There are a lot of ways you can use a wax dab pen. Generally, you’d want it to be fully charged for best results. Check the atomizer to see if it’s working. For dab pens that are more than a month old, check to see if the coil needs to be replaced.
Load the chamber with wax concentrates, about the size of a rice grain would do. Do not underpack or overpack the dab pen because underpacking will have you use more materials while overpacking can cause leaks and will leave the dab pen sticky all over.
Set the temperature level of the dab pen based on a profile you’re comfortable with, usually at around 400° F. This temperature profile allows you to enjoy the natural flavors and the terpenes native to your select wax concentrates. Use a dab pen with a variable voltage setting as some dab pens do not offer the means of controlling the temperature level and can only heat your extracts using a default heat setting.
Inhale at a slow and steady pace. If you find that there are still wax concentrates left in the chamber, wait for a few seconds before you hit it again to avoid inhaling burnt extracts.
These steps may change depending on how your dab pen is built.
First, check your dab pen if it can accommodate oils and concentrates. Dab pens are designed and engineered to vaporize flower concentrates instead of the actual plant matter.
Next, take a small amount of wax and use a dab tool if you’re dealing with a runny one, but for wax can be managed, roll them and shape them using your fingers. A scoop or a small ball of wax weighing 0.1g will do.
Lastly, load the wax concentrates gently and directly onto the coil of your dab pen. They can stick to your dab tool but do not jab the dab tool straight onto the coil as they are fragile and can easily be damaged. If you’re using shatter, a brittle variety of wax concentrates, break them into smaller pieces before you load them onto the coil. These varieties of wax concentrates should be divided into smaller pieces with the chamber half packed.
The word vaporizer is a broad term, this includes devices that can be used for dabs or wax concentrates. Some vaporizers can be used for thick oils extracted from various plant matter that are loaded into cartridges. Some devices are intended for more viscous materials, wax concentrates that are derivatives of the same botanical variety but have a stickier, glutinous consistency. Then there are vaporizers that are used for dry herb strains and can accommodate the actual plant matter.
On that note, a vaporizer will be identified by the type of material it accommodates. Make sure to check the specification of your vape tank, your dab tank, your vape pen, or whatever device you are using to consume your select material and make sure that they are compatible. For our purposes today, we will look at dab pens used to vaporize wax concentrates.
The FDA has recently revised their regulations regarding the sale of e-cigarettes, hookah pens, vaporizers, and vape pens. The new age requirement set is 21 years of age. That said, it’s best to follow these regulations and conform with the agency's deemed safe age to purchase and use the aforementioned products legally.
Your dab pen will require very little cleaning if you know how to properly take care of it. With proper care and maintenance, you will only have to keep an eye out on the mouthpiece and the coil. Here’s a quick guide on how you can clean your dab pen or wax vape pen.
Cleaning the Mouthpiece
In the process of vaporization, the mouthpiece comes into contact with vapor particles. The longer your mouthpiece goes without cleaning, the more of these vapor particles get attached into the mouthpiece accumulating dirt and resinous buildup. When left neglected, your mouthpiece can harbor dirt and debris to unwanted pathogens and microorganisms that can harm your system. It can also get clogged and restrict your dab pen’s airflow.
To remove this resinous buildup, gently scrape the hardened resin. Soak the mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol, this will cause the hardened buildup to loosen. Finish the remaining buildup by cleaning it with cotton swabs. Remember to rinse the mouthpiece with water and let it dry.
Cleaning the Battery
Remember that your battery is not water-resistant. So, clean it the same way you would a non-waterproof device. Use a damp cloth and wipe the surface of the battery to clean it of dust, dirt, and smudge. Avoid pressing too hard on the surface so you don’t damage the paint. If you’re faced with hardened residue on the battery, use your dab tool to gently scrape it off.
Cleaning the Chamber
Your wax chamber can also develop the same material buildup as your mouthpiece and your battery. This is usually the result of overpacking and wax concentrates that are not thoroughly vaporized. It can cause the chamber to get sticky, when it does, you can wipe the excess extracts using a cleaning wipe or a cotton swab. Make sure that the wipes or the cotton swab you’re using is not soaked that it gets the chamber of your coil wet as it can get wet.
Loading your Dab Pen
Loading your dab pen and wax vape pen with extracts is simple. Here's how. Check the coil and make sure it’s properly attached to the battery. At this point, remove the mouthpiece to check the coil. Replace the coils if they are burnt. Use a dab tool to scoop up your preferred amount of extracts and gently place them atop the coils, do not overpack the chamber. Replace the mouthpiece and start your session.
Ideally, the frequency of your sessions and how hard you pull on your vaporizer will directly affect how long your dab pen cartridge will last. Nevertheless, your dab pen cartridge should last you five days per gram depending on how much material the cartridge can accommodate.
Different wax vaporizers and dab pens will have different components. This makes these products unique and these features are something you can consider when looking for the best wax or dab pen vaporizer. These features include heating technology, variable voltage, and the kind of heating element used in these dab pens. Some good examples are the Dr. Dabber Stella, the Boundless Terp Pen, the Puffco Plus, and the Yocan Evolve Plus XL. Looking at the features of a vaporizer will help you make an informed decision when buying the best wax pen vaporizer.
Dab pens go by many names. Often called wax pens or concentrate pens are heavily influenced by the type of material they are made to accommodate. On that note, dab pens are unique because of the kind of materials they cater to, wax concentrates can knock you off your socks with only a small amount. And while there are dab pens that can be used interchangeably with wax and weed, checking the compatibility of our materials with your device is important.
By saying wax concentrates, we mean the various derivatives of cannabis extracts. That said, you will often come across the terms shatter and crumble as well as wax and butter. For the uninitiated, wax and butter refers to the sticky form of cannabis extracts while crumble and shatter refers to the brittle form of this cannabis derivative. A reliable dab pen should be able to help you consume wax concentrates in any of these forms.
The act of dabbing has become popular more than ever because dabs will hit you harder even if you’re taking smaller doses. Good quality dabs also give you a good amount of flavor allowing you to enjoy sessions that are packed with flavor and with potency.
Because dabbing with dab pens does not involve combustion, you tend to preserve more of the flavors native to your extracts. We begin to understand more of the terpenes and cannabinoids and dabbing concentrates unlocks the full potential of the plant matter in terms of flavor and potency. Wax concentrates are composed mainly of the cannabinoids including the trichomes that makes these materials all the more potent and flavorful.
Because dabbing seems more like a whole new dimension, many consumers use dab pens to test the waters first before investing in a full-fledged dab rig. Who knows, you might find that dabbing is for you and buying a dab pen could be the first step.
Also often called a dab pen, a wax pen is a device that’s designed and engineered for use with plant extracts in various consistencies. Wax pens are made to vaporize these extracts allowing consumers to reap the benefits of their select wax concentrates.
Wax concentrates are great for a wide variety of consumers. Those who are consuming wax concentrates for recreation as well as for those using wax concentrates for medication. Vape pens for wax are cheap and affordable, making them ideal for consumers from all walks of life.
Dab coils work by heating the wax concentrates you place on top of the coils. You have to activate the battery and trigger the heating element in order for it to work. This will then ramp up heat and begin to vaporize the wax concentrates leaving very little material behind in the process.
That said, not all coils behave the same way and not all coils are good for wax concentrates or for dabs. For example, the Kanthal coils we use on e-juice vapes are not suited for wax vaporization. On that note, one should also be careful when using ceramic and quartz rod coils. It’s important that you familiarize yourself with the configuration of your coil before using it for dabs.
An emerging coil technology, silicon carbide coils are said to be great alternatives for dabs. They heat fast and cool relatively fast too which means it can give you quick hits if you’re just looking for a quick session on-the-go. Silicon carbide coils also have a porous surface that holds the wax concentrates in place so they don’t fall off the coil. This promises more effective and efficient heating of your select materials.
Also, there is no single coil that can vaporize both herbs and wax concentrates. Oftentimes, dual purpose vaporizers are outfitted with coils that can be replaced to accommodate wax concentrates or dry herb strains.
Long and short of it is yes. Vaping weed from a dab pen will turn your eyes red because of the active ingredients from the plant matter causing the dilation of your pupils. You may not smell as bad as when you smoke with a joint but you’ll probably get as high with vape pens.
There are various types of oils used in vaporizers, some are heavy on TCH while some contain almost pure CND. Nevertheless, these oils are derived from the same genus of botanical plant matter. They are often placed in a pre-filled or a refillable cartridge. These cartridges will have some sort of way to keep the oils inside a leak-proof container.
While there are some dab pens that can accommodate wax and weed, this does not mean that you can use the same heating element for both material types. Dab pens that can vaporize both herbs and wax concentrates will have different coils that are made specifically for wax and for dry herb strains.
While there are no reported long-term effects of consuming higher dosage of THC, irresponsible consumption of THC can put you down for a good time. THC is the pure psychoactive compound found in cannabis and first-time consumers may find themselves in a different state of mind when they get too much of this active ingredient.
You also might want to steer clear from devices that could have toxic effects when its components are exposed to heat.
How will I know if my dab pen battery is dead? When I turn on my pen it looks like it works but nothing comes out?
Your dab pen has the tendency to light up and still have no vapor come out of it. If you’re using a cartridge, it’s best to contact the dispensary where you bought your cartridge from, especially if you still have material left in the carts.
Another workaround you can do to attempt to make the dab pen to work is to take a cotton swab and lightly dab it in isopropyl alcohol. With one tip slightly damp, clean the contacts of the dab pen battery and the atomizers as there could be smudges around it that can cause the connection to fail. Use the other tip, to dry out the contacts. Be careful not to make the cotton swabs too damp as it can cause irreversible water damage.
While medical marijuana is often deemed legal in most states, each jurisdiction will have a different set of rules regarding use and possession of this substance. It’s best to check these regulations first before openly carrying a dab pen even if there is no marijuana in it. on the other hand, if you plan to bring your dab pen with you, make sure that you have all the necessary documentation like your medical marijuana license and receipts from where you bought your materials from to show that you have obtained them legally.
Dabs contain the purest form of the active ingredients found in your regular cannabis. This means that dabs are stripped of the unnecessary components native to the plant matter. This means that there are copious amounts of terpenes, flavonoids, THC, THCV, and CBD in dabs. On the other hand, buds, flowers, and ground plant matter contains many of the components native to the plant.
One of the main differences in smoking a dab pen and smoking buds is that a dab pen with dabs can get you higher faster compared to smoking a bud through a spliff or a joint.
The FDA has been strict and stringent about their rules regarding the sale and other transactions involving dab pens, wax pens, vaporizers, and e-cigs as well as other tobacco products and its derivatives. You need to be the age of 21 to get to buy these products. The only plausible exception is that if you’re 18 or 20 and in the military.
It’s safe to use a vaporizer to smoke weed. In fact, it’s not smoke you’re inhaling but vapor. Vapor or vaporization, is the product of heating your select botanical plant matter without reaching the point of combustion. Therefore, getting a cleaner product you can inhale compared to combusted smoke. Pretty much like smoking cigarettes, smoking weed can create toxic byproducts because the ground plant matter is broken down by the atom. This creates byproducts called free radicals that are unstable and can cause a wide range of health problems.
Vapors from vaporizers, when produced in sufficient quantities, are capable of triggering or activating certain types of smoke detectors. That’s why like smoking, vaping is regulated in places like hotels and public places, including airplane toilets. Smoke detectors have various sensors that are sensitive to small airborne particles. And despite the fact that electronic cigarettes create vapor and not smoke, they can still set off fire alarms especially when you blow the vapor directly in front of it. Liquid vapor particles produced by these electronic cigarettes will often be seen by the sensors as particulates and trigger the alarm.
As we’ve briefly covered above, the product of electronic cigarettes is vapor and not smoke. Vapor is produced when you select oils and e-liquids are heated without reaching the point of combustion. That said, no fire is involved in the process of vaporization as the temperature of fire is hot enough to cause combustion.
While small amounts of vapor will not trigger most security systems, many of today’s smoke detectors are becoming more advanced and sophisticated that they can detect nicotine in the air. When they do, they can send messages to the security supervisor alerting the one in charge or any possible breach in security and of a potential fire hazard. They are usually found wired closer to the floor rather than the ceiling and can detect ridiculously small amounts of nicotine.
Nicotine from electronic smoking devices or electronic cigarettes are usually similar to ones used in pharmaceutical products designed for nicotine therapy replacement like gums and patches. Nicotine used in NRT and in e-cigarettes are derived from a member of the tobacco family – Nicotiana Rustica. This strain of tobacco is known for its potency that it has been smoked by shamans in the past who use them to produce otherworldly visions for their rituals. Nowadays, this strain is often used for pharmaceutical nicotine. Nicotine can also be synthesized but comes at a high cost. That's why almost all pharmaceutical nicotine, like the ones found in your e-liquids, are extracted and derived from a member of the tobacco family.
Vaping has reached a mainstream status that many individuals have put down their cigarettes in exchange of using the safer and healthier electronic alternative. That said, a lot of people still see vaporizers as invasive as a cigarette smoke when it comes to personal space. On that note, here are a few guidelines on how to mediate and accommodate a safe workplace for everyone.
1. Is there a vaping room?
Pretty much like a smoking room or a smoking area, those who vape must only vape in the assigned space.
2. Are they using a powerful battery?
Is the electronic cigarette they’re using powerful enough to blow clouds that can get in everyone’s face? Why not limit the battery capacity?
3. Are the flavors they vaping on offensive?
Some flavors bother others, so limit the flavors to those who are less offensive to others.
4. Is there a schedule for vaping?
You can set a time where employees can use their vaporizers to minimize encounters between vapers and non-vapers.
5. Will there be a meeting?
A meeting between both parties can be set to discuss the issues and probably improve the agreement in creating a safe workspace.
On top of that, there can be a “vaping contract” or a “social contract” where each individual employee can select an equal number of concessions and give-ins that can serve as a concrete understanding that can hopefully address future issues before they become toxic.
We know that tobacco dependency is real and that we’re here to show our empathy for them while still decreasing the emotional conflict and focusing on workplace harmony.
Electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, e-cigs, and vapes, are all terms loosely interchanged to refer to small and compact handheld devices used for consuming flavored e-liquid. The product produced is vapor, that is then inhaled by the user as you would a traditional cigarette and is used as a healthier alternative to smoking. The idea is that combustion, in smoking, produces toxic byproducts that can damage the system of the consumer. However, the vapor produced in electronic cigarettes are designed to create a less-toxic substance as it does not reach the point of combustion.
Basically, the terms e-cigs and vapes could all mean the same thing. They are all electronic, battery-powered devices that are alternatives to smoking cigarettes. You will also encounter other terms like RDAs and squonkers as these are other terms used for certain varieties of electronic devices with slightly different configurations.
Rechargeable e-cigarettes are small electronic devices that are outfitted with rechargeable batteries. These vaporizers are usually called cig-a-like because they mimic the look and feel of a conventional cigarette smoke. It also features one of the most basic of operations, one that replicates the act of smoking.
Rechargeable electronic cigarettes are also called burners as one would have to simply just throw away the “filters” once the material is consumed and these types of devices are considered to be the precursors of today’s modern pod vaporizers as they share the same ingenious design and operation. On top of that, one does not have to buy new batteries since you can re-use them simply just by recharging it. Today, we take these things for granted but back in the day, these things were revolutionary.
Yes. As a matter of fact, these devices were designed and engineered to deliver nicotine without the need of fire or combustible plant matter making it a safe and healthier option of consuming nicotine as opposed to smoking cigarettes. While there are others that do not have any nicotine on them, most of these e-cigs are packed with nicotine-based e-liquids.
A disposable e-cigarette is an electronic cigarette that is usually pre-filled with e-liquid and is ready to use. These devices usually require very little to no set up or assembly to use. This means you just pick one up and go and you just throw them away when the material or the battery in it runs out.
Unlike a rechargeable e-cig, disposable ones will have no means of reusing them and will have to be “disposed” of afterwards.
If you’re new to vaping, you might find yourself asking questions like “are e-cigs safe?” “Is there any potential harm in using electronic cigarettes and vaporizers?” “Do these devices have heavy metals that can cause adverse effects to your health?” They are all valid questions. Long before the issue about vaping was scrutinized, the proponents of anti-vaping organizations did not know heck about e-cigarettes. Some devices are meant for thick oils that are derivatives of cannabis while some are meant for VG-PG e-liquid blends that are infused with nicotine. When someone gets sick, they are quick to call it vaping. But it isn’t. Consuming cannabis oils and extracts and inhaling vaporous e-liquids are two different things.
Moreover, the FDA does not acknowledge the fact that e-cigs and vaporizers have helped many people quit smoking. In fact, a lot of people have testified to that and have claimed that using electronic cigarettes have helped them wean off their nicotine dependence as there are certain devices that can accommodate e-juices that have varying doses of nicotine in them. We do know the risks that cigarette smoking entails, including lung cancer and other lung diseases, high blood pressure, as well as other heart problems. That’s why we’re saddened by the fact that e-cigarettes are tagged and classified under the same banner as the actual cigarettes when in fact they can be used as a healthier alternative.
Although FDA does not approve nor recognize e-cigarettes and vaporizers as a means to quit smoking, many smokers swear by them and easily recommend them to other smokers that are trying to ditch the habit. At the moment, there are only limited resources and studies conducted to prove the efficacy of e-cigarettes in helping smokers quit – at least in terms of official and clinical approach. However, you can jump into a lot of online forums where actual smokers find that it helped them wean their dependency on tobacco nicotine.
Apart from e-cigs, there are other, more established ways of quitting smoking. You can always talk to your physician or a trained quitline counselor to help you find the best strategy for you. Another popular approach is the use of NRTs or nicotine replacement therapy using gums or patches. You can also receive support through various channels including text messages and the quitline number. That said, although many claims of its effectiveness when it comes to quitting smoking, the FDA still has not deemed e-cigarettes an official answer to helping smokers quit.
It's a common question that gets asked around in various communities especially ones that include beginners. For the uninitiated vaping and e-cigarettes can be used interchangeably as both e-cigs and vaporizers can accommodate e-liquids and e-juices that are infused with nicotine. On that note, only vaporizers can be used to consume cannabis and its derivatives like wax concentrates and various thick oils. So, while they’re pretty much the same, there are some significant differences.
Here’s an example.
Late August of last year, 2019, there was a severe outbreak that involved lung disease with several consumers getting hospitalized after using vaporizers. As always, the media was quick to use the term vaping and caused more misunderstanding between e-cigarettes and vaporizers. The individuals who were hospitalized were using cannabis vaporizers packed with THC-rick thick oils and not e-cigs with infused-nicotine e-liquid. This led to the public calling for stronger regulations because of the lung illness outbreak. What the public does not know is that smoking e-juice from e-cigarettes and vaping THC from vaporizers are two different things and anyone should not buy THC oil from the streets.
The use of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers quit smoking is not approved by the FDA. In fact, a group of health experts that makes recommendations about preventive health care, the US Preventive Services Task Force, said that the clinical trials and the evidence on e-cigarettes is insufficient to be considered a therapeutic cure. Nevertheless, you’ll find a slew of testimonials online made by actual smokers who used e-cigarettes as a complete substitute for all tobacco products they used to consume and have found success in doing so.
At the time of writing, the studies conducted on e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking is somewhat mixed. While some studies are quick to dismiss the benefits of e-cigarettes, one review found that it can be helpful in weaning one’s dependence on nicotine as opposed to those that relied on placebo effects. However, it has also been observed that many adult smokers do not entirely eschew smoking cigarettes and instead use e-cigs and cigarettes at the same time. Smoking cigarettes and using e-cigs cannot be deemed an effective means of quitting and is considered just as bad as smoking. The most effective way to do it is to quit entirely either with the help of e-cigarettes of other traditional means and not pick up a pack of cigarettes anymore.
Vaporizers or vaping devices are also called e-cigarettes, e-cigs, or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). These are devices that use batteries (disposable or rechargeable) to power heating elements that produce vapor. The materials used in vaping devices vary, from flavored to unflavored nicotine. For the most part, e-cigarettes can resemble conventional cigarette, tobacco, wooden pipes, and other everyday items including USB memory sticks. Other devices that are built with tanks and pods may look a bit different, somewhere in the likes of futuristic devices with built-in screens and other advanced features. Nevertheless, these devices do function and operate in the same manner with a few differences here and there. Currently, there are over 460 different vaporizer manufacturers on the market, each with their own vaporizer to show for.
Here are some common names used for e-cigarettes:
- hookah pens
- vape pens
- mods (customizable, more powerful vaporizers)
Choosing the best electronic cigarette can be subjective as we all have different preferences when it comes to choosing the best device. While each individual will have their own preference and not all e-cigarettes are made equal the process of choosing an e-cig can be simplified. Here are some things you might want to bear in mind.
Make sure that you get your devices from a reputable seller. One that has had a proven track record and is recommended when it comes to vaporizers and e-cigs. On that note, these sellers whether they’re from a brick and mortar store or an online retailer, can easily get their hands on the best products on the market because of the reputation they’ve built and many manufacturers would want them to carry their products which could increase the integrity of their brand. Nevertheless, you have to be vigilant of cheap vaporizers because they have their way of getting around.
E-cigs or electronic cigarettes usually contain nicotine, and at times, other harmful substances. Because these products are made by different manufacturers and come from all parts of the world, there is a lot of conflicting information about them. And while we’re experiencing the peak of vaporizer’s popularity, one can argue that there’s still a lot to learn.
Electronic cigarettes come by many names. Some call them e-hookahs, e-cigs, vapes, vape pens, vaporizers, mods, or tank systems. They also come in all shapes and sizes from those that look like your conventional cigarette to those that look like television remote controls. And while there’s a lot of talk around e-cigarettes, some of them are not true.
There is still a lot of clinical testing required to determine the actual effect of e-cigarettes and whether or not they can be used as an alternative to smoking. Nevertheless, they offer a less harmful means of consuming nicotine compared to traditional cigarettes.
The average vaporizer is made up of four parts:
- A reservoir to hold your materials. It can be in the form of a pod or a cartridge.
- An atomizer or a heating element.
- A battery or a portable power source.
- A mouthpiece used to inhale the vapor.
In most e-cigarettes, inhaling from the mouthpiece activates the battery and triggers the heating element causing the e-liquid or the e-juice to be vaporized. The aerosol that is produced when this process happens is called vapor and the act of producing and inhaling the vapor is called vaping.
Vaporizers have been around for as long as we can remember, but they rose to popularity for almost more than a decade now. Since then, these devices have gone mainstream and have been a popular choice for many adult smokers. However, they have attracted other market segments including young adults. Because these devices have nicotine in them, they are considered harmful to young consumers as well as pregnant women. Here are some of its common health risks.
Amongst pregnant women, the nicotine in e-cigarettes are harmful to developing babies. They can affect the brain development of babies and cause a slew of other problems including increased risks of sudden infant death. However, the same can be said about nicotine you get from NRTs as well as other nicotine sources like cigarettes.
When it comes to young adults, the effects of the nicotine in electronic cigarettes can also affect their brain development up until their early 20s. This can also affect their lungs and cause lung-related illnesses during their later years.
While electronic cigarettes contain fewer amounts of nicotine, nicotine is still harmful to your system. That’s a fact. That said, many adult smokers swear by e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking and for some people (adult smokers), the benefits of electronic cigarettes outweigh its risks.
Weaning nicotine dependency is one of the benefits of using a vaporizer. Some vaporizers and e-cigarettes allow you to dose your nicotine consumption level. Various e-liquids and e-juices will have different levels of nicotine and you can dose from high levels down to lower levels of nicotine until you can use a vaporizer with no nicotine at all. Abrupt loss of nicotine in your system is one of the reasons why people who quit cold turkey fail.
However, the use of vaporizers is not FDA approved. The folks at FDA believe that e-cigs or electronic cigarettes and vaporizers need more research and that it offers some substantial negative effects to your body despite its inherent benefits.