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If you are looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco, you might want to try using a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax. These are potent forms of cannabis or tobacco that can deliver a powerful and flavorful experience. However, using them with a glass bong requires some special equipment and techniques. In this blog post, we will explain what you need to know to use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax.
What are Concentrates, Oils, and Wax?
Concentrates, oils, and wax are terms that refer to different types of cannabis or tobacco extracts that have been processed to remove excess plant material and increase the potency of the active ingredients. They can have various textures, colors, and consistencies, depending on the extraction method and the quality of the source material. Some of the most common types of concentrates, oils, and wax are:
- Shatter: A hard, brittle, and translucent extract that looks like amber glass. It has a high THC or nicotine content and can be broken into small pieces for dabbing.
- Wax: A soft, sticky, and opaque extract that looks like honey or wax. It has a lower THC or nicotine content than shatter but is easier to handle and use.
- BHO: An acronym for butane hash oil, a type of extract that is made by using butane as a solvent to extract the cannabinoids or nicotine from the plant material. It can have various consistencies, such as shatter, wax, budder, crumble, or honeycomb.
- Solventless extracts: A type of extract that is made by using physical methods such as heat, pressure, or water to separate the cannabinoids or nicotine from the plant material. Examples of solventless extracts are rosin, bubble hash, or dry sift.
What is a Glass Bong?
A glass bong is a type of water pipe that is used to smoke dry herbs or tobacco. It consists of a bowl where the herb or tobacco is placed, a stem that connects the bowl to the water chamber, a water chamber that filters and cools the smoke, and a mouthpiece that allows the user to inhale the smoke. Glass bongs come in various shapes, sizes, designs, and features. Some have percolators that create bubbles and increase the filtration and smoothness of the smoke. Some have ice catchers that allow the user to add ice cubes to the water chamber for extra cooling.
What is a Dab Rig?
A dab rig is a type of water pipe that is used to vaporize concentrates, oils, or wax. It consists of a nail where the concentrate, oil, or wax is placed, a stem that connects the nail to the water chamber, a water chamber that filters and cools the vapor, and a mouthpiece that allows the user to inhale the vapor. Dab rigs are similar to glass bongs but are smaller in size and have different types of nails. Some of the most common types of nails are:
- Quartz banger: A nail that has a bucket shape and is made of quartz. It has high heat retention and durability and can produce clean and flavorful vapor.
- Ceramic nail: A nail that is made of ceramic. It has low heat retention but high durability and can produce smooth and mild vapor.
- Titanium nail: A nail that is made of titanium. It has high heat retention and durability but can produce metallic-tasting vapor if not seasoned properly.
- E-nail: An electronic nail that has a heating element and a temperature controller. It eliminates the need for a torch and allows the user to set their desired temperature for consistent and precise dabbing.
How to Use a Glass Bong with Concentrates, Oils, or Wax?
To use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax, you will need some additional equipment and accessories besides your glass bong. These include:
- A dabber: A tool that is used to apply the concentrate, oil, or wax to the nail. They can be made of metal, glass,
or ceramic and have various shapes such as ballpoint,
- A carb cap: A device that is used to regulate airflow and create suction on the nail. It helps to vaporize the concentrate, oil, or wax more efficiently and preserve the flavor and potency. Some dabbers have a carb cap attached to them.
- A torch: A device that is used to heat up the nail. Mini-torches used for crème brulee are commonly used, but you will have to stock up on propane for them. You can also use an e-nail instead of a torch.
- A dab mat: A mat that is used to keep your dabbing surface clean and not sticky.
- A timer: A device that is used to measure the time between heating up the nail and dabbing. It helps to ensure you heat your nail consistently and avoid burning or wasting your concentrate, oil, or wax.
Once you have all the equipment and accessories ready, you can follow these steps to use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax:
- Fill your glass bong with water and ice if desired. Make sure the water level is not too high or too low. You want enough water to create bubbles and filtration but not so much that it splashes into your mouth or the nail.
- Attach your nail to the stem of your glass bong. Make sure it fits snugly and securely. If you are using an e-nail, plug it in and set your desired temperature.
- Use your torch to heat up your nail until it glows red. If you are using a quartz banger, ceramic nail, or titanium nail, you will need to wait for it to cool down slightly before dabbing. The optimal temperature for dabbing is between 315°F and 450°F, depending on your preference and the type of concentrate, oil, or wax you are using. A general rule of thumb is to wait for 30 seconds after heating up a quartz banger, 45 seconds after heating up a ceramic nail, and 15 seconds after heating up a titanium nail. You can use a timer to help you with this step.
- Use your dabber to scoop up a small amount of concentrate, oil, or wax. The size of your dab will depend on your tolerance and preference, but a good starting point is about the size of a grain of rice. You can always take more if you need to.
- Place the tip of your dabber on the nail and slowly slide the concentrate, oil, or wax off the dabber onto the nail. As soon as you do this, cover the nail with your carb cap and inhale through the mouthpiece of your glass bong. Rotate or wiggle the carb cap to create suction and vaporize all the concentrate, oil, or wax on the nail.
- Exhale the vapor and enjoy the effects. If there is any residue left on the nail, you can use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean it off.
Using a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax can be a fun and rewarding way to experience cannabis or tobacco in a different way. However, it requires some special equipment and techniques that you should be familiar with before trying it out