Cold Start Dabbing: What is it (And How Do You Do It)?

The comprehensive guide


If you are an avid cannabis user, chances are you are familiar with dabbing. With dabbing, you are able to get a really intense flavor due to the preservation of terpenes and other compounds within the concentrate. A lot of the time, dabs are done by preheating a nail and then putting on your concentrates, but you can also load the concentrates onto a cold quartz banger and then heat it at a slow rate.

This method is known as ‘cold start dabbing’, or sometimes ‘reverse dabbing.’ This has been all the hype as of lately and gained a lot of popularity in recent times. Dabbing cold has been around for a long time, but only recently became a trend due to more innovative means of making it happen. Cold start dabbing has taken the classic cold dabbing and optimized it, due to better technology such as quartz and borosilicates.

In this article, we will be taking a look at what cold start dabbing is and how you can do it. So read on to get the full scoop on cold start dabbing and all you need to know to do it with success.

How Can I Start Cold Start Dabbing?

If you want to correctly do a cold start dab, firstly you will need a nail – most preferable is a banger. Due to the design of bangers, they allow for a more even spread of heat. This is extremely important when you’re trying to heat up concentrates on an unheated surface. You can even use quartz or ceramic bangers as well.

The next step is to make sure that your nail or banger is clean. Any residual or old substances that have stuck to the surface from other uses will interfere with having a proper cold start dab. After you make sure your gear is clean, load the concentrate into the banger or nail.

After your nail is loaded with concentrate, you can then apply the bubble cap to your nail. Simply light your torch and heat the bottom of the nail, holding the torch a few inches away from the surface. The concentrate should slowly begin to bubble and turn into a vapor – usually, this takes a little less than 10 seconds. After it starts bubbling, lower the intensity of the flame and rotate the cap to create a fan-like momentum and then start to inhale. The first pull should be the most flavorful and you should get usually one to two pulls per session, but it all depends of course on what type of concentrate you use and the amount you put in.

What Are the Benefits of Cold Start Dabbing?

Generally, cold start dabbing is good if you don’t have a lot of time to wait for your nail to heat up and then cool down after every time you take a hit. It is also good for those who would like a very flavor-packed pull. The low temperature helps preserve the terpenes and other substances that make it so flavorful.

In addition, cold start dabbing can also help increase the life of your gear as compared to the traditional dabbing methods. Less heat means that your nail has less likelihood of breaking and also of caking on buildup. In addition, you will be cleaning your gear after every use, which will help you to keep your nail or banger in optimal condition.

High-quality nails made from quartz or borosilicate are not by any means cheap and have the potential to break from high temperatures, so dabbing cold will help you to save on constantly replenishing your cannabis gear.

Are There Any Cons to Cold Dabbing?

Despite the bold flavors and terpenes that are kept by dabbing cold, cold start dabbing can also waste concentrates because a lot of the dab material can get stuck in your banger or nail after you take a hit. So every time you dab, you should have a clean surface to reduce the black residue and char that is left behind. This also helps to preserve the flavor profile of the concentrate by starting with a fresh slate every time. Due to this procedure, if you are going to be doing more than one dab, it will result in a lot of clean-up and waiting time. You’ll have to wait for your nail or banger to cool before you can clean it, so a lot of time is wasted, so this method is good for doing no more than one hit.

So overall, if you don’t have a lot of time and are only wanting to do a single pull with lots of concentrated flavors, cold start dabbing is definitely a method of dabbing worth checking out.