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.

77 thoughts on “How to Make Quality BHO Shatter in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Sounds like your going to poison your CNS. . I seriously hope that you don’t think that a twenty minute warm water bath is going to purge all the butane.. Google Winterization, and invest in a vacc systen kids. You want your brain and central nervous system to work properly in the long run..

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      • butane is not being combusted when you make shatter. The butane dissolves the thc and terpenes in the oils in the plants into the plate then the butane dissolves over time either at regular temperatures or faster with added heat to make it evaporate off quicker. What you are doing is adding butane into the air as it changes from liquid to gas. That’s why it explodes… it goes into the air as a vapor 🙂

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      • You’re 100% wrong. By creating a vacuum with higher than atmospheric pressure you are able to heat the concentrate with a lower temperature and have the same effect, WITHOUT boiling off your terpenes. Higher pressure, less heat required.
        Hope long do you figure you have to let a BHO patty passively purge to have the same effect a vac does? And you call other people stupid…

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      • To “He’s dumb” A vacuum isn’t higher than normal atmospheric pressure. A vaccum is a space that is void of all matter. IE, Absolutely no pressure you dumb fuck. Have you been angrily fucking that one up your whole life?

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  2. Hey old guys! We know to do it outside! All we’re doing is heating water inside, then bringing it outside. Boil a lot of water at a time. Change it as frequent as you see fit. One hot water bath is good enough for me. Then put it in electric oven after all the solvent has evaporated for maximum evap. Its not as hard as people say. Just be clean. Where gloves. Eye protection. Be safe. Outdoors or sterile non flammable area. Use clean butane. Then reuse all that dry material and soak in alcohol to extract some other leftover cannabinoids.

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    • I let it sit in my pan a couple days and stir it throughout that time frame(obviously not the whole time lol) but after the ‘hot water bath’ and a couple minutes of stirring the stuffs good to smoke. Keep flame and electricity away from the butane you should be good

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  3. I dont care what kind of solvent you use, theres going to be chemical residue left behind which is going to cause serious long term problems. Ill stick with pure hash thanks, I would never smoke this shit! Fucking crack heads….

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      • Bro would u give me the recipe i dont want to hurt me ir my girl smoking pot i thank you in advace

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    • I agree, I make 100% pure hash oil using nothing but heat, Nug to oil 3 seconds. No chemicals or danger. Pure, potent, and relaxing high

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      • You’d fucking think that people would notice that they inhale shitloads of butane every time they use a lighter but noooooo.

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      • Chemistry: When you ignite a lighter, you’re releasing co2 and h2o. Butane is used in the process… and converted…

        When you inhale from a lit lighter, you’re inhaling co2 and h2o, with a very very small amount of unreacted butane getting past…. as it changes when contacting the flame.

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    • There’s dozens of products that are organic non toxic and so on an so forth. You stick to your straight hash old timer you leave sience and technology to people who actually know what there doing..

      Plus. Just about everything is bad for you. I bet you I could look in your refrigerator at home and find something in it that polute you worse then the low residual amythig left over…

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      • The words; correctly spelled and/or used, are:”THERE ARE”, so on AND so forth, SCIENCE, know what THEY(or THEY’RE) are doing, POLLUTES you worse THAN the low residual ANYTHING left over

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      • You see that guy is so smart that he doesn’t want to back up his CPU in his brain with pointless shit like how to spell science. Seeing how it doesn’t apply to anything he’s doing or there the fact that he’s not worried about that he’s learning 10 times faster than you because he has more RAM Ram it up your ass all negative people

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    • Well first off bud, pun intended.. if your oil/solvent mix looks that dark it means you pulled way to many of the carcinogens out of the plant material. Probably by shredding your medicine before putting it in your extractor. Here some tips- always smoke ciggerettes where extraction point is taking place, no I’m kidding. But Seriously though you should first you should break big ass buds only down and only a small amount. Leave most the buds intact if you can AND DO NOT SHREAD BUD EVER. put a can of 5x filtered )or higher preferred higher) for less mess in your raw compounds mixing. GET A 100 PECENT SILICON “DABB PAD” yo invest if your going to invest that much MONEY FOR THE MEDICATION GOING INTO IT. you might as well get the best of the best to make your job easier. I like to use the little mixer spoons WITH silicon on the tips of the spoon I get from my local head shop. When you filter your dabs you should definitely use the can of butane you put in your freezer for a couple hours before the project and get a towel to wrap around the extractor cause it will be cold as hell when you start the process. I use one to 2 cans each per O of medicien and usually try and wash at least 2 times. RULE of thumb- WHEN YOUR SOLVENT AND SOLUTION ARE COMING TO AN ENDING POINT IN THE EXTRACTION OF THE OILS IT WILL DRIP CLEAR AND HAVE NO GOLDISH BROWN OR BROWN in it. It should almost resemble like a brown alcohol looking substance at this point. set it on your dabb pad or dish your using try and keep in one spot . At least until all you have left is a little bit of the bubbles are popping huge and still that golden color or golden brown color don’t let it get past this point without readjusting your new hash wax into a pile closer togethet. using the silicone matt and spoon to your advantage. Remember the Silicon will not let that ungodly brown molasses looking tar you just made stick to it so it’svery easily transported and rearranged into a smaller spot. Don’t however mix into what people call penut buddar stage until after we cook some of that solvent that’s been evaporating this entire time, mind you gas compressed to a liquid when frozen evaporates at very high rates of speed when leaving the bottle and hitting room temp and atmospheric pressure.. Something like 300 ml of butane (that’s been cooled off in the freezer first) To every 10 min spent with your little ball of goo inside the container on the hot water changing our HOT not hot water periodically and as you watch the little light golden gunk get softer make sure you are using a small whipping motion as your solution is being heated and I like to wait until all the bubbles are gone because that’s your first indicator that you should turn your stove top off. YOUR NON BUBBLING LIQUID THAT IS ALREADY HARDING SHOULD BE WATCHED CLOSELY . why the wax is still in its sap (STILL HAS SHINY GLARE LIKE SAP WOULD OR HOW SYRUP MIGHT) phase, quit whipping and let cool off for at the least 6 to 12 hrs. DON’T GET THE PRODUCT IN THE WATER AND DON’T LEAVE ON ANY TYPE OF HEAT FOR ANY KIND OF FLAME. If it has the sap like look and has a very high viscosity meaning it is still liquid but is thick and very slow when it drips. Then leave in one little area depending on how big you want your wafers. Wafers usually are about as thick as a nickel . Any thinner than that and it will have to many vaporization bubbles coming out of the wax as it drys and almost hardens to a clay like substance. Still sticky but not shiny anymore look Ive tasted so many terrible things in my lifebut after i got over the notion that science and religion are so closley related that is almost imposible to except during consciousness at the same time. Where I was there was no time. Nothing. No moral sin or race color or greed of any kind and it is the first time it’s ever felt like this. Like a cloud or a floating cloud or ball of light that couod zip like lightning here and there. For I was trancend threw space threw the back of my eyes in threw my back and up out my spine and backwards off a DNA strand into the back of my eye lids I was headed twards slingshot at a rate of speed only imaginable by the concept of time and invisible energy every where we go. I slammed threw the back of my eyes and into a white light a great white shining light ingulfing everything until I fell straight, up into the darkmess where soul and science take a look at one another and make up each others unexplained mysteris. The darkness was cool but not freezing in this state I am. Or I’m not. Well I was rationally thinking so at least I AM. Wait. There is no,….. me. Or i. But there is I AM. So I AM everything. Amd everything is me. Threw the energy that makes up the cosmos and planets. I am and we are I am. Until the strongest light I have ever seen came from above me. With it inside the other side of the portal like glass sphere wall was 2 or 3 beings wih almost greenish blue like reptile skin. Not menacing in the face more of an observatory expression in there eyes. And it spoke to me, the being as a one. As a whole. Spoke to me but I can not repet what the beings were sayjng.. it was more of a thundering feeling I had come over my body like an earth quake made for me specifically was what i felt bit . And after I got a great understanding of who we are as people and where we come from as a race. Because I still believe in God and I still believe in the Bible. And I believe that Enoch was an actual book in the ancient biblical days stating that this man was lieing down and went into a dream where he flew threw to the cosome where an angle took him around and explained that some angles are light,or lightning when they die as humans and some spirits are bad and evil when born. We try and get them to except God as our father and earth as our mother. But if they don’t, in time we toss to the fire of nothingness. The space and heavens and celestial body’s all have a reason and a why and how and Enoch explains in his book what exactly all he finds in his mind. His open mind. You can not use remote viewing amd Astral projection unless you meditate daily and practice thinking to yourself. All ya got to do his check.

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      • Darker concentrates does not come from “carcinogens”, it comes from two things. 1) from material that has sat around too long and the tricolms have degraded and turned amber and, 2) from chlorophyll in the plant matter. Too much heat in the purge process (excess of 120 degrees F) can also do this.

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    • Wrong! The heating element creates a spark when it turns on. I know because it happened to meshows how much you know about solvents. Idiot!

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    • You are fucked put hash in a bong and see how fast your water turns brown. 4 weeks on shatter and water is still clean….shatter all the way .not to mention the thc content .do your research.before you sound like an idiot like you just did…..”crack head”

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    • You don’t have a fucking clue what your talking about and I guarantee you have closer to zero knowledge of chemistry so why give your opinion and how does smoking cannabis extract make someone a crackhead your a fucking bird lol

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  4. And nothing about vacuum purging it? If you only let it purge off in the pyrex dish you will have tane to the brain for sure.

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    • Wrong! Go to bestvaluevacs.com they sell all the shit you need to do it right. And you need a vac chamber and pump AND a heating mat for it. Vaccing it alone WILL NOT remove all butane! It must be heated to 110-115° F. All in all look to spend about 350-400$ if your not a total retard and want to make shit product and or blow your self up.

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  5. Ever take a bong rip with a bic lighter. Your smoking straight tane. So WTF. Vaping oil seems like less tane than more if I ask me. I aint scared. I vape tane soup all the time. You hippies are missing out. What are you doing lighting your joints by rubbing two sticks together? Oh and I get vaccinated too. Im crazy like that.

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    • When you explode butane, it becomes water and carbon dioxide. It’s a less healthy path to dissolve thc in butane and then smoke the still butane containing wax, as unlike with a lighter, where you’re not literally smoking a lighter.

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      • I don’t care what any of you say, flash temp is something like 80 degrees, butane and ammonia and countless other chemicals boil around room temperature so what is left to purge but distillates or what the fuck ever, I’ve never had any problem we just used to call it honey oil. And that was 1996 people just changed the name. I say no heat and patience works. Besides doesn’t heat activate and destroy thc what about the other chemicals in weed. I think you should know your strains.

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  6. DO NOT USE A HOTPLATE EITHER!!!!!!!!!! Just ask my dumass husband who almost blew himself up with our garage doing the exact thing with a hotplate. The fumes build up and hang around folks.
    JUST BE PATIENT AND DON’T RUSH IT !!!!!!!!
    Let it all evaporate even if it takes a couple days . Or……OR make smaller batches and you won’t have so much butane to have to wait to evaporate . But that also means smaller equipment to make the smaller batches.

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    • SWIM converted a small downstem from a waterpipe to a micro tube it only hold one or two gs. Evaps so quick def only personal use for pinches

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  7. Pouring 190 grain alcohol into your bute extract then dbl boiler method (though still NOT on a stove) is a better way to get the bute out. stir it just a bit toward the end, as you will see it does a pretty good job of stirring itself in the beginning. The grain will evap quickly and it will cause the same bubbling reaction as the heat does it just breaks the bute down a lot more rapidly and cleanly. Also a good 6 hr dry evap time is in order for any method you choose. Obviously a vacu chamber method is best but for those who cant afford it it is needed.

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  8. Anyone notice his extraction chamber looks like a giant dildo made of glass…. anyway if you want good extration without the chance of blowing yourself up look up resin tech if you are worried about tane to the brain also look it up but those who are interested in doing bho method do vac purge cause I dont want to get ahold of your bho and find myself or my girl twitching in the floor due to drain bamage

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  9. Back in the 70’s we used a isomizer, it’s a sealed system. Heating element was a lightbulb sealed below the processing chamber, a soxlet basket and a condenser. 190 proof ever clear was the solvent. Alcohol vaporizes (boils) at lower temps,

    Soxlet basket holds the materials to be extracted in the center of the unit, it’s like a screen basket, The ETOH is in the bottom of the chamber. The heat causes the alcohol to vaporize at low temp, rises to the condenser and cools then drops down the center through the material in the soxlet basket forming an oil solution back at the bottom of the processor. After you have extracted the essential oils you dump the cellulose material and place a glass beaker into the soxlet basket to catch the alcohol when it condenses, leaving the just essential oils at the bottom. The tricky part is timing, when removing the alcohol from the solution so that you don’t burn the oil.

    Never knew any one to blow up. And you can use the technique foe different things, extracting fragrances for soaps or incense for instance. Don’t know if they still make Isomizers.

    But these days, I just pick you guys up, stick I.V.’s in you, dress your burns give you meds and take you to the hospital. If you end up,with a pneumothorax from blast trauma I stick a decompression needle in your chest. We won’t even start on the infinite range of stupid shit high people do to end up in the back of a unit.

    I won’t be the one to try and stop you from your good time, Lord knows I’ve been there. But when shit happens, you have to make your own evaluations of if it was really worth it.

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  10. 4 cfm vaccum pumps are pricey but, well worth it. takes about 15 minutes to purge the batch. when doing all the other steps. go outside take to three speed fans and and ventilate yourself. fyi…the fan will come in handy for a quicker evaporation.

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  11. Using a no touch infarared tempature gauge and digital hotplate What tempature should my hot plate be set too for best quality? And what temperature should my material be at while warming and when finished? Plz and thanks for any and all advice

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  12. Thankfully someone else noticed how stupid and wromg these directions are ! Especially his evap process,the way it reads hes saying to put your dish full of butane once finnished blastimg directly on the stove ! WTF. ?!! Always the best way is youtube it and use common sence! If the videos setup looks ghetto as fuck its probably not the best directive video om how to make first some that can blow you up dead,lol,as well as kill you if not purged properly. And im not saying youll die today from non properly purged oil and shatter,but over time you can fuck yourselfup bad

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  13. So I have read bunches and without a vac pump to purge it’s just a matter of time to complete purge. Thc doesn’t start to degrade until around 220 degrees boiling point for water is 212degrees. Butane flashes at 82 degrees so after you run your tane if your environment is hotter than 82 degrees the butane will scientifically purge off even if u didn’t want it to. Look were not crack heads making meth this is simple to do all you need is just a little common sense. Don’t bitch about what you smoke and eat gmo foods sprayed with oil based Monsanto chemicals if your material is organically grown then your dabs are organic. Go into any shop that carries bho and you’ll have the option to buy organic at a higher price the tane is just a solvent it goes away if it didn’t when you tried to smoke it the shit would catch on fire. If it smokes and doesn’t flame up then there CAN NOT BE ANY TANE IN YOUR DABS

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  14. To eliminate all hazardous risk you can just let evaporate on its own. Been doing this since way before dabs was even a thing. Kinda threw me off when seen the boiling down method

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