6 Ways to Dab

By: Fahad Basser |

“Dabbing.” We’ve all heard the term, but there’s a constant veil of uncertainty surrounding this new-age cannabis-consumption technique. Well, not anymore. Here we’ll teach you how to dab, properly.

Dabbing is slang for smoking/vaping concentrated cannabis. It’s only been around for about a decade, but packs a much bigger punch than any cannabis flower ever could.

If you’re a new medical marijuana patient, take caution when dabbing, and loads of it. When you dab, you’re primarily inhaling the active chemicals of marijuana in concentrated form, with 70-90% THC content and no dead plant matter.

“Dabs” come in many forms, including shatter, crumble, wax or oil, and can be consumed many different ways.

The following six dabbing methods will keep you lit no matter how much experience you have with smoking concentrates.

 1. Dab Rig

I recommend dabbing from a rig ONLY if you have a fairly high tolerance AND know what you’re doing. If you have no clue, find someone who does—seriously. For many, a single hit from a monster rig is equivalent to smoking an entire blunt in one sitting.


But what is this “dab rig” I keep referring to? Above you see a custom rig in-action with the use of a blow-torch. The picture displays the four main components of a typical dab rig: oil rig, torch, nail, and wand (also known as a dabber tool).



Smoking cannabis concentrates from a rig intimidates a lot of people, simply because “let me get my blow-torch” and “let’s get high” don’t typically sound like things that belong in the same sentence. In order to properly use a rig and inhale a dab,  you:


  • Apply just a tiny amount of marijuana concentrate directly onto your dab tool (wand)
  • Heat up the nail with your blowtorch until it’s red-hot
  • Finally, “dab” your concentrate onto the nail and inhale.
  • Make sure you don’t use too much concentrate for a single hit.  People have been known to pass out.  Check out this how to dab video for more info.

2.  Electric Nail

If the idea of using a blowtorch to get high is too maniacal for you, then the electric nail is the way to go. The process is similar to your typical dab rig, except instead of blow-torching the “nail,” it’s already plugged into a separate power source!

This means you have full control over the temperature (which helps ensure that you’re vaporizing your concentrates instead of combusting) and you’ll never have to worry about third-degree torch burns.

3.  Health Stone

A health stone is essentially a porous rock that slips into your bowl-piece. Unlike using a nail or e-nail, this method requires you to place your marijuana concentrate directly onto the health stone. You don’t even need a dab tool!

However, you’re still going to need that scary blowtorch. The great thing about this dabbing method is that you don’t need to use densely packed marijuana concentrates like shatter. Shatter is best used for dabbing with a rig & nail because it sticks easily to your dab tool, but dabbing with a health stone allows you to explore other cannabis concentrates like hash or crumble!

4.  Dab Pen

Using a dab pen, sometimes referred to as a “G-Pen“ is perhaps the most convenient way to consume highly-concentrated cannabis. Dab pens are completely portable, easy to use, and don’t confine you to medicating indoors. You don’t need that scary blow torch, or a dabber tool, or a rig.  You really don’t need anything except your pen and the liquid concentrate to pour in it!

The only downside (and it’s not a big one) is that most pens leave a less-than-desirable metal/plastic aftertaste in your mouth, which is why most experienced dabbers prefer the rig over anything else (it has the best taste and the smoothest hit).

5.  Pre-filled Vape Cartridges

There is absolutely no work required with a vape cartridge, as long as you have the means to enjoy the delectable liquid found inside. You can use them with dab pens (see #4) that allow for refillable cartridges, just by dropping the concentrated liquid into the existing cartridge.

Or, and probably even better, you can usually just plug-and-play a vape cartridge into your existing pen type— I’m talking your e-cigarette, vape pen, and dab pen should be compatible with a cartridge!

In my humble opinion, there’s nothing more convenient or discreet on the market. But convenience often comes at a price. These bad boys usually go for $35-$50, just for half a gram! I’d recommend getting one for social activity and one for relaxing at home, but this might be too pricey if used daily, especially when you can get a half gram of potent shatter or wax for $10-15 instead.

6.  “T-waxing”

You don’t need any fancy devices to consume super-potent cannabis—it’s really as simple as mixing the concentrate of your choice with some dry herb. Admittedly, the quality of the hit is sub-par compared to an oil rig or dab pen, and you just don’t get as high.

That being said, adding concentrates to flower is a great way to enhance you’re smoking experience, just be warned it might not be the best bang for your buck.

Note that when smoked alongside flowers, concentrates like shatter, crumble, wax or oil often burn slower, so please puff-puff and then pass to your friend who’s been waiting patiently for a hit.

My personal recommendation is to sandwich the concentrate in-between your flowers and simply roll a joint. Just make sure you use the proper terminology when rolling a joint mixed with concentrate—it’s “Twax.”

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