Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is “dabbing”?
A: Dabbing, or taking a dab, is the act of smoking a concentrate. Concentrates can be made a few different ways using different solvents, such as butane, isopropyl alcohol, and co2, in an act that strips the plant of it’s active ingredients. What exactly is this “concentration” of you ask? That would be composed of “trichomes” or the cannabis resin glands that you see sparking on your buds. The active ingredients of the plant are found within these trichomes, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and the terpenes that give you flavor and aroma.
Q: How do you “dab”?
A: As with anything, there isn’t just one way to dab. The most common tools that are involved with dabbing would be a “vapor dome and nail” or a “skillet”, a dabber, and a torch. Most dabbing accessories are made of glass or titanium.
Q: What is that green and white mesh thing you always use in photos?
A: That would be an oil slick pad, which is a you can find them on amazon.com, but you can check out oilslickpad.com for more information.
Q: How do I make stuff like this?
A: There is a wealth of information on the internet, some of it better than others about making concentrates. There are many steps involved to making properly purged concentrates, and it is a very dangerous process that can have the wrong mistake leading to blowing up your entire home (yes, seriously). If you are going to venture into the world of concentrate making, just make sure that when you are running you product while using butane, DO THIS OUTSIDE, and with a mask.
Q: What type of tube do you use?
A: The safest tubes to use for running BHO would be made of either stainless steel or glass. We recommend to use a stainless steel turkey baster or another stainless steel extraction tube, and only because we feel it is safer under the pressure, as glass can explode.
Q: Do you run on the oil slick pad?
A: There is mixed information out there about the oil slick pads and running directly onto them. Based on research, we have found this study’s information in regards to a silicone and butane causing a severe reaction,
“Ratings of chemical behavior listed in this chart apply at a 48-hr exposure period. Cole-Parmer has no knowledge of possible effects beyond this period. Cole-Parmer does not warrant (neither express nor implied) that the information in this chart is accurate or complete or that any material is suitable for any purpose.”
During the process of running BHO, butane does not sit in a pan for anywhere near 48 hours straight, therefore a 10 minute sitting would more than likely have a different reaction, at least in my personal opinion. All of this being said, with no definite conclusion, we do not run on them anymore, but did before all of the talk and did not notice any difference in concentrates made with or without the pad. Be your own judge and do what you feel is right for yourself.