A guide to different forms of cannabis concentrates: Dabs, wax, earwax, honey, honey oil, shatter.

What are dabs?

Dabs are a way of smoking weed concentrates and there are different forms of concentrates. Dabs is just a word for any kind of concentrates excluding hash, Wax, and oil, and shatter. There are various forms of concentrates, or concentrated active content that is derived from the buds and and or leafs. There are also many extraction methods for extracting all the THC, THCA, CBD other cannabinoids out of the marijuana plant. The big difference between all of these forms of cannabis concentrates are mainly in the form of the concentrates are how they were extracted from the cannabis plant and to what degree they were refined. Wax versus oil refers to the consistency of the concentrate and how they were extracted. Shatter and honey oil tend to be a little more concentrated.

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Dabs, wax, earwax, honey, honey oil, shatter all refers to Butane Hash Oil or Co2 extracted hash oil. They are a strong THC high. If it is gooey then it is an oil and if it appears to resemble earwax then the concentrate is generally referred to as a wax. If it is solid and shiny/glassy, that is referred to as shatter. The term dab is also a little more palatable than the other names concentrated hash oil goes by, like earwax or shatter.

The main difference is that oil is generally a little less refined, or extracted differently, meaning it was only heat purged (but tech. this could make it shatter) while wax was likely heat purged and then vacuum purged to further increase the quality of the concentrate. Cannabis Oil appears to be more solid brown to yellow to black oil and wax tends to be more of a light amber gold color. Wax and oil are forms of concentrated THC. Dabs referring to dabbing, a specific method of smoking concentrates, but can sometimes mean gooey oils like BHO, because those are the form of concentrate that’s typically used for dabs. Dabs are a method of consuming concentrated THC.

Dabs were known historically as the term of taking a piece of metal resembling a large nail is held at the end of a curved glass pipe then heated until glowing with a lighter or kitchen torch; applying a small ‘dab’ of the thick marijuana hash oil (greasy and thicker than cold honey) is placed on the end of a thin glass rod and then touched to the hot nail. The smoker inhales the instantly vaporized concentrate through the glass bong or pipe and gets you seriously stoned.

Weed oil, also known as “honey oil” comes from a potentially dangerous extraction process of turning marijuana plants into oil via super critical fluid extraction processes involving either usually Co2 or butane (also known as BHO).

What is butane hash oil (BHO)?

Butane hash oil is extracting honey oil out of the marijuana plant and these cannabis concentrates approach 70 to 90 percent THC. They get you really medicated.

Concentrates can be consumed via a small portable vaporizer that resembles an e-cigarette. This delivery-system is a little more incognito than smoking weed in terms of dealing with law enforcement.

Concentrates covers all of the forms: honey oil, wax, shatter, etc. Dabs are what you do when you smoke concentrates with a nail or dome and a dabber. Hash oils are hash that has been made by using a solvent (usually either butane or CO2) to dissolve the thc out of the cannabis plant matter. This process is referred to as critical super fluid extraction. There are two main ways of super fluid extraction methods: butane hash oil (aslo known as BHO) and then there is CO2 cannabis oil. For extraction, you use CO2 as a gas or a liquid and pressurize it to the “Super Critical” state where it pulls the cannabis oils, waxes and other materials out of the marijuana plant. When you run Super Critical fluid extraction via CO2, you destroy microbial bacteria, mildews and molds so it is a little cleaner than butane extracted hash oil (BHO). Keif is unprocessed trichomes usually tumbled off of the marijuana, or cannabis plant material. That is where you get the most concentrated THC. They look like shiny green crystals but you can take keif and apply high pressure or a low amount of heat it will change to more of a putty substance. This is hash. Typical Hash, meaning the brick black kind is usually known as bubble hash. Bubble Hash is the lowest form of hash.

Kief – The trichromes that fall off the plant. Generally people like to sprinkle a little kief in a packed bowl on top of some marjuana nugs.

Hash Oil – My personal favorite. Hash Oil is a liquid form of THC and is usually made with an alcohol base. Since THC becomes it’s most concentrates in oil form, the THC levels can usually be pretty high for oils, without the price being out of reach. CO2 has oil tends to be a little more expensive because it is cleaner and the equipment needed for CO2 super critical extraction is pretty expensive and requires a little biochemistry know how.

How to Apply Hash Oil – Hash oil, you just dab a little on a smoking device and smoke it.