What is Dabbing?

A beginners guide on concentrates and how to smoke them

WHAT IS DABBING? (THE SIMPLE GUIDE)

Let’s admit it.

At least once before – You’ve probably thought, “WTF is dabbing??”

Trust me, we’ve all been there…

But no worries! This guide takes you from WTF to OMG.

Learn what dabbing is and discover a whole new world…

DABBING TERMS AND DEFINITION

What is dabbing? (verb)

Dabbing is the active process of vaporizing concentrates by gently pressing it against a heated nail.
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Example… A dose of concentrated material dabbing against a hot titanium nail

What is a dab? (Noun - Singular)

A dab is a dose of concentrated material.

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Example… A golden-amber dab of shatter

Dabs (Noun - Plural)

Dabs are multiple doses of concentrates.

What is a dabber? (Noun)

Wax, shatter, budder, crumble, oil, etc… are specific types of concentrates made from an extraction process.

The specific extraction process used determines the “type” of concentrate created.

If you know the specific type of concentrate – you can just use its name (Shatter, Wax, Oil, etc.)

What is a dab rig? (Noun)

A dabber is a pen-like tool that holds a small chunk of Wax/Shatter/Oil while dabbing

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Example… A small glass dabber ready to be loaded up with a dab.

What is a nail? (Noun)

A nail is the functioning external piece of a dag rig that is heated and “dabbed” against. 

Usually made of titanium, ceramic, or quartz – the nail is the defining part of a dab rig. It’s the piece that is heated up for dabbing. 

Dabbing nails come in a wide variety of styles. (Dome-and-nails, domeless nails,honey buckets, etc.)

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 Example… A “katana style” domeless quartz nail for dabbing

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HOW TO DAB (IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS)

Prep

Load a small “dab” of your favorite concentrate onto a “dabber”.

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Heat

Heat the nail on your dab rig until it’s lightly glowing. (Use a butane/propane torch or E-Nail)

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Dab

Wait a several seconds for the nail to cool a little… Then lightly dab your wax/shatter/oil against the nail while inhaling from your dab rig. 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO START DABBING 

When you’re ready to start dabbing, here are two options to get going.

  • A) You can get a new dab rig – glass made specifically for dabbing
  • B) You can get a nail to convert your current bong/water pipe into a “dab rig” 
OPTION A: BUY A DAB RIG

This is the easiest way to start dabbing.

Since Dab Rigs are glass water pipes made specifically for dabbing – you can jump in right away.

In general, a dab rig a basically a water pipe that uses a “nail” instead of a “bowl”. But often a bit smaller in size.

And of course, the glass rigs come in a wide variety of custom designs.

From sleek and simple glass to elegant functionality… Bee-High provides the perfect spectrum of dab rigs. 

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OPTION B: BUY A NAIL (CONVERT BONG FOR DABBING)

On the other hand, you can (usually) convert your current bong into a “dab rig.”

Most bong fittings are standardized into 3 basic sizes and 2 simple genders.

With this information; here’s how you can convert your current water pipe for dabbing.

1) Determine the size of your bong fitting

  • 10mm (aka micro-joint)
  • 14mm (aka 14.4)
  • 19mm (aka 18.8)

2) Determine the gender of your bong fitting

  • Male (less common)
  • Female (more common)

3) Purchase a nail of the SAME SIZE and OPPOSITE GENDER

  • A 14mm FEMALE fitting needs a 14mm MALE nail
  • A 10mm MALE fitting needs a 10mm FEMALE nail
  • Or play it safe with a 6-in-1 universal nail (fits all sizes)

Remember this “Size + gender” combo. It will help you when shopping for new bongs, bowls, nails, and accessories.

Congratulations!

Your first dabbing lesson is complete.

You’ve mastered the basics of dabbing. you’re officially not a noob anymore.

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