The first time using a dab rig can be a little overwhelming. You don’t usually see someone grab for a dab rig if that person is still relatively new to the world of cannabis. However, these devices are one of the most common tools for people who use cannabis concentrates. Many people are now investing in new tools and accessories to create their very own dabbing station.
There are dozens of pieces that attach to dab rigs. Each accessory serves a specific function, so it’s best to start your journey by narrowing down what you’re looking to achieve. Many people choose dab rigs because they provide a bigger, more intense hit. You can add plenty of items to your dabbing station to help enhance all of the tools’ features even more.
Not only do people enjoy dab rigs for the big hits, but you use these tools with the most potent cannabis products on the market. Cannabis concentrates can have as much as 80% THC concentration. That’s potent compared to the strongest cannabis flower out there, which can reach roughly 30% THC concentration.
Dab Rig Overview
A dab rig may look intimidating, but if you know how to use a bong, you’ll learn how to dab in no time. A dab rig is a bong that uses something called a nail instead of a bowl. A cannabis flower is the best product to use with a bong, but cannabis concentrates are what you use with a dab rig. One slight difference between bongs and dab rigs is the joint between the tube and the receptacle. A bong or water pipe will typically bend about 45 degrees compared to a 90-degree angle on a dab rig.
The essential parts of a dab rig include a water pipe, a nail or banger, a dab tool, and in some cases, a torch. Each of those parts is standard aside from the torch. Cannabis concentrates require extreme heat to work correctly, so a torch is necessary instead of a lighter. If your dab rig didn’t come with a torch, you can find them almost anywhere.
Choosing Your Cannabis Concentrates
If you’re using a dab rig, you want to go for a waxy cannabis concentrate, such as wax or budder. These products work best with a dab rig, and the heat of the nail is one of the only things that can make concentrates work correctly.
When it comes to choosing which concentrate to use, it’s all about personal preference. Remember, concentrates are potent and can have as much as 80% THC concentration. That’s why it’s a good idea to take it slowly when you start dabbing. Keep in mind; you don’t have to start with such a high concentration. If you’re looking for a little extra punch but nothing too concentrated, you can find cannabis concentrates around 20-30% potency.
What to Add to Your Dabbing Station
1. Step up Your Nail Game
Every dab rig uses something called a nail or a banger. The nail is the part of the device that gets heated, and it’s where you place the cannabis concentrates when you’re ready to dab. This part of the dab rig has to work a certain way, or the whole device won’t function correctly.
Nails are typically made from titanium, but there are also ceramic versions available. Bangers are almost always quartz.
Some dab rig experts believe the type of nail or banger you use makes a world of difference in the experience. If you poll the experts, most agree that quartz bangers and nails are your best bet for a great dab rig experience.
2. Electronic Nail or E-nail
If you don’t love the idea of using a torch to light your dab rig nail, you can swap out that piece for an electronic nail or an e-nail. These tools allow you to use your dab rig without needing an open flame or a heavy-duty torch. A nail or banger needs to reach about 176-degrees Celsius to melt the concentrate into vapour. An e-nail can reach that temperature by merely plugging it into the wall. After it’s plugged in, it takes a matter of seconds and possibly a minute to produce enough heat to work.
3. Vapour Dome or Curve
A vapour dome, also called a vapour curve, is an accessory that can replace your nail or banger. The idea is to create a dome structure above the water pipe exit to catch the vapour. The dome provides a few benefits, including a smoother, easier inhale.
The vapour dome attaches to the nail or banger by sliding over the top. The idea is to allow the heat and vapour to distribute evenly, giving you a smoother experience.
4. The Right Dab Rig Cleaning Kit
Keeping your dab rig clean is key to making sure it works correctly. It’s best to clean the device after every use. That’s especially true for the dabbing tool and the nail or banger. Rubbing alcohol works well for getting the sticky residue off the accessories and parts. Invest in cotton swabs and cotton balls because it’s tricky getting into all of those curves and bends.
5. Buy a Better Torch
If your torch doesn’t get hot enough, you should buy a better torch. That doesn’t mean go find the largest torch in the world. You need a small, handheld torch that can reach at least 177 degrees Celsius. If you notice your dab rig just isn’t doing the trick, it may be time to swap out for a better torch.
If you’re looking to invest in a dabbing station, start by figuring out which experiences you want to enhance. The next thing to look at is how much each accessory costs and how long it will last. If you think it’s a fad or you find an add-on with bad reviews, trust the feedback. You probably won’t have difficulty finding new accessories for your dabbing station you’ll use for years to come.