Beginners Guide to Dabbing
So you’ve heard about dabs and are now curious to learn a bit more. You may have
heard how fast the high hits and how potent it can be, which in turn got you eager
(or maybe a bit worried) to try it. While dabbing is relatively easy to do, there are
some things that you need to know first.
What is dabbing?
Dabs are simply a concentrated form of cannabis. The cannabinoids are often extracted
using solvents such as butane and CO2, leaving behind a viscous, sticky, and oily
residue. The color of the viscous and concentrated oil typically ranges anywhere from
light amber color to a dark, golden brown. Some dabs range from deep brown to black
in color to a light almost beige brown.
A dab can refer to wax, distillate, rosin and live rosin, as well as shatter. The act of
inhaling the vapors caused by heating the dabs is called dabbing.
How to dab?
If you want to know how to smoke dabs, then you will need a dab rig. It is a specially-
designed device specifically made for dabbing. Its main parts include a glass water pipe and a
titanium or glass nail or banger. You will also need a blowtorch to heat the nail up.
To learn how to smoke dabs, all you have to do is to fill the glass water pipe up with water,
making sure that its downstem is submerged in water. Next, heat the nail or banger up
with your blowtorch. Once you see the nail is glowing red hot, place a small dab of
concentrate on the nail. The dab will immediately begin to dissolve when heated,
causing immense vapor. The water from the glass will cool the vapor as you inhale it
through the mouthpiece.
A dab rig can be pretty expensive, but there are other ways to enjoy dabbing without a
dab rig. You can use your vape pen or bong, for example, or you can simply use a
butter knife. To use a butter knife for dabbing, simply heat it up on the stove. Once the
butter knife is red hot and glowing, place the dab on it. The heat will immediately
vaporize the dab and create smoke, which you will inhale. You will lose some of the
vapor, but what you do inhale will still be pretty potent.
You can even set up your own homemade dab rig. All you need are a plastic
bottle, a butter knife, and a paper clip. Cut a little opening on the side of the plastic
bottle, about four inches from the bottom. The hole should be big enough that it can
easily fit the knife’s tip when you insert it.
Heat the butter knife on your stove until it’s
glowing red hot and then stick it into the hole you created on the side of the bottle,
taking care not to touch the sides of the hole. Place your dab on the heated knife’s tip
with a paper clip. The dab will combust and create vapor, which will be trapped by the
bottle cap. Just unscrew the cap and inhale through the mouthpiece.
Now you know how to smoke dabs and create your own inexpensive dab rig! But
before you go and enjoy dabbing, know that even a very little crumb of a dab (about the
size of the tip of a matchstick) contains a high amount of THC. So if you’re new to
dabbing, we suggest starting with a very low dose.
What to dab?
Dabs come in many forms. You have wax, crumble, shatter, and
oil. One of their major differences is their consistency.
● Wax is a denser form of a dab. It is opaque, soft, and pliable.
● Crumble is also a dense and soft form of dab. It has a brittle texture that easily falls apart
when worked by hand. To use crumble, you will need a dabber to work the crumble into
a sort of paste so you can easily scoop it up and place on the dab rig nail.
● Shatter looks more like a clear amber glass. Experts say that this cannabis extract is the
purest type of extract. It is clean and free of residues. Shatter may have a firm texture, but
it can easily shatter into pieces if handled incorrectly.
● Rosin and Live Rosin are another popular way of consuming dabs. The small
amount often packs a lot of flavour along with its potent cannabinoids.
What are the effects of dabbing?
Dabs contain a high amount of THC as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Because it is a concentrated form of weed with as much as 90% THC, the effects of
dabbing can be very potent and instantaneous.
Some of the effects of dabbing include, but are not limited to, immediate euphoria,
relaxation, and heightened senses. Depending on the strain used, it can also cause
deep mind and body relaxation or a boost in energy and creativity. It can also trigger the
munchies and couch lock phenomenon.
Because dabs contain high THC levels, the effects of dabbing can also trigger
paranoia, confusion, anxiety, and panic attacks if not consumed carefully.
It can also cause an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting.
The negative side effects of dabbing go away once the effects wear off, but they can
be very strong and uncomfortable so inexperienced cannabis users should be careful
when dabbing for the first time.
Dabbing is simply another form of consuming cannabis. It makes use of a special dab
rig, concentrates like oil and wax, and heat. How to smoke dabs is easy since
you only have to heat the concentrate to produce vapor, which you then inhale
through the mouthpiece.
Compared to simply smoking a joint, dabbing produces a fast and potent high. After all,
you will be inhaling a very high level of THC. The effects of dabbing may be fun, but
dabbing is definitely not for inexperienced cannabis users. If you want to try dabbing,
then do so at a very low dose initially to reduce your risks of developing any unwanted