How to Dab: Smoking Wax and Oil 2023

18 Sep 2023
How To Dab

Dabbing is a unique way of smoking that’s become wildly popular in the last few years. It involves lighting up concentrated amounts of cannabis using a variety of heat sources. If you want to know how to dab, keep reading.

If you don’t know how to dab, it seems kind of weird. But once you learn how to dab, it’s actually really simple—and super fun! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start dabbing sooner.

Cannabis comes in many forms—we can smoke it, eat it, drink it, and even vape it now! The cannabis concentrates are known as “dabs” or “waxes and oils.” Using butane to extract concentrate from the cannabis plant creates a potent form of cannabis known as wax due to its thick, resinous consistency. Also known as “butane hash oil” (or BHO)

What is Dabbing?

Dabbing is a way to smoke concentrated cannabis. This is done by extracting the essential oils of the cannabis plant. The most common method for dabbing is a process called “sub-duction,” which involves dropping a ball of cannabis concentrate onto a heated nail and inhaling the smoke it produces. There’s also “flashing,” which involves heating the concentrate so that it’s in its gas form, then inhaling it.

People use a dab rig with a small metal or glass container (often called a “nail”) with a handle to perform dabbing. They heat the nail using a blowtorch-like device (electric or butane) or a heating element built into the rig. They place a small amount of cannabis concentrate in a small container (like an empty vitamin capsule) and position it on the nail. Then, they heat the nail and melt the concentrate. Finally, they use a wand or another device to draw the melted concentrate up into the air. The person then inhales the smoke.

Cannabis Concentrate
Cannabis Concentrate

Should You Dab?

There are many different ways to consume cannabis. Some people love the high they get from baked goods, while others prefer the quick, intense high they get from smoking. Dabbing is an extremely potent way to consume cannabis because of the large quantity of THC in each dab.

One dab contains enough THC to lead to a high that would normally require smoking a joint. This is great for people who want an intense high, but it’s not for everyone. Dabbing is a very popular method of consuming cannabis, and we predict it will only become more common as states legalize the drug.

What You Need to Start Dabbing

This is the fun part! There are a ton of different dab rigs out there, so you can really express your personality and style with your rig.

A Dab rig come in many different shapes and sizes. They range from miniature rigs that are meant to be put on a keychain, to larger rigs that can sit on your coffee table or desk. You can find all different kinds of dab rigs at a variety of different price points. The most important thing to look for when buying a dab rig is the type of material it’s made out of.

You’ll want to make sure that it’s either completely ceramic or that it’s food-grade. This is because most dab rigs are used with a variety of different types of concentrates— wax, shatter, oil, BHO, etc. In addition to a rig, you will need: a metal dabber tool, a torch, torch fuel, a carb cap, and a dab mat.

Wax vaporizers and dab pens are also advantageous because they are portable and easy to use on the go

Dab Tools
Dab Tools

Type of Dab Rigs

Dab rigs come in two main types: manual and electric. Manual rigs require you to heat the nail with a blowtorch or other open flame and then use a separate wand to suck the smoke out. Electric rigs are self-contained and typically come with their own heating element, wand, and carb cap. There are a few different ways to set up your rig. The simplest way is to put your nail on top of a container (like a coffee mug) and put your carb cap on top of that.

You can also use a “dome” to store your dab. This dome can be made out of almost anything (like a glass bowl, an egg carton, or even a paper cup). You will place the carb cap on top of the dome and put your dab in the carb cap.

Why is Everyone Talking About Dabs?

Dabs are extremely potent. It’s not uncommon to get a full-body high that lasts for hours from just one dab. It would take smoking an entire joint to get that high. Dabbing also delivers cannabinoids and terpenes into your system very quickly.

It’s been compared to an intravenous injection, meaning that it gets into your bloodstream very quickly because of the high temperature at which it is consumed.

Lighting Up A Dab
Lighting up a Dab

How to Dab: Our Step by Step Guide

First, you’ll need a nail. Some dab rigs come with a nail built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll need to purchase a separate nail.

Next, you’ll need a carb cap. This is the thing that goes on top of the nail. You’ll use your carb cap to trap all the cannabinoids and terpenes in your concentrate, making it easier for you to smoke.

Next, add a dome. Your dome will be placed on top of the carb cap, and you’ll use it to store your dab. Now that you have your nail, carb cap, dome, and dab ready, it’s time to heat your nail.

You can use a blow torch or an electric nail. Finally, drop your dab. Touch your dab to your nail, and it should stick there. Don’t be afraid to take a tiny dab; you can always take another. The cannabis oil is now vapor. Gentle inhale and be sure to exhale completely to empty your lungs of all vapor.

Man Hitting A Dab Rig
Man hitting a Dab Rig


Dabbing is a fun, unique way of consuming concentrates that is not for everyone. It is the most potent way to consume cannabis, and it delivers cannabinoids and terpenes into your system quickly. Dab vapor doesn’t linger and stick to hair and clothes as much as traditional cannabis flower which is why dabs are often viewed as a stealthier option for many stoners. Dabbing is a great way to experience a strong high. It’s not for everyone, though, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before diving in.

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