But there’s this new technique of getting stoned that’s sure to hit the tabloids once again with horror and panic stories of cannabis overdose. Termed as ‘dabbing,’ it involves heating a pinhead’s worth of super concentrated cannabis oil or ‘cannabis crack’ using a blowtorch, and then inhaling the steam through a gas pipe.
Someone from the London Cannabis Club explained the effect of cannabis crack best: “Imagine a joint is equivalent to a pint of lager. Doing a dab is like downing a quarter pint of vodka.”
It sure is some potent dope. Even long-time weed smokers are surprised by its strength, as dabs usually contain up to 90 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s primary psychoactive ingredient. Street cannabis only has about 15 percent.
But it’s not really that bad
“Dabbing is a very extreme example of concentrated cannabis ingestion. But it’s just a small part of what can be done with cannabis oil,” said Amanda Reiman, marijuana law and police manager at the Drug Policy Alliance.
It is possible to use cannabis crack at much lower concentrations. It can be smoked through e-cigarette pens, applied on the skin and gums for a milder high, or even turn it into cannabis suppository if you want.
Cannabis oil can also be used as medical marijuana, especially for people who want to be relieved of severe pain without getting stoned. The same process that creates cannabis crack for dabbing can also be used to deliver the medicinal benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive components. Simply put, it’s hard psychedelics for the young, and pain relief for the patients.
“We can now take the plant, extract the active ingredients, and evenly distribute them in a standardized manner,” Reiman said. “We can turn this unreliable raw material into something that is going to be the same every time.”
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