Want to experience a whole new level of smoothness and flavor when you smoke concentrate? We’ve got three words for you: cold start dab.
This technique has been around for a long time, but it’s just now growing in popularity as cannaenthusiasts everywhere rediscover all the benefits.
In this article, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana teach you how to experience the joys of cold start dabbing for yourself.
What Is Dabbing?
Before we get into the details of how to cold start dab, it’s essential that you first understand dabbing as a practice, the different kinds of dabs available, and how a cold start dab differs from a regular dab.
We’ll address those issues here and in the next two sections.
So, what is dabbing? Dabbing is the process of heating cannabis and then inhaling the vapor (we’ll discuss the ins and outs later on in this article).
In that regard, it’s very similar to smoking weed with a bong. But in every other regard, dabbing is its own special animal.
Second, not just any bud will do. Dabbing requires that you use a special form of cannabis called a dab — a concentrated product that is almost pure cannabinoids.
That said, dabs, dabbing, and cold start dab are like the sports car of the marijuana world — they contain a lot of power, and, if you’re not careful, you can quickly lose control.
We’ll talk about what to expect when you cold start dab toward the end of this article. Next, though, we’ll introduce you to the star of the show: dabs.
What Are Dabs?
With a lot of knowledge and a little bit of work, you can cook up a batch of concentrates so they result in a variety of different forms, including:
Wax and shatter (and, really, all the different forms of concentrate) are pretty much the same thing. The only real difference is how they look.
We here at Honest Marijuana tend to gravitate towards wax for two very important reasons:
- Wax is fairly easy to produce. Shatter, on the other hand, is finicky and demands a lot of attention and care during the extraction process.
- Wax is easier to handle, measure, and use because of its thick and gooey consistency, whereas shatter is harder to deal with because it’s so brittle.
Don’t let that turn you off from any of the forms of concentrate mentioned in this section. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference.
If you like budder over wax, or crumble over all others, by all means, use that one. When it comes down to it, the cannabis experience is all about doing what feels best for you. If that means doing a cold start dab with honeycomb, more power to you. We won’t get in your way.
With that in mind, let’s now turn our attention to the key difference between the two different types of dabbing.
The Difference Between Regular Dab And Cold Start Dab
The key difference between a regular dab and a cold start dab is temperature.
In regular dabbing where you heat the nail and then add the dab, temperatures can reach a whopping 600 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hot! So hot, in fact, that it actually destroys a portion of the cannabinoids in your concentrate. That’s bad!
High heat does so much damage because most cannabinoids begin to boil at half (or even a third) of that 600-degree temperature.
That’s not the end of the story, though.
Yes, cannabinoids get the majority of the press, but marijuana also contains two other vital chemical compounds: terpenes and flavonoids. These molecules are largely responsible for the flavor of your ganja. But they can also have some unique physical effects as well.
The thing is, terpenes and flavonoids also boil away at much lower temperatures than the 600 degrees Fahrenheit produced by an open flame.
So not only are you losing out on some of the medicinal or psychedelic components of your cannabis, but you’re also losing out on some of the flavor.
What’s a concerned cannaenthusiast to do? Cold start dab.
Cold start dab vaporizes your chosen concentrate at lower temperatures, thereby conserving many of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are lost during the regular dabbing process.
With that key difference in mind, let’s turn our attention to the best way to cold start dab your favorite cannabis concentrates.
What You’ll Need To Cold Start Dab
Here’s what you’ll need to cold start dab.
- Dab rig
- Banger insert (slides into the downstem of your dab rig where the regular metal nail normally goes)
- Carb cap
- Dab tool or tweezers
- Your favorite cannabis concentrate
You can find all of these supplies online or at your local dispensary.
How To Cold Start Dab
Now to the nitty-gritty of how to cold start dab.
- With your dab tool, scoop out a small amount of cannabis concentrate (about the size of a pea will do)
- Place your dab in the banger
- Put the carb cap over the top of the banger opening
- Heat the bottom of the banger with a flame only until the dab starts to melt and bubble
- Remove the heat
- Inhale the vapor
If you didn’t get all the smoke on the first toke, and you need another hit, inhale the rest of the vapor from the dab rig.
Be sure to let the banger cool completely before trying another cold start dab.
What To Expect When You Cold Start Dab
As we mentioned earlier, cannabis concentrates such as wax, shatter, and budder, are very potent forms of marijuana.
In fact, some concentrates weigh in at a whopping 80% THC (three times the strongest strains of raw bud). That’s a lot of power in a small package!
Experienced dabbers tell stories of instantaneous effects and intense visual and physical highs.
For those of you new to the cold start dab process — and dabbing in general — that would be like learning to drive in a 1000-horsepower supercar. You can get in real trouble real quick.
If it‘s your first, second, or even third time trying the cold start dab, take it easy. Take one hit and then wait a few minutes to see how you react. Don’t inhale too deeply. And don’t hold the smoke overly long in your lungs.
If you abide by these suggestions the first few times, you won’t get too much THC and set yourself up for a bad trip.
The bottom line? Start small and take it slow. That’s good advice any time you try a new form of cannabis.
The Key To The Best Cold Start Dab
The key to the best cold start dab can be summed up in just five short words:
Quality in equals quality out.
It’s not about the equipment you use or your experience with the dabbing process. It’s not even really about the strain of wax or shatter you choose. Yes, strain does play a role because of the effects the different varieties can produce.
But, the variable that has the most influence on the final experience is the quality of the product you use to cold start dab.
Sure, you can save money by using regs and mids, but that will leave you with a low-quality wax or shatter that might not give you the effects you’re after.
For the best cold start dab experience, buy a quality wax or shatter made with all-natural ingredients from a reputable source like Honest Marijuana.
We derive our concentrates from the “whole plant” using the highest quality flower, groundbreaking preservation methods, and industry-leading extraction methods.
Because of that, you can rest easy that you have a concentrate that truly resembles the flowers on the stalk and offers the highest levels of cannabinoids and terpenes with the smoothness of an organically-grown product. Honest concentrates truly do deliver on all levels!
Cold start dab with Honest Marijuana and discover what the purest marijuana experience on the planet feels like. You won’t be sorry.
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