Dabbing Etiquette: Everything You Need To Know
Dabbing comes with its own set of rules, so it’s important to know proper etiquette before your dab with others – because who wants to be that person? Here are a few friendly tips to keep in mind so your dabbing experience with friends turns out freakin’ awesome.
Don’t listen to what they say. Size does matter. The size of the dab you take all depends on your tolerance. If you are new to dabbing (and even if you are a frequent flower smoker), you’ll want to take it slow and start with a dab like the size of the head of a thumbtack or even smaller. Taking more than you can handle will be a waste of liquid gold and will leave you with a messy nail. You can always take another dab…and another. Just know that concentrates are exponentially stronger than the flowers from which they were extracted. So if you’re dabbing with a friend who’s new to it, please refrain from killing them with too big of a dab.
Low temp dabs is the best way to go. Some people don’t like dabbing because they’ve had past negative experiences with chest discomfort, harshness on the throats and lungs, and excessive coughing. These symptoms are most likely due to taking the dab at too high of a temperature.
Don’t take a dab immediately after heating your nail with a torch. Always give it about 30-45 seconds to cool down. Some torches can get up to 2500+℉, and the ideal temp for vaping concentrates is between 350℉ to 400℉. Plus, many terpenes are volatile which is why it’s better to take low temp dabs if you want to maximize flavor retention. Getting the proper temperatures dialed in will take some time, but all good things come to those who wait.
Clean Your Shit
Clean rigs with clean tools make a huge difference in everyone’s enjoyment of the dabbing experience. Maintaining a clean setup enables you to fully taste all of your concentrates without getting leftover flavors from past sessions.
Oil rigs are easier to clean than water pipes, and if you clean them frequently you barely have to use elbow grease. You can actually remove oil-residue by thoroughly rinsing your pieces with hot water. After you take a dab, there will inevitably be some sticky residue remaining on the dabber. You should use a lighter to heat the end of the dabber and transfer the sticky leftovers onto a paper towel. Then use alcohol and a q-tip to clean the residuals of the nail.
Make sure you have everything you need before you start the session. Always make sure your torch’s butane is topped up, and keep some backups on hand. Besides the staple tools, be sure you have enough wipes or paper towels around to clean up between dabs. It’d also be nice if you had snacks and beverages for your friends. They’ll definitely appreciate that in a little bit. And if you have the space, it’s worth it to set up an area dedicated to dabbing. Having everything you need is in one spot is a total no-brainer and will make your dab sessions both stress and mess free.
Practice common courtesy and don’t be an asshole – easy enough? When you dab with your friends, it’s going to be a fun time so it can be easy to forget some stuff. After you dab, don’t just set the hot dabber down directly on the table. Usually, this hot dabber has hot wax and the wax ends up getting on the table. This may sound obvious but it can happen to the best of us. Even after you’ve taken the dab, the nail will stay hot for some time…don’t touch it! Accidents will happen if you’re not careful of hands, elbows, and clothing when moving around the dabbing area. Lastly, if it’s not your concentrate, don’t touch it with your hands. It’ll end up all over your hands and a huge waste. This won’t make anyone happy and we want to have a good time.