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How Much Dabs Can You Make with Marijuana?


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Dabs, hash oil, shatter, budder, wax, etc., whatever you call it, marijuana concentrates are growing in popularity more and more every day- how much dabs can you make with marijuana? There had been a steady growth of popularity for marijuana concentrates for several years prior to the ‘vape pen revolution.’ However, once vape pens became more and more popular, it seems that just about everyone I know is only consuming concentrates rather than flower.

What Are Dabs?

Flower, at least where I live in Oregon, is much harder to sell these days. Everyone has it, everyone is growing it, and it seems like everyone I know is selling it for rock bottom prices. And even at historically low prices, flower still sits around for a very long time. I still like to consume flower, but I do so less and less frequently. I don’t see that trend reversing anytime soon. As a result of the shift in how people consume cannabis, more and more people are looking into turning flower into concentrates. This has resulted in a lot of people asking me the obvious question, ‘how much dabs can you make with marijuana ?’

That seems like a straight forward question, but it’s actually nearly impossible to provide a ‘one size fits all’ answer to it. As I always do know, I hit up Udoxi Scientific to see what they had to say on the subject since they are the best concentrate makers I know. When I posed the question to them, they stated that it depends on several factors, some of which have been included below. The largest factor is the percentage of cannabinoids in the original material, and that’s hard to pin down due to inconsistencies in cannabis testing, especially in Oregon. Whatever the true percentage of cannabinoids in the starting material is will be the main determining factor in how much concentrates are produced in the end. Below are other contributing factors:

Nug run vs whole plant extraction
indoor vs. outdoor
handling or cure
age of material
time when the plant was cut down
amount of time the solvent is in contact with the source material

How Much Dabs can you Make with Marijuana?

I have heard of ‘in versus out’ ratios of 6% for trim, all the way up to 20% for prime time nugs, meaning that one pound of trim produced 27.24 grams of concentrates (454 grams X .06), and one pound of flower produced 90.8 grams of concentrates (454 grams X .20). I saw a grower get six pounds of top shelf flower processed, and he said he expects about a pound back in return, which would work out to 16.667%. But he was very quick to say that it could vary, and that the best answer to the question, how much dabs can you make with marijuana is- ‘you get what you get.’

Keep in mind that there are people out there that swear they can get dramatically higher ratios from concentrate runs, but every time I have seen/consumed their concentrates, it’s extremely apparent that their purge process sucks, and that there is a lot of solvent and other undesirable material left in the end product. I can vouch that the ratios I mention above are solid, because they come from a process in place at Udoxi Scientific, which is the best concentrate facility I have ever seen hands down. Anyone who has ever consumed concentrates made at their facility knows that they are second to none.

Have you had your flower processed into concentrates? How much did you put in, and how much did you get out? What about for trim? Put your answers below in the comments section so that others can learn from your experience(s).


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  1. The mg/gm is absolutely the most important part of the entire process. Unfortunately, most home growers do not have any way to determine the strength in a numerical value. Best thing you can do to calculate a dose is to assume most bud is 10-15% THC and cannaboids. ( store bought is aprox 18%).
    If using 15% estimation, 1 gm dry bud = 1000mg, so it contains 150mg of THC
    The amount of oil derived from dry bud varies widely depending on processing methods and actual strength of bud to begin with. Below is example using 1 oz dry bud (28 grams), assuming it’s 15% THC, and we were able to derive 4 gms of oil in the extraction.
    28 g = 28000 mg X .15 = 4,200 mg / ounce dry bud
    4200mg % 4 gms (oil) = 1050mg per gm of oil.

    Assuming you use 5 gms of bud to make brownies. That’s equal to 150 mg per gm = 750 mg. regardless of how much oil is derived, you have no choice but to use same calculation.
    If you cut pan into 12 brownies, 750 mg % 12 = 62.5 mg each.
    Biggest mistake people make when using oil for edibles is using too much. That’s why it’s commonly diluted in coconut oil or butter before adding to a recipe of any kind… Chocolate, candy, cookies, …. Anything. This method is better than just guessing…..

  2. I’m a newbie so apologize if this is lame. Seems to me that the amount of grams one extracts from any part of the plant is a useless measure of what you have. I’m assuming that it’s the mgs of THC and CBD per dose that one consumes that’s important whether you want to get high or use for medicinal purpose. Mgs of these compounds will very from one extract to another.

  3. Hey people I’m about to run just under 6 pounds of trim so I’ll let you know what I get

  4. Where? If people are making 1gram of wax and selling it for 90$ how the hell is it more expensive then bud? The numbers don’t lie.. It takes a lot more bud to make a dab.

  5. Demetrius Potatitian Russell on

    Holla at me during the next “harvesting sale”. I’d be like a squirrel down here in Htown during the winter. I’d be getting while the getting is good during the end of the season, lock, stock, seal and hide those nugs in my “Cure Closet” (it has the cure & HAS to cure), and just wait till there were no more good nugs around these grounds worth smoking anymore…… Yawl can figure the rest, I need to roll one just for typing all this……

  6. Garret we’ve got to get in touch!! I can’t get any from my 6 grower buddies for less than $200 an oz here in macomb!!

  7. Damn.. As a Denver resident I truly feel bad for you. 20 an 8th for great bud and 25 a g for great wax.

  8. It’s 50 a quarter on average for bud here in Michigan. It’s everywhere. A lot of $100 Ozs when everyone is harvesting. between 30-50 a g for wax

  9. I got 75 grams off of 1.5 lbs of larfy flower, i.e. Some super lemon haze I couldn’t let finish outside because of torrential rain.

  10. It would be about the same. say you can get both an 8th of weed and a g of dabs for $50 each. They both might last you about a week. So money wise you’d probably keep spending about the same if you used them interchangeably, assuming oil is cheap where you live. It blows here in NJ I can’t get oil for under 60, so the only reason I buy it is because it gives a better high, and I save it to get rekt on the weekends!

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    I got a recommendation online about someone with the E-mail: (info.cannabismedsdelivery at gmail) and Skype: (medical.cannabis) who supplies High CBD Cannabis Oil and I Ordered from him and believe me the Cannabis Oil I got has helped me with several medical issues like Treating Cancer, Severe Pain, Depression, Seizure disorders and Crohn’s disease.

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  12. Jenchyㅤㅤ ‏ㅤㅤ ‏ㅤㅤ ‏ on

    Dabs might cost more but they last longer than the same $ amount of bud. As in, average of 40$ worth of wax would last you exponentially longer than 40$ worth of bud.

  13. Amanda Faye Vaughan on

    it’s not so much getting “higher” but removing not only unnecessary parts, but also the fact is that the effects of combustion (“smoking” cannabis through burning) causes significant damage to the respiratory system, and with waxes and oils are vaporized. You can vaporize flowers, but you end up wasting much of the good stuff that you actually want from the plant. You can only get so high, what you want is a cleaner high. I imagine you don’t smoke what they call “reggie”. Like most of us in 2015, we smoke Nugs, Kind Bud, etc and there was a time, and still people existist today, that it was considered getting too high, a special occasion thing, yadda yadda. I would in no way compare cannabis to alcohol, that assumption there would be the base of your misunderstanding. If it really does help your pain, I would suggest trying it before dismissing it, then putting down those that do.

  14. 28g nug run highgrade= 6-8g after 30+ hr purge.and also it is not a waste of herb doin this, if you knew anything about the herb you would know that all the cannabinoids which contain all the compounds you need like thc cbd, are located in the trichroms/resin..there is nothing in the plant material that we need. it is just chlorophyll, fats and lipids. think as the bud a pizza box its really the toppings were after (resin). Its a nice pizza box but its not really what ur after…india for example has been using hash for hundreds of years. theres a reason why people sift the resin and leave the plant material for teas.

  15. It will be interesting to see if dabs really do make flower a thing of the past. I have never tried dabs, smoke flower medicinally for pain 4-7x a year, and will likely never need a medicine that potent. That said, it does concern me slightly that folks are using so much, so often, that they require that level of concentration to get high.
    It is akin to binge drinking, but I would still rather have power potheads roaming the world than hefty drinkers, so whatever is clever.

  16. I made an extraction tube that holds up to 5g of ground flower and in 5 seconds of butane i retreve .7 of a ghm of wax.

  17. ergtertertertertert on

    Nug run:
    Dutch (16.43%)
    HeadBand (21.71%)
    Cheese (14.42%)
    Sour D (17.50%)
    Bubba (13.75%)

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