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A Quick Understanding of Dab Oil

Dab oil is a blanket term for the different types of oils available in the market today.  Some of these dab oils are some of the purest concentrates with high THC levels while others that are used for medicinal purposes are lacking all of the psychoactive properties.  Here you'll get a quick lesson on 3 of the most basic types of dab oils, how they are made, and how they could affect you.

Rick Simpson Oil

The easiest at home hash oil extraction method is made from the cannabis flower that is mixed with strong alcohol like Everclear or isopropyl alcohol.  Rick Simpson made this method famous back in 2003 stating on his website, "cure or control cancer, MS, pain, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, infections, inflammation, blood pressure, depression, sleeping problems and just about any other medical issues that one can imagine."

It’s debated whether cannabis should be decarboxylated or not before being mixed with the alcohol.  Once the plant material is strained, and the alcohol is evaporated, you are left with hash oil.  The potency is greater than if you smoked the cannabis flower alone and varies with the cannabis flower THC levels you started out with.  This is a great method if you got stuck with shitty weed.  Store your hash oil in a silicone dab container and keep in a cool dark place.


Butane Hash Oil also called honey oil is made when THC is extracted from the cannabis plant using butane as the extraction solvent. When making BHO make sure you are preparing it in a well-ventilated area free from any sparks or flames as butane is extremely flammable and contains hazardous fumes.  

BHO is amber in color and is quite sticky. It is highly recommended that you use a stainless steel, glass, or silicone dab tool to handle your BHO otherwise you'll end up wasting a lot of your precious oil when handling it with your hands.  Store honey oil in a silicone dab container in a cool dark place. 



Concentrates that are made using a method called supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) extracts the THC from the cannabis by using the strange properties of gases that have been compressed beyond their critical point.  CO2 is best used for this method due to it reaching its critical point at 90 degrees.  The low temperature is great because it does not denature the terpenes and cannabinoids making this type of concentrate is one of the strongest in the market. 

CO2 oil is more liquid in its consistency and will usually come in a syringe and is best if used in a vape pen.  Cannabis oils made with CO2 are generally more flavorful and has the benefits of having no dangerous chemicals used in the extraction process.  Because the scientists who create the CO2 oil are able to hone in on particular components of the cannabis plant they are able to increase or remove the THC from the oil.  This is a great option for medical patients who are seeking the pain-relieving benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive effects.  Store your CO2 oil in a syringe or a silicone dab container in a cool dark place. 

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