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Parents Guide to Dabbing Terms

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As marijuana use in teens becomes more prevalent, drug dealers and the teens they sell to have developed many terms to avoid detection and to obscure what is happening. This is especially true in the developing area of teen dabbing. Dabbing is a new way of using marijuana that is considered more dangerous and addictive. Marijuana dabs are more potent than smoked marijuana and also administer a strong high.

What Are Dabs?

People who hear about dabs for the first time often wonder what the difference is between dabs and weed. Dabs are a type of cannabis concentrate that contains a much higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in marijuana that creates a high.

Typical marijuana that is smoked contains about 12% THC, and some of the higher grade marijuana may contain up to 20% THC. Dabs, on the other hand, may contain THC concentrations as high as 80% or more, depending upon the type of dab. Besides having a much higher concentration of THC, dabs are also administered more quickly than smoking, making the high not only stronger but more impactful.

Because dabs are so strong, they can lead to an increased risk of addiction, tolerance and other symptoms that might not be present with typical marijuana use. Those who use dabs may also be more likely to use other dangerous drugs in the future.

Where Did the Term “Dab” Come From?

Dabs are used by vaporizing and then inhaling. There are multiple devices that can be used to dab, but the most common device is called a dab rig. When someone dabs, they place a small amount of concentrated cannabis extract, or dab, on a section of the device called the dab nail. This concentrated marijuana is then heated and turned into a vapor that is inhaled. The term “dab” likely originated from the dab of marijuana concentrate that is placed on the dab rig while using it.

Common Dabbing Terminology

Dabbing terminology includes the tools used to dab, the terms used for making dab and the various names or drug terms for dab. These names are often related to the appearance of certain types of dab or are slang terms that refer to the part of the process for making dab or the appearance of the devices that are used to dab.

Terms Describing Dab Tools

Several terms are used to describe dab tools or parts of these tools. These terms are typically derived from the appearance of a certain part of a dab rig or are related to the way that dab is used.

  • Bong
  • Butane torch
  • Ceramic nail
  • Concentrate pipe
  • Dab nail
  • Dab pad
  • Dab pen
  • Dab rig
  • Electronic nail
  • E-nail
  • Glass
  • Glass dome
  • Glass nail
  • Knife Hits
  • Nail
  • Oil rig
  • Quartz nail
  • Swing skillet
  • Titanium nail
  • THC wax
  • Vaporizer
  • Vapor rig
  • Wax pen

Terms Describing How to Make Dabs (Cannabis Extraction)

Several terms are used to describe how to make marijuana concentrate. Some of these terms are slang terms while others refer to the chemical process used to concentrate THC. Making marijuana concentrate is typically considered dangerous and has led to fatal explosions in the past.

  • Alcohol extraction
  • Blasting
  • Butane extraction
  • CO2 extraction
  • Dabbing
  • Extract
  • Glycerin extraction
  • Ice hash
  • Quick wash ISO oil
  • Rosin tech
  • Seasoning a nail

Terms Describing Marijuana Concentrates (What You Smoke)

There are numerous slang terms for marijuana concentrates that may be used by youths smoking marijuana or dabbing. There are multiple origins for these various terms, but many of them are based on the appearance of the marijuana concentrates.

  • 710
  • 246
  • BHO
  • Badder
  • Butane hash oil
  • Butter
  • CO2
  • Concentrate
  • Dab oil
  • Dabs
  • Hash
  • Hash oil
  • Honey
  • Honeycomb
  • Ice wax
  • ISO
  • ISO oil
  • Kief
  • Liquid gold
  • Nug run
  • Pressed hash
  • Jelly hash
  • Juice
  • Oil resin
  • Resin
  • Shatter
  • Vape oil
  • Wax

If you believe your teen may be using marijuana or marijuana concentrates, then you should seek professional help as soon as possible. Next Generation Village is here for you and has a strong record of helping teens overcome potentially dangerous addiction. Reach out to one of our understanding team members to learn more about how your teen’s path to recovery can start today.

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