Research suggests that dabbing cannabis oil may pose more health risks than other methods. A study published in the American Chemical Society’s ACS Omega found that cannabias dabbing produced elevated levels of carcinogenic and toxic compounds. The principal product used in dabbing is butane hash oil (BHO), which is extracted from cannabis by adding and removing butane resulting in a THC content of up to 90%–easily several times the amount you might find in regular dispensary-quality cannabis flower, a.k.a bud.
The team also explained, “Different nuances in its processing can lead to slightly different consistencies, which take on terms such as shatter, budder, crumble, pull-and-snap, wax, and so on.”
“The practice of ‘dabbing’ with butane hash oil has emerged with great popularity in states that have legalized cannabis,” they wrote. However, “Despite their growing popularity, the degradation product profiles of these new [dabbing] products have not been extensively investigated.” So stay sharp, dabber friends (whether this study ends up predicting medical consensus or not), and try to turn down the heat if you can. Getting ultra-high is one thing; playing with fire, biochemically speaking, is another.