Dabbing Errors Every Novice Makes
It can be overwhelming to dab. The procedure of setting up a rig can be frightening (what with the blowtorch and all).
And it doesn't help that cannabis concentrates are quite sticky and difficult to manage.
Fortunately, we've highlighted 9 common dabbing errors below and will show you exactly how to avoid them to help make dabbing easier.
Let's face it, dabbing may be a little challenging, especially for beginners.
It takes practice to even learn how much concentration to use and how to apply it to the nail.
It can be intimidating just to use a dab rig. If you're new to dabbing.
We'll highlight some frequent mistakes you might be making in this article and explain you how to avoid them.
1. HEATING UP THE NAIL
This is undoubtedly one of the trickiest parts of dabbing. Concentrates require very high temperatures in order to properly vaporize.
You'll typically use a blowtorch or jet lighter to achieve these temperatures, which isn't precisely precise.
Additionally, it doesn't help that different concentrations vaporize at various temperatures.
Concentrates should be vaporized at a temperature of around 315–450°F, or 160–230°C.
Your dab should vaporize evenly at these temperatures, releasing all of the cannabinoids and terpenes for a smooth, flavorful impact.
Above these temperatures, your concentrate runs the risk of combusting, which will reduce its flavor and potency.
An advice: Give your nail some time to cool after heating it until it is red hot.
Immediately before the nail changes back to its original color, place your dab there.
Consider purchasing an e-nail to obtain temps with greater accuracy
2. NAIL OVERLOADING
Keep in mind that the secret to producing smooth, dense hits from your setup is to get your nail to the proper temperature.
Another typical dabbing error is overloading your nail.
Which lowers the temperature of your nail and prevents concentrates from vaporizing properly.
The temperature difference between the concentrate and the nail is to blame for this.
Once you place your cold concentration onto your hot nail, the temperatures of both substances start to equalise.
This indicates that as the temperature of the concentrate rises, your nail begins to cool.
As a result, your nail's temperature will decrease more quickly the more concentrate you dab into it.
Additionally, applying too much concentrate can lead to nail accumulation, which can smoke, catch fire, and harm your rig.
Keep in mind that your particular preferences and the potency of your extract will determine how much you should dose your dab.
But for most novice dabbers, a little dosage of concentrate—roughly the size of a crumb—is a decent place to start.
Additionally, be careful to maintain your nail on a regular basis by heating it with a torch until it stops smoking.
3. SETTING YOURSELF ON FIRE OR TAKING A NAIL
Too many beginner dabbers make this quite unpleasant error.
Unfortunately, because most users begin by smoking cannabis flower.
They frequently treat dab rigs like bongs and go for the bowl after they've inhaled, only to grab a burning surface.
Which can have harmful effects on their hands.
This stops any more smoke from accumulating in the chamber when using a bong by cutting off the airflow into the pipe.
However, while dabbing, this typically only causes a ton of agony.
Dab nails heat up quickly and can result in severe burns in just a few moments.
Pro tip: While you're starting off, have someone hold the equipment for you.
Always keep in mind that the nail is quite hot, so avoid touching it at all costs.
You'll find out the hard way why your mother said "the burned child dreads the fire" if you don't
4. COMMITTING OVERSIZED HIT
This error is also caused by the fact that the majority of people begin by smoking cannabis flower and attempt to apply the same techniques to dabbing.
Dabs, however, are significantly stronger and, if you're not careful, might leave you dealing with an overwhelming high.
Depending on the strain, cultivation method, etc., standard cannabis flowers typically contain between 15 and 30% THC.
On the other hand, THC levels in cannabis concentrates can reach well over 60%.
In fact, some concentrations might have a THC content of above 90%.
Therefore, if you use your dab rig the same way you do your conventional water pipe, you can quickly become very high.
Discover the precise potency of the concentrate you intend to ingest whenever possible.
Depending on where you reside, this may only require a conversation with your local budtender.
Start with a modest amount (about the size of a breadcrumb) and increase it from there when you're ready to take a hit.
5. FAILING TO USE THE NAIL OR RIG
Anyone can experience this: As you prepare to load your dose of concentrate into your nail with your dabber tool.
It either falls on the rig or someplace else totally.
Additionally, you definitely don't want to be dropping these extracts on the ground given their high cost.
Purchasing quality dab supplies is one of the greatest ways to keep your extracts from falling out of your dab.
There are many various dabbing tools available.
So do your research to choose a high-quality item made to work with a wide range of different concentrates (such as shatter, wax, budder, etc).
Additionally, seek for rigs with a great, broad bowl that completely encloses the nail. Particularly for beginners, these are frequently simpler to operate.
Finally, always take your time when dabbing, and remember that it'll all get easier with time and practice.
6. CHOKING, PUKING, OR COUGHING
You might recall coughing, choking, or puking after your first bong rip as well. This isn't specific to dabbing.
Dabs can sadly leave novice beginners coughing up their lungs or, regrettably.
Eating their last meal backwards since they are so strong and emit thick, heated vapour.
You're not alone if you've ever experienced coughing or choking during or after taking a dab hit.
Remember that anything other than oxygen might cause our lungs to become exceedingly sensitive.
Additionally, despite the fact that cannabis vapour is typically smoother than smoke, it can still irritate your lungs and make you cough or choke.
It doesn't help that many cannabis users inhale smoke or vapour for long periods of time.
Fortunately, your body will probably adjust to a dab rig's vapour.
Just be sure to start out with shallower, smaller hits so as not to aggravate your respiratory system.
7. Inadequately Holding the Gun
Many inexperienced dabbers make the error of improperly holding their equipment.
They have their hands in all the wrong places when it comes time to light up.
Which causes them to drop their dab, burn themselves on their nail, or even drop and destroy the entire rig.
You should only have one hand on your rig when dabbing, usually in the area of the main chamber or base.
While feeding your concentrate to your nail with your other hand, keep your mouth lightly pressed against the mouthpiece.
Never attempt to dab on your own without someone holding down the rig as a beginner. The rig can fall, slip, and break with just a small error.
8. PROCESSING SLOWLY
Unfortunately, dabbing requires some speed in order to execute it correctly.
You see, the leftover heat from your nail can begin evaporating your concentrate from a great distance.
And if you are not close enough at the time this happens, the vapour won't get trapped in your rig but instead just gets lost in the air around you.
The key to completely vaporizing your concentration is to get close to the nail rapidly.
Additionally, you ought to approach it at a 45-degree angle.
If you approach the nail from above, the heat from the nail will begin to melt your dab much too soon.
Causing it to fall somewhere you definitely don't want to see or feel (painful!).
Finally, after inserting the dabber tool into the nail, move it around to ensure that the concentrate vaporizes equally on all sides.
To accomplish this, roll the instrument between your thumb and index finger so that the extract spins around inside the hot nail.
9. INGESTING VAPOR
Inexperienced dabbers occasionally make the error of swallowing the vapour into their stomachs as opposed to breathing it into their lungs.
This can be quite annoying and uncomfortable.
Actually, the discomfort of swallowing vapour can make you feel queasy and, in rare instances, cause you to vomit.
Avoid swallowing the vapour by slowly inhaling it into your lungs rather than catching it in your mouth.
Again, this will be simpler if you use the rig to make smaller, shallower impacts.
ONE MORE NOTE ON DABBLING
The thought of dabbing might sound a little intimidating after reading this post.
But don't worry; if you get the hang of it, dabbing is a fantastic new method to enjoy cannabis' effects.
Always be cautious, and keep in mind that you're not the only one who commits these errors.
Have fun dabbing!
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