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One of the reasons why some people aren’t doing dabs is due to their fear of torches. It could be a big turn off for those who don’t understand how to use torches. The fear of torches is understandable since they can start a fire, if mishandled and the operator can get seriously injured. I

f you are worried about purchasing butane and finding the right torch that will last, you have more than the traditional dabbing options. In fact, you can ditch the torch, if you want to use fewer arsenals. Let’s explore other options that you could consider.

Health Stones

Doing dabs is easy with the use health stones, which would be done by packing a bowl of concentrated dabs. These bowl add-ons and hand pipes can be used with static ceramic stones, which allow the dabs to be transportable. You would apply the dabs on the top of the health stones, after which, you would use a small lighter to apply the exact amount of heat, which then vaporizes the cannabis oil.

The hand vape allows you to change the way that dab is transported on the go. If you are going to use the vapor rig, you should also consider the attachment that hooks the health stone to the vapor rig. In the past, this was only possible with the use of a vaporizer.

However, now those who love glass can remain high while on the move and not have to use a large torch. Vapor stones last for about six months, but it depends on the frequency of use.

Electric Nail

Electric nails are an excellent choice to doing dab without having to use a torch. E-nails come with a box that transmits power to a coil. The coil then is wrapped around the outer area of the quarts or titanium nail. With the E-nail, you don’t have to purchase butane on a weekly basis.

You would not have to purchase a torch either every few years. It allows you to do your dab anytime you want because the temperature stays consistent. You can expect to spend as little as a hundred dollars for one of these and up to $500, depending on the quality.


Another good option for doing dabs so that you can use to enjoy cannabis concentrates is a vaporizer. This is especially useful when you are on the go and not at home. Most vaporizers are compact in design and comes with strong batteries that, when charged, could last all day.

You would heat the dabs using a coil found in the chamber of the vaporizer. This is called the atomizer. Some coils are made from ceramic, quartz or titanium. The same is true for dab nails. You have to replace the atomizer within just a few months, but it also depends on frequent use. You can expect to pay as little as $30 and up to $200 for a vaporizer device.

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Quant Vaporizer

Nectar Collector

Nectar collectors have evolved over the years to meet the ever-changing needs of the modern dabber. These straw-like devices can be made out of high-quality glass or come in e-nectar collector varieties. At one end, you’ll find a mouthpiece. At the other, is a titanium or quartz tip that gets heated up.

Glass pieces require a blowtorch, but electronic alternatives don’t. All you have to do is dip the tip into your favorite extract and inhale it. It’s that easy. You don’t have to use a dabber to load your concentrate into a heating chamber. Just dip the pen’s tip and savor your hit.

Topping a Bowl

Prior to vaporizers coming on the market, people were using hash oil to enjoy doing dabs. This was the method that many people used back then because it is able to easily liquefy, allowing the wax to melt into the cannabis and with the dry herb, be able to combust. You can melt the wax using a lighter so it can be evenly coated. You can stretch the wax to cover the bowl, if you are going to share the bowl with more than one person.

Twax a Joint

Similar to topping your bowl, “twaxing” your joint is an easy way to smoke dabs without using a blow torch. You can add wax, shatter, live resin, or any other concentrate to the inside of your marijuana cigarette. Simply create a long and thin line to add over your ground-up herb.

Ideally, as you wrap your joint closed, the dry flower will cover the sticky dabs keeping your rolling paper dab-free. If your dab begins to stick to your rolling paper, it could lead to a leaky joint.

Some users also wrap a lengthy and slim dab line around the outside of a joint like a snake curling around it.  When smoking this amped-up joint, you’ll need to smoke it at an angle to prevent the dab from dripping down.

While this method may require some level of skill rolling and smoking a joint, it’s totally worth it. As a finishing touch, dip your twaxed joint in kief or apply the kief over it with a dabbing tool. Once it’s rolled, light up with your trusty lighter and enjoy.

Make Cannabis Butter or Oil

Extracts are the base for many cannabis products including your favorite edibles. Cannabis oil is infused into the butter or oil and ingredients used in a recipe. Check out our large selection of edibles recipes to learn how to make cannabis butter or cannabis oil.

Compared to using whole-flower, you’ll be using far less concentrate. You’ll have to decarboxylate your cannabis extract before cooking it into butter or oil. After infusion, you can create a wide range of baked goods, drinks, and more.

Make Cannabis Tincture

Cannabis tinctures are one of the most effective delivery methods. Using an alcohol base and cannabinoid extract, tinctures can be administered via a dropper bottle. These provide a predictable dose that you can consume orally or sublingually.

Oral consumption can provide long-lasting relief, but sublingual consumption can deliver fast-acting results. While you can make tinctures with flower, you can also make tinctures with dabs.

To begin, you’ll need to decarboxylate your cannabis extract. Then, you’ll have to mix your extract in a mason jar or smaller airtight container with high-proof alcohol. You’ll let this solution sit in a cool, dry, and dark place for a few hours or days. Make sure to regularly shake your mix. Afterward, it’s ready to enjoy in meals, drinks, or right under your tongue.

Dabbing Methods to Avoid

Searching on the internet for doing dabs is rife with smoking methods for use without a torch. These methods are impractical at best and dangerous at worst. For instance, many have used an electric car lighter in desperate times.

This method requires you to light up your car lighter and use the top of a plastic bottle as a smoke chamber where you can inhale. Smoking this way involves a lot of moving parts and multi-tasking.

You also risk dropping the electric car lighter onto yourself, especially if you’re in a seated position in the car.

Hot knifing is an uncommon method of consuming dabs. This method involves heating two knives with a torch or with a stove burner (if a torch is unavailable). Once the blades are hot enough, a dab is sandwiched in between and the vapor is caught with the top half of a plastic bottle or a similar tool.

Hot knifing is a dangerous method to try, especially for new users. Hot knifing can become even more dangerous as you get higher and can’t handle the scorching knives.

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Another rudimentary material to use is aluminum foil. It’s a great tool for cooking food on the stove or the oven due to its heat retention, but not so great for dabs.

Some users have opted to make a smoking pipe using aluminum foil. Smoking from aluminum foil exposes you to fine and toxic materials when inhaling. Short term effects may include lung irritation, but long-term effects can be even worse. It’s better not to take the risk and use any other smoking methods listed above.

What Happens When You Smoke Dabs?

Doing dabs without a torch is easy for anyone to do. Unfortunately, smoking extracts in a bowl or joint can make you waste your product. Applying the lighter directly onto a dab instantly heats it to high temperatures. These high temperatures degrade terpenes, which have lower boiling points than THC and CBD.

Sure, you’ll feel the extra potency of a dab compared to smoking flower alone, but your high won’t be as nuanced as it could be. You’ll be missing out on the aromatic terpenes and their interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system for an elevated and balanced effect.

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