Well I kind of can’t believe I’m writing this article, but I think it is officially time that we talk about this new phenomenon that has spread like wildfire through the high end glass and concentrate community. There is a new preemptive cleaning technique that is all the rage that has been dubbed Q tip tech. While many think the idea is ridiculous, it has very quickly been accepted by both high end glass owners and glass artists as well. Let me explain the process to you and let you be the judge for yourself whether you think this new fad is just good and smart maintenance, or silly over exertion.
Q tip tech is pretty simple, but its origins are kind of interesting. Ever since dabbing has risen to popularity there has been a cycle of different substances which cannabis culture has decided is the best to dab off of based on flavor, retaining heat, and other factors. Currently quartz is probably considered to be the best of the best to dab off of with the highest end design being called the QCB. The QCB is one the best inventions of 2015 that stands for Quave Club Banger. Quave, arguably one of the best glass artists of all time, designed this awesome quartz nail that retails for $160 on his website. While these nails are the best of the best and are supposed to last for quite a long time, people have done their best to try to figure out ways to lengthen the lifespan of their QCBs to get their money’s worth. A lot of different cleaning methods came out, but the most recent and apparently groundbreaking discovery is that using a Q tip to wipe away any excess oil before reheating the nail can greatly extend the amount of time you’ll be able to use your QCB. This is especially important for people that spend copious amounts of money on glass because they tend to be the people that live by the motto, “waste it to taste it”. Meaning they like very low temperature dabs that leave lots of remnants. If this oil was burnt off with a torch the resulting flame would scorch the quartz in a damaging way.
Is this process really worth someone’s time? Well on the one hand I guess Q tips are much less expensive than replacing a $160 nail, but I guess it all comes down to how much longer it actually makes it last. What I think is interesting is that instead of being willing to clean your nail with a Q tip after every dab being viewed as petty, it seems to be mainly being accepted and viewed as true baller status. Even glass artists have given their nod of approval by some big name artists creating special Q tip holder glasses that have sold for thousands of dollars in auction. Although, some believe that these glass blowers are simply trolling people because of how simple these designs are for them to make. Even crazier, is there is a new company that has created a Q tip with even more cotton and a special design that is made specifically for cleaning quartz nails. These new Q tips are called glob mops and are brand new to the market. While to many it may seem to still be a joke, I guess Q tip tech might be here to stay.