Dabs are a popular part of the Cannabis world. They have a reputation for being a great way to get high quickly with minimal inhalation of smoke. By now, most cannabis enthusiasts have tried dabbing but how many know the differences between the types of dabs or how they are made?
Dabs (or concentrates) are a highly concentrated form of marijuana that takes the Trichomes and other active parts of Cannabis from the actual plant and concentrates it into a crisp, waxy material.
There are basically four types of dabs. Live Sugar/Resin, Shatter, Budder/Wax and Rosin. Each of these have different potencies, characteristics and even textures depending on the strains and processes used to make them. Dabs are essentially made from heat, pressure and butane or propane. Read on to explore the basic differences of these four dab types and watch our latest Izzy Blaze episode at the end of this article to learn more about the extraction process.
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These dabs are unique in the sense that they come from fresh, frozen plant material. The material is either blasted with butane or propane in a closed-loop system to create a waxy, terpy substance. Because it comes from the fresh bud, Sugar dabs have a more flavorful taste.
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Shatter is probably the most popular form of Dab. The extraction process is the same as that of Live Sugar/Resin, the only difference being that Shatter is made from plant material that is not fresh frozen. Known as BHO (Butane Hash Oil), high-quality Shatter has a rich, glassy texture with minimal bubbles trapped inside. The fewer the number of bubbles, the less butane is trapped and the better tasting and healthier the dab will be.
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Another type of BHO, Budder or Wax comes in all different textures. Everything from crumble, errl, glass, honeycomb, and sap falls under this category. These extracts that come in many different textures are full of terpenes that give them high THC content, great taste and a nice high. The extraction process is the same as that of Shatter. The settings in post-processing give it a different texture than shatter, though.
The newcomer in the dab world, Rosin uses pressure and heat but skips the Butane to create a great, terpy dab. Rosin dabs offer better flavors and a more complete terpene profile but tend to be a bit harder to find. Rosin is the only concentrate/dab made without solvents.
Check out MassRoot’s new Video, where Izzy Blaze and some professional Buds go in-depth on the different types of Dabs and the different extraction processes that makes them unique.
The good news is, no matter whether it’s Sugar, Shatter, Wax or Rosin, Dabs will give you a great high. Go try each one and let us know which one is your favorite!