How to dab: What you need to know about smoking shatter and wax

Dabbing is the flash vaporization process of the dab, also known as concentrates, at high temperatures, which is carried out using the use of dab rigs, e-rigs, or dab tools. We’ll focus on traditional dabbing with the dab rig in this guide.

There’s a bit of a growth curve to dabbing so if you’ve never done it before, it might be beneficial to get someone who is experienced to guide you through the process.

A few important points to be aware of when you dab:

  • Dabs are concentrated versions of cannabis. Therefore, a little goes a great distance. A flower can contain between 15-25% THC. Dabs can range between 60 and 90% THC.
  • It’s important to be aware of temperature when dabbing The nail should not be too hot, you’ll burn terpenes and likely induce an uncontrollable cough.
  • Stay clear of a hot nail–it’ll be exceptionally warmer than your hot bowl or lighter.

Which dab device is it?

Dab rigs are water pipes used to take in dab smoke. It’s like it’s a bong that has a chamber that holds water to cool vapor. However, rather than a bowl that holds flowers, like bongs, a dab device has a nail for concentrates.

What’s the process for a dab rig?

For a dab to be taken, the nail of a dab rig can be heated with the torch and then allowed to cool to the proper temperature. A cannabis concentrate is placed into the nail and the heat evaporates it. A carb cap is then placed over the nail and the dabber exhales, controlling the airflow with the cap.

Vapor is pumped through the nail to inside the main chamber, and is then cooled by water prior to hitting the dabber’s respiratory system.

How to make dabs

Before you get dabbing prior to dabbing, you must remember that solvent concentrates, such as shattered wax, crumble jelly, honey, and many more are made with a chemical solvent such as butane. This means that these concentrates should be prepared by a licensed technician with the necessary equipment. They can’t be prepared at home.

Solvents must be cleansed from an extraction so it is safe for consumption. Only a professional licensed in a legally-regulated market can do this. Unsafe solvent extraction techniques can be risky and could lead to the release of harmful fumes or even explosions.

However, some solventless dabs can be made in the home using cannabis flowers and simple household tools.