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)
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.
BHO Wax, Earwax, or even “Errl” in some circles is probably the most common type of dab found at most medical dispensaries. (shown below)
“Honeycomb Wax” or just “Honeycomb” gets the name from it’s close semblance to “Honeycomb”. (shown below)
“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)
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!