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Dabbing enthusiasts, listen up! Nectar collectors are about to become your new favorite cannabis gadget. This trendy new device is making waves in the concentrate world because it makes dabbing as easy as sipping your favorite drink through a straw. Curious? Read on to learn the basics of what is a nectar collector and why you may need one. 

Nectar Collector Basics

Perhaps inspired by nature’s own nectar collectors such as bees and hummingbirds, glass artist Kristian Merwin invented this small dab rig device in 2011, specifically for the purpise of smoking waxes and cannabis oils. 

While many brands have created their own version of this innovative device, all varieties feature a tube design so that it functions similar to a straw. One end of this “straw” is used as a mouthpiece, while the other end touches the concentrate of your choice. Traditionally, you can choose to fill the body with water or leave it dry, depending on the filtration that you are looking for. Nectar collectors are also designed to be held and used upright, providing a simple and effective way to vaporize sticky concentrates. 

Often referred to as honey straws or dab straws, these gadgets can come in a range of different materials, shapes, and sizes. More traditional styles are made with glass or silicone and need to be heated with a torch, whereas more contemporary plastic or metal versions do everything electronically. Therefore, the material and style you choose will have an impact on your overall smoking experience. The flavor-obsessed typically prefer glass nectar collectors but anything made with a more durable material is the best option for vaping on-the-go.

Pros and Cons of Using a Nectar Collector

In addition to how the device is heated, there are a number of positives and negatives to consider before trying out your first dab straw. 


  • Portable

Most nectar collectors are designed to be relatively small and can easily go on the road with you. Many brands even provide their own carrying case to make things simple. 

  • User-friendly

You don’t have to be an expert to understand how to use one of these gadgets. While some do require a little bit of dab knowledge others start working with the push of a button. Either way, you’ll be a pro in no time. 

  • Easy to clean

Unlike bulky dag rigs that may have a million different small parts to clean, dab straws are incredibly easy to clean. Simply use a q-tip or soak it in some isopropyl alcohol and it will be as good as new in just a few minutes. 

  • Discreet

Because of their small size and unique appearance, nectar collectors allow you can keep your smoking under the radar. When you’re not enjoying it, this device can easily get tucked away in a drawer and away from prying eyes. 


  • Less temperature control

One of the most important elements of dabbing is temperature control. A piping hot dab can lead to a big hit but harsh smoke while a more cool dab may be smaller and smoother. Many nectar collectors make it difficult to reach a precise temperature which could lead to disappointment or an uncomfortable experience. 

  • Smaller dabs

Unless you’re really comfortable with your dab device, it can be difficult to get a big hit because of the lack of temperature control. If you like big dragon clouds of smoke, it might take a little finesse to get exactly what you’re looking for. 

  • Can be delicate

If you choose to go with a glass version, you have to be careful not to break it. The delicate design requires care and caution. 

Final Thoughts

Nectar collectors make dabbing approachable for any level of experience. Plus, its portability and ingenious design make this dab device a must-have for cannabis concentrate lovers. And we all know the best place to get high-quality live resin, sauce, shatter, or anything in between is your local JARS. 


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