Cannabis Concentrates: Dabs & Dabbing Devices

“Dabs” are both a noun and a verb. Cannabis concentrates can come in many forms and whether they’re “dabbed” in their traditional method or not – they’re still commonly referred to as simply, Dabs.

“Hey I just bought some dabs, let’s go dab on my dabs” is silly, but grammatically correct.

Traditional dabs are performed with a torch and a hot nail, usually a quartz club banger, terp slurper, or similar blender-style banger. Not everyone appreciates the hardcore look and feel of torch dabs and opts for smaller electronic devices like wax pens and dab pens.

Wax Pens and E-rigs, like the Puffco Peak have become increasingly popular for dabbing both at home and on the go. The newest styles of wax pen atomizers use smooth ceramic or SiC cups for the easiest maintenance and truest terpene tastes.

Wax Pens vs Dab Pens 

The weed vape scene is always evolving and terms have become somewhat ambiguous.

Wax Pens and Wax Vapes are vapes for weed concentrates. Dabs are loaded and vaped as needed. There are no pods or cartridges, only coils or buckets.

Dab Pens or Oil Pens use prefilled or self-filled cartridges or pods. The vapor is created by a disposable atomizer that is built into the oil cartridge. Standard cartridges are 510 threaded and there are several proprietary pod systems on the market, like the Pax Era and Stiiizy. There are even disposable oil pens where the battery and pod are tossed in the trash when empty.

Torch Dabs

Torch dabs are the gold standard in dab delivery and what every portable e-rig and email set out trying to be.

Dabbing the traditional way requires a torch, a bong, and a quartz banger.

Terp Slurpers are currently the best quartz bangers and the preferred method for dabbing involves a Dabrite or other banger thermometer.

I prefer torch dabs over all other methods.

Portable Dab Rigs (Electric)

Portable dab rigs like the Puffco Peak have forever changed the face of dabbing. Torches and bangers aren’t for everyone and these electric dab rigs make dabs easy enough for anyone.

The Puffco Peak Pro and Focus Carta 2 are the best portable dab rigs right now. Both use side-wall heated atomizers instead of bottom-heated.

The recently released Puffco Proxy is again sparking a revolution with its modular design. An entire economy of Proxy accessories has blossomed and artists all over the world have been contributing.

Best E-nails

E-nails are incredibly convenient for all-day-dabbing and marathon sessions. E-nails are hot and ready after a short heat-up time and they can stay hot all day long.

Mininail makes some of the best electric nails available and they come in three varieties: a coiled quartz banger and a hybrid deep dish quartz bucket of two sizes.

Cannabis Hardware’s T-Bucket is another luxury e-nail featuring a huge flat 30mm SIC or Sapphire dish in a beautiful titanium housing.