Dabbing is the flash vaporization of concentrated dabs, also known as dabs when heated to high temperatures, and is accomplished using a dab rig, e-rig, or dab pen. We’ll be focusing on the classic dabbing method using the dab rig in this guide.
There’s a process of learning with dabbing and atomizers so if you’ve never done it before, it might be beneficial to ask someone experienced with it to demonstrate how to do it.
A few important points to be aware of when you dab:
- Dabs are concentrated forms of cannabis, so just a tiny amount goes a great distance. A flower can contain between 15-25% THC, while the dabs range from 60 to 90% THC.
- The temperature of your dabbing is vital When dabbing: If the nail is too hot, you’ll scorch terpenes and likely induce the coughing sensation.
- Stay clear of the hot nail, which is Hotter than the hottest bowl or lighter.
Is there a Dab Rig?
A dab rig is a water pipe used to take in dab smoke. It is shaped like it’s a bong that has a chamber that holds water to cool vapor. However, unlike a bowl that holds flower-like in bongs, a dab device has a nail for concentrates.
How does a dab rig function?
To take a dab, the nail of the dab rig can be heated with a torch and allowed for it to cool to the desired temperature. A cannabis concentrate is inserted into the nail and the extreme heat vaporizes it. A carb cap is placed on top of the nail, and the dabber exhales while controlling the airflow using the cap.
Vapor is pumped through the nail to inside the main chamber and then is cooled with water prior to hitting the dabber’s lungs.
How to make dabs
Before dabbing before you begin dabbing, it is crucial to know that solvent concentrates like shatter wax, crumble honey, jelly, and many more, are made with an organic solvent like butane. So, these concentrates must be made by certified technicians with the necessary equipment. They can’t be prepared at home.
Solvents must be cleansed out of extraction to ensure that it is safe to eat. Only a professional licensed by a market that is legal will be able to perform this. Improper solvent extraction procedures can be risky and could cause the release of harmful fumes, and possibly explosions.
However, some solvent-free dabs can be made in the home using cannabis flowers and simple household tools.