5 Tips for Successful Dabbing
Dabbing is one of the best ways to smoke marijuana. It provides a full, intense hit of psychoactive cannabinoids while avoiding the greater carcinogenicity of inhaling combusted plant material. Even if you already know how to smoke, or are just considering smoking marijuana for the first time, you might not know exactly how to dab. It has become all the rage in the last few years, and has spawned its own culture. Even if you're not a big user of marijuana or just dabbing for recreational purposes, there's still a lot that you can learn from this great art.
It has become a popular method for consuming cannabis. With recent developments in the industry, vaping has become a popular alternative to dabbing. However, not everyone who vapes wants to stop using a rig and instead use the vape pen for marijuana consumption. Dabbing can be a great way to get high quickly. But it’s easy to make a mistake or have a bad experience if you’re not prepared. So here are five tips for successful dabbing.
1. Start with a small amount of shatter or wax
The first time you try cannabis concentrates, take it slow. A little bit will go a long way, especially if you’re new to vaporizing or smoking marijuana altogether. It doesn’t take much to get high from a dab, and it’s always better to start with small amounts and work your way up than to overdo it. Begin with a small dab, around 0.05 grams, wait at least 20 minutes before taking a second — if you feel like you need one — then continue from there until you find what works for you.
Choose your concentrate
You can use a variety of concentrates when you're dabbing, but the most popular are:
Shatter, which is made by extracting THC from marijuana and then purging it with a solvent.
Budder/Wax, which is a soft solid made by whipping the extract while purging it.
Crumble/Honeycomb, which is made by whipping the extract without purging it.
Oil, which is made from marijuana plants that have been cured in alcohol solvents.
Rosin, which can be dabbed after using heat and pressure to extract THC from cannabis flowers and Kief.
2. Use the right equipment
The most important factor in getting a good hit is having a quality rig. The three most important parts of the rig are the nail, torch and carb cap. You want to be sure you have a high-quality titanium nail that can withstand high temperatures without transferring any flavor into your concentrate.
A good torch will help evenly heat your nail and allow you to get the temperature just right so your concentrates vaporize properly. A quality carb cap allows you to control airflow onto the dab, which helps achieve an even vaporization from your concentrate.
There are quite a few ways to dab, but they all have one thing in common: You need to use a rig (a water pipe designed for dabbing), nails (devices that allow the concentrate to be heated) and tools (to scoop the concentrate onto the nail).
The best way to learn how to use these instruments is by watching an experienced user do it. But if you don't know anyone who can show you in person, you can always watch videos on YouTube.
Also, Banger nails instead of bowls. Bowls, which are used on bongs, may look similar to bangers, but they don’t work well with concentrates because they get too hot. Bangers, on the other hand, are made from heat-resistant materials and can withstand high temperatures without cracking or breaking.
The two most popular types of nails are domed nails and flat top nails. You may have your own preference over time, but we suggest flat tops instead of domes. Nails that have domes over them trap the vapor inside and make it harder to inhale all of your concentrate at once. This also means that there is some vapor that does not make it into your lungs which is wasted. Which means that you will have to clean your rig every so often because there will be some buildup inside of the dome that can clog up your system.
Flat top nails do not have any domes or anything covering them, so they are much easier to clean than domed nails and you won’t lose any vapor either when you use them. The only downside is that they might not work well with all rigs, so you may need a new rig if yours doesn’t fit a flat top nail!
3. Know the right temperature for your concentrate
If you're new to dabbing, you may have questions like "How long do I heat the nail?", "What's the right temperature?", and "Is my dab ruined if it smokes a little?". These are all great questions.
You need to get your concentrate hot enough so it will vaporize. The hard part is finding the right temperature so you don't burn it. You can do this by doing a few low temp dabs while watching to see if smoke is coming off your nail. If smoke comes out, that means you need to decrease your temperature. If no smoke comes out, continue to gradually increase your temperature.
Most concentrates have a boiling point between 180-280 degrees Celsius (356-536 degrees Fahrenheit). If you heat your nail past this temperature, you’ll burn off some of the compounds that make dabs so great.
To use your concentrate at its best, heat your nail just until it changes color. If you get a low-temperature nail (ceramic, quartz or titanium), you’ll be able to vape your concentrate at lower temperatures and get a better flavor.
4. Keep It Clean
Like any smoking equipment, dabbing rigs need regular cleaning to stay in tip-top shape. Keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol on hand so you can regularly clean the equipment and make sure that everything is working properly. This will also ensure that it looks great when you show it off to friends! Residue can collect quickly on nails and in tubes, so it's important to clean them regularly so they don't get gunked up and break more easily. If possible, you should use titanium nails instead of glass because they last longer without getting damaged by heat or time spent cleaning them out after use (which will happen eventually).
5. Know Your Terpenes
Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinct fragrance and flavor. Strains high in specific terpenes produce different effects and flavors depending on their unique molecular makeup. For instance, linalool and myrcene are both terpenes that have been shown to induce relaxation, while limonene has been shown to enhance energy levels. A strain high in myrcene may produce a more relaxing "couch-lock" sensation than a strain with lower concentrations of this terpene. If you are in search of an energizing experience, ask your budtender about strains high in limonene such as Lemon Skunk or Super Lemon Haze.
Dabbing is a rapidly growing trend in the marijuana community, and it’s one that can turn even the most casual stoner into a connoisseur. It’s an impressive experience that has more than a few dedicated smokers using it to kick things up a notch. If you haven’t tried dabbing yet, now is the best time to do so. Use these tips to help ensure your first dabbing experience goes off without a hitch. And if you’re already a dab master, share your advice with the rest of us in the comments below!