Glossary of Dabbing Terms


Once upon a time, there were few options for buying cannabis oil for smearing. Nowadays, due to increased demand, today’s display cabinets are often filled with various varieties of dabs. If you are new to this field, you may have questions about the type of extract, cost, etc.

BudderRefers 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 oil of varying consistencies .
ConcentrateBroadly refers to any cannabis product that concentrates cannabis compounds from raw plant material.
CO2 OilA 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.
CrumbleRefers 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 RigAlso called an oil rig, a dab rig refers to a water pipe with dabbing attachments.
HoneycombRefers to extracts that take on a soft, honeycomb-like texture.
NailNail – 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.
OilA broad term that refers to much 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-SnapRefers to extracts that take on a taffy-like consistency that may “snap” when bent.
PurgeRefers 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).
RosinRosin – A solvent-less extract that uses heat and pressure to concentrate essential cannabis compounds.
ShatterRefers to extracts that take on a transparent glass-like consistency.
SolventA 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.
WaxRefers to extracts that take on a soft, waxy consistency.

Dabbing FAQ

Is there a question about dabbing? Check out these frequently asked questions!

What equipment do I need to prepare?

Before buying dabs, you need to make sure you have everything you need to provide it. Traditional dabbing settings include water pipes, nails, domes, and torches. This article will provide more information about the equipment required to get started.

How does the price of extract compare with the price of flowers?

One gram of flower is much cheaper than one gram of oil, but keep in mind the difference in performance: Although buds tend to measure 10-25% of THC, the height of the concentrate can reach 50-90%. The initial investment will be higher, but remember that using DAB will take a lot of time. Concentration is more cost-effective than flowers, but it all depends on the product’s cost-effectiveness ratio.

Since the prices of flowers and oils may vary significantly in different markets and brands, it is always best to check the local pharmacy menu. For example, I bought half a gram of BHO in Seattle, and the price was as low as $25, while the high-efficiency oil was as high as $70. It all depends on the brand, strength, and regional market.

How long can a gram of oil last?

A question that must be answered: “Depends on the situation.” Half a gram of oil can flood the occasional blanket tide for two weeks, while substantial, highly tolerant consumers can burst through within a day or two. Depending on the size and effectiveness of your oil, half a gram can usually provide up to 20 dabs.

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How to determine the purity and efficacy of the extract?

The extract’s quality depends on many factors, many of which cannot determine with the naked eye. Light golden oil is usually a sign of quality, but contrary to common misconceptions, texture and consistency do not indicate purity or potency. The most crucial thing in determining oil quality is laboratory testing, a reliable method to ensure that there are no other residual solvents, contaminants, or cannabinoids.

The difference between shatter, honeycomb, crumble, and wax

When talking about BHO, apart from their consistency and texture, there is not much difference between shatter, honeycomb, crumble, wax, etc.

The consistency of the oil depends primarily on the amount of water retained by the oil and molecular interference. If the oil stirred during the extraction process, it may lose its transparency and become softer and waxier. Some strains also tend to “sweeten” when processed into extracts due to their lipid content. Changes in temperature, humidity, and oxygen exposure can also affect the texture. Some dabbers prefer sugary oils because they usually taste better due to the preservation of terpenes – but otherwise, you don’t need to care too much about the consistency.

How do I store dabs?

Although most taps purchased in plastic containers, dabbers usually store their products in silicone flick containers. Dabs do not stick to silicone, so it is an excellent way to prevent wasting oil and keep the container free from annoying stickiness.

Which oil can be applied safely?

Your local pharmacy or retail store may have many cannabis extracts on the shelves, but keep in mind that not all cannabis extracts are for dabbing. For example, alcohol-based extracts (such as RSO, ISO wax, and tin agents) ingested orally. Do not smoke or dab. If in doubt, please confirm with your staff that oil is safe for dabbing.

Will all dabs please me?

To be sure, most dabs contain high THC (but you may not realize it), some extract manufacturers use high CBD, low THC strains to produce little or no psychoactive oil. One of my current favorite oils is ACDC wax, which hardly causes euphoria in the brain-just, a dose that reduces pain and muscle tension. Products like this are ideal for patients who need potent and fast-acting drugs without being wholly deceived.

Can dabs be medicinal?

Absolutely. Patients who need to take tetrahydrocannabinol quickly to relieve nausea, stress, loss of appetite, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms may find dabbing to be an effective way to reduce pain. As mentioned above, there are also high CBD dabs with many other therapeutic benefits. Health-conscious consumers generally prefer clean, pure concentrates because they strip out plant material that produces resin.

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