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7 Effective Ways To Use CBD Crystals

Historically, using cannabis concentrates was a complicated endeavour, requiring a dab rig (which looked like a bong) and some know-how on how to get the most out of the equipment.

With innovations in technology, along with experimentation on the uses of cannabinoids in general, there is no longer a need for bulky glassware.

People are becoming wise to the fact a pure CBD concentrate can fast deliver a rapid and potent dose…Finding your inner zen has never been easier!

So, what are CBD crystals and how can we use them?

What are CBD crystals

In a nutshell, they are a purified form of CBD which often consists of 97-99% cannabidiol, with all terpenes, flavonoids and other plant matter removed. All that’s left is crystals (also known as shatter), which are THC free, tasteless and odourless.

The only difference between the crystals and powder is the consistency of the end product.

CBD shatter looks like glass, and when it breaks, it turns into a crystalline powder, which is better known as CBD Isolate.

However, all three are the same thing, just in different physical forms, often attributed to the extraction method used.

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Terpsolate

Unfortunately, when CBD is isolated it contains none of the other compounds found in cannabis which work synergistically with cannabinoids.

However, as CBD crystals are naturally tasteless, they easily infuse with terpenes for added flavour and effect.

Terpsolate is a nickname for terpene infused CBD Isolate. Made from CBD crystals and often food grade terpenes, extracted from natural sources.

How to use CBD crystals

CBD crystals are already decarboxylated via the manufacturing process, meaning they don’t need heat to become activated. As a result, there are several ways to use them outside of a dab rig!

Either way, you need a precise set of scales. Given an average dose is in the low milligram range, eyeballing it can be difficult and scales make things much simpler.

In the worst case, you will use more than you need to and end up much more relaxed than you might have hoped for!

Let’s dive into the 7 most common ways to use them.

Mellow out the effects of THC

If you already use cannabis, you probably know THC levels have increased exponentially across the last 20 years. This has come at the expense of CBD, with the broader availability of super-high THC cannabis, nicknamed skunk weed, for its pungent smell and aroma.

Recent UK data suggests the average cannabis buds exceed 14% THC, and in the US the numbers are often significantly higher, due to the availability of legal and high THC cannabis.

In legal cannabis states, the availability of legal THC concentrates has created a new set niche of products which exceed 90% THC and 0% CBD. These are extremely potent forms of THC, and those uninitiated with them can easily feel out of their depth using them.

Fortunately, research suggests CBD can counteract the adverse effects associated with THC, and overall mellow out the high. Sprinkling CBD powder onto a joint, or combining CBD crystals with a THC concentrate could help make the high less intense.

Dabbing

It sounds like you might need to wave your hands in the air and cue some music for the dabbing dance, but dabbing CBD doesn’t involve a dance!

In short, it refers to heating a concentrate to a temperature where it (usually) vapourizes and is inhaled using either a dab pen or a dab rig.

The only real difference between vaping and dabbing is that vaping uses conduction or convection heating. Vaping has more accurate temperature control, so you never reach a point of combustion.

Dabbing, however, has been a long much longer than vaping.

Old school dab rigs include glassware which would look fitting in a weed accessories shop. They require a high heat blow torch to turn a quartz heating element red hot, onto which the ‘dab’ is placed and then inhaled, often via a pipe.

These devices can easily overheat, leading to combustion and potential carcinogens released into the inhaled vapour.

Fortunately, dabbing has come a long way, and you can now buy electronic dab rigs or pens which have temperature control. Check out our post about the best dab pens available today to find the right device for you or check out our top reccomendation below.

We dive into CBD crystals and 7 ways to use them. If you want to learn more about CBD, and why concentrates are so verstatile then this is for you!

How to take CBD dabs

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Contents

  1. What are CBD dabs?
  2. Do CBD dabs get you high?
  3. What does a CBD dab feel like?
  4. How long do CBD dabs last?
  5. How do I use CBD dabs?
  6. Where can I buy CBD dabs?

In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.

What are CBD dabs?

Put simply, a CBD dab is a CBD (cannabidiol) concentrate derived from marijuana or hemp. Unlike other CBD products that mix the concentrate with other ingredients (to make an edible or tincture, for example), CBD dabs are unadulterated.

Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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You can buy dabs as wax, crystals, crumble, or shatter. Budder, pull-and-snap, and honeycomb are other popular CBD dab products. Each option has a different consistency to bear in mind when shopping and putting products in the cart. For example, budder is smooth and creamy, while pull-and-snap stretches out like taffy. Regardless of texture, flavor, or consistency, all CBD dabbing products contain high concentrations of CBD.

Do CBD dabs get you high?

Not exactly. CBD dabs will either contain very little or absolutely no THC, the cannabinoid that gets you classically high. So while you won’t experience a classic THC high, you won’t necessarily feel perfectly sober either. Even at relatively low doses, CBD consumption can cause a reduction in anxiety and more restful sleep (as reported in 2019 in the Permanente Journal), which technically constitutes a psychoactive effect. When consumed in high concentrations, CBD can cause drowsiness and a heavy body “high.”

When consuming CBD in any quantity — but particularly CBD dabs — it’s important to start with the lowest possible dose and gradually increase that dose until you feel the desired effect.

What does a CBD dab feel like?

If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. If you have experienced pain relief from CBD oil, dabbing CBD may produce similar effects. CBD has also been reported to potentially offer a range of other therapeutic benefits, from fighting inflammation to slowing the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

If you’ve used other CBD products, such as oil, you can expect dabs to feel similar, except that the effects will likely be quite intensified due to the potency of the product. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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It should go without saying that the information contained in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. The effects of CBD have not been evaluated by the FDA (except in the case of Epidiolex, the CBD-derived pharmaceutical treatment for childhood epilepsy). Be sure to consult your physician before using CBD dabs or any other cannabis products.

How long do CBD dabs last?

The effects of dabbing CBD are not as long-lasting as other CBD consumption methods, such as oral. While the effects of swallowing CBD can last seven hours, the effects of inhaling CBD vapor from a dab rig will last less than half that time, usually about three hours.

However, inhaling vapor may be preferable to ingesting edibles, as Dr. Adie Rae, scientific adviser to Weedmaps and a neuroscientist at the Legacy Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, explained: “Vaping CBD is a better choice than eating/swallowing it because the lungs are far more efficient at getting CBD into the bloodstream. The bioavailability of CBD is greater through the lungs than through the gut. Specifically, about half of the CBD you inhale makes it into the blood, but only 5% of the CBD you eat gets into your blood.”

Dabs can provide a quick but powerful hit without the intense intoxication many other cannabis products provide. And with higher bioavailability, you’ll need less CBD to achieve the same results as other consumption methods.

How do I use CBD dabs?

Using CBD dabs is easy once you’ve perfected your technique. But before you begin, there are a number of factors to consider. First, what kind of dabbing device would you be most comfortable with? Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. E-rigs or e-nails offer a flameless way to have a traditional dabbing experience. There are also dab pens that, on the upside, require the least amount of set-up and practice. On the other hand, they offer a much more subdued experience than you would expect from a traditional dab rig.

Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up but offer the most classic dabbing experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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For more information on dabbing devices, different types of dabs, and how to dab, check out the Weedmaps’ Guide to Dabbing.

Where can I buy CBD dabs?

Whether you’re shopping online or in-person, make sure to buy from a licensed cannabis dispensary and choose organic when available, advised Dr. Rae. She also stressed, “Like any other CBD product, be careful if you’re taking any kind of prescription medication that has a ‘grapefruit’ warning on the label: CBD can interact with these medications, sometimes dangerously.”

Start searching for the right CBD product for you and confirm with your doctor before starting a new regimen.

In the world of cannabis products, CBD dabs offer one of the most concentrated forms of CBD available. Read on to learn what CBD dabs are, how they might make you feel, and how to use them.