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7 New Gadgets That Make Dabbing a Whole Lot Easier

July 10, 2018
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Dabs are pretty much the purest (and most potent) cannabis delivery system available, with some reaching 90% THC by volume or higher.

So why aren’t they more popular?

Partly because many people find them simply too powerful. But widespread adoption of dabbing has also been stymied by the cumbersome tools used to ingest these high-potency, sticky extracts, which are traditionally “heated on a hot surface, usually a nail, and then inhaled through a dab rig.”

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Fortunately, innovators in the field have recently introduced many new products designed to make ingesting concentrates safer and more convenient, while making an intimidating delivery method more approachable for the new user. Our highlights include a wide range of options at various price points, including devices intended for vaporizing extracts, handling sticky concentrates, maximizing the output of a vapor cart, and just plain looking cool.

MJ Arsenal’s the Hydra VE—$30

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Want to transform an ordinary vape pen into a dab rig? Try “carting” with the Hydra VE, a small piece of glass that delivers large hits of vapor filtered through water. Simply insert the mouthpiece of almost any vapor pen into the Hydra’s downward-facing bowl, hold the button on the pen, and puff away through the glass. It’s a fun way to make vaping more social, as well as a portable way to maximize the power of your favorite cart.

Nuggy Smoker’s Multi-Tool—$33+

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Ever wondered: What if Swiss Army made a dab tool? Well, don’t hold your breath waiting. Just pick up the Nuggy, a multi-functional product that combines a wide variety of useful dab tools in a convenient teardrop-shaped metal casing. Durable and versatile, it features dab tools specially designed for various textures and types of cannabis extracts, with some models containing more tools than others. Tuck one into your bag and you’re ready for anything.


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Yocan Portable Torch—$53

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This ingenious unit converts any waterpipe into a dab rig. A portable e-nail designed for maximum adaptability, it fits snuggly onto 10mm, 14mm or 18mm glass-on-glass ground joints. And just flip over the adapter to connect with either male or female downstems. With many modular options, this battery-powered electronic “torch” lets you swap in different coils—either quartz or ceramic—for smooth-tasting dab hits.

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Vuber Portable Dabber—$100

(Courtesy of Vuber)

This portable electronic rig is a self-contained dab unit that won’t break the bank. And it comes with titanium, quartz, and ceramic nails, so you can use whichever material your prefer. Temperature settings can be regulated by pushing the button either three or five times, but be warned that it only provides enough battery life for 10-15 hits, so more for solo medicating than being the life of the party. Most important, it’s simple and intuitive for beginners, all you need to do is add a little water to the pipe and get dabbing!

Whitney Harmon Thermochromic Bucket—$250

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Marketed as the “first color-changing quartz bucket,” this high-quality glass changes its hue as it gets hotter, letting you know when it’s at optimal temperature for dabbing (and also when it’s safe to touch). You’re still going to need a butane-powered torch, though, so it’s geared primarily for those already living that dab life. Colors range from yellow (cold) to red (too hot), with perfect dabbing temperatures found at various shades of orange in between.

PuffCo Peak—$380

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Combining sophisticated design, quality technology and dependable performance, the PuffCo Peak has become the darling of Leafly’s Avid Dabber, who writes that his “glass rigs are quickly collecting dust” after adopting this versatile new platform. Digital temperature control makes dabbing simple, producing flavorful hits every time. Wonderfully portable, a fully-charged PuffCo can be taken on the road, lasting up to 20 – 30 dabs for fun seshes at parties. Artistic glass attachments and quartz buckets can also be integrated to fully customize your PuffCo, with an upcoming gallery show dedicated to exploring the creative possibilities of this already artful platform.


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Switch by Dr. Dabber—$400

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This large tabletop unit comes with separate induction cups designed to handle either flowers or concentrates. Either way, Dr. Dabber uses induction heating to quickly bring your cannabinoids to temperature, delivering smooth hits of vapor through an elegant glass attachment. Long-lasting battery allows for up to 100+ hits, and while it’s not as portable as other options, it is a quality machine with incredible temperature control.

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Elise McDonough

Elise McDonough is a cannabis edibles expert and author of the Bong Appétit cookbook and The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, and Leafly's Product Specialist for Northern California. A veteran of the cannabis industry since 2002, McDonough has sampled over 500 edibles as a judge for the Cannabis Cup.

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  • So excited that DAB tech is getting more accessible! *NOT*!

    Another aspect of Dab potency is that its so strong that regular users can become psychotic, have neurological damage/psychosis, and psychotic breaks!!! I have known many people who are permanently harmed from this practice, which is comparable to smoking pot just as chewing a coca leaf is like doing crack cocaine.

    I believe all drugs should be legal, but lets be honest about what we are talking about. 90% or more potency makes THC closer to a narcotic, with *ALL* the negative side effects.

    • David Bledsoe

      Really, know ur limits don’t be a dumbass and do something u don’t know if u can handle. Take some personal responsibility for ur health and ur actions! In short don’t be stupid, stupid.

      • I have taken personal responsibility. Not everyone does. And some folks become damaged. Sorry, its just how it is…

    • Lame. You really did compare smoking and dabbing to chewing leaves and doing crack. Guess I’ll go inject some more marijuanas so I can forget I ever read this.

      • The comparison was coca leaves to crack, so I think its valid.

        This was a timely post, bc a friend that was very into Dabs just killed himself. He was trying to kick, but became suicidal and emotionally erratic.

        • corners

          people doing dabs are not feening after for another hit so bad they need to go rob someone for some money likie crackheads would.
          ugh, you are just parroting what the dea says about all drugs.

          • Actually, you are correct (I think — your spelling is quite off).
            People doing dabs are more at risk of having significant mental side effects, including psychotic breaks.
            I have no idea what the DEA says about dabs, I just know more than 10 people who have had significant adverse long term consequences to dabs. And I know a lot of stoners, but that seems like a fairly high number.

            I know that people who smoked weed (like myself for a long time) had minimal adverse side effects – less motivation, some memory issues, occasional paranoia, etc.

            But just b/c most people didn’t get damaged by smoking doesn’t mean there is no way to harm yourself — I knew a guy who was smoking incredible volumes of weed, and one day he had a stroke and went blind in one eye b/c of oxygen deprivation due to his intensive use.

            And from my POV, dabs and edibles can deliver much more intensive doses, so there grows an increasing chance for some significant side effects.

          • cptjessy

            REkzkaRZ – While what your saying may be true for 0.000001% of the population, millions, and I mean MILLIONS of people use dabs daily to control their pain or own mental health issues. It is completely unfair to judge the smallest percent of dab users that have negative reactions or already have pre existing disposure to having these reactions. You sound like you’re really just trying to negativly affect the publics opinions on dabs because YOU personally don’t like them.
            Not a good look bro.

          • Smoke-this

            Your friends are idiots.. If someone got damaged from trying dabs then they had much bigger problems to start with.. even a bad trip isn’t going to have a permanent effect, your ignorant, extremely ignorant. And your one moron friend your exaggerating into 10 is bullshit.

        • Smoke-this

          No coca leaves and crack are not even close, no way are even comparable.. your ignorant. Don’t even bother posting on here if your just going to post lies and fear when people are looking for useful information.