Dabbing refers to smoking butane hash oil, which is a form of cannabis that has extremely high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. Compared to the relatively small amount of THC in regular marijuana, which can range from 3% to 25%, hash oil, or dabs, can have as much as 80% THC, which makes them popular for people that want to experience a high level of intoxication.
Other names for dabs include “oil”, “wax”, and “shatter. Use of hash oil has become increasingly popular due to its high THC content, and many seasoned stoners smoke hash oil almost exclusively, as their tolerance for THC has increased over the years of getting stoned. Generally, hash oil is smoked out of what is commonly referred to as a “dab rig”, or just “rig”, which is composed of a traditional water pipe, or bong, with an iron apparatus, or “nail” taking the place of where a bowl of marijuana would go. The hash oil is placed on the nail, which has been heated by a torch, and is vaporized. It is also possible to smoke hash oil off of foil in the same way that heroin or meth is smoked off of foil, and it has become increasingly popular to smoke dabs out of a vaporizer pen.
Just like traditional marijuana forms, hash oil activates the pleasure centers in the survival area of the brain when consumed, giving the user a sedative and euphoric effect. Because of this, abuse is very common, and psychological addiction to marijuana and marijuana concentrates, such as hash oil, is possible. It all depends on whether the user has an addictive personality. There are people that exist who have only tried marijuana once and that was it, and on the flip side, there are people who cannot put the drug down, and are compelled to seek the feeling of sedation and euphoria that smoking marijuana and marijuana concentrates has. These marijuana addicts use every day, if they can, and will suffer consequences of abusing the drug while continuing to use it.
That is the difference between a casual user and an addict. A casual user may experience consequences as a result of using marijuana, and are able to make a change in their lifestyle to address the consequences, and avoid further consequences. Someone who is addicted may suffer the same kinds of consequences, and yet will continue to get high at the same rate, regardless of the outcome. Someone who is casually smoking weed may not encounter financial struggles as a result of trying to acquire marijuana. An addict, on the other hand, will use any means necessary to get marijuana, even if that means spending the last few dollars in their bank account on some hash oil.
Many may not believe that marijuana addiction is a real thing, and while it is true that there are no physical withdrawal symptoms, there are psychological withdrawal symptoms, which include irritability, restlessness, agitation and insomnia. These psychological withdrawal symptoms may be made worse if the addict has been smoking hash oil as opposed to regular marijuana, as their brain is used to a much higher amount of THC.
Addiction to marijuana can lead to the use of other, more serious drugs, and it is important to address any addiction as soon as possible. Contact us if you are struggling with marijuana addiction. We can help!