What is Cold Starting A Dab And How Do I Do It?

Dabbing is a popular way of consuming cannabis concentrates that have gained popularity in recent years. However, if you are new to dabbing, you may have heard the term “cold start” and wonder what it means. In this blog, we will explore what cold starting a dab is, and how to do it.

What is Cold Starting a Dab?

Cold starting a dab is a method of dabbing that involves placing the concentrate onto a cool nail or chamber coil and then heating it to the desired temperature. This contrasts with the traditional method of heating the nail first and then adding the concentrate. The goal of cold starting is to preserve the flavor and potency of the concentrate by not exposing it to high temperatures for an extended period.

Typically, when dabbing, concentrates are heated until they vaporize, producing a thick smoke that is inhaled. However, this process can be harsh on the throat and lungs, and the flavor of the concentrate may be lost due to the high temperatures.

How to Cold Start a Dab?

To cold start a dab, you will need a few basic tools:

  • A dab rig or a dab pen
  • A torch
  • A dab tool
  • Cannabis concentrate

Steps to Cold Start a Dab

If you are a dab rig user, please prepare your dab rig first: Fill your dab rig with water, and ensure the nail or banger is clean.

If you are using the dab pen, please prepare your dab pen: Take off the cap and make sure the chamber coil is clean.

  • Choose your concentrate: Use a dab tool to measure a small amount of your chosen cannabis concentrate.
  • Place the concentrate in the nail or chamber coil: Place the concentrate directly into the nail or chamber coil. Be sure to use the dab tool to spread the concentrate evenly across the surface.
  • Dab rig user heat the nail: Hold the torch over the nail or banger, and heat it until it begins to glow red. Once it begins to glow, remove the torch and wait for 10-15 seconds.
  • Dab pen user heat the chamber coil: Quickly click your dab pen button to turn it on, and adjust the voltage to your ideal temperature, wait for 10-15 seconds.
  • Begin inhaling: Begin inhaling slowly and steadily as you move the dab tool around the concentrate. You should start to see vapor rising from the concentrate.
  • Enjoy your dab: Once the concentrate has fully vaporized, stop inhaling and enjoy the effects of your dab.

Once you have finished inhaling, use a dab tool or cotton swab to clean any remaining concentrate from the nail or chamber coil. This will help prevent any buildup that could affect the taste of future dabs.

Torch 2.0 dab pen

Benefits of Cold Start A Dab

Improved flavor: Because the concentrate is not exposed to high temperatures, the flavor of the concentrate is preserved, resulting in a more enjoyable dabbing experience.

Reduced harshness: Cold starting allows for a smoother inhale, reducing the harshness on your throat and lungs.

Efficient use of concentrate: Cold starting allows for the full consumption of the concentrate, which can be more efficient than traditional dabbing methods. When you heat the nail or chamber coil first, the high temperatures can cause the concentrate to vaporize quickly, leading to a harsher experience. With cold starting, you can take your time and enjoy a smoother hit, which can help you use your concentration more efficiently.

Better control of temperature: Cold starting allows for greater control over the temperature of the concentrate. With traditional dabbing, the nail or banger is heated to a high temperature and then allowed to cool down before the concentrate is added. This process can result in a wide range of temperatures, making it difficult to control the experience. With cold starting, the temperature is gradually increased, allowing for more precise control over the temperature.

More consistent hits: Because cold starting allows for greater control over the temperature, it can result in more consistent hits. Traditional dabbing can result in hot spots on the nail or banger, leading to uneven vaporization and an inconsistent experience. Cold starting eliminates the hot spots and allows for more consistent concentrate vaporization.

Less waste: With traditional dabbing, some of the concentrates may be left behind on the nail or banger, leading to waste. With cold starting, the concentrate is fully vaporized, leaving nothing behind. This can be more efficient and cost-effective in the long run.

Safer for beginners: Cold starting can be a safer technique for beginners who may not be familiar with the high temperatures involved in traditional dabbing. With cold starting, the concentrate is heated gradually, reducing the risk of burning yourself or damaging your equipment.


Cold starting is a great way to enjoy cannabis concentrates with improved flavor, reduced harshness, greater control over temperature, more consistent hits, less waste, and increased safety for beginners. Give it a try and see if it works for you!

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