Leafly’s glossary of dabbing terms
O nce upon a time, buying cannabis oils for dabbing came down to choosing from a small selection, but today’s display cases are often loaded with dabs of all varieties as shops cater to increasing demand. If you’re new to dabbing, your head is probably spinning with questions about extract types, costs, and so on.
Glossary of dabbing terms
Having a grasp on some commonly used dabbing terms will go a long way as you deliberate over the glass dabbing case at your local dispensary or rec shop. This list of jargon may look long, but don’t worry – a lot of these are just different names for the same thing.
Budder – Refers to extracts that take on a creamy, butter-like consistency.
Butane Hash Oil (BHO) – The most commonly used extract for dabbing, BHO uses butane to strip essential compounds like THC, CBD, and terpenes from the cannabis plant, concentrating them in an oil of varying consistencies (see also: shatter, wax, budder, crumble, pull-and-snap).
Concentrate – Broadly refers to any cannabis product that concentrates cannabis compounds from raw plant material.
CO2 Oil – A type of cannabis oil that uses pressure and CO2 to extract essential compounds like THC, CBD, and terpenes from the plant. This oil tends to be soft or runny, and often takes on an amber hue.
Crumble – Refers to extracts that take on a soft, crumbly texture.
Dab(bing) – “Dabbing” refers to the method of flash vaporization in which oils are applied to a hot surface and inhaled (see also: dab rig, nail). “Dabs” can refer to any extract used for dabbing.
Dab Rig – Also called an oil rig, a dab rig refers to a water pipe with dabbing attachments (see also: nail).
Honeycomb – Refers to extracts that take on a soft, honeycomb-like texture.
Nail – A nail refers to the metal, glass, or ceramic spike attached to a water pipe. Dabs are applied to the nail once it’s been heated by a torch or electronically.
Oil – A broad term that refers to many different cannabis concentrates. It implies a runny, oil-like consistency, but cannabis oil has become a ubiquitous term that describes extracts of many forms and consistencies.
Pull-and-Snap – Refers to extracts that take on a taffy-like consistency that may “snap” when bent.
Purge – Refers to the process of removing solvents during extraction. (Note: high levels of residual solvents can be unsafe for consumption, so make sure the product you’re purchasing has been lab tested).
Rosin – A solvent-less extract that uses heat and pressure to concentrate essential cannabis compounds.
Shatter – Refers to extracts that take on a transparent glass-like consistency.
Solvent – A solvent refers to the chemical compounds (e.g. butane, alcohol, propane, etc.) that strip cannabinoids and terpenes from plants. Some concentrates (e.g. rosin, ice hash) can be produced through heat, pressure, and water — these are called “solventless” extracts.
Wax – Refers to extracts that take on a soft, waxy consistency.
Have a question about dabbing? Check out these frequently asked questions!
What equipment do I need to dab?
Before you buy dabs, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to deliver one. Traditional dabbing setups include a water pipe, a nail, a dome, and a torch. Check out this article for more information on the equipment you’ll need to get started.
How does the price of extracts compare to the price of flower?
A gram of flower costs a lot less than a gram of oil, but keep in mind the difference in potencies: while bud tends to test between 10-25% THC, a concentrate can reach heights of 50-90%. The initial investment will be steeper, but keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way with dabs. Concentrates can be more cost-effective than flower, but it all depends on the product’s potency-to-price ratio.
Because flower and oil prices can vary significantly in different markets and across different brands, it’s always best to check your local dispensary’s menu. For example, I’ve bought a half gram of BHO in Seattle for as little as $25 and as much as $70 for high-potency oils; it all depends on the brand, potency, and regional market.
How long will a gram of oil last me?
This is another question that has to be answered with, “it depends.” A half gram of oil can tide the occasional dabber over for a couple weeks, whereas a heavy, high-tolerance consumer might blow through that much in a day or two. Depending on the size and potency of your oil, a half gram can typically provide up to 20 dabs.
How do I determine an extracts purity and potency?
Extract quality is determined by multiple factors, many of which cannot be determined by the eye. Light, gold-colored oils is often a mark of quality, but contrary to popular misconception, texture and consistency don’t signify purity or potency. The most important thing in determining oil quality is lab testing; there’s no other surefire way of measuring residual solvents, contaminants, or cannabinoid content.
What’s the difference between shatter, honeycomb, crumble, and wax?
When talking about BHO, there isn’t a lot of difference between shatter, wax, crumble, honeycomb, budder, etc. beyond their consistency and texture.
An oil’s consistency is essentially determined by the amount of moisture the oil held onto and molecular disturbance. In other words, if an oil is agitated during the extraction process, it may lose its transparency and become a softer, waxier texture. Some strains also have a tendency to “sugar up” when processed into extracts due to their lipid contents. Changes in temperature, humidity, and oxygen exposure may also affect the texture. Some dabbers actually prefer the sugary oils because they often taste better due to terpene preservation – but beyond that, you don’t need to place too much importance on consistency.
How do I store dabs?
Although most dabs are purchased in plastic containers, dabbers typically prefer to store their product in silicone dab containers afterwards. Dabs won’t stick to silicone, so it’s a great way to both prevent wasting oil and keep your container free of annoying stickiness.
What kinds of oils are safe to dab?
Your local dispensary or rec shop might have a number of cannabis extracts on the shelf, but keep in mind that not all are meant for dabbing. For example, alcohol-based extracts like RSO, ISO wax, and tinctures are meant for oral ingestion and should never be smoked or dabbed. When in doubt, check with your budtender to see if an oil is safe for dabbing.
Will all dabs get me high?
A lot of people avoid dabbing because cannabis extracts have a reputation of getting you pretty ripped. For sure, most dabs are made to contain high levels of THC – but you may not be aware that some extract producers use high-CBD, low-THC strains to create oils with little to no psychoactive effects. One of my favorite oils right now is an ACDC wax that induces almost no cerebral euphoria – just a hefty dose of relief for pain and muscle tension. A product like this is ideal for the patient who needs a potent and fast-acting medicine without getting totally donked.
Can dabs be medicinal?
Absolutely. Patients needing a swift dose of THC to ease nausea, stress, appetite loss, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms may actually find dabbing to be an efficient way to deliver relief. As mentioned above, there are also high-CBD dabs with a myriad of other therapeutic benefits. Clean, pure concentrates are also commonly preferred by health-conscious consumers because they strip out resin-producing plant material.
This post was originally published on December 16, 2015. It was most recently updated on June 26, 2020.What should you look for when buying dabs? This resource is meant to help guide your first purchase of cannabis extracts.
How Much Dabs Can You Make with Marijuana?
As legal medical and recreational cannabis markets increase throughout the United States, various modes of consumption compete for popularity among cannabis consumers. Smoking flower was the originally preferred method of consumption, then vaping became ubiquitous as e-cigarette sales surged. Recently, concentrates , widely known as dabs, wax, or shatter have caught the attention of cannabis enthusiasts everywhere. Learn here how to make dabs and expand your pot palate.
Making Dabs: How to Make Dabs
How do you make dabs at home? There are many types of dabs with varying degrees of production difficulties. If you’re a beginner, I would suggest purchasing pre-made dabs before trying to create your own. We’ll focus on creating rosin as it’s much less risky to create compared to other dabs because it does not require or contain a flammable solvent. Rosin is nearly identical to shatter, but rosin production is much safer.
Here’s what you’ll need to make dabs from weed: dry marijuana, dab collection tool, hair straightener/flat iron, and parchment paper. After gathering these materials, follow these easy steps:
- Turn the hair straightener to low or medium. If you can, set the temperature between 250 ° F and 300 ° F.
- Place the cannabis on the parchment paper. The amount you use should not be wider than the straightener as you’ll be using the straightener to press the weed and extract the dabs with heat. Make sure to leave enough paper on both sides of the pot to collect the rosin.
- Fold the paper in half so the parchment covers the weed. Line up the straightener directly over the weed under the paper. You’ll then squeeze until you hear a sizzle. After 4-6 seconds, carefully set the paper down away from the straightener.
- Slowly open the parchment paper to peek at the concentrated beauty within. You should see yellow rosin next to the pressed weed. Collect the rosin dabs with your dab collection tool, and them into a silicone puck or other concentrate container.
- Usually you’ll be able to repeat steps 1-4 to squeeze a little bit more out of the weed. Refold, press, and extract a couple more times if you can, but don’t char the cannabis. You will perfect this technique over time with practice.
How Much Wax from a Pound of Trim?
Cannabis consumers often ask these questions: how much weed is a pound of dabs, and how much weed is one gram of dab? Using trim, you can expect an “in versus out” ratio of 6%, meaning one pound of trim will produce 26.88 grams of concentrate (448 grams in a pound X .06). Keep in mind that these are approximations; there is no consistent, guaranteed dab quantity yield due to varying ranges of THC and other compounds found in different strains of flower.
How Many Dabs is a Gram of Shatter or Wax?
Cannabis concentrate consumers will get about 10 dabs out of a gram of shatter or wax. Of course, this is a rough approximation with significant variance, but a good rule of thumb, nonetheless. How much is a gram of dabs? This depends on regional pricing, but generally wax costs $40 per gram. How much is a pound of wax? Multiply $40 by 28 (number of grams in a pound), then multiply that product by 16 (number of ounces in a pound). $40 X 28 X 16 = $17,920. A pound of wax is nearly $20,000 by the gram, but don’t worry. Even if you took 10 dabs per day, it would take about 448 days to burn through a pound of wax.
How Many Flowers Does it Take to Make 1 Gram of Shatter?
It takes nearly a quarter ounce of flower to make 1 gram of shatter. Flower has an “in versus out” ratio of 20%, meaning one pound of flower will produce 89.6 grams of concentrate (448 grams in a pound X .20). We can then divide 89.6 grams by 16 (number of ounces in a pound) to calculate the amount of flower needed to make 1 gram of shatter (89.6/16 = 5.6). Therefore, you can get 5.6 grams of shatter from an ounce of flower. If we divide this shatter amount (5.6) by 28 (number of grams in an ounce), we can calculate the amount of flower needed to make 1 gram of shatter (5.6/28 = 0.2). So, it takes nearly a quarter ounce of flower to make 1 gram of shatter.
How Much Shatter Do You Get from an Ounce?
Flower has an “in versus out” ratio of 20%, meaning one pound of flower will produce 89.6 grams of concentrate (448 grams in a pound X .20). We can then divide 89.6 grams by 16 (number of ounces in a pound) to calculate the amount of flower needed to make 1 gram of shatter (89.6/16 = 5.6). Therefore, you can get 5.6 grams of shatter from an ounce of flower.
How Many Grams of Bud Are in a Gram of Wax?
Flower has an “in versus out” ratio of 20%, meaning one pound of flower will produce 89.6 grams of wax (448 grams in a pound X .20). We can then divide 89.6 grams by 16 (number of ounces in a pound) to calculate the amount of flower needed to make 1 gram of shatter (89.6/16 = 5.6). Therefore, you can get 5.6 grams of wax from an ounce of flower. If we divide 28 (number of grams in an ounce) by this wax amount (5.6), we can calculate the amount of flower needed to make 1 gram of wax (28/5.6 = 5). So, nearly a quarter ounce, or 5 grams of flower, are in a gram of wax.
Concentrates have rapidly increased in popularity in recent years. Unfortunately, due to the lack of regulations in the cannabis black market, concentrate production can be dangerous with the use of flammable solvents. This has given cannabis concentrates a bad name among the general population. Yet, as marijuana legalization spreads throughout the U.S., we can all look forward to safe methods of cannabis production and consumption.
How To Make Dabs FAQ:
How Much is an Eighth (8th) of Dabs or Wax?
This depends on regional pricing, but generally wax costs $40 per gram. An eighth of dabs would be 3.5 grams. If you multiply the cost per gram by the number of grams (3.5 X 40) you’ll get 140. So, an eighth of dabs costs approximately $140 per eighth.
How Much is a Quarter Ounce of Wax?
This depends on regional pricing, but generally wax costs $40 per gram. A quarter ounce of dabs would be 7 grams. If you multiply the cost per gram by the number of grams (7 X 40) you’ll get 280. So, an eighth of dabs costs approximately $280 per quarter.
Is Possession of Dabs a felony?
This depends on the state in which you live, but if marijuana possession is a felony in your state, dabs will be as well because like marijuana flower, dabs contain THC which is a controlled substance. Make sure to educate yourself on your state’s cannabis laws.Making dabs of cannabis concentrates using trim from your marijuana plants. How much marijuana do you need to make cannabis concentrates? ]]>