By: Mat Lee
As most of you know, I recently moved to Washington to become a weed refugee dab lab rat. Today marks the end of my first week at work, and I’ve already learned so much. Everything I thought I knew about dabs was pretty much wrong. I mean parts of it were sort of right. It’s reminiscent of a giant game of telephone, or grapevine. Everyone gets certain known basics pretty much correct, but somewhere down the line things get all jumbled up.
I’m working on putting together a top list sort of thing about things people get wrong about dabs. Here’s where you come in. I need you all to email me or leave a comment down below with all the crazy, wacky, silly, smart, intelligent or wack shit you’ve ever heard about dabs. I’ll sift through them and dig out the best ten to present to our resident scientist. We’ll write it up, possibly record a video, and present it to you shortly after. Sound good? Good.
Anyway, in this video, you’ll see me testing out the new 18mm male Healthstone vape slide I ordered. As I mention in the video, they are a bit spotty to find locally, at least in Washington where I was. It’s really hit or miss with the Healthstone. Some stores are all about them and will always have them in stock, both the 14mm and the 18mm size. Some will have absolutely never heard of them and give you a weird look when you ask about it.
A Healthstone is completely inert, meaning it won’t produce any smoke or vapors themselves. The dab absorbs into the stone, then vaporizes out once it gets hot enough.
If I can give you some advice, stay away from the 14mm. I’ve had nothing but bad luck with breaking them. The 18mm is nice, plus it will fit most normal size bong stems. Assuming they are 18mm. The other thing to watch out for is the male and female ends. This might seem like duh, but you would be surprised how many people have to make a second trip to the head shop to get an adapter because they accidentally bought the wrong one.
Trust me, if you are into dabbing, and I assume you are if you’re reading this, get yourself a Healthstone. It doesn’t even have to be super fancy scientifically made dabs like the Tangie. You can use a Healthstone with pretty much anything… Except for resin. Don’t ever put resin on your Healthstone. Swim has heard of putting DMT on a Healthstone with a little dab for a one shot blast off if that sort of thing allegedly tickles your fancy.
The two places I would recommend online are Aqua Lab Technologies, and High Priority Glass. They have the best selection, are in stock more times than not, and the prices are decent, especially compared to what you would normally find walking into a head shop brick and mortar.
The heat gun is a warm summer breeze compared to the weapon of choice everyone I’ve ever seen take a dab in my life uses. The torch is the equivalent of dropping a nuke on an little pile of kief, the heat gun is like a gentle whisper waking the Tangie up like the sun rise started its shine through the curtains and lovingly caressed its lover’s face. It’s nice. It’s breakfast in bed after a wake and bake the morning after you re-up nice. It’s chilling on a Sunday morning nice.
Sure the torch gives you giant fat hits and makes you cough a whole bunch, but are you really getting more high? Must one cough to get off? I say nay, though my lungs say otherwise. The hit from the heat gun tasted much better and quite a bit less harsh than the hit with the butane torch. Apparently that has something to do with what is called a Terpene Bloom. I’ll get more into that in another article perhaps. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this knowledge coming at me.
The torch still gets the job done, and will always hold a place in the hearts of stoners as something we like, but heart aside, the lungs of this stoner only want the heat gun.
One last thing I did want to mention. Up here in Tukwila Washington on April 19th is something called the Dope Cup. This is the fourth annual, and they let people judge for a hundred bucks. I was thinking of going and covering it for Stuff Stoners Like, and maybe even dropping the cash to be a judge. Is that something you all would be into hearing about? I can film and capture audio, plus write and take pictures. If Dope Cup is something you would find interesting, drop me a comment. Thanks for watching and reading. For Stuff Stoners Like, I’m Mat Lee.