Dab for beginners

Dabbing is the high-temperature flash vaporization of dabs using a e-rig, dab rig or dab pen. This tutorial will concentrate on dabbing using a dab rig. If you do not have a rig or don’t plan to have one, here is the best guide for you.

Dabbing has a bit of a learning curve, so having someone skilled explain you how to do it might be useful.


Things to remember while dabbing:


  • Cannabis flower has 15-25 percent THC, whereas dabs have 60-90 percent THC.
  • Too hot of a nail can burn terpenes and cause a coughing attack.
  • Avoid a hot nail—it’ll be hotter than a hot bowl or lighter.
  • A dab rig is a water pipe for dabbing. It resembles a bong, except instead of a flower bowl, it contains a nail for concentrates.
  • One of the most frequent nail types is a banger, which resembles a bucket and is generally made of quartz or borosilicate. Another nail is a terp slurper. To vaporize dabs, nails must be able to resist 400-600°F.


Dab rig tools: shatter and wax

Dabbing in a dab rig

Dabbing in a dab rig

To get a concentrate out of its container and into your lungs using a torch, you need many tools. While dab technology is continually changing, the following components are required for a typical dab setup.


A dab rig cools dab vapor before it enters your lungs. A dab rig resembles a bong but with a nail fitting instead of a bowl. Dab rigs vary in size but are generally under 1′ tall.


A nail, like a bong bowl, is where dabs are vaporized for inhalation. The usual nail is a quartz banger. Nails are constructed of quartz, borosilicate, ceramic, or titanium to endure high temperatures.


To fit a 14mm stem, you need a 14mm nail. Female rigs need a male nail and vice versa.


Electronic nails may be attached to your rig to prevent needing a torch.


It’s used to assist control airflow while inhaling, and it’s put on top of a nail after the dab is placed. Like a bong: A carp cap works similarly, enabling you to cover or expose the nail while inhaling a dab.


Because dabbing causes the nail to get very heated, a separate device, a carb cap, is required to make contact with the nail.


A carb cap may assist manage airflow and is not required. Combination carb cap/dab tools are ideal for reducing dab gear.



Others use a cooking flame to heat nails. Remember to stock up on butane cans.


E-nails eliminate the need for a torch and offer continuous heat.



Because dabs are sticky, you’ll need a tool to pull them out of their containers and onto the heated nail. Also, you don’t want to dab your palm on the hot nail.


Dab tools come in numerous forms and sizes: scoop, spatula, pick, shovel, blade, paddle, and more. Scoop for runny dabs, paddle for thicker dabs.


Mat & timer (optional)

Because dabs are sticky, a dab mat may assist keep your dabbing area clean and clear of dirt. It’s not must but good.


Many dabbers use a timer to attain the right temperature and heat the nail consistently (more below). In such case, a timer isn’t essential.


Dosage of dabs



Measuring a dab is tricky. THC levels in extracts vary, a sliver of shatter may be stronger than a scoop of sugar. Most solvent dabs include 60-90 percent THC, with some surpassing 90 percent, while others solventless concentrates contain less than 50%.


If you’re new to a dab, start small and build up as you feel comfortable. A modest dosage is a crumb or a sliver. Not much, but it’s a lot of THC traveling right to your body.


How large should a dab be?

To be legal, concentrate packaging must display THC and CBD potency as a percentage. Here is a typical 25mg THC dab example.


One gram of hash (roughly the size of your thumbnail) with 80% THC provides 800mg THC. Each component of the gram of hash contains 100mg of cannabis. The suggested beginning dosage for edibles is 5-10mg.


To obtain a 25mg dab, you’d have to split one of those chunks into fourths or divide one gram of hash into 32 equal portions (tongue-sized). 25mg of 80 percent THC hash is around the size of a few rice grains.


A dab the size of a few grains of rice vs. many grains of rice has a substantial difference in THC—about 25mg vs. 50mg.


Depending on the intensity of your dab, you may need as little as a few grains of rice for a 25mg dab. It’s vital to read the label for potency information.


Begin with a tiny dab

Like with edibles, start low and go gently. Take a little dab; you can always take another.


Our endocannabinoid systems all work differently, thus our bodies will react differently to cannabis. A specific size dab may be good for your pal but definitely too much for you.



Exhale and enjoy!


Dabbing in a dab rig

Benefits of dabbing

Hand-rolled cigarettes, water pipes, empty cigars, and edible goods have all been common methods of marijuana use in the traditional sense. Dabbing, on the other hand, is a novel method of administering marijuana that has arisen. Because there have been certain myths and misunderstandings regarding dabbing, it is crucial to understand the facts, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using wax. Whether you are just inquisitive about dabbing or are interested in its use in medical administration, the following are the fundamentals of what dabbing is.


The Fundamentals of Dabbing

Clear Cannabis wax pen

Clear Cannabis wax pen

It is customary in the cannabis industry to dab, which is to ingest highly concentrated marijuana in a vaporized form made from cannabis oil, which is a waxy oil derived from marijuana plants using butane. When users inhale the vapors from this concentrated version of marijuana, they experience greater and more rapid effects from the drug.

A blowtorch, also known as a nail, is used to preheat the surface. It is often constructed of glass or titanium alloys and is used to heat the surface. As soon as the nail has been heated, users should dab the concentrated wax over the surface and inhale the rising vapor.

Vaping or using an e-cigarette is another behavior that is like dabbing that includes placing hash oil in a vape device. To smoke the dab, users may also utilize water pipes that have been modified. Find out how to smoke shatter here.


Dabbing Facts and Figures

A research on the issue was co-authored by John Stogner, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte who also co-authored a paper on the subject. “We have seen an emergence of dabs over the past three years,” said Stogner. “At a bare minimum, dabs are four times as potent as a joint, and the high is delivered all at once,” he said.

Most marijuana joints include around 15 percent THC, however most hash oils contain 60 to 90 percent THC, depending on the strain. In November 2014, the Los Angeles Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recorded 49 explosions that were associated with marijuana administration procedures such as dabbing and vaporizing.


Advantages of Doing Dab

Vape Dabbing

Vape Dabbing

Those who advocate for dabbing point to the process’s speedy effects as well as the pure, highly concentrated final product it produces. It is believed that dabbing lowers the risk of lung damage linked with conventional smoking.

Additionally, dabbing may be an effective method of giving pain treatment and medicinal alleviation for major chronic medical disorders. While many ways of dabbing do not produce an odor associated with cannabis (like vaping), others, such as smoking, do; this odorless outcome is advantageous for users who place a premium on secrecy.


Cons of Using Dabs

If the oil used in dabbing is not made to the highest possible standards, it may include excessive quantities of butane, which may be harmful to the user. Some individuals are allergic to butane and other chemicals included in hash oil, and they should avoid using it. Others report experiencing negative effects such as fast heartbeat, loss of consciousness, tingling skin sensations, paranoia, and hallucinations because of their dabbing.

Dabbing is often considered to be a more costly method of consuming marijuana since users must make expenditures in equipment such as a blowtorch, heating element, and other accessories, as well as the premium oil product. The practice of dabbing is not suggested for those who want a high CBD product since most of the ‘wax’ products used in the procedure are strong in THC.


The Process of Making Shatter, Wax, and Dabs


Produces pour butane over marijuana to isolate the THC from the plant and dissolve it into the butane, which is then used to create a dab. Then, after pressing the THC solution through a filter and placing it on a plate, users must consume it. The resultant product is thick and sticky, and it contains a significant amount of THC. The sticky oils are referred to as wax, shatter, and budder, among other terms. After the THC has been extracted, the concentrate must be filtered to remove any remaining solvents.


Carbon dioxide

Dabs may also be manufactured using extraction processes that use carbon dioxide and cold water as alternatives to traditional procedures. Carbon dioxide, for example, may be utilized as a solvent in lieu of butane in certain situations. Experts have shown that using carbon dioxide to manufacture dabs, shatter, and wax is far healthier than using other methods. Similarly, ice-water extraction is far safer and healthier than using butane to manufacture dabs, even though it is less frequent.



Potential Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana Dabbing



It has the potential to give rapid relief for medical marijuana users who are suffering from chronic pain and other severe diseases, according to several studies. Compared to other types of consumption, other forms of consumption take longer to have an impact on the human body.

People who are worried about the consequences of dabbing often mention the genuine danger of overdosing on marijuana, getting addicted to marijuana, and having severe withdrawal symptoms as their reason for being concerned. These concerns, on the other hand, are less of a source of worry for medicinal marijuana users.

In most cases, medicinal marijuana is administered in precise amounts by an experienced medical specialist, reducing the likelihood of overdose and addiction. Wax may be extracted in a pure form and with a decreased danger of undesired additions if it is monitored and supplied by a medical professional.


Consequences of Using Medical Marijuana in a Dabbing Form

Medical marijuana dabbing, on the other hand, has the potential to cause some undesirable side effects in certain people. One concern is the process of developing a tolerance for the components. Because of the high concentration of THC in a dab, a user’s body will develop used to that dose of THC and will want it again to experience the same degree of relief. As a result, it has been advised that dabbing should not be utilized for persons who use cannabis on a regular basis but just sometimes. Furthermore, since the high amounts of THC are administered fast, it is simpler for users to overconsume THC while dabbing than when smoking.



I hope this article was clarifying about the benefits of wax. Enjoy!