Best Ways to Smoke Shatter Without a RigHigh Glower
Nowadays, dabs are the go-to choice for weed enthusiasts, no matter with or without a rig. Some people state that there is no wrong way to smoke weed. That’s wrong. They probably never had to suffer from a freshman who thought it would be a great idea to add incense to the blunts. To have incredible, non-throat closing highs, let us introduce ways to smoke dabs without a rig.
Dabs are concentrated cannabis extracts that get you very high, very quickly. There are different forms of concentrated THC, with BHO shatter & wax being the most popular (outside of hash), followed by diamonds, full-spectrum extracts, and the list goes on.
Dab rigs, oil rigs, or just rigs are somehow similar to bongs. They are stylish glass pipes with a vertical compartment/chamber and, of course, a mouthpiece. But, what’s important, it has a small nail made from quartz, titanium, or glass.
First thing, water is added to the chamber. This is essential; otherwise, you’re burning your fun for nothing. Then, You have to use a hand torch to heat the nail, with the flame pointing away from the pipe; if not, the glass will crack. Next, you have to pull the torch away when the nail starts to glow an orangey red. Then, using a metal dabber, like a wand or any other safe pointing instrument, you can dab the shatter, wax, or oil onto the nail and inhale.
But what are you supposed to do if you don’t happen to have a rig in your possession? What if you:
- I didn’t know you needed one.
- I can’t afford one yet or
- Accidentally aimed your torch right at your pipe and cracked the glass?
Never fear! There are many decent ways to smoke dabs without a rig, and which one you choose will depend on what you have to hand in or your ability to improvise. By the end of this article, you will be able to smoke wax without a rig like a pro!
Drop it in a bowl.
Smoking shatter in a bowl is considered the easiest method to smoke concentrates without a dab rig. Here you load the bowl with your herbs as usual and then add your wax on top of the weed. Next, you need to light up the weed as you normally do and smoke away.
Not many people are familiar with it, but there is also CBD hemp flower. The bud comes from the cannabis plant but primarily contains CBD. Some have no THC, while others have the minimum THC requirement for hemp. Using CBD flowers is a good way to mix with your wax. This can be added as a benefit since CBD can be a vital supplement for the body.
Using CBD, you can easily make sure you don’t smoke without a dab rig. For example, if you buy Rick Simpson oil, you can take the oil as it is. There is no need for heating anything or inhaling it.
It will be great to freeze your wax for about 10 minutes before use, especially if the concentrate is sticky or has melted. This will help solidify it so you can easily place it on top of your bowl.
Also, don’t take the lighter too close to the bowl, as this could quickly melt your dabs. You have to let the wax melt into the weed slowly.
Roll it in a joint.
To do this, you need the wax, some weed, rolling papers, and a crutch.
First, lay out your rolling paper and crutch. Next, spread some flour on the paper, as you would with regular J. Then dab some wax onto the weed. Based on the type of concentrate, this step will vary.
You have to break crumble or shatter into pieces and sprinkle it down the inside of the joint. Or you can roll the extract into a thin snake-like piece and place it in the middle of your joint. It’s important to wash your hands after handling the concentrate and, of course, before rolling the joint!
Finally, roll your joint. Rolling the joint can be a bit difficult, as the wax is extremely sticky, but if you use caution and care, you should be able to get the job done. Now you can enjoy it!
Load it into a vape pen.
Vaping dabs is another option. If you have a battery and a cartridge, then you can use a vape pen.
Cartridges sold in dispensaries are all-in-ones and include a mouthpiece and atomizer. All you need to do is screw the cartridge into the battery and take a hit.
If you want to vape your wax instead of purchasing a pre-filled cartridge, you’ll need a pen that comes with a detachable atomizer that you can access. ”Atomizer” is just the heating element, typically a metal coil warmed by the battery.
Once you have the right pen, here’s how to load your wax:
- First, gather a dab of wax on the end of a metal dabber. Keep it small.
- Disconnect the atomizer from the battery chamber and dab the wax onto the unheated coil. Don’t let the dabber make direct contact with the coil.
- Turn on the battery chamber by clicking the button until a flashing light signals the pen is on.
- Connect the atomizer to the battery chamber.
- Attach the mouthpiece to the atomizer.
- Press the button and hold. Then place your lips on the mouthpiece and start drawing slowly. Don’t inhale too fast as it lowers the heat and delivers less vapour.
Use a healthstone.
Another effective way of vaporizing dabs without a rig is using a healthstone. But what are the healthstones?
A healthstone or a lazy man’s dab rig (commonly called) is a ceramic product designed by multiples companies. Healthstones are compatible with bongs, bowls, and pipes. In addition, they do not release harmful chemicals when heated, thanks to their 100% inert build materials.
It is quite easy to use. Just insert the healthstone into your bowl and scoop in some concentrates on top of the healthstone. To heat it, you have to use a hand torch until it combusts. Then take a draw from the mouthpiece.
Don’t use the torch directly on the healthstone. Instead, keep the wax about 2” from the flame.
Healthstones are not designed for all bowls and pipes. So, be careful and don’t force the stone into your piece.
Use a bong as a dab rig.
Whether you will invest in getting a dab rig or not, you can transform your bong into a homemade dab rig when there isn’t a chance to get one.
Unfortunately, a big-sized bong won’t give you a proper dab hit. The bongs over 15 inches can be too long for the vapour to travel upward on a single inhalation. Alternatively, you can use a small bong for dabs.
Just get a dab nail with the right-sized ground joint. Usually, most bongs are female-jointed, but you have to find a male-jointed dab nail that can fit.
In the case of a female-jointed dab nail, you have to get a male-to-male adapter to provide the perfect fit. Universal dab nails also come with both male and female functionality.
It’s worth mentioning that using bongs with a percolator can end up filtering your terpenes and reduce the overall flavour and aroma of your extract. So it would be best if you still had the torch, carb cap, and dabber to dab effectively for using a bong. But it usually provides a short-term fix, so take it into your consideration if you are aching for some potent concentrate.
Hot knives are the only way to dab if you lack any or all of the necessary tools. Using hot knives is considered the most MacGuyver method of smoking dabs without a rig. To do this, you need a heat source and a butter knife.
Everything is straightforward. First, you have to heat the knife by placing it on your heating elements, for instance, an electric stove, gas heater, or hot plate. After the knife gets hot, you can dab some wax onto it and inhale, which is easier said than done.
When the wax vaporizes instantly, you will lose some of your hit because there’s no enclosed space like a pipe or bong.
This can be counteracted by using half a plastic bottle, a straw, or even a funnel, which is extremely useful and rarely thought of.
Cook them into edibles.
If you don’t have a dab rig but still want to consume your tasty dabs, why not try cooking them into edibles? Sure, you won’t get that immediate hit by smoking wax, but you can experience a longer-lasting and stronger high after ingesting the edible.
Look up cannabis edible recipes and substitute cannabis whole flower for concentrate. You’ll use a whole lot less concentrated material compared to the amount of flower you need in the recipe since concentrates contain a higher percentage of THC by weight.
First, you have to decarboxylate your cannabis concentrates to convert THCa into THC. Cook butter or oil with the concentrate to mix the cannabinoids with the fats. Once the oil is infused, you can use it in any meal or drink for a satisfying munchie and high.
Electric car lighter (not recommended).
Using an electric car lighter is not recommended. Anyway, if you need it and you can’t use any of the above-listed alternative ways of smoking wax without a dab rig, then you can try this method. To do this, you need a car lighter, a car, and a plastic bottle with the bottom cut open.
You need to heat the car lighter until it becomes super hot, then hold the bottle just halfway above the lighter (make sure there is no direct contact). Now it’s time to scoop in some concentrates onto the red coil. Finally, you can inhale the vapours through the bottle just like the hot knives method.
Aluminum foil (not recommended).
Aluminum foil is an extremely crude material used when making a makeshift dab pipe for smoking wax and other concentrates. While there is a chance to get too high, there are risks. You might come across as desperate, not to mention the potential health implications of putting a flame to the foil.
Dabs vs Flower Comparison.
Even if you’ve not been paying attention to the rapidly developing cannabis industry, you’re likely familiar with traditional cannabis flower buds. There was a time when these dense, green, and trichome-covered flower nugs were one of the only cannabis products available.
Today, consumers in legal markets are flooded with a range of cannabis products, including edibles, concentrates, patches, tinctures, capsules, topicals, and more.
Nowadays, concentrates became one of the fastest-growing cannabis products in the market. As a result, concentrates is beginning to catch up with flower’s previously unrivalled popularity. Usually, concentrates are enjoyed through dabbing to get a fast onset of potent effects.
So, what’s the difference between the flower and dabs?
Cannabis concentrates are simply concentrated forms of the cannabis plant’s therapeutic cannabinoids, and sometimes, aromatic terpenes. Concentrates come in a variety of types that range in texture, consistency, quality, and potency. Wax, shatter, crumble, oil, live resin, and sauce are the popular concentrate forms.
Because of the concentrated cannabinoid content, users only consume a “dab,” or a tiny portion of the concentrate, depending on their desired effects. Users can consume dabs via a portable vape pen or dab rig, which vaporizes the concentrate to produce a potent inhalable vapour.
Dabbing certainly has numerous benefits for medical and recreational consumers in comparison to other consumption methods. For example, concentrates contain a high potency of cannabinoids and terpenes to ease the discomfort from chronic or severe medical conditions.
In addition, dabs can remove the harsh-tasting plant matter that can introduce carcinogens into the body when combusted.
Dabbing is also a fantastic choice with a fast onset of effects. Overall, those who seek THC-rich highs dabbing can be an effective option.
Cannabis flower, in its turn, is the starting material of cannabis concentrates. During the marijuana flowering cycle, female cannabis plants mature and produce small flower buds with the highest trichomes concentrations compared to the plant’s leaves and stems. There are few ways dry flower bud can be consumed: alone, in a bowl, joint, or dry herb vaporizer, depending on a person’s preference.