Most of you who are here already know what a Dab Rig is, you are merely looking for a clarification on how to use it. However, in order to level the playing field, we will start with the definition and explanation of what a Dab Rig actually is.
What is a Dab Rig?
First things first – A Dab Rig is a pipe designed to vaporize cannabis concentrates. It is referred to as an oil rig, concentrate rig, or vapor pipe.
Similar to a bong, in both the design and practical use, a dab rig filters concentrate vapor through the water at the base. In addition to the central piece, dab rigs require a glass, quartz, ceramic, or titanium nail, or banger, to hold or “dab” concentrate, a dabber tool, and a torch lighter for proper heating.
Which material you use for the banger is completely up to you. People usually try to style their Dab Rigs in order for them to look better and for them to look cooler while using them. However, the most popular one is glass, as it is quite cheap and replaceable if it were ever to break.
How to Use a Dab Rig?
Now when that is out of the way, let’s talk business. In order for you to properly use the Dab Rig, and enjoy it to the fullest capacity you need to understand the slang. When somebody tells you to hand them a dab, they don’t expect you to start dancing nor will they expect you to show off your knowledge of popular fads and internet memes when you do a dab.
What they will want from you is for you to give them that small dose of cannabis concentrate that is sitting on the table right beside you.
But before we start with our next section, which is quite obvious to everyone by now, we wanted to list out all the sections we will be covering in this guide, so you could have an easier time finding what you are most interested in:
- Step-By-Step Guide on Dab Rigs
- Benefits of Dab Rigs
- Essential Dab Terminology
- Necessary Precautions
Step-By-Step Guide on Using a Dab Rig
Dab Rigs are used to vaporize your cannabis concentrates without the need for combustion. They eliminate the need for flames to be involved in the process. The heat turns your concentrate, the dab, into a vapor full of cannabinoids. With every breath inhaled the vapor is drawn through the dab rig of choice and inhaled into your lungs.
Attach the Nail to the Dab Rig Properly
Make sure that the nail is properly attached to the dab rig, it must be secure so it wouldn’t disconnect. So, slowly and steadily get your dab rig prepared. If your nail and dab rig get disconnected you are in a world of trouble. Before the nail is heated, ensure that the nail is fastened to the rig without a pinch of wobble.
Heat the Nail With the Torch
Like we have previously stated it is conceivable that you can heat the dab rig with a couple of lighters, but it is just too much effort, so using the torch or the heat gun heat the nail.
Hold the torch in the same place pointing at the same spot for around 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the strength of the torch and the thickness of the nail. A reddish glow will appear when it is done.
Let the Nail Cool
Allow the heat to disperse throughout the nail, a good trick is to let it cool for at least double the time you spent on heating it. And avoid touching the nail with your bare skin or you will get burned.
Using the Dabber Add the Dab to the Nail
Using the dabber, the little shovel of steel or glass, place the dab inside the dome and if the heating stage was done properly then the dab should evaporate quickly. Dangle the dabber until you are sure that all the dab has evaporated.
Cover With the Carb Cab and Inhale
Covering the top with the Carb Cab ensures the best possible experience of the dab vaporization, but there are further steps you need to take in order to ensure the best quality of the vapor like not inhaling it too strongly or too fast. So you wouldn’t start coughing, make sure the temperature is right and you are inhaling it slowly. If you do everything properly you won’t be coughing.
Clean the Nail
Once finished, make sure to clean the nail for further use. Like anything else it can get dirty and sticky, residue might go bad, start smelling, etc.
Benefits of Dab Rigs
It is a much more appealing option for two reasons – it is much more potent and it is much more convenient. When we say it is much stronger than the regular weed you smoke we really mean it, because in weed there is 10-30% THC, while in the dabbing concentrate there is around 50% THC.
What this means is that you don’t need a lot to get high. You merely need to inhale once to get the buzz you would need the whole roach to do so. While strength is one of the key benefits, we found that the convenience it brings can’t be overlooked.
No smells, no smokes – while with roaches you have the sometimes overwhelming smells and the ashes from the roach and the roach itself to deal with it with Dab rigs you needn’t worry about all that. All you need to do is clean the Dab Rig after you are done.
Necessary Precautions When Using a Dab Rig
We have already mentioned this, but we can’t stress it enough – the Dab Rig gets hot, so don’t touch the glass with bare hands or open skin, or you’ll get burnt. Whenever there is fire-related it is always smart to have a fire extinguisher near – nine out of ten times you won’t need it, but better safe than sorry.
The second thing we wanted to mention is also health-related – consuming too much cannabis concentrate. First of all, you can’t overdose on cannabis. However, if you feel like you have taken too much, stop consuming and let your body rest, and process what you’ve taken.
If you think you have taken too much, things might start feeling intense, and in that case, the key is to stay calm. By staying hydrated, lying down, resting, or even taking a shower you will successfully calm yourself down. And if that doesn’t help the last thing you can do is to take peppercorns or lemon peels which are known to offset the effects of cannabis. The effects tend to last between 1 to 2 hours.
Essential Dab Terminology
We have already covered what a dab rig is, so we won’t be repeating ourselves, however in order for you to use the dab rig you need to at last get acquainted with the following items:
A heating element attached to a dab rig that consists of glass/quartz/ceramic/titanium. The nail can be heated to exceptionally high temperature and its structural integrity will remain intact.
Glass nails are the most popular for novices as they tend to come with the Dab Rig, while for the quartz bangers it is necessary to buy them separately.
Which the more experienced dab rig enthusiasts do as it, arguably, provides the best dab experience and they don’t crack under pressure due to high thermal exposure. These kinds of nails tend to cost a lot more, however with the higher price comes the elevated quality as well.
You could understand what it is just from the name, however we felt the need to give it its own place in our dictionary just because of how different the approach to heating is.
Or rather. It is significantly simpler, and much more accurate. These nails offer butane-free heating with precise temperature control. However the price follows the quality – it costs significantly more.
Once again, a dabber is not a man or a woman who is dabbing. It is a tool which you use to serve the dab. These look like small shovels and the idea is to take the dab from the container to the heated nail without burning your fingers. And just like the nail, the dabbers come in various forms, but most commonly they are made of stainless steel or glass.
A dab as we have previously mentioned is a small, rice sized dose of cannabis concentrate. Commonly referred to as live raisin, cured sugar, shatter, rosin and many more.. Different looks and variations can cause different effects, so asking for advice on which would be the best for you is a good idea.
A carb cap is used to cover the top of the dab ring with the idea to allow the dab to vaporize inside the rig while keeping all the vapors inside the vial.
Just your regular Q-tips, you can ask your local Apothecaries for it, and they are quite cheap – use them to clean up after you are done.
We wouldn’t recommend heating up the rig with lighters, a couple lighters together could get the job done, but that is just not the proper way to do it – you need to keep the heat on for around 30 seconds to a minute in order to get to the right temperature.
Doing it with a lighter is too hard to do properly, and not to mention that you might not heat it properly in order for the dab to vaporize. So you wouldn’t make any mistakes, get a blowtorch or a heat gun and you needn’t worry.