/ˈkärb-ˈkap/ | Noun
An essential dabbing accessory that restricts airflow and traps heat around nails and bangers, allowing the CBD concentrate to vaporize at a lower temperature. The role of this accessory is to preserve the quality, flavor, and effectiveness of the concentrate.
“Dabbing with a carb cap makes a tremendous difference in flavor and potency of the dab.”
“I just got my first bubble carb cap and I am so glad my friend recommended this type.”
Purpose of a Carb Cap
This accessory was invented in 2013 by Task Rok, the founder of Highly Educated — a dab accessories company. The term originates from the word ‘carburetor’ due to the similarity in the purpose of use. This accessory is to a dabbing rig what a carburetor is to a car — both control the airflow in different environments.
Types of Carb Caps
All types of carb caps have the same purpose — to trap heat and lower the temperature at which the dab vaporizes. But, they come in different styles, allowing the user to choose the ideal type for a particular dab setting. They are typically made from titanium, quartz, or glass. Popular types of this dabbing accessory are:
- Standard: Standard ones embody a simple design with a rounded end that acts as the cap. They also have a handle to hold during the dab sesh.
- Bubble: As the name suggests, these have an attractive bubble-like shape. They display hollow stems that extend from the top and bottom of the cap and crate the carb. This accessory’s rounded shape creates a seal against the flat top, allowing the concentrate to vaporize faster. Basically, they were designed to work with the flat-top quartz banger nail. Its shape allows the user to rotate it, which helps move the concentrate across the badger faster. This method is known as “chasing” and makes more efficient dabs.
- Directional: The directional carb cap features a carb hole and a thin, angled stem that expands from the bottom of the cap. These also create a seal on banger-style nails, as the bubble ones do. When the user rotates the directional cap, the airflow created by the stem will follow the concentrate around the surface of the nail. It’s a process that allows the concentrate to vaporize more quickly.
How to Use It?
Follow these steps if it’s your first time using a carb cap:
Step 1: Place the concentrate on a heated nail or banger surface.
Step 2: Take the carb cap and cover the nail or banger.
Step 3: If using a directional or bubble carb cap, make sure to twist or rotate it. That action will spread the concentrate across the nail surface by pushing airflow around the chamber. For a standard carb cap or one with a flat base, use a gentle up-and-down motion to push airflow around the chamber.
Step 4: Ready to inhale? Simply remove the accessory to clear the dab rig.
This accessory is strictly being used for dab rigs. Therefore, you can only find it in smoke shops, dispensaries, and online cannabis accessory retailers.
Benefits of Using It
You might be wondering: Do I need a carb cap? And that’s a valid question considering it’s not an essential accessory for dabbing. You can absolutely dab your CBD concentrate without it. That said, this accessory offers a major benefit because it allows you to dab at a much lower temperature than you would normally. As a result, you’ll get an improved dab where you can, for one, taste the flavor of the concentrate.
Heating a nail of a dab rig to extremely high temperatures (up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit) can effectively destroy the dab’s flavor and potency. When this happens, you are left with a blunt, ineffective vapor. Dabbing at a low temperature heats the nail to only 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (149 to 204 degrees Celsius). Such temperature allows you to experience the full flavor profile of the concentrate. It also maintains the terpenes, which preserve its therapeutic effects.
A dabbing accessory that allows the user to dab CBD concentrates at lower temperatures, which preserves their flavor, taste, and potency.