Dabbing is the lesser known, and far more potent way to enjoy the active ingredients of your dry herb. Dabbing concentrates are made through a process known as solvent concentration. This process uses a chemical solvent, usually butane, to push the active ingredients out of the plant matter of dry herb and into a solvent solution. Obviously putting butane anywhere near a heat source is a good way to blow the majority of your torso off, so the next step involves purging the solvent from the solution. This is done with a vacuum oven that lowers the boiling point of the butane to a safe temperature.
This process results in one of three forms of concentrate: Oil, this is the lease potent and pure form of concentrate; wax, a crumbly, waxy concentrate that is the second most pure form of concentrate and one of the most popular; finally, shatter, is the most potent form of concentrate and has a brittle, candy-like texture and is the most powerful form of concentrate.
Dabbing rigs are specialized kits that allow you to consume concentrates. On a surface level they resemble dry herb bongs, but there are some key differences. The first difference you may notice is an attachment called a nail. This differs from a traditional bowl in that it is pre-heated with a butane torch before the material is added to it. Once the nail has been heated to an extremely high temperature with the torch the concentrate is dropped onto it with a specialized dabbing tool. The concentrate is instantly vaporized and inhaled, being drawn through and cooled by the rig’s water.
Not everyone is comfortable with the user of a butane torch, naked flames aren't the safest thing in the world. So naturally some innovative souls looked for a way to redefine what a dabbing nail can be. An e-nail is just that, a nail that is heated electronically. This means that you don’t need a butane torch to bring your nail up to dabbing temperature.
The safety aspect isn’t the only advantage of e-nails, they are far more user friendly, allowing even novices to dab effectively. Also, there’s the fact that having an e-nail allows you to have a more compact and easier to store dabbing kit. E-nails open up a whole world of dabbing to more people than ever.