The Dangers of Dabbing

When I tell people that I write for a blog that helps people quit marijuana, they usually think I’m a Reefer Madness-type fanatic.

They tell me that marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco, to say nothing of harder drugs like cocaine and heroin. They don’t think it’s possible to become addicted to cannabis, so there’s no reason to quit cannabis.

I understand why people feel this way. Even though I know that marijuana dependency can ruin your life, I’ve taken a pretty even-handed stance on marijuana use in general.

My job is to help people learn how to quit smoking weed.  But I don’t think everyone needs to quit marijuana, provided they can use it responsibly. As long as they’re able to exercise self-control, I have no problem with anyone who smokes, vapes or eats edibles.

Dabs, however, are a different story.

What is Dabbing?

Dabbing has grown popular over the last few years. For those of you who don’t know what it is, a dab is a highly concentrated marijuana extract. It also goes by the nicknames of “wax,” “crumble” and “shatter.“

Dabs come in the form of an oil that has a THC content of 50 to 80 percent. Compare that to your average joint, which has a THC content of 11 to 21 percent.

That’s a huge difference, and it presents huge problems for people who want to know how to quit smoking weed.

Dab vapor can be inhaled using a vape pen or a complex heating process which I won’t go into here. All you need to know is that when the vapor is inhaled, the effects are far more powerful than that of smoking buds.

Dabbing Could Lead to Marijuana Addiction

In a study published by the National Institute of Health, researchers found that marijuana users viewed dabbing as more dangerous than other forms of marijuana consumption.

Dab users, in particular, reported that their marijuana tolerance levels went up, meaning that they needed to dab more frequently in order to get high. They also experienced more severe withdrawal symptoms.

This all sounds like a recipe for addiction to me.

Addiction is a psycho-neurological condition that revolves around the reward centers in your brain. When you do something that activates those reward centers, a pattern of behavior develops, and you begin to seek out those “rewarding” experiences more frequently.

This is especially true in the case of drugs like cannabis, which flood the brain with intense, euphoric sensations. Once you start to crave those sensations, it becomes extremely difficult to quit cannabis. The withdrawal symptoms alone might give you reason enough to keep using.

Dabbing Could to Lead to Psychosis

Dabbing has also been known to cause blackouts, paranoia, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, and in some instances, psychosis. Another study published by the National Institute of Health focused on two individuals who suffered from psychosis after dabbing. The study said that more cases like these are anticipated.

I’m especially worried by the idea of young people who are into dabbing. Research has already shown that marijuana use can have a negative impact on the neurological development of teenagers, and that’s just if they smoke the average, run-of-the-mill bud. I shudder to think what something as powerful as dabbing could do to a developing mind.

It’s already challenging to learn how to stop smoking weed. Dabbing only makes the challenge more difficult.

Are There Any Benefits to Dabbing?

People who are in favor of marijuana concentrates argue that they can be a beneficial treatment for cancer patients. Not everyone wants to bring marijuana smoke into their lungs. Concentrates work quickly to deliver pain relief and stimulate the appetite. Plus, you only need a small amount in order to get a powerful high.

If you’re someone who thinks that you need dabbing for medical reasons, I strongly suggest that you speak with a licensed physician, familiarize yourself with the proper ingestion methods and make sure that you are fully aware of the consequences. After all, Percocet has medicinal value, but that doesn’t make it any less addictive.

What Dabbing and Cocaine Have in Common

Dabbing has been called “the cocaine of marijuana” by some. People who are in favor of dabbing think that this comparison is overblown, but I disagree.

Cocaine is derived from the coca plant, which is highly beneficial when it’s used in its natural form. When you chew on a coca leaf or brew it for tea, it acts as a stimulant on the level of green tea or coffee. It’s also an effective treatment for altitude sickness.

Cocaine powder, on the other hand, is extracted from the coca leaf. It’s a highly concentrated form of the natural cocaine found in the plant, and as you probably already know, it is highly addictive and destructive.

In the case of dabbing, the concentrated extract is more powerful than the flowers from the plant, and it is potentially more addictive.

Unlike cocaine, there’s no evidence yet that dabbing can lead directly to death or organ damage. I do think, though, that dabbing can cause unintended psychological damage and addictive behavior.  That’s reason enough to stay away from it.

If you’re already dabbing, or you’re struggling with how to stop smoking weed, please check out Quit Weed: The Complete Guide. We want you to have the best tools available so that you can overcome your weed dependency and create a better, healthier life for yourself. This guide is definitely one of those tools.