If you’re an active participant in the smoking and vaping community, by now you’ve heard words like “dabbing” “rigs” or “dabbers”. Many people who are used to traditional glass and water pipes that try dabbing often find it a deliciously smooth and enhanced experience!
If you’re the new guy with questions when it comes to dabbing or vaporizing concentrates.
I’ll fix that right now.
Question #1: How?
If you enjoy smoking from glass hand pipes and other dry herb pipes – I guarantee you’ll love trying out a dab rig! It is a glass concentrate pipe used to vaporize herbal concentrates, these concentrates are known as as “dabs”.
During this process, the dab of oil is pressed against a heated surface (called a dab nail), which produces vapor that you inhale through the mouthpiece of the pipe. This trend is continuously growing as fans rave about the quality of the taste, smoothness, and effects that dabs supply.
Question #2: What?
Dab rigs have three main components:
Water chamber – The vapor travels through water to filter & ensure a smooth inhalation.
Dab nail – Vaporizes the concentrate.
Mouthpiece – For inhaling the vapor.
Further explanation on the nail is necessary because of the many different functions and materials available. A dab nail can be made of multiple materials including quartz (good taste but not great durability), glass (great taste but poor durability), ceramic (good taste but bad durability) or titanium (least favorite taste but great durability).
In addition to these nails, there now exists an electric nail that doesn’t need to be heated up via butane and can stay at whichever constant temperature you desire!
Question #3: Why?
Although vapor rigs tend to cost more than other smoking pieces on the market, you shouldn’t let that be the determining factor on whether you should buy one or not. There are other factors to consider beyond price as well.
1) Conservation – Be aware that oils and concentrates do cost a bit more than dry herb, however, they are also much more potent than dry herb and much less is needed to achieve the results you desire. According to HighTimes, a gram of dry herb will run around $20-30 versus $50-60 for a gram of quality concentrate. To that I will also add that: a gram of concentrate will last far longer than a gram of dry herb (unless you’re tokin’ like Wiz Khalifa or Snoop Dogg!).
2) Quality – From experience, I can personally tell you and I’m sure others will agree that quality beats quantity any day. The quality of concentrate is incomparable to traditional smoking methods. Taste, smoothness, and effect. Those three factors are important.
3) Tolerance – If you appreciate a super-smooth, flavorful vaporizing experience – dabbing is probably the right choice for you. Dab rigs are hand-crafted to be made specifically for vaporizing concentrates and filtering for the smoothest vaporizing experience. Depending on what type of dab nail that’s used, flavors can be enhanced even further.
Quality Is More Important Than Price
If you’ve visited any of the popular smoking forums like: reddit, or talkglass, in hopes of finding people name-dropping quality name-brand dab rig like: Perc Tech, Boom Felazi, Toro, Intrinsic Glass or ZOB can last and provide quality dabbing time and time again for years. As a warning though, on older forums like Grasscity, you may end up just getting links to the cheapest glass pipes online.
Question #4: Where?
There are many sites online that carry bar rigs, including recycler rigs and mini oil rigs. For affordable, quality glass rigs, we recommend: Smoke Cartel, Afro Smoke, Aqua Lab Technologies or Dank Stop is good too but they often sell out fast. You can also get dab rigs from your local smoke shop but many people prefer to buy online so you can compare models, and get the widest variety to choose from while price comparing at the same time.
Already own a dab rig? Share your first dabbing experience in the comments section below!
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