Dabbing: Everything You Should Know About Cannabis Dabbing

Dabbing is a way of consuming cannabis extracts which produces a very strong high.

Since it is a new trend in cannabis consumption, it is still a mystery for many users. In today’s article, we will explain some of the basic things about dabbing.

What Is Dabbing and What Are Dabs?

Dabbing is a method of cannabis consumption that consists of heating the cannabis concentrates and inhaling the vaporized cannabis.

A dab, as a term, is a slang word for a small amount of concentrated cannabis. Concentrates are waxy products that contain high levels of THC. 

The main forms of cannabis concentrates are oil, wax, shatter, crumble and rosin. Concentrates come in different sizes, shapes, forms, colours and consistencies. 

Dab is a term used to describe a small amount of cannabis concentrate – oil, wax, shatter and rosin.

Also, concentrates (dabs) differ depending on the method of extraction from the cannabis plant.

To extract concentrates from cannabis plants, some producers use different chemical solvents (e.g. butane, propane), while others don’t use any chemicals in the extraction process, so their concentrates are solventless.

In the first case, concentrates (e.g. butane hash oil, propane hash oil) could contain some amount of residue from chemicals that are used in the extraction process. Some users don’t like that, so they go for solventless concentrates (e.g. water hash and rosin).

How to Dab Properly?

Now that we explained what dabbing is, it is time to cover the process of dabbing step by step.

To better understand the dabbing process, we’ve put together a list of the basic dabbing tools and devices:

  • A dab rig is a water pipe, usually made out of glass designed for using cannabis extracts (wax, oils, etc.). It looks a lot like a bong.
  • A dabber is a tool used to scoop the concentrate from the container and then place it on the nail.
  • A nail or a banger is a component on the dab rig that looks like a dish connected to the water pipe. For dabbing, the nail needs to be heated, and a small amount of cannabis concentrate should be placed on it. It can be made out of ceramic, glass, titanium or quartz.

There are two different types of nails: with and without a dome. The dome is a tool that goes over the nail, catches the vapour and forces smoke to go into the water pipe.

  • Carb caps/nail caps are usually used with domeless nails. On the one end of a dabber there is a scoop for collecting cannabis extract and on the other end, there is a carb cap. 

Carb caps go over the nail, they trap the heat, block airflow, and help to maintain the right vapur  temperature for a longer time. They are used because they provide clear flavour and a thicker vapour. Usually, they are made out of quartz, glass or titanium.

  • A torch is a heating tool used for heating the nail to create vapour and smoke.
  • And of course, without cannabis concentrate, dabbing is not possible.

How to Dab with Domeless Nail 

  • Using a torch, heat the nail and wait for 20-30 seconds. It can turn red very fast, so be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Take a dabbing tool, scoop a dab (concentrate) from the container and place it on the nail. Put the carb cap on the nail.
  • The final step is inhalation, and then exhalation. 

How to Dab with Dome Nail

The process is very similar to the one above with a few small differences.

First, the nail should be heated with the torch, then a dome should be placed over the nail.

After about 20-30 seconds, once the nail has cooled down a little bit, the dab should be placed into the nail.

After that, the vapour is ready to be inhaled.

Whether you are using a dome during dabbing or not, the vapour can be hot so be extremely careful not to burn yourself when inhaling.

Dab Rigs vs Bongs: Key Differences

Although dab rigs and bongs look alike, there are several differences between these cannabis tools:

  • Dab rigs are designed for using cannabis concentrates, while bongs are designed for using cannabis flowers.
  • They have different anatomy. Dab rigs have a nail as an attachment (used with a dome or a nail cap), while bongs have a bowl.
  • Dab rigs need a high temperature for functioning, while bongs work at a lower temperature. 

Different Types of Dab Rigs

Dab rigs come in different sizes and colours, and can be made out of various materials.

These are the main types of dab rigs:

  • Classic glass dab rigs are usually made out of borosilicate glass and come in different sizes.
  • Silicone dab rigs are made out of silicone so they are more durable than the ones made out of glass.
  • Mini dab rigs are simply the smaller version of glass or silicone dab rigs.
  • Electronic dab rigs (E-rigs)  work on batteries and allow users to control the heating and temperature.
  • Recycle rigs have one or more recycling percolators and several glass tubes that filter and cool down the smoke.

Warning/advice: 

  1. Be careful with dabbing since you will use a torch to heat concentrate at high temperatures (optimal temperature is 350℉- 400℉).
  2. Since it is hard to determine the exact temperature, it is a good idea to buy e-nails that allow the consumer to navigate the exact temperature.
  3. When buying concentrates make sure to choose the products from licenced retailers only.

References

  1. https://dailyhighclub.com/blogs/news/how-to-use-a-carb-cap
  2. https://www.siranaturals.org/blog/cannabis-extraction
  3. https://www.badassglass.com/blogs/learn/bong-vs-dab-rig
  4. https://helpingpot.com/bongs-vs-dab-rigs/
  5. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-are-cannabis-dabs-and-benefits-of-dabbing-marijuana

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It all started in 1979 on a small Hawaiian island, with a group of promising students and athletes that would hang out after school, riding in a Volkswagen van.

This group of friends loved to indulge in Pakalolo (noun: the Hawaiian word for cannabis) – or as locals called it: Choom. They named themselves the “Choom Gang” and would go on to influence our world as successful lawyers, entrepreneurs, and even the 44th president of the United States.

But back then, it was never about the future, it was about good people sparking ideas, sharing adventures, and cultivating good times.

Disclamer

1. Please consume responsibly.
2. When canning any food at home (e.g. cannabutter or canna-oil) you should be very careful since there can be a risk of the appearance of toxin that can lead to botulism, a very serious illness. This happens when food is canned, processed, stored or handled. Bacteria that cause botulism can very quickly grow in cannabis edibles that are made at home. Bacteria can cause botulism poisoning which is a very serious illness that affects the body’s nerves and produces serious health consequences.

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