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Beginner Tips to Dab Successfully
As you now know, concentrates are just that, a concentrated product with THC levels between 60%-80%. You’re probably used to smoking flower that averages 10%- 25% THC, so a little goes a long way when it comes to dabbing.
Tips for a Successful Dabbing Experience
One of the most common mistakes beginners make is consuming too much shatter, wax or budder, etc. Doing so will result in an uncomfortable high for anyone involved. As a result, the first tip for beginners would be to start small, as they don’t call them “dabs” for nothing!
Starting with only a tiny piece of concentrate will also allow you to determine your personal tolerance for consuming concentrates. As with most things, you can always do more if necessary.
If you’re using a dab rig, the act of heating a nail to the appropriate temperature requires the use of a torch (often with butane). As a result, proper torch safety is key to making sure you don’t hurt yourself or someone else. Try not to use any auto lock feature to ensure full control over the flame when you apply it to the nail, and always be sure to refill your torch outdoors or in an area with proper ventilation.
Use a Dab Mat
When using a dab rig, make sure you set it on a mat while consuming. These padded, soft mats (often seen in silicone) ensure that your rig won’t slip off the table or get scratched up from a hard surface.
Use Low Temperature
When you’re dabbing, temperature is key. You want the nail to be hot enough to vaporize the wax or shatter, but not so hot that your concentrate combusts and leaves you with a poor taste and a harsh hit.
One of the biggest learning curves for most beginning dabbers is understanding how to perfectly heat the nail for a good hit. If you’re using anything other than glass, get the nail red hot until it’s glowing. As it cools, put your hand over it and wait until it’s just bearable to hover close to it. Note that for quartz and titanium, you’ll want to wait a bit longer as these materials tend to retain heat better. It will most likely take a bit of trial and error, but you’ll soon learn how to properly heat your nail to get the smoothest hit possible.
Heat the Nail, Not the Rig
When handling a torch, make sure to only heat the nail and not the rest of the rig to prevent discoloration and potential broken glass.Heating the nail (banger) with a butane torch
Don’t Touch the Nail
While it goes without saying, if you’re heating an element with a torch at extremely high temperatures, it’s in your best interest not to get too close. Remember that the nail will stay hot for a period after it’s heated, so it’s best to wait a bit before touching.
Go Small with Little Percolation
If you’re looking for a dab rig, try to find smaller pieces of glass without large percolators, as any diffusion will dilute your hit. Glass pieces are favored to enjoy the taste of the concentrated terpenes.
Try an E-Nail
If you want to avoid using a torch to heat up the nail, explore an electric nail. Basically, it’s a metal box with a port for a coil, a switch and a PID that gauges your coils current temperature. Consumers enjoy the ease that comes along with an e-nail as the device heats up to the perfect temperature each and every time and it will stay cleaner, longer.
Always Clean Your Dabber, Nail & Dab Rig
To keep your setup going strong for a long time, make sure to clean your tools often. After using a dabber, heat the end to easily remove residual product. As for the nail, use a Q-tip, a dabber or a torch (to burn off the extra concentrates) to ensure a clean set up for next time. In general, make sure your dab rig stays free of lingering concentrate to ensure the best, most flavorful hit every time.Clean your banger with a q-tip
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