Everything you Need to Know About Dabbing Wax

Dabbing, or consuming herb concentrates, has become a popular means of enjoying and experiencing the benefits of your favorite botanicals. Dabs are known for their high concentration of cannabinoids which makes them an attractive and sometimes dangerous product depending on who is using them.

You will find out more about dabbing and if it is the right option for you in this article. That said, let us start by finding out what dabs are.

What are dabs?

If you look it up on the internet, you will most likely find two meanings for the word “dab,” one is the popular dance move and the other is cannabinoids in concentrated form and is what we will be talking about today.

Dabs are made by blasting the herbs with a solvent, often butane. The process leaves the plant matter to dissolve which creates a gummy and viscous substance that contains high amounts of cannabinoids.

Depending on the strain of the plant, dabs can either contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD). However, dabs will often have more of the former than the latter.

On that note, dabs are the choice of recreational consumers because of their ability to get you medicated with as little amount as possible.

Why Dab Wax?

Dabbing has several benefits over consuming the actual plant matter. Some of them include purity, less odor, preservation of flavor, and undeniably fast results.

That said, recreational consumers favor dabs because of its advantages. Dabbing can also be used to give patients suffering from chronic pain as well as extreme nausea quick and immediate relief.

What are the Different Types of Dabs?

Because of the variations of how dabs are made, different varieties have come to be known with their respective characteristics and individual properties. Here are some of the most common kinds of dabs.

BHO (Butane Hash Oil)

As we’ve briefly covered above, butane is one of the most common solvents used in extracting dabs or concentrates. The process involves various extraction methods including open blasting and using closed-loop systems.

The consistency of BHO might be slightly runny than other wax concentrates, hence, these dabs will often come in a syringe or a container.


Wax concentrates are one of the stickiest forms of dabs. That said, you will need the right tools when consuming them. It is typically yellowish-brown in color and is consumed using a water pipe, a dab rig, or a wax pen.

Vaporizers like the EVOD Vape Pen from Steam Cloud Vapes is a good place to start especially if you are planning to use your vaporizer on the go.


As the name implies, the consistency of this kind of dab is soft and brittle. BHO is vacuumed or whipped during the extraction process causing the final product to crumble easily. The advantage of consuming crumbles is that getting the right dosage is easy. You can break crumbles into small pieces of dabs that suit your needs.


Pretty much like crumble, shatter offers a brittle consistency. Shatter offers a clear and smooth appearance that’s slightly sticky. Shatter is known to have pure consistency as reflected in its transparency.

The kind of dabs you use will influence how your consumption method will be. Nevertheless, dabs are often consumed using a vaporizer whether it is for medical or recreational purposes.

How to Consume Dabs

Consuming dabs, or dabbing, is done by heating the small amount of wax concentrates on a surface until it vaporizes. The vapor it produces is cleaner than the smoke you inhale from smoking dry herb botanical plant matter. Here are just some of the most common ways of dabbing.

Using a Standard Dab Rig

Probably the oldest and the most traditional means of dabbing, using a dab rig involves a desktop unit that has a water attachment, a nail (or a banger), and a heating element.

Prepare the banger by heating it with a torch. Allow the banger to cool down before placing the dab. You can hover your palm over the banger or use a digital thermometer to measure the running temperature. Once you get the right temperature, place your dabs using a dab tool and inhale from the mouthpiece. The water in the water attachment will filter the vapor from impurities.

Using an Electronic Dab Rig (E-Rig)

E-Rigs are pretty much like dab rigs but are far more convenient and safer. Electronic dab rigs do not require the use of torches to heat the banger, instead, they use an electric heating element powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. It also incorporates a system that allows for variable temperature selection which means you no longer have to hover your hands on the banger.

Using a Portable Wax Vaporizer

Portable wax vapes or dab pens function similarly to  e-rigs minus the water attachment. Devices like the Steam Cloud Box Mod Vape feature a variable voltage battery and 510-threaded attachments that can accommodate wax concentrates.

Obviously, the advantage of using a dab pen is its size and portability. You can take it almost anywhere you go without having to raise the alarm. You can easily slide these devices in and out of your pocket and take your sessions with you.

That said, it has been the choice of consumers who dab for medicinal purposes.


Dabbing has had a reputation for being dangerous, but knowing what dabbing really is, who it is for, the varieties in which it is available, and how to properly consume dabs can help anyone enjoy a better experience with these concentrates.

The advancement in today’s technology has also made dabbing a safe practice as consumers are no longer required to wield hazardous torches and make finding the right temperature a guessing game. Vaporizers like the Steam Cloud Mini 2.0 have helped dabbing become more mainstream and allowed the public to accept it as a better means of getting medicated. Switching from dabs to buds may require some getting used to but many consumers swear by its efficacy and purity.


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