What Is A Dab Pen?

Also known as a wax pen, a dab pen is a device that looks like a thick vape pen and is used to inhale cannabis concentrates.

What Is a Dab Pen

Dab pens are favored by some people because vape pens have oil in their cartridges which makes the flavor of the vape less powerful whereas dab pens are more potent whilst removing the hassle of dabbing.  

They are self-contained little devices that you will not need to use a dab rig, torch, or nail with as they have a bowl that heats the concentrates.

Dab pens are very easy to use and give you the ability to set your own temperature and have full control over what concentrate is used, as well as the amount. 

Concentrated cannabis that is high in THC is inside the dab pen and is usually in the form of harsh oil or wax, thus the dab pens that use wax are known as wax pens. 

There are also different types of models of dab pens that you can choose from that are able to vaporize different kinds of dab weed such as shatter, resin, crumble, and more. These forms of marijuana derivatives have three to four times more THC in them compared to normal weed. 

Different Types Of Dab Pens

They can come in different sizes, but all resemble the same shape of a thick vape pen and have a similar mouthpiece except they don’t have the cartridge inside. 

The bowl of the dab pen is revealed by taking off the mouthpiece by unscrewing it and using buttons to adjust the temperature which is then pressed when the weed is inhaled, just like a vape pen.

The bowl is heated up by using what is called conduction heating with the concentrate being applied straight to its surface. Some dab pens use ovens to heat up the concentrate, allowing it to be heated evenly and preventing the risk of burning it and altering its taste.

Dab pens that use ovens are also easier to clean than those that have bowls and will make the vapor taste better too. 

This is another area where the dab pen differs slightly from the vape pen as they rely on convection heating instead which heats the air before vaporizing the cannabis oil without needing any contact. 

How To Use A Dab Pen

The beauty of dab pens is that they are easy to use, you just have to make sure that it is charged before you use it and that it is set at the right temperature by using the power button. 

Most dab pens will require you to use a dab tool so that you can put concentrate into it which can be a bit difficult if you are not used to it as they are small and can be quite sticky and gooey. 

Therefore, you’ll need to have nimble fingers in order to get the concentrate into the oven or bowl of the pen without getting it on the rim.

Some people like to put their dabs in the refrigerator which is totally fine as long as you let it warm up for a few minutes before you put it into the pen. 

Once the dab pen has been filled with concentrate, the only thing left to do is press the button and inhale it. 

This is just a brief guide of how to use most dab pens but they can vary depending on the model so it is good to read the instructions that came with the particular dab pen you bought in case there is any important information you should know. 

When you get high from a dab pen, it will feel much like how smoking weed feels except more intense and powerful as there is more THC in dab weed than regular weed.

If you are sensitive to weed, you must be especially careful when using a dab pen and should start off slowly. Dab weed is good for those who do not want to use a lot of weed but still want to feel the effects. 

Weed can be great for making you feel relaxed and happy, but if you are not careful and take too much, you can experience negative side effects such as paranoia, anxiety, and hallucinations. 

How To Clean A Dab Pen

It is important to clean your dab pen regularly because it can get quite sticky due to the nature of the concentrate and being sticky not only makes it unpleasant to hold and use but can also affect its functionality and lifespan. 

Some clean their dab pen every time they finish a bowl of concentrate, but it is advised to clean it more regularly than this. If you aim to clean your dab pen after every session, you will have a much better chance of keeping it clean and operating properly. 

To clean a dab pen, all you will need is a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol to clean the oven, giving the rest of the pen a quick wipe down with a damp cloth will keep it clean too. 

You can also use the alcohol to soak the mouthpiece in but check the instruction manual for your dab pen before you clean it to prevent damaging it. 

Risks Of Using A Dab Pen

We have mentioned how much more intense and powerful the dab weed is compared to normal weed, and with this in mind, if you are not experienced with weed, you should not use a dab pen to start off with because you are at risk of inhaling too much weed.

Getting too high may sound fun but it can actually be a very scary experience as it can leave you questioning your reality as you see hallucinations and make poor decisions because your body cannot handle the sudden intake of high THC. 

By regularly taking a lot of THC, your body will build up a tolerance for it which means that you will have to increase the already high amount in order to achieve the same high.

This may lead down a slippery slope to developing an addiction to dab weed and can negatively affect aspects of your life and will take a lot of work and discipline to get out of. 


Dab pens are very easy to use and have a lot more flavor compared to vape pens. They are also very easy to clean and use as they have buttons on the side that you can use to turn them on and off, adjust the temperature, and inhale. 

Even though they are very easy to use and offer benefits such as more flavor and stronger weed, this can be too much for some people and should only be used by those who are experienced and know their limits. 

Thank you for reading!

David Lumis