How to Make Dabs: The Most Creative Methods Explained

How to Make Dabs
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Weed users like to get creative with their habits, and there is no better way to do this than by learning how to make and use dab at home.

There are a lot of different ways to make it, and it can be a rewarding experience. However, doing this takes a lot of time, dedication, and attention to detail, and safety.

Table of Contents

  1. How to Make Dab from Cannabis Explained
  2. The Different Kinds of Dabs Out There
  3. How to Make and Use Dabs at Home
  4. The Art of Making Wax Dabs
  5. Making Rosin Dabs from Cannabis
  6. Alcohol Extraction Marijuana Dabs
  7. Dab and Ice Water Extraction
  8. How to Dab With Different Devices
  9. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dabbing
  10. Frequently Asked Questions About How to Dab
  11. Final Thoughts on How to Dab

Table of Contents

  1. How to Make Dab from Cannabis Explained
  2. The Different Kinds of Dabs Out There
  3. How to Make and Use Dabs at Home
  4. The Art of Making Wax Dabs
  5. Making Rosin Dabs from Cannabis
  6. Alcohol Extraction Marijuana Dabs
  7. Dab and Ice Water Extraction
  8. How to Dab With Different Devices
  9. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dabbing
  10. Frequently Asked Questions About How to Dab
  11. Final Thoughts on How to Dab

What Is Dabbing?

Dabbing is when a waxy or amber-like substance made from cannabis is heated and the vapor inhaled. Special tools like a dab rig are used to inhale the vapor. Dab can contain THC or CBD, depending on the type that is bought.

Each serving is small, hence why it is called “dab.” Despite the small serving size, each bit of dab or wax is highly concentrated in THC and CBD. Dab is one of the best sources for these compounds. Additionally, since it is inhaled after vaporization, more of it gets to the system than any other method.

Dabbing is when a waxy or amber-like substance made from cannabis is heated and the vapor inhaled. Special tools like a dab rig are used to inhale the vapor. Dab can contain THC or CBD, depending on the type that is bought.

Each serving is small, hence why it is called “dab.” Despite the small serving size, each bit of dab or wax is highly concentrated in THC and CBD. Dab is one of the best sources for these compounds. Additionally, since it is inhaled after vaporization, more of it gets to the system than any other method.

Types of Marijuana Dabs

Cannabis Shatter

Shatter is a hard and glass-like substance that shatters when pressure is applied to it. It consists of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other essential oils of the plant. When heated, the substance melts and becomes runny. At a high enough temperature, it vaporizes.

Cannabis Shatter

Shatter is a hard and glass-like substance that shatters when pressure is applied to it. It consists of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other essential oils of the plant. When heated, the substance melts and becomes runny. At a high enough temperature, it vaporizes.

Cannabis Crumble

Crumble looks like pieces of brown sugar. The product is mainly used for vaping, but it can also be added to joints and bowls to allow for a more intense high. Its consistency makes it harder to handle because it falls apart easily. But crumble is highly potent and flavorful.

Cannabis Crumble

Crumble looks like pieces of brown sugar. The product is mainly used for vaping, but it can also be added to joints and bowls to allow for a more intense high. Its consistency makes it harder to handle because it falls apart easily. But crumble is highly potent and flavorful.

Cannabis Budder

Budder is a THC-rich concentrate that is useful for making edibles. Delicate malleable budder is comfortable to smoke and vape, however, high-temperature processing destroys some terpenes.

People often confuse it with butter made using marijuana as an ingredient (cannabutter), but budder is another material entirely.

Cannabis Budder

Budder is a THC-rich concentrate that is useful for making edibles. Delicate malleable budder is comfortable to smoke and vape, however, high-temperature processing destroys some terpenes.

People often confuse it with butter made using marijuana as an ingredient (cannabutter), but budder is another material entirely.

Wax Dab

Waxes are similar to the materials mentioned above, but they have a waxier consistency. A quality wax concentrate has a bright golden color and opaque honey-like grains.

The waxes are heated like crumble and shatter and vaporized, and then the vapor is then inhaled. Waxes can be vaped with an e-nail or vape designed for waxes.

Wax Dab

Waxes are similar to the materials mentioned above, but they have a waxier consistency. A quality wax concentrate has a bright golden color and opaque honey-like grains.

The waxes are heated like crumble and shatter and vaporized, and then the vapor is then inhaled. Waxes can be vaped with an e-nail or vape designed for waxes.

Dab Weed

Waxes and crumble can be added to dry marijuana and rolled into a blunt or put into a pipe or bong. This is called dab weed. This allows for a more intense high than one would feel otherwise.

However, only people acclimated to high amounts of THC or CBD should do this. Otherwise, the effects can feel quite uncomfortable.

Dab Weed

Waxes and crumble can be added to dry marijuana and rolled into a blunt or put into a pipe or bong. This is called dab weed. This allows for a more intense high than one would feel otherwise.

However, only people acclimated to high amounts of THC or CBD should do this. Otherwise, the effects can feel quite uncomfortable.

Cannabis Oil

Cannabis can be processed into oil that contains all terpenes and cannabinoids of the materials mentioned above. The main difference is that oil is runnier. Oils typically come in pre-filled cartridges screwed onto a vape pen with a 510 connection. The pen heats the oil, and the vapor is inhaled through the mouthpiece.

Cannabis Oil

Cannabis can be processed into oil that contains all terpenes and cannabinoids of the materials mentioned above. The main difference is that oil is runnier. Oils typically come in pre-filled cartridges screwed onto a vape pen with a 510 connection. The pen heats the oil, and the vapor is inhaled through the mouthpiece.

Live Resin

Live resin is made by cryogenically freezing a cannabis plant immediately after harvesting it. This preserves all cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant. The plant is then processed using solvents to make the final product. In texture, the product is similar to syrup, but sometimes it turns out thicker; moderate graininess is also acceptable.

Live Resin

Live resin is made by cryogenically freezing a cannabis plant immediately after harvesting it. This preserves all cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant. The plant is then processed using solvents to make the final product. In texture, the product is similar to syrup, but sometimes it turns out thicker; moderate graininess is also acceptable.

Rosin

Making Rosin involves the made process mentioned above using a hair straightener. Rosin comes from hash or kief, and it can be made at home by using a flat iron or hair straightener.

When heated, a small amount of golden-colored oil will come out, which is the rosin. Rosin resembles sticky translucent honey; poured into cans and carefully tied with rags.

Rosin

Making Rosin involves the made process mentioned above using a hair straightener. Rosin comes from hash or kief, and it can be made at home by using a flat iron or hair straightener.

When heated, a small amount of golden-colored oil will come out, which is the rosin. Rosin resembles sticky translucent honey; poured into cans and carefully tied with rags.

How to Makes Dabs at Home With Butane

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Making wax dab with butane requires:

  • 1 to 10 oz Can of Butane / Ounce of Marijuana
  • An Extraction Tube
  • Medium Pyrex Dish
  • Large Pyrex Dish
  • Filtering Screen
  • Electric Heating Pad
  • Razor Blade Scraper
  • Concentrate Container
  • Vacuum Purging System (Optional)

It is essential to mention that not just any can of butane should be used. N-Butane is what is needed, but it is hard to find in stores. Try looking at a gas supply company instead. Also, get the highest grade of weed possible. The better the cannabis quality, the better will be the wax dab.

  1. Take the extraction tube and fill it with the marijuana.
  2. Pack it tight, but not too tight. If packed too tightly, the butane will not filter through properly.
  3. When the weed is packed, fasten a screen to the bottom of the tube.
  4. Next, release the can of butane into the tube and let the liquid drip into the dish below.
  5. Place that dish in a larger one filled with hot water and allow the butane to evaporate.

Once the butane evaporates, the dish contents have to be purged of the remaining butane. This is done with an electric heating pad or griddle heated below 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat the wax dab until it is no longer hazy or cloudy. Once the wax is clear, the butane is entirely out. Use a spoon or knife to collect the wax dab and put it in the container.

Using butane is very dangerous because it is flammable. Do not make the wax dab near an open flame. Complete this process outside or in a well-ventilated area, ensuring there is nothing in the vicinity that can cause a spark.

propane-butane gas cylinder
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Making wax dab with butane requires:

  • 1 to 10 oz Can of Butane / Ounce of Marijuana
  • An Extraction Tube
  • Medium Pyrex Dish
  • Large Pyrex Dish
  • Filtering Screen
  • Electric Heating Pad
  • Razor Blade Scraper
  • Concentrate Container
  • Vacuum Purging System (Optional)

It is essential to mention that not just any can of butane should be used. N-Butane is what is needed, but it is hard to find in stores. Try looking at a gas supply company instead. Also, get the highest grade of weed possible. The better the cannabis quality, the better will be the wax dab.

  1. Take the extraction tube and fill it with the marijuana.
  2. Pack it tight, but not too tight. If packed too tightly, the butane will not filter through properly.
  3. When the weed is packed, fasten a screen to the bottom of the tube.
  4. Next, release the can of butane into the tube and let the liquid drip into the dish below.
  5. Place that dish in a larger one filled with hot water and allow the butane to evaporate.

Once the butane evaporates, the dish contents have to be purged of the remaining butane. This is done with an electric heating pad or griddle heated below 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat the wax dab until it is no longer hazy or cloudy. Once the wax is clear, the butane is entirely out. Use a spoon or knife to collect the wax dab and put it in the container.

Using butane is very dangerous because it is flammable. Do not make the wax dab near an open flame. Complete this process outside or in a well-ventilated area, ensuring there is nothing in the vicinity that can cause a spark.

How to Make Rosin Dabs from Cannabis

This is called the rosin press method. The following materials need to be purchased to make and use rosin:

  • Hair straightener with a setting 300 degrees or lower
  • Cannabis flower, bubble hash, or kief
  • Parchment
  • Dab tool
  • Heat resistant gloves
  1. Turn on the hair straightener and put it at its lowest setting. This setting should be under 300 degrees.
  2. Cut a piece of parchment paper (4×4 inches), fold it in half, place the material inside, and press it closed.
  3. Press the parchment shut and heat it with the hair straightener by gently applying pressure.
  4. Stop when the contents begin to sizzle, as it means that the resin has separated from the material. Unfold the parchment and remove the contents.
  5. Use the collection tool to remove the plant material from the wax. Put the finished project in the parchment or a silicone container.

This is called the rosin press method. The following materials need to be purchased to make and use rosin:

  • Hair straightener with a setting 300 degrees or lower
  • Cannabis flower, bubble hash, or kief
  • Parchment
  • Dab tool
  • Heat resistant gloves
  1. Turn on the hair straightener and put it at its lowest setting. This setting should be under 300 degrees.
  2. Cut a piece of parchment paper (4×4 inches), fold it in half, place the material inside, and press it closed.
  3. Press the parchment shut and heat it with the hair straightener by gently applying pressure.
  4. Stop when the contents begin to sizzle, as it means that the resin has separated from the material. Unfold the parchment and remove the contents.
  5. Use the collection tool to remove the plant material from the wax. Put the finished project in the parchment or a silicone container.

How to Make Dabs With Alcohol Extraction

This requires:

  • 2.5 grams of weed
  • Container
  • 100 percent isopropyl alcohol
  • Metal mesh screen
  • Unbleached coffee filters
  • Pan
  • Hot water

Follow these steps:

  1. Break up the bud and put it in an oven-safe container. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then put it inside for 20 minutes.
  2. Put the weed and the isopropyl alcohol in the freezer for five hours, and then pour the alcohol over the weed. Mix it for 20 seconds.
  3. Drain the weed by filtering it through the mesh screen and then place the weed aside.
  4. Run the alcohol through the filter and into a different container and then let the alcohol evaporate using a warm water bath.
  5. A warm water bath is when the container and alcohol are placed in a bowl of warm water.
  6. Scrape the wax out of the container with a spoon or dull knife when the alcohol evaporates.

This requires:

  • 2.5 grams of weed
  • Container
  • 100 percent isopropyl alcohol
  • Metal mesh screen
  • Unbleached coffee filters
  • Pan
  • Hot water

Follow these steps:

  1. Break up the bud and put it in an oven-safe container. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then put it inside for 20 minutes.
  2. Put the weed and the isopropyl alcohol in the freezer for five hours, and then pour the alcohol over the weed. Mix it for 20 seconds.
  3. Drain the weed by filtering it through the mesh screen and then place the weed aside.
  4. Run the alcohol through the filter and into a different container and then let the alcohol evaporate using a warm water bath.
  5. A warm water bath is when the container and alcohol are placed in a bowl of warm water.
  6. Scrape the wax out of the container with a spoon or dull knife when the alcohol evaporates.

How to Make Dabs With Water Extraction

The following ingredients are needed:

  • High-quality weed
  • 15 lbs of ice cubes
  • Two five-gallon buckets
  • Purified water
  • Cheesecloth
  • Stir sticks
  • Bubble bags

Follow these steps:

  1. Put the bubble bags and screen in the bucket, smallest first and then largest, and add four ounces of cannabis
  2. Pour half a bag of ice over the weed and mix it all together for 20 minutes, and then let it settle for another 20 minutes
  3. Take out the first bubble bag halfway, let it drain, and then put it out of the way.
  4. Do the same thing with the other bubble bags. Remove the material from the screen and bags with a knife or spoon, and then put it into a cheesecloth. Continue doing this until all the material is removed and in the cheesecloth.
  5. Fold over the cheesecloth and filter the water out of the material by gently pressing it. Continue doing this until all the water is out.

The following ingredients are needed:

  • High-quality weed
  • 15 lbs of ice cubes
  • Two five-gallon buckets
  • Purified water
  • Cheesecloth
  • Stir sticks
  • Bubble bags

Follow these steps:

  1. Put the bubble bags and screen in the bucket, smallest first and then largest, and add four ounces of cannabis
  2. Pour half a bag of ice over the weed and mix it all together for 20 minutes, and then let it settle for another 20 minutes
  3. Take out the first bubble bag halfway, let it drain, and then put it out of the way.
  4. Do the same thing with the other bubble bags. Remove the material from the screen and bags with a knife or spoon, and then put it into a cheesecloth. Continue doing this until all the material is removed and in the cheesecloth.
  5. Fold over the cheesecloth and filter the water out of the material by gently pressing it. Continue doing this until all the water is out.

How to Dab

Dabbing is easy to do, and there are many different ways to do it, depending on the devices available. Dabbing is like smoking cannabis through a bong.

Dabbing is easy to do, and there are many different ways to do it, depending on the devices available. Dabbing is like smoking cannabis through a bong.

How to Dab With a Vape Pen

Vape pens are the easiest devices to use on this list. This is especially true of oil-filled cartridges.

  1. Screw the pre-filled cartridge onto the connection and turn on the pen.
  2. Pressing the firing button heats and vaporizes the oil.
  3. Inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece.

Other pens have ceramic or glass chambers that can be used to vaporize dab.

  1. Open the chamber and load it with dab.
  2. Turn the vape on and inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece.

How to Dab With a Vape Pen

Vape pens are the easiest devices to use on this list. This is especially true of oil-filled cartridges.

  1. Screw the pre-filled cartridge onto the connection and turn on the pen.
  2. Pressing the firing button heats and vaporizes the oil.
  3. Inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece.

Other pens have ceramic or glass chambers that can be used to vaporize dab.

  1. Open the chamber and load it with dab.
  2. Turn the vape on and inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece.

Dabbing With a Dab Rig

A dab rig is more complicated than vape pens and more expensive, but they are worth it.
A dab rig consists of an e-nail, joint, water chamber, and mouthpiece.

The dab is heated by the nail and vaporized, and then inhaled and filtered through the water chamber and mouthpiece.

Dabbing With a Dab Rig

A dab rig is more complicated than vape pens and more expensive, but they are worth it.
A dab rig consists of an e-nail, joint, water chamber, and mouthpiece.

The dab is heated by the nail and vaporized, and then inhaled and filtered through the water chamber and mouthpiece.

How to Dab With a Blunt, Joint, Spliff

Actually, there is no fundamental difference in how to make a joint, blunt or split. This involves sprinkling dab onto marijuana made to be smoked. The joint is rolled as usual, except that the dab is mixed in with the weed.

Joint, unlike blunt, has a pure marijuana flavor. Since the paper does not have a smell and taste (gourmet flavored paper is not taken into account). At the same time, blunt mixes the taste of tobacco and non-tobacco.

Spliff contains more than just marijuana. Inside is a mix of herbs and tobacco. Moreover, the latter should be contained in the mixture no more than 50%.

Spliffs are also made using paper. Accordingly, it can be of different colors, sizes, etc. It can be difficult to distinguish between the first and second types of hand-roll immediately. Unless only the joint has a conical shape.

How to Dab With a Blunt, Joint, Spliff

Actually, there is no fundamental difference in how to make a joint, blunt or split. This involves sprinkling dab onto marijuana made to be smoked. The joint is rolled as usual, except that the dab is mixed in with the weed.

Joint, unlike blunt, has a pure marijuana flavor. Since the paper does not have a smell and taste (gourmet flavored paper is not taken into account). At the same time, blunt mixes the taste of tobacco and non-tobacco.

Spliff contains more than just marijuana. Inside is a mix of herbs and tobacco. Moreover, the latter should be contained in the mixture no more than 50%.

Spliffs are also made using paper. Accordingly, it can be of different colors, sizes, etc. It can be difficult to distinguish between the first and second types of hand-roll immediately. Unless only the joint has a conical shape.

Cannabis Edibles

Edibles with cannabis are the pleasure of delicious food and a recreational and healing effect. This requires the use of a budder. Find a recipe for a food that uses marijauna as an ingredient, and add as much budder as the recipe says.

The basic ingredients for preparing various dishes are:

  • decarboxylated cannabis (dried, but not “roasted” in the oven),
  • the main types of cannabis oil (in solid and liquid form),
  • vegetable oils and flavors with the addition of active substances.

Cannabis Edibles

Edibles with cannabis are the pleasure of delicious food and a recreational and healing effect. This requires the use of a budder. Find a recipe for a food that uses marijauna as an ingredient, and add as much budder as the recipe says.

The basic ingredients for preparing various dishes are:

  • decarboxylated cannabis (dried, but not “roasted” in the oven),
  • the main types of cannabis oil (in solid and liquid form),
  • vegetable oils and flavors with the addition of active substances.

Pros and Cons of Dabbing

There are a lot of reasons to dab and make it at home, as well as a few not to.

  • The biggest reason to dab and make it at home is that the flavor of the vapor is superior to that of a joint.
  • Also, the terpenes and cannabinoids are highly concentrated.
  • The taste of the final product is more pronounced, pleasant and softer. Moreover, different types of concentrates (oils, waxes, etc.) have an individual flavor palette. There is an opportunity to experiment with different shades of taste and flavor.
  • The extract is easy to store and carry. A couple of grams of wax is much easier to hide than bulky buds.
  • Medically speaking, dubbing is an effective way to deal with chronic pain and nausea. The concentrated product acts on the body faster and stronger, instantly relieving the patient from painful attacks and unpleasant symptoms.

However, the devices needed to dab are expensive. Vapes and or a dab rig can cost hundreds of dollars.

As for making dab, it is time-consuming, and the process is quite involved. It can even be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken, especially using the butane method.

There are a lot of reasons to dab and make it at home, as well as a few not to.

  • The biggest reason to dab and make it at home is that the flavor of the vapor is superior to that of a joint.
  • Also, the terpenes and cannabinoids are highly concentrated.
  • The taste of the final product is more pronounced, pleasant and softer. Moreover, different types of concentrates (oils, waxes, etc.) have an individual flavor palette. There is an opportunity to experiment with different shades of taste and flavor.
  • The extract is easy to store and carry. A couple of grams of wax is much easier to hide than bulky buds.
  • Medically speaking, dubbing is an effective way to deal with chronic pain and nausea. The concentrated product acts on the body faster and stronger, instantly relieving the patient from painful attacks and unpleasant symptoms.

However, the devices needed to dab are expensive. Vapes and or a dab rig can cost hundreds of dollars.

As for making dab, it is time-consuming, and the process is quite involved. It can even be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken, especially using the butane method.

The Benefits of Dabbing in Comparison With Other THC and CDB Consuming Methods

The main benefit of dabbing is breathing in a high concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids and not inhaling acrid smoke. This allows for faster and deeper relief from the symptoms of the disorders marijuana is known to treat. Also the concentration of active substances in the extract prevails, then its consumption will be lower.

The Benefits of Dabbing in Comparison With Other THC and CDB Consuming Methods

The main benefit of dabbing is breathing in a high concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids and not inhaling acrid smoke. This allows for faster and deeper relief from the symptoms of the disorders marijuana is known to treat. Also the concentration of active substances in the extract prevails, then its consumption will be lower.

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Make Dab

Does Rosin Wax Get You Higher Than Shatter?

Concentrates are highly concentrated with THC, and both of these are concentrates. They can get people very high. It is not known which gets a person higher.

Does Rosin Wax Get You Higher Than Shatter?

Concentrates are highly concentrated with THC, and both of these are concentrates. They can get people very high. It is not known which gets a person higher.

At What Temperature Should You Do a Rosin Press?

Rosin has to be pressed at a temperature less than 300 degrees Fahrenheit. When doing a rosin press, do not exceed this pressure.

At What Temperature Should You Do a Rosin Press?

Rosin has to be pressed at a temperature less than 300 degrees Fahrenheit. When doing a rosin press, do not exceed this pressure.

Is Making Rosin Wax Worth It?

It depends on how much time one has on his or her hands. Doing a rosin press is worth it for someone who has the time, but not so much for someone who has a busy schedule.

Is Making Rosin Wax Worth It?

It depends on how much time one has on his or her hands. Doing a rosin press is worth it for someone who has the time, but not so much for someone who has a busy schedule.

Is Dabbing Rosin Wax Safe?

Dabbing and doing a rosin press is safe so long as all safety precautions are taken while making it.

Is Dabbing Rosin Wax Safe?

Dabbing and doing a rosin press is safe so long as all safety precautions are taken while making it.

Closing Thoughts About How to Make Dabs

Homemade cannabis dab is well worth the time it takes to make it, but it is a highly involved process that requires a lot of attention to detail. Be sure never to skip any steps and use all the necessary equipment, especially when using the butane method.

Readers who make and use their own dab or rosin are welcomed to chime in. Please tell us what technique you think is the best for making dab and rosin.

Homemade cannabis dab is well worth the time it takes to make it, but it is a highly involved process that requires a lot of attention to detail. Be sure never to skip any steps and use all the necessary equipment, especially when using the butane method.

Readers who make and use their own dab or rosin are welcomed to chime in. Please tell us what technique you think is the best for making dab and rosin.

Published: July 23, 2021 Updated: July 21, 2021


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