Dabbing is the latest and most innovative way to experience cannabis, it’s also the most efficient. Dabbing involves consuming concentrates (concentrated levels of THC or CBD) via a heated surface. These extracts offer users a more potent high, while requiring less consumption. This is done through vaporization of concentrates rather than combustion, so there is no smoke or smell and it can be used in a public space without embarrassing the person vaping.
Keep It Clean
The key to get started in dabbing is being mindful of how you prepare your dab gear. Avoid using anything that’s been used to ingest substances like alcohol, tobacco or any other harmful chemicals. Wash your dabbing gadgets regularly, and don’t use the same set of nails every time. Cover up all exposed metal parts to avoid any skin irritation.
Pick Your Setting
Choose a safe, private space with good ventilation (to avoid the smell) and set up your dabbing station. Cover your work surface with wax paper to avoid any spills. Place your torch, dabber and nail in reach of your dab station but not within reach of children or pets. Also, remove all items that could cause damage or injury in case you drop them while they are hot.
The Right Temperature
The best temperature for a clean, thorough dab is between 365 – 495 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because THC and CBD crystals won’t vaporize at lower temperatures. If it’s too hot, your concentrate may combust rather than vaporize. When trying to find your ideal temperature, start low and go slow. Wait 3-5 seconds and use the dab tool to push off any extra concentrate stuck to the nail and repeat until you achieve the desired results.
Don’t Be Shy
If you’re not sure how much material you need, take a small amount of concentrate on your dab tool, scrape it onto your nail then count to 5. If you don’t get a satisfying result after 1-2 dabs with 10 seconds in between each one, try taking less the next time.
If you can’t find your ideal temperature right away, control the heat of your nail to stabilize the temperature. If your nail is too hot, turn it down. If it’s too cool, turn it up. But be careful! Once the nail is at the temperature you want, only make subtle changes as every big change will affect your dab experience. The best way to check if your nail is too hot/cold without touching it is by checking how much smoke rises from it when you take a dab.