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How to Dab Cannabis Concentrates

How to Dab Cannabis Concentrates

Over the last ten years, dabbing has taken the cannabis industry by storm. At one point, dabbing was a niche for only the most hardcore cannabis enthusiasts, but now everyone can enjoy dabbing.

However, dabbing can seem like a mystery to many people. Not only is there a lot of equipment involved, but the learning curve can scare people off.

There are also so many different types of cannabis concentrates you can find in Michigan and Colorado dispensaries—like sauce, live resin, and budder.

The good news is dabbing isn’t tricky, and there are also some great alternatives to traditional dabbing that still gives an incredible experience.

Continue reading below to find out how to dab and what the best alternatives are.

What Do I Need to Start Dabbing?

Before you jump into the world of cannabis concentrates, you’ll need a few essential tools. Below is a list of exactly what you’ll need to get started.

Dab Rig

A dab rig looks similar to a bong or water pipe. The only difference is that dab rigs are typically compact and have different fittings.

Instead of fitting a stem and bowl, dab rigs fit a nail.


The name is a little bit misleading, but basically, a nail is where dabs are vaporized. The nail is a heat-resistant piece that vaporizes cannabis concentrates.

Typically, nails are made from quartz, but there are many other types, such as ceramic and titanium. When you get a nail, make sure it fits into your dab rig.

Carb Cap

A carb cap is an essential part of any dab rig since it regulates airflow. Since the nail is heated to super-hot temperatures, you won’t want to touch it.

That’s where a carb cap comes in. Once the cannabis concentrate is vaporized, you can put a carb cap on top and remove it to regulate your hit.


The torch is probably the most discouraging thing about dabbing. However, a good torch is necessary to heat your nail to the proper temperatures.

Dab Tool

spoon full of live resin cannabis concentrate

Cannabis concentrates are always incredibly sticky and difficult to handle. Some are more liquidy, while others are as hard as candy.

In all cases, you’ll want a dab tool that can help you pick up the dab and put it on the ultra-hot nail. Trust us—you don’t want to try and do it by hand.

Cannabis Concentrates Dabbing Guide

Now that you have your supplies, you’re ready to start dabbing. Follow the steps below for a perfect dab every time.

Step 1: Get a Dab

Remember, dabbing is all about small amounts—hence the dab. Take your dab tool and grab a tiny piece of your cannabis concentrate.

Remember, if you’re just starting out, start small—like tiny. Set the dab tool with the dab aside but at the ready.

Step 2: Heat the Nail

Take your torch and start heating up the nail. You can do this by putting the flame directly at the bottom of the nail until it turns red-hot.

Step 3: Wait a Moment

Before you dab, you’ll need to let the nail cool slightly. Finding the right temperature is crucial, but you’ll need to experiment with this waiting time.

If you’re using a quartz nail, wait for 45-60 seconds or 10 seconds with a titanium nail. In the future, you can adjust the wait time, which changes the temperature of your dab.

Step 4: Start Dabbing

Take your dab tool and apply the dab onto the nail and start inhaling gently. Move the dab tool around until the dab comes off of the tool completely.

Step 5: Cap Your Dab and Exhale

Use your carb cap to cover and uncover the nail to regulate your hit. Leave the carb cap on once you need to exhale.

And that’s it—you’re now a pro at dabbing!

Alternatives to Dabbing

If you’re still a little put-off by dabbing, then there are some great alternatives. After all, not everyone wants to use a blow torch and deal with a super hot piece of metal or quartz.

PuffCo Peak

If you want to try dabbing in a much easier and safer way, then the PuffCo Peak is for you. This handheld device is beautifully designed to let you dab without the hassle.

Instead of a blow torch, the PuffCo Peak heats the dabs electronically in a built-in nail. Simply load up your delicious dabs, put the cap on and press a button—it’s as easy as that.

Pax Cannabis Concentrate VaporizersPax Pod Portable Vape Pens

Although a vaporizer isn’t the same as dabbing, it delivers the same intense flavor and potency in an incredibly convenient package. However, if you want a vaporizer that’s a cut above the rest, then look no further than the Pax Era Pro.

Simply click in a Pax Era Pod filled with delicious cannabis concentrate, and start inhaling to get absolutely lifted.

Where to Buy the Best Cannabis Concentrates

However you want to dab or consume your concentrates, you’ll want the best of the best. If you’re in Colorado or Michigan, then you’re in luck.

That’s because Pyramid concentrates can be found in Michigan and Colorado dispensaries statewide. Pyramid uses cutting-edge extraction technology to create the most potent and delicious cannabis concentrates on the market.

Take Pyramid’s Sauce, Live Resin, and Budder and drop them straight onto your nail or Puffco Peak. Or, you can use Pyramid’s pre-filled Pax Era Pods to take your cannabis concentrates on the go.

No matter what Pyramid cannabis concentrate you use, you’re sure to have the best dabbing or vaping experience possible.

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