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What is dabbing? Meaning, origin and videos of celebrities performing the dance move

The craze has spread across the globe over the past year, with celebrities, politicians and even royals doing it in public

  • 12 Apr 2018, 16:52
  • Updated : 12 Apr 2018, 16:58

DABBING has become a global craze over the past year with celebrities, politicians and even royals performing the dance move in public.

If you’ve never heard of it or simply aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about, then read on.

What is dabbing? Who started it?

The dabbing craze sees people point one arm upwards towards the sky while also bowing their head into their other arm. Yes, that’s it.

The trend is thought to have been initially started in Atlanta by rappers from the group Migos and a few other artists that collaborate on their tracks, including Jose Guapo, Skippa Da Flippa, and PeeWee Longway.

Just like the Nae Nae, artists popularised the dance move by featuring it in their music videos and mixtapes and it was soon picked up by the American football player Cam Newton.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback has now become an ambassador for the dab and helped it become a household trend.

What does dabbing mean?

While dabbing may seem like just an innocent dance move, it does actually have a darker meaning behind it.

The expression is also a term for smoking butane hash oil and extracting 90 per cent of the THC (the primary ingredient in marijuana).

Some have said the dance move is supposed to represent sneezing, something that often happens to people when they’ve taken a lot of cannabis.

Which famous faces and celebs have dabbed?

Since the dabbing craze begun a lot of celebs, politicians and royals have performed the move in public. Here are some of the latest and greatest.

Woman dabs in Donald Trump’s office

M.A., woman who sued https://t.co/98d3bCFj8l, dances as Pres. Trump signs bill combatting online sex trafficking. “It’s about damn time.” https://t.co/jmdzOE7XOn pic.twitter.com/FCnGNCFfvA

On April 11 2018, a woman was filmed dabbing as Donald Trump signed a bill combating online sex trafficking in the Oval office.

The activist, known as M.A., was the first woman to sue classified advertising website Backpage, for allowing adverts touting sex with underage kids.

If anyone can, Chuka can

Even Labour MP Chuka Umunna performed a dab in public (kind of), presumably under pressure from his young audience.

Labour leader gets animated

This cartoon version of Jeremy Corbyn dabbing first appeared on social media some time ago, but was resurfaced recently by election campaign supporters.

Throw out the rules of this rigged economy and change them to benefit the many, not the few. #VoteLabour #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/5jXGWQEyBo

Tom Watson during Theresa May’s PMQs

Labour MP Tom Watson dabbed during PMQs after Jeremy Corbyn hit out at Theresa May about the NHS.

The politician performed the move as Mr Corbyn sat down next to him.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard loves a good dab

Prince Harry partakes in the trend while visiting Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University

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Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tried it

After worrying that Kate Garraway would ‘knock herself out’ with the move, Susanna decided to get involved.

Kay Burley dabbing (badly) on Sky News

After Tom Watson dabbed on PMQs, Sky News presenter Kay Burley attempted a dab but it looked more like a Usain Bolt celebration.

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The dabbing craze has spread across the globe over the past year, with celebrities, politicians and even royals doing it in public

Cold Start Dabbing: Everything You Need to Know

Monday April 27, 2020

I t may be difficult to imagine today, but dabbing used to be a fringe aspect of cannabis. Relegated to an outcast subculture distinction at one point, the marijuana consumption method is now as popular, if not more than, some tried and true methods like edibles and smoking a joint. In 2018, one survey confirmed that dabbing is on the rise over flower. However, it wasn’t because of potency but rather due to customer experimentation. Regardless of the finding’s validity, it is clear that more people are dabbing.

With varying risks associated with the practice, many consumption methods have come to the forefront. Thanks to tech advancements in the space, some older ways have received an update in recent years. One of these is the cold start dab. Some even think it could spark a revolution in smoking hash oil and other concentrates.

What is a Cold Start Dab?

Cold start dabbing usually involves the typical low-temp dabbing process, just at a lower heat and a slightly different method than traditional torch dabbing. In traditional methods that most of us are familiar with, the nail is pre-heated before the concentrate is put onto the nail and vaporized. With cold start dabbing, the concentrate is placed on the nail, ideally a quartz banger, before any heating. From there, the nail is heated for a short period.

Additionally, some concentrate consumers use what is called a quartz insert (basically a small quartz bucket) to load their dab into. In this case, the banger is heated traditionally and the cold insert is placed/removed into the banger via tweezers.

While the idea of heating cold nails with concentrates is far from new, it has been updated thanks to modern equipment. Below, we’ll delve into why quartz, in particular, has evolved cold start methods. But first, let’s expand on how a cold start dab is achieved.

The Benefits of Cold Start Dabbing

Cold start dabbing is much more than just a hot, new thing in dabbing. Quite a few benefits exist. They range from increased flavor to enhanced efficiency. By keeping the temperature low, the concentrate’s terpene profile is not going to degrade as it would at other temperatures. By avoiding these heat levels, the flavor of the product should remain intact. However, heating your dab directly can be tricky at times and without careful observation dabs can be burned easily.

Additionally, cold start dabbing allows for cooling down to shrink drastically. Instead of waiting around a minute and a half, cold starts typically only call for a ten-second wait.

Meanwhile, the cleanup also cuts down on time. By only allowing for minor melting, the cleaning afterward should be simple enough while minimizing the risk that your quartz gets caked with any hard to clean residue. More flavor, shorter wait times and less of a cleanup. That’s a win-win-win.

How to Do a Cold Start Dab

The above does detail the general overview of how a cold start dab is created. However, there are intricacies that can make or break the process. Before we start, let’s talk bangers. While any nail can work, a quartz banger is your ideal choice. Quartz is the preferred choice by many. Some opt for it as it gives consumers a full flavor experience without any of the mess. Others cite its ability to distribute and retain heat across its surface better than any other nail – which is that much more important when starting cold.

That said, the general cold start dab process is as follows:

Cold Start Dabbing Process

  • Place the concentrates onto the clean quartz banger
  • Torch the banger for 5-8 seconds, or until the concentrate begins to melt. Do not heat past this point or risk losing the quality of the concentrate
  • Cap your banger with its carb cap
  • Rotate the cap (f yours has directional airflow) and inhale

If the flavor is off or tastes burnt, then consider heating the concentrates less the next time. Instead of looking for melting, stop torching with the concentrate begins to bubble and show signs of vapor. With enhanced flavor, less of a wait and easier cleanup, it is no wonder that cold start dabbing has become a preferred method for concentrate enthusiasts all over.

Thanks to quartz bangers, cold start dabbing has taken off to levels that it hadn’t been able previously. In turn, dabbing can enter the cannabis mainstream even further. Now, the once former side activity in cannabis is right at the forefront of the movement. With methods like cold start dabbing, safety concerns are lessened while consumption experiences are heightened.

To learn more about dabbing, be sure to read up on the importance of low-temperature dabbing. Then, check out the latest news on the potential risks of dabbing at too high of temperatures. With all that information to work with, cold start dabbing might be that much more appealing. Whatever method you choose, consume responsibly!

Have you ever tried cold start dabbing? What was your experience like? Share your stories in the comments below.

Andrew Ward is a Brooklyn-based cannabis writer and creative. His work has appeared on Benzinga, High Times, PROHBTD and several other publications and brand blogs. He has covered the cannabis space for over three years, and has written professionally since 2011. His first book, “Cannabis Jobs,” was released in October 2019. Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn to stay up to date.

There have been many innovations in concentrate technology over the years. As people become more interested in dabbing, new methods are emerging to save consumers time and maximize flavor. Learn more about cold start dabbing, what it is, and how to take a proper cold start dab.