Dabs are a concentrated form of canabis crystals, which is rolled into a thick, waxy like substance. They consist of a high THC content and are fairly popular due to the ability to get all of the THC without the need to smoke the plant particles, as would be necessary with normal smoking. Typically dabbing is done using a dabbing kit. These kits vary, but most often involve a glass pipe or straw like tool to collect the dabs when inhaling.
Vaping is when someone inhales the vapors that are produced by an electronic vaporizer, also referred to as an electronic cigarettes. Vaping allows only the “goodies” to be delivered, versus smoking the whole plant product. There are many different types of vaporizers or electronic cigarettes available for use. Among the most popular include battery powered ones that charge.
One of the biggest differences between vaping and dabbing is the fact that dabbing is only done with dabs, whereas vaping can be done by consuming a variety of different substances.
Another one of the differences between vaping and dabbing is that dabbing has no heat control, while vaping does. This is considered an important aspect, because hot smoke or vapor can cause health issues, including lung damage. High heat can also burn off most of the THC present. This defeats the whole purpose of dabbing and vaping, as the THC content is what people want to inhale.
Traditional dab kits do not allow for this type of heat control. Being able to vape at a lower temperature gives vapers a better experience and can even allow for better benefits. The smoke vapors will taste better and it makes for more efficiency when it comes to the product being used. This is due to the fact that the lower temperatures give it the chance to take its time, as opposed to the product heating up too quickly, which can waste some of it.
When dabbing without heat control, the inhalants will typically be much harsher than that of a vape because of the high temperature.
For those who may be new to the world of dabbing, it is recommended that it be something that is taken with caution, to avoid a high potency from the higher temperatures caused by this no heat control. Vaping is easier to control, with lower amounts of potency, not far off from just plain smoking the canabis.
These differences between vaping and dabbing are often viewed as just personal preference. And while the majority are just left up to personal preference, it is important to note that to someone new to the whole dabbing or vaping scene, it is better to take it slow and steady as opposed to jumping right in and inhaling it all. Knowledge is key when it comes to canabis and the opportunity to inhale it all in.