July 18, 2023 7 min read

Delta-11, a highly potent hemp-derived THC, is known for being incredibly euphoric and relaxing. Generally, you’ll find it packed into vape carts, but curious minds want to know–can you dab Delta-11?

Dabbing, a THC consumption method used to take concentrated doses of THC, is a favorite among many experienced THC consumers. As more cannabis connoisseurs begin to dabble with hemp THC products, the concept of dabbing Delta-11 and similar products is becoming more popular, and we’re here to give you the good news–you absolutely can dab Delta-11–if you can get your hands on Delta-11 concentrate.

Let’s unpack what we know about dabbing Delta-11, from effects, to side effects, and more.

Table of Contents
What is Delta-11?
What is Dabbing?
Why Dab Delta-11?
Types of Delta-11 Concentrate
How to Start Dabbing Delta-11
How to Use Delta-11 Dabs
What’s the Best Delta-11 Dab Temperature?
Alternatives to Delta-11 Dabs

Key Takeaways

  • You can dab Delta-11 concentrate if you want, but expect the effects to be intense.
  • Delta-11 wax and distillate can be used with standard dab rigs.
  • Many consumers choose Delta-11 vaporizers for an experience that is similar to dabbing but easier to control.

What is Delta-11?

Delta-11-THC is a cannabinoid that is derived from hemp, making it legal according to federal hemp laws. Like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid System, a neuromodulatory system responsible for regulating various health functions and for THC’s ability to get you high.

Delta-11 has a high affinity for CB-1 receptors, or the endocannabinoid receptors that induce psychoactive effects. In fact, Delta-11 is assumed to metabolize similarly to Delta-9 and Delta-10. However, anecdotal reports put it on par with THC-O, another hemp-derived THC that is three times more potent than Delta-9. In addition to this increased potency, anecdotal evidence also suggests that delta-11 induces a more intense euphoria than other hemp THC products. All in all, Delta-11 is quickly increasing in popularity both for recreational and therapeutic purposes, though research is lacking to help us understand its true effects or full potential.

Read more about cannabinoids to learn more.

Delta-11 is Highly Potent

We mentioned that Delta-11 was highly potent, but we want to stress this point. Delta-11 is thought to be at least three times more potent than traditional THC products. That means that small doses are likely to get you really high, and using Delta-11 in concentrated form for dabbing could open you up to some pretty intense effects.

If intense euphoria is what you’re after, this may be a good deal. But, keep in mind that most of the adverse effects related to cannabis are linked to taking too much, so it may be a good idea to dose slowly until you know how Delta-11 will affect you.

You may want to read “How Much Delta-11 Should I Take?” to learn more.

What is Dabbing?

“Dabbing” refers to the technique of vaporizing THC concentrates with a device commonly known as a “dab rig.”

Generally speaking, dabbing is accomplished by using a torch lighter to heat a dab nail to high temperatures before placing a small amount of wax material on top. The high temperature will immediately vaporize the THC material so that it can be inhaled through the mouthpiece on the rig.

Of course, as dabbing has grown in popularity, electric dab rigs have flooded the market. The idea is similar, but these rigs have an electric nail that heats on its own, without the need for a butane torch.

Dabbing is a method used to take larger, concentrated doses of THC in a vapor form that is quickly ingested. It’s also thought to be conservative, even if dab (cannabis concentrates) are usually more expensive than flower or other dosing styles.

Why Dab Delta-11?

So, Delta-11 is already highly psychoactive on its own, which may be why many people seek it out for therapeutic purposes. Dabbing Delta-11 is one way to intake concentrated doses to experience even more potent effects, which may be suitable for consumers with a high THC tolerance.

Plus, dabbing has a few other benefits, like:

  • Small, concentrated doses: One small dab is usually enough to induce potent effects, as opposed to needing to smoke larger amounts of weed.
  • Fast effects: dabbing takes effect immediately, unlike gummies and other edibles that may take up to 90 minutes to kick in
  • Heady effects: some people claim that the effects of dabbing “go straight to your head” and provide more of a cerebral effect
  • Cost effective: In some cases, dabbing may be more cost effective because it is a low-waste consumption style.
  • Medium-length effects: The effects may fade away quicker than the effects of edibles, but can still offer a potent euphoria that sticks around for 4 hours or more.

Delta-10 Effects (vs Other THC Products)

To break it down simply, Delta-11 has euphoric effects that are relaxing and body-centric. Some people describe the feeling as a “floating” feeling or tingling effect. Others claim that Delta-11, in potent doses, has sedative-like effects that help them sleep.

Like other THC products, the overall effect has a lot to do with the dose you consume. A higher THC dose always has the potential to be more sedating, while smaller doses may be more uplifting.

The specific formula you choose also affects the effects you will experience. For instance, Delta-10 is a milder, more uplifting cannabinoid. It may be paired with Delta-11 to create a medium-strength buzz that offers hybrid-like effects, somewhere between buzzy and energizing and relaxing or sedating. THC-O, on the other hand, is just as potent, but is more energizing than Delta-11, so they may couple together to create a potent, lively high.

So, opting for a Delta-11 dab dose may be a good idea for experienced THC consumers, assuming you can narrow down a good, high-quality Delta-11 concentrate and have a rig at the ready:

A small dab of Delta-11 concentrate on the end of a dab knife

Types of Delta-11 Concentrates for Dabbing

There are two common forms of Delta-11 concentrates that can be used for dabbing:

Delta-11 Wax

Wax is a potent, solvent-based concentrate that’s perfect for using on a traditional dab rig or e-rig. Wax has a thicker, but malleable consistency that makes it easy to measure out in small quantities. Compared to hard forms of concentrate, like shatter, wax is very user friendly and easy to manage.

Wax usually has a potency of at least 70% THC, but the potency can range as high as 90%. It only takes a small amount of wax to get potent doses of THC, so a little bit of wax will go a very long way.

Distillate Oil

Distillate is an oil form of THC concentrates that vaporizes easily. It’s incredibly potent, usually measuring at around 99% purity. In fact, distillate has had all of the “extra” plant materials stripped away, resulting in a concentrate that’s virtually flavorless. The exception is when terpenes are added, which may account for 10% of the formula or more.

Distillate is an oil form of concentrate that may be a bit more difficult to measure, but it can still be dabbed using a traditional dab rig or e-rig. Still, Delta-11 vapes make this super convenient and may even make it easier to “stack” doses to your perfect potency.

How to Start Dabbing Delta-11

If you’re interested in trying Delta-11 dabs, you’ll need a few things:

  1. A dab rig or dab straw
  2. A nail, usually made of titanium or quartz. These can be either “standard” or “electric.”
  3. A dab tool, or a small (usually metal) tool used to portion out the THC concentrate and place it onto the heated nail.
  4. A butane torch to heat the dab nail.
  5. Delta-10 concentrate, usually in the form of wax, shatter, or oil.

How to Use Delta-11 Dabs

Once you have everything you need to get started, how exactly do you dab Delta-11? We'll break it down:

  1. Portion out a small amount of THC concentrate on your dab tool. We recommend starting with a tiny dose if you’ve never dabbed before.
  2. Ignite the torch and hold it over the nail (unless using an electric nail, in which case you should follow the instructions provided with the nail you purchased).
  3. Once the nail is hot (like piping hot!) turn off the torch and set it aside. Use the dab tool to place the concentrate material onto the hot nail and inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece on your dab rig.
  4. Exhale slowly and wait a few minutes to feel the effects. Be sure not to touch the dab nail because it will remain hot for quite some time after each dab.

What's the Best Delta-11 Dab Temperature?

Depending on the dab rig you use, you may have some control over the temperature of your dab hit. The temperature at which you vaporize cannabinoids affects how potent its effects will be. All cannabinoids have a boiling point at which they virtually disintegrate, meaning you won't reap most of the therapeutic benefits, so you need to keep your dab hit temperature below this point.

The boiling point for THC products is pretty high–somewhere around 350°F. While it's unlikely that you'll reach (and maintain) this temperature with a standard dab rig, there is still an "optimal temperature range" for every cannabinoid in which you reap the strongest effects.

The optimal dab temp range is estimated at 150-175ºC, although very little is known about the structure of Delta-11 when heated. You may just play around with different temperatures until you figure out what works best for you. Or, you may consider vaping Delta-11 so that you have even more control over the dosing process.

Where to Find Delta-11 Dabs

As you can see, dabbing is a unique and involved dosing method that usually suits high-dose THC users. Although it is a great way to get in heavy doses of Delta-11 for consumers with a high tolerance, it isn’t the most discreet or portable method, and it may not be appropriate for new consumers who are still feeling out their THC dosage needs.

Plus, Delta-11 is generally sought after by those looking for potent doses, which means there isn’t a huge market for Delta-11 concentrates. If you want to try an alternative with similar energizing, clear headed effects, consider a THC-O vaporizer. THC-O is highly potent and can offer results similar to dabbing Delta-11. In fact, the concept is almost exactly the same, and THC-O vapes are much easier to come by.

In fact, you can check out ourElev8 collection to find a hemp THC dose that suits you, including highly potent THC-O vaporizers. All Vida Optima products are third-party lab tested and hemp-derived in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill.

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