What Precisely Is Dabbing, and How Do You Do It?


Dabbing concentrates has exploded in reputation more than the final couple of years. What is it, precisely, and how can it improve your heady practical experience?

Are you new to the weed scene? Do you maintain hearing about this dabbing factor, but you are stuck in 2015, and all you can envision is some dance with two salutes?

For a speedy summary, believe of it like this: dabbing is to weed what straight shots of liquor are to alcohol. It is a fairly new way to get lifted (although I’ll touch on why it is not precisely a new factor later) on ultra-concentrated cannabis oils and waxes. Fundamentally, you touch (dab) a little quantity of concentrate on a nail — dabbing’s equivalent of a bowl — then draw in the vapors or smoke. 

That is quite a great deal it.

If you are seeking to step-up your tolerance game, dabbing’s a fantastic spot to start off. So, exactly where to start, precisely?

What, Precisely, Is a Dab?

Ahead of plunging into the nuances of dabbing, let’s very first start off with some terminology.

Dabbing is a verb that denotes the act of undertaking a dab or taking a dab. A dab (singular ) either refers to the dabbable item (wax, oil, and so on.) or to the act of dabbing.

Exactly where does the word come from, although? Like most issues with cannabis, a great deal of this word’s origins stay steeped in folklore. On the surface, the term most likely comes from an application of motor oil, also referred to as a dab, although some people would tie the word back to The Wizard of Oz (“…a small dab will do you”).


The Anatomy of Dabbing

All ideal, now for the enjoyable portion. To carry out a dab, you will have to have a couple of issues:

– The dabbable item (wax, oil, and so on.)

– A rig (a.k.a. “oil rig” – get it? This is the device made use of to consume the dab)

– A nail (the heated element that combusts/vaporizes the dab)

– A wand (the instrument made use of to transfer the item to the nail)

– A dome or cap (not essential, but extremely beneficial)

– Cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol (or some other weed-cleaning solvent)

Got almost everything? Great. Here’s how this functions.

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How to Take a Dab Hit, Step by Step:

1. Get the dab and set it aside.

two. Heat the nail: This will rely on what sort of nail/rig you have. Standalone nails are typically produced of quartz, porcelain, or titanium. Normal butane lighters do not create sufficient heat to get these hot sufficient, so you will have to have a butane or propane torch to get it prepared.

If you are going the torch route, heat the major rim of the nail. Most people wait till the nail begins to get red-hot, although OGs can intuit how lengthy they have to have to maintain the flame on. Then let the nail cool for a minute or so to stay clear of burning your throat when you take a hit.

Electronic rigs/nails (a.k.a. e-nails) do not call for a torch. To get these heated up, merely plug in (or charge up) the nail/rig, and after it hits the right temperature, you are prepared to celebration.

three. Making use of a wand or some other brief, sturdy stick, transfer the wax/oil to the heated nail. Some dabbers propose stirring the wand although the dab bubbles turn to smoke/vapor. Truly, although, stirring is not typically essential. Just holding the wand to the nail as the dab sizzles must be fine.

four. Inhale. Rigs featuring bubble bases, percolators, and ice traps are extremely suggested. Dabs are extremely hot, even at the lowest temperature settings, so possessing some sort of water filtration is perfect. On the other hand, there are some rigs/dabbing devices that do not use water filtration, and they’ll get you just as ripped.

five. You can cap your nail with a dome or cap although inhaling. The dome partially seals the major of the nail, which aids to maintain it hot although minimizing lost vapor/smoke. Once more, you do not have to have a dome to appropriately dab, but if you are going for maximum work, then like a dome in your oil-rig arsenal is a ought to.

six. Clean the damn nail, you pothead! Making use of a cotton swab dipped in some sort of (protected) solvent, run the swab’s tip along the entirety of the nail’s enterprise finish. Dabbing will typically leave behind a residue, a pool of unspent oil, or — worse — burnt flaky crud. These waste byproducts are typically cannabinoids and other oil-primarily based solutions that have decomposed or otherwise turned into toxic totally free-radicals due to higher heat. Inhaling what ever is left behind may perhaps not kill you, but it is typically regarded unsafe and unhygienic.

7. Repeat. Y’know, if that is your prerogative…


Hot Knifing: History’s Initial Dabs

If you are an older person, you have likely heard of (or performed) hot knifing. Hot knifing (a.k.a. a knife hit) is sort of like the proto-dab.

To hot knife, take two knives (typically butter knives). Generally, hash would be stuck to the finish of one particular knife blade although the second knife blade is heated on a stove major. After the second knife is hot, the ends are touched with each other, heating the hash and building a thick wisp of smoke. “Kiss” the air above the two knife ends, and you are hot knifing the weed.


A Word on Temperatures

You likely noticed I made use of the words smoke and vapor when referring to the inhalable smoke generated by dabbing. How hot your nail is when you dab determines whether or not you are vaporizing or smoking (combusting) the concentrate. 

Vaporization happens when the dab is heated sufficient to boil off its preferred contents (cannabinoids, terpenes). Smoking happens when the dab is so hot that almost everything in the dab is successfully burned. Each procedures have their upsides and downsides.

Researchers (the uncommon couple of who study dabbing) propose dabbing at the lowest probable heat setting. This is due to the fact there’s some suspicion that dabbing at higher heats (study: combusting) can create toxic byproducts, although the severity of that toxicity is not effectively identified, considering that the lengthy-term effects of dabbing haven’t seriously been studied.

Dabbing at reduce heats also improved preserves the terpenes, which could lead to a a lot more effectively-rounded higher. In addition to, if the terps get burned at also higher of a heat, you can not seriously taste them.

Dabbing at larger temperatures will likely get you fucked up more rapidly. Some dabbers favor higher heats just for this cause alone.


A Dab Will Do Ya!

So, there you have it. Hold in thoughts this guide is an extremely standard overview of dabbing. Some methods may perhaps switch orders based on your rig or dabbing device. For instance, with some electronic rigs, like the Puffco Peak, the dab goes into the nail just before heating happens. Nonetheless, (other folks, like dab straws) do not use wands, considering that the straw itself is dipped straight into the dab.

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