Would you like to learn how to dab? If you’ve ever taken a dab or if you want to learn how to do dabs, how to smoke sugar wax, live resin, or shatter – look no further! This article will teach you everything you need to know about how to take a dab of wax.
Dabbing is a relatively new way of consuming cannabis. Doing a dab, smoking dabs, or “dabbing” is when you apply extreme heat to cannabis concentrates, typically THC wax, and inhale a super potent hit from a bong-like device called a "rig."
The word "dab" can refer to the cannabis concentrate itself: i.e. bring your dabs. It can refer to a single hit of a concentrate through a dab rig: i.e. do you want a dab? Or it can refer to the overall process of taking dabs: i.e. do you dab?
Dabbing provides nearly instantaneous effects just like smoking or vaporizing. While dabs can be taken at low heat and vaporized, taking a dab has similar health risks to smoking.
A rig often has a “banger” or “nail,” which is a ceramic, quartz, or titanium nail-like piece that is heated with a butane torch.
Once the nail is heated up, you scoop a bit of concentrate onto a small tool called a “dabber,” “wand," or "dab stick," which is then placed near the heated nail to vaporize the concentrate.
Dabbing is a skill that takes a little practice to master, but here are some tips to help your first dabbing experience go smoothly:
Taking a dab is a little different than smoking flower, but that's why we wrote this helpful guide to explain how to take dab.
To take a dab, you’ll need a butane torch, a rig, and a cannabis concentrate.
When you are taking a dab, you need to time it correctly. Cannabis concentrates evaporate rapidly at high heat, so if you put the wax on the banger and then start telling your friend a story, your dab will evaporate before you have a chance to smoke it.
Once the nail has been heated, drop your wax into the nail or put your dabber near the hot nail, and inhale.
The inhalation takes some skill to master: if you inhale too slowly, the smoke will rise as side stream smoke. If you inhale too quickly, you may suck the concentrate past the hot nail and your wax will end up in the water chamber.
Due to the blowtorch, dabbing can be dangerous if not done correctly. Additionally, smoking is harmful to health. To reduce coughing, it is best to take low heat dabs.
Now that we have explained how to smoke wax in a dab rig, you may be wondering how to smoke wax or other types of concentrates. Below we’ll go over how to smoke shatter and how to smoke sugar resin.
Shatter is easy to work with and you can often break off a corner to drop directly onto the hot nail. Or just use your dab stick and smoke it just like wax.
Here’s how to smoke (dab) shatter:
Are you wondering “how do you smoke sugar wax?” When cannabis concentrates have a slightly moist, crumbly quality like brown sugar, they are called sugar wax, sugar resin, or crumble.
To smoke sugar resin or crumble, use your dab stick to scoop up a small bit of sugar wax and take it like a regular dab. Depending on the consistency, you may be able to pick up crumbs and drop them directly onto the hot nail of your dab rig. Many people like to sprinkle a little bit of sugar resin on top of bowls.
As we noted above dabs can be extremely potent. While a normal joint contains around 20% THC concentration, studies show that dabs can have around four times that amount, coming in at a whopping 80% or even 90% THC.
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