A carb cap is a fairly rudimentary dabbing accessory that is essentially imperative to an enjoyable, low-temp dab. There are many designs and styles of carb caps, but the principles and purpose remain the same: they’re small tools that are usually made of glass, titanium, or another stable, heat-resistant material. Carb caps are used to cover the top of your nail or banger once you’ve dropped your dab onto it. They help trap the heat and emphasize true convection as your hash vaporizes. If you’re wondering how carb caps got their name, it’s because they add or regulate air to your dabbing surface (much like a carb on a bong or pipe, or a carburetor under the hood of your car).
Place one on top of your nail to cap it, locking in the heat and restricting the air flow. Many carb cap designs include an airway that allows for a jet stream of fresh air to be pulled through and help agitate the hot oils, spreading them around the dabbing surface and vaporizing the dab more efficiently. A post shared by The Avid Dabber (@the.avid.dabber) on Dec 24, 2017 at 3:43pm PST. The simple answer to why you should use a carb cap is to modify airflow to your nail while increasing flavor and efficiency. Carb caps allow you to dab at lower temperatures and help trap the heat of your nail, retaining heat for a longer period and extending the sweet spot or target for your preferred temperature. By restricting the air flow to your dab, a functional carb cap drops the air pressure throughout your rig, including on the dabbing surface itself. Lowering the pressure means the boiling point for your oil drops and takes less heat to create a creamy, thick vapor quality with each dab. A post shared by Too Loud (@tooloudtohear) on Jan 22, 2018 at 7:14pm PST. After you’ve applied your dab to the hot nail surface, simply cover the nail or banger with the carb cap to trap the heat and modify the air pressure.
Once capped, you can tap the cap, lifting it up and down to adjust the airflow and pressure. Or, if you have a functional carb cap, you can spin or twirl the cap around the crown of your nail to push the jet stream of air around, swirling and spreading the oils around the hot dabbing surface. When you’re ready to clear the plume of vapor, simply remove the carb to clear your rig. A post shared by The Avid Dabber (@the.avid.dabber) on Feb 3, 2018 at 3:49pm PST. This week I’m dabbing on some delicious Orange Skunk Live Resin processed by Clay Wolf. I picked this up at Kaleafa when I was down in Portland last week and have really been enjoying its fresh floral flavors. The flower was grown by the friendly team at Eugenius and has an amazing sour citrus punch. Sitting at 65.8% total THC, it packs a wallop but lets the terp profile do most of the heavy lifting. Tainted vape pens selling 2-for-1 in illegal California stores. T ests run on cannabis vaporizer cartridges recently obtained by Leafly at illegal California stores show shocking levels of pesticide contamination and toxic vitamin E oil. By law, those shops shouldn’t even exist, let alone sell tainted THC vape oil to an unsuspecting public. 1, 2018, all medical and adult-use cannabis retailers must have a state-issued license. Despite those regulations, thousands of unlicensed cannabis shops still operate throughout the state. Because they’re not following the rules, the products they sell are not subject to stringent potency and purity testing requirements. Illicit vendors remain especially abundant in Los Angeles. More than 22 months into legalization, officials have shut down only a small portion of LA’s many unlawful cannabis shops. Meanwhile, an unprecedented, national mass poisoning event has sickened nearly 1,400 and killed at least 33 from vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI). And evidence amassed by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources have identified street THC carts as the key vector in the nationwide VAPI outbreak. So Leafly went shopping in the street markets for so-called ‘fart carts’. In Los Angeles, we found no shortage of untested and potentially counterfeit cannabis vape supplies for sale in unlicensed cannabis stores operating openly. We obtained 10 disposable cartridges and had their contents tested by a licensed lab. Result: Some oils had pesticide levels more than 5,000 times the legal limit. Others contained nearly 35 percent tocopheryl-acetate, the vitamin E oil additive that, when heated and inhaled, prevents lungs from absorbing oxygen. Tocopheryl-acetate is one of the leading suspects in the national VAPI crisis.
One unlicensed cannabis store in Los Angeles priced potentially toxic Dank Vapes vape cartridges (“Danks”) two-for-one. Some of the displayed products look like legal brands, but they’re suspected counterfeits. It’s not legal for state-licensed brands to wholesale to unlicensed stores. (Photo by Marissa Wenzke for Leafly) California’s illicit vape pen problem. At last count, 110 of the nation’s sickened VAPI patients reside in California. Leafly has confirmed that the first brand associated with a California patient who died from VAPI is called “West Coast Cure.” The brand is still widely available in-state from unlicensed delivery services. California remains the #1 domestic source for cannabis in the US. Since the 1980s, the Golden State has led the nation in production and export of raw cannabis. Nowadays, police say the west coast continues to also lead the nation as a source state for illicit vape pen components: THC oil, electronics hardware, and chemical additives. Recent Leafly investigations found a number of wholesale merchants selling counterfeit vape cartridge packaging and toxic additives in the downtown Los Angeles wholesale district.
Officials suspect that at least one licensed vape cartridge producer, Kushy Punch, sold untested products into the street market.