What are THCA Dabs

Taking a dab is experiencing a strong dose of concentrated cannabinoids in a short amount of time. While the extraction method may differ, the consumption method is often using a dab rig. In this article, we will discuss the gear you'll need and the steps taken to enjoy dab rig smoking.




Cannabis concentrates are made using an extraction process that can vary mainly by the solvent process used. Different extraction methods yield more terpenes or more THCA. Some ways of making dabs combine two processes like distillate THCA crystal extraction and traditional butane extraction to make Diamonds and Sauce style dabs. Some methods like rosin pressing only use heat and pressure. Regardless of the method used, dabs are the concentrated and extracted THCA and Terpene compounds from the cannabis plant.

When you do a dab you are flash vaporizing or slow vaporizing these concentrated cannabis extracts by placing them on a heated surface and inhaling them through a mechanism like a dab rig.

Some concentrated forms of cannabis like hash and honey oil have existed for decades and even centuries but the mechanical extraction process using evaporated solvents has been around for about thirty years. This process has been innovated and industrialized to make it extremely efficient and yield a result that is pure THCA and terpenes without any of the plant material remaining.




How you choose to smoke is, of course, totally up to you. It’s all about preference. But there are certain benefits of dabbing that people tend to enjoy. Three common benefits of smoking dabs are the taste, fewer carcinogens, and maximum potency.


A dab rig doesn’t produce any chemicals. Therefore, it adds nothing to the concentrate. This purity means the vapor created when dabbing weed tastes better, making it more enjoyable for many people. Its important to have an exclusive dab rig to keep your dabs clean and tasty.



Since a dab rig doesn’t create smoke or add extra materials, it produces fewer carcinogens. Many people consider the vapor healthier to inhale. Also, extracts contain a lot less plant material, so you’re inhaling more cannabinoids and less resin. But it’s important to note that this is only true if done correctly. If you dab at too high of a temperature, you can produce some bad stuff. Make sure you do it right.


The concentrates you use for dabbing are a lot more potent than a flower. Bud usually is between 15-25% THC, but concentrates are 50-80%.





Dabs come in many variations that range in potency, flavor, and texture. Here are some of the most commonly encountered types of dabs.

  • Crumble- These type of dabs are made with a solvent extraction method. The light yellow to green color signifies that its rich in THCA and some terpenes. These dabs have very little moisture in them and are best picked up with a shovel or scoop type dabber.
  • Live Resin- This is often one of the most coveted types of cannabis concentrate. Live resins are made witch complicated multistage equipment. This method used frozen plant material and a closed loop system to extract a high amount of THCA and terpene oils from the plant.
  • Oil- This is an early phrase for dabs that refers to the crude terpene, solvent, and cannabinoid mixture in mostly butane extractions. These types of dabs are not fully purged and contain more plant materials.
  • Wax- Another term for dabs that refers to the texture of the concentrate having a waxy or dull finish to it. This appearance comes from the low moisture content in the dabs and additional colors from paraffins extracted in the plant.
  • Shatter- A good blend of high terpene and THCA content shatter is made with a solvent extraction and additionally purged removing trace solvents and some moisture. The result is flavorful and potent.
  • Diamonds and Sauce- THCA crystals are made using a distillate extraction method. This method targets a single compound to isolate and gather in extremely potent concentrations. Later the isolated THCA is mixed with specific isolated terpenes to create intense flavor and an extreme high.
  • Defining THCA Wax
  • THCA wax is a cannabis concentrate that contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is the acidic precursor to THC. Like any other THCA product, THCA wax is not psychoactive since THCA is a non psychoactive cannabinoid.

    However, if you expose THCA wax to heat, you trigger the decarboxylation reaction, which converts the THCA into a Delta 9 THC (which is the psychoactive component of cannabis).

    THCA wax is made through a process that involves extracting the THCA-rich trichomes from the cannabis plant. Then, the extracted material is purged of any residual solvents, resulting in a concentrated wax or crystalline substance.

    You should note that dabbing THCA wax is arguably the most popular method cannabis connoisseurs use to consume THCA wax. Therefore, it is safe to say if you dab THCA wax, it will likely get you high.

    However, as with all hemp-derived products, the effects can vary based on factors such as strain, dosage, and individual tolerance.

    THCA wax is only one of several THCA concentrates, including THCA diamonds, live resin, THCA shatter, and terp sauce. But it seems to be ahead in the popularity race.