How to Smoke Shatter, Dab, Wax and More: a Guide for Beginners


Delta 8 THC and CBD are growing in popularity, and there are various methods to consume cannabis compounds. Consumers can choose between edibles, softgels, tinctures, vape, and smoke products.

Smoking the flower or pure form of extract may deliver faster results, yet it might seem daunting, and many may think it’s only for avid smokers. Smoking concentrates requires the right tools and specific knowledge, making newcomers anxious. If you are among the cannabis enthusiasts who want to give it a try, here’s everything you need to know.



Concentrates Vs. Flower

Even if you are not keeping pace with the development of the cannabis and hemp industry, most probably you’ve seen traditional cannabis flower buds. Back in the day, they used to be the only cannabis products available. Now there are countless product types for cannabis enthusiasts, including edibles, tinctures, capsules, softgels, topicals, concentrates, vape carts, and more.

When getting started with smoking, many may get confused with concentrates and flowers. These are different in consistency, chemical profile, and call for different consumption methods.

Unlike cannabis flower, which is dried cannabis buds or leaves, concentrates undergo an extraction process through which only the pure CBD and THC extract from the plant remains.

What Is Shatter?

If you have visited a local dispensary, you may have already seen this candy-like concentrate called shatter. One of the most nice-looking cannabis products on the market is a type of cannabis extract produced by processing plant materials with a solvent, such as butane, CO2, ice water, isopropyl alcohol, or high-proof drinking alcohol.

The translucent shatter will remind you of hard candy. Without agitation during the extraction process, producers create glass-like cannabis extract named for its breakability as pieces of shatter are very fragile.


What Is Wax?

Unlike shatter, wax looks less appealing with its sticky consistency, but it’s also a potent cannabis extract popular amongst cannabis smokers. Shatter and wax use similar extraction methods but with few differences such as the temperatures during the extraction that causes different consistency and texture.

What Is Budder?

Budder is a cannabis concentrate with a creamy consistency and high terpene profile that is more flavorful and aromatic than other extracts. Wax-concentrates such as budder are best for manipulation, and they can be easily placed on a rig or in a vaporizer.

What Is Crumble?

Crumble, also known as “honeycomb,” is a cannabis concentrate with a dry, powdery consistency that crumbles easily, and that’s how it got the name. It’s one of the driest forms of extract, made similarly to shatter with a chemical solvent such as butane, propane, or CO2, but in a lower heat for a more extended time in a vacuum oven.

What Is Dab?

Dab is a term used to refer to a form of cannabis concentrate such as budder, crumble, shatter, or wax.

Dabs are portions of cannabis concentrates that you vaporize using a dab rig through a process known as dabbing. This concentrated form of cannabis is usually much more potent than marijuana flowers.

How to Smoke Concentrates


While there are different consumption methods, dabbing is one of the most common ways to smoke concentrates. It’s as simple as dropping a dab of concentrate into a hot nail — a heating element attached to a dab rig — and inhaling through a dab rig.

A dab rig is a pipe designed for consuming cannabis concentrates while filtering vapor through the water at the base. It’s very similar to a bong. However, bongs are designed to be used with dried flower, while dab rigs are meant to be used with concentrates like shatter, wax, budder, and crumble.

Dab rigs vaporize cannabis concentrates without the need for combustion or directly applying flame to the product. You can heat the hot nail consisting of glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramic to extremely high temperatures to create a hot surface that turns dab into a vapor when placed on it.

How to Smoke Using a Dab Rig

  • To smoke your concentrate through the dab rig, you’ll need to fill the chamber by adding water to it.
  • If you are using a traditional nail, you will need a mini torch lighter to heat your nail to the desired temperature. You will need to keep the flame on the nail continuously for 30 seconds to a minute. Wait for another 30-45 seconds before you place the dub on the nail.
  • Using your dabber – a tool very similar to a small shovel or a spoon – drop the concentrate onto the nail. When the crumble touches the hot nail, the extract quickly vaporizes, which you can slowly inhale through the mouthpiece on the opposite end of the rig.

When you use an electronic nail, ensure it’s properly connected to the rig and turned on for use.


Consumers can choose between Delta 8 THC and CBD edibles, softgels, tinctures, vape, and smoke products.

How to Smoke a Flower

Dry flower buds can be consumed in numerous ways using a bong, vaporizer, or even by smoking joints or rolls, depending on consumer preferences.

Similarly to a dab rig, when you smoke a flower using a bong, you will need to fill its chamber with water before getting started. As a next step, you’ll break your flower into smaller pieces and place them in the bowl of the bong. Unlike the dab rig, a regular lighter is enough to hold it on the edge of the bowl while simultaneously inhaling the smoke.

You can also consume cannabis with a portable vape pen or a desktop vaporizer, or roll and smoke the flower.

Prefer Unprocessed Solutions? Select the Top-Grade Hemp Flower at The Hemp Collect!

If you are looking for a top-grade hemp flower with all the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and more in one package, look no further! At The Hemp Collect, we create Moonrocks using our premium trimmed hemp flower, which we coat with a thick layer of Delta 8 (D8) distillate and roll it in high-quality screened CBG or CBD kief. Coating boosts cannabinoid and secondary compound levels in hemp flower. Moonrocks consist of the flower as the base, layered with distillate and kief.

Why Smoke Moonrocks?

Two reasons: Speed and absorption.

Smoking Moonrocks allow cannabinoids and terpenes to absorb into our respiratory system quickly. They then enter our bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system, allowing for more rapid results and increased bioavailability than other consumption methods.

Smoking CBD, especially in the form of highly concentrated moonrocks, provides the highest absorption levels. You can expect around 35 – 60% absorption into your bloodstream from smoking CBD compared to 20 – 30% when consumed in an edible.

How to Smoke Moonrocks?

  • Use a hash/glass pipe or bowl, as the Moonrock leaves a greasy residue. (Rolling a joint is not advised, as it will be hard to keep lit.)
  • Do not use a grinder, or you will lose the kief surrounding the flower/hash.
  • Using a regular lighter (no torches), lightly burn the bowl’s edge. The flame will ignite the kief, which activates the hash oil, ultimately clean-burning the flower located in the Moonrock.
  • Inhale

Why Smoke Our Moonrocks? One Reason: Quality.

Every lot we distribute has test results for potency, ensuring compliance with regulations. We also test all our products to guarantee they are free from unwanted ingredients, and are pure and potent. Then we make those results available online to establish the quality of the products you receive.