Ways to smoke Dabs

Shatter, Budder, and wax–the spectrum of CBD concentrates can be a blast to explore. To make the most benefit from these potent and concentrated extracts you have to know how to smoke a dab.

Smoking dabs means heating the concentrate until its vapor point and then inhaling the vapors into the mix of cannabinoids and terpenes. So, as long as you stick to a few easy pointers, there are several methods to smoke a dab.

How to smoke Dabs using a Dab Rig

There are many different methods to smoke dabs, dab equipment is the most popular method. You can choose between either a traditional dab rig or one that has an e-nail (electric nail).

Standard Dab Rig

By far, the most common method of smoking dabs is using a basic dab rig kit. You can find all kinds of fancy rigs, but the majority of them have the same components including a water-filled chamber an inhaler mouthpiece of the smoke, a dome that encapsulates heat and vapors, and a nail to warm the dab.

To use a dab rig, eliminate the dome then heat the nail, then replace the dome, apply your dab to the nail using a dab or dab tool, then inhale. Many people opt to place an e-cap over the dome to manage the flow and heat of vapors even further.

Electric Dab Rig

The electric dab device functions in the exact same way that a standard dab device does with one notable difference: the device uses electricity to heat the nail so you don’t have to do it manually. One benefit of an electric dab rig with an electronic nail is that you have greater control over temperature.

When you’re using concentrates, such as THC oils, you want to maintain a stable temperature to protect the terpenes present in the concentrate. You also want to avoid bad flavor. However, this precise control of the temperature of e-rigs makes them an excellent choice for concentrates such as live resin or terp sauce.

How to smoke Dabs without the use of a Dab Rig

T-Wax (rolled in a joint)

T-waxing can be a common method of smoking dabs however, it’s a bit messy. If you’ve got some great buds and a quality concentrate, all you need to do is to add a little of the concentrate you’ve chosen to your marijuana when rolling an e-cigarette. It is most effective with concentrated concentrates with a thicker consistency, such as budder or sugar wax. Concentrates that are thin like RSO oils are a challenge to achieve decent combustion once you’ve lit.


Vaping concentrates can be a simple task if you’ve got the right setup and is among the most efficient ways to smoke dabs while on the go. You’ll require a vaping setup that includes a separate atomizer and battery so that it is easy to place your dab on the (heating coil). The trick to this method is to determine the ideal temperature that causes the concentrate to vaporize, so you will need a good vaping kit that provides an adjustable temperature.

Other methods of vaping other than “vape pens” include the cannabis vaporizers designed specifically for concentrates. These vaporizers work well for people who don’t enjoy cartridges and would rather use other types of concentrates and also for those who prefer taking their marijuana on the move.


A healthstone is a specially made stone that you can put inside the bong’s bowl or in a standard pipe. The healthstone is porous, so the smoke from the dab that is fired travels through the stone, then through the bong or pipe, and then out through the mouthpiece. You simply add the stone to your bowl, then heat your healthstone to a suitable temperature, then add your band puff, and enjoy.

Hot-Knife Method

If you don’t have anything else available, the hot knife method is the most basic, the easiest method of enjoying an ounce. You essentially heat up a knife made of steel by using a stove or torch lighter, place your dab onto the hot surface, then breath in the smoke through a straw. This process could result in many wastes and could be dangerous because you must take care not to burn your hands, however, it could work in the event of a need.