Many stoners out there love to dab. It’s their go-to way of smoking cannabis. They know the in’s and out’s of dabbing. They have a torch, oil rig, and always some cannabis concentrates on them for whenever it’s time to get down to business. These stoners may know a lot about dabbing, but do they know about dabbing temperatures?
Understanding which temperatures to use when it comes to dabbing is very important. Do you want to take a low temp dab? Do you want to take a high temp one? What is the difference, if any? These facts are good to know by those who enjoy dabbing, and can even increase the experience they get with it.
What’s The Difference?
So what is a good reason why anyone should want to achieve these perfect temperatures? I mean, just heating up the nail and dabbing normally works just fine. Why make it harder? Actually, depending on how you go about it, it will not be much harder at all. Achieving that perfect temperature should be a goal for any experienced dabber. Anyone who wants a smoother dab that is full of flavors. Or, anyone who wants to take a big dab and get high quicker.
When it comes to temperatures, there are two ways to dab: low temp dabs and high temp dabs. Each offer a unique way of dabbing, and each slightly different from the other. So, technically, there are two perfect temperatures for dabbing. It all depends on whether you prefer to take low temp dabs or high temp dabs. Personally, I like to switch it up from here to there. If you are unsure of the differences between low and high temp dabs, let me explain.
Low Temperature Dabs
For those who want to taste their concentrate, try low temp dabs. They really bring out the flavor of whatever you are smoking. Being full of flavors is not all, though. Low temp dabs are also cooler (as you may have guessed) than high temp dabs, and are also less harsh. It is much easier to take a bigger hit at a low temp than a high. Less smoke is produced, therefore longer hits are easily accomplishable. However, these benefits do come with a downside.
There are a few downsides that come with taking low temp dabs. Since low temp dabs produce less smoke, they also produce less effects. By that I mean the effects are milder than those consumed at a higher temperature. At a low temp, some of the concentrate gets left behind, meaning many cannabinoids are left behind as well. You sort of have to trade off effects for flavors when it comes to these dabs.
High Temperature Dabs
Want to get as high as you can, or just use your concentrates more efficiently? Then try high temp dabs. Dabbing at these temperatures will ensure that each cannabinoid (especially THC and CBD) reaches its boiling point. And since the effects are stronger, more smoke is produced. High temp dabs make it possible to blow “dab clouds”. None of your concentrate will get left behind at these temperatures, not leaving behind a puddle of concentrate like with low temps.
Downsides to taking high temperature dabs are pretty much the same as the benefits of low temp dabs. High temp dabs do not taste as good, and are much more bitter. This bitter-flavored smoke can also be much harsher on the throat and lungs. So, while you may be able to blow some “dab clouds”, you may end up having a coughing attack from attempting to do so.
How To Get The Perfect Temp
Now that you know the difference between low temp and high temp dabs, which will you go with? First off, which temperatures should you aim for? Afterall, we still have not gone over the perfect temperatures for either of these. In addition, how will you know what temperature you are at? Let’s find out.
In order to figure of the temperature you are dabbing at, you can use one of two things (or both if you really want to). You can either use a temperature gun, and heat your dab up with a standard handheld torch. Or, you can go up a step and try to use an e-nail.
Temperature guns are handy when you are already used to dabbing with a torch. Afterall, using a torch is the most common way to dab. You can purchase a handheld torch from many stores, including stores that sell tobacco goods and even places such as HomeDepot. These small devices (that look like a gun) will read the temperature of anything that you point it at. Simply heat up your dab as usual, then use the temperature gun while heating to reach your desired temperature. You may need someone else to hold the torch or temperature gun while you do one or the other.
E-nails, on the other hand, are nice because they eliminate the need for a torch and a temperature gun. With these, it’s like having the torch and gun all in one product, doing the heating and temperature checking for you. All you do is plug it in, connect it to your dab rig, turn it on, set it to the temperature you want, and then wait for it to heat up! If I was a frequent dabber, I would go with this method. However, the downside to these is that they are typically more expensive than simply buying a torch and temperature gun. But, if your budget is fine, then try an e-nail.
Low Temperature Dabs
You chose to go with low temp dabs. Good choice! Flavors and experience is where it’s all at. And, besides, you still get high from it, even though the effects are not 100% there. They’re still there, okay? Plus you can take bigger hits, therefore you can make up for the loss in effects. But that puddle of concentrate building up isn’t looking to good.
If you are a low temp dabber, then you are here for the perfect temperature for those. Well, here it is, the perfect temperature for taking low temp dabs is:
315 F (157 C)
High Temperature Dabs
Ah, so you’re a high temp kind of dabber? That means you like to feel those effects, and you like to feel them intensely. You don’t mind that the taste sucks, all that matters is that you get high and use your concentrate to its limits. Just be careful, dabbing too fast and too much could make you cough a lot, which isn’t the best feeling.
As a high temp dabber, you want to know which temperature is perfect for you. Here you go; the perfect temperature for taking high temp dabs is:
600 F (315 C)
Medium Temperature Dabs
What if you just want to take a normal dab, not high or low temp dabs? What if you want the best of both worlds, to find that nice balance in the middle? In fact, you can! Medium temp dabs are a thing. They are for those who either do not care about taking a low or high temp, or for those perfectionist who wish to find that single perfect dab temperature. That temperature would most likely be this one for medium temp dabs.
At a medium temperature, you can find a balance between flavor and intensity. Although right in the middle, medium temp dabs do steer slightly more towards high temp dabs. This is due to the fact that the hits will still be harsh, and the effects felt strong. Even at this temperature, the last main cannabinoid to reach its boiling point (THCv) has reached that point. All cannabinoids that need to be boiling certainly are. Yet, these hits are not too hot and are good for those who need that balance. So, the perfect temperature for medium temp dabs is:
450 F (232 C)
After learning about all of these temperatures, which was your favorite? What type of dabs are you more likely to take now: low, medium, or high temps? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!