How To Dab Without a Rig?

If you are new to the subject we will quickly touch on dabs. Dabs are concentrated cannabis extracts that are higher in potency of THC. Wax dabs are the most popular type of dabs but there are other forms as well. The other types of concentrates typically used are oil, budder, shatter. Even more so there is also concentrates called dust and bubble. They all have one thing in common and that is a high level of THC.

Having concentrates but nothing to smoke it out of is such a bummer. Traditionally, wax and shatter are smoked out of a dab rig. But what about if you’re new to dabs and haven’t yet invested in a dab rig; or worse, your favorite glass-piece takes an unfortunate tumble. In these cases, you’ll need to know how to smoke dabs without a rig.

No need to worry. There are numerous options for smoking wax without a rig. They will all allow you to smoke oil without a rig, but the steps involved differ.

In a Bowl

To smoke wax using a bowl – whether a bong, a bubbler, or a spoon – you first want to pack the bowl half-full. Then you collect a dab of wax with a metal dabber, and drop the dab onto the weed. Next, pack the rest of the bowl.


Super easy and hassle free.


This way can be a bit wasteful. Once it starts smoking it doesn’t extinguish itself like it normally would so it’s better to keep hitting it so you don’t lose as much smoke to the air.
You don’t get the taste of just the wax which some people prefer. You’re always going to get a taste of herb with your concentrates.
You have to have herb in order for this to work. You can’t smoke just wax out of a glass bowl.


If your concentrates are a bit unstable (i.e. melted or sticky) put it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. It will harden it enough for you to place it in your bowl.
When first starting hit the bowl slowly and don’t bring the lighter too close. Ideally, you want to melt the concentrates into the rest of the herb. If you hit it too hard then it will light up on fire and you’ll loose more of your wax.


A healthstone is a special type of glass with a porous consistency similar to volcanic rock designed for smoking wax with a standard bong or pipe. The stone is placed in the bowl area of the pipe – this can be inside the bowl itself, or some people attest to placing the healthstone inside the bottom part of their titanium nail. Either way, the aim is to position the healthstone so that all smoke is channeled through to the mouthpiece. Small round healthstones are easy to find online. Now place a bit of wax on top of the healthstone. Superheat the insert with a butane torch, and then toke as you would with an oil rig. And remember, even with a bong, the idea is to sip, not rip. Wax hits are best taken in moderation.

Rolling Papers

But there is another easy way to smoke wax without a rig. All you need is the wax, some weed, and rolling papers. Also a roach, unless you like wasting pot. First, lay out your paper with the crease facing up (as usual). Next, spread some marijuana on the paper, as you would with any regular J, and make sure to add a roach. Then dab some wax onto the weed. But be careful not to put the wax too close to the end you plan to light. Again, you don’t want an open flame touching the wax.

Finally, roll your joint. This can be a bit difficult, as wax is extremely sticky, but if you use caution and care, you should be able to get the job done. Now light your cherry and suck the whole thing down.


This way is pretty easy and if all you have are joint papers then it’s really all you can do.


Like with using a glass bowl, rolling up your concentrates isn’t exactly the most efficient way to smoke. You’re going to lose to quality smoke to the air, but you’ll still get nice a stoney.
As mentioned earlier, the concentrates will get drippy. This isn’t as much of a problem if you put the concentrates on the inside.
The concentrates may cause your joint or blunt to burn a bit weird and create runs.


If you have any kief then you can roll the joint in it. This not only get’s you higher, but it also looks neat.

A Vape Pen

It’s not terribly hard to use wax with a vaporizer once everything is set up. The hardest part is finding the right vaporizer. Most important, you’ll need a pen with the right atomizer. Vape pens include four parts: a battery chamber (the long part), an atomizer, a cartridge, and a mouthpiece. In many newer models, the cartridge and atomizer are made as a single piece. “Atomizer” is just a fancy word for the heating element, typically a metal coil heated by the battery. To vape wax, you’ll need direct access to this coil, and an attached cartridge would block that, so you’ll need a pen with a separate atomizer.

Once you have the right pen, here’s how to use it:

Gather a dab of wax on the end of a metal dabber. Keep it small.
Disconnect the atomizer from the battery chamber and dab the wax onto the unheated coil. Try not to let the dabber make direct contact with the coil.
Turn on the battery chamber by clicking the button five times until a flashing light signals the pen is on.
Connect the atomizer to the battery chamber.
Attach the mouthpiece to the atomizer.
Press the button and hold. Place your lips on the mouthpiece and draw slowly. Inhaling too fast lowers the heat and delivers less vapor. Also, keep your mouth open slightly to avoid straining your throat.


More affordable than a rig.

Inconspicuous and fits in your pocket.
Very efficient and helps conserve your concentrates.


Not something that you would have lying around the house like the other methods.
Some people do not like the taste that a vape pen gives off. Personally, I find it different but not necessarily off-putting.
You don’t really get a huge rip like you would off a dab rig.


If this is something that you’re going to be using regularly then you may want to spend some time online looking at reviews. You may end up deciding to spend a bit more on a long lasting vape. On the other hand, if you just need a quick solution then grab up a cheap one and have at it.



This one is not really smoking at all, but it is a way to consume concentrates so I thought it was fair for it to make the list. You can get high from eating concentrates, but you will have a bit of prep work beforehand. First, you need to decarboxylate your concentrates. Basically, you need to heat it up to the point where your THCa turns into THC. Like the knife hits, this is a process that is best explained with video so here’s one for everyone considering eating their concentrates. The most important thing is to go very slow with this method. Start out with much less than what you would expect.


Uses things found commonly in the kitchen.
Don’t have to smoke or vaporize if your throat is sensitive.


Nothing like taking an actual dab. This is pretty much exactly like taking an edible.
Many people don’t like the taste, but I have a tip below that may help with this problem.


You can also put the decarbed oil in pill capsules if you don’t want to worry about the taste or getting the wax all over your mouth and teeth.

Hot Knives

This is the simplest way to enjoy wax, and everyone has the tools required to do it. It’s great for late nights when you don’t have access to a torch or a vape pen or literally anything else that can be used to smoke hash oil with ease. The idea is to heat a butter knife with your stove, whether gas or electric, and dab some wax onto it. The wax will immediately vaporize, at which point you inhale the smoke. This can be a bit hard to do, however, since it will quickly dissipate in the open air. You can deal with this by inhaling the smoke through a straw, a funnel, or the top half of a plastic soda bottle.


When done properly it is pretty efficient and probably the closest thing to an actual dab on this list.
Can be done with everyday items in your kitchen.


Makes you look like a weed junky. Hide those knives before your mother comes over – she’ll think you’re smoking meth or something.
A little difficult to coordinate until you get the hang of it.


Hot knives are one of those things you just need to see in action. If you’re interested in trying it then check out this youtube video.
In most youtube videos you see them use a torch. If you don’t have a torch just get the eye of your stove red hot and place the knives on there.
If you’re having trouble dropping the concentrates on the knife then consider only heating one knife and having the dab on the other knife. I’ve found you can still get plenty of heat off just one knife.

Electric Car Lighter

If you’re truly desperate, if you’re stuck somewhere with nothing but a car lighter and a car, and if you’re a glutton for danger, you might try this method. But we don’t recommend it.First, heat up the lighter. When it pops out, hold it back in until it glows red hot. Next, place the top half of a plastic bottle over the lighter, dab a bit of wax onto the hot coil, and inhale the smoke through the bottle. Easy, right? Also rather dangerous, as you have to hold the lighter in your bare hand while also maneuvering a dabber and a plastic bottle (not to mention sitting in a car). It’s kind of a recipe for second-degree burns. But if it’s all you’ve got…

So next time you find yourself with some wax but you don’t have access to a rig, give one of these methods a shot and just keep these simple words in mind: What would MacGyver do?