A Dab Will Do Ya!

a dab will do ya

Is cannabis or CBD flower just too smelly or earthy for you? Do you want a better flavor with a smaller wait time for your desired effect? Maybe concentrates are more your speed if these questions pique your interest. While dabbing has been around for many years, it still is not common knowledge to most about the science behind it or maybe even what it is used for or why it might be better consumption choice for some individuals.


Dab rigs are designed for the consumption of concentrates, oils, and extracts. Concentrates such as these have terpenes that are naturally occurring compounds found in the trichomes of female cannabis plant. These terpenes are what are responsible for the delicious citrus like notes you get when dabbing along with a way less offensive smell you get from flower.

The downside of these yummy terps are that after they are vaporized in the banger, nail or bucket depending on where you’re from, they start to degrade super-fast due to overexposure to oxygen decreasing their flavor profile and potency. So, in other words, the more space the vapor has to expand the less bang for your buck.

This brings me to the first thing you will need when setting down your yabba dabba adventure if you choose to do so, the dab rig. Now while any dab rig will work keep in mind the bigger the rig the more the price will be driven up and the less you’re going to get out of your concentrates. I like to get the most out of my purchases so just remember great things come in small packages, in steps the mini dab rigs.

Not only do they increase the flavor and potency of your dabs, but they are great for on the go for those on-the-fly Toke Lyf sessions at a friend’s house. Conceal ability on these little power hitters ranks a 10 out of 10, seeing how most are about the height of a Bic lighter. This makes them great for pocketing or even keeping them out of the sight of children or prying eyes.


Next on the list is the banger. It’s important to note not all rigs come with one upon purchase and not all bangers are created equal. The banger or nail for all my old heads in the house, is to act as a hot plate to put your concentrate on to start the vaporizing process. It connects to the dab rig via a male and female hookup making it easier to clean and replace when the glass degrades from heat expansion over time.

Bangers come in all different shapes and sizes. 10mm, 14mm and 18mm, with 14mm being the most common. However most mini rigs have 10mm connections. Like I said before not all are created equally and that all depends on the type of glass with quarts generally being the best in quality, will last you the longest and retain heat for longer.


For your little dab sesh you will also need some tools including a dab slick to store your concentrates in, a dab tool for dropping your concentrates into the banger after its been heated to temp, an adequate blow torch to heat the banger with and a carb cap that allows restricted airflow into the banger. All of these tools can be highly customized and what to get is really based off of your preferences of style. I’m partial to bubble caps myself with a flathead dab tool.


After you have gathered everything for your dab sesh, the first step you’ll need to take is getting your concentrate on your dab tool. I’m no doctor but I would start with a dab no bigger than a pin head amount to start with if it’s your first time to see how your body reacts to it then level up from there. Its always wise to err on the side of caution and to remember concentrates are stronger than dry herb so it doesn’t take much. Taking too much can have adverse effects, think with your dipstick jimmy.

Heat up your banger with your blow torch for approximately 30 to 45 seconds, let sit for about 10 to 15 seconds. The ideal temp is between 500 – 700 degrees. This too is subjective between people. I prefer a cooler temp around 550 or so. Once you have your desired temp, place the dab tool down into the bottom of the banger until the concentrate has melted off while simultaneously taking a steady slow deep inhale threw the dab rigs mouthpiece. When the dab has melted pull the dab tool out and install the carb cap while you continue to inhale. Remove the carb cap to clear the chamber.


Finally, sit back, relax, elevate your vibe and listen to the Toke Lyf song on YouTube and enjoy your spacewalk you psychonaught.

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