How to dab: What to know about smoking shatter and wax

Dabbing is the flash vaporization of concentrated dabs, also known as dabs when heated to high temperatures, and it is done through a dab rig, e-rig, and dab pen. We’ll focus on traditional dabbing with a dab rig in this guide.

There’s a bit of a steep learning curve associated with dabbing which is why if you’ven’t done dabbing before, it might be beneficial to get someone experienced with it to explain how to do it.

A few important points to be aware of when dabbing:

  • Dabs are concentrated versions of cannabis. Therefore, small amounts go a large distance. The flower contains between 15-25% THC, while dabs are between 60-90% THC.
  • It’s important to be aware of temperature when dabbing: If the nail is too hot, you’ll burn the terpenes as though you’re using vaporizers. You’ll also likely trigger a coughing fit.
  • Steer clear of the hot nail. It’ll be much scorching hot than even a pot or lighter.

How do you use a dab-rig?

A dab rig is a water pipe used to take in a dab. It’s similar to the shape of a bong and has a chamber that holds water to cool the vapor. But as opposed to a pot for flowers, like the bong, the dab is equipped with a nail to hold concentrates.

What’s the process for a dab rig?

To get a dab, the nail of a dab rig will be heated with an electric torch, and then allowed to cool down to the right temperature. A cannabis concentrate is placed in the nail, and the intense temperature causes it to vaporize. The carb cap is placed over the nail and the dabber is inhaled, controlling the airflow with that cap.

The vapor moves from the nail to the main chamber of the rig and is then chilled by water prior to hitting the lungs of the dabber.

How to make dabs

Before you begin dabbing it’s crucial to understand that concentrated solvents, such as shatter wax, crumble, honey, jelly, and much more, can be made by using chemical solvents like butane. So, these concentrates should be prepared by a certified technician equipped with proper equipment, and cannot be created at home.

Solvents must be purged out of extraction to ensure that it is safe to eat. Only a specialist licensed in a legally-regulated market will know how to do this. Incorrect solvent extraction practices could be hazardous and may result in the release of toxic fumes and even explosions.

However, some solventless dabs can be made at home, using cannabis flowers and basic household tools.