How to Use a Dab Pen Properly With Cannabis Concentrates
Dabs are a super potent way to get high, but having a whole dab rig to take care of isn’t for everyone. But if you don’t like dealing with dab rigs, there is a simple alternative that will have you getting high with cannabis concentrate in no time.
Dab pens provide the functionality of a dab rig with the convenience of portable vaporizers.
Keep reading to learn how to use a
Dab Pen Works
Dab pens work when you push a power button and heat up cannabis concentrates (like
But dab pens are much more compact and portable.
Since the heating chamber vaporizes the concentrate you don’t need a hot surface from a nail or blowtorch. You just need to carefully load it, turn it on, wait for it to heat up, and begin dabbing.
Vape and Dab Pens Compared
Dab and vape pens might sound similar at first, but there are some key differences you should be aware of.
Vape pens use cartridges, or “carts” that are filled with cannabis oil. But dab pens have a heating chamber where cannabis concentrates like
Dab and vape pens don’t use the same forms of cannabis. This is one of the most important distinctions between the two different kinds of pens because concentrates are usually way more potent than cannabis oil.
If you accidentally hit a
The two pens also use different heating methods. Vape pens use convection heating. This means the air is warmed up around the oil and there is no direct contact with the heat.
Dab pens use conduction heating. This means that the cannabis is placed directly on the atomizer and vaporized on contact.
Vapes don’t often need cleaning, but when they do finally require one it can be a hassle.
Dab pens on the other hand are easy to clean. But they get dirty quickly. You might want to clean it every day to really keep your
To clean a
Read the instructions before giving your
- Conduction heated
- The concentrate is placed directly on the heating element
- Usually used to activate cannabis extracts with the highest level of potency
- Convection heated
- Air is warmed around the oil to create vapor, with no direct contact with the heating element
- Uses vape cartridges
- Usually used to inhale distillate
How To Turn On
If it’s your first time dabbing take your time and read the instructions for your
Reading the manual will help you to figure out how to load the chamber, what temperature setting to use, and how to hit the pen.
The instructions will also tell you how to turn your
Let your pen preheat before dabbing. That way the pen reaches the right temperature and the concentrates have time to fully heat up. This way the vapor will be rich.
How To Use A
Whenever you have a question about dabbing it is best to go to the user manual and check the instructions. Each pen can have different settings. Learn how to use your
Charge Your Pen
Before dabbing with your new pen you want to give it a full charge out of the box. This can take up to three hours so plug it in right away.
Once your pen is showing a full charge you are ready to load it up for use.
Place Cannabis Concentrate On The Atomizer
Lots of quality dab pens have removable mouthpiece that covers the heating chamber. In this case, you should remove the mouthpiece to carefully load
This can take some practice before it feels easy. Some pens come with a dab tool for you to use to put the concentrate into the chamber. If you need a tool and you don’t have one, you can always use a paper clip.
Screw On The Cap
Once you have the right amount of concentrate inside you can screw the mouthpiece back on. It only takes a tiny amount, like the size of a grain of rice, to make a nice full hit of vapor.
Turn It On & Press To Inhale
Next, turn your pen on and let it preheat for a minute or two. After this, you can press the button (if your pen has a button) and draw vapor from the pen. Using a
Then give it about 10 to 15 minutes to feel the high.
What Concentrate Can You Use In A
There are a variety of different concentrates you can use when dabbing. Some of them include:
- bubble hash
- live resin
Just because you can use all of these concentrates doesn’t mean they are all easy to use. For example, hash will work but it may clog the coil in dab pens. Especially if the hash has been adulterated.
And the same for dry herbs. Don’t try dabbing them. Use your pen for what it is meant for and enjoy concentrates.
Don’t try to use oil or
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Tips When Hitting A
Dab Pen For The First Time
High-quality dap pens come with temperature control settings which give you more control over your dabbing experience. Setting the temperature to a lower setting is the best way to preserve flavor and avoid wasting product.
Terps vaporize at lower temps than cannabinoids do. So if you use a high temperature you could degrade them and possibly even turn them into toxic byproducts. Keeping the pen temperature low helps you get a smooth and well-balanced hit.
Depending on the type of concentrate you are vaping this will make a big impact on the quality of the hit. Live extracts, for example, should always be dabbed at a lower temperature to preserve the terpenes.
Other concentrates need more heat-up time to have the best performance. For example, shatter needs to be preheated long enough to melt. But this is not necessary for distillate.
When you are ready to consume concentrates, take a single inhalation and wait 5 minutes.
It is best to go slow when learning how to use a
A single gram of concentrates can contain more than 800 milligrams or more of THC. That’s why it is important to only put a small amount of concentrate in your