What Are Dabs?

 Posted by on January 8, 2014  Marijuana Tips and Tricks
Jan 082014
 January 8, 2014

high times bay area cannabis cup entries 2013 dabs dabThe dab phenomenon has taken over the Western United States and is moving eastward at a rapid pace. If you live on the West Coast or Colorado, chances are you have taken dab hits with friends in recent years. If you haven’t, you really need to get out more. Whenever I talk about dabs on social media or with my family that live off the West Coast, people often ask me, ‘what are dabs?’

I don’t know that there is an ‘official’ definition yet. I’m waiting for it to turn up on one of those ‘new words of the year’ lists and then maybe an ‘official’ definition will finally be out there. I look at the definition of dabs like the the former Supreme Court Justice Stewart looks at the definition of obscenity – I don’t have an official definition, but I know it when I see it.


To oversimplify things, dabs are various forms of high grade hash, usually made with a process involving butane. Urban Dictionary defines it as “bho (butane hash oil), a medicinal marijuana product extracted from the plant and concentrated into a smokable oil. also an adjective to describe the mind state of those who smoke bho or ‘dabs'”. I don’t really like the Urban Dictionary definition because it doesn’t necessarily have to be for medicinal purposes. I personally smoke dabs to get as recreationally high as I possible can! Realize, we are not talking about the hash that your dad used to smoke in the 1970’s, as seen in the picture below:

old school hash

The butane hash oil (BHO), or dabs, that is made these days is far stronger and purer than the hash pictured above. Below is a picture of what I’m talking about:


For a nice selection of products you can use for dabbing check here: Dabbing gear.

I posted the question ‘what is the best answer to the question what are dabs’ on my Facebook, and below are some of the responses. If you have a solid definition for dabs, please place it in the comments section so that others can benefit from your knowledge:

“dabs are concentrated cannabis extracts that get you really high really fast.”

“essential concentrated extracted particles from the cannabis buds and leaf’s”

“pandora’s box”



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  442 Responses to “What Are Dabs?”


    The Russians invaded Afghanistan. That’s what happened to the black hash . Just the same as when Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 . After that the only Lebanese you could get was PLO Leb but it was a lot rarer after that . Blame it on the warmongers ?


    oh please i been making this shit for over 20 years. new zealand beats yous again hahahahahaha (an i call em spotz not dabz) named 20 years earlyr


    Please look up the word “disabled” and let me know if the definition includes “freeloader.” And since you seem ignorant of how hard it is to pay for an expensive medication when it’s not covered by insurance, maybe you should look that shit up too.


      I hear ya Painkills2, I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, and can’t afford the stuff that is covered by insurance, I want to get some MMJ but My Mormon controlled state won’t allow it !! Gasp…After all MMJ isn’t about getting high Just because you can ! It’s about the debilitating daily pain that never goes away, Regardless ! I’d give kidney right now to have a years supply of CBD Oil !! BTW Freeloader isn’t in the definition “Disabled” esp. when the disability comes as no fault of your own…Peace!




    My first time smoking dabs was with a friend, for me it was a intense high that lasted for around an hour. I actually enjoyed it, I don’t think its for everybody though. I have not had a chance to smoke it again but I would if the opportunity arises. http://naturesgiftunlocked.com/dabbs/


    hút canabis phải good boy sao lại xấu trai thế này


    Not hating at all just recognizing idiocy. I smoke weed but I sure don’t talk like this idiot “like totally bro we chillaxing over here with my brain and your brain and wait a minute? What’s a brain?” You may have a bachelor degree but you probly needed a masters. Do people actually talk like this dude? What a toolbag


      Theyre the exact type of people who give people who just smoke a bad name. Not everyone is an idiot like this dude. So for you concerned parents that stumble across this dumbed downed version of learning please don’t worry. Some of us run million dollar business and just smoke. Like having a beer.


    How meany times can u put butane throw the weed befor you can’t use it any more?


    You sorry ass hipster mother fuckers always think you invented something new.
    I was smoking thai-stick, lambs bread, blonde lebonese, & black opiated hash, before you were a sperm in your daddy’s nutsack.
    Dab this!!


    never heard this. I was looking for the dance thing. Why does this article assume anyone who doesn’t smoke weed is worthless. Seriosly you guys are looked down apon not avg. people. Get a job and have a family this is depressing that all you do all day is sit in a chair staring at the sky going “wooohoooo”


      You need to do research before you go judging people who use anything organic for medicine! Cannabis oil is used to treat things like Epilepsy!! Get off your Holier than thou pedestal you’ve put yourself on & get informed & stop buying to what the media tells you to believe. Find out the truth for yourself. I did. I know the real truth. Get your nickers out of the twist they’re in & inform yourself. Judgmental attitudes only cause people who need the help that this MEDICINE provides & are being denied it by big Pharma & the UN! Get informed & leave honest working people alone. You do NOT have first hand experience with this obviously.
      As far as dabs go, I don’t believe I’ve ever done one. From what I’m seeing here, My system would find dabbing too powerful. Thanks Johnny Green for the information. Information = knowledge = power.


        Just send him a bible and he’ll be O.K. !!! Or we could kidnap him and get him stoned then let the dice fall where they may !! :)


    I so agree. That gets on my nerves, like everybody is supposed to smoke weed


    to me it seems like a waste of perfectly good cannabis….all that burns or are exhaled are waste…like pouring liqor on the ground to some….


    you all smoke marihuana and still fighting? what’s the purpose at the end of the day… doesn’t matter if you smoke “dab” or “hash” or a simple and non-sofisticated joint… make peace!!


    Varo has it correct. Peaceful and easy.


    wish i could try this. but this sorta stuff isn’t very easy to come by where i’m from. maybe one day. then maybe i can stop taking these physically addictive opiate pain killers & just smoke! thanks for the look into a possible future for a free world.


    Can u smoke dab in a vape pen?


    Would you endorse your 12 uear old to hang around people even family that did this weed or other drugs? How do you rate parents that do this around their kids?

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