Huge dab hits
Happy dab day, cannabis lovers!
Less than three months after the annual springtime festivities of 4/20, the weed world’s newest high holiday — 7/10, aka “OIL” spelled upside down — is upon us. The July celebration is dedicated to all things cannabis oil and concentrates, and across the world stoners will be firing up butane torches, pressing rosin, and pulling on vape pens to pay tribute to weed’s waxiest form.
To kill time while we wait for our dab nails to cool down, we’ve compiled a list of obscenely large, and potentially record-breaking, shatter hits documented on video. Despite being a relatively new form of THC consumption, pot fans around the world have spent the past few years constantly trying to outdo each other, inhaling as much concentrated cannabis as humanly possible — and then throwing in a few extra grams (or ounces) on top for good measure.
So sit back, relax, take a dab of your favorite sauce, and enjoy these over-the-top examples of today’s holiday spirit.
Starting our exploration of excess with a video from all the way back in 2014 — before portable e-nails and low temp dabs were in fashion — a Denver stoner known only as Mountain Man toked steadily from a dual-nailed rig while helpful assistants dropped globs of wax on the glowing-hot titanium. All in all, Mr. Mountain consumes some 22.5 grams of oil before dropping his head between his arms in a victorious collapse. That’s a lot of heat.
In 2015, a group of hash heads in the Pacific Northwest decided that one person breaking a dab record wouldn’t suffice. Instead, the crew decided to hotbox an entire room with a stupefying 400 gram dab. Thrown onto a giant suspended metal plate heated with industrial torches, the bonfire dab immediately filled the room with a thick cloud — though it was unclear how much concentrate actually made it into the lungs of the giddy revelers.
Despite any official recognition, a quick trip down a few YouTube rabbit holes shows that at least one brave stoner has attempted to set a “world’s largest dab” record. In 2016, Colorado’s Studio 420 organized an informal competition, featuring a 31 gram dab consumed via two bucket-sized banger nails connected to one rig. After carb capping the ounce of shatter, assistants continually torched the nails further and brought out another torched rig, keeping the dab going for more than six minutes.
Earlier this year, yet another Denver dabber took the slab challenge a step further, piling 40 grams of THC distillate into a quartz banger before toking continuously for a damn-near 13 minutes. While taking the hit, torches flickered and fire alarms blared, adding some stressful sounds of danger to the ganja gauntlet.
Finally, we arrive at what is (as far as we can tell) the current unofficial world record for the largest individual dab. Coming in at a whopping 55 grams, the absurd solo session was taken from a five-nailed rig. After catching on fire during some initial dabbing, our fearless hero blew out the flames and returned immediately to the bong’s mouthpiece, inhaling nearly two ounces of THC in one sitting. Not all heroes wear capes.
Happy 7/10 y’all — don’t try to top these legends unless you’ve got excess fire hydrants (and water) on hand.As we light our torches on the summer’s annual cannabis concentrates holiday, we take a look back at some of the world’s most extreme dabs. Not all heroes wear capes.
5 Tips to Dabbing Like a Pro
Who remembers the good old days when dabbing was a mystery for all but the super stoners? Within the past couple of years, dabbing has seen a surge in popularity. However, lots of heavy smokers have still yet to try dabbing out for themselves. Dabbing in a group setting can be just as fun as passing a bowl around and taking bong rips. We’ve made a short list of ways that everyone can dab like a pro— regardless of skill level.
Back to Basics: What is Dabbing?
Before we launch into a full-blown dabbing lesson, it’s important to understand what dabbing really is. Instead of smoking herbs through water pipes and glass pipes, dabbers smoke concentrates (waxes, oils) out of dab rigs. These oils are derived from the plants that produce these herbs.
4-Step Dabbing Instructions:
- Heat your nail with a torch until the nail is visibly hot.
- Place the glass dome over the nail. Allow it to cool for 10-45 seconds.
- Apply the concentrate inside the nail while slowly inhaling.
How to Dab Like a Pro in 5 Steps
1. Don’t Take Huge Dabs
Dabbing has a much different— and stronger— effect on people than smoking. Concentrates tend to be much more potent than the herbs that they came from. Taking huge dabs could lead to a bad experience.
To avoid dabbing too much, take only smaller dabs that let you to control your intake— especially if you’re a first-timer.
2. Dab at Lower Temperatures
At some point, you’ve probably heard somebody complain about a negative dabbing experience. They might complain about chest discomfort, unpleasant tastes, or even a sudden, nauseating loss of balance. In almost all of these cases, we can guarantee that they were dabbing at high temperatures.
Yes, the goal of dabbing is to heat the nail until it is visibly hot. But, as we mentioned before, allowing it to cool is a critical step in the process. When the dabbing nail is too hot, the concentrates combust, which creates an extremely unpleasant inhalation process.
Additionally, higher temperature dabs can potentially eliminate terpenes, the organic compounds that create the alluring smell and unique flavor.
To avoid these painful sensations and keep good dabbing vibes, always allow the dab nail to cool after heating it.
3. Use Gloves
Concentrate oils have a slimy texture and a slippery consistency. As far as the substance goes, they are comparable to honey. And, touching these oils with bare hands transfers bacteria from your skin to the oil.
Using gloves will protect your oils from dilution or contamination. This means that, when you’re ready to smoke, your oils will be contaminant-free. Gloves will also prevent concentrates from getting stuck to your hands.
In fact, there are specialized tools that eliminate the need for ever touching the concentrate with your hands– but more on that later.
4. Clean Your Piece Frequently
For especially potent hits, your dab rig must be clean. Dab rigs are also easier to clean than water pipes. The more frequently you clean it, the easier it will be to clean.
For mild traces of residue, hot water alone may do the job.
With a clean pipe, you’ll be able to taste your concentrates without the old concentrates affecting the taste.
5. Accessorize Thoughtfully
Would you ever try to smoke herbs without your grinder? No, we didn’t think so.
There are a couple of accessories that should be treated as inseparable from your dab rig. Some of these accessories are necessary for dabbing– like a torch, dabbing tool and nail.
Others will protect your piece from wear and tear. Every time you place your piece down on a hard surface– whether it is a glass table, a wooden floor, or something else– there is a minor shock that travels through the piece. Over time, these minor shocks can cause hairline cracks within the pipe. Placing your piece down on a silicone mat is a great strategy for preventing the spread of these cracks. They will also reduce the transfer of pet hairs, which can detract from the dabbing experience.
As non-stick material, silicone mats are also designed to keep concentrates from sticking. However, it’s still best to keep your concentrates closed when you are not using them.
Dab Rigs, Nails, and More
Take our advice– it’s better to start dabbing the right way, and improve your technique over time. Check out our online head shop’s stock of dab rigs and accessories, or contact us for more information.Before we launch into a full-blown dabbing lesson, it’s important to understand what dabbing really is. Instead of smoking herbs through water pipes and glass pipes, dabbers smoke concentrates (waxes, oils) out of dab rigs. These oils are derived from the plants that produce these herbs. ]]>