5 Things Pharmacists Should Know About Dabbing

JUNE 06, 2016
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
For some, dabbing is a dance popularized by pro athletes like Cam Newton and LeBron James.


For others, it refers to using a potent marijuana extract.

Here are 5 things pharmacists should know about the potentially less familiar form of dabbing that is increasingly a public health concern. 

1. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-concentrated substance is yellow and looks like honey or butter.

The substance is often referred to on the street as “honey oil” or “budder,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Marijuana concentrate can also be referred to as 7IO, or “OIL” reversed and flipped over.

Some other street names include wax, ear wax, butane hash oil, shatter, dabs, black glass, and errl. It’s also referred to as “the crack of pot.”

An unnamed teenager was quoted in The New York Times saying, “Marijuana is the beer of THC, as dabbing is to vodka.”

2. The concentrate can have THC levels anywhere between 40% and 80%.

“This form of marijuana can be up to 4 times stronger in THC content than high-grade or top-shelf marijuana, which normally measures around 20% THC levels,” the DEA stated in an article on marijuana concentrate. 

3. The marijuana concentrate is often placed in e-cigarettes or vaporizers.

E-cigarettes or vaporizers allow the user to disguise the concentrate easily because it’s smokeless and odorless. An individual can heat a “dab” of the marijuana concentrate through the e-cigarette or vaporizer and get high instantly through the vapors.

The New York Times recently reported that young individuals in the city can easily get away with dabbing because parents, teachers, and some authority figures don’t know what the substance is.
Law enforcement and sellers of the concentrate told the media outlet that dabbing has risen in popularity in the past few years.