Learning how to dab cannabis concentrates may seem foreign at first, but it’s like riding a bike. To help ensure your first dab goes smoothly, this resource will teach you how to dab in addition to getting your dabbing rig ready to go.
Required Tools for Dabbing
When learning how to dab cannabis concentrates, the first thing to know and keep in mind is that dabbing technology is ever-evolving – and that’s very exciting. The traditional and foundational dabbing setup includes the following items that you will need:
- Dabbing rig. This water pipe is like a bong except with a fitting for a nail. See the below section for more on your options.
- Similar to a bowl made for a bong, the nail is where you put the cannabis concentrate. The standard nail today is a quartz banger. Ceramic and titanium are other options, in addition to e-nails. Be sure to get the correct joint size.
- A dabber is the tool used to apply your concentrate onto the nail. The dabber can be made of metal, glass, or ceramic. It also comes in a variety of shapes including ballpoint, needlepoint, scoop, spoon, and paddle. Pick your dabber shape depending on the texture and consistency of the concentrate you have in mind.
- Cannabis carb cap. We highly recommend a carb cap to help regulate airflow. Combination dabber/carb caps are increasingly popular too, by our records.
- Mini-torches used for crème brulee are commonly used. Also be sure to stock up on propane for this bit. Again, e-nails are increasingly common and cut out the need for a torch.
- Cannabis extract. Available in a variety of forms, the most common ones include shatter, wax, BHO, rosin.
- To keep your dabbing surface clean and not sticky, a dabbing mat is optional.
- To ensure you heat your nail consistently dab after dab, you may use a timer.
Thoughts on Choosing a Dabbing Rig
Your standard dab rig consists of three separate parts: a glass piece, a heating element called a nail, and a torch to light the nail. Understanding the elements that constitute a dabbing rig makes it easier to choose a dab rig in advance to experimenting with different concentrates.
With that said, if you are just learning how to dab cannabis concentrates, you will be pleased to know there are different kind of dab rigs to choose from. Below, we have compiled some important notes regarding this;
- Choosing glass is a great way to go.
- As a general note, smaller rigs provide more flavor and allow for the vapor to retain potency for longer.
- A glass piece that is smaller in size will ensure that the taste and delivery of your dabs are as tasty and potent as possible.
- When it comes to the nail, you have to hit it just right. As noted earlier, you have four choices of materials to choose from here, including glass, quartz, ceramic, and titanium.
- The material of the nail you choose won’t have an effect on flavor but will affect how hot your nail gets and how long it stays hot.
- Regarding the torching, we mean that butane torches work best. If you’re just starting out on your dabbing journey, choosing a smaller torch with a manageable flame is a wise choice.
- Just like pipesand bongs, dab rigs come in a variety of styles and designs. From basic to ultra-extravagant, and there’s a perfect dab rig out there for you whether you know it or not.
Notes on Dabs and Dosing
Measuring a dab can be a tricky thing to do, since they are so small in doses. Bearing in mind that different extracts have different THC concentrations, it’s helpful to know how potent your concentrate is before jumping into dabbing it. It’s generally recommended to start small and increase the dose as you work your way up.
How big is a small dose? Well, it’s no bigger than a crumb. It may not look like much, but that’s a lot of THC going straight through the rig and into your lungs once pumped up.
Dabbing can feel a lot more intense to those accustomed to flower, especially for beginners. But, as with anything, your tolerance will adjust and your dosing will adjust with it.
As a general reference, the recommended starting dosage for a cannabis edible is between 5-10mg. This could be a good indicator that dabbing is generally for more experienced cannabis consumers, as obtaining a 5mg dab from a piece of hash is quite the tricky task!
Our general advice would be to start small. In fact, don’t be afraid to take the smallest dab that your tool will allow and use that as a starting point. Micro-dabbing offers many benefits, and you can always take another dab if you’re not satisfied with the first!
How to Dab Cannabis Concentrates – Step by Step
Once the rig is set up and your dab is prepared on the dabber, you are ready to learn first-hand how to dab concentrates. Take a comfortable seat and prepare to lift-off:
- The first thing to do is turn on your torch and be sure to aim the flame directly at the nail until it begins to turn really hot. If you’re using an electronic nail, see the next section for relative information on heating.
- Once the nail is hot enough, turn off the torch. It’s recommended to let quartz nails cool for about 45 seconds on average, and this is where a timer can come in handy.
- Apply the dab concentrate directly onto the nail with your dabber tool and then begin to inhale.
- Note, that rotating the dabber tip on the nail can help to prevent wasting anything stuck onto the dabber.
- We recommend covering the dab with a carb cap and finish inhaling the vaporized smoke, as it will help regulate the airflow.
- Exhale and enjoy!
As a safety note on how to dab cannabis concentrates, please beware that nails become extremely hot when dabbing, so always take caution when handling them. As a final piece of advice on how to dab cannabis concentrates, be sure to wait for the pieces to cool down before you consider touching them again