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.

But what is dabbing CBD and how does it differ from other forms of CBD? We’re here to help you learn more about dabbing CBD and how to use CBD wax — it’s easier than you might think.

Read on for our guide to dabbing CBD isolate.

What is Dabbing CBD?

Dabbing CBD is simply a different form of cannabidiol that is typically vaped. It’s often called CBD wax, which is the umbrella term for potent cannabidiol concentrates that we’ll break down in more detail soon. Since CBD wax is usually vaped with a dab rig, it’s also commonly referred to as CBD dabs.

Is CBD wax any good?

Like with any cannabis product, deciding if something is “good” or not is entirely up to personal preference. When dabbing CBD, you’ll likely feel the effects of the cannabidiol faster and more intensely. For this reason, CBD dab oil is often preferred among experienced CBD users, while beginners may prefer to stick with tinctures and edibles at first.

However, you can still expect a relaxing effect from CBD wax and you may also experience a slight body high when dabbing CBD. Depending on the concentration you choose (and the cannabis terpenes in it), you may also experience different effects like improved focus or relief for aches and pains.

The Benefits

Why Use CBD Dab Oil?

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 dabbing 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 only 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. However, these effects may not last as long as other methods, like edibles.

Dabbing CBD also offers people the ability to refine and experiment with cannabis terpenes, which change the outcome of the dab and the user experience. 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

There is a variety of dabbing CBD concentrates to choose from. Which concentrate you choose ultimately depends on the experience you desire, especially when it comes to terpenes and how to use the CBD dab.

Here’s what you can expect from different dabbing 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 shatter is used in the same way as CBD crumble — vaporized, smoked, or dabbed. You can sprinkle CBD shatter on a bowl to complement other smokables or use it on its own.

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(crumbles) like a cookie. Unlike shatter, crumble includes other cannabinoids. Experienced CBD users may prefer CBD concentrates like this because of their potency.

(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 to create flavors and effects similar to well-known cannabis strains. 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. Whether it’s your first time dabbing CBD or you need a refresh, we’re here to walk you through how to use CBD dabs.

Requirements: Glass rig, dab nail, dome, butane torch, and dabber. You can find most of what you need for dabbing CBD at your local smoke shop or online.

How to Dab CBD: 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. Dabbing CBD can still help calm your mind and body but without the psychoactive effects of THC.


  • 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 for 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. How to dab CBD using a vape pen is a more beginner-friendly method.

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 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 about dabbing CBD 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!

And if you’ve decided that dabbing CBD isn’t right for you yet, make sure to check out our selection of other CBD products. We carry a wide variety of topicals, softgels, and edibles that are great for beginners just starting their CBD journey. 

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