What are Marijuana Concentrates or THC Concentrates?
A marijuana concentrate is a highly potent THC concentrated mass that is most similar in appearance to either honey or butter, which is why it is referred to or known on the street as “honey oil” or “budder.”
What Does it Look Like?
Marijuana concentrates are similar in appearance to honey or butter and are either brown or gold in color. The different forms include: hash or honey oil (a goey substance), wax or butter (soft, lip balm-like substance), and shatter (a hard, solid substance). (See photo gallery at the bottom of the article)
What are the Street Names?
710 (the word “OIL” flipped and spelled backwards), wax, ear wax, honey oil, budder, butane hash oil, butane honey oil (BHO), shatter, dabs (dabbing), black glass, and errl.
How is it Made?
One popular extraction method uses butane, a highly flammable solvent, which is put through an extraction tube filed with marijuana. The butane evaporates leaving a sticky liquid known as “wax” or “dab.” This method is dangerous because butane is a very explosive substance. There have been explosions in houses, apartment buildings and other locations where someone tried the extraction.
How is it Used?
It's used a few ways:
- Infusing marijuana concentrates in various food or drink products
- Smoking remains the most popular form of ingestion by use of water or oil pipes or heated in a glass bong.
- Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) or vaporizers. Many users of marijuana concentrates prefer the e-cigarette/vaporizer because it’s smokeless, odorless, and easy to hide or conceal. The user takes a small amount of marijuana concentrate, referred to as a “dab,” then heats the substance using the e-cigarette/vaporizer producing vapors that ensures an instant “high” effect upon the user. Using an e-cigarette/vaporizer to ingest marijuana concentrates is commonly referred to as “dabbing” or “vaping.”
What are the Effects of Using Marijuana Concentrates?
Marijuana concentrates have a much higher level of THC. The effects of using may be more severe, both psychologically and physically.
Sources: "Marijuana Extracts," National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); "Marijuana Concentrates," Drugs of Abuse - DEA.
Cannabis concentrate live resin with a dabbing tool
A man using marijuana concentrate
(photo by DJ Colonel Corn. Image license through Creative Commons.)
Marijuana concentrate wax (dabs) with dab stick
Man holding cannabis extract
Crystalline cannabis THC-A in terpene sauce
Piece of cannabis oil concentrate (shatter)
Honey butane wax