Dabbing FAQ: Common Dabbing Questions Answered

March 04, 2020 Dab Rigs

Dabbing FAQ: Common Dabbing Questions Answered

Dabbing is a modern way of enjoying your herbs without any burning materials. It’s an ever-evolving practice that can be intimidating to some because of the hot nails and sizzling oils. Our dabbing FAQ will help you know more about it, so you’ll feel confident and enjoy it more.

What is dabbing?

Dabbing is the consumption of concentrated extracts from your herbs. It’s called dabbing because you only need a dab to get the effects that you want. The high heat of the nail “cooks” your concentrate on a protective surface, which is the nail. The resulting vapor goes through your dab rig for cooling and filtration, making it easy to absorb in your lungs.

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e-Nails eliminate the guesswork on dabbing temperatures.

What do I need for dabbing?

A dabbing session is typically made up of the following:

  • Dab rig
  • Dabbing tool for applying concentrates
  • Carb cap
  • Nail (can be a banger or a domeless nail)
  • Torch
  • Tray to keep things clean and organized
  • Your preferred concentrate.
  • Knife for cutting your concentrates

What are concentrates?

Concentrates come from processed herbs. The herbs undergo a process wherein all the desirable compounds are extracted, leaving behind plant matter. What you get is a product that has a potent flavor profile compared to flowers and herbs.

What kind of concentrates can I use?

There are several types of concentrates, but the best ones to use for dabs are:

  • Shatter
  • Wax
  • Oil
  • Budder
  • Honeycomb
  • Live resin

What’s the best temperature for dabbing?

This is where many dabbers often have a hot debate. The best answer for this is that your temp will depend on what you want to get when you consume concentrates. Low-temperature dabs ( 500°F-650°F) are best for beginners and for those who wish to preserve flavor. However, others find that hitting at a lower temperature is a waste of concentrates.

Others prefer to consuming products at a higher temperature, around 800°F and higher for stronger, bolder effects. The vapor is usually scorching and can irritate your throat and lungs.

Some wish to go in between, about 700°F, for flavorful yet bold hits with lesser irritation.

You don’t need much to start dabbing.

How do I know that the nail is ready?

Knowing when you’ve heated your nail hot enough will depend on the material. In general, you typically heat it using a butane torch until it starts to glow. One common mistake that dabbers do is heating until the material is red-hot and glowing. This puts the safety of consuming concentrates into question because you’re be burning the concentrate instead of vaporizing it.

Having a timer can also tell you when it’s ready. As a general rule, your banger or nail is ready around this time frame after heating

  • 10-25 seconds – high-temp dabs
  • 30-45 seconds – low-temp dabs

These time frames depend on whether you’re using titanium, quartz, or ceramic nail. You can also wave your hand at a distance from the nail or banger to get a feel on how hot it is. This will help you learn how to use your rig intuitively.

Can I dab without a torch?

Although the standard and traditional way of enjoying your dabs are with a rig, you can still consume concentrates without using a water pipe. You can spread the concentrate first on your herbs before you roll your joint. You can also mix the crumble in a bowl, or use a dab pen like the Yocan Evolve Plus Dab Pen. If you still prefer to use a rig, you can opt for the Pulsar Elite Micro e-Nail Kit. This will help heat your banger without exposing anything to an open flame.

What size of dab should I get?

We recommend starting with a small amount, just enough to cover the tip of your dab tool. Some may be crazy enough to let you try a snake dab. However, that can be wasteful for first-timers and for those who have poor lung capacity.

Keep in mind that dabs are concentrates of all the essential oils that make herbs enjoyable to use. A big dab can toast you in more ways than one, which is not what you want when you’re having your sesh.

What is the best nail for dabbing?

The best ones will depend on your preference. Most love quartz bangers because they heat faster, have the best flavor, and you also get to see your concentrates sizzle. Others lean towards ceramic because they have better temperature control and give a clean flavor. Titaniums are best for clutz and for those who prefer high temp dabs as they are durable and retains heat longer.

Do you have other questions? Please feel free to leave a comment below, and we’ll update this post!


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