What is a Dab?

What is a Dab?

May 18, 2022 Written by Carlyn Atkinson

Understanding what a dab is can be a bit confusing, even to the most experienced smokers. A dab is a concentrate that can take the form of budder, crumble, sauce, shatter, or wax. When you dab, you're inhaling the vaporized cannabis concentrates using a heating tool like a dab rig, e-rig, or vaporizer.

If you're new to dabbing, don’t worry: we're here to help. Read on to learn what a dab is and how to get started.


What's A Dab?

A dab is a concentrated form of cannabis available in various textures. You can consume them in a dab rig, e-rig, or dab pen. Concentrates come in a few different colors, like yellow, amber, brown, and even white, and different forms like wax, shatter, budder, and more. There's no right concentrate to pick; it's whatever you prefer. Dabs get their name from their texture, and their texture is indicative of how they were created. They are sticky and can be messy to work with, so don't be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Dabbing is very hot, vaporizing in the range of 400-600°F, and is done in a dab accessory like a dab rig or vape straw. If you've ever seen a dab rig, you've probably noticed it looks very similar to a bong. Like a bong, it's a glass piece with a chamber for water. But instead of a regular bowl for flower, your dab rig will have a banger and dab tool, such as a nail.

Due to the blazing hot temperatures needed to dab, you heat the nail of the rig with a torch and let it cool. Once it reaches the right temperature, you can start dabbing.


Why You Should Dab

Dabbing isn't for everyone, especially if you're new to cannabis. However, if you are experienced enough with high THC and you do it the right way, there are several advantages when it comes to dabbing. Remember, always use clean, tested products, no matter how you enjoy your weed.


Dabs Are Potent

The number one reason people dab is because it's potent. Some people develop a high tolerance for weed and need a powerful cannabis experience. And even if you don't have a high tolerance, some people just enjoy the experience.


Dabs Have Flavor

Dabs are full of flavor. The best dab concentrates carry the flavor and aroma of the original plant through the entire extraction process all the way to the final product when you dab.


Dabs Are Cleaner

Extracts are typically much cleaner, purer, and easier on the lungs than smoking. When you smoke cannabis, the burnt plant produces resin and hot smoke. Dabbing eliminates most, if not all, of these unwanted materials but still delivers the essential cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds.


Dabs Act Quick

Some people want their THC to hit right away, and don’t want to wait around for the effects to hit. Dabbing is one of the best ways to get your hit to come on fast and strong.

What's A Dab Rig?

We spoke about it a little earlier, but what exactly is a dab rig? When you hear someone talk about a dab rig, they are referring to the equipment used to dab weed concentrates like hash and rosin. Dab rigs vary in size, but smaller is generally better for efficiency and effect.

Dab rigs are typically made of glass, and the nail is usually made of quartz or titanium. Great custom set-ups are available for experienced dabbers looking to enhance their dabbing experience. But there are also kits that have everything you need for anyone just getting started.

Dab rigs are becoming more well-known due to the surge in popularity of cannabis concentrates. People want to do more than burn joints, rip bongs, and smoke pipes these days. People are turned on to the super-refined cannabis products shining a new light on our favorite flavors.

Dab rigs are essential for consuming oils, hash, rosin, and other concentrates like shatter.

Learn More About Dab Rigs Here.


How To Dab

If you like what you've seen so far and you're ready to start dabbing, you need to come prepared. This isn't something you can just jump into like smoking a pipe.

Here are a few things you need to know before getting started!


Step One: Get Your Dab And Your Rig Ready

You can't do anything until your dab is ready to go and on your dabber. Make sure to put the right amount of concentrate in your dabber, and then set it to the side. Check the base or the percolator on your rig to ensure enough water is present. If not, add the appropriate amount of water.


Step 2: Heat Up the Banger/Nail Or Set Your Temperature

For traditional dabbing, you'll light your torch and heat your nail until it's glowing red. Once the nail is glowing, place the dome over it carefully. Remember, it's scorching hot.

Now let the nail then cool for a few minutes. If you have an e-rig, set your temperature to what's required for your concentrate and let it heat up.


Step 3: Vaporize!

Once you've reached an ideal temperature, add the concentrate to your nail with your dabber and let it vaporize. The mouthpiece needs to be sealed. Once the dab is vaporized, inhale just like you would on a bong, and enjoy.


Step 4: Clean Your Rig

Don't leave a mess on your rig! And while you're at it, clean your dirty bong water.


Bottom Line

So now that you've read this blog, hopefully you have a better understanding of what a dab is. Now you can get a new dab rig, invite some friends over, and enjoy them responsibly! But don't forget that this is just one to enjoy your weed. If this doesn't work for you, there are countless other options!