How to Smoke Dabs

By | June 27, 2022

Shatter, Budder, and wax–the universe of concentrates made from cannabis is fun to explore. To make the most out of these powerful, concentrated extracts, you must know how to take the right amount.

In essence, smoking dabs is heating up the concentrated until its vapor level and then inhaling the vapors part in the synthesis of terpenes and cannabinoids. As long as you adhere to a few basic guidelines, there are a variety of methods for smoking a dab.

How do I smoke Dabs using the help of a Dab Rig?

Of the many ways to smoke dab rigs, dab rigs are the most popular method. There is the choice of either a traditional dab rig or one that has an electronic nail (electric nail).

Standard Dab Rig

The most well-known method to smoke dabs is using a basic dab rig. There are a variety of fancy setups, however, they typically have the same elements that include a water chamber and a mouthpiece for inhaling the smoke, a dome that encapsulates the heat and vapors, as well as an instrument to heat the dab.

To make use of a dab rig take the dome off, then heat the nail, then replace the dome, apply your dab onto the nail with a dabber or dab tool, then take a deep breath. The majority of people use a carb cap on top of the dome to regulate the temperature and flow of vapors further.

Electric Dab Rig

The electric dab rig functions exactly the same way as a traditional dab rig but with one significant advantage it uses electricity to warm the metal nail, so you don’t need to manually heat it up. One advantage of an electric dab rig that has an electronic nail is you have more control over the temperature.

If you’re using concentrates, like THC oils, you need to maintain a stable temperature in order to safeguard the terpenes present in the concentrate and prevent bad flavor. But, the precisely controlled temperature of e-rigs makes them an ideal choice for concentrates such as live resin or Terp sauce.

How do I smoke Dabs without the use of a Dab Rig

T-Wax (rolled into a joint)

T-waxing is an extremely popular method of smoking dabs although it can be a bit messy. If you’ve got a good bud and a high-quality concentrate, you’ll need to add a little of your concentrate into the weed you’re rolling into the joint. This is best done with certain concentrates that are thicker like budder or sugar wax. Concentrates that are thinner like RSO oils can make it difficult to achieve a decent burning once you have lit.


Vaping concentrates is a simple task if you have the proper setup and is one of the most effective ways to smoke dabs while on the move. You’ll need a vaping setup that has a separate atomizer and battery, so you can simply place your dabs on the atomizer (heating coil). The trick to this method is to determine the ideal temperature that causes the concentrate to evaporate, which is why you’ll need a vaping system that can provide you with the ability to control the temperature.

Other methods of vaping other than “vape pens” include the cannabis vaporizers specifically designed for concentrates. These vaporizers are ideal for people who do not like cartridges and prefer different types of concentrates and also for those who prefer to carry their cannabis on the go.


A healthstone is a specifically made stone that you can put in the bong’s bowl or in a regular pipe. The stone is porous, which means that the smoke from the dab that is fired travels through the stone, into the bong or pipe, and then out via the mouthpiece. Simply add the stone into your bowl, heat your healthstone to the proper temperature, then add the dab you want to smoke, then puff, and then enjoy.

Hot-Knife Method

If you don’t have anything else available, the hot knife method is the simplest, most simple method to take the pleasure of a dab. It is basically heating the metal knife on the stove or using a torch lighter, placing your dab on the hot surface, and breathing in the vapors using a straw. This technique can result in lots of waste and can be a little dangerous because you must be cautious not to burn your hands, however, it is a viable option in the event of a need.