Dabbing: before hip-hop culture created the dance move that became a household name, it had a different definition. In marijuana circles, dabbing refers to the act of smoking cannabis concentrates with specialized tools and techniques. If you’re unfamiliar with this method, don’t worry. In this post, we’ll break down everything you need to know about how to dab!
Before You Learn How to Dab: What You’ll Need
Before you can learn how to dab, you’ll need to gather the right gear. Dabbing requires significantly more specialized tools than smoking cannabis flower does. Those tools include:Concentrates: If you’re not using concentrates, you’re not dabbing. You can dab a variety of concentrates, but the most common types are BHO (butane hash oil) extracts. These types of concentrates can have a THC content ranging from 60-90 percent, making them significantly more powerful than flower or even most forms of hash. That’s one of the reasons dabbing has become so popular!
- Concentrates: If you’re not using concentrates, you’re not dabbing. You can dab a variety of concentrates, but the most common types are BHO (butane hash oil) extracts. These types of concentrates can have a THC content ranging from 60-90 percent, making them significantly more powerful than flower or even most forms of hash. That’s one of the reasons dabbing has become so popular!
- Torch: Unfortunately, you can’t dab with a normal lighter. Instead, you need something with an intense, concentrated flame. Kitchen torches perform admirably.
- Dab tool: Since dabs are usually sticky and you’ll be applying them to a hot surface, you don’t want to use your hands. That’s where a dab tool comes in. These metal picks are essentially dentist’s tools. However, many cannabis companies have begun to sell specialized glass or metal dabbing tools. Check out your local dispensary or head shop to see what they have available.
- Dab rig: Here’s another integral part of dabbing. A dab rig may look like a bong, and it may function like a bong, but it’s actually not a bong. The primary difference? You use bongs to smoke flower, whereas you use dab rigs to vaporize concentrates. As a result, a dab rig has a special kind of bowl－called a “nail” or “banger”－made from quartz or metal. We’ll get more into the nitty-gritty of how to dab in the next section.
How to Dab: The Dabbing Process
Now that we’ve covered some of the tools of the trade, we’ll take a deep dive into how to dab. In this section, we’ll outline dabbing in an easy step-by-step guide.
- Step 1: GATHER some concentrate onto the tip of your dab tool. If you’re just learning how to dab, start with a small amount. You don’t want to go overboard on your first try!
- Step 2: HEAT your nail or banger with the torch. Wait until the bottom begins to get red-hot, then turn off the torch.
- Step 3: LET COOL until the nail or banger reaches between 450 and 550 degrees. Many daily dabbers use laser thermometers to ensure that their nail or banger is exactly within this range. If you don’t have one of these handy, wait for between 30 seconds and 1 minute. You don’t want your dab to be too hot. First, it can burn your throat, leading to coughing fits and general unpleasantness. Additionally, hot dabs can destroy terpenes in your concentrate, ruining its flavor and removing some of its possible effectiveness. Remember: low temp dabs are king!
- Step 4: APPLY your concentrate and inhale the resulting vapor. Hold it in nice and deep in your lungs before exhaling.
- Step 5: CLEAN your nail or banger of any residual concentrate with a cotton swab (Q-tip). You don’t want a dirty banger.
Voila! You now know how to dab! But one question remains…
Where Can I Find Concentrates for Dabbing?
Check out our Adelanto cannabis dispensary for amazing concentrates to get you started on your dabbing journey.