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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!

A visual guide to taking the perfect dab

Dabbing is an effective way to consume cannabis and also a great ritual. Similar to cooking a great meal or mixing a refreshing cocktail, the process of preparing and executing the perfect dab can be meditative and provide a moment to decompress. Like a baseball player stepping up to the plate, as dabbing becomes more familiar, you’ll fall into a routine with your own methods and motions.

Once you know how to dab, there are a number of different techniques you can use to dial in the experience and find the method that work best for you to can achieve the right dab at the right temperature.

To take your dabbing experience to the next level, here are some pro tips and techniques, and explanations as to why you should include them in your dabbing routine.

Always use a carb cap

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Tip: After you apply your dab to the banger or nail, apply your carb cap over the top to achieve a flavorful, low temp dab with thick vapor quality.

A carb cap is an essential dabbing accessory that will help you dab at lower temperatures and vaporize your hash and concentrates more effectively. There are a number of different styles and types of carb caps available, but they all serve the same general purpose—to trap heat and emphasize true vaporization while agitating the oil to spread it across the hot dabbing surface.

Protect your banger with an insert

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Tip: Use a quartz insert to keep your banger clean, extend its life, and to never take a dab that’s too hot.

An insert is a small bucket typically made from quartz or other precious heat-retaining materials like ruby. These small buckets fit inside your banger and will help keep an even temperature for vaporization, while also keeping your quartz clean by avoiding chazzing or devitrification.

Once your banger is hot, simply drop in the insert and cap your dab. Then give it a few seconds as heat transfers from banger to insert and gradually heats the dab to the right temperature.

Dosing and applying dabs is easy as you can preload them into the insert and drop it right in. They’re easy to clean and you can keep a few around and use them interchangeably. They’re great for dab seshes with friends!

Cold start your dab

Tip: Try a cold start dab to get the perfect hit at low temperatures without wasting any of your oil.

Cold start dabbing is the process of loading your banger with concentrate first, before you heat it—this is why it’s also known as reverse dabbing.

By applying light heat to a capped banger until the dab starts to vaporize, you are able to control your temperature easily and avoid the risk of dabbing too early on a hot banger. If you don’t get the full dab the first time, you can reheat with your torch again until you’ve completely vaporized your hash.

Spin some terp pearls

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Tip: Use quartz beads in your banger to add some action and area to the dabbing surface.

Quartz beads, popularly known as terp pearls, are small beads made from inert, heat-retaining materials and are placed directly in your banger. When heating the banger they will hold that heat and increase the available warm surface area to vaporize your dab off of.

Couple terp pearls with a good carb cap to watch them spin and enhance the way you agitate your dab when vaporizing at low temperatures. The small balls mix and move your concentrate around the warm banger the way a bead in a can of spray paint mixes the paint.

Heat your banger evenly

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Tip: Heating your banger or nail evenly will ensure a balanced dabbing temperature.

What might seem like a no-brainer can actually have a huge effect on the quality of your hit. Using your torch to evenly heat the banger will help avoid hot and cold spots and ensure that you are thoroughly vaporizing your dab. Avoiding extreme temperatures with even heating will also extend the life of your nail.

I like to start by heating the bottom of my banger and working up and around the sides, where oil likes to splash and where you agitate your dab with a carb cap. Be cautious not to apply too much heat around the joint or neck areas of the banger as they tend to be more susceptible to cracks.

Time your dabs

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Tip: To dab at more consistent temperatures, use a timer to keep track of how long you heat and cool your dabs.

Using the timer on your phone or another way of tracking time, you can gain more consistency in temperature from dab to dab, and you can be confident that they are all reaching about the same temperature every time. Same goes for cooling—as your quartz holds heat and slowly releases it over time, you can track how long it takes to cool to the temperature you prefer and then repeat, time after time.

Each nail will have its own heating and cooling time depending on the quality and thickness of the material, but as a general rule, I like to start with heating for 30 seconds, cooling for a minute, and then adjusting both timers as needed to dial in the experience I’m looking for.

Clean your banger after every dab

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Tip: Clean your banger after every dab to ensure a smooth, flavorful dab every time.

Maintaining a clean banger is simple if you follow a few easy steps. First, don’t dab when you’re nail is too hot—dabbing at lower temperatures helps avoid char, ash, and any other residue from sticking or burning into your expensive quartz banger.

Second, use a cotton swab to soak up and wipe away any residual oil or char left after each dab.

Third, if you have stubborn oil stuck on or dark carbon spots, you can use isopropyl alcohol to help loosen and remove them. For really stubborn spots you can heat-clean your quartz using a torch, but do this sparingly as repeated heating of dirty quartz or glass will cause particles to bake into the banger and slowly deteriorate its ability to retain heat.

Store your dabs in the fridge

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Tip: Preserve the flavor and consistency of your hash, concentrates, and extracts by storing them in a cool, dark, dry place.

Cannabis concentrates are relatively stable products with a long shelf-life. However their form, flavor, and overall composition can change over time when exposed to heat or light.

The terpene content within your extracts is especially volatile and can begin to deteriorate even at room temperature. Because of this, it’s a great idea to store your oil in the refrigerator or freezer.

Short-term storage of grams I know I’ll be dabbing regularly I keep in the door of my fridge. If I have larger quantities of extract or something special that I want to hold onto for longer, I store them in an airtight container in the freezer.

For beginners and experts alike, here are some tips to get the perfect dab every time.