Beginners Guide to Using a Dab Rig

by Bryce Robinson on December 23, 2019

Beginners Guide to Using A Dab Rig

Beginners Guide to Using A Dab Rig

While there are many ways to consume cannabis, dabbing is fast becoming a favourite in the cannabis community. However, dabbing can seem intimidating for anyone, even for some of the most seasoned bong-ripper, but it doesn’t have to be if you learn how to take a dab. So here’s a guide about everything you need to know to use a dab rig. 

What is a dab rig?

A dab rig is a special type of water pipe/water bong that is used for oils, and wax concentrates in the process of “dabbing.” Unlike other water pipes and bongs, a dab rig is not designed to set anything on fire. The key benefits of using a dab rig include: 

  • Produces vapour instead of smoke which contains dangerous carcinogens 
  • Even the smallest dab rigs produce maximum vapour 
  • Offers the best flavour from concentrates 
  • Better tasting vapour with almost odour-free smoke 

The basic components of a dab rig

There are different types of dab rigs on the market, but they all comprise four parts – a nail, a glass piece, a dabber tool, and a torch lighter. In reality, though, you’re most likely going to have to buy the torch lighter separately.

Of the rigs, the nail is arguably the most critical component of a dab rig as it is responsible for heating the concentrate to a point where it produces vapour. Hence, it should be able to heat up quickly while retaining the heat for as long as possible. Nails come in different types based on the materials they’re made of, and the most popular nails are:

  • Glass 
  • Ceramic
  • Quartz 
  • Titanium 
  • E-nails 

How to use a dab rig in simple steps

  •     Get everything ready

The first step to using a dab rig is getting cannabis extracts like oils or concentrates such as budder, live resin, hash, and more. Be sure to also have your dab rig and mini torch lighter. 

  •     Use the torch 

Once you have gotten everything you need in one place, use the torch to heat your dab rig. Make sure you don’t hit up your rig way too hot as this is dangerous for you, as well as it is damaging to the piece itself. The ideal temperature range is around 350 to 600F. 

  •     Let the nail cool 

Once the nail becomes red hot, give your rig about 5-10% seconds to cool before taking your dab as you don’t want the surface to be too hot when you go in for a hit. 

  •     Apply the dab 

Now use the dabbing tool to scoop the extracts and apply directly to the nail. Then place your mouth on the mouthpiece and inhale slowly. As you do this, you should rotate the dabber tip located on the nail. 

  •     Safely store your tools

When you’re done with dabbing, be sure to safely store your dab rig and torch away from the reach of pets and children.


Dabbing cannabis is one of the best ways of consuming cannabis as it is odourless and offers the best flavour. It is also a great way of using cannabis for medical purposes as it delivers quick relief from chronic pain and other health conditions. Now that you know how to use a dab rig consider investing in one so you can enjoy the benefits as well as impress all of your friends. 



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