The Do’s and Dont’s of Dabbing With Mallory Loflin

Dr. Mitch Earleywine interviews Mallory Loflin, cannabis researcher, who started at the University of Washington studying substance abuse and moved to the cannabis space as much of the information was misleading and inaccurate.

Loflin notes the community of cannabis users is generally presented as male  – women are generally not part of the picture, however, she realizes there are many women using cannabis. Like the stereotype of the marijuana user as a ‘stoner’ non-productive member of society the modern user can be found in all walks of life.

Dabs information is changing constantly. This highly concentrated form of cannabis has become popular recently. As the process can involve a blow torch, a nail and a flammable object, it has gotten some bad press similar to the old “Reefer Madness”.

Loflin notes a little dab will do you – it is not something that should be done to excess and dosing knowledge should be studied.

Why People Prefer Dabs

  • Onset is faster
  • Stronger effect
  • Lasts longer
  • No different impact than flowers

Many people think they can handle Dabs but others can’t, though study found little difference between dabbing and smoking. Some misconceptions about the strength concern Loflin as this misinformation can color how people perceive dabs and how it gets used. Users showed a little higher tolerance developing when dabbing but given the higher concentration of dabs Loflin did not find this surprising. She also reported people having slight withdrawal effects, but the withdrawal is more subjective depending on level of use; as are the actual effects compared to other drugs.

Base rates for regular users showing dependency is lower compared to addiction to heroine or crack cocaine or even caffeine. Dependency on cannabis is much lower than caffeine yet people label marijuana users as drug addicts and ignore caffeine addicts. The stigmatization of cannabis users is something the general public needs to examine and change.