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How To Dab + Dab Essentials

May 16, 2016

Dabbing may be intimidating initially with all the different tools and terminology, but once you’ve seen it and done it a couple times, your inhibitions will fade. It’s really simple, so we’ll keep this short and to the point. In no time, you’ll be pro and passionately spieling about your favorite dab methods.

To start, you’ll need a couple of things:

  • A dab rig/oil rig/vapor rig: A dab rig is essentially a water pipe fitted with a nail or banger to dab on. You can purchase a water pipe specifically dedicated to smoking concentrates, or you can buy a different heating element and fit it to your current water pipe.
  • A heating element (nail, banger, or bucket): This can be any variety of options on the market from oil dome nail set ups to skillets and honey buckets. Eventually you’ll develop a preference for one over another, but for now, anything will do.
  • Hand torch: Mini butane torches or larger propane torches will both work. New methods of flame-less dabbing such as e-nails are also becoming more common, but using a torch is the traditional lower cost method.
  • A carb cap (optional): Not all nail setups are compatible with using a carb cap, but many companies offer carb cap-nail combos as a package.  A carb cap restricts airflow, allowing your concentrate to spread out and vaporize evenly.
  • Some fire wax or concentrate: There are a variety of concentrate options on the market, but generally you’ll be looking for some budder, shatter, or wax.

Steps:

 

Step 1: Prep your dab rig for use. Add water as you traditionally would to get optimal diffusion.

Step 2: Make sure your nail is seasoned and ready for use. If you’re using a titanium nail for the first time, it’s important to “break-in” the nail to remove impurities and improve taste. This simply involves heating it up and placing it in cold water repeatedly. You may want to use tongs for this.

Step 3: Prepare your dab. Some people like to roll up a ball in their fingers and drop it directly on the nail with their hand; the majority of us use a dabber to scoop up an appropriate dose amount.

Step 4: Heat the nail or heating element with a torch. Aim your torch directly at the nail until it turns red hot. (Begin to research low temp dabs as you gain more experience)

Step 5: Touch the concentrate/wax to the heated nail and inhale through the rig, as you would through a traditional bong. Either drop your dab on manually, or use your dabber tool. Rotate the dabber tip to avoid wastage.

Step 6: Exhale and smile J … or cough.

*Remember the torch tip and nail is extremely hot! Take caution when handling them!


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