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5 Dabbing Tips For Beginners

If you’ve never dabbed before, the process can seem a bit intimidating. But have no fear, dabbing can be a safe experience. Not to mention, it will give you a high that’s far more superior than the buzz you get off a bowl pack or bong. With that said, don’t let a little fire discourage you from dabbing. Dabbing is one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis for a reason. And by learning our dabbing tips for beginners, you’ll lose that rookie status in no time.

So, what exactly is a dab? To explain in definition, dabs are highly concentrated doses of cannabis. Also known as wax, shatter, butane hash oil (BHO), and budder, dabs are made by extracting THC and additional cannabinoids using butane or carbon dioxide. As a result, you have a lovely, sticky oil, which is practically semi-liquid gold.

Now that you know what a dab is, it’s time to cover the process of dabbing. In short, dabbing is heating a dose of concentrate on a hot surface, typically by using a nail, and inhaling it through an oil rig. It sounds simple, however, it just so happens to be one of the more dangerous ways to consume cannabis.

Although dabbing isn’t the safest way to consume cannabis, it can very well be a pleasant experience, if you know what you’re doing. Of course, when you involve fire of any sort, there’s always risks involved. Ultimately, though, anyone can dab, including you. And rest assured, you won’t be disappointed. By keeping these five helpful tips in mind, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try dabbing sooner.


When consuming cannabis in general, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids. Dabbing, however, can make your throat burn like no other, especially if you’re taking ginormous hits. Moreover, the nail itself is frequently heated to roughly 482 degrees Celsius.

Aside from dabbing being a rather hot method, keeping water nearby is highly recommended for other reasons as well. In fact, it can save you some embarrassment when it comes to taking your first hit. Of course, you’ll probably cough, but that doesn’t mean you have to choke up a lung. You may be a rookie, but you don’t have to flaunt it so.


Because dabbing can be a somewhat scary experience when you’re new to it all, it’s important to make certain that you’re comfortable when attempting to try it for the first time. Not only will this prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed or anxious, but it will also make the experience more pleasant overall.

Ultimately, cannabis concentrates have a high THC content, with many containing over 60%. Therefore, the high potency can cause some feelings of anxiety, especially for those that experience anxiousness when consuming cannabis in general. But by creating a relaxing and comfortable setting, you can alleviate all the negative vibes.


To enjoy the goodness that comes with dabbing, you need to make sure you don’t overdo it. People love dabbing for a reason, and you should be able to love it too. Not only do dabs provide a euphoric high like no other, but the flavors and aromas of the concentrates themselves are amazing. Equally important, dabbing provides quick and powerful relief. However, you cannot enjoy all of these benefits if you go too extreme when you’re a beginner.

Being that you’re a beginner, you need to start off slow by using a small dose. Again, dabbing can provide a compelling high, which may overwhelm a beginner. Therefore, starting with microdoses of concentrates is best. This way, you can get a feel for how much you need, and you can work your way up to higher doses over time.


Starting off with small doses can do wonders, however, you’ll still be pretty high when you dab for the first time; especially if you’re working with a sativa concentrate, which can be intense in general. And if you just so happen to consume too much, you’ll likely be glued to your couch for some time.

Your first-time experience is going to be a coin toss. You may be just fine, but on the other hand, you might want to do absolutely nothing. Therefore, picking a chill day with little to no plans would be ideal for your first-time dabbing. Not to mention, the high can last for hours, so you’ll need to spend some time winding down. So grab yourself some snacks, throw in a video game or movie, chill out, and enjoy your high.


If you’re a visual learner that needs one-on-one instructions, taking pointers from a pro may be what you need. Not only can they show you how to hit it, but they can more than likely provide you with tips on how to avoid burning yourself. Moreover, it will help you feel less confused about the process.

Equally important is the fact that beginners may waste oil. If you’re looking to get high, you want to make that oil last as much as you can. With this in mind, finding a friend to help you will save you a lot of trouble. Moreover, it will allow you to get a more stellar high.


All in all, dabbing is a terrific way to consume cannabis. Not only is it trending amongst cannabis consumers, but it also provides an out of this world high. However, it can be dangerous and scary when you are new to the world of dabs. But we all were once a rookie, and anyone can work their way up to pro status. By keeping these five helpful tips in mind, you can avoid a first-time bad experience.

Although dabbing isn't the safest way to consume cannabis, it can very well be a pleasant experience, if you know what you're doing.

Guide to Dabbing

If you’re a denizen of the cannabis community, you’re likely acquainted with the dabbing phenomenon. For the uninitiated, dabbing is often perplexing and daunting. With an array of foreign tools required, dabbing can leave even the most seasoned patients scratching their heads. With this article, we hope to provide the cannabasics to help you gain clarity and comfort with the dabbing process.

What is dabbing?

Dabbing is a method of ingesting cannabis concentrates using flash vaporization. The concentrates used to dab are often higher in potency than cannabis flowers. Dabbing can provide swift and powerful relief from nausea, stress, appetite loss, pain, insomnia, and numerous other conditions. It is especially helpful for patients with a high tolerance or severe symptoms.

Dabbing relies on conductive heating and when done right, this process can provide the health benefits of vaporization. However, due to the inability to precisely monitor the temperature the nail is heated to, dabbing can result in some combustion. To avoid combustion and preserve those tasty terpenes, familiarize yourself with the appropriate cool down time for your dab nail (titanium, quartz, etc.). Many terpenes vaporize at lower temperatures than cannabinoids. In general the ideal temperature to vaporize both without combustion is approximately 356 to 392°F.

Aside from conductive heating, vaporizers such as the Volcano use convective heating. With convective heating, an electronic mechanism monitors the ideal temperature to vaporize the material without burning and charring, a telltale sign of combustion.

What’s an E-nail?

Electronic nails or “E-nails” use a small electric heating element connected to a coil that wraps around a dab nail heating it to a specific temperature and keeping it there. These setups usually have a digital screen allowing you to zero in on a precise temperature and avoid overheating, which can be difficult to avoid with the standard torch method. E-nails remove the need for using these torches or buying butane providing a safer and more refined dabbing experience.

Some companies also offer quartz or even sapphire “dishes” that rest above the nail itself. When an extract is placed on the dish and covered by a “carb cap”, it simulates a convective heating process using the hot air above the nail to begin vaporizing the concentrate, rather than placing the concentrate directly on the nail itself.

Though E-nails require wall power and aren’t very practical on-the-go, several companies have been experimenting with all-in-one portable dab systems that use battery power to heat a nail. Many of these system also include a small glass water pipe attachment to simulate that cooling process of an at-home dab experience.

These portable systems are not to be confused with smaller lower powered vape pens and cartridges. Vape pens/carts can usually only vaporize thinner CO2 extracts in small amounts. Dabbing systems are much higher powered and can handle even the thickest concentrates. No disposable cartridge is involved in dabbing systems and the concentrate must be hand placed or “dabbed” onto the dab nail.

Which concentrates are safe to dab?

Cannabis concentrates, also called cannabis extracts, come in a variety of forms and potencies. Determining which concentrates are safe to dab can be tricky due to the various names used for dabbing extracts. The most common dabbing concentrates are CO2 extracted oil, clear concentrates, or solvent-less extracts such as rosin. Bubble hash that has been very finely filtered, often called Ice Wax, is another safe possibility. Other dabbable concentrates include wax, shatter, honeycomb, BHO, and crumbles, but these are often made with dangerous solvents which are difficult to purge and often leave residue.

It’s important to note, not all oils are safe for dabbing. Do not dab alcohol-based extracts, such as RSO, ISO wax, or tinctures. These extracts are to be ingested orally, not smoked or dabbed. If you’re unsure if a particular concentrate is okay to dab, always ask your budtender.

What you will need:

  1. Cannabis concentrate: as described above.
  2. Water pipe: Most water pipes can easily be made into a dab rig by replacing the glass bowl with a dab nail.
  3. Nail: Find a nail that fits your water pipe. Nails may be ceramic, quartz, or titanium (most common). Some dab rigs also require a dome . This is a glass hood that’s placed over the nail to collect the vapor before it’s inhaled. “Dome-less” nails don’t require a glass dome.
  4. Dabber: A small ceramic, glass, metal, or silicone spatula-like tool, used to apply a dab to the heated nail.
  5. Torch: Mini-torches such as those used for crème brûlée are adequate. Many upgrade to a larger propane-fueled torch for faster heating. New flame-less methods of dabbing, such as electronic nails, are gaining popularity, but the original torch method is most cost efficient.

How to dab:

  1. Prepare your dab. Scoop a small amount of concentrate onto your dabber tool. Remember, concentrates are more potent than flowers! Start small, we recommend a half grain of rice or less.
  2. Turn on the torch lighter, aim the flame at the nail on your water pipe. Different types of nails and torches will vary in heating time, be patient.
  3. Once the nail begins to turn red-hot, turn off the torch. If using a dome, place it over the nail. It’s recommended to allow titanium nails to cool for 10 seconds, quartz nails for 45 seconds to avoid combusting any of the material.
  4. Grab your dabber tool and apply the concentrate directly to the nail, inhaling slowly. Rotate the dabber tool around the nail to heat any oil stuck to the dabber.

*Caution: The nail (and dome) become extremely hot and should be handled with great caution. Always be sure to wait for all pieces to cool before touching.

How much should I use?

While flowers typically test from 10 to 25% THC, concentrates are often in the neighborhood of 50 to 80% THC. This enhanced potency means that only a small amount of concentrate is needed to produce a strong effect. For this reason, it’s always recommended to start with a small dose and increase as your comfort and tolerance allow. A reasonable starting dose is the size of a crumb, or roughly half a grain of rice.

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