These days we have several ways that we can use cannabis, from vaping to edibles. Additionally, you can use cannabis body lotion and even chapstick. However, some options are safer than others. If you’re a cannabis aficionado, then you probably know what dabbing is. As it turns out, you may be at risk for more danger when you dab than any other form of using. Though expert dabbers tend to know what they’re doing and what to avoid, it’s important for everyone to know the potential risks.
1. You could burn yourself when extracting
The extraction process is what makes experts so nervous because it sometimes involves the use of butane, a highly volatile and dangerous gas. John Stogner, the assistant professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina, put together a study that focused on the health hazards of dabbing that was published in Pediatrics.
He claims it’s all too easy to obtain severe burns and injuries during the extraction process. Being that butane is capable of heating up metal and glass, it can just as easily heat you up and cause an injury.
2. You could also hurt others
Not only could get hurt, but you might also run the risk of starting a fire and impacting those around you. In November 2013, 33-year-old David Shultz caused an entire explosion in his apartment building while using butane for extraction. Consequently, seven other residents ended up at the hospital and an 87-year-old woman died from injuries. In return, he got nine years in prison.
In Colorado alone, the number of explosions from dabbing increased from 2013 to 2014, rising from 12 to 32, according to USA Today. Obviously, this isn’t a one case situation, and people should take caution and be sure to avoid mistakes. Luckily, there are numerous ways to heat a dab that won’t leave you or anyone else with an injury, such as using an e-nail.
3. It’s a high like no other
Dabs didn’t get the nicknames “shatter” and “pot on steroids” for no reason. According to Stogner, dabs are four times stronger than your typical joint. Dr. Dustin Salak, a physician that legally dispenses cannabis in Maine, told Healthline that a single hit concentrate is equal to 3 to 10 hits of herbal cannabis, depending on the potency.
4. Your tolerance might increase
Dr. Sulak is more concerned about the potency of dabs than the fact that you could burn your house down. Dabs have such a strong dose of THC that you administer so quickly that your body could become accustomed to the high levels of THC.
If your tolerance increases, you will need larger amounts of herb to achieve a high. Worse case scenario, you may have trouble getting high off herbal cannabis after your body gets used to dabs. However, there are many ways to combat a high tolerance, such as taking a tolerance break or simply doing smaller dabs.
5. Who knows what else you might be ingesting
The equipment you use during the extraction process may contain disgusting ingredients that could eventually enter your system. For example, your metal bong could be rusty and have solder on it, which would end up in your butane hash oil and straight into your body.
Smoking these anonymous chemical contaminants is avoidable, though. Buying high-quality equipment and cleaning your rig now and then will help prevent ingesting harmful ingredients. So make sure you keep your equipment clean.
6. Too much may make you nauseous
As with anything, sometimes you can have a little too much, and it’ll leave you feeling not so hot. You may experience some nausea and maybe paranoia.
Is dabbing your favorite way to use cannabis? Did you know about any of these potential risks of dabbing? Let us know on social media or in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.