Dabbing Glossary & Dabbing Terminology

Hey there, let’s talk dabbing! Dabs have come a long way since the days of open-blasting at home. Thanks to modern extraction technology, there are now countless types of concentrates available with unique consistencies and powerful aromas.

Navigating the world of dabbing can be challenging, especially for newcomers. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our dabbing glossary that we consistently update. This way, you can make informed decisions when it comes to purchasing your dabbing supplies.

710 – When turned upside-down, the numbers resemble the word oil. This term is synonymous with dabbing, much like 420 is with smoking weed.

Bangers – A quartz banger, or simply “banger,” is attached to a dab rig and heated with a torch or an eNail to vaporize concentrates. They come in different styles, sizes, and angles, with flat-top bangers being the most popular.

Boro – Borosilicate glassware, such as bongs, water pipes, and rigs, is referred to as “boro.” This type of glass has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, meaning it can withstand the high temperatures used when dabbing without breaking or cracking.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) – BHO is a high-potency concentrate made using butane as a solvent. Liquid butane is passed through cannabis matter, extracted, and then purged of any residual solvent during post-processing. BHO comes in various consistencies such as oil, wax, shatter, live resin, and more.

Cannabinoids – Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants, with over 100 different types. The most abundant are THC and CBD. THC is known to produce a cerebral euphoria, while CBD induces a clear-headed and relaxing experience.

Carb Cap – A carb cap is a tool used to restrict and control airflow around domeless nails and bangers. It acts like a lid to a boiling pot, allowing the dab to vaporize at lower temperatures. They come in standard rounded ends and other shapes designed to circulate air.

Cold-Start Dab – A dab where the concentrate is placed in a cold banger and then heated, as opposed to heating the banger first and then adding the concentrate.

Dab Rig – A dab rig is made of heat-resistant glass and looks like a bong. It has a nail made from quartz, titanium, or ceramic instead of a bowl. A butane torch heats the nail, and users inhale the vaporized cannabinoids and terpenes.

Dabber – A dabber is a long, thin tool used to handle cannabis concentrates, allowing users to dose their supply and apply it to a hot nail. Dabbers are made of stainless steel, glass, or titanium and come in different shapes for different types of concentrates.

Dabs/Concentrate – Concentrate types such as shatter, wax, live resin, and other extracted marijuana resins are informally called “dabs,” with the act of consuming known as “dabbing.” Users inhale the vapor from a rig.

Downstem – The downstem is a tube that funnels vapor from the nail to the chamber of the rig.

E-Nail – An electronic nail, also known as an eNail, heats the banger to a set temperature. Users can plug in a digital control box that electronically heats a coil, eliminating the need for a torch. E-nails are safe and enable users to maintain consistent temperatures for low or high-temperature dabbing.

Extraction – Cannabis extraction is the process of removing the cannabis trichome resin from the inactive plant material. Solvent-based extractions use solvents such as ethanol, butane, or carbon dioxide to strip the psychoactive compounds from cannabis or hemp, resulting in a resin that varies in potency, texture, consistency, and form.

Grade 2 Titanium – Grade 2 titanium is the best and safest type of titanium to use for dab nails. Titanium is produced in various grades of quality.

Ground Joint – Ground joints are a set of a male inner piece and a female outer piece that form an airtight seal and help funnel vapor into the dab rig.

Now that you have a better understanding of dabbing terminology, you can enjoy your dabbing experience to the fullest. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek out more information as you continue to explore the world of dabbing. Happy dabbing!

Grade 2 Titanium – When it comes to dab nails, Grade 2 titanium is considered the best and safest to use. Titanium is produced in varying grades of quality.

Ground Joint – A ground joint is a set of a male inner piece and a female outer piece that creates an airtight seal and helps funnel vapor into the dab rig.

High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract (HTFSE) – HTFSE is the highest grade of concentrates available. It contains a high amount of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, producing more balanced effects with fewer side effects and more relief. HTFSE has a syrupy and crystallized mixture of consistencies.

Inserts – Quartz inserts are small dish-like containers that go inside of a dab nail. Quartz inserts add a degree of separation between the oil and heat for a more even distribution of heat.

Joint Size – Joint size refers to the diameter of the joint on either a nail or rig. The three most common joint sizes are 10mm, 14mm, and 19mm.

Live Resin – Live resin is a type of terpene-rich cannabis concentrate made with frozen and fresh cannabis buds. Live resin has a high-terpene level but does not count as an HTFSE. Live resin has a viscous consistency.

Low-Temp Dabs – Dabbing at temperatures between 500º and 650ºF allows users to vaporize more of the terpenes, compared to higher temperatures, which can burn off these aromatic compounds and waste the wax.

Nails – Dab nails attach to a dab rig and are heated before applying the concentrate for vaporization. Nails come in many styles and sizes and are commonly made from quartz, titanium, and ceramic.

Oil – Oil covers a wide range of cannabis products including vape oils, tinctures and other runny and liquid cannabis concentrates. Oils can be vaporized or ingested in food or drink.

Percolator – A percolator, also called a perc or diffuser, is housed within a dab rig and is meant to diffuse the vapor into smaller bubbles for better water filtration, allowing for smoother, cooler hits.

Showerhead Perc – A showerhead perc is a vertical tube with a bottom flare featuring slits or holes.

Honeycomb Perc – Honeycomb percs are shaped like a flat horizontal disk with evenly-spaced holes resembling a honeycomb.

Disk Perc – Disk percs are shaped like disks with holes in different patterns.

Propane Hash Oil (PHO) – PHO refers to concentrates made using propane during the hydrocarbon extraction. Propane has a lower boiling point than butane, making it a worthwhile choice for terpene extraction. Blending propane and butane solvent can also improve the extraction of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Quartz – Quartz is the king of dab materials. Quartz is heat-resistant, durable, and looks great. Quartz bangers, carb caps, and inserts can take your dabbing to another level.

QWISO – Quick was isopropyl alcohol (QWISO) is an extraction technique that uses isopropyl alcohol to produce a quick extract. Only pure isopropyl alcohol must be used with dried flower.

QWET – Quick wash ethanol (QWET) is an extraction technique that uses ethanol to produce a resin extract. Ethanol is a polar and water-soluble solvent capable of removing trichomes from the plant, even with a quick wash involving agitation of ethanol and cannabis in an airtight jar.

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Meet Harriett S. Miller, the guy who never met a CBD strain he didn't like! He's been researching and experimenting with CBD for years, and it's safe to say he's a bit of an enthusiast. When he's not busy trying out new strains, you can find him scoping out the latest cannabis accessories and gadgets. Harriett is dedicated to spreading the word about the benefits of CBD and helping people discover the perfect products to enhance their cannabis experience. He may be serious about his research, but he's always up for a good laugh (or a good puff).

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