Dabbing is a popular way of consuming cannabis derivates. The product itself, dab, is concentrated cannabis obtained from THC extracts. It is called different names based on the consistency and preparation method. Dabs are called different names based on the preparation method and consistency.
Some of these names include wax, shatter, BHO (Butane Hash Oil), and budder, among others. Dabs are heated at extreme temperatures using small nails crafted from quartz, glass, or other materials. They are then inhaled with a dab rig. The purity and potency of dab rigs are some of the unique things about them.
Unlike smoking dry flowers, you get only the active compounds of weed from dab extracts. This delivers the perfect effects, such as pain relief, and euphoria, among others. Dabbing rigs deliver powerful and efficient hits very fast. That is why it is a top choice in the medicinal community for people looking for immediate relief.
What is a Dab Rig?
A dab rig is a glass smoking device. It looks like a bong but it is designed to be used for smoking wax concentrates or oils. The dabbing process involves taking the concentrates and dabbing them on a heated dab nail.
There are four components associated with a dab rig setup. These are dab tool or dabbing wand, dab rig nail, dab torch, and carb cap. Let us look at each of these carefully:
Dab Tool/Dabbing Wand
The dab tool is designed for hitting a dab. To take a dab hit, you need a dab tool to scrape your oil or wax and put it in a dab nail.
Dab Rig Nail
This is a part of a dab rig that is like a bong bowl. It is the portion that holds the concentrates. A dab rig nail is also called a quartz banger nail, ceramic, or titanium nail.
Although a dab torch is not a part of the dab rig set-up or a portion of the rig, it is an essential tool for dabbing. You cannot use a regular lighter for dabbing; you need a dab torch to heat your dab concentrates.
A carb cap does not always come with a dabbing rig. It is an accessory that you often have to buy separately. Truth be told, it is not completely necessary to achieve a powerful hit from your dab bowl. However, it can go a long way to capture more wax vapor that you inhale.
How Dab Rigs Create Cool Hits
Using a dab rig to create cool hits is natural. The device has everything it requires to do the job. However, you must know how to get everything together and get started. When you know how to set up the components of a dab rig, you can begin to dab like a pro. Here are the simple steps to follow to get powerful hits from your dab rig.
Step 1: Pick your dab tool or dabbing wand to scrape the concentrates that you want.
Step 2: Hit the side of the nail to steadily heat the dab nail with your dab torch. The area where you hit the dab torch directly is where you will put your wax. You should torch the nail until it turns bright red in color.
Step 3: Wait for about 30 to 45 seconds for the nail to cool down a bit before you continue. You must want the dab nail to cool to avoid wasting or burning your concentrates. This is what will happen if you use the nail while it is scorching hot.
Step 4: Using the dabbing wand, dab your concentrate on the nail and take a powerful hit. If your device comes with a carb cap, you can cover the nail after each pull to retain the flavor and hits.
That is all it takes to create cool hits with dab rigs. With this, you have set up your first dab and taken your first dab hit with a dab rig.
Important Things to Know about Dabbing with a Dab Rig
In the above paragraphs, we have looked at what a dab rig is and how to create cool hits with the device. With the above steps, it is clear that it is not difficult to take a dab, even for a newbie. However, there are specific things you must know to ensure you get powerful hits without compromising your product or wasting it. Let’s check these out.
Control the Portion in the Dab Bowl
The first thing we must establish is that the THC content of oil or wax is different from the flower or herb. Wax is more potent than herbs. That means you cannot use your wax as you use herbs. Go slow with the quantity and control the portion you dab into your dab bowl. A little bit of wax is enough to get started and you can work up the quantity as you get the hang of it.
Let the Dab Rig Nail Cool Down
You must understand how to use a nail correctly to avoid wasting your dab hit. If the dab nail is too hot when you take a dab, you will burn the wax and your concentrate will become a waste.
Always Start Small
The THC percentage in any wax or oil concentrate can be as high as 99.9%. That means you do not need plenty of wax to create cool hits. By the way, the tip of the dabbing wand is small for a reason. It is so you can use minimal concentrate and not overdo it. Be cautious when you take dabs because of the potency.
Dab rigs are great tools for creating cool hits any time of the day. It is easy to use and you can get started right away, even if you are a new user. However, make sure you start small to avoid burning your wax or wasting it