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4 Tips for the First-Time Dabber

Dabbing has taken the smoking world by storm.

It’s become a super popular way to enjoy the flavors and aromas of concentrates, and is almost as beloved as the bong these days. However, if you’re new to the world of dabbing, it doesn’t seem quite as exciting. In fact, it can feel nothing short of overwhelming. Dabbing requires a very specific set of tools, products and procedures that feels daunting to outsiders. But, have no fear! Dabbing isn’t difficult, you can dab on a budget, and it isn’t all that complex, either. 

Read on to find out tips for first-time dabbers, and within no time, you'll be dabbing like a pro

1. Know Your Rig 

Whatever dab rig you’re working with, make sure you get to know it. Become as familiar with your dab rig as you can. First, there’s the rig (or bong), which is the central component. Then, the nail - which is made to fit over or inside the glass fitting of your bong. Basically, it’s a tube with a small ridge to melt your concentrate.

2. Start Small 

Remember: concentrates are much more potent than herbs. When you smoke flowers, you are also burning the organic part of the plant, which has less THC — usually around 20%. Concentrate is processed from the part of the flower that has the highest amount of THC, so it can be as high as 60-99% THC content, depending on the extraction method. This is why it’s important for those who have limited experience with concentrates to take it in small doses. Start with just enough to cover the end of your dabber and build up from there.

3. Take a Few Moments to Chill 

Because there is a higher amount of THC in concentrates, there is a tendency for people to feel more anxious when they dab. This can take time to adjust to, and usually simply understanding that you may feel more anxious beforehand helps ease the feelings as you’re building your tolerance.

The potency can also make the high last for a couple of hours. Prepare to spend some time where you are before you plan any activities. After you have learned your dosage, you will be able to know when you should be ready to be active. If it’s your first few times though, plan to stay home for a couple of hours.

4. Keep It Clean 

No one wants their rig to get dirty, so take the time to clean it up properly after every use. Heat up your nail and wipe it down with a clean rag or alcohol wipes. You can also heat up the nail with the torch to burn off sticky residue. Don’t scrape your nail, this will eventually start scraping metals (depending on your nail) into your concentrate.

Also, when you’ve cleaned up and want to store the rest of your concentrate, use parchment paper, not wax paper, for storage. Wax can fuse with the oil, making it difficult to remove dabs in the future; parchment paper collects the oil and lets you scrape it off without collecting any wax.

Conclusion - Toker Supply

Whether you're a dabber, smoker or newbie, Toker Supply is the ultimate online destination for everything you need to upgrade your dabbing game. If you have any more questions about dabbing or need some more advice, we're happy to help. We're, first and foremost, a like-minded community of passionate smokers who love sharing our insight and helping others maximize their enjoyment.

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