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What Is a THC Dab? An Everything Guide 

If you love a stronger high and haven’t tried THC dabs, you might want to give them a shot. While dabbing THC requires a bit more know-how than smoking flower out of a bowl or bong, it’s one of the best ways to get very high, very quickly. As you consider whether dabbing is right for you, take a moment to review all the information you need to dab correctly and safely.

What Is a THC Dab?

A THC dab refers to a concentrated, solid form of cannabis, which is known for its potency and high THC content. Due to their potency, dabs are typically recommended for those experienced with THC products and who are looking for a stronger high. You can find a variety of dab products, such as crumble, live resin, wax, diamond & sauce, badder, and shatter. While these product types have some differences, all of them are concentrated THC that you can vaporize with a dab rig.

What Is Dabbing THC?

When you “dab” THC, you’ll flash vaporize the THC concentrate in a dab rig (some also like using dab pens, but dab rigs are the more traditional way of dabbing). After the dab is vaporized with heat, you’ll inhale the vapor from the rig.

How Many MG of THC in a Dab?

While the exact mg content of a dab will vary, you can expect it to contain between 60% and 90% of THC. In contrast, cannabis flower usually has a THC content of around 15% to 25%, meaning dabs are far more potent. As a result, smoking dabs delivers a much stronger high than flower, and you can inhale far less of it while still receiving powerful effects.

What Is a THC Dab Rig?

If you’d like to dab THC, you’ll need a dab rig, as your normal bowl or bong isn’t designed for smoking dabs. Dab rigs look a lot like bongs, but they have something called either a banger or a nail alongside a carb cap. The rest of the dab ring will look like a normal bong, with a water chamber attached to a neck and mouthpiece. 

The nail looks like a small bucket and should be made of borosilicate, quartz, or another safe material able to withstand high temperatures. Carb caps are responsible for covering the banger once a dab is inside it, so vapor won’t escape your rig. Besides your dab rig, you’ll need a torch (a standard lighter won’t provide enough heat) and a dab tool to safely handle the wax and insert it into the nail.

How to Dab THC? 

Now that you know what a THC dab and rig is, you can dab THC by following a few steps. Below, you can find a step-by-step guide to dabbing THC safely and effectively:

  • Grab your equipment: The first step to dabbing THC is making sure you have your dab rig, torch, and dab tool. The torch will heat your banger, while you’ll use the dab tool to scoop the THC concentrate into the banger. If your dab rig doesn’t already have water in it, you’ll need to add it to the water chamber.
  • Heat the nail: Before you take a hit from your dab rig, you’ll need to heat the nail with a torch. Use the torch on the bottom and exterior sides of the banger until it gets red from the heat. Remember, you don’t want to touch the nail at all after this point, as it will be very hot.
  • Let the nail cool: After you’ve heated the banger, let it cool for around 30 to 45 seconds. Letting the nail cool down is essential for your dabbing experience, as applying a dab to an extremely hot banger will make the vapor taste bad, burn the wax’s terpenes, and make it far more likely you’ll have a major coughing fit.
  • Apply your dab to the banger: Once the banger has cooled, apply the dab onto its interior with your dab tool. The banger will still be hot enough to begin vaporizing your dab.
  • Inhale the vapor: Next, inhale through the rig’s mouthpiece. Since all of a dab won’t vaporize at the same time, slowly inhaling is key to getting the best hit from the dab rig. During your slow inhale, you can rotate your dab tool in the banger to ensure all the concentrate comes out of it.
  • Cover the banger with a carb cap: Once all the concentrate is off the tool, you’ll want to cover the banger with a carb cap. This cap will prevent vapor from escaping your rig. 
  • Exhale: After you finish inhaling, exhale the dab vapor. If you need to, you can repeat the process, but for most, one hit from a dab rig will be enough.

Find Your Next Favorite THC Dab at Carolindica

At Carolindica, we craft all of our concentrates out of the finest hemp, extracting their terpenes and cannabinoids carefully to preserve their potency. Due to our meticulous approach and testing process, you can expect any dabs you purchase from us to be high both in potency and purity. We’re particularly proud of our THC Diamonds & Sauce, which infuses THCP sauce with pure THCA diamonds for an incredible dabbing experience. 

Check out our full selection of THC concentrates and dabs today! If you have any questions about our products, please contact us online or visit one of our Raleigh stores.


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