Dab Microdosing, Cannabis means of consumption, photo by EmeraldZoo

Dabbing is a whole different world from smoking marijuana. While the tools and substances that are used in this practice are rather simple to use and straightforward, the tools that you use play a huge role in the overall experience that you have with your dab concentrate. Some people like to smoke wax without a dab rig. If you’re interested in dabbing and are just learning about the various tools at your disposal, here is a brief article on the two main kinds of dabbing devices and what benefits they can provide for you.

What Are Dab Pens?

When you first look into dabbing, you are going to notice two main kinds of dabbing tools that you can use: dab pens and dab rigs. The first choice, the dab pen, is a long, skinny device similar to a vape pen. It is designed to handle wax concentrates rather than e-liquids. (You may find some that can do both, however.) These devices were built as a way to make it easier for those who enjoy dabs to take their concentrates with them anywhere and vaporize them.

Snoop Dogg Vape Pen Cannabis Smoking
Vape pens may appear in different designs and of a different materials and quality, and are the very growing trend nowadays. Image from King Pen Vapes.

Benefits

There are some clear advantages of the dab pen that help make them more desirable in comparison to other products. Here are a few of these notable benefits.

Discreet

Dab rigs require you to pull out the bulky bodies, fill them with water, heat up the nail with an external heat source, and take a pull from the rig. When you’re at home, this process doesn’t really matter but when you are out and about, you can’t do this without attracting attention.

A dab pen, allows you to place a small amount of wax into the handheld body and smoke it without attracting attention. The smoke is typically not thick and you can take quick pulls to receive the effects you need without making it known that you are doing dabs. Overall, dab pens are very effective at providing quick and stealthy dab sessions for users.

Temperature Controlled

When it comes to dab rigs, the point of using an external heat source is to heat the nail up to the point that it is capable of vaporizing the wax concentrates. However, this process is by no means accurate and you have no control over the high temperatures. This can result in extremely hot vapors that are not great for your health.

Dab pens, on the other hand, are electronic in nature and will give you more control over your device’s temperature. This allows you to make sure that you are able to keep the vapors at the right temperature. You can experiment with different heat levels and their effects.

Warranty

Dab rigs are made of glass and for this reason alone, you are not going to find any dab rig that comes with a warranty. This means that you are out of luck if anything happens to the rig while you are using it. Since dab pens are electronic, they do have extensive warranties that will keep your device protected in the event that it malfunctions. These warranties can cover long periods of time so it is important to look for the right warranty for you if you decide to purchase a dab pen.

What Are Wax Rigs?

Wax Nax's Wax Rig
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Wax rigs are glass pieces that feature complex water pathways and airways that are designed to cool down the vapors as they travel through the rig. Through an electronic nail or a nail made from another substance that is heated up using a blow torch, the wax is vaporized and then pulled as the user takes a breath, similar to a bong. These rigs are popular amongst dab enthusiasts who tend to vape their concentrates at home.

Benefits

While dab pens have their own benefits, you can expect to see some improvements over the portable dabbing experience when using a wax rig. Here are some of the most notable benefits.

Stronger Hits

There are some dab pens that are known for being stronger than others but they typically cannot pack the same kind of experience in their body that the best dab rigs are known for providing. With much longer systems and the ability to melt down more concentrates at a time, users are able to take long, deep hits of their wax and experience rich, thick vapors when it reaches them at the mouthpiece. Some users can compromise for the sake of portability but other users are unable to give up the strong hits that rigs can provide.

Conclusion

While you may be dabbing with each of these tools, they all provide different results that give you certain advantages and disadvantages. If you are looking for your own dab tool but aren’t sure where to start, use this article to learn more about each tool and what it will be able to do for you.

* Head image: @EmeraldZoo