Taking a Dab For the First Time?
Even for the most experienced user, taking a dab for the first time can seem daunting. You have all this new equipment, a highly concentrated form of cannabis, and a blowtorch. At first glance, it might seem like a lot to inhale smoke. If you’re ready to give dabbing a try, here’s what you need to know.
What Exactly Is Dabbing?
In short, dabbing involves the flash vaporization of a cannabis concentrate. You apply the concentrate to a hot surface and immediately inhale the vapor. The concentrates, such a BHO oil, shatter, or wax, are much more concentrated than buds, ranging anywhere from 50% to 80% (or more) THC. There are also some CBD concentrates available for non-intoxicating therapeutic benefits.
What You’ll Need
Dabbing does involve the use of some specialized equipment. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
A dab rig, which is similar to a water pipe, but it has a fitting for a nail
A nail, which is where your concentrate goes
A dabber, a small tool that you use to apply the concentrate to the nail
A carb cap, which helps to regulate airflow (it’s not mandatory, but very helpful)
A torch (mini-torch or blowtorch) or e-nail, which you use to heat the nail
How to Do a Dab
Once your dab rig is all set up, get a very small amount of your concentrate on the dabber tool. Now you’re ready to take your first dab:
Turn on your torch and heat the nail until it turns red
Shut off the torch and let it cool for several second (10 for titanium, 45 for quartz)
Apply the dab to the nail and start inhaling slowly
Rotate the dabber to avoid wasting any concentrate
Place the carb cap over the nail and finish inhaling
Exhale and enjoy the experience
Tips for First-Time (and Beyond) Success
While the process is fairly straightforward, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your first dab (and subsequent dabs) is a positive experience. Here are a few tips for success:
Always start small. Concentrates contain a substantially higher amount of THC than cannabis buds. Start with a tiny amount. You can always take another dab.
Be sure to let your nail cool a bit before applying the concentrate. Applying it right away could cause combustion, rather than vaporization. It’ll make your hit harsher and less effective. A timer may be useful to have on hand.
Keep your equipment clean. Keeping your nail and dab rig clean ensures tasty hits every time. It also helps to keep your rig in good condition and extends its life.
Give yourself some time between hits. Allow the effects of THC to kick in and enjoy the experience. Too many dabs in a short period may cause you to become too high, which can cause anxiety, paranoia, and other unwanted side effects.
Once you get past the initial intimidation, taking a dab can be an easy and fun way to obtain the benefits of cannabis. As technology and extraction ~~~~ods improve, you’ll always have a bunch of options available. Check out our extracts and dabbing tools at Haven, and don’t hesitate to ask any questions while you’re there.
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