Dabbing 101: The science of the e-nail and carb cap

Dabbing 101: The science of the e-nail and carb cap

Dabbing 101: The science of the e-nail and carb cap

By: @MedicalAndy

To get the most out of my dabbing experience, I prefer to use a e-nail.  Others prefer quartz with a torch but for myself as a medical user, using an e-nail allows the maximum amount of convenience, especially when I’m not feeling well.

In order to protect the lining of the throat from hot smoke (which is what causes irritation when smoking), it is best to set your e-nail on the lower end of what is necessary to vaporize the oil.  In addition to the smoothest hit, you’ll also get the most flavor out of your dabs, since terpenes vaporize at the lowest temperatures.

Now, you may have seen this chart, which purports to show the vaporization points of various cannabinoids and terpenes.  Well, it’s not so simple.  Because as it turns out, these vaporization points are the points for a vacuum.  As is noted by Dale Gieringer, President of Cal NORML, “The vaporization point at normal atmospheric pressure appears to be unknown.”

 

This doesn’t mean we don’t know anything, it just means that you can’t 100% trust those vaporizations numbers and have to rely on your own experience.  If you want to, “Waste it to taste it,” you’ll take a low temperature dab so you get the fullest possible flavor, but at the same time you’re sacrificing some of the cannabinoids (which vaporize at a higher temperature).  Alternatively, you can set your e-nail high enough that it’ll vaporize on its own without the use of a carb cap, but this will be a harsh smoke.

Personally, I aim for a middle ground, for a dab that’s going to mostly vaporize only with the use of a carb cap (600-650, depending on the concentrate).  The carb cap allows the oil to vaporize at a lower temperature because you’re covering while removing air—which creates a low pressure environment (getting closer to that vacuum where those theoretical vaporization temps are measured).

Note that the temperature on your e-nail is not the temperature inside the nail.  For information on how hot the nail itself is, please refer to this calculator from D-Nail.

http://www.d-nail.com/info/calculator/

Your optimal dab temp will vary with your exact e-nail model, nail design, and type of concentrate.  Rosin generally needs a lower temperature than BHO, which are both lower than ice wax.  By adjusting the temperature and trying different settings, you’ll find the optimal vaporization point for your personal enjoyment.

For those using a nail and torch, you’ll want to wait long enough so that the concentrate doesn’t fully vaporize until you’re pulling with the carb cap applied.  For quartz bangers this may be 45-60 seconds, or 15-30 seconds for a titanium nail.  Times and nails vary and you may waste a few dabs figuring it out.  Oil well spent in my opinion—1 proper dab is better than 4 that are too hot and burn your throat!

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