A wax dab next to a marijuana plant

Dabs, also known as budder, shatter, wax, or butane hash oils, are a relatively new form of marijuana extract that have gained greatly in popularity over the recent years. Dabs use a specific method to extract THC and other cannabinoids (the active ingredients responsible for the effects of marijuana) that yield a highly concentrated, strong product. But are dabs safe? And are dabs addictive?Here we discuss dabs in detail.

How are dabs made?

THC and other cannabinoids are not soluble in water, and thus need certain solvents in orderA picture of a dab in a petri dish to extract them from raw marijuana plant. Dabs use hydrocarbon solvents specifically to achieve extracting THC. The hydrocarbon solvents used include ethanol, propane, carbon dioxide, and most commonly butane. The result of the extraction is sticky oil that typically appears bronze in color.

How are dabs used?

Dabs are typically smoked using devices specifically made for their use. Dabs usually are not smoked by putting direct heat on the wax. One popular device to achieve this is simply known as an oil rig, which provides an area to be heated up. Once hot, the dab is placed on it and rapidly combusts into smoke. Vape pens that have been modified to smoke dabs are also growing in popularity.

Are dabs dangerous?

The extraction process used to make dabs can be particularly dangerous, especially when done by amateur “scientists”. The process calls for using volatile substances that can provide explosion risks, especially if done in poorly ventilated areas. There is also danger in residual solvents being left behind, which can be highly toxic if smoked.

Are dabs addictive?

The highly concentrated nature of dabs makes them particularly intoxicating. The effects in which very small amounts produce are incredibly strong and come on much more rapidly than other methods of ingestion. Marijuana, while not physically addictive, can cause severe physiological addiction in chronic users despite popular belief to the contrary. Therefore, dab addiction is a very real thing.

Final Note

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