What is 710?
710 is an up-and-coming stoner holiday with a focus on oils, or concentrates, that’s celebrated on July 10th (7/10, get it?). Dedicated participants celebrate throughout the year on any day at 7:10 (am or pm - don’t judge!), but on July 10th anytime will do. The stars align in complete harmony twice at 7:10 on 7/10 - don’t miss it!
What does 710 mean?
The true origin and meaning of 710 is debatable. Most give credit to the fact that 710 spells “oil” upside down in reverse. If you’re old enough to have a calculator, type 710 on the display and turn it upside-down to see. Regardless of the debate, you can pull that answer out at a party and sound current.
Puffco Peak Vaporizer and the XVAPE Vista Mini 2 Vaporizer
Is the 710 holiday like 420?
Yes! The main difference is that 420 includes dry herbs. While 420 celebrates all things Mary Jane related, 710 is just about the concentrates. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy dry herbs on 710, but any excuse to dab is a good excuse! Like 420, many retailers run sales on their concentrate vaporizers for 710, so grab some good deals!
What’s a dab?
In the purest of terms, a dab is when you vape some concentrates on a hot surface that vaporizes all of it at once, for one huge hit. You may have seen this at a party or in a video on an e-rig like the Puffco Peak. It doesn’t matter what kind of concentrate you use since they all melt to oil before vaporizing. Some consider this kind of hit on a portable pen (like the Puffco Plus) a dab, but the hits can be smaller since the heaters are little and generally hold less concentrate.
What’s a concentrate?
Simply put, concentrates are pulled from dry herbs, leaving the plant matter behind. Some are made with just agitation, pressure and heat. Others are extracted with solvents like butane, ethanol, and CO2. The different types of concentrates are named for their consistency at room temperature, like shatter, butter, badder, wax, crumble, sugar, etc. At the end of the day, however, they all melt down to oil with a little heat. If you’ve ever taken a hit from a pen vape with a prefilled cartridge on it, you’ve had a concentrate.
Dabs vs concentrate sessions
For a lot of people, dabs are too intense. Concentrates are already strong by nature, and the higher temperatures just add to it. But what if you only have access to concentrates and don’t want to dab, or just like the convenience of concentrates? Many of our dry herb vapes, like the POTV ONE, come with a stainless steel mesh pad to gently vaporize your concentrates over a lengthy session, instead of all at once. While dabs deliver one thick hit, concentrate sessions start out with tasty, wispy hits that get thicker as it goes. Even at the end of a five minute session with a dozen pulls, hits are gentle.
Concentrate sessions are usually tastier, always longer, and also give us a little more control. Since we use dry herb vaporizers for these sessions, the temperatures are lower than dabs, and it’s easier for beginners to dose up to their level instead of overdoing it. Once the concentrates melt into the mesh pad, they slowly vaporize until the end of the session. It’s easy to vape any leftovers later - just turn it back on!
Are concentrate sessions safer than dabs?
The jury is still out on that one, due to a lack of testing from restrictions and regulations. But we know that higher temperatures can create more byproducts, so it makes sense for the safety conscious to vape at lower temperatures. Try to keep your dabs below 600° F (315° C). You’ll preserve taste, destroy fewer compounds, and avoid byproducts. Keep in mind most dry herb vaporizers don’t get hotter than 445° F (229° C), so concentrate sessions will stay well below the 600° F (315° C) threshold.
Time to practice
You may have missed the July 10th celebration last time around, but you can be ready next time. Pick the style that’s right for you, dab or concentrate session, and practice any day you want at 7:10. It’s fun!