How to Make Quality BHO Shatter in 5 Easy Steps

How To Make BHO Shatter Now that you’ve been properly versed on “what is a dab?”, as well as “how to do a dab in 4 easy steps”, it’s about time to head into the kitchen to learn how to make your very own dabs.

Update: Since this article was written back in 2014, there have been a number of cleaner, safer methods for making dabs, some of which we have covered in more recent articles. Please check out the latest: How to Make Closed Column BHO and Live Resin.

What you’ll need: 

(Butane Canister: one can of butane typically should be sufficient to extract a full tube of material) Marijuana ounce Step 1: Gather Greens Gather an ounce of high quality uncut marijuana that has been dried. It’s good to note that about an ounce of dried weed will produce 3.6 grams of shatter if you use 12 ounces of butane and a double wash. BHO Plastic Tube

Step 2: Pack Extraction Tube Stuff your marijuana in an extraction tube that is made of thick glass and is relatively clean. It’s important not to have excess residue in your batch which can degrade your dabs. If air pockets begin to form inside the tube, this can be prevented by gently packing your bud until it is firmly packed in the tube like so. Drip Butane

Step 3: Butane Drip On the opposite end  of the extraction tube that you used to pack your marijuana in, you now want to begin dripping your butane through, in a slow yet controlled manner. On the opposite end, attach coffee filters tightly around the tube, so that the liquid which runs down will have to go through it. The drippings should fall onto a collection dish.

Caution: Note that it is best to do the extraction process outside as there is less chance of explosions or bursts of fire in case the butane is dripped too fast.  bho drain Step 4: Drain O’ Weed Once your butane can is spent, and you feel you have inundated all of the cannabis in solvent, remove it and let the excess butane still in the tube make its way down through the filter and into your pan.

Step 5: Evaporate Next is the evaporation part of the process. Your pan should be filled with a golden brown liquid similar to the one here. Take your collection dish and place it in a larger frying pan filled with hot water and your mixture should begin to bubble. Change the water as needed if it cools and don’t expose it to the hot water for a long time as your product will become dark and degraded. Once the oil stops bubbling you are done. You can take the left over marijuana concentrate and place it on a non-stick silicone parchment paper to dry, or you can place it in concentrate containers.

Safety Note: Butane is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE and ALL extractions are to be done OUTDOORS only, doing extractions indoors is extremely dangerous. Butane gas is heavier than air and will pool in low areas. If left to collect butane gas becomes flammable. Wear eye protection, as well as gloves and always keep a fire extinguisher near by. Never smoke and avoid having an open flame around when doing any kind of extraction, even outdoors.

Rule of Green Thumb:  When the liquid dripping from the extraction tube appears completely transparent, that’s your indication that all the THC oils from the cannabis have been extracted from the tube. A proven way to test this is to put one or two drops on the dish next to your BHO “puddle”, to see if it immediately evaporates or if it  leaves a thick bubbly residue on the dish. If the drops of oil leave a thick residue, you should inject more butane into your tube and continue extracting. If the oil evaporates away quickly and cleanly with little to no residue, that’s your sign that the extraction process is over.

How to Do a Dab in 4 Easy Steps

How to Do a Dab in Easy Steps

Chances are you’ve heard of dabbing, and are reading this because you want to give dabbing a try. If you have no idea what a dab is and want to know more, please check out our last post, Dabs 101. Ok, So let’s get right to it.  There are several ways to ‘do a dab’, but I’ll walk you through the most typical dabbing method.

What You’ll Needoil rig, torch, wand, nail

  • Marijuana concentrate or extract (i.e., shatter, butane hash oil, wax)
  • An ‘oil rig’ or percolator
  • A nail (glass or titanium)
  • A dabber or wand
  • A Handheld Torch

Season the Nail

If you are using a titanium nail, you’ll first need to season the nail by torching it until it is heat the nailred hot and then dunk it in cold water. Use tongs to dunk the nail and repeat the process 5 or 6 times. Now place the nail on the stem of your rig.

Heat the Nail

Heat the nail with a torch until it starts to glow. It is best to wait about twenty seconds for the nail to cool before you begin dabbing. This should give you enough time to prepare your dab.

Prepare your Dabdabbing

Scrape or scoop up a single dose of concentrate with your wand.

Take a Hit!

Slowly inhale the vapor from the mouthpiece of your pipe as you gently touch or ‘dab’ the concentrate to the top of your nail.

Cannabis concentrates are potent, and can be up to 90% THC. So, keep in mind a little goes a long way.

Dabs 101: What is a Dab?

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For those of us who have been stuck under a rock for the past couple of years, are  novices in the evolving marijuana industry, or like me, have been misled by the conflicting information on the internet concerning dabs, this read is for you.

What Is A Dab?

A dab is a small amount of a concentrated cannabis extract derived from marijuana. This concentrate extract is most commonly made from boiling fairly large amounts of cannabis, often with a solvent, to enhance the extraction process, and then using a “vacuum” or similar device for refinement. ….sounds pretty easy right? WRONG. More and more cases of dabbing experiments gone wrong are coming to the surface, so we don’t want to sound like your mom, but use and make dabs with caution or risk exploding consequences. (as shown below)

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Dabs can go by many different names, such as BHO, eerl, shatter, wax, earwax, honeycomb, crumble, green,  honey oil, butane honey oil, and the list goes on.  A lot of confusion about cannabis extracts stems from the lack of unchanging terminology in the cannabis community, in large part due to the many methods of making dabs and their varying consistencies. For instance, ‘BHO’ as it’s commonly referred to, is a type of concentrate made using butane as the primary solvent. While a number of variables can determine the final consistency of BHO (mostly temperature and solvent used), people use different names such as, ‘Butane Honey Oil’ (shown below), when referring to each consistency and style.

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                 ‘Shatter’ (shown below) , refers to the glass-like consistency that often breaks or “shatters” when handled.shatter-final

BHO Wax, Earwax, or even “Errl” in some circles is probably the most common type of dab found at most  medical dispensaries. (shown below)

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“Honeycomb Wax” or just “Honeycomb” gets the name from it’s close semblance to “Honeycomb”. (shown below)

honeycomb-wax

“Green” is a type of dab that is usually dark green and gooey in consistency. This is the style most common in ‘ home-made “dabs” unless you have access to a vacuum or other device for advance extraction and refinement. (shown below)

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Warning: Marijuana concentrate making is best left to the experts, but if it must be done, it should always be done outside or in a lab setting with a specialized ventilation system to ensure proper air flow. Because of the flammable nature of butane gas, even static electricity should be avoided when making BHO (watch out for your cellphones). *These are only a few of the current “dabs” that you’ll find on the market today so if you have dabs of your own, feel free to leave us a comment so that we can be informed!