Tips on how to smoke Dabs

Budder, shatter, wax — the universe of concentrates made from cannabis can be a blast to explore. But to get the most from these intense, concentrated, and potent extracts you must learn to smoke just a dab.

In essence, smoking dabs is heating up the concentrated until its vaporized point and inhaling the vapors in the collaboration of cannabinoids and terpenes. As long as you stick to a few easy tips, there are plenty of ways you can smoke your dab.

How to smoke Dabs with Dab Rig

There are many different methods to smoke dabs, dab-rigs are the most popular method. There’s a choice between either a standard dab rig or one that has an electronic nail (electric nail).

Standard Dab Rig

By far, the most common method of smoking dabs is by using a conventional dab rig. You can get a dab rig starter kit to start off your dab journey. You can find all kinds of fancy setups, however, these are usually similar components which include a chamber that houses water and a mouthpiece with a hole to inhale, a dome to encapsulate hot and vapors, and a nail to heat the dab.

To utilize a dab rig remove the dome, then heat the nail, put it back in the dome, apply your dab onto the nail using a dab or dab tool, then inhale. A lot of people prefer to put an e-cap over the dome to control the heat and flow of vapors.

Electric Dab Rig

The electric dab rig operates similar to a traditional dab rig with one notable difference that it uses electricity to heat the nail, meaning you don’t have to manually heat it up. One benefit of the electric dab rig equipped with an e-nail is the fact you have more control over temperature.

When you’re using concentrates such as THC oils, you need to keep a more stable temperature to preserve those terpenes within the concentrate and avoid bad flavors. But an exact temperature regulation makes e-rigs an ideal choice for concentrates, such as live resin or Terp sauce.

How do I smoke Dabs without a Dab Rig

T-Wax (rolled in a joint)

T-waxing is a relatively common method to smoke dabs though it is a little messy. If you’ve got a good bud and a quality concentrate, it’s just going to add a little of your concentrate into your marijuana when rolling in a joint. This is best done with some of the more dense concentrates like budder and sugar wax. Concentrates that are thin like RSO oils can make it extremely difficult to achieve a decent flame once you’ve started.


Vaping concentrates with a concentrate is a simple process when you’ve got the right equipment it is also one of the most convenient ways to smoke dabs while on the go. It is necessary to have a setup with a separate, separate atomizer and battery so that you are able to easily put your dabs on the atomizer (heating coil). The trick is to find the right temperature that causes the concentrate to melt, therefore you will need a good vaping set-up that allows you to have an adjustable temperature.

Other vaping methods aside from “vape pens” include the cannabis vaporizers that are specifically designed for concentrates. These vaporizers work well for people who don’t enjoy cartridges but prefer other kinds of concentrate, as well as those who would like to take their dabs wherever they go.


A healthstone is a specially designed stone you can put into the bong’s bowl or inside a standard pipe. The stone is porous, meaning that the smoke from a burned dab flows through the stone and through the pipe or bong, and then out by way of the mouthpiece. The stone is simply added into the bowl, heat your healthstone up to the desired temperature, then add it to your dab. Puff, and then enjoy.

Hot-Knife Method

If you’re lacking anything else on hand, the hot-knife method is the simplest and easiest way to get an ounce. Simply heat an iron butter knife on the stove or with a torch lighter, place your dab on the hot surface, and smoke the vapors with straw. This procedure can generate a lot of waste and is also a bit risky as you need to be aware of not burning your hands, but it’s a good option in the event of a need.