A beginner’s guide to the art of dabbing

A beginner’s guide to the art of dabbing


Dabbing has taken the cannabis community by storm in recent years, mainly due to the rise of marijuana-based concentrates.

As of June 30th, 2017, the state of Montana started allowing medical marijuana patients to purchase and possess cannabis concentrates, resulting in an increase of concentrate interest and the availability of new technology within the state.

Here we are in 2020, and only recently are people within Montana catching on that dabbing is an option.

To a first-timer, the dab process can seem complicated and downright intimidating. Concentrated THC? Dab Rig? Blow Torch? Huh? Am I back in science lab? Am I welding? It’s not that complicated, we promise.

In this article, we’re going to break down the dab process for you with an overview of the basic materials and most importantly-- a dabbing tutorial.

Once you see how straightforward it is, your understanding and appreciation of cannabis extracts will grow and only improve your overall experience with concentrates in Montana.

Curiosity and intrigue probably got you here, the knowledge of how to dab correctly, and of what is possible, is what will probably turn you into an enthusiast.

Tools of The Trade

Let’s level up together, starting with the tools of the trade:

  • Dab rig
  • Titanium, ceramic or quartz nail
  • Glass or quartz dome / carb cap
  • Mini blowtorch
  • Titanium Dab tool
  • Dab mat
  • Cannabis concentrate of choice

The Dab Rig

First things first, you need a dab rig. Never heard of it? At first glance, many people think it’s a bong-- excuse me-- water pipe.  This is the most basic and central piece for the whole operation. You can’t build a sturdy house without first laying a good foundation. You cannot dab properly without a dab rig.

Think Higher Caregiving Dab Rig Overview

The dab rig is composed of a glass apparatus, nail, and dome. Unlike a bong-- ahem-- water pipe, dab rigs need more juice than the standard Bic lighter can provide. For this swank set up you will need to opt for a blowtorch instead. There is just no heating a ceramic nail to red-hot readiness without one. Macho men be warned: mini blowtorches are preferable.

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