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    The Evolution of Dabbing: From Stoner Staple to Mainstream Trend

    In the early days of dabbing, people endured a harsh, cough-inducing experience with dark, honey-like substances on red-hot titanium nails. Primitive setups and low-quality concentrates discouraged many from trying it out. But since then, dabbing has undergone a major transformation, turning into a more sophisticated and enjoyable way to consume cannabis.

    A Brief History

    Dabbing might seem like a recent trend, but the extraction and use of cannabis concentrates go back thousands of years. Although the exact origins are relatively unknown, there are historical records of this practice found around the world. It wasn’t until recent regulatory changes, however, that this consumption method became more popular, moving away from being something only “advanced” cannabis consumers attempted. Extracting at home was complex (and often unsafe), but things have changed over the years. The industry has come a long way, and with the introduction of technologically advanced devices, dabbing is bringing a more robust and enjoyable experience to the masses.

    An example of a standard dabbing rig

    Reflecting on the early days of dabbing, Daniel Marshall, Head of Sales at Dr. Dabber said, “Back then, dabbing methods weren’t that safe, making the experience pretty inaccessible. Today’s tech advancements have made dabbing both safer and more enjoyable.”

    From Primitive to Sophisticated: The Evolution of Dabbing Technology

    Before commercial production, open-blasting with butane or propane was common, often through makeshift setups like Pyrex tubes. The switch to closed-loop systems in the late ’90s improved safety and resulted in cleaner end products. Then, innovations like Budder King’s use of alcohol extraction and heating techniques in 2003 set the stage for a new era of concentrates.

    “Innovations in extraction and consumption tech have improved the quality and safety of dabbing,” said Marshall. “We’ve seen a transition from slightly sketchy home setups to high-tech devices that offer a premium experience.”

    In 2006, the swing/skillet set introduced a pivotable titanium plate heated by a blow torch, revolutionizing dabbing methods. Dome and nail sets, popularized by JP Toro, further refined the process, leading to the advent of domeless nails like Highly Educated’s Task Rok. Joel Halen’s quartz bangers, perfected at the AGE expo, simplified dabbing even further.

    The introduction of e-rigs, like those produced by Dr. Dabber, brought portability and convenience without sacrificing quality. “E-rigs have really changed the game,” Marshall explained. “Our own e-rigs combine the latest tech with user-friendly design, making dabbing more accessible to a broader consumer base.”

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    Solvent vs. Solventless: Exploring Extraction Methods

    Solvent-based extractions like BHO and PHO produce potent concentrates, with PHO offering richer flavor profiles (albeit at a higher cost). Alcohol extraction yields tinctures suitable for oral consumption, while CO2 extraction preserves a wider range of cannabinoids.

    “Ice water extraction and Hash Rosin represent the height of solventless techniques,” Marshall said. “These methods provide a pure melt experience that captures the essence of the cannabis plant.”

    Embracing Solventless Expression

    Solventless extraction methods like ice water extraction and Hash Rosin offer a pure, unadulterated experience, showcasing the plant’s essence without solvents. As dabbing technology continues to advance, consumers can enjoy cannabis concentrates with confidence, knowing they’re getting the purest form of the plant.

    “The future of dabbing is fascinating,” said Marshall. “With ongoing tech advancements, we can look forward to even more refined methods that bring out the best in cannabis.”

    As the industry continues to innovate, the once-daunting practice of dabbing has evolved and is becoming a preferred method for both new and seasoned cannabis users alike.

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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