How To Take The Perfect Dab

As the popularity of cannabis continues to grow, you also get a variety of products and exciting ways to use it. That said, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned cannabis connoisseur, you’ll probably end up trying dabs.

Providing extra potency and a more exotic experience, dabbing has become a favorite method of ingesting cannabis today. Unfortunately, taking the ‘perfect’ dab isn’t as easy as packing the bowl on your bong or twisting up a joint.

This article shares a few tips and tricks that can help make the dabbing process a lot easier and provide a perfect experience.

1. Low Temperatures Are The Best

You’ve probably heard a dabber complaining about unpleasant tastes, chest discomfort, or a sudden nauseating loss of balance. This may be because they’re dabbing at high temperatures.

In terms of dabbing, low temperatures are your best friend. Although you need to heat the nail until it’s visibly hot, you must allow it to cool before dabbing.

Dabbing in low temperatures prevent the concentrates from combusting, which causes an extremely unpleasant inhalation process. Also, lower temperature dabs can help preserve the terpenes, which are the compounds responsible for the unique flavor and alluring smell.

2. Pick High-Quality Concentrates

You won’t smoke some low-quality or old bud. So, why would you dab low-quality extracts?

The quality of cannabis strain plays a critical role in having the perfect dab. Unfortunately, the quality of cannabis concentrates can be difficult to assess. If you want to avoid the low-quality ones, always buy from a licensed dispensary and not some cheap dealer you found online.

While cheaper concentrates may seem appealing, is it really worth your health and the dabbing experience?

Also, look for high-quality cannabis concentrates that have been tested by a third party. If necessary, you can ask for the lab results from a brand or dispensary.

3. Choose Full-Spectrum Products

Marijuana oil concentrate aka shatter isolated with glass rig on

Other than choosing a reliable dispensary to buy high-quality concentrates from, you also need to consider the type of concentrate you need.

For the ultimate dabbing experience, go with a high-terpene, full-spectrum extract (HTSFE). However, if your local dispensary doesn’t have it, you can simply opt for a traditional full-spectrum extract (FSE).

Full-spectrum cannabis extracts are the gold standard. They contain high amounts of cannabinoids, which are the building blocks of cannabis. More importantly, they’re rich in terpenes, which are the aromatic compounds that delight and sting your nose all at once.

4. Invest In the Right Dabbing Setup

Cannabis extract is just one part of the equation. The other part is your dabbing tool set. Investing in the right dabbing tools allows you to get the most out of your dab.

That said, each dabbing kit should have:

5. Dab Rig And Nail

While you may find giant bongs appealing, these are only great for cooling and filtering smoke when ripping some flavors. Dabbing is all about tasting the milky vapor. So, to experience the best flavor, a small rig featuring a quartz nail is the best option.


Concentrates are quite difficult to handle. And, since they’re so expensive, you want to make sure that you’re not wasting any. A dabber allows you to easily transfer the concentrate from its container to the pipe or rig, for a mess-free setup.

With dabbers, you have a variety of design choices—scoop, shovel, spatula, pick, and others, each designed to handle different consistencies of cannabis concentrates. So, make sure to pick the right one suitable for the type of concentrate you usually dab.

Carb Cap

Carb caps are an essential dabbing tool. You can pick a simple flat top carb cap, but it’s best if you can get a bubble carb cap or directional carb cap. This helps guide the airflow in the nail chamber and allows you to achieve a solid session at the lowest temperatures possible.

Butane Torch Or eNails

For heating, you’ll need a butane torch, which you’ll find at a smoke shop. Crème brulee torch should also work. However, if you want to maintain a consistent temperature without experiencing the steep learning curve of heating nails with a blowtorch, opt for eNails instead. It may be more expensive than your regular butane torch, but it’s worth the upfront investment since it eliminates the tricky element of heating. This allows you to perfect your dab session.


Taking a perfect dab can take a fair bit of work, but it’s doable. Hopefully, this article has helped you in mastering the art of dabbing. So, what are you waiting for?  Try implementing the above tips and experience a better dabbing experience this time around.