You may have recently heard about the world of dabbing on television, movies, online, or from celebrities including Wiz Khalifa. Or maybe few or your friends are talking about “taking dabs” later and you’re asking yourself, what is dabbing?
What The Heck Is Dabbing?
Dabbing is the method of vaporizing herbal concentrates and inhaling the vapor from a rig or (known as a “vapor rig” or “dab rig”). Dabbers (those who dab) are fleeting to this growing trend rather than the traditional smoking for various reasons including:
Dabbing Versus Smoking
Most people will tell you that dabbing is more gentle on the throat and lungs from their personal experience. Scientifically, the reasoning behind this is that you are inhaling vapor rather than smoke which is full of carcinogens that are bad for wonderful lungs.
Quality & Conservation
Now let’s talk conservation. Have you noticed yourself purchasing traditional flowers more frequently? With concentrates (and oils) the product is more potent and therefor less is needed and you will realize it will last much longer than dry herbs. They don’t call it a dab for nothing!
Another major reason people are interested in dabbing versus traditional smoking is the beautiful, artistic glass rigs and innovative products in the vaping scene. There hundreds of brand new products coming out each year sporting: healthier, more efficient, portable, and effective vaporizing experiences. If all that sounds amazing and you are the type of person to try new things, dabbing may be for you!
Rigs (also known as a: “concentrate rig”, “vapor rig” or “dab rig”) are the same as water pipes, but made exclusively for concentrates. For anyone who prefers vaporizing over smoking, your dab rig is your most important and expensive piece of equipment. There are various rig styles, shapes, and brands.
The dab nail is the heated mechanism for vaporizing your concentrate. Material of your nail can be titanium, ceramic, glass, or quartz. All of these nails must be heated with a hand torch but there is also an electric nail which stays at a constant temperature of your choosing.
A dabber is the accessory tool that you will be grabbing your concentrate and applying it to the nail with. There are a variety of dabber materials as well including titanium, ceramic and glass.
The hand torch is a butane fueled handheld torch that can be purchased from your local smoke shop.
Concentrates also known as wax, oil, shatter, butter, and crumble is large quantities of flowers concentrated into oil, giving it a unique quality you haven’t experienced unless you have experienced it.
Now that you are familiar with the equipment, let’s talk about the dabbing process.
Proper Dabbing Etiquette
The general process of dabbing may seem complicated at first but I can assure it becomes second nature quickly. Standard equipment includes: a Dab Rig, Hand Torch, Dabber, Nail, and Concentrate.
Once you possess all the standard equipment, you are ready to begin!
First, apply a dab of concentrate to the tip of your dabber (the tool – not the person).
Second, heat the nail with the hand torch (the nail should just be starting to turn red)
Third, give the nail a second or two to cool off to your preference.
Fourth, place the concentrate onto the nail with the dabber and inhale until vapor is gone.