Is dabbing cannabis concentrates safe?

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Last updated: June 1st, 2016

Dabbing is a method of medicating that may appear odd and somewhat dangerous to the untrained eye. The use of an open-flame torch, albeit small, can turn patients away from the phenomenon altogether. However, dabbing doesn’t entail any more risk than cooking over a gas stove. As long as precautions are taken, there is not much to worry about.

In fact, dabbing cannabis concentrates can be one of the most efficient ways to deliver a powerful dose of cannabinoids to your bloodstream quickly. As a result of the rapidly growing concentrate community, there has been a push to develop standards around what constitutes clean medicine. For instance, Washington State requires that concentrates test <500 parts per million (ppm) total, whereas Colorado’s regulations are based on individual contaminants. California does not currently have any regulations in place, so it is especially important to only make donations for cannabis concentrates that have been lab tested for safety and efficacy. In Colorado, concentrates must contain <50 ppm of N-Butane, <50 ppm of Isobutane, <50 ppm of propane, <10 ppm of Heptane, <10 ppm of Isopropyl alcohol (2-propanol), and <10 ppm of Ethanol in order to pass a contaminant test.

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