Yo, what’s good? It’s ya boy Dan, and today we’re talkin’ about terp pearls – the new accessory that’s takin’ the cannabis space by storm. If you’re a dabber or lover of concentrates, you don’t wanna miss this article. We’re gonna break down what terp pearls are, how they work, and whether they’re worth your hard-earned cash.
First of all, let’s talk about why dabs are so dope. They offer higher potencies and unique flavors that you just can’t get from smoking flower. And with terp pearls, you can take your dabbing game to the next level. Terp pearls – also known as banger beads, dab pearls, and terp balls – are designed to be loaded into your banger along with your concentrates to help disperse your dabs and promote bigger, more flavorful hits. They’re typically made of heat-proof materials like borosilicate glass, quartz, or ruby.
So why should you use terp pearls? Well, when you inhale, the pearls spin around the banger of your dab rig or bubbler. This helps to keep the concentrate moving and promotes a cleaner, more even vaporization, which ultimately allows you to draw bigger clouds from your rig or bubbler. Plus, the spinning action of terp pearls also helps prevent your concentrates from combusting, meaning you’ll also enjoy more flavorful hits.
Using terp pearls also generally lets you heat your dab rig/bubbler to lower temperatures, which again helps preserve terpenes and cannabinoids (which are super fragile and easy to burn). Finally, pearls also reduce the build-up or “puddling” of concentrate at the bottom of your banger—a common problem that occurs due to rapid heat loss in the banger, causing the concentrates to stick to the glass rather than evaporate.
So how do terp pearls work? When you place them into your pre-heated banger along with a dose of your favorite concentrate, they quickly start heating up. Then, as you inhale from your bubbler or rig, the rapid influx of air into the banger, along with the draw from you inhaling, will cause the pearls to spin around the bottom of the banger. As they spin, they’ll help keep your concentrate moving as well as oxygenate the banger, allowing for the formation of more vapor and a cleaner, combustion-free vaporization.
Now maybe you’re wondering if terp pearls can melt. The answer is no – ideally, quality terp pearls are made of heat-resistant materials such borosilicate glass, ruby, or quartz (many of which are used in the manufacture of bongs, pipes, bubblers, and dab rigs). These materials are extremely heat resistant and won’t melt or burn in your banger.
But do you need a carb cap? Yes! You need to use a carb cap when dabbing with terp pearls for two main reasons. Firstly, carb caps help get pearls in your banger spinning, allowing them to disperse heat and provide smoother vaporization of the concentrates you’re smoking. Secondly, carb caps help contain the pearls inside your banger. The last thing you want is red-hot quartz balls flying around you as you try to hit your bubbler or dab rig.
Now let’s talk about terp pearl types and sizes. Terp pearls come in many materials and sizes. Here is a breakdown:
Ceramic: Ceramic dab pearls are trendy among dabbers and offer better heat retention than glass pearls. However, they also tend to be more fragile than other types.
Borosilicate: Most cannabis users are familiar with borosilicate, as it is commonly used in producing glass smoking accessories. Borosilicate glass pearls are relatively cheap and work well.
Quartz: Quartz dab pearls are arguably the go-to solution for most serious dabbers. These pearls are highly durable and heat-resistant and offer great heat retention to promote bigger, more flavorful hits.
Sapphire or Ruby: Ruby and sapphire dab pearls are prized possessions for those dabbers who opt for them. Besides offering excellent heat retention and flavor preservation, these pearls also look beautiful.
Silicon carbide (SIC): Silicon carbide terp pearls boast excellent heat and thermal shock resistance and are super easy to clean.
Shinju: Shinju terp pearls are made from a unique form of high-temperature ceramics traditionally used to make high-quality chef knives. These beads are super durable and boast unbeatable heat retention.
Terp pearls commonly come in different sizes to accommodate different bangers and nails:
4mm: These are the smallest terp pearls on the market and are designed to be used with all-in-one electric dabbing devices.
6mm: This is arguably the most versatile size of terp pearl. 6mm pearls can be used with a wide variety of bangers.
9mm: These maxi-sized dab pearls are designed for regular dabbers who are accustomed to large doses of concentrate at once.
Shaped pearls: Terp pearls can also come shaped as pills for larger rigs or particular dab equipment.
Dabbing with terp pearls is pretty straightforward. While individual users might have their own unique ways of using pearls, we recommend the following method for first-timers:
1) Clean and dry your dab rig or bubbler.
2) Fill its water chamber with cold, unchlorinated water.
3) Place the terp pearls of your choice into your banger.
4) Heat as normal.
5) Let the banger cool to your desired temperature.
6) Load your concentrates into the banger.
7) Place your carb cap on top.
8) Inhale gently through the mouthpiece of your rig/bubbler.
9) Clean both your rig and your terp pearls after each session.
So there ya have it – everything you need to know about terp pearls! If you already enjoy dabbing or love concentrates like I do, investing in a pack of these beads can help maximize flavors in your concentrates while giving you bigger hits. Just make sure to choose quality materials that match your rig size preferences so you’ll enjoy sweet vapor with every hit!