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How To Use A Dab Rig Properly

Dabbing has gained immense popularity in recent years. With newdab rigs coming out every day, this form of smoking is appreciated worldwide for its potent hits. For the uninitiated, dabbing is the process of smoking concentrated forms of cannabis through a device that users heat up manually. Because concentrate has a higher amount of THC than traditional flower, these hits will get you very high very fast. 

Why Do People Like Dab Rigs?

THC Concentrate

For those with a high cannabis tolerance, dabbing is the answer. Cannabis extractions are 3-4 times stronger than top shelf THC potency. The effects are much more intense and felt faster. The increase in popularity has moved dabbing from a niche practice to a worldwide phenomenon. The complexity of dab rigs, especially compared to something like a joint or a bowl, can scare people off. However, dabbing is very easy to pick up. The average dab rig consists of five moving parts. The parts are:

How Do You Use A Dabbing Rig? 

How to dab wax

Dabbing is a bit of a process, but it can be broken down into six easy steps. 

Lets start with your concentrate (Wax, Shatter, Oil,...). Take the dab tool and place the concentrate onto it. Set this aside for the moment. Remember, dabbing concentrates have high THC, so a little goes a long way. 

Step 1: Put Water into the Dab Rig

The chamber on a dab rig works the same way as it does on a bong. Simply fill the chamber with water for smoother hits. Dabs hit hard, so you’re going to need that water filtration. 

Step 2: Choose A Dab Nail & Heat It 

Dab nails are the part of the rig that you heat up. They come in different materials, including quartz glass, titanium, and ceramic. The standard dabbing nail is quartz glass. Dab nails need to be seasoned, like a skillet. Grab a miniature blow torch and heat the dab nail until it turns red. Once it’s red, use a dabber wand to apply oil to the nail.

Step 3: Heat Your Dab Nail

Take the torch and heat up the dab. Try to heat evenly to prevent cracking. Once it is glowing red, allow the nail to cool for 45 seconds. 

Step 5: Place The Concentrate On The Nail

This is the part where you take the dab. Grab the dabber wand and press it onto the dab nail while inhaling. Vapor will fill the chamber. Then keep inhaling until the vapor is gone. 

Step 6: Repeat (If You Want) 

A good rule of thumb with dabbing is to start low and go slow. If it’s your first time, let it sit for a while and see how you feel. If you want to smoke again after 20 minutes, go for it. Remember, you can always smoke more, but once you’ve passed your limit, you’re stuck there for a while. 


So there you have it! Dabbing may involve more parts, but at the end of the day, it’s not so different from hitting a bong. As you become more familiar with it, it’ll eventually be as easy as lighting a joint. Check our our list of the top 10cheap dab rigs for sale at our online smoke shop.

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