Herb concentrates are extracted chemical compounds to produce sticky oil, wax, shatter, or budder. These concentrates are referred to as dabs, available for legal plants or herbs. It has been around for some time but has received immense attention in recent years. Dabs are relatively more potent than dry herbs.
The dabbing method uses convective rather than conductive heating, giving you healthier, smoother, and less wasteful smoke. Dabbing can also be enjoyed with friends, similar to taking bong rips while passing a bowl around with some friends. Here are some tips from the experts to help anyone raise their skill level to get the perfect dab.
Keep Your Pieces Clean
Dab rigs must always be kept clean and free of residue from the past session. This might be relatively easier to do compared to water pipes. Just make sure that you practice frequent cleaning so that the dirt or residues do not accumulate over time. Considerable amounts of these residuals might be harder to rid.
If you do not clean your pipe, the taste of the old concentrate might mix with the new one. High-quality pieces such as pipes, bubblers, nectar collectors, and others need proper care. Maintaining the cleanliness of your items also improves your overall experience. You can clean mild residual traces with hot water for a cleaner pipe and a better smoking experience.
Take Smaller Dabs
Unlike its source, dabbing has a more intense and powerful flavor. It tends to have more potent effects on people who are smoking it. Since concentrates have bolder effects than the usual herbs, you might want to take them in small doses. Inhaling from a large dab can lead to a terrible experience. Smaller amounts at a time let you control your intake.
Control the Temperature
Some smokers tend to complain about a negative experience in dabbing, such as chest discomfort, unpleasant taste, nausea, or a sudden loss of balance. In that case, we can assure you that dabbing at a high temperature caused these effects. If you want to avoid these experiences, you might want to dab at a lower temperature.
At a higher temperature, dabs might eliminate terpenes or organic compounds that create the herb’s smell and flavor. There is not much left to enjoy in your herbs with that unique attribute gone. So, try to control the heat.
Although the nail has to be visibly hot in the first part of the process, allow it to cool for a little bit. The cooling process is just as crucial as convective heating. Do not dab on a nail that is too hot as the concentrate combusts due to the excessive heat. This results in either an unpleasant or painful inhalation experience.
Gloves are a great way to handle those dabs without getting the slime and oil on your hands. Since concentrate oils have slimy and slippery consistencies comparable to honey, you might experience trouble handling them. Additionally, bacteria from your bare hands might transfer to these oils, contaminating your concentrate.
Protect your concentration from dilution and contamination by using gloves. Contaminated oils may also have varying side effects on the smoker, so it is best to keep them clean at all times. You can also prevent these slimy concentrates from sticking to your hands. There is a unique tool that removes the need to touch your concentrates, but gloves should do it for now.
When it comes to smoking, your pieces should have a sense of unity. For instance, would you smoke herbs without a grinder? The same works for dab rigs. Accessories such as a torch, dabbing tool, and nail must all come together in a set. Separately storing them is unsystematic as every piece is necessary for this smoking method.
Aside from these things, have a silicone mat to protect your pieces from developing hairline cracks when you place them on any hard surface such as a floor or table. Minor shocks that travel through the piece create hairline cracks over time. Prevent these cracks from occurring by placing them down on a silicone mat that reduces the shock.
Non-silicone mats are also non-stick and can prevent concentrates from sticking if they are left open. Spilled concentrates may be difficult to remove. Additionally, pet hairs on the floor may also transfer to your pipe and detract from the dabbing experience.
Sit back and exhale, allow the herbs to work their wonders. Once you have mastered to dap flawlessly, you can smoke better, enjoying the full potential of your medicine. Just remember that it is okay if you do not get it right away. Just be comfortable with the dabbing process, and you can improve your execution over time.