The Art of Dabbing

It’s Saturday night and the party’s on fire.

Bob Marley and the Wailers are jammin’ on the ones and twos. The centerpiece of the party is a brand new dab set up and a glistening unopened jar of J1 fresh off the Dab Face shelves. The host stands up on the couch and announces… “Let the dabbing begin!” With the help of your friends, you experience your first dab and your senses are ignited.  The vapor rushes to your lungs so deep that capillaries that have never been used are in action.  Your taste buds are treated to the piney Jack Herer flavor mixed with a skunky finish.  A little coughing action and you are on cloud 9.

Does this sound familiar to you?  It’s the perfect initiation to the world of dabbing, although it may not be the norm for most first timers.  Rookies may be apprehensive in beginning of their dabbing journey. And many cannabis enthusiasts are eager to get started but don’t know how.  On the bright side, the art of dabbing can be easily mastered.  Dabbing is a fun and efficient way to maximize your high while enjoying delicious flavors of concentrates.  By the time you are done reading this, you will be able to host your own dab session and easily educate your friends.

THC content can be as high as 90% in concentrates, whereas cannabis flowers average at 20% THC. Dabbing neophytes should begin with a dosage the size of a pin head and gradually work their way up.  You can always take another dab.  Although it is not recommended to hold in large dabs as you would flowers, your dabbing superpowers will increase through experience.  Just remember – the bigger the dab, the longer the cough. Do not be that over confident first timer who takes an extra-large dab and ends up coughing for 5 minutes and needs to sit in the corner alone for the rest of the night.  I guarantee the words “I told you so” will ring in your head.

First you need the right tools.

There are many options that can fit any budget.  Here is a basic list of what you need to get started.

  • Glass Water Pipe
  • Dab Tool – titanium, quartz or ceramic wands
  • Dab Nail – titanium, quartz or ceramic standard bowl with carb cap or domeless nail
  • Torch Lighter

Once your dab set up is good to go, it is time to pick your strain – sativa, indica or hybrid. No matter what you pick, dabbing will allow the effects of THC to enter your body very quickly. So get ready for some fun.  Next you can test your preference whether lighting the dab nail at low temperature (300 to 400 degrees) or high temperature (900-1200 degrees) is best for you.  To dab at an optimal low temperature it is best to light the nail at a high temperature and then wait about 10-15 seconds.  Low temperature dabs are tastier and smoother but some experience milder effect than from high temperature dabs.  Also, without a carb cap you run the risk of the product pooling in the nail.  High temperature dabs are more intense and you instantly feel the effects.  However, the vapor may feel harsh going down.

As you can see, it’s all about preference. I have been dabbing for about 8 years I enjoy the intensity of the high temp and the smoothness of a low temp. However, my tolerance demands at least two dabs.  My current dab set up consists of a micro glass water pipe with a titanium domeless nail and a titanium dab wand.

Tips from a Master Dabber


  • Solvent free concentrates allow for a cleaner and tastier dab.
  • Sometimes the concentrate rides up the dab tool. Heat the tool above the dab so that the product easily slides down to the dab nail. It’s easy to heat the tool by cautiously touching the wand against the heated nail.
  • Once you gain tolerance with dabbing, hold in small dabs to conserve your stash.
  • It’s better to take two medium dabs rather than one large dab.
  • Save dabbing for chill or party time. No dabbing right before embarking on tasks that require focus.
  • Be sure to select the appropriate strain – Sativa, Indica or Hybrid.
  • 90% rubbing alcohol and coarse sea salt are great for cleaning your tools.

Now you are ready to get your Yabba Dabba Doo on.

Always be careful when dabbing to ensure your experience is pleasurable.  Once you build a tolerance, don’t hesitate to get crazy once in a while.  Sharing dabbing stories is just as fun as sharing dabs.



  1. Calvin Luna February 28, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Nice !! Very informative … makes me want to take a Dabb right now 🤙🏼

    • Kat Day April 4, 2018 at 7:54 PM

      Thank you Calvin! I hope you had a great session!!

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