What Are Dabs?

 Posted by at 6:36 AM 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:


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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  • Lloyd Kennedy

    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 😈

  • Maori Tanka

    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

  • painkills2

    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.

  • Moo


  • http://wwww.naturesgiftunlocked.com/ Natures Gift Unlocked

    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/

  • Hoàng Ke

    hút canabis phải good boy sao lại xấu trai thế này