If what you want is an intense high, dabbing is the thing for you. A dab is a highly concentrated dose of cannabis extract that can be heated to a high temperature and then inhaled.
The process of heating the dab to a certain degree before inhaling is called dabbing. To successfully take part in this activity. There are a few things you need to know, with the first one being what dabbing is.
What is Dabbing?
As earlier mentioned, dabbing is the act of applying heat to a surface, could be quartz or metal nail, until it is between 600℉ and 710℉, after which you “dab” a small quantity of cannabis concentrate on the nail.
The dab will immediately evaporate into a gas which can then be inhaled through a dab rig. A typical dab rig will be equipped with a chamber for water so that inhaling the gas vapors won’t be too harsh.
Dabs are cannabis extracts that contain a relatively higher THC concentration when compared to the natural marijuana plant. The process through which they are created isolates the active component from marijuana, THC, and butane gas is used as a solvent.
Dabbing has grown in popularity over the past few years because it can get you higher with a smaller amount of the substance than smoking weed would. Rather than waiting to burn through a blunt with dabbing, one hit is all you need.
It is important to note that dabbing is best suited to experienced cannabis users as the intense high it offers is usually much more intense than smoking a blunt. If you’re a veteran user, it may be worth giving dabbing a try since you must have built a certain level of tolerance to THC.
However, if you’re a newbie to the world of cannabis or you’re planning to introduce someone to it, it is best to avoid dabbing because the high it induces will be more amplified compared to simply smoking a joint.
How do I get started with Dabbing?
There are a variety of ways to ingest weed but of all of them, dabbing is the method that requires the most tools. For smoking, you just need a blunt, some filter, and the plant; for bongs, you just need the apparatus and what you’re smoking; but for dabbing, there are quite a few tools you need.
Dabbing will require more flame than you can get from a lighter, so preparing to take your first dab may come off as intimidating. This is why it is important that you have the right tools.
The right dab tools will make you realize that dabbing is not as complicated or time-consuming as it may seem. Here are all the dabbing tools you need to have to dab successfully.
A Dab Rig
This is the most important tool you need where dabbing is concerned. Dab rigs come in a variety of sizes, styles, and costs. If it is your first time dabbing, it is best to start small, which means making sure your dab rig is small. Molino Glass sells a great range of Mini Dabbing Rigs.
A Dab Nail or Banger
Another crucial thing you will need when dabbing is the nail. This is where you will put your concentrates when it is time to burn them. Most dab rigs are equipped with one, but if yours is not, you can easily get the nail at an affordable price.
There are glass dab nails, quartz dab nails, ceramic ones, and titanium dab nails. All of them perform the same function; however, they vary in terms of durability and safety. For instance, glass nails are the weakest while titanium nails are the strongest.
Bangers are different from nails because of their shape. They look more like buckets, and they are made from quartz. They are loved by many in the cannabis community because they are relatively easier to deal with than a nail and can easily be used with a carb cap. Check out some great Quartz Bangers below.
A Carb Cap
Some say these are not needed, and it’s true; they are optional. However, without them, you’ll be losing some smoke.
At the same time, you will lose heat while trying to use the carb cap, so it is usually a trade-off you have to be willing to make based on your preference. I personally prefer to go without a carb cap, but that’s my prerogative. The Mushroom Carb Cap is both cute and effective.
A Container for your Concentrates
This will help you keep your concentrates, and the silicone one is the best. It is durable and easy to maintain, and your wax won’t stick to it as it will with other containers. Trust me; you don’t want to get containers your wax can stick to. It makes life hell.
A Glass Dabber or a Steel Dabber
If you’re a beginner, here’s a pro tip; go for a dabber with a spoon at one end as it will allow you to scoop your dabs easily.
A Butane Torch
You will also need a propane torch you can use to heat your nail or banger. Any small propane torch will do but be sure to exercise caution when you’re using this tool.
With the above tools, you are ready to take your first dab.
Remember to dab responsibly.