What temperature should you use for dabbing? Some dabbers prefer hot dabs with huge clouds of vapor, while others follow the low-temp dabber’s philosophy of “cold start dabbing.”

Hot dabs may provide immediate and powerful effects that take only a few minutes to manifest. Low-temperature dabs, on the other hand, enable a more gradual transition to euphoric effects while also being tastier.

We’ll go through a few different temps and strategies for getting the best dabs, and you’ll probably want to try them out to see which ones you like.

Cannabis concentrates are a type of cannabis concentrate that is made by extracting the required components from cannabis using a solvent such as butane, propane, alcohol, or supercritical CO2 (cannabinoids, terpenes). The bulk of cannabis should be consumed below 400 degrees Fahrenheit. THC has a boiling point of approximately 315 °F, while CBD has a boiling point of approximately 320-356 °F.

The most beneficial cannabis components are trichomes, which are tiny structures that contain far more cannabinoids than other sections of the cannabis plant. A cannabis concentration is any product made from the trichomes of cannabis plant.

Cannabis concentrates and extracts are more powerful and contain a greater concentration of cannabinoids than other cannabis products. Additionally, they provide a broader choice of consumption options.

Terpenes and Dab Temperature

Cannabis is not only about cannabinoids such as THC or CBD, but about experiencing many other compounds that have both medical and flavor properties, such as terpenes and flavonoids. Cannabis strains have many different terpenes, which are aromatic chemical compounds found mainly in the cannabis trichomes. For example, the main terpenes found in cannabis are myrcene, caryophyllene, pinene, ocimene, humulene, terpinolene, limonene, and linalool. In addition to these main terpenes, there are many secondary or minor terpenes that are very important for the flavor and medical profile of a cannabis strain. Examples of these minor terpenes are phytol, eucalyptol, sabinene, geraniol, phellandrene, and geraniol.

Each terpene has a boiling point, and you should check its boiling point for optimal dabbing enjoyment. Moreover, you should know the terpene profile of the cannabis concentrate or cannabis strain that you wish to use for your dabs. The following table shows the medical properties, aroma and boiling point of the main cannabis terpenes and other secondary terpenes:

Terpenes and boiling points.
Terpenes and boiling points.

While dabbing concentrates provide a strong headrush and a rich flavor, there are a few techniques that might help you get the most out of your dabbing session. One of the most important aspects of dabbing is knowing how long to heat the nail before applying your concentrate.

Dabbing at Low Temperatures: Cold Start Dabbing

Cold start dabbing is essentially dabbing with low-temperature dabs. This may be accomplished quite easily by placing cannabis concentrates onto a cold carb cap or nail. When the temperature of your carb cap or nail is reduced, the terpenes, and aroma of your cannabis concentrates are better preserved.

The procedure is straightforward. A quartz banger and a carb cap are required. To begin, you must place the cannabis concentrate in the cold banger. After adding the cannabis concentrate to the cap, attach the carb cap to the banger and heat for 10-15 seconds.

Once the underside of your banger has been heated, proceed to reduce the power of your torch or e-nail. Quartz bangers are very effective to achieve a low-temperature dab.

Cold Start Dabbing’s Advantages

The primary advantage of cold starting dabbing is that it produces a delicious dab at a low temperature. Additionally, you will not have to wait for the nail to heat up and then cool down before loading it again. Additionally, cold starting dabbing is better for your dabbing hardware, since it minimizes breakage and residual buildup. The best temperatures for cold start dabbing are in the range of 315 to 450 ºF (157ºC to 232ºC).

Other Dabbing Temperatures

On the other hand, if you prefer bigger clouds, you can choose to dab at higher temperatures. If you dab at 450 ºF to 600ºF you will produce bigger clouds, but the flavor of your dabs will not be as intense as if you started dabbing. Some people like to dab at even higher temperatures (from 600ºF to 900ºF or 315ºC to 482ºC). Dabbing at these temperatures will produce big clouds and your concentrates will combust quickly. In short, this option is only recommended for cloud chasers. Finally, dabbing at temperatures higher than 900ºF will taste burnt and you won’t enjoy the terpene profile of your concentrates.