Dabs are made by extracting THC from cannabis. The wax-like concentrate is obtained by using butane gas as a solvent in the process. Apart from this, dabs can be made from the extraction of carbon dioxide or even from ice-water.
Dabs are becoming popular mainly because they contain higher levels of THC, typically at 70-90% THC content. This is higher than the percentage in typical cannabis flower. Dabs are referred to by various names, including BHO, shatter, budder or wax.
Increase in Marijuana Dabbing
Dabbing is controversial because it provides a stronger high, which leads many to worry about the potential for abuse and effects on users. While some users take this form of cannabis as a form of medicine prescribed by their doctor, the vast majority use it recreationally.
Even though it is very probable that non-psychoactive compounds such as CBD are also extracted in this process, it is highly likely that THC still creates the most potent effects for dabbers. The terpenes, or aromatic oils which bring about the cannabis flavor, are also extractable, though it may be hard to preserve such compounds through the extraction process.
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What are the Dangers of Weed Dabs?
The biggest dangers of dabbing are associated with the creation of BHO. Since Butane is highly flammable, attempts to create BHO at home can be extremely dangerous. Before using BHO, you should be familiar with the risks of dabbing.
Dabbing is popularly known as the most efficient way to get high. Due to the high concentration of THC, just a small amount of BHO is required to achieve the desired effect. Because of this, some have referred to dabs as marijuana “crack.” Some people believe that dabbing is just an alternative method, with a more intense high. Again, the majority of dabbers are experienced cannabis users who have built up resilience to the impacts of THC.
At the same time, serious research about the health risks of dabbing has not been carried out yet. At the very least, dabbing increases the potential for marijuana addiction, resilience, and increased side effects from marijuana withdrawal.
Is Dabbing More Dangerous?
Dabbing is considered more dangerous than other methods of consuming marijuana Concerns about the use BHO are usually related to the potential for overdosing, which is possible given the high concentrations of THC in dabs. Concerns about the long-term use of dabbing involve the increased potential for addiction, abuse, and subsequent withdrawal from THC.
Home extraction or the dabbing process is seen as producing “dirty” oil which usually contains some chemical contaminants. The process of BHO extraction is certainly even more dangerous than the practice of dabbing. It is safest to leave BHO production to professionals.
Are There Benefits of Dabbing?
Many people like dabbing because it does not involve inhaling burnt plant matter into the lungs, or because they like the strength of the high.
Benefits of dabbing include:
- A rapid high. BHO remains in the system longer and is more intense.
- Lower risk of lung damage. By not smoking, dabbers they do not risk lung damage.
- Pain relief. BHO can be used to relieve chronic pain.
- Inexpensive. BHO is often cheaper than other herbs.
Although the use of butane hash oil is more dangerous than most other forms of consuming marijuana, the only major proven issue associated with dabbing is the more powerful high it offers, and the higher level of tolerance it creates.