The debate between vaping and using a dab rig remains prevalent among connoisseurs. In recent years, cannabis companies have further mastered extracting cannabinoids for oils and waxes. Consuming this highly potent cannabis product varies as some enjoy combining it into their joints while others enjoy drinking it straight.
Ultimately, the two main methods of consuming concentrates are with either a vape or a dab rig. Each has its benefits, like vapes are often far more portable and caters to dry herb. Plus, dab pens are a growing market that is grabbing a hold of the industry right now. Some studies show that vape pens currently trail behind pre-rolls as the most popular purchases at cannabis dispensaries.
Dab rigs, however, provide smokers with bigger and better hits. Though it might take some getting used to, the wax rigs are an excellent option that caters to various concentrates. At the same time, they also use a filtration system that provides cleaner smoke. This way, you’ll taste the pure terpenes.
Let’s take a closer look at vape vs. a dab rig below.
A dab rig shares similarities to a bong, except it’s specifically intended to vaporize waxes and oils. A dab rig and a water pipe are broadly comparable due to water use and their similar pieces: mouthpiece, neck, water chamber, and base. However, a dab nail is attached to the joint instead of a bowl and a downstem. One must use a torch lighter to heat the quartz nail to 350°F (600°F for dense concentrates). From there, use a dab tool to introduce the focus to the heat, cover it with a carb cap, and inhale.
Dab rigs provide concentrate enthusiasts with innovative technology that maximizes each hit. A dab rig provides better hits with higher potency levels. Since concentrates carry a high cannabinoid percentage, one hit can give the full effects of the extract. At the same time, the full flavors of the terpenes pop out even more with glass dab rigs. On top of their potency, a dab rig can be used for various concentrates, from wax and shatter to oils and honey. Finally, they are far easier to maintain, saving you money in the long run.
A dab pen is a far more portable and convenient way to vaporize concentrate. A dab pen has the same functions as a dab rig except in a more diminutive, compact form. Three main parts comprise a vape pen: a battery, a heating chamber, and the mouthpiece attached to the dab cartridge. Usually, you’ll screw the cart onto the battery, which can be breath activated. Some can also have a button to start the heat.
Batter creates heat through electricity. From the battery, the heat spreads to the coil — acting as the dab nail — in the heating chamber, vaporizing your concentrate. As disposable pens hit the market, this is one of the most popular sectors in the cannabis industry.
Vape pens are far more convenient than a dab rig. Though cannabis legalization is taking effect nationwide, people still seek discrete methods to consume cannabis. Since they come in the form of pens, they not only leave less of a scent but can also pass off for an e-cigarette pretty easily. Sometimes, they’re even smaller than an e-cig.
Another reason why vape pens are second behind pre-rolls in the cannabis industry is because they’re straightforward to use. Disposable pens, specifically, come equipped with the suitable oils and require breath activation or, at the very least, a button to preheat the pen. Because of these features, it’s also easier to manage your consumption and your high.
Whether you’re using pens or dab rigs, exploring the world of concentrates first is critical. A pen would be a great starting place if you’re a novice to extracts. However, if you want to have a complete experience, from the subtleties of the terpenes to a full spectrum of effects, then purchasing concentrates and a dab rig can help you further your understanding of extracts.