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Dabbing has become one of the more popular methods of using dry herb lately, but that increased popularity has been accompanied by a concomitant increase in the belief that it is a more dangerous method. Are those fears justified? While it is true that using wax entails certain risks that using dry herb does not, many of the claims espoused by anti-wax zealots are overblown.
First, a quick refresher on dry herb wax, I know most of you already know the basics but it is important to get the facts straight in order to refute the more hysterical fiction. Wax is created by running butane, carbon dioxide, or ice water through the dry herb plant to extract the wax-like cannabis oil. To inhale the wax, a nail made of titanium, ceramic, or glass is heated, a dab of wax placed on it, and the vapors are inhaled by the user.
The biggest concern over dabbing is the high THC content of the vapor; the THC content in dry herb form is about 15%, whereas wax has a THC content of 60% - 90%. The high THC content has stoked fears that users of wax will build up a tolerance to it and require ever higher doses to get high. There are also concerns that the use of wax can lead to heart palpitations, blackouts, psychosis, and similar adverse psychological effects. It is all very “Reefer Madness”.
Of course, we know that dabbing is not nearly as dangerous as its opponents claim it is because most users do not use it in large enough quantities to create any adverse side-effects. One of the benefits of wax is its quick, intense high, because of this attribute, a typical wax session only lasts for a few seconds. That is not nearly long enough to create any of the psychological problems its detractors claim it will.
Those detractors are also concerned about the manufacturing process, which they claim is highly dangerous and can lead to explosions that can cause severe injuries or fatalities. The fact is that the majority of wax is made by trained professionals using special equipment in safe environments. The more dangerous manufacturing methods are used by a minority of people who do not represent the greater dabbing community.
The same thing goes for dabbing methods that might cause the user to inhale dangerous chemicals from the use of makeshift rigs. The majority of dabbers use vape pens or e-rigs that are completely safe - no explosions here.
The simple truth is that dabs are not the “crack cocaine of weed” as some people claim; wax is hardly the second coming of crack, or meth, or any other highly dangerous drug. The wild tales of dabbing danger are based on a small minority of outliers; it is patently unfair to judge all wax users on the actions of a small fringe group.
Fortunately, that could soon change as the benefits of wax become more well-known; it is great for patients suffering from chronic pain because its effects are so swift. The speed of wax’s high means that it is one of the more efficient ways of using dry herb; it is also one of the safest, since vape pens, e-rigs and, the wax are all manufactured by professionals.
Dry herb in general once faced all this hysteria and panic before calmer voices discovered that it is mostly harmless and often beneficial. The same thing will happen to wax; as was the case with weed, the truth will come out.