You might enjoy smoking or vaping, but have you tried dabbing before?
What is dabbing, exactly? Dabbing involves strong, concentrated doses of cannabis. They’re made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids with a solvent — the results are sticky oils, and you inhale their vapors.
However, as it’s so strong, it isn’t without risk — it’s important that you’re well-informed before you begin dabbing. Check out our guide here for everything you need to know!
How Does Dabbing Work?
First of all, get your dab rig — it should have a nail or E-nail. If you’re using just a nail, get your torch and heat it. Once it’s as hot as you require, get your dabbing wand and a concentration of your cannabis, and put it on the nail.
If you’re using an E-nail instead, you should set it to a temperature that’s between 610 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
As it begins to vaporize, make sure that you inhale through the mouthpiece. For a more in-depth guide, you can find out how to dab here.
What’s a Dab Rig?
In simple terms, a dab rig can be thought of as similar to a bong. However, they’re not the same, as there are a few differences between the two.
It’s a sort of water pipe, but instead of burning the weed, you’re vaporizing it. The rig has a nail that you heat up with a torch, and then you dab the extracts onto the nail.
There’s a mouthpiece on the rig, which you’ll inhale the vapor through.
Is an E-Nail Best?
For the best dabbing experience, you’ll want to use an E-nail, but there are other things to remember too.
You should always use a dab mat — this protects both your dab rig and any surfaces from damage.
Also bear in mind that you shouldn’t overheat your E-nail, and always clean it when you’re finished! To avoid getting a build-up of oil, you can use a Q-Tip — ideally, dip it in distilled water first.
What Are the Risks of Dabbing?
It might sound obvious but remember that the nail will get extremely hot. Be careful not to burn yourself when using the torch or nail — one option is to use an E-nail, but they are a little more expensive.
Using the blowtorch will, of course, mean that you’re exposed to butane. Not only do you risk burning yourself, but you’ll be among toxic chemicals too.
It’s also been suggested that dabbing might lead to higher tolerance and more severe withdrawal symptoms than simply smoking marijuana, while the more general health risks of using cannabis are of course still present when dabbing.
Dabbing can be a great way to smoke when you do it right — make sure that you take the correct precautions and use our guide and you can’t go far wrong. Just remember that like smoking marijuana normally, it’s not without risk.
Could it be something you enjoy too? Why not give it a try?
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