Imagine this: You're at a party, and someone offers you a hit from their bong. You take a puff and pass it along to the next person. This is how smoking marijuana has been traditionally done for centuries.
But then something new came along.
Dabbing is a new way of consuming marijuana that is growing in popularity. Instead of smoking a joint or hitting a bong, you heat up a small amount of cannabis concentrate on a metal dabbing nail and inhale the vapor.
Dabbing can be intense, and it's important to follow some basic etiquette to make sure everyone has a good time. Here are 10 tips for dabbing like a pro:
1. Use a Carb Cap
Carb caps are small glass discs that fit over the dabbing nail to create a vacuum. When placed properly, they can fully vaporize your concentrate while leaving it almost entirely smokeless. This will keep you from wasting any of your expensive product and also make sure that you get all of the psychoactive effects.
2. Start Small
Dabbing is intense, and it's easy to overdo it if you're not used to it. Start with a very small amount (a "nugget" or "dime-sized" piece) and work your way up if you need more. You'll get the most out of your concentrate that way, and you'll also be less likely to end up with a headache.
3. Always let the ladies go first
When dabbing at a party or gathering, let the women go first. This is just basic courtesy and will make sure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the experience. It is also polite to offer a hit to the ladies before taking one for yourself.
4. Don't over dab
Just like with drinking excessively, it's important not to overdo it with dabbing. You'll end up feeling sick and uncomfortable if you take too much, so be careful. Start with a small amount and see how it affects you. If you're not used to cannabis, you may want to stick with even smaller doses.
5. Always make sure that the dabbing accessories are clean
Always make it a habit to clean out your dabbing accessories after every session. Small pieces of leftover residue can accumulate, and this can lead to unpleasant flavors the next time you heat up your nail. Moreover, it is hygienic to keep any piece of glass or metal that you use clean and free from bacteria.
6. Never waste concentrates
Dabbing is expensive. Make sure you always use a carb cap when dabbing so that you waste as little of your valuable product as possible. If you don't have a carb cap, try to keep the nail heated at all times but never actually inhale from it, then collect any vapor in a separate container for later use.
7. Be aware of your surroundings
Dabbing can produce a lot of vapor, and it's important to be aware of your surroundings when doing so. Make sure you're not in a confined space or around people who may not be comfortable with the smell. It's also a good idea to keep any windows open so that the vapor can dissipate quickly.
8. Use a dabbing rig
A dabbing rig is the traditional way to consume concentrates, and it offers some advantages over other methods. For one, it allows you to use a variety of different nails, which gives you more control over the temperature. It also filters out any particulates or residues that may be present in your concentrate.
9. Always be respectful to others who are dabbing
If you want other people to let you take dabs out of their rig, it is best to offer them first. If someone lets you use their rig, always remember to clear the smoke before relighting the nail (this involves heating up the nail until all the vapor has cleared, then letting it cool for a few seconds before dabbing).
10. Always contribute towards the next dab
If you take a lot of dabs, it is important to make sure that the people around you don't end up paying for all of them. Offer to chip in for a part of the next dab, or at least offer your own rig to everyone who wants a hit. Going dankrupt isn't a good way to make friends.
As a newbie, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the world of dabbing. Remember that this practice has been around for a long time, so people have worked out many of the kinks in etiquette. Follow the above-mentioned dabbing etiquette and you'll fit right in with any group of dabbers.