What is Dabbing? — A Beginner's Guide To Dabbing Weed Extracts

on October 12, 2020
what is dabbing? a beginner's guide to weed concentrates


Although dabbing wax isn't as mainstream as smoking a joint, it offers a plethora of benefits for recreational and medical consumers alike. The almost odorless vapor provide a unique and discreet vaping experience, which allows the user to enjoy vaping essentially anywhere. It also offers a smooth and flavorful experience, which people find more appealing than smoking cannabis. Since It’s also the healthier alternative to consuming cannabis versus inhaling smoke as a result of combustion from smoking.

If you’re thinking of making the upgrade from the traditional joints or bongs, dabbing wax is the right option for you. To learn more, here’s a quick and easy guide to follow. We dig deeper about how it works, and the various types of wax available for use:


How Does Dabbing Work? 

Named for its thick and pliable waxy texture and appearance, “wax” is a type of cannabis concentrate that sits in the middle of liquid and solid concentrates. It is generally opaque and can take different forms, such as more liquid or more solid and brittle. These different types of wax depend on a number of variables, such as temperature, moisture, and methods of extraction.


The more runny and liquid wax types include the product “budder”, which is highly malleable and almost has the texture of a very thick oil. The more solid forms, on the other hand, include products such as “honeycomb” and “crumble”, which are less malleable and more brittle. However, all of these types of wax are favored by consumers for being the middle ground of solid and liquid concentrates—they’re neither too brittle and fragile nor too runny.


There are various types of extracts available for dabbing, but your choice will depend entirely on your preferences. Here are some of the most popular:


  • Crumble: Identified by its malleable texture that falls apart, or "crumbles" when handled. Unlike other forms of concentrates, crumble - sometimes called "honeycomb wax" - is quite versatile, and not limited to just dabbing. Some sprinkle the extract over the top of cannabis buds in a bowl, blunt, or joint. 
  • Shatter: Shatter is a translucent BHO concentrate that has a consistency almost hard like candy. It's beautiful glassy texture is partially responsible for why it's called shatter. 


What Tools Do I Need to Dab Wax? 

As with all vaping sessions, you will need a vape, extra batteries, your chosen wax, and a chamber. Although wax dab pens usually come with accessories you may want to purchase the following to make your sessions smoother:


  • Electronic Dab Rig (E-Rig)In order to dab, you'll need either a dab rig or dab pen. E-rigs are electronically powered dab rigs, needing the use of a torch to heat up your dab nail, but they aren't as portable as a dab pen. 
  • Dab Pen: Dab pens are super portable dabbing devices that offer a full dabbing experience in the palm of your hands. Be sure to always keep a dab pen handy for on-the-go sessions.
  • Dabber:  Dabbers or dab sticks are tools that are used to dab or scoop up wax products. As their name implies, these tools help you dab the wax on the coil.
  • Carry case: Carry cases let you organize and transport your kit much more easily, allowing you to bring your kit anywhere you wish. As an added bonus, carry cases can also mask the smell of your concentrate pens after use.


Improving Your Dabbing Sessions 

Smoking cannabis is one of the best ways to help alleviate certain medical conditions, and can also be used recreationally. Smoking marijuana traditionally remains a good option, but vaping or dabbing wax has changed the game forever. It offers a smoother and more flavorful way of consuming cannabis, which can be done anytime and anywhere without leaving any lingering smells. If you’re looking to make the switch, keep this quick guide in mind!


If you’re on the hunt for electric dab rigs and ultra-portable dab pens, Session Vapor has you covered. We offer you a safe, secure, and informative purchasing experience offering the highest quality products available on the market!