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Often puffing a joint or hitting a bowl is not sufficient. Often you will need weapons-grade THC launched straight to the dome, and dabbing is the most effective way to do that.

Granted, dabbing is not for everybody. If smoking weed is like sipping a beer, then dabbing marijuana extracts is like taking straight shots of Everclear. But some lengthy-time tokers will need greater doses of THC to get lit, and a lot of health-related sufferers discover immediate relief from migraines, abdominal pains, menstrual cramps, and nausea by taking a dab. (Or two. Or ten.)

Extracts like shatters, waxes, crumbles, reside resins, sauces, and rosins are very best consumed via a device known as an “oil rig” or a “dab rig.” This is mainly because most higher-tech cannabis extracts are a great deal additional volatile and fragile than classic concentrates like hashish or complete-extract cannabis oil (FECO). You can twist extracts up into a blunt or cap them on a bowl of weed, but you will not get the most out of your extracts by puffing on them beneath a flame. So, what specifically is a dab rig, and what do you will need to know about the consumption device?

The Anatomy of a Dab Rig

Whilst you can smoke dabbable extracts, consuming them via a dab rig will give you the most bang for your buck. Dab rigs are primarily water pipes fitted with a “nail” on the male stem, the element that slides into the female stem on a bong. In other words, a dab rig is just a bong that utilizes a nail as an alternative of a bowl.

OK, so what’s a nail? A nail is generally produced of titanium, ceramic, or quartz. It is a heated platform exactly where the dabber drops or twirls the cannabis concentrate onto the nail to vaporize or combust the extract. After the dab hits the hot nail, basically inhale and hold on for the impending rollercoaster ride.

Nails generally come with a “dome” or “carb cap.” This optional device is placed more than the prime of the nail to trap dab vapor from escaping, which signifies a great deal, a great deal larger hits. 

A legit dab rig really should constantly include a base for holding water, and greater finish rigs will include various water chambers and percolators to maintain the dab cool. You can dab with out a rig, such as by applying a specially-produced glass straw. But due to the fact dabs are constantly extremely hot, it is a great notion to stick with a rig if you are seeking to give your lungs a break.

What Sort of Dab Rig Need to You Go With?

Everybody has distinctive wants and desires when it comes to what they demand in a toking apparatus. Dab rigs come in all shapes, sizes, and functions, so here’s a cheat sheet on selecting the very best one particular for you.

If You are an Out and Devoted Toker: 

Go with a complete-on, two-foot-lengthy-plus rig with various percolators and an ice chamber. You have got nothing at all to hide.

If You Want Portability: 

Contemplate a compact, electric rig like the Puffco Peak. These are the rigs described above that come with constructed-in electric nails. They can be charged from a wall outlet.

If You are On a Spending budget: 

Snag a standard dab rig that, at the pretty least, has a base for water filtration. Go with a ceramic or quartz nail titanium nails can be pretty pricey. 

If You Strategy to Be a Casual or Discreet Dabber: 

Skip a complete rig and appear into dab straws. These glass pipes demand just a tiny heat at the tip, then you can dip the tip straight into your dab container to get a hit. Afterward, you can effortlessly retailer the straw away from prying eyes.


How to Do a Dab: Step A single, Heat the Nail

There are two methods to heat the nail on a dab rig. The initially way is to use a butane or propane blowtorch. If going with a torch, maintain in thoughts that propane burns a lot hotter than butane. If you are going with propane, attempt to maintain the tip of the flame along the uppermost rim of the nail, particularly if it is a ceramic nail (they’re kinda delicate and will sooner or later crack apart with time). 

You can heat the nail till it starts to turn red hot, but this is not required. You can test the nail’s relative heat by holding your hand an inch or two from the nail. After it is sufficiently heated, wait 10 seconds for the nail to cool just a bit — that is, if you want to love the dab’s complete flavor. If you are significantly less interested in flavors and additional interested in receiving greater than a kite, really feel no cost to rip that sucker as quickly as you take the torch off of it.

By the way, if you are heating a nail with a flame, it have to be a blowtorch of some form. Your standard Bic lighter will not reduce it.

The second way to heat a nail is with electrical energy. You will will need to buy an electronic nail, or e-nail, to do this. Electronic nails come with a handful of benefits more than the blowtorch, namely that they’re safer than applying torches, and you can also dial in distinct temperatures for ultimate manage more than your dabbing knowledge. And note that some newer dab rigs come equipped with an electronic nail constructed-in. 

Ultimately, there are methods to dab with out applying a torch or e-nail, which you can study additional about right here.


Step Two: Drop the Extract

Subsequent, you will will need your extract and a “dab wand.” Though a lot of head shops will sell “dab wands” produced of glass or metal, any sturdy metallic stick (like a paper clip) will do. 

After the nail is heated, choose up a tiny (or big) quantity of extract with a “dab wand.” With your mouth on the inhaling finish of the dab rig, spot the extract onto the hot nail with the dab wand. Some people today like to stir the dab in circle across the prime of the nail, but this is not required. If the nail is hot sufficient, you really should be in a position to basically hold the wand in spot as the dab melts and vaporizes on the nail. Commence inhaling quickly.

Step 3: Clean the Nail

Neither scientists nor medical doctors know what the lengthy-term effects of chronic dabbing are, but there is proof that dabbing produces some toxins in tiny amounts (relative to, say, smoking tobacco, that is). Which is why you really should constantly clean your nail immediately after every dab. Failure to do otherwise will lead to these toxic degradation solutions to construct up on the nail, particularly if you are dabbing at reduce temps and there are oils pooling on the nail.

Cleaning a nail is super simple, even though. Take a cotton swab, cotton ball, or tissue, and wipe it along the nail whilst it is nonetheless warm. If the nail has cooled, add a tiny quantity of rubbing alcohol to consume via the sticky and chunky stuff. (Just be confident you either wipe the nail once more or heat it gently, with out a dab, to get rid of the rubbing alcohol.)

And there you have it, your crash course in receiving wrecked on dabs. Just know that due to the fact dabbing is a reasonably new phenomenon, and we do not know what dabbing will do to people today in the lengthy-run (if there is something detrimental), you are all primarily guinea pigs for now. Have exciting, play secure, and, as constantly: Commence low, and go slow!

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