Those who have a little more experience with cannabis may want to try alternate ways to enjoy it. Dabbing is a popular way to enjoy a cannabis concentrate that uses flash vaporization. Many users need to see it done before they try it themselves, but after you have done it once, it’s not too hard to get the hang of it. It is important to know that you are not setting the oil on fire. Dabbing allows you to inhale more cannabinoids and less combusted resin. To help your first attempt go well, here is a quick guide on how to dab cannabis concentrate.
Picking a Concentrate
For dabbing, you will need a concentrated form of cannabis, steering clear of alcohol-based extracts. Buying cannabis in a concentrated form is much more potent than the traditional marijuana flowers, with a THC range more than three times stronger. Each variety is different and has its own unique properties and benefits. There are even non-intoxicating CBD extracts too, with plenty of quick therapeutic effects without the cerebral euphoria.
Since it is so potent, you don’t need very much of a cannabis concentrate. Start small with a dose that is only as big as a crumb. While it may seem too small, it is the perfect starting point. Adjustments can always be made, but if this is your first time dabbing or using this specific concentrate, always start small for best results.
There are five items used to dab, aside from the concentrate.
- A water pipe. This is a glass bowl that stands up with a flat bottom. It holds the concentrate and will come with pieces in it that you will need to take out to rig up for cannabis oil use.
- A titanium nail. A water pipe will have a gauge for the nail, so find a titanium nail that will fit into the area.
- A dome. Made from glass, this piece looks like a fishbowl on a small glass stand. It is placed around the nail to trap the vapor for inhaling. If you are using a dome-less nail, you don’t need a glass globe.
- The torch. For traditional dabbing set ups, a propane torch is used to heat the nail and almost any size will do. Many find that it is easier to use a smaller, hand-held size, like those used in the kitchen for small jobs or even a lighter. Some sets are flameless, but they are usually more expensive than the torch kits.
- A dabber. This is a long stick with a tip on one end and an indentation on the other end. It can be made of glass, metal, or ceramic and is used to apply a dab.
Set everything up on a table or area where you can sit while you dab. The sudden rush of THC is often physically intense, especially for those still new to the process. Have everything within reach for easy access and follow these simple steps.
- Heat the nail. Using the torch, apply the flame directly to the nail until it starts turning red with heat. Once it hits the stage, turn off the torch.
- Place the glass dome over the nail. Leave the dome in place so the nail can cool for 10 seconds or until the surface temperature comes down a little. If you are using a nail that isn’t made of titanium, you may need to wait a little longer, up to 45 seconds.
- Using the dabber, pour a dab of concentrate directly onto the nail head, inside the dome. Slowly rotate the tip to use all the oil. Inhale the vapor slowly and then exhale.
These are the basic steps for those who try dabbing. Once you become more skilled, there are other pieces of equipment, like refined nails, that you may wish to explore. Each offers a benefit to an experienced dabber, such as knowing the nail’s exact temperature or eliminating the use of a flame.
Know that dabbing isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of other ways to reap the benefits of cannabis, so if you try this and don’t feel like it is the method for you, no worries. However, if you are willing to give it a try, you might find that this is the fastest way to experience relief from your symptoms. Give this simple rig a try and see what you think.