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. As gases have different evaporation temperatures, most home extractors will have no idea what temperature to use and the impurities will remain in the oil. If you stick with BHO from a well-known company that has third-party lab testing results widely available, you should be fine. Although there are over 100 identified cannabinoids, THC is the most famous because of its capacity to get you high. Those in the know understand that THC content alone is not the most important factor. First, you want a concentrate with a low ppm of residual solvent. Then there is the small matter of the ‘entourage effect’ where the different cannabinoids and terpenes in marijuana work better together than separately. CBD for example is a cannabinoid with therapeutic qualities but unlike THC, you won’t get high. Terpenes are excreted by the cannabis plant’s trichomes and are the reason for the distinct smells and flavors of the herb.
Terpenes work with cannabinoids to enhance their medicinal benefits.
When the oil is properly extracted from the plant, its aroma should be similar to the flower used to make it. Even today, consumers and dispensaries alike are concerned with a concentrate’s THC content.