One of the most dangerous things about dabbing is what’s involved in inhaling a dab. A nail must be heated to an extreme temperature, then placed under glass. Blowtorches are usually used in dabbing, and recently, news outlets nationwide have broadcast stories of dabbers’ homes exploding. Glass domes and dab rings can also get extremely hot, and there exists the potential of a burn – especially after the first or second dab! And dabbing has, in rare occasions, caused users to faint and seize – probably due, at least in part, to compromised oil quality.

In addition, not all cannabis concentrates are created equally, and some dab oils are produced using harsh solvents. It can be difficult or even impossible to determine what’s in a cannabis concentrate, and the quality of the product may not be evident until it’s too late. Solvents run the gamut from propane and butane to ethanol winterization, and the cannabis product the solvent is mixed with could be anything from kief to hash. Rosin, a newly developed extraction product, eliminates the need for a solvent altogether.