How to Use a Dab Rig - Learn How to Dab like a Pro
So you are ready to start dabbing, but you still aren't quite sure on how to dab, right?
Seeing anyone doing a dab for the first time can seem intimidating. Rest assured, using a dab rig is not as complicated as you might think and we will walk you through every step of the way so that you’re a pro on how to dab.
How to Use a Dab Rig
How to use a dab rig is why you’re here. So let’s go over that first! Later, we can discuss the details of what is a dab rig and the components of a dab rig setup so that you know all the ins and outs of how to take a dab like a pro.
4 Simple Steps to Hitting a Dab:
- Take your dabbing wand or dab tool and scrape the desired amount of concentrate.
- Heat up your dab nail by hitting the side of the nail (the area that is directly hit by the dab torch, is where you will be placing your wax) with the dab torch. Torch until the entire nail turns red in color.
- Wait 30-45 seconds for the dab nail to cool down. This is a critical step because you can burn or waste your concentrate if the nail is scorching hot.
- Take your dabbing wand to dab (tap) your concentrate into the nail. (If you have a carb cap, you can cap off your hit after you pull).
That's it! You're done and have officially taken your first dab hit using a dab rig.
What is a Dab Rig? Components of an Easy Dab Rig
Now that you know how to use a dab rig, let's go over the fundamentals of what is a dab rig and a dab rig set up so you can teach others how to dab like a pro.
The dab rig is a glass smoking device that looks much like a bong but is specifically meant to smoke oils or wax concentrates. Dabbing is the process of taking concentrates and "dabbing" them onto a heated dab nail.
4 components of a dab rig setup:
Dabbing Wand or Dab Tool
This handy dab tool is used for hitting a dab. In order to take a dab hit, you will first need a dabbing wand to scrape your wax and insert into a dab nail. Which leads us to, what is a dab nail?
Dab Rig Nail
You may have heard of a titanium, ceramic, or quartz banger nail before. This is the portion of a dab rig that is equivalent to a bong bowl (dab bowl). It holds your concentrates.
A carb cap is purchased separately from a dab rig set up (most of the time) and it is not absolutely necessary in order to successfully take hits from a dab bowl but it will help you capture more wax vapor to inhale.
A dab torch is not a portion of a dab rig set up that is included or a part of a rig for a dab but it is necessary for doing a dab because a normal lighter will not get the job done. You must torch the dab bowl to heat up dab concentrates.
Rig for Dabs - 3 Key Things to Remember
We’ve established that learning how to take a dab is not as difficult as it may seem initially. Although this is the case, we want to be sure you understand a few crucial notes before hitting a dab.
Portion Control into Dab Bowl
If you aren’t familiar with the THC content of wax compared to flower, we’re here to tell you - Wax Is Potent! So, go slow. Portion control a dab hit into dab bowl a little bit in the very beginning and work your way up.
Start Small When Doing a Dab
A lot of wax is not necessary. Notice how small the tip of a dabbing wand is? There's a good reason for that. You don’t want to overdo it. The percentage of THC in concentrate can reach up to 99.9% THC. If this is the case for you and you’re learning how to take dabs, please use caution.
Dab Rig Nail Must Cool Down Before Dab Hit
How to use a banger nail properly is a critical step because you could potentially waste a dab hit if you don’t do it correctly. If the nail is still super hot and you go to take a dab hit, you will burn up the wax and waste your concentrate.
How to Dab With a Bong
Knowing how to take dabs is understood but you might ask how to do a dab using a bong. How to dab is exactly the same when using a bong; it is just that you will need a dab bowl instead of a flower bowl. You can easily turn bong into dab rig by purchasing a dab nail.
When doing a dab with a bong, the benefits may not be the same as doing a dab with the proper dab rig set up. Use a dab nail and keep this in mind when you use a bong for dabs, but start shopping around for an easy dab rig to begin your journey in the wonderful world of dabbing.
Benefits of Using a Dab Rig
Technically you could use a basic water pipe to smoke your concentrates, but you will be missing out on some major benefits of using a dab rig.
Using a dab rig for oils and wax concentrate has many benefits, but let's go over the four major wins on using a dab rig.
Dab Hit for Maximum Flavor
Concentrates are just that - concentrated. When taking a hit of flower, combustion is required, producing tar and resins. When hitting a dab, vapor is created and that is what you're inhaling.
Hitting a Dab is Better Tasting
Vapor produces very little odor due no process of burning needed. The only burning you do when doing a dab is the burning of the dab nail which is glass and produces no chemicals.
Doing a Dab is Healthier
Less carcinogens are produced when there is no smoke being created for inhale. This is where it is considered true that vapor is healthier to inhale than smoke.
Dab Bowl - Powerful Production of Vapor
A dab bowl holds the power. When learning how to take a dab, understand that the dab bowl or the dab nail is the most important part of a dab rig setup because the quality of it will produce the most benefits.
Now you know, dabbing concentrates or wax is not as complex as you might've thought. A dab rig set up or rig for dabs, and the tools like a dab bowl, dab nail, dab torch, or dabbing wand could easily intimidate anyone who has never dabbed before.
Fortunately, we have simplified the process and made it as straightforward as we could for you. Always remember, a little goes a long way with concentrates when doing a dab. It's tempting to take a monstrous rip, so be mindful and think twice before taking a huge dab hit.