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Dabbing is the act of heating concentrates and inhaling the resulting vapors.
Concentrates pack a much larger punch than flower, so keep in mind that a little goes a long way. It’s always best to start low and go slow.
Dabbing can be done with 7 different types of rigs, each of them providing a means to heat the concentrate and inhale its vapors.
Types of Dab Rigs:
Standard Glass Dab Rigs are great for those that dab at home from an occasional to a semi-regular basis. Glass dab rigs are basically small bongs that house a banger or nail instead of a bowl. Many dabbers collect glass dab rigs because there’s a plethora of artistic options available.
Pros: There’s no shortage of diversity when it comes to glass dab rigs and they’re usually easy to clean.
Cons: Glass dab rigs can be fragile and easy to break.
To use a standard glass dab rig:
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Standard Silicone Dab Rigs are ideal for occasional to semi-regular users that dab at home or while traveling and camping. They’re also great for those with a habit of breaking dab rigs and bongs, as well as those that don’t clean their rigs very often.
To use a standard silicone dab rig, follow the instructions for using a standard glass dab rig.
Recycler Dab Rigs are optimal for terpene enthusiasts, daily users, or those that don’t clean their rig often. Recycler dab rigs are similar to standard dab rigs, but are shaped in such a way that inhaling through them causes the water to spiral inside the rig - often like a whirlpool. This recycling whirlpool motion keeps the water from getting stale and preserves the flavor of volatile terpenes.
To use a recycler dab rig, follow the instructions for using a standard glass dab rig.
Dab collectors (concentrate straws) are perfectly portable for those that like to dab while traveling but don’t have the budget for a portable electronic dab rig. They’re also fitting for those that hate to clean their rig and those that can handle waterless dab hits, as some dab collectors can be intended for dry use.
To use a dab collector:
Portable electronic dab rigs are quintessential for those that dab religiously, even on the go, and for those looking for reliable party sessions. Portable electronic dab rigs are compact water chambers attached to a battery powered atomizer that heats a bowl for concentrates. This type of rig eliminates the need for a torch, can heat quickly, provides various temperature options, and often includes a session mode for sequential re-heats – making this type of rig the best option to Puff, Puff, Pass.
To use a portable electronic dab rig:
Note: every electronic dab rig requires constant cleaning and maintenance for reliable functionality. The atomizer (the heater) will often need to be replaced and replacing it should be considered a part of regular maintenance. Always clean your electronic dab rig according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Failure to do so will likely void any warranty options.
Wax pens are common options for adventurers, travelers, and those that want to consume stealthily. Wax pens are designed like vape pens, but instead of using a cartridge there is a small atomizer to heat concentrates.
To use a wax pen:
E-Nails (electronic nails) are the best option for regular dabbers who often host party sessions. E-nails are like portable electronic dab rigs, except they’re not portable and are generally much more reliable as a result. Provide dab after dab without the torch for parties and smoke sessions.
To use an e-nail:
To browse options for each of the 7 types of dab rigs, check out our inventory at our online smoke shop. We have everything you need to get dabbing! For help choosing concentrates, check out Your Guide to the 7 Most Popular Types of Concentrates.
Morgan Worley is a business development professional with a passion for the cannabis industry. After seeing the medicinal benefits cannabinoids can have, she decided to transition from opening new restaurants and coffee shops to working in the cannabis industry. Since 2018, Morgan has gained experience in the industry as a medical consultant, dispensary manager, cannabis trade show producer and traceability software saleswoman. Outside of the workplace, Morgan strives to live a healthy lifestyle modeled after Blue Zones.