Everyone remembers their first dab. You were at a friend’s house, and they offered you a dab of some super juicy live resin, saying you’ve never tasted weed like this before. “Just a little bit,” they say, you have to try this. Now, depending on your friend, you were either offered a tiny taste of an incredibly flavorful extract, or a snail-sized glob of wax that sent you to the moon.
If your friend was the jokester, you might have taken a break from dabs for a while before taking your second one. But if you have a lovely experience, you likely found a new appreciation for this art form. The golden, vibrant extract that tickled your taste buds, and the intricate glass bong that seemed to function flawlessly have inspired you to put together your own dab setup. Here’s what you’ll need to create your dabbing station.
The body of a dab rig is the same as a glass bong that you’d use to smoke weed. The primary difference is the down stem. Instead of a glass stem with a bowl on it, a dab rig features a stem with a nail on it.
A banger is another name for the nail. This is the part of the dab rig that you heat up and place your extracts on to vaporize. A banger is made of quartz, glass, ceramic, or titanium.
To heat the banger, you’ll need either a butane torch or an e-nail. A torch offers quick heating and is much more affordable and portable than an e-nail. However, an e-nail allows for perfectly dialed temperature settings.
Not everyone uses a dab mat, but they are handy. They are made of silicone, and when placed underneath the dab rig, they prevent it from slipping around. They are also a great place to set down any sticky extracts because the silicone is easy to clean with isopropyl alcohol.
You absolutely cannot take dabs without a dab tool. This small device is used to portion out a dab and press it against the hot nail to vaporize the oil. Opt for something multipurpose, like a metal wax dabber tool pick.
You can’t take a dab without quality extracts! There is so much to choose from. Try shatter, live resin, rosin, kief, wax, crumble, budder, or diamonds. The best way to become a connoisseur is to sample a variety of extracts.
Last but not least, keep isopropyl alcohol swabs and Q-tips around to keep your rig and nail clean. Dabs are sticky and can quickly make a mess if you don’t take a little time to clean up after each use.
Dabbing is so much fun and an excellent way to experiment with cannabis flavors. Start small and increase your dose as you become more comfortable with the potent effects of cannabis extracts.