What is dabbing?

Dabbing is a new trend that has been sweeping across the US. You might have heard the terms “BHO, dabs, derbs, honey hash oil”, the list can go on forever.


What is dabbing you may ask? Dabbing comes from the term “DAB”, press against (something light) which in the case it’d be Butane Hash Oil “BHO” against a heated surface of an oil rig pipe and inhale the smoke. Some of these extracts have up to 90% THC level. There are many ways of dabbing: Skillet Dabs, Pens Dabs, Health Stone Dabs, and then there’s the traditional Nail Dabs.

BHO from coffeeshop 1e hulp

Alright I know what you guys are thinking… What is it exactly that you are dabbing? Simply put, BHO is a waxy concentrated cannabis extract made by pushing liquid butane (which liquefies easily) through a tube packed with frosty buds. The resulting solution is a mix of concrete oils, waxes, cannabinoids and sometimes chlorophyll. Butane is a nonpolar chemical solvent made from petroleum and natural gas. Trichome gland heads and their psychoactive contents, the cannabinoids, are also nonpolar. This means liquid butane quickly dissolves the trichome heads, and cannabinoids, because trichomes are coated with a nonpolar wax and butane is a strong nonpolar solvent.

Although there are many types of BHO “butane hash oil” you can dab from, but I’m going to stick to the most common BHO. There is crumble, which means it is dried out and can be handled with your fingers and crumbled into small pieces.

You also got budder; it’s achieved through particular techniques, often whipping the oil into a more stable consistency. It has yellow hue and crumbly texture. It’s also referred to as super melt, for its incredibly clean burn (although this is all just dispensary sales talk) generally any kind of really good concentrate. So called because it “bubbles” when subjected to flame. Hashish that isn’t composed of pure THC glands may catch fire or even crackle when lit. Shatter is a thin sheet of BHO. It is called shatter because it is very brittle.

Dab on