Learn About Dabbing & Concentrates

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Dabbing has seriously taken off in popularity over the last few years. For all kinds of people, they are a simple and easy way to smoke. They allow you to save weed while getting really high. This method of smoking concentrates offers a variety of types of oil that can be smoked. While some might be better than others, there are enough consistencies or types to meet everyone’s needs and desires.

How Concentrates Are Made

Concentrates are created by extracting the THC off of the plant matter. This can require the use of Butane, or another solvent, although there are other methods of extraction as well. Commercial companies utilize a system referred to as a “closed-loop system.” This means that the system has no openings for the flammable gas used during extraction to leak out. Before the commercialization of cannabis extraction, people would use cans of Butane and glass tubes to extract their own concentrates. This is exceptionally dangerous and should not be tried at home.

In a “closed-loop system” though all of the solvents are placed in a tank that has been pressurized. This tank is hooked up to a tube holding the plant matter. The solvents are then pushed through the extraction tube pulling THC off of the cannabis and into a catch jar. This has one huge advantage according to High Times, the solvents can be recycled.  

How To Dab

In order to take a dab you need a dab tool, usually has a pointy end and a spoon on the other depending on the type. You can also buy glass dabbers that are a little bit fancier, but look better when paired with a hand-blown rig. To go with the dabber you will need a quartz banger or titanium nail. Your local smoke shop or rec store should be able to set you up with all of the necessary materials.

Dab rigs also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Silicone rigs that are portable and indestructible can be purchased on Amazon for as low as $20. Hand-blown glass rigs vary in price and size dramatically, although entry-level models can be found for as low as $30 at some stores. You can also choose to buy a high-quality rig and spend your entire life savings. The choice is yours. I use a custom disc golf piece that was blown by a friend.


A rig and a dabber leave you wondering where your concentrate is supposed to go. That is where a quartz banger or titanium nail comes in. Personally, I prefer a quartz banger over the titanium nail because the flavor of the cannabis is preserved better. They do not stay hot for as long. Titanium nails have a bad habit of getting stuck inside a rig, which can lead to breaking at that joint. Titanium nails do have a durability advantage over quartz, but the choice between the two is personal preference.


You are now almost ready to dab! Lastly, you are going to need a propane or butane torch to take a dab. Heat either your nail or banger up for 5-10 seconds, maybe less depending on how hot your torch is. Take the concentrate that you have placed on the dab tool and drop or scrape it onto the nail or banger. Now inhale! Those sweet terpenes should begin filling your lungs. Careful, your first dab will probably kick your ass.

Concentrate Types

Concentrates come in a variety of forms. Textures vary based on extraction methods used and the temperature at which the product was purged of any impurities.


Butane Hash Oil (BHO), is the most common form of the concentrate. It has a gummy texture to it. Think honey with THC in it. The same consistency and stickiness, but you can smoke it. This form is hard to handle and can be difficult to separate into manageable dabs. The temperature at which the product is purged influences the consistency of the product. Because of its sticky consistency, oil has a tendency to be the most affordable of the concentrates. There are other consistencies that BHO can come in.


Shatter starts out as a slab of concentrate spread out on a sheet pan. Usually in one solid piece. It is then broken down into single grams to be sold to consumers. Honeycomb BHO looks exactly how it sounds. This type of BHO can easily be worked with because it is a lot less sticky than oil. Finally, depending on the extraction method,  BHO can also turn into a crumble. Crumble looks like crumbs of THC that can be easily scooped to dab.


Cannabinoids can also be extracted using CO2 as the solvent. Utilizing high priced botanical extractors with a combination of pressure and carbon dioxide to divide plant matter, according to Leafly. Hands down, one of the best ways to convert cannabis into usable compounds. This method leaves behind an oil of amber colors that can be smoked using the ever popular vaporizer pens.


Possibly my favorite way to dab is with Rosin. This method utilizes both heat and pressure to pull vaporize the terpenes off the plant matter. You can create Rosin at home, according to Leafly, with a hair straightener and parchment paper, although you would have better luck purchasing it from a marijuana store. The result is collected into parchment paper. This technique does not require ANY solvents. Meaning, all you are smoking is THC. This is method retains the most flavor in the cannabis. You truly get to experience all of the terpenes within the strain.  

Clean Your Banger

Remember to keep your banger clean. You can do this with Qtips and 99% isopropyl alcohol. This helps preserve the flavor of whatever you are dabbing and prevents flare-ups when heating your banger.

Dabbing might be the most cost-effective way to smoke. You don’t waste weed like with blunts. You experience all of the terpenes within the cannabis without that nasty lighter taste. Finally, you get exceptionally high off just a bit of weed.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

Our products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of these products. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.