Dab oil, or marijuana concentrates, is all the rage nowadays, but how do you take part in this awesome experience without a large or small dab rig of some sort? If you don’t have the money to invest in a rig but have the concentrates, we’re here to help you figure out how to dab without a rig!
First things first, you have to understand the basics of dabbing:
What is a dab?
A dab, also commonly known as shatter wax and crumble wax, is a concentrated form of marijuana. These can come in a crumbly substance, smooth wax, or liquid oil. Dabbing weed in its concentrated form will get you higher faster than smoking the traditional flower.
What is a dab rig?
A rig is the type of pipe you smoke dab weed out of. This dab pipe is typically a bong base with a banger attachment. It’s not all that much different from a bong. You can also use a dabbing atomizer, dabbing pen, dab spoon, electric dab rigs, or a vape dab rig to smoke your concentrate.
Your typical dab rig will look similar to this - like a bong, but with an attachment to put your concentrates in and heat. Photo: @potguide
If you want to know how to take a dab, you’ll need a torch (or a substitute, explained later), a rig complete with a banger (or a homemade dab rig, explained later), a dab nail for bong, and, of course, concentrates.
How to dab with a rig
You simply put the wax on one end of your dab tool, heat up the banger part of your rig with the torch, and, once it’s red hot and cooled slightly back down, run the tool along the glass banger to vaporize the wax.
If you choose to use a dab oil pen, you don’t have to worry about the tool, rig, or wax. You can purchase pre-filled cartridges loaded with dispensary-quality dab oil for a convenient e-cig.
How to smoke dabs without a rig
If you’ve got concentrates but are stuck without a rig, no need to panic. We can help you figure out how to smoke dab without a rig easily. There are many different ways to go about this; we’ve listed a few of our favorites.
Dabbing with a Butter Knife
If you can get past the whole junky feeling with hitting a dab off the knife, this is a pretty effective way to dab. If you need to figure out how to dab without a rig or torch, this is the most effective way.
All you need is a heat source of some type (a small torch, a stove top, whatever you have that will get that hot), an empty plastic bottle the bottom cut out, and two butter knives.
The process of this goes much smoother when you have two people. If you struggle getting the concentrate on the knife, you could heat just one knife up, having the concentrate ready on the other; you can get enough heat with just one knife.
- Heat up your knives on the eye of the stove or using a torch
- Drop your concentrate on the knives and press them together
- At the same time, have your plastic bottle at the ready
- Use the bottle like a funnel to suck up all the vapour.
This method is the easiest to accomplish for most everyone, given the materials are super common. It’s also the most similar to a true dab you can get without the rig.
Topping a Bowl or a Joint with Concentrates
This method isn’t a very similar experience to actual dabbing, but it’ll get the job done and you’re sure to be high. All you need is a bowl, weed, and your concentrate or joint papers, a grinder, weed, and your concentrate.
For the bowl option, load your preferred piece halfway with either ground or ripped up bud then simply rip off bits of your concentrate if it’s shatter or butter or use a dab tool to place the dabs on top of your weed. Be sure to place the dab halfway through the bowl because touching the concentrate with an open flame can degrade your product and burn off some of your THC.
In the case of a joint, you can either weave a snake of concentrate into the center of the rolled joint or wrap it around the outside of the joint. We find it far more effective to put it in the joint rather than wrap it around the outside; you waste less product that way.
It's hard to imagine a more beautiful site! Photo: u/hploverf0rlife
This one involves purchasing a vape pen, but they have many available for pretty cheap. You may be thinking you’d need to purchase the cartridges for it, but you can actually dab just using the pen itself without having to pay for expensive weed cartridges.
To do this, you’ll need to purchase a vape pen that allows you to have direct access to the coil (heating element). This means you’ll need one without a spot for a cartridge, as that would block the coil.
- Put a small dab on your metal dabber
- Take the atomizer off the battery chamber and place the concentrate on the unheated coil. You don’t want the metal dabber to make contact with the coil.
- Turn your vape on and reattach the atomizer
- Press the button and hold it to allow the coil to heat up. Draw slowly on the vape as inhaling too quickly can lower the heat and create less vapor, meaning you’re wasting your concentrate.
Use what you've already got in a vape pen! Photo: u/Advken
While this method does involve purchasing another object, the Healthstone. It’s far cheaper than buying a full rig and it's also super simple. All you do is place the healthstone down in your bong bowl. You can also put the healthstone down inside your banger.
The idea is to position the healthstone in such a way that the smoke will go through the pipe to the mouthpiece. Once you’ve positioned your healthstone, heat the healthstone with your torch and then smoke it like you would a rig.
The Healthstone is a super quick and easy way to enjoy dabs without buying a rig. Photo: MRxMAGICMAN
Not Recommended Options
This section is mostly included so you know what to avoid. There’s a lot of nonsense on the internet claiming to be factual and proven, it doesn’t make it safe information.
If you need to know how to smoke dabs without a rig, we recommend that you avoid this method. It is the least safe way to smoke wax without a rig. Instructions include heating the car lighter until it's glowing red and placing dabs directly on the coil. While this method seems easy and sure it’s plenty effective, but it’s not safe. We cannot stress enough the fact that we do not recommend this method.
If you have concentrates but no rig, you’re not at a total loss. There are a few ways you can dab without a rig, though you may need to purchase some supplies in order to do so. Some of the methods involve materials often commonly available in the home while others involve hitting up a local shop or website. There are also a number of unsafe methods recommended on the internet, so we advise that you take your time and do thorough research before committing to one method.
What you learned in this article:
- What is a rig
- What is dabbing wax
- How to smoke shatter and how to smoke crumble
- A little about vaping wax
- How to smoke dabs without a rig
- How to smoke dabs without a rig or torch
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Written by: Megan Medeiros | Cover Photo by: The Green Fund
MEGAN MEDEIROS IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR IN HARRISONBURG, VA. SHE’S BEEN WORKING AS A CANNABIS WRITER FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, MOSTLY FOLLOWING THE LEGAL CLIMATE OF MARIJUANA, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS LIKE CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, OREGON, CANADA, AND OTHER LEGAL AREAS. SHE HAS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A MASTER’S IN ENGLISH AT JMU.