If you're new to the world of cannabis concentrates or curious about how it works, you've probably heard of dab tools or dabbers. A dab tool is a simple utensil used to handle cannabis wax and apply it to your dab rig or vape device.
In this blog, we'll look at what dabbing is, how a dab tool works, and why you need should use one.
Cannabis concentrates such as waxes, rosin, budder, and shatter, to name but a few, are collectively known as dabs. Dabbing is the action of using high temperatures to vaporize these concentrates and inhaling the vapor this creates.
One of the main ways to do this is by using a water pipe called a dab rig. These are like smaller versions of bongs that have a special bucket or nail attachment that, when hot, is used to vape the cannabis extracts.
When dabbing, you want to use an accessory of some kind to pick up and apply the wax to the hot nail or banger.
Dab tools are usually slender devices with pointed tips, shovels, scoops, or blades that make it easy to manipulate and handle the wax.
They are typically made from stainless steel or glass.
Although these tools come in a range of styles, sizes, and shapes, they fit comfortably in your hand.
The dabbing process involves taking a small amount of concentrate and applying it to a heated surface located on the dabbing device, then inhaling the vapor. Dab tools are specifically designed to tolerate the hot temperature used to vaporize wax.
Dab tools are designed for use with different kinds of concentrates. A tool with a sharp pointed point can be used to skewer harder waxes like shatter. Tools with a spoon shape are ideal for crumbly waxes.
1. Select the best tool for the job and use it to pick up a small amount of concentrate.
2. Apply the wax to the nails or banger on the rig
3. As the wax melts, it will slide off the dab tool and start to vaporize.
4. You can take a hit and start to inhale the vapor through the dab rig.
5. Rotate the tip of the tool so that all the wax is heated and falls off onto the heated surface.
6. Remove the tool and set it to one side
7. Use a carb cap if required to control the airflow of the dab rig.
8. Exhale and feel yourself lift off.
7. continue to take hits from the dab rig until all the vapor has been consumed, then repeat as needed.
Vaporizing wax needs temperatures of over 400F, and that is at the low end of the dabbing spectrum.
This is hot enough to create severe burns. Using a dabbing tool is much safer than trying to use your fingers to pick up the wax. Also, wax is notoriously sticky and probably won't easily slide off your fingers. So a dab tool is needed.
Think of dabbing tools like cookware. You don't touch hot surfaces with your bare hands. A dabber has the same purpose as a spatula for flipping your bacon and eggs in a hot pan.
A little cannabis wax can go a long way. Using a dab tool lets you carefully measure out and potion your dabs. It also prevents waste, as there is less chance of spilling your wax all over the floor.
Keeping your dab station need and tidy makes for a much more relaxed dabbing experience.
When you are playing about with hot items, it helps to be well organized and have everything to hand where you want it. You need to be able to apply the concentrate to your dab rig when the temperature is right and not struggle to scoop up your wax with a key at the last minute and then rush and spill it on your desk.
Using a clean dab tool is vital for your health.
If you use a key, screwdriver, or some other dirty item, it could be contaminated with things you don't want to breathe in, so it's essential to keep everything clean. In addition to dab tools, we recommend using a dab mat to keep your area clean and tidy. You can put most professional tools in the dishwasher, which is also a great way to disinfect them, or many can be soaked in alcohol or torched.
Dabbing can be a great way to take your THC experience to the next level. Make sure you have everything you need for an excellent vaping experience and enjoy riding that high.