- Dabbing gives you the most out of every hit from herbal medicine, such as cannabis, while including the aroma or flavor.
It’s quickly gaining popularity in the cannabis-inclined community. That’s why more torch manufacturers are offering their dab torches.
Now if you’re a first-timer, there are some safety considerations regarding dabbing. Keep reading for more tips.
Dabbing Safety Concerns
Dabbing is a cleaner method of enjoying THC because of the waste material–the plant–is left in the oil-making process.
But because it involves butane, dabbing poses concerns for skeptics and first-timers (Cannabis.net). They can’t really be blamed, however.
Dabbing involves a modern way of enjoying cannabis without a traditional bong, pipe, or smoking.
That’s why it’s chosen by experienced cannabis users who have tried different ways of inhaling/smoking/ingesting the plant for medication or a high.
How to Work Safely with Dab Torches
Using butane torch indoors
Pot Guide advises that dab torches are used with caution because the process involves heating a nail to reach a specific temperature.
- While getting high, people pay less attention. To avoid accidents, make sure the nozzle and the plug fit snugly to prevent leaking butane, which is flammable.
- Make sure any flammable material near the nail and glass area is removed for safety.
- Lazy stoners rely heavily on the auto-locking features that come with the torch. However, it’s not a good idea to rely on this all the time because narrow-based lighters can easily be knocked over and create a fire hazard.
Purging the torch
According to the Weed Blog, it’s important to purge your lighter before dabbing. This because a newly-manufactured dab torch could contain oxygen, although it’s not as flammable as butane.
In that case, you must avoid filling up the chamber the first time you use the torch.
Remaining un-purged oxygen will cause a problem. It will either prematurely extinguish the flame or won’t allow butane into the flame as strongly as you intend. In short, the oxygen will just blow out or kill the flame.
Purging is also necessary to release excessive air pressure building up in the gas chamber to expel butane from the torch whenever you fill it. If not released, the air pressure won’t be released and will build up in the chamber.
When that happens, less butane flows when refilling. Frequent refills won’t help, so purge your torch regularly to avoid this issue.
More dabbing safety tips
Pro tip: According to Grow Pro Blog, never touch the nail because it remains hot for some time.
Otherwise, touching it can scorch clothing or burn your hands or arms when moving around the dab zone.
You need a hot surface to take a dab, which requires a small torch if you don’t have an e-nail. Make sure you’re dabbing the nail’s surface, not the rig, a common mistake among beginners. Never let the torch flame touch the rig.
If you do, you may have to buy a new rig due to damage from constant heating and cooling, which can be expensive. The process can lead to broken joints of the glass. Avoid it by alternately using a drop-down.
Dabbing is a convenient, efficient way to enjoy medicating with cannabis. However, always keep safety in mind with dab torches to prevent injury or risk of fire.
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