Dabs are highly concentrated amounts of marijuana that are made from the extraction of THC and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant by using a solvent like butane or carbon dioxide.
Nowadays, electric dab rigs like Focus V Carta, Pular Rok and KandyPens Oura have been popular in the cannabis industry because they are easy to access and use. Also, the price of e-rigs is getting lower. However, the old school dab rigs with a butane torch are still popular on the market. Today, we would like to write about the old school dab rigs.
What is a dab rig/oil rig?
Dab rigs as known as oil rigs are similar to bongs, which are meant to smoke rosin, shatter, butane hash oil (BHO), CO2 oil, or other cannabis concentrates. It can also reduce the overheated vapor, which comes from the rig’s nail. The interior of the dab rig is manufactured using glass or ceramics. Since dab rigs are meant to smoke concentrates with flavor, dab rigs tend to be smaller than weed bongs. Also, dab rigs usually don’t have an ice pinch/ice catcher. Therefore, you can taste the pure flavor from weed.
There exist different types of dab rigs to buy. Consumers have the flexibility to purchase precise, expensive dab rigs in different shapes, forms, sizes, and colors. Online headshops like KING’s Pipe has a good variety of dab rigs for sale, so it’s a good idea to browse the website to look for what you want. You can find important dab tools that we will talk about later in this article.
What do you need to dab?
- Dab Rig
- Dabber Tool
- Hand Torch
- Dab Nail and Dome, or Dome Less Nail like a Quartz Banger
- Carb Cap
- Bowl of water
- Oil, Concentrates, Wax
- Rag or alcohol swab
How to Use it?
Choose a high-quality rig and purchase an additional nail
A dab rig is made up of a chamber, a down-stem, and a nail. Rigs are usually manufactured with glass nails that generate a clean taste. However, these nails are fragile and can easily break. Titanium and Quartz nails are very common because they are stronger than glass. Yet emit a cleaner taste than glass.
If you are a beginner to dabbing, keep in mind that most rigs are sold with a dome and one nail or a domeless nail. Rigs that are sold without accessories will require the buyer to purchase a nail and a dome before dabbing.
Always have an extra nail, particularly if you choose to use a glass nail. Also, ensure to replace your nail immediately quickly it breaks.
Water the chamber before seasoning the nail
Begin by pouring water directly into the chamber of your rig. You can facilitate this process by blowing into the down-stem. You can create the water bubble while forcing air into the chamber. If water begins to splash into your mouth, reduce some of the water from the chamber before moving forward.
A cleans nail that hasn’t yet been seasoned can change the tone of the vapors you breathe. It’s good to flavor the nail before using it by placing it directly in the rig and continuously heat it with your torch until its super-hot. Apply oil concentrate or wax over the head of the nail by using a dabber. When the wax begins to melt and starts covering the nail, use your tongs to carry the nail and place it inside the bowl with water.
Prepare yourself for a dab
Take your wand and carry a few concentrates in wax or shatter form. Keep in mind that even the smallest dab is more potent than a hit of dried buds. This method of consumption is very effective, and users are advised to start with minor hits.
Heat the nail with the butane torch
It starts to warm up the nail with a butane torch. Keep the flame of the torch away from your rig or the heat will break the glass. Stop pointing the torch when the nail begins to glow orange. It’s at this point when you can place your domeless nail on the nail.
The nail needs to be heated while the dome is in place and does not waste time or the nail will cool. The exact timeframe you need to wait varies on your nail and rig. Some people usually wait for at least 10 seconds, but its recommended to wait 20-30 seconds to get better dabs.
You can preferably use water if you do not like using wax for the seasoning process. The seasoning process must be repeated at least three times before using the nail. This process can only be done once when you use a new nail while learning how to dab.
Place your wax straight on the nail
When the nail has reached the desired temperature, take the wand and insert the wax or crush around the nail. You must gradually rub the base of the wand which contains the wax around the interior edges of the nail while you inhale through the chamber, creating the water bubble while producing vapors.
As the concentrate begins to melt, the fumes will start filling the glass. Inhale the vapor as it comes out of the down-stem while enjoying the sweet concentrate. Its recommended constantly inhaling until the vapor leaves the chamber.
Exhale continuously and enjoy
When all the vapor has left the chamber, you can begin to lower the rig while exhaling a massive amount of good smoke– even if it’s a small dab. Continuously heat the nail and add wax until you begin to experience the feeling of your concentrate.
Remove the dome then tidy the nail and wand
Continuously heat the base of the dab tool to remove the residue. It usually takes several minutes for the heat to melt away the residue. Clean it using a cloth or an alcohol swab when the residue is still hot and flexible.
Use the torch to heat the nail again, but this time, you are heating it to eliminate all the remains. This stops the nail from depositing a sticky residue and ensures that your rig is ready for the next step.
Take some time off to practice the art of dabbing. You may be feeling that you are wasting concentrate than you usually use, but in time to come, you will learn that the dabbing process requires valuable resources. The effect produced by each dab is so exciting that most users stop switch from smoking to dabbing after they have understood how to properly dab.
Ensure to clean your dab rig when resin starts to accumulate inside. Do not dispose of this resin, because it can be used to season new nails, so you must not use fresh wax. You can preferably add it to your coiled medicinal joints to make it more effective.
Now you know how to use a dab rig. You start to look for your favorite dab rig on online headshops because there are a lot of different types. Also, you should check electric dab rigs because some like Focus V Carta, Pulsar Rok and KandyPens Oura are getting really popular. Dabbing gives you more flavor than smoking weed by a bong, so enjoy dabbing with your new dab oil rig.