The popularity of dabbing via portable vape pens has exploded in recent years. Nowadays it is quite common to see people and medical patients vaping cannabis everywhere from sidewalks and coffee shops to restaurant patios and parking lots with a dab pen. While in many parts of the US, this is still not possible despite the legal strides that have been accomplished.
Cannabis has become a therapeutic way of life for many, with vaporization just being one of many methods used to consume this wonderful healing herb. Of all the methods used to consume cannabis, vaporization is perhaps the most powerful and fast-acting of any other modality.
The strongest type of vaporizer is one that utilizes cannabis in its concentrated form, in this case being wax or oil. Here we will be looking at how to properly use a dab pen using these methods, and how to maintain your privacy while out in public.
The Types of Vapes and How to Use Them
Perhaps the most versatile type of vape is the 3 in 1 vape. This is capable of vaping any one of the 3 vaporization modalities. Dry herb, wax, and oil comprise the library of these methods. However, there are specialty vapes that utilize only one specific method. Even though dry herbs are not considered to be dabs per se, vaping releases the same compounds used in other concentrated forms of cannabis.
Dry Herb Vapes – For dry herb vapes, you will want to ensure your unit is fully charged. These use the most power than any other type of portable vape. You will want to use a grinder for this type of vape. The method uses the most external accessories as well. Unless you are using a combustion vape, you will also need a lighter. Simply grind up your dry herb cannabis until it is nice and crumbly, but not too fine or coarse.
Lightly pack your chamber and begin to heat up your unit. Once the desired temperature is reached, you can begin to draw in your hit. Keep in mind that dry herb vapes leave behind what is left. This usually results in a dry and browned crisp of what was once your beautiful cannabis. Simply throw it away.
Wax Dab Pens – Coils are the name of the game with any wax pen. You will want to make sure you have enough of these. Eventually, your coils will burn out. To start, you will want to make sure your unit is fully charged and ready to go.
Unlike dry herb vapes, wax pens are generally easier to use and maintain. Begin by dialing in your voltage. For new users, you will always want to start from the bottom and work your way up. Once you have the right heat setting, use a dabber to place your wax upon the heated coil. This will depend on the type of brand and model of your vape.
Once contact is initiated, simply draw in your breath, and inhale the vapors. It is advisable to do this without leaving any wax on the coil, as this will simply go to waste. Unlike dry herb vapes, wax pens do not need to be cleaned after every session. Simply wipe down the unit and clean out your mouthpiece. Charge your unit and store your wax in a silicone container until your next session.
Oil Pens – Perhaps the most straightforward of the 3, oil vapes are also the most popular. Used for cannabis oil concentrates and e-juice, oil vapes also produce the thickest clouds. Like the others, make sure your unit is fully charged. The right type of atomizer is also important.
To simplify it, make sure everything fits properly. The great thing about oil vapes is how streamlined the sessions are. Either by inhaling or the push of a button, a session can start. Simply fill your tank with oil and screw it on your battery. Push a button and inhale. That is it! One thing to be aware of is to not let your oil pen fall backwards. This can tip the oil the other way and cause leakage. Always keep it upright in your pocket.
How to Maintain Your Dab Pens
This will be the easiest task to accomplish. Unlike pipes or bongs, vapes are simple to maintain. Dry herb vapes are perhaps the most demanding. After every session, you will want to brush off the chamber. This will loosen any particles and residue that can build up over time.
No matter what type of vape, the area of focus will always be the mouthpiece. While pipes and bongs need routine maintenance, vapes can be cleaned every other week. The mouthpiece, however, would need to be cleaned after every session. It goes without saying that this is crucial nowadays, though sharing your dab pens is not advised.
An overlooked aspect involves the charging of the unit itself. Many people walk out the door assuming their vapes will last throughout the day. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a vape session and your device goes dead. This is a waste of time and a waste of concentrate. Always leave the house with a fully charged unit. In fact, you would do well to carry a portable charger too. This will ensure you never run into this type of problem.
How to Use a Dab Pen in Las Vegas
They say that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Vaping with a dab pen is one of the most enjoyable experiences to have in Las Vegas. The lights, the sounds, the atmosphere… Unfortunately, vaping anything on the Vegas Strip will likely land you in some trouble. The good news is that you can buy both cannabis and their concentrates in Las Vegas. The bad news is that you can only consume these in a private residence.
It should be noted that violating this ordinance carries a $600 fine. Sin City is on its way to making more sensible laws concerning cannabis, however. No matter what you decide to use in Vegas, just make sure you keep it to yourself. Stealth vapes that utilize dry herbs are perhaps the best option if you must travel outside of your home as a medical patient.
The vapor is light and wispy and will not attract attention. Do not go out of your way to circumvent the law. In any case, just remain sensible and aware of your surroundings. To keep yourself in check, remember the Devilish maxim: “Responsibility to the responsible.” Happy vaping!