How To Survive Your First Dab

For a lot of people, taking a dab for the first time is a scary experience. You hear all the horror stories and see all you YouTube videos and think “There is no way in hell that I’m going to be able to do that without coughing up a lung”. It’s definitely possible, and it can be a throughly enjoyable experience if done properly. As someone who’s gotten pretty good at taking dabs, here are a few of my tips on how to survive your first one.

1) Breathe

No, I don’t mean inhale the dab just yet. I mean just breathe. Going into this nervous is a recipe for disaster. On the other hand, going in to your first dab too cocky is also a recipe for disaster. If you’re on the cocky side, take a breath to chill. I’ve seen plenty of experienced smokers be put on their asses by dabs and it wasn’t pretty. If you’re on the nervous side, take a breath to relax.

2) Grab something to drink

THC and smoke are both throat irritants. That’s the reason that people cough when they smoke or do dabs (and if you’re a habitual cougher, don’t be ashamed! It’s natural.) That being said, it’s always helpful to have something to drink handy to try and soothe your throat. It’s just gone through a lot. I personally am a fan of having any type of juice with my dab, but to each their own. I do not recommend following up your dab with alcohol or a cannabis infused drink. It heightens the effects of everything, and since this is your first dab, it may not make for a fun ride. Since I know some of you are going to do it anyway, I’m just going to caution you to be careful. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

3) Don’t take too big of a dab

This is hands down the most important tip in my opinion. As I mentioned earlier, some of us are cocky when it comes to our cannabis consumption. We think we’ve seen it all, done it all, and can handle anything. Dabbing is so different. When you smoke or vape, only a percentage of the concentrated THC is extracted. Concentrates are called concentrates for a reason. Resin, rosin, wax, shatter, and all of the other types of concentrates have a much higher THC contents than even vaping. If there was a way to describe it, it would be somewhere between vaping and edibles for me. My first dab almost killed me because I was cocky and took way too much at once. I almost vomited. Once I learned to take smaller dabs, it was so much more fun.

4) Get ready to do it all again

Once you go dab, you never go back. Simple as that.