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A Guide to Dabbing, Dabs, and Extracts

By Brad N September 08, 2020

A Guide to Dabbing Dabs and Extracts

Dabbing is a fun and effective method of using cannabis concentrates. When you heat each extract to the boiling point, you create a flavorful and strong vapor that can match even the best bud in its quality. Knowing more about dabbing and the extracts used can help you enjoy your experience better. 

What Is Dabbing?

This is a popular trend in the marijuana industry today. While it can cost a bit to get started, you might find that the euphoria that follows is worthwhile. Vaping has become more popular because of the purity of vapes. Normally, cannabis flowers have around 10 to 25 percent of THC in them. But your concentrates might have as much as 40 to 80 percent of THC.

Dabbing involves creating a vapor from a type of marijuana concentrate and then inhaling it once you heat your concentrate to the right temperature. It is similar to smoking, but the equipment is a bit more complicated. 

Why Choose Dabbing?

Many people think it is trendy to dab, but there are other advantages of using this cannabis consumption method. One of the top reasons to dab is that it is a potent method. Many concentrates are stronger than a typical flower, so dabbing can help you see that less is more in this case.

You only need a tiny amount to get high, and dabbing can give you an enjoyable high if you have a tolerance for it. The effect is almost instant because of the potency of the dabbing material. If you want to relax or get high immediately, dabbing is the ideal method.

The concentrates used in dabbing are highly precise, so you can get an analysis of the potency of the concentrate. For medical marijuana users, this is important. Other users enjoy the aroma and taste of dabbing. It can also be a more flavorful experience than smoking. 

Getting Started With Dabbing

There is some equipment that you will need to begin dabbing. As your tolerance and experience increase, you might get some more advanced pieces. But there are a few essentials that you should have to begin.

Getting Started With Dabbing

Dab Rig or Water Pipe

These are the two beginning options for dabbing. You can take a water pipe and get the right attachments, or you can get a dab rig made for the process. They will operate the same way. 

Nails

These are usually made from ceramic, titanium, or quartz. You will heat the nail using a small blowtorch to make it hot enough to burn your concentrate upon contact. 

Torch

Using a handheld torch will help you get started. You might see some dabbers use a full-size torch, but that is usually only for show. However, a lighter will not make your nail hot enough for the process. You also have the option to use electric nails. 

Choosing Your Concentrate 

Without the right concentrate, dabbing would not be an enjoyable process. Many times, people think that dabbing is a complicated process because there are so many concentrates to choose from. Each extract differs based on the extraction method used. Cold water, alcohol, and butane can all be used to extract cannabis

Shatter

This concentrate has this name because it is brittle when it is at room temperature or lower. In this case, small bits of this concentrate can be snapped off the main piece and placed on your bright red nail. This concentrate is somewhat transparent and often has amber or yellow color. 

Oil 

This concentrate has a low viscosity, and it is like thick honey. The consistency of the different kinds of oils can vary, so always check yours before using it. You do not want to end up wasting it on the floor. Using a dabber shaped like a spoon will work best. 

Live Resin

This is one of the most popular choices because it is different than other extract types. Instead of using a dry herb for the extraction process, fresh material is used. Many people believe that the end product contains more terpenes in it and has an improved flavor. 

Live Resin

How Do You Dab?

Get your concentrate and tools ready and make sure the pipe and rig are assembled. Use the blowtorch to heat the nail. Hold your flame still until the nail turns red. Position your dome over the nail. If the nail is quartz or ceramic, you will wait for around 45 seconds for the nail to be cool enough to reach the best temperature. And if it is titanium, you need to wait just 10 to 20 seconds before you dab. 

Even if you wait a bit longer for the cooling process, you can still proceed with dabbing. In fact, if you do wait a little longer, you can retain more of the flavor of the concentrate. You will not be burning off as many of the terpenes and cannabinoids. 

Now take a small scoop of the concentrate on the end of your wand or dabber. Put your mouth over the rig or water pipe and prepare to inhale. Now apply your concentrate to the nail and rotate your dabber, so the concentrate touches the nail’s surface.

For your first hit of the concentrated vapor, inhale quickly. If you do not have a dome and are using a carb cap, put the cap in the nail and inhale some more. Then exhale and allow the high to hit you. If there is some more concentrate left, inhale a few more times to finish the rest. 

However, for many people taking one hit will be more than enough. On the other hand, some people who have high tolerances to THC might need to take another hit. If that is the case, start the process over again. 

Closing Thoughts 

The dabbing market expands every day, so keep an eye out for new improvements. Start slowly with a concentrate that you like. Then you can begin to experiment to see what you like best.

 


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