Understanding Dab Rigs

With all the talk and hype around the global transition to legalization, it’s difficult to go through a single day without hearing about something cannabis related. There are new ways to indulge in your favorite cannabis strains to breakthroughs in medical research that highlight the potential advantages of this medicinal plant.

And when it comes to cannabis, concentrates are at the forefront of this discussion, driven by popular demand, this type of cannabis is both potent and exhilarating. If you’re trying to experiment with concentrates, dabbing is one of the most effective ways to do this.

Concentrates, as their name suggests, are concentrated versions of your favorite herb which makes them a potent method to take pleasure in your ganja. Only the use of a small amount to experience potent psychoactive effects.

However, unlike dry herbs (which can be smoked or vaporized) concentrates require a particular method called dabbing.

There are special tools you’ll need, as well as a basic understanding of what every kind of device can accomplish. Here’s a brief overview of everything dabbing, and how to pick the correct dabbing rig to meet your requirements.

But First, What Are Dabs?

In simple terms in simple terms, dabs are concentrated amounts of cannabis. The doses are created with the help of some sort of solvent (often butane or carbon dioxide) to remove the active ingredients of the plant in a concentrated state.

Once it is determined that the CBD, TCH, and other cannabinoids are effectively extracted it is now an oily and sticky mixture, commonly referred to as any of the following based on the extraction method used, as well as the consistency:

  • Budder
  • Shatter
  • Wax
  • Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

What Is Dabbing?

Now that you know what is a “dab” is, it’s time to know what to do with the dab. To use dabs, they have to be heated by a hot surface. The surface is known as a “nail” and is often comprised of glass, ceramic, or quartz.

If heated, the smoke and vapor of the dab get inhaled. This entire process is called “dabbing”, and while it’s been in use for a while now, it has recently gained traction as a popular way to enjoy the flood of cannabis concentrates that are hitting the market.

How Dabbing Works

Dabbing is the process of using smoke concentrates with convective heating instead of conductive heating. Convective heating is safer, smoother, and more efficient since it does not “burn off” and wastes the active and essential ingredients that are present in the concentrate. Because the materials are burned at a lower temperature as well as using indirect heat instead of direct flame, the user experiences more psychoactive compounds and the result is a more clean, pure, more enjoyable taste.

Dab rigs rely on two essential steps. A torch first heats the surface (also called”a “nail”), and next an incredibly targeted “dab” is placed on the surface of the heated nail. Inhale the resulting vapor through the mouthpiece as you would normally with a regular pipe.