The world of dabbing just keeps expanding with more and more devices to better the already fantastic experience. A relatively new device that has been circulating for the past year or so is the vertical dabbing rig or dab straw. This rig allows you to consume your hit vertically, sucking the vapor up through the wax straw. You can get the rig in a variety of brands and styles, although the honey straw and nectar collector are the styles most commonly found. Just like the names suggests, you suck your dabs through these straw-like devices,which help you get the full worth of your dabs. Follow along to learn how to use honey straws and nectar collectors!
Honey straws are fun but they don't always come cheap. If you’re looking for a premium dab straw, you’ll be paying anywhere from a hundred dollars to somewhere in the thousands (although for around a hundred, you can get a top notch honey straw that will fulfill all your needs). The dab straw rig itself is strange looking for those only familiar with the traditional dab rig - it sort of resembles odd medical equipment from 1862. It has a syringe-like shape with the straw portion on top and a tip made of a heat-resistant material (such as titanium) that collects the concentrate. Don't be intimidated by the appearance of these distinctive pieces, though - they’re actually quite easy to use and the perfect solution for how to dab without a rig (a traditional rig, that is).
Whether you're using the honey straw or the nectar collector model, the process is basically the same. You fill the body less than halfway up with water. Then, you insert the dab straw into the top. You may need to clip it during this step, depending on the brand, price, and whether you're using the honey straw or nectar collector. Then, you insert the tip into the bottom of the body. You should now have a vertical dabbing rig in your hands. You will now just need something to hold the concentrates so you can suck them up through your straw.
Some of the rigs you can buy come with devices called bangers or nails that hold/heat the concentrates so that you can inhale the vapors with ease. These may look like glass or titanium wax dishes. If your rig doesn't come with one, you will have to find something to use like a glass concentrate container. It will have to be something that can withstand the heat, but don’t use aluminum foil - it’s prone to giving off nasty toxins.
For this example of how to use a nectar collector, we’re assuming that you’re using one with a titanium tip. Once you have filled the body with a bit of water and assembled the rig, you will want to place your concentrates on your dab glass. At this point you will be ready to heat your titanium and then place the titanium over the concentrate so that you can suck up the vapors. Make sure that you don't overheat the titanium; heating until slightly red is all that's needed. Any more than this and you risk cracking your rig or losing the potency of your concentrate by burning the compounds and terpenes. Once the straw is heating, touch the tip to the concentrate to heat/vaporize it and inhale as you go. Now you know how to smoke dabs without a rig and how to use a dab tube!
The dab straw allows you to suck up the amount of concentrate you want without any waste. Some dabbers prefer using a honey straw because of its precision and accuracy while others are attracted to the novelty of using a dab straw. That being said, some will always definitely prefer a more traditional wax rig. However, if you’re looking to ditch the oil rig or simply want a more convenient alternative, a well-designed dab straw could be just what you need.