When we first learned how to dab back in 2010, we were using map gas torches and titanium skillet swing kits. I’ll never forget my first dab off a glowing hot titanium skillet. The budtender scraped a large gooey golden substance from a baking pan and slathered it on the molten plate. As I inhaled the concentrated THC vapor through a bell shaped slide perched on a handmade glass mini tube, I knew I had to learn everything about this new way to consume cannabis concentrates. And so the journey began…
Things have changed drastically over the past decade. How to dab in 2022 is much different than it was in 2010. And although we have covered some new dabbing techniques and tools, we have not created a fully updated how to dab blog until now. So let’s jump right in…
Before we officially get started with the dabbing process, you’ll need to make sure you have the tools for the job. Below is a list of the items you’ll need to dab.
Once you have everything you need to dab, it’s time to heat things up!
Turn on your torch and point the flame at the bottom of the banger. Point the flame towards the sky and rock back and forth hitting the bottom and side walls of the banger. Heat your banger thoroughly (how long varies from banger to banger) and then wait for the banger to cool to the optimal temperature (around 500-600* F).
NOTE: For safety DO NOT point the flame towards your glass rig, table, or anything flammable. You’ll need to use a timer and a few test dabs to get it perfect or you can just use a temp gauge tool like the handheld TERPOMETER or the hands free OCTAVE.
Scoop or stick a dab to the end of your dabber. If you're new to dabbing, start small.
Melt the dab into the heady of your banger and swiftly grab a carb cap.
There are many styles of carb caps, but for the purpose of this blog we will keep it basic and use a bubble cap. Place the cap on the banger and inhale while using the spout of the cap to chase the oil around the surface.
That’s it! Now you know how to dab! Don’t forget to exhale ;)
This isn’t the only way to dab! There are a ton of accessories to improve or change the experience. For example you can use a spinner carb cap & terp pearl. Or you can use inserts to keep your nail as fresh as possible. Some people even do the process in reverse (Cold Start Dabbing)!
STEP 5 - CLEANING YOUR BANGER (OPTIONAL, BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
There are several ways to clean your banger. We cover the 3 best methods below. All methods should be done around 250* F, you can go a little hotter, but keep in mind you might burn the head of your q-tips and vaporize any iso applied.
(A) ISO DIP
Dip the head of your banger in a container of iso. Shake off excess and let the iso evaporate.
(B) ISO SWAB
Dip one side of your cotton swab in iso and swab the leftover oil in your banger. Repeat the process until full clean
(C) ISO RINSE & WIPE
Pour about a ¼” of iso into the head of your banger. Let the leftover oil dissolve and then soak up the iso with a wad of paper towel. Twist it around a few times and pull it out.
Instead of paper towels or cotton swabs you can also use a DABSPONGE that is designed specifically for this process. It really makes everything very easy and they last quite a long time before you need to change your head. This could potentially save you money on cotton swabs and paper towels.
As you can see the process has changed quite a bit from 2010, but so has the experience.
Happy dabbing and thanks for shopping with The Dab Lab!