Why low temperature is essential for Dabbing

Why low temperature is essential for Dabbing

Cannabis concentrate provides a stunning combination of powerful effects and intense flavors. When the concentrate is heated, the cannabinoids and terpenes are released into the vapor, producing the wide range of effects and flavors that cannabis exhibits. However, knowing what temperature to heat a concentrate to is crucial. Getting the right temperature can make the difference between experiencing delicious and profound effects or tasting the scorched disappointment of being too hot to vape effectively.

Why is temperature important when dabbing

Why is temperature important when dabbing

So why is temperature control so crucial for Dabbing? 

In a word: terpenes. 

If you're not familiar with terpenes, they're the compounds in cannabis that give the plant its distinctive smell and flavor. Although cannabinoids are also extremely sensitive to temperature, THC and other cannabinoids are tasteless, so each strain's unique aroma depends on which terpenes dominate the plant.

Each terpene is unique in terms of its therapeutic benefits and the taste it produces. Each terpene has its own thermal sensitivity, resulting in a unique vaporization point. 

The extraction method used to create the cannabis oil or wax concentrate varieties and the temperature at which you dab or vaporize the concentrate can significantly affect the flavor characteristics and synergies that occur between concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes.

The differences between terpenes can be seen in this shortlist of boiling points for some of the common terpenes found in cannabis:

  • Linalool: 388 degrees F
  • ß-Caryophyllene: 320 degrees F
  • ß-Myrcene: 334 degrees F
  • D-Limonene: 349 degrees F
  • Humulene: 223 degrees F
  • α-Pinene: 311 degrees F

Drop the torch and catch the delicious terpenes.

Unless you can monitor and control the temperature of your dab, the temperature at which you heat your nails will probably exceed the proper temperature range. When using a butane torch to heat your dabbing surface, most people will overheat the surface by exposing it to the torch for too long. 

This overexposure to such high temperatures can easily lead to temperatures exceeding 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, too hot to vaporize concentrates effectively.

The essential oils that bind together to create cannabis's psychoactive effects are destroyed at such extreme temperatures. By incinerating these compounds directly responsible for the flavors, the result is a burnt, unpleasant vapor. Furthermore, any benefits of individual terpenes are lost in the process.

Fortunately, the advent of electric nails or nails allows dedicated connoisseurs to fine-tune their experience more precisely. Electric nails arose mainly because of their ability to efficiently retain heat at low temperatures, allowing you to capture the full flavor and benefits of terpenes and cannabinoids.

Devices like the palm-sized Lookah Q7 enail makes dabbing concentrate easier and more precise. You can use Lookah Q7's variable thermal controller to heat a built-in quartz cup to your preferred temperature. 

Its digital display, combined with appropriate calibration, enables consistent temperatures and consistent vapors.


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