So you’ve decided to upgrade to dabbing. Congratulations! Dabs are great. All that taste and hard-hitting concentrate goodness. You’ve bought yourself a new set up including a new titanium nail, and now you need to “season it” – but what is seasoning, and is it really that important?
What is seasoning?
The concept originates from chefs who season skillets and pans with oil before use to “lock” the oil’s flavors into the metal surfaces.
Seasoning is the process of heating up your new dab nail and applying a small amount of oil to its surfaces before use. This thin layer of seasoning also prevents further oxidation of titanium nails.
Seasoning your nail washes off unwanted toxic machine oils and polishes, and builds up a natural thin layer of oil that dramatically enhances the flavor of the extract. It essentially locks wanted flavors into the nail.
Do all nails need seasoned?
Glass and ceramic nails will be good to go without seasoning, just give them a quick rinse to remove and protectant glaze or general dust.
What should I use to season?
You can use almost any oil to season your dab nail:
- Cannabis concentrates
- Vegetable oil
- Hemp oil
- Coconut oil
- Reclaim oil
These oils are great alternatives for those who do not have grams and grams of wax to season your nail with. And even if you did have loads of expendable wax, wouldn’t you rather save it wax for dabbing?
Do not use water to season your dab nails, as it will just turn to steam, and also supports oxidation.
How to season
- Place your new nail on your apparatus
- Take your butane dab torch and heat the nail all over to burn off any oils and manufacturing greases. Allow your nail to fully cool
- Evenly heat up the nail until it begins to get red hot. The ideal temperature range is between 600-800°F. Do not overheat, as it will compromise the flavor and ability of the oils to “lock in”
- Apply a very small amount of your chosen oil to the nail, covering all surfaces that will be used. Do not inhale this, as it will have a poor taste
- Allow nail to cool down a little bit and repeat Step 3 and 4, three to five times
Congratulations, your nail is ready! Dab on, my friends.