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Dabbing 101: Everything You Need to Get Started Dabbing

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

So you want to explore the world of cannabis concentrates and start taking dabs but not exactly sure what you need? We got you!

We know that dabbing can be kind of intimidating for beginners, so we sat down with Big Island Grown Lead Patient Attendant, Marty, to run down how it's done.

This Checklist is the perfect starting point to send you safely on your dabbing journey.

Here's what you will need to start dabbing:

B.I.G. Dabbing Checklist:

  1. Dab Rig

  2. Quartz Banger

  3. Carb Cap

  4. Dab Tool

  5. Torch

  6. Water

  7. Temp Gun

  8. Dab Mat

  9. Q-Tips

  10. Isopropyl Alcohol

  11. Paper Towels


Dab Rig

A dab rig is a type of water pipe, similar to a bong, with smaller chambers to preserve the terpene flavors when vaporizing THC oils and concentrates. They come in many shapes and sizes and are available at most local smoke shops.

Pro Tip: The smaller the rig the more flavor and potency of the dab. Also, remember to always hold your rig from the base to avoid accidents.


The banger is the bucket and stem that hold your dab and connect to your rig. When shopping for your setup, be sure to make sure the joint that goes to your rig is the correct shape and fit (male/female), the correct size (joints are generally 14mm or 10mm), and the correct bend in the neck for your banger (90° or 45°).

Pro Tip: While bangers can come in glass, ceramic, titanium or quartz, we recommend going with quartz. Quartz heats fast, handles quick temperature changes and provides the best taste. While this may go without saying, NEVER grab the banger to clear the carb like you would a bong. Trust us, it happens. Best practice is to hold it by the neck.

Carb Cap (Cap for Banger)