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The Ultimate Dabbing Temperature Guide: Finding the Best Enail Temp

When it comes to choosing cannabis concentrates to use with your enail kit, we won’t be the first to tell you that the options out there are endless: between juicy live resin, pungent shatter, and frosty diamonds, the types of sauce are as unique as they are diverse. There’s an option out there for everyone, and that’s exactly why things can get a bit tricky for dabbers looking to try them all – figuring out how to get the most out of each one is no easy feat!

An often overlooked detail is that what actually makes all the difference between different concentrate types isn’t THC or CBD content, but rather terpene type and content. Terpenes are the flavor and scent molecules found in and extracted from the crystal-like trichomes on cannabis plants and are responsible for creating varying flavor profiles and effects. To get the most out of the terpene profiles and maximize their flavor nuance and complexity, finding the right temperature for dabbing is incredibly important. Not only does the best enail temp fit vary by strain and terpene content, but it’s actually sparked (no pun intended) quite a bit of debate about which works best.

In this blog, we’ll dive into some of the idiosyncrasies and best practices when it comes to finding the best temp for dabs with your MiniNail.

Less Heat + Terpenes = Perfect Dab Temp

Let’s start with an overview: having a basic understanding of how dabbing works will help understand why temperature levels are so important. Concentrates are made by extracting cannabinoids from the plant, and their effects are activated when heated convectively instead of conductively. As explained in Hemper, “convective heating is healthier, smoother, and more effective because it doesn’t ‘burn off’ and waste the essential and active ingredients in the concentrate.” Convective heating also allows you to control the temperatures at which you heat your concentrates – which is why so many frequent dabbers have turned to using an enail instead of the classic, yet dated, torching method.

Different terpenes will be more noticeable at different temperatures, for example:

  • Humulene (435 ° F): Flavors of woody earthiness will act as anti-inflammatory agents and help with appetite suppression and pain.
  • Pinene (420-430 ° F): Sharp and sweet, these flavors of pine are generally helpful with inflammation and asthma.
  • Caryophyllene (390 ° F): Peppery, woody, and spicy, this terpene profile assists with muscle spasms, pain, and insomnia.
  • Linalool (388 ° F): On the fruitier and floral citrusy side, users will experience relief from insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
  • (Limonene 350 ° F): With citrus-heavy notes of lemon and orange, Limonene aids with anxiety and depression.
  • Myrcene (330-334 ° F): Myrcene, with flavors of herbal clove and citrus, helps users with its anti-inflammatory qualities.

Getting the Most Out of Terps: Cold Start Dabs

One of the biggest advantages of using lower temperatures when dabbing is the ability to get the most out of your concentrates. This method is called a cold-start dab, in which users will load their concentrate of choice onto the nail before heating it. This creates an opportunity to better preserve cannabinoids that, in a hotter setting, would actually get burnt off and lost.

Understanding Temperature-Based Effects

It’s important to note that there is such a thing as an enail temperature being either too hot or too cold – so, let’s break down some of the details that come with different temperature levels.

32°F – 310°F (0°C – 154°C) : Usually far too low to actually vaporize the concentrate, these temperatures won’t yield much in terms of clouds and vapor, producing little effect or flavor.

315°F – 450°F (157°C – 232°C) : A perfect place for low-temperature dabbing, this temperature range vaporizes terpene profiles without burning them, allowing for the best possible flavor as originally intended by the extraction process.

450°F – 600°F (232°C – 315°C): In this medium temperature setting, you’ll experience lower flavor profiles but likely higher cloud production.

600°F – 900°F (315°C – 482°C) : Users who dab in this range will see their concentrates combust quickly and produce thick, smoky clouds upon vaporizing. Note that much of the unique flavors will be lost at these temperatures as the terpenes will be more burnt off.

900°F + (482°C +) : We don’t recommend any temperatures in this range – not only do they usually create harsh and burnt hits, but they will actually get to the point of being unsafe as carcinogens and toxins are released in vapor form at these temperatures.

Here at MiniNail, we’re all about making sure that you are having the best dabbing experience time and time again. For more information about tips, tricks, and best practices, make sure to follow us on Instagram! We post new info all the time and would love to share it and connect with you!

Heat level is crucial to the dabbing experience. So what's the best temperature for dabbing cannabis concentrates with an enail? MiniNail is here to answer all of your questions on dabbing temp, including what terpenes are expressed at different temperatures!

What is the Best Temperature for Dabbing?

Sunday December 17, 2017

I n recent years, one of the most popular subjects of discussion in the cannabis community is dabbing. Here at PotGuide, we often get asked what is the best temperature for dabbing. Today, we’ll be discussing some of the best temperatures to take your dabs and the reasons why you should always keep it low.

In theory, you can dab at any temperature that’ll vaporize your concentrates. Some prefer extremely high temperatures of up to 1500°F. Others go lower around 900°F for its convenience, as we noted in a previous article. However, both of these temperatures are way too high. Any convenience in clean-up is lost as high temperature dabs can be dangerous to your health and dab hits.

Instead, aim for a low temperature, with an ideal cooling point between 350°F to 400°F. A temperature in this range makes it possible for you to enjoy flavorful terpenes and effectively vaporize any of the popular products you’ll likely dab with. Some may even fall just below 350°F, so consider those numbers as more of a suggested rate.

But why is it best to dab at this temperature and not higher?

Why Low Temperature Dabs?

Low temperature dabs strike the perfect balance that maintains your terpenes and quality of high while vaporizing just enough of the product. Beyond that, because of the entourage effect from properly consumed terpenes, your high will typically last longer and not harm your throat or lungs in the process.

Just don’t go too low. Any heat below 300-350°F won’t properly vaporize the cannabinoids you want to consume.

If anything, the most you’ll get from this temperature is an oily mess on your nail. On the other hand, once you pass 400°F you’ll likely start to experience signs of combustion. This only increases at higher temperatures. By 900-1000°F, your flavor is all but entirely gone while you inhale smokey, short-lasting and harsher highs to the body. Kiss any flavorful, psychoactive side effects you were hoping for goodbye as terpenes are long gone at this temperature, too. Say hello to burning sensations and potential health risks.

Some may still advocate for high temperatures as the opposite can produce less vapor and milder effect. However, that’s not enough. Low temperature dabs allow for effective and even vaporization of your concentrates without introducing any unwanted compounds that form at higher degrees. So, even if a milder effect occurs, you’ll have a safer hit regardless.

Save your lungs and your body by taking a few extra steps that come with low temperature dabbing.

And, it isn’t just a burn in your lungs and throat you may experience. Recent studies into toxicants and dabbing gave us our first scientific results into the practice. Not only did the study confirm the impact high temperatures had on terpenes and decomposition. The findings also discovered the potential for dabbing to deliver “significant amounts of toxic degradation” to a consumer. The study also noted its concern over a terpene’s “oxidative liability” when heated.

More research is suggested. However, early findings do suggest that high temperatures may indeed be a health risk. One glaring finding was the release of benzene at around 930°F. The study found that the higher the temperatures, the more likely harmful chemicals could be ingested. It found none of these effects with lower temperature dabs or temperatures below 750°F.

Get the Perfect Temperature

Depending on the compound, the heating unit and your nail, ideal temperatures can and will vary. You need to know what you are working with to get the right dab.

If you opt for a classic dab setup without an e-nail you’ll have to rely on the guess and check method mostly. You may also try using a timer to dial in the best low temperature experience. The e-nail has steadily gained traction with dabbers for its precise readings, making low temperature dabs much more attainable. Keep in mind that we do say ‘precise’ in e-nail terms. That means that surface and heating unit temperature disparities often occur. Always keep that in mind when buying and using your e-nail.

Whichever method you choose results in the same technique for a low temperature dab.

To do so, you should:

  • Heat your nail to about 800°F
  • Let it cool to the ideal heat of 350-400°F before placing your concentrates on the nail

Now that you know the benefits of low temperature dabs, be sure to check out more on the subject to stay up to date on all things dabbing.

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