How to Dab: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Unless you’re a newer smoker, chances are you’ve heard of dabbing. Modern dabbing, which actually traces its origins back to the 2000s, is growing increasingly popular. However, it requires unique equipment. What’s more, you must understand the dabbing technique. In this post, we’ll explore both of those topics in our guide on how to dab.

How to Dab: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Before we start, let’s get one thing clear. Why should you dab in the first place? Well, because dabs have significantly higher potency than most other types of cannabis products. In fact, most dabs contain 60-90 percent THC. In contrast, most flower maxes out at 25 percent THC or so.

Sound like your cup of tea? Great! Let’s move on. In this section, we’ll first take a brief look at the gear you’ll need to successfully dab. Then, we’ll take an in-depth dive at the dabbing process in a step-by-step guide on how to dab.

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Before You Dab: What You’ll Need

Just knowing how to dab isn’t enough. You’ll also need to procure some specialized equipment. Unfortunately, much of this gear isn’t exactly cheap. But once you have most of it, you’ll be set to dab for decades. Necessary dabbing gear includes:

  • Dab rig: You’re not dabbing without a dab rig! Akin to a bong, this specialized smoking tool features a metal or quartz “nail” or “banger” instead of a regular bowl. A nail or banger features a flat-bottomed surface that can absorb and retain heat. 
  • Concentrate: Just like a dab rig, you can’t dab without a concentrate. In fact, the terms “concentrates” and “dabs” are essentially becoming synonymous.
  • Dabbing tool: Dabs aren’t known for their stable consistency. Most of them are viscous, sticky liquids while others are small, crumbly semi-solids. Either way, you’re not going to want to touch them with your hands. Luckily, you don’t have to. A dabbing tool (essentially a dentist’s pick) is the ideal way to gather your concentrate and apply it to a hot nail.
  • Torch: You can’t heat up a nail or banger with a normal lighter. Instead, you’ll need something more powerful. Kitchen torches work perfectly thanks to their powerful directed flame. Torches typically run on butane.

Once you assemble your kit, you’re ready to get to work.

Step 1: Gather a Dab

First things first: ready your concentrate. Simply pop open the lid of your concentrate container and gather a bit onto your dab tool. If you’re new to dabbing, start with small amounts. Envision a pea, then gather between ¼ and ½ of that amount. Then, set your dab aside for now. You’ll be using it later.

Step 2: Heat the Nail

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Next, use the torch to heat the nail. If your torch has an adjustable flame, keep it below the halfway mark to avoid wasting butane. A torch’s flame is hottest at the tip of the inner jet, so touch that spot to the bottom of your banger or nail.

Once your nail is red hot, remove the flame. Now, you’ll need to play the waiting game. Wait for between 30 seconds and a minute for your banger or nail to cool. This will depend on your nail’s material.

Once your nail is red hot, remove the flame. Now, you’ll need to play the waiting game. Wait for between 30 seconds and a minute for your banger or nail to cool. This will depend on your nail’s material.

Experiment a little bit to see how hot you like your dabs. Hotter dabs will get you higher, but they can be a little unpleasant with lots of coughing. Cooler dabs may not get you as high, but they allow you to fully taste the concentrate you’re smoking. They also provide a smoother hit.

Step 3: Apply Dab to Nail and Inhale

After you’re done waiting, apply some concentrate to your hot nail. While you do this, inhale from the mouthpiece. Your dabs should sizzle as they vaporize. Hold your dab in and exhale at your leisure. Finally, run a cue-tip through your banger or nail to remove any leftover residue.

Now That You Know How to Dab, You’ll Need Concentrates

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