In this article series, we will cover the basic dabbing essentials so that you will not only know what on earth a dab rig is, but also feel confident enough to know if it is something you want to try.
Are you new to cannabis? Most newbies are a little bit hesitant to try dabs and dab rigs. The dabbing process can also be overwhelming, but once you do it a few times, it becomes like second nature. So, what’s the point? Well, dabbing cannabis concentrates can offer highly efficient ways to get the benefits of the cannabis extracts. This can help you get the physical relief as well as the cerebral benefits that come along with cannabis.
When we talk about the efficiency of cannabis concentrates, such as dabs, what do we mean?
Extracts are packed full of the essential cannabinoids that most people look for in quality cannabis flower; they contain plenty more cannabinoids (CBD and or THC) and much less inhaled resin.
So, what’s in a dab?
Although the dabbing tech will continue to evolve with the cannabis industry, there are a few things that will forever define the traditional dab setup.
1. Get Your Hands on a Quality Concentrate
First things first, you will need to have a cannabis extract, what some call a concentrate.
Now, you may find that there are a million different kinds of extracts. Well, perhaps not a million, but there are definitely more than just a couple to choose from. Whether you are looking for shatter or a budder, there is one thing you should always remember.
Did You Know?
There are some extracts that have been extracted using alcohol. It is advised that you do not dab with alcohol-based extracts.
2. Get a Water Pipe
The second piece of equipment is the water pipe.
If you have a glass bowl, you can easily transform it into a dab pipe by replacing them with dab attachments. Use the best quality attachments so that you can elevate your dabbing experience.
3. Get a Nail
Next up, we have the third bit of essential equipment, which is called a nail. The perfect nail for your dab rig should fit the gauge on your water pipe. When shopping for dab equipment online, you are likely to find a titanium nail for your dab rig, as these tend to be the most commonly used. However, there are also quartz and ceramic nails.
4. Get a Dome
Fourth on the list is the dome. Now, this dome is not necessarily an essential bit of equipment, as you can get domeless nails for your rig.
The dome will usually be placed over the nail, and it is a kind of glass globe or glass hood. The dome’s purpose is to trap the vapor so that you can inhale it all.
5. Throw some Flame
A torch will be one of the handiest tools you can own. Often, the torches used for dab rigs are similar to those you may see being used for creme brulee in a restaurant. However, if you want an upgrade, then you can use large torches that are fueled by propane. These will heat the nail quicker than the smaller ones used in the kitchen. There are continually new torches being designed, and one such new one is the new flameless torch. But, if you are on a shoestring budget, then the original torch will work perfectly.
6. Yabber Dabber Doo: Get yourself a Dabber
The last piece of equipment on your dab rig is the dabber. A dabber is a tool used to apply the dab and is made from metal, glass, or even ceramic.
How Much Extract should you Dab?
One of the critical aspects to keep in mind is that different extracts can and will have differing amounts of cannabinoid concentrations. Therefore the thing you need to do is to know the product; what potency or cannabinoid percentage does it have?
If you are feeling unsure, the best course of action is always to start small and then work your way up from there. If you start with a low dose, you can always increase the dose in increments until you feel that you are in your goldilocks range.
What is a Small Dose?
A small dab dose is literally the size of a crumb! Does it look like a lot? Not at all. But the potency in that little crumb will be more than you can imagine. Remember, extracts are concentrated doses of cannabinoids- and a little can go a long way. If you have never dabbed before and have only consumed the dry flower, get ready for an intense THC hit. There is plenty of the cannabinoid crammed into the extract, and it can be quite extraordinary if you have never experienced it before. So, we recommend you go slow until your tolerance has adjusted, and you can handle larger doses of dab.
Great, now you know a lot more about dabbing than you did before, but here is the most important question; how on earth do you dab?
Here we will outline a step by step procedure for dabbing.
After you have set up your rig, prepared your dab on the dabber, and you have your torch at the ready, you’re ready to rock and roll. If you haven’t gotten all that ready yet, go and do it right now. We will be here, waiting. And when you get back, get set to have one of the best cannabis experiences of your life and see for yourself why people are loving dabs all around the world.
So, How do you Dab?
Pull up a comfy chair and get ready to dab.
Turn the torch on. Aim the flame at the nail and heat it until it begins to glow red.
Once the nail is hot and glowing, you can turn the torch off.
With the nail still glowing red hot, place the glass dome over the glowing nail.
If you are using a titanium nail, then it’s best if you wait 10 seconds for it to cool. IF you are using a quartz nail, then allow 45 seconds to pass.
Apply your dab onto the nail inside the glass dome. Slowly begin to inhale. If you want to minimize waste and maximize efficiency, you can slowly oscillate the dabber tip on the nail; this allows you to stop any oil from being stuck to the dabber- waste not, want not!
Phew, you did it. Exhale the vapor, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
This is more like a warning than a tip, but remember that the nails and glass domes are hot. They are not just hot; they are dangerously hot! Be careful when you are working with your rig, and allow the pieces to cool down before you even consider touching them with your bare skin.
Are you ready to invest in your very own dab rig setup today?
There is something for everyone out there, and you can find everything from the cash saving bare essentials to the most sophisticated dab rig setup. But perhaps you want to start off nice and slow, or perhaps you aren’t quite ready for the dab life yet. If so, take a look at these vape options. You will be vaping the extracts, so no plant will be combusted- which we can tentatively say is like an intro to dabbing. So if you are curious but still hesitant, then buy one of the vape kits today and ease yourself into this delivery method.
You can even get tools like an electronic nail, which allows you to forgo the fire and leave the handheld blow torch for the circus performers and other Bravehearts. But all jokes aside, despite how intimidating the flamethrower may look, dabbing can be safe and straightforward with the right precautions, and quality equipment.
Did this article answer all your questions about dabbing? If not, you can check out the other articles in the extract series. You can also reach out to us with all your questions. We love hearing from you!