Chances are, if you are a fan of cannabis, you probably have taken a dab or two. While for some, dabbing has changed the game altogether, others are leery of this new trend, preferring to stick to the good old fashioned flowers they have always known. Wherever you stand on the spectrum, there is no arguing with the fact that dabbing is among the most efficient, potent ways to ingest cannabis. Concentrates, as their name suggest, are the most highly concentrated forms of cannabis available. Furthermore, dabbing is a way to unlock their potential in a way that is effective and efficient. So, it goes without saying that if you are going to dab regularly, you might as well invest in a proper rig. Dab rigs come in countless shapes and sizes, but there are some commonalities among the good ones to look out for.
Dabbing is about getting the most out of your concentrates all at once, so you should be sure that the chamber is big enough to enable big dabs. That being said, there are many different designs that can deliver. Most dab rigs are basic water pipes, with a slightly modified design that makes them ideal for dabbing. Many dab rigs can be converted back and forth between being a dab rig and a flower pipe, by way of attachments. That being said, because of the fact that flower resin is not ideal inside a dab rig, most connoisseurs prefer to have a separate unit for each one. At the end of the day, dabbing is actually a crude form of vaporizing, so it often helps to think of your dab rig like a vaporizer. If done properly, a dab should not involved actually igniting the oil. Ideally, the heat should be enough to vaporize the oil smoothly, without any combustion taking place. That being said, if you use a torch, which many people still do, it can be a challenge to reach the ideal temperature without getting too hot. Once you figure out your torch, though, it is usually pretty easy to tell how long to heat it before it is ready. That being said, different types of nails can handle different levels of heat.
When it comes to nails, there are a couple of options, and they all have their quirks. Titanium are among the most stable, reliable and least breakable. They do come coated with chemicals that need to be burned off before you use the, which makes them unappealing to some. Quartz nails were once the standard, and they are still pretty common. Honey bucket nails, for instance, are always made of quartz. Quartz nails can break if they are heated over and over again. Finally, there are ceramic nails, which are supposedly the best, in terms of flavor and smoothness. That being said, they are also the most delicate and are very easy to break. The other option is to just get an E-Nail, which is an electronically heated nail that plugs into the wall. That way, you can set it to just the right temperature every single time.