What Is Dabbing


A cannabis enthusiast heats a rig with a hand torch before doing a dab.

Dabbing is a new method of taking marijuana. It involves highly concentrated preparations of cannabis, also known as dabs or butane hash oil (BHO).
Dabs are made by extracting the active ingredient, THC, from cannabis using butane as the solvent. The butane is purged at the end of the process, ideally leaving no traces in the final product. Dabs have a hard, wax-like appearance, which has led it to receive other names such as shatter, wax and budder.
Butane Hash Oil, also known as BHO
Butane Hash Oil, also known as BHO
Dabbing generally involves the use of a modified bong or water-pipe. Dabs are vaporized through contact with a hot surface — such as a nail or glass rod — and then inhaled. The surface needs to be heated beforehand, most often with a blowtorch.
Since dabs are a concentrated cannabis product, dabbing provides faster and more efficient delivery of THC into the body.
HIGH TIMES senior editor Bobby Black explains the dabbing process from start to finish in the latest HT How To video. Learn everything from seasoning your nail to cleaning your wand in this step-by-step instructional video.
For more dab-related content, including how to choose a nail and the difference between wax and shatter, stay tuned to hightimes.com. And, keep an eye out for the July issue of HIGH TIMES Magazine featuring the 2014 Dab Report.

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