Dabbing CBD

Dabbing CBD: A guide for beginners

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Commonly called CBD dabs, products like shatter and crumble are highly potent concentrates infused with cannabis terpenes. People usually smoke dabs via dab rigs or vape pens.

This guide is all about dabbing CBD concentrates.

The Benefits

Why Dab CBD?

Studies show vaporizing concentrates is the most bioavailable way to consume CBD. Bioavailability is the degree and rate the body absorbs an active ingredient. By vaping CBD, the body utilizes 30 to 40 percent of the cannabinoids in the dab because it is 30 to 40 percent bioavailable. Tinctures and edibles range from 6 to 20 percent. 

By vaping, CBD travels directly to the bloodstream through the lungs. High bioavailability plus the potency of concentrates usually results in a fast-acting onset, and it’s why dabs often elicit a strong response compared to more mild CBD consumption methods.

Dabbing also offers people the ability to refine and experiment with cannabis terpenes, which change the outcome of the dab. The aromatic and flavorful terpenes engage our senses of taste and smell in variable ways, controlling effects. For example, some terpenes encourage focused alertness while others are conducive to relaxation.


Types of CBD Concentrates

CBD Shatter

Shatter comes from pure CBD isolate, the most refined version of cannabidiol, and is THC free. CBD shatter is a fragile concentrate that breaks apart by even the most delicate touch.

CBD Crumble

CBD crumble is made from broad spectrum distillate, concentrated oil around 80 percent or more CBD. It has a golden brown color and breaks apart like a cookie. Unlike shatter, crumble includes other cannabinoids. 

(You can read more about these two concentrates on our CBD Shatter and Crumble guide.)

CBD Sauce

Our newest release, CBD sauce is liquid, unlike crumble and shatter. It consists of cannabinoid distillates and cannabis terpenes. Unlike shatter and crumble, which come in a jar, sauce comes in a 1-milliliter syringe.

How to Dab CBD

There are a few different CBD dab methods, from old school glass to modern to CBD vape e-devices. Each approach yields similar results but requires different tools.

Requirements: Glass rig, dab nail, dome, butane torch, and dabber

Description: This technique is best for experienced cannabis users. The initial setup requires some upfront investment to get rolling. But if you already have a water pipe that you use for flower, you can purchase a nail that will sit in place of the bowl. CBD dabs offer an alternative for people who enjoy the ritual of smoking but may be looking to reduce their THC intake. 


  • Turn on your torch and aim the flame directly at the nail. Heat the nail until it turns red-hot. Please consult your manual when using an electronic nail.
  • Once the nail heats up, turn off your torch. Let titanium nails cool for about 10 seconds, and quartz nails cool about 45 seconds. Cooling ensures the surface temperature isn’t too hot to burn your concentrates.
  • Take your dabber, apply the wax directly on the hot nail inside the dome, and inhale slowly. Rotating the dabber tip on the nail prevents wasting any oil stuck to the tool.

Requirements: Wax or vape pen rated for concentrate use

Description: This is the best method for people who enjoy vaping without a cumbersome dab rig because pocket-size e-devices travel well. Wax pens also serve as training wheels for vaping newbies. They are easy to use, so the most inexperienced consumer can vape CBD comfortably without spending too much on an elaborate rig. (Note: Only use with a concentrate-rated device, not an e-cig for regular vape juice.)

Directions: E-devices are usually straightforward to use. Some are draw-activated, while others incorporate an operational button. Most e-devices are rechargeable and come with a USB cord. Consult your user manual for more specific information.

Requirements: Glass pipe, material such as tobacco or marijuana in a legal state

Description: This method is a simple way to use CBD concentrates with other smokables. Depending on the other ingredients, combo bowls create unique experiences by blending the effects of multiple active ingredients, e.g. THC from marijuana and CBD from the concentrate. You can sprinkle concentrates on joints as well. (Note: Do not smoke concentrates in a pipe without flower or herbs.) 


  • Prepare your smokable material.
  • Sprinkle CBD concentrate on the top of the bowl.
  • Use the lighter to vaporize the concentrate and decarb the flower.
  •  Smoke until reaching the desired effect.

Other Uses for CBD Dabs

While all of our concentrates are already activated (they are safe to ingest and they’ll work), crumble, shatter and sauce are best vaporized, smoked, or dabbed. However, other options are available.

Infusing a dish with CBD concentrates is a resourceful way to utilize aging dabs. Keep in mind, CBD is not water-soluble. Evenly disperse the concentrate by adding it to warm oil or fat. For this reason, adding concentrates to a the dish’s sauce is the easiest way to equally distribute CBD.

You can use concentrates in DIY tinctures as well. One gram of our shatter or crumble blended with 30 milliliters of carrier oil will make a terpene-infused tincture.

Still have Questions?

When trying anything new, it can be intimidating to get started. If you still have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us on our live chat in the bottom right corner of this page or through our contact form. Our customer service team is happy to help you make an informed decision and give you peace of mind about your CBD routine!

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