It is fast acting so if you’re in chronic pain, a dabbing hit can ease the symptoms in a matter of minutes. A single dab is the equivalent of several joints and since it only takes a few seconds to take a hit, you can enjoy dabbing any time. There is no point skirting around the issue: Dabbing is potentially dangerous when you do it incorrectly. The biggest danger is in the process of home extraction which we don’t recommend.
With so many clear and pure concentrates on the market for affordable prices, there is no need to take a risk with a DIY version. As extraction typically involves butane gas, a combination of its flammable gases and bad ventilation could result in an explosion. Even if you successfully extract the material without causing an accident, it is likely that you’ll end up with a less than pure wax. Professional companies avoid issues by using trained extraction experts, closed-loop extraction equipment, high-grade solvents and lab testing. There are of course other dangers which we sum up below: The strength of concentrates means you could technically overdose. While no one has died from overdosing marijuana in recorded history, there are numerous unpleasant side effects including vomiting, accelerated heart rate and panic attacks. In extreme cases, too much dabbing can lead to marijuana psychosis. You may build up a tolerance to weed over time and require larger amounts to get the same effects.
If you try to wean yourself off, there are potential withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, wet dreams, and depression to consider. Unless you use concentrates created by reputable firms, there’s a danger of inhaling traces of butane and other chemicals. In states such as Oregon and Colorado, concentrates with less than 500ppm of residual hydrocarbons are deemed safe; a figure that is far too high. Fortunately, top-level dabs contain only a fraction of that amount. You could suffer serious, or even fatal, injury while attempting a home extraction. What Are the Most Common Dabbing & Concentrate Myths? Dabs have risen rapidly in the medical marijuana market but BHO in particular has been singled out as a dangerous substance. Back in 2014, Bill SB-1262 Medical Marijuana in California was proposed to ban potent concentrates in the state of California. The goal was to get rid of BHO that contains over 80% THC. The truth is, the concentrates market is largely unregulated which means less pure substances slip through the net. As a consumer, you have to be vigilant when shopping for dabs and this means getting as much information as possible. Now, we’re going to look at a few myths associated with concentrates to provide you with better education on the subject. FALSE: You Can Evaluate the Quality of Hash Oil Based on Texture. If you’re lucky, the product you purchase will contain the cannabinoid content and name of the strain. Even so, you’re taking these companies at their word and if there is no third-party lab testing data to back up these assertions, you’re free to take purity claims with a pinch of salt. means buyers are trying to analyze quality via the texture of the oil. This tactic is a fool’s errand because oil can be hard, runny, crumbly, dry, or sticky and it tells nothing about its purity. The only reason to care about texture is to determine how easy it is to use. Runny wax is hard to use whereas malleable waxes are simple to handle. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that transparent shatter is the hallmark of quality. Sure, it looks nice but there is no scientific basis for assuming it is better. According to Steep Hill Labs, a trusted laboratory that has performed thousands of tests on clear shatter, transparent shatter is more likely to have a greater level of residual solvents. Shatter tends to have a higher part per million (ppm) concentration of residual solvents than other concentrates because the process of creating it involves low purging temperatures.
It has become increasingly common for companies to extract cannabinoids via CO2 extraction. Meanwhile, butane extraction gets a bad name; primarily because there are so many substandard BHOs on the market plus the dangers of home extraction which often involves butane. In reality, there are still several reputable companies that utilize butane extraction. They use hi-tech equipment which results in pure oil you can safely put into your body.
Home extractions tend to involve canned butane which is a different story entirely. It is common for such products to contain as many as 50 gases and since it isn’t food grade, there is no regulation to protect the consumer.