Cannabis connoisseurs and dab rigs are inseparable! Dab rigs take cannabis concentrates to the next level. A powerful and exciting method of using cannabis concentrates, dabbing, delivers the most mind-blowing effects. It is the purest method of imbibing these delicate, high-quality, and expensive concoctions.
What is a Dab Rig?
A dab rig delivers so much in terms of purity and intensity. It's a glass device with a combination of tools and accessories designed to vaporize cannabis concentrates. Just like bongs, dab rigs filters cannabis vapor through the water at its base. However, dab rigs are small than the bongs, providing less drag, so the smoke moves to the lungs in a quick manner and retains more potency. Dab rigs are not for beginners; they are best in the hands of cannabis legends who appreciate the strong, streamlined effects and heavy flavors that the extract and dab rigs provide. There are several components required to use dab rigs and pipes. Herein are the materials that are required to use a dab;
It's a device that is used for the consumption of cannabis concentrates. Most of these rigs are made up of a glass water pipe that vaporizes cannabis concentrate. Dab rigs and bongs are considered rigs. The rig connects to a nail or bowl.
It is an element of heating that is attached to a rig. It's made out of glass, ceramic, quartz, and titanium. Each material has its own unique set of slightly different qualities that help them retain heat for a given period. The longer the retention, the better. There are different types of dab nails whose heating temperatures vary differently.
It heats up very quickly; however, it has very less heat retention. This allows the dabbers to get to ideal temperatures quicker and enjoy their terpenes' true flavors. It never gives off harmful gasses since it's the type that heats up fast.
- Electric Nail:
Unlike quartz nail, it's the most expensive nail. E-nail is an element of heating that is powered by an electric current. It has a box controller that drives the electricity flow to a coil, which then heats the nail. For electric nail, you don't have to wait for temperatures to cool off to load cannabis concentrate on the nail; it regulates its own heat to desirable good temperatures.
A Dabber(also known as Dab Wand) is a must have dab tool for every dab lover. There are variety of types of dabbers in the market now. Stainless steel, titanium, quartz and glass are the most commonly used materials. Choosing which dabber is usually determined by the concentrates that you intend to use.
This is the concentration that is added to a dab rig for vaporization to take place. It is a dose of concentrate of cannabis half-size a grain of rice put in a banger and vaporized for inhaling.
They are nonstick containers made of either silicone or glass and can be used for storage containers for wax. They are accessories used by anyone who is regularly dabbing, and it is already known that waxy buildups can plague incorrect storage space.
It's like a lid; it covers your dab as it vaporizes. A carb cap traps heat and allows you to have a long time for your dab session before it needs to be heated again. It lets you dab at lower temperatures; high temperatures interfere with the terpene's concentrate flavors, to the extent of burning the extract.
They are bucket-shaped containers that are loaded with concentrate and placed inside a banger. They are made to fit in a banger. The insert creates a thick barrier of the quartz between your banger's bottom side, concentrates on the direct heat, and helps with temperature control. With this barrier in place, your concentrates are well vaporized by induction instead of the direct-contact heat. In fact, you can try and skip your 'cool-down' time at once and place the insert inside your banger right after hitting it up a torch and still get a super low-temperature dab.
They are tiny pearl-like balls that assist you in achieving low-temperature dabs that preserve terpenes. The goal is to achieve lower-temperature dabs; terp pearls are a hit. With terp pearls, dabbers will experience less "puddles" and more flavorful hits. There will be no room for burning high-quality concentrate.
Unlike E-nail that uses electric current, a torch is used to heat a traditional nail to the desired temperatures. The torch heats the nail that vaporizes the concoction for dabbers to inhale and feel a lot of goodness.
How Does A Dab Rig Work?
Dabbing offers powerful highs and a flavor-packed experience. Heat is not directly applied to the concentrate. Dab rigs vaporize the cannabis concentrates without the need for combustion. By heating its nail for a given period of time, a hot surface glows, turning the cannabis concentrate on the nail into vapor. As you inhale, the vapor is drawn from the water chamber to your lungs.
A Step-by-Step Procedure of Dabbing
Secure your nail to the dab rig. It is absolutely very crucial. Ensure it is well-positioned and fastened to avoid wobbling before you heat it up.
After heating the nail fully using a heating element, it is advisable to heat the nail uniformly until you notice a reddish glow on the hot nail. Depending on the nail's thickness and your torch's power, heat your nail for 30 seconds. Some nails have materials that heat quickly while others are slow on heat. If you are using a quartz nail or banger, heat it until it turns red.
Ensure the nail is not so hot to burn the extract but hot enough to vaporize the concentrate immediately; it lands on the nail. It's a delicate balance, which is why an electric nail can work best since its heat is always under control. It might be expensive but worthwhile.
Let the nail cool down. The amount of time you need depends on the thickness and material of your nail or banger. However, a general rule is to let your nail cool twice as long as it took to heat it. The nail retains its heat after torching, therefore, be cautious not to burn your skin. Low-temperature dabs have very high flavor but smooth on the lungs.
They give a good hit to cannabis veterans when inhaling. If using an electric nail, you don't have to wait for it to cool down. The current will heat the nail to the precise temperature you tell it to. Your nail's target temperature should be around 300-450 degrees Fahrenheit (149-232 degrees Celsius) to get the most flavor out of your concentrates; the highness that comes with it is heavenly!
After the heat is lowered, using a dabber, place as much cannabis concentrate as you want on the dab's rig hot nail. When you heat properly, the cannabis concentrate evaporates very fast. Place your mouth slowly on the dab rig, and calmly start to inhale the vapor. Don't be quick to inhale. Else you will choke and mess with your throat or even the lungs, be slow on the concentrate.
In case you cough, the heat on the nail might still be high; allow it to cool off. Place a carb cap on the banger to vaporize the dab better while inhaling. The cap should be airtight until all the extract has evaporated. It traps all the heat to ensure you get a breathtaking experience. To clear all the vapor out of the rig, lift the cap for air to escape. You start experiencing the impact of the dab within seconds after exhaling.
Once finished inhaling, ensure to clean your nail. During dabbing, toxins collect on the nail. Therefore, always keep the nail clean to avoid the residue from changing the weed flavor when having another session of dabbing. First, allow the nail to cool down a bit, then use a cotton dipped in alcohol to wipe the inside of the warm nail and clean away excess residual from the nail. Besides, cleaning the nail makes your dab rig last for a long period of time.
How to dab without a rig?
Dab rigs are really fun and efficient; however, they are not the only tools that one can use to consume cannabis concentrate. Some ways are more convenient if you do not want to attract a public eye. While others are cost-effective. Whatever the reason, it is worth the effort to learn more than one method of smoking dabs.
(1) Use a Nectar Collector to Dab
A nectar collector also called a dab straw, does not waste any wax. Nectar collectors are becoming increasingly more common. A nectar collector is an elementary device that is generally very easy to use and easy to clean. To use a nectar collector, you will need a dab mat and a torch. After you place the extract in a glass, heat the nectar collector's tip with a torch until it's reddish.
Allow the device to cool off, place your mouth, and then inhale gently from the sector's cool side. There are also electric nectar collectors that make torches completely unnecessary to carry.
(2) Water Bong or Bubbler
A bong is not as complex as a dab rig. It's a simple filtration device with a bowl, carb, stem, base, and tube. First, you put water in the bong. Then load the bowl with a cannabis concentrate. Light up the bowl as you inhale gently. The smoke is filtered through the water for a smooth hit.
(3) Wax Vaporizers
Wax vaporizers come with all that you need to get started, including a cleaning brush. They are specifically designed with the products of wax in mind. The vape pens use the lithium-ion as well as batteries of the lithium-polymer and durable waxy chambers to heat wax products consistent until the production of vapor.
(4) Dab Pen
Dab pen, also called a wax pen, is a pen-style vaporizer for cannabis concentrate called wax. They have rechargeable batteries attached to them; hard-hitting ones use coils while others use ceramic coil-less heating system geared towards vapor. Remove the cap to access the coil and load the dab directly into the heating chambers. However, ensure the device is charged and turned on to hold the fire button down while inhaling. A dab pen is easier to use than a dab rig.
How to clean a dab rig?
You will need the following substances to clean and leave the components of your dab rig sparkling clean:
- 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Sea salt
- A sealable plastic bag
- Cotton swab
Torch Your Nail
When you torch your nail, you get rid of the combustion that can clog your nail. If the carbon burns remain on the nail, the flavor in the concentrate changes as well. Torching will allow the build up of residual to burn off completely to prepare the dab rig for the next round. However, you can still soak a cotton swab in alcohol and clean your nail's surface to get rid of the residues completely.
Detach the nail, soak it in alcohol.
Dabbing repeatedly causes the nail to have buildups. In case you touch, and still, the pin isn't clean enough, soak the nail in a container filled with alcohol then seal it. You can add salt and often shake the bag to remove the residue.
Step 3 :
Drain the water from your dab rig.
It is advisable to change the water in your rig daily. Especially if you use your rig more often, drain the old water in a sink. This helps prevent the residues and ensure the flavor and purity of the vapor is a bit top-notch.
Add alcohol to the rig
The bottom of your rig might have buildups too after heating. Fill it with alcohol. For deeper clean, add some sea salt until it covers the bottom part.
Shake your rig.
You cover all the openings of your rig. You can use your hands or fitting caps then shake your rig well to dissolve the build ups around it.
Rinse the rig and nail.
After shaking and clearing the build-ups from your rig and nail, rinse them well
Using warm water. Keep shaking the rig as you rinse to wash off the remaining residue as required.