The Beginner’s Guide to Buying Cannabis Extracts and Dabs

Cannabis Extracts and Dabs

In the world today, dabs are the most popular method of consuming marijuana. Dabbing allows you to vaporize marijuana extracts. Marijuana extracts are also referred to as dabs or concentrates. The dabs are made using various processes that strip marijuana plants of their THC and cannabinoids. Besides, the dabs tend to have high levels of THC, which ranges from 50% to 95%, making them extremely potent. The THC potency of the concentrates makes dabbing the best way to get an intense high from a minute quantity of marijuana extracts. 

To get the most out of dabbing, you need cannabis extracts that are pure and potent. There are several types of dabs, and their names correlate with their outer appearance and physical characteristics, or the process used to extract them. To get started, new users should buy the concentrates as well as the pieces of equipment required to set up a dab rig. 

Consumers can choose from the list below when buying cannabis extracts: 


Shatter’s name correlates with its glass-like characteristics. When it is broken apart, it shatters into small pieces. Its color is clear or amber. It is stable, a little sticky, and its molded into thin sheet resembling a candy. Butane solvent is used to extract shatter and is filtered twice to ensure its purity and potency. The level of THC in shatter ranges from 70%-90%. Finally, it is wrapped in a parchment paper and stored at room temperature. 


Budder is sometimes referred to as whipped wax. Its texture and appearance are like that of peanut butter. It can be molded into different shapes. Budder tends to change color from yellow, or golden brown. 


Oils are produced using carbon dioxide (CO2). They are used in vape pen cartridges or stored in syringes. CO2 extraction of oil preserves terpenes because it uses low temperatures. The terpenes give the oil unique taste different from those produced with butane solvents. Fat is most common in CBD products, and it is used to make edibles. 

Butane Hash Oil

Butane Hash Oil is popular among dabbers. It uses butane to strip the cannabis plant of its THC, CBD, and terpenes. The levels of THC in BHO ranges from 70% to 90%. 


Crumble is extracted using butane solvents. The THC levels range from 60%-90%. It is also referred to as sugar wax as it resembles sugar particles. It is the driest form of marijuana extract. It is stored in glass jars at high temperatures. Crumble can be dabbed or vaped. 


The method of extracting rosin is relatively easy. You can do it from home since no additives or solvents are used. It would be best if you had heat and pressure to dry the marijuana plant. It brings out the terpenes and cannabinoids in their cleanest form. Not suitable for mass production.


It is sticky, and it is likened to earwax. It is yellow in color and can be dabbed or vaped. Wax concentrates are either less sticky or stickier with a honey-like feel. Variation in texture is due to the amount of heat and humidity used during extraction.

Live Resin

Live resin is extracted through flash freezing the marijuana bud immediately after cultivation. This helps in preserving the terpenes and THC content of marijuana. Compared to other extracts, the live resin has a robust and intense flavor. It resembles a wet wax. It should be stored in silicon jars at room temperature.

Cost comparison of dabs and flower

One gram of concentrate costs more than that of marijuana buds. But it would help if you took note of the difference in potency. The THC potency in a bud ranges from 10% to 25%, while that of a dab can go up to 95%, and the lowest level of THC is at 50%, which is still higher than the flower. Although the cost of dabs is high, you will only need to use very little unlike buds while you need to smoke several joints. When buying concentrates, take note of potency to price ratio of both the bud and concentrate. Prices of dabs and flowers vary across markets and brands. Thus, it would help if you also compared the prices of different cannabis extracts and brands before buying.

The time factor of one gram of cannabis extract 

The duration of one gram of marijuana concentrate depends on your THC tolerance and the number of times you dab. If you are an occasional dabber, then one gram can serve you for at least two weeks. But, if you dab and your THC tolerance are high, then no doubt, you will consume one gram in less than two days. If you use once daily and the concentrate is potent, one gram of hash oil can keep you dabbing for 20 days. 

Determine the purity and potency

Before buying, you must determine how pure and potent your cannabis extract is. You can use several factors such as color, texture to assess strength, and purity. When buying oils, choose those that are light gold in color since they are of the best quality. The most accurate method of determining purity and potency of marijuana extracts is through lab testing. Through lab testing, you can measure the level of CBD and other solvent residues.


Dabber should buy their products from legal outlets and dispensaries for quality and safety. It is also important to note that not all concentrates are meant for dabbing. Alcohol-based marijuana extracts such as RSO, ISO wax, and tinctures are ingested. Always double-check with the seller to see to confirming how the concentrate is used before buying.

Effects of the Cannabis Extracts

Contrary to popular belief, THC concentration is not high in all marijuana extracts. Although most are made up of high levels of THC, some marijuana strains produce extracts with a high level of CBD and low levels of THC. This makes them non-psychoactive. An example of such strain is the ACDC Marijuana Strain. It is ideal for relieving pain and tension in the muscles. Extracts from ACDC are suitable for patients in need of potent and fast-acting medicine, which does not have to capacity to knock them on their ass since it’s not psychoactive.

Patients who are suffering from nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, pain, stress can use dabbing to manage the symptoms.


Most retail outlets, such as dispensaries, sell dabs in plastic containers. But consumers prefer to store concentrates in silicon containers. This is because it does not stick to the sides. It is also a perfect way of preventing oil wastage. 

After buying the concentrates, now choose the dabbing equipment from the list below

  • Oil rigs
  • Atom bomb rigs
  • Vape pen or vaporizers
  • Dabbing pens
  • Domeless nails

Benefits of dabbing

The concentrates used in dabbing have high potency than any other form of marijuana. And, through dabbing, consumers get an immediate effect. This makes it ideal for people looking for a quick fix or pain relief. 

Dabs provide you with ways of controlling the dosage. This enables you to budget and plan your daily consumption. Dabs with high levels of CBD can be used for medical purposes.

Go and buy some concentrates and dabbing the equipment and start dabbing.

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