By Feather Hailglow

There have been times when I’d bring home a stoner buddy of mine for the first time, they’d take a look at my oil set-up and blow torch on the table, give me a puzzled look and ask me what kinds of drugs I’ve been smoking.

“I only use cannabis,” is what I’d tell them.

“You can smoke weed out of this thing?”

            I’ve explained this dozens of times before; I get the same questions every time. No, I will not smoke weed out of that bong. It is designed for concentrates. Butane hash oil, wax, honey oil, shatter, dabs, whatever you want to call it. Lots of times people just sprinkle their concentrates over a bowl of flowers; that’s fine too. I prefer to use my Hitman Glass oil rig.

            Instead of a bowl, it uses a nail and dome set-up. I use two different types of nails; I have a quartz one and a titanium. Using my Vector blowtorch, I heat up the nail then place the dome over it so the vapor doesn’t escape. The thing I like about dabs, or smoking concentrates, is that you aren’t inhaling any plant matter. Concentrates are an extraction of the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) using solvents such as butane, CO2, or alcohol. I don’t like to get in to the science of it much, but all in all, what you’re smoking is more pure. My bong water hardly gets dirtied. You’re vaporizing a concentrate of the cannabis, so I’m pretty sure it’s better on the lungs. It feels better, at least, and the high is much stronger, more clean.

You can’t explain the feeling of taking a dab after a long day of school or work. All it takes is one hit and you’re good for a few hours, especially if you’ve never dabbed before. Once the smoke hits my lungs, I can feel my third eye pulsate, my muscles immediately begin to relax, and I can’t help but smile. My favorite part is the taste. Without all the burnt plant matter overpowering the flavor of the cannabis, the aroma of the strain is more prominent in the taste of the smoke.

With dabs becoming more and more popular among pot smokers worldwide, glass blowers have been becoming more and more creative with the creation of functional glass art. Dabbers, which are used to apply the concentrate to the hot nail, come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. I’ve seen light sabers, pencils, even ones that glow in the dark. And the domes, or vapor globes, which trap the vapor around nail, also come in a myriad of shapes, colors, and designs. Recently, you can find pretty much any cartoon character made into a dome, even basketball hoops or animals. It’s an art form not a lot of people are aware of yet, but the fan base is definitely growing.

That’s pretty much the speech I have to give every so often to my buddies that haven’t come across dabs before, but I never mind at all. I like talking about dabs, I like talking about anything really, and I always want to help inform people. The more the merrier, I always say. Well, that’s all I have to say about dabs for today. I’m off to go medicate now J