Cannabis Science

Do CBD Dabs Get You High?

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You may have heard weed dabs are incredibly potent and promise an intense high. However, some stoners are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) dabs and they love it. But can CBD dabs get you high? Here’s what we know. 

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Can You Get High from a CBD Dab?

No, CBD dabs won’t make you high. 

However, if you are dabbing full-spectrum CBD concentrates such as live resin, you may feel the effects of THC. 

Healthline says, “ [F]ull-spectrum CBD does contain some THC, and THC can make you feel intoxicated. If you take a large enough dose of a potent full-spectrum CBD product, you may be consuming enough THC to feel the effects.”

In addition to that, if you use full spectrum CBD products, which means there is some THC in them, it may appear on a test. 

Generally speaking, CBD dabs are made from hemp or marijuana but typically don’t contain THC. They have other cannabinoids and terpenes that don’t make you high.

Since people usually take dabs for intense highs, you may be wondering why someone would want a CBD dab in the first place. 

Let’s look at some of the effects and benefits of CBD.

CBD Dab Effects & Benefits

First of all, dabbing CBD means you’ll feel the effects of CBD faster and more intensely. 

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According to Medical News Today, “For people who want to experience the effects as soon as possible, CBD concentrates may provide this option.”

If you’re curious about the effects and benefits, keep reading!

Therapeutic Benefits 

According to Healthline, CBD may be able to reduce symptoms related to some mental health disorders like anxiety. 

However, a 2020 literature review says, “There is a lack of evidence to recommend cannabidiol as a treatment for mood disorders. However, considering the preclinical and clinical evidence related to other diseases, cannabidiol might have a role as a treatment for mood disorders.”

At the same time, stoners have been dabbing CBD for anxiety. 

A Reddit user said, “When I dab pure cbd I notice relaxation, and my anxiety lessens.”

Another one chimed in saying, “Cbd when dabbed is the fastest way I’ve found to help me curb an [anxiety] attack while not turning into a robot like the pills make me do.”

Besides anxiety and mood disorders, Healthline says CBD may be able to:

  • Alleviate cancer-related symptoms such as nausea 
  • Reduce certain types of pain
  • Help people with high blood pressure 
  • Improve sleep 

Other Benefits

Besides the therapeutic benefits, one benefit of CBD dabbing is that you can use it more discreetly. For example, not only will you not smell like weed, you won’t get high or have red eyes yet you’ll be able to feel the effects. 

CBD dabs are also more beginner-friendly since they won’t get intense highs, however, beginners may be more prone to side effects.

Medical News Today says, “Someone who takes a large CBD dose and has no prior experience of these products may notice uncomfortable side effects.

Is it Safe to Dab CBD?

While you won’t overdose on CBD, nothing is without risk. 

It should be noted that it’s generally safe to dab CBD, but there are a couple of things to consider such as possible side effects. 

Medical News Today says there is a small risk of side effects that may not even occur in everyone. 

For example, Medical News Today says it’s possible for you to experience:

  • Sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite changes 
  • Difficulty operating machinery

If you’re not sure how your body may react, try CBD concentrates when you’re at home and don’t have to be anywhere for a couple of hours. It’s sometimes recommended that you try them at night. 

In addition to the effects of the cannabinoid itself, Medical News Today warns about the impurity of some CBD products. It’s important to source CBD products that have been manufactured well to reduce the risks of impurities seeping in. 

As Medical News Today puts it, “Impurities that remain in the concentrate may affect its taste and experience. In some cases, the residue could cause harm to the person who takes it.”

Types of CBD Concentrates 

If you’re going to dab CBD, you’ll need CBD concentrates.

Fortunately, there are many types of CBD concentrates available for you to enjoy.

According to Medical News Today, here are the most common ones:

  • Budder
  • Crumble
  • Crystal (or powder)
  • Live resin
  • Shatter
  • Wax

Not sure which one to pick? It usually boils down to preference. You can pick one that interests you and try it out for yourself. 

How to Dab CBD

You can dab CBD concentrates in the same way you’d dab THC concentrates. 

That means you can opt for a dab pen or dab rig. Let’s look at how you’d use both.

According to Excite for Life CBD Shop, here are the steps you need to take if you’re using a dab pen for CBD concentrates:

  1. Assemble the dab pen. You can watch them assemble one in the YouTube video linked below.
  2. Fill half of the scoop with CBD concentrate. Filling half the scoop is recommended for the best dabbing experience. Putting in too much at once can block the airways. 
  3. Hold the button down for 5 seconds to ensure everything is being warmed optimally. 
  4. Take short shallow breaths and enjoy. 

How to Use a Dab Pen

Using a dab rig is pretty simple too. Here’s what you do:

  1. Assemble dab rig and fill it with water.
  2. Heat the nail directly until it turns red hot. You can heat the nail with a butane torch. 
  3. After the nail has cooled down for 45 seconds, add a small amount of CBD concentrate, using a nail dab tool, to the nail.
  4. Put your carp cap on to seal, inhale and enjoy.

To summarize, all you have to do is take your CBD concentrate and put it on the warmed nail, seal and enjoy. 


Do CBD dabs get you high? No, pure CBD concentrates won’t get you high. However, if you use full-spectrum CBD concentrates like live resin then you may feel high. Regardless of what concentrate you choose to go with, dabbing CBD may provide you with many benefits. At the same time, watch out for any side effects.


About Trevann

Trevann is Stoner Rotation’s Jamaica-based lead writer for the Science section of our cannabis blog. She graduated with honors receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of West Indies, Mona. For the last three years, she has covered some of the biggest questions around cannabis and health underpinned with research from supporting studies, medical journals and scholarly articles. Got something on your mind? You can reach her at [email protected].