Dabbing is the flash vaporization of the dab, also known as concentrates when heated to high temperatures, and it’s done using dab rigs, such as e-rigs also known as dab pens. We’ll concentrate on dabbing that is traditional using a dab rig in this guide on how to smoke dabs.
There’s a bit of a steep learning curve associated with dabbing which is why if you’ven’t done it before, it may be helpful to find someone experienced with it to show you how it’s done.
A few important points to be aware of while dabbing:
- Dabs are concentrated versions of cannabis. So small amounts go a lot. The flower ranges from 15-25% THC. the dabs range from 60 to 90% THC.
- The temperature of the nail is important when dabbing in the nail: If it’s too hot, you’ll scorch Terpenes and trigger an uncontrollable cough.
- Steer clear of a hot nail–it’ll be exceptionally hotter than an ice bowl or lighter.
Is there a Dab Rig?
A dab rig is a water pipe used to take in the dabs. It resembles one of the bongs, but it has a chamber that holds water for cooling vapor, but rather than a bowl for flowers as in the bong, a is equipped with a nail to hold concentrates.
How does a dab-rig function?
To dab, the nail of the dab rig is heated using a torch and allowed for it to cool to the desired temperature. A cannabis concentrate is put in the nail, and the intense temperature causes it to vaporize. A carb cap is put on top of the nail, and the dabber inhales and controls the flow of air with its carb cap.
The vapor moves from the nail to in the main chamber and is then chilled by water before it reaches the dabber’s respiratory system.
How do you make dabs?
Before dabbing it’s crucial to understand that solvent concentrates like shatter wax, crumble, jelly, honey, and much more, are produced using chemical solvents such as butane. As such, these concentrates should be prepared by certified technicians with the appropriate equipment and can’t be prepared at home.
Solvents have to be removed from extraction to ensure that it is safe for consumption and only a professional licensed by a market that is legal can do this. A wrong method of solvent extraction may be hazardous and can result in the release of hazardous fumes or even explosions.
However, some solventless Dabs can be made at home, using cannabis flowers and basic household tools.