10 Things You Should Know About Dabbing
(Last Updated On: July 5, 2015)

Disclaimer: Smokazon is in no way endorsing the production of BHO at home, let alone to the uninitiated who wants to try its production. 

Whether or not dabbing has thrust us into a new revolution or whether has served its purpose of being a miracle medicine, one thing is for sure. Dabbing has been very controversial because of the processes it entails to produce one. 

Some are saying about the wonders of dab, but others are debunking the so-called “magic” surrounding it. At the same time, many are saying that the process is dangerous because of the use of butane – that can cause explosion. 

We know that you may have some questions and answers about this concentrate you are curious about. That is why today, we have chosen to talk about a very sensitive topic to unravel all the mysteries about the dabbing phenomenon. Let us talk about the 10 things you should know about dabbing. 

What is Dabbing? 

You may have already heard this from your friends but you are a little bit clueless as to what a dab is. Dab is the colloquial term for butane hash oil (BHO), one of the concentrates that are popular with vapers and smokers. This has been popular since the 1960’s, but wasn’t known widely then in terms of production and popularity. Dab is basically a by-product that is a result of detaching resins from cannabis buds through solvent extraction.   

Lately, we have seen it rose from obscurity and the revolution that it started. Truly, dabbing has changed the way we see smoking and vaporizing concentrates. 

The Process Behind Dabbing – Solvent Extraction

In order to produce a BHO, one needs to utilize the process of solvent extraction. This is where the debate about butane hash oils begins because in order to achieve it, you need to blast a chemical solvent (butane, H20) to purge the solvent away. This is done by transferring the butane gas through a tube containing the cannabis, otherwise known as “blasting the dabs” in a low heat temperature. Blasting is done in order to separate the resin from cannabis. The butane then will evaporate quite quickly – leaving only the crystallized resins that were results of this production.  

Many believe that there is a BHO contains a higher level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). But so far, there has been no unanimous assessment from the medical community as to the exact amount of THC a dab can produce (varies up to 80% – 90%). 

The Controversy Behind Dabbing

The production of BHO is a little bit risky because of the process it entails (particularly, the use of butane). Let us point at this point that there are potential pitfalls and dangers for dabbing in terms of production. One wrong move and you can blast your house away and even cause death. This is where the controversy begins as there are possibilities of explosions. 

For this reason, BHO’s production is advisable to be done only by laboratory experts. But because of the lacking regulation (state and federal) as to the solvent extraction, there are recorded attempts of ordinary citizens who do this at their home. 

Is BHO Safe?

Aside from various medical reports as to the amount of THC the dab is capable of producing, there is also no united consensus as to the safety of BHO consumption. 

This is quite understandable for the reason that there remains an ongoing debate as to the safety of cannabis consumption (though we believe that there is no harm and no side effects and it’s time to up the game in raising the awareness about it). 

But one of the concerns that some raise is the potential inhalation (or consumption) of butane that can be at risk for your body. What stands as an argument is that butane can be basically used anywhere (lighter, hairspray, etc) and as mentioned above, its low heat will let it evaporate quickly so you have no direct contact with butane. 

How to Use the Dab?  

The Dab can be used in both smoking and vaporizing, and as you know here in Smokazon, we advocate vaporizing over smoking for the reasons that it’s healthier to consume because it doesn’t burn, it only heats up the material that you are vaporizing.

Here are a few vaporizers that you can use your dab with: 

  1. Atmos Raw Vaporizer (If you are to get an oil attachment)
  2. G – Pen Vaporizer
  3. DaVinci Vaporizer
  4. Volcano Vaporizer
  5. PUFFiT X Vaporizer

 Conclusion: 

We feel compelled to talk to you about this not just to shed light about the mysteries that are surrounding this process but also because we feel that we need to help you in making enlightened decisions about producing your own concentrates. 

We don’t suggest you producing or making a dab on your own, instead, we highly recommend that you buy it from someone or a store which does its production. There is just so much at stake and production is a big deal and you should take precautions if you are to consider one. 

At the end of the day, what matters truly is not just the best vaporizing experience, but also a safe vaporizing experience and lifestyle.

Do you have any questions about the use of dabbing? Or any comments about it? Please let us know on the comments below.  

Written by The Smokazon Team
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