Marijuana is one of the most commonly used substances in the United States. Millions of Americans use the drug and since recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in some states, this has only made the substance more popular. There are, however, different forms of marijuana. Two of the most popular forms are weed and dab weed.
Weed is a slang term for marijuana. Other common names are pot, dope, and cannabis. Dab weed, on the other hand, is a concentrated form of cannabis. But what is the difference between the two? In this article, we will take a look at the similarities and differences between weed and dabs.
Weed looks like dried plant matter that can come in clumps or loose dried leaves and flowers. The color of weed can be a combination of green, grey, and brown. They can resemble dried herbs or buds. Weed is usually stored in jars, plastic bags, or already rolled in joints ready to smoke.
Dab weed looks nothing like weed. It does not in any way resemble dried plants. Dab weed can come in four forms with each variation having its own slang term.
- Dark golden thick liquid – This dab weed is known as honey oil, honeycomb, 710, or oil. It has an amber color and very thick consistency.
- Amber thin sheet – Known as shatter, this dab weed is a thin semi-transparent sheet that resembles glass. It is called shatter because it can easily break below room temperature.
- Doughy consistency – Also called butter, this type of dab weed resembles peanut butter.
- Coarse and crumbly – This dab weed is called wax. It resembles earwax or brown sugar.
Both weed and dabs come from the cannabis plant. The difference is that they come from different parts of the plant. Weed is composed of the dried-out flowers, leaves, stems and seeds of the cannabis plant. Some marijuana sellers, however, remove the stems and seeds before packaging and selling the weed. These unwanted stems and plant materials are used to make dab weed. Therefore, dab weed comes from the leftover cannabis plant material.
The main difference between weed and dabs is the strength of each substance. Dab weed is much more potent compared to regular weed. The potency can be measured by the amount of THC present in these substances. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the main compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC is the compound that delivers a psychedelic, mind-altering effect to the user.
The amount of THC in most weed varieties is at around 20%. But even some of the strongest weed varieties like Hulkberry (28%THC) and Royal Gorilla (30%THC) cannot compare to the strength of THC in dab weed. Dab weed contains 80% to 90% of THC. This makes it popular with people who already have a high cannabis tolerance.
Ways To Use
Weed can be used in many different ways. The most popular ways include smoking weed rolled in paper like a cigarette and smoking weed using a hand pie, water pipe or a bong. Some people also incorporate weed in food products. Marijuana users add the weed into sweet desserts like brownies or chocolate to hide the taste of the cannabis.
Dab weed users consume dabs by using a dab rig, which is a device that is composed of a water pipe and a nail metal piece. However, many newbie users find it complicated to use a dab rig and inconvenient. A more popular way to use dabs is to use a vaporizer called a dab pen. Unlike a dab rig, a dab pen is more practical to use, easy to hide, and discreet.
In terms of how weed and dabs affect a user, dab weed delivers a much stronger effect. While smoking weed could help you calm down and get a “relaxed” high, consuming dab weed could result in disastrous effects, especially if your marijuana tolerance is low.
When you take dab weed, this delivers an extremely high amount of THC to the body. This means that it takes a shorter time for you to get high compared to smoking regular weed. For some people, this high amount of THC could cause mental side effects like hallucinations, anxiety, and depression. These severe psychedelic effects could cause panic as users could think that they are suffering from serious conditions. The hallucinations can also have an effect on the behavior of the user. They could exhibit violent behavior or can encounter accidents due to loss of coordination.
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