How To Use A Dab Rig

Dabbing has become an incredibly popular way of smoking weed.

It’s a lot stronger than smoking THC flowers and when you dab you get a lot more flavor, so if you enjoy smoking weed, this might be the perfect way for you to try it!

How To Use A Dab Rig

If you are new to weed, we wouldn’t recommend jumping straight into dabbing as it’s incredibly strong and can be a lot to even the most experienced smokers, so if you’re going to try it for the first time, take a very small hit and see how you feel! 

If you have never tried dabbing before, you might be wondering how to do it. Well, before you dab, you’re going to need a dab rig!

We’re going to be going over how to dab using a dab ring so you can enjoy a stronger smoke without getting confused. 

What Is A Dab Rig? 

So, before we get into how to use a dab rig, it’s important to know what it actually is first. A dab rig is basically a water pipe that is used to inhale the smoke of cannabis extracts, which are also known as dabs.

As for dabs, they are cannabis concentrates that are created by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from plant matter. 

Dab rigs are designed specifically for smoking dabs. They are a bit similar to bongs in many ways because they filter cannabis vapor through water. 

Along with classic dabs, you can also use dab rigs to consume other cannabis extracts, some of which include oil, rosin, butter, sauce, diamonds, and other forms of hash (see also “How To Smoke Bubble Hash“). 

How To Use A Dab Rig

Now you have a better idea of what a dab rig is, let’s get into how to use one correctly! If you have used a bong before (see also “How To Use A Bong“), then it will make it slightly easier to use a dab, with just a few minor adjustments. 

Because dabs are so strong, even experienced smokers should start off with a smaller dab in their dab rig. You can work your way up to more as you gain more experience. 

Follow the steps included here and you will be smoking in no time at all! 

Step 1: Add Water To The Dab Rig Chamber

First, you are going to want to add some water to the chamber of the dab rig.

If the water backsplashes and gets in your mouth when you do a test inhale, this means you’ve put too much water in. If this happens, just pour some out until the backsplash stops happening. 

Get a lighter or blowtorch to heat the banger. You need to heat it until it gets red hot, otherwise, it won’t work properly. 

Step 2: Wait For The Banger To Cool Down

Next, wait for about 30 to 40 seconds for the banger to cool down. When it’s too hot, it will actually burn your dab or other concentrates, so it’s very important that you give it a chance to cool. 

You can just use a timer on your phone or watch to complete this step and it’s ok if you’re a few seconds out. 

Step 3: Apply Wax & Slowly Inhale

You then need to apply wax to the banger. To avoid getting wax stuck on any parts it shouldn’t be on, rotate the dabber tip. 

Once you have applied the wax to the banger, begin to inhale slowly using the mouthpiece at the top of the dab rig. This inhale should be long and slow because the dab itself usually doesn’t vaporize straight away. 

Step 4: Use A Carb Cap To Cover The Dab

As soon as you’ve inhaled your desired amount, cover the dab with a carb cap and finish the inhale. 

This is the best way to hit a dab rig and will regulate the airflow better. 

Step 5: Exhale & Repeat

As soon as you have finished step 4, start exhaling the vapor and repeat all the steps until you are happy with your high. 

Remember, if you are new to dabbing, take it slow and only do a hit or two at a time. If you jump in too quickly, you won’t have a good time, so it’s always better to pace yourself until you’re more used to it! 

The Benefits Of Dabbing

The Benefits Of Dabbing

If you are a regular smoker who’s never tried dabbing before, you might be wondering why so many people think it’s better than just classic smoking.

There are actually a few reasons why many people might enjoy dabbing more, and we’re going to take a brief look at those reasons now. 


The biggest reason more people dab is because it is actually far more potent than smoking or even vaping. Bud/flower weed is usually between 15-25% THC, but dabs/concentrates fall somewhere between 50-80%! 

If you want to have a more intense and potent high, then dabbing is the best way to go about it. 

More Flavor

Unlike smoking, dabbing doesn’t actually release any chemicals, and this actually contributes massively to why dabs taste better than bud. 

If the flavor is important to you when you are smoking and you want to taste your weed in a purer way, then you should definitely try dabbing. 

Less Carcinogens

Finally, dab rigs don’t actually add any extra materials or create smoke when you are using them.

Because of this, that means dabbing actually produces fewer carcinogens. This actually makes dabbing one of the healthier ways to consume weed. 

It is important to note however that this is only the case if it is done correctly. If you dab at too high of a temperature, it’s going to produce more carcinogens, making it not so pure. 


Dab rigs can seem really complicated to use at first, but once you have a go for yourself, you will see that it’s actually pretty straightforward. 

If you have used a bong before, then this is a great base to go off of as well, because both dab rigs and bongs are quite similar! 

Zack Finch