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The Ultimate Dabbing Temperature Guide: Finding the Best Enail Temp

When it comes to choosing cannabis concentrates to use with your enail kit, we won’t be the first to tell you that the options out there are endless: between juicy live resin, pungent shatter, and frosty diamonds, the types of sauce are as unique as they are diverse. There’s an option out there for everyone, and that’s exactly why things can get a bit tricky for dabbers looking to try them all – figuring out how to get the most out of each one is no easy feat!

An often overlooked detail is that what actually makes all the difference between different concentrate types isn’t THC or CBD content, but rather terpene type and content. Terpenes are the flavor and scent molecules found in and extracted from the crystal-like trichomes on cannabis plants and are responsible for creating varying flavor profiles and effects. To get the most out of the terpene profiles and maximize their flavor nuance and complexity, finding the right temperature for dabbing is incredibly important. Not only does the best enail temp fit vary by strain and terpene content, but it’s actually sparked (no pun intended) quite a bit of debate about which works best.

In this blog, we’ll dive into some of the idiosyncrasies and best practices when it comes to finding the best temp for dabs with your MiniNail.

Less Heat + Terpenes = Perfect Dab Temp

Let’s start with an overview: having a basic understanding of how dabbing works will help understand why temperature levels are so important. Concentrates are made by extracting cannabinoids from the plant, and their effects are activated when heated convectively instead of conductively. As explained in Hemper, “convective heating is healthier, smoother, and more effective because it doesn’t ‘burn off’ and waste the essential and active ingredients in the concentrate.” Convective heating also allows you to control the temperatures at which you heat your concentrates – which is why so many frequent dabbers have turned to using an enail instead of the classic, yet dated, torching method.

Different terpenes will be more noticeable at different temperatures, for example:

  • Humulene (435 ° F): Flavors of woody earthiness will act as anti-inflammatory agents and help with appetite suppression and pain.
  • Pinene (420-430 ° F): Sharp and sweet, these flavors of pine are generally helpful with inflammation and asthma.
  • Caryophyllene (390 ° F): Peppery, woody, and spicy, this terpene profile assists with muscle spasms, pain, and insomnia.
  • Linalool (388 ° F): On the fruitier and floral citrusy side, users will experience relief from insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
  • (Limonene 350 ° F): With citrus-heavy notes of lemon and orange, Limonene aids with anxiety and depression.
  • Myrcene (330-334 ° F): Myrcene, with flavors of herbal clove and citrus, helps users with its anti-inflammatory qualities.

Getting the Most Out of Terps: Cold Start Dabs

One of the biggest advantages of using lower temperatures when dabbing is the ability to get the most out of your concentrates. This method is called a cold-start dab, in which users will load their concentrate of choice onto the nail before heating it. This creates an opportunity to better preserve cannabinoids that, in a hotter setting, would actually get burnt off and lost.

Understanding Temperature-Based Effects

It’s important to note that there is such a thing as an enail temperature being either too hot or too cold – so, let’s break down some of the details that come with different temperature levels.

32°F – 310°F (0°C – 154°C) : Usually far too low to actually vaporize the concentrate, these temperatures won’t yield much in terms of clouds and vapor, producing little effect or flavor.

315°F – 450°F (157°C – 232°C) : A perfect place for low-temperature dabbing, this temperature range vaporizes terpene profiles without burning them, allowing for the best possible flavor as originally intended by the extraction process.

450°F – 600°F (232°C – 315°C): In this medium temperature setting, you’ll experience lower flavor profiles but likely higher cloud production.

600°F – 900°F (315°C – 482°C) : Users who dab in this range will see their concentrates combust quickly and produce thick, smoky clouds upon vaporizing. Note that much of the unique flavors will be lost at these temperatures as the terpenes will be more burnt off.

900°F + (482°C +) : We don’t recommend any temperatures in this range – not only do they usually create harsh and burnt hits, but they will actually get to the point of being unsafe as carcinogens and toxins are released in vapor form at these temperatures.

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Heat level is crucial to the dabbing experience. So what's the best temperature for dabbing cannabis concentrates with an enail? MiniNail is here to answer all of your questions on dabbing temp, including what terpenes are expressed at different temperatures!

What Is The Best Temperature For Dabbing?

Dab temperature, like most things in vaping, is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer low to mid-temperature dabs, while others like high-temperature dabs. Most Extract vaporizers do not show the exact temperature, or allow for precise +/-1°F control. Instead, they have four or five preset temperatures. So if you are new to dabbing, honing in on the right temp for your taste may be tricky. This post should set you in the right direction.

Low-Temperature Dabbing

With low-temperature dabbing, users get a stronger flavor and a smoother vaping experience, a low temp dab would be somewhere in the 315°F to 450°F range. That is because the slow ramping up of heat allows the user to better appreciate the flavor and the lower temperature delivers less intense vapor.

A good thing about low-temperature dabbing is that there isn’t any need for specialized equipment, a good vape pen is all that you need. You can certainly use an e-nail or a dab rig if you wish, as long as you use a ceramic nail if one is available because they heat up more slowly.

You will certainly get high with low temperature dabbing but that high does not come on as quickly as it does with high temp dabbing. Instead, it comes on more gradually, just like all the other aspects of low-temperature dabbing, that high does tend to last longer though. That means low-temperature dabbing is a great way for beginners to get into wax vaping since it’s a more gentle experience. Even veteran vapers like low temperature dabbing because of the stronger flavor and the lengthier high that it produces.

Low-Temperature Dabbing Dab Pens

Vape pens like the KandyPens Crystal (Review | Buy) or the Linx Blaze (Review | Buy) are easily the best devices for low temperature dabbing for a variety of different reasons, but mainly because they are convenient, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. Vape pens consist of three parts, the battery, the atomizer, which is where the dab is placed, and the mouthpiece. The atomizer—sometimes called the coil—can come in three different types; quartz rod coils, ceramic coils, and quartz coils. The quartz and ceramic coils are actually small basins rather than coils and they are the best atomizers for low temp dabbing.

The reason is that they provide the strongest flavors and are the easiest to use. Quartz rod coils heat up quickly and produce big clouds, but that comes at the cost of flavor integrity. You can certainly dab at lower temperatures using portable dab rigs and e-nails, but with the latter you should use ceramic or quartz nails since, just like with vape pens, those materials produce the strongest flavor.

High-Temperature Dabbing

Temperature selection is important in extract vaping because it can have a profound effect on the flavor of the wax, as well as its intensity. As with dry herb, when the wax gets vaporized it produces a vapor, the higher the temperature of vaporization, the more intense the vapor that is produced. That means the high that vapers get from high-temperature dabs is fast and intense. That is the main reason why people prefer to dab at high temperatures. In this case, high temperatures would be anything over 600°F.

When a dab is heated at high temperatures, it is quickly vaporized and all the THC, cannabinoids, and terpenes in it are released in rapid succession, giving the user an intense high as they inhale. However, high temperature dabbing isn’t necessary to release all of the cannabinoids in the marijuana plant. Since the dab is vaporized at such a high temperature, the vapor is hot and harsh as well, which can take some getting used to. Granted, some vaporizers that are capable of high-temperature dabbing have a water bubbler to cool down the vapor, but even then, the vapor can still be uncomfortable to some people.

One consequence of high-temperature dabbing is that the flavor is not as strong. When the wax is vaporized that quickly, the flavor gets obscured by the intensity of the heat and the rush of cannabinoids. Also, some terpenes may get burned away rather than vaporized so the user may not be able to reap their benefits.

The Best Devices For High-Temperature Dabbing

At first, high-temperature dabbing involved the use of a rig with a nail that was heated by a torch. Fortunately, we have moved on from that and technology takes care of the heating now. If you want to dab at high temperatures, then the device that can reach the highest temperature is either an e-Nail or a Dab pen.

Enails– the Dr Dabber Boost (Review | Buy) is a large eRig with a water bubbler that uses conduction heating to reach high temperatures very quickly. A smaller and more “”beginner-friendly” option is the KandyPens Oura (Review | Buy). It is smaller and more portable, and minimal assembly is required.

Enails typically have a set of preset temperatures while most e-nails give you full temperature control. Preset temperatures can sometimes make it tricky to find the right range, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Vape pens– are also very easy to use and they can reach high temperatures with the use of quartz rod coils. These types of coils heat up very quickly, so the more coils there are, the more intense the vapor will be. Anyone who wants to use a vape pen for high temperature dabbing should look for one that has two or more quartz rod coils, such as the KandyPens Amber (Review | Buy) or the Dr Dabber Light (Review | Buy).

The temperature is one of the most important aspects when it comes to vaping extracts and here you will learn which temperature is the best for dabbing.