How to Make Dabs at Home Safely

Using dabs to get high is a growing trend in the marijuana community. We've got a step-by-step guide on how to make dabs at home safely.

The Portland Mercury

Looking to make dabs?

Using dabs to get high is a growing trend in the marijuana community due primarily to the method’s potent results. One dab will serve to get you incredibly stoned, and below, we’ve got a step-by-step guide on how to make dabs at home safely.

Dabs are traditionally done as a concentrate called shatter. Shatter is extracted out of the cannabis plant through a process that utilizes butane, propane, and other solvents.

While the resulting glass-like substance is extremely potent, it often holds some residual butane that you’d prefer not to smoke.

Plus, utilizing something like butane to make dabs is a highly dangerous enterprise. Without access to professional-grade equipment, you’re very likely to cause an explosion like these poor folks. So, can you make dabs at home without blowing up your house?

Introducing rosin. Rosin is identical to shatter in aesthetic and potency but is different in that it neither requires nor contains any butane.

This means that it both tastes better than shatter and is a lot better for you. Even better, it can be made safely at home without risk of explosion.

1. Gather Your Materials

Making rosin requires only a few easily obtainable items.

You’ve probably already got most of what you need at your house. Here’s all you’ll need to make dabs at home:

  • Hair straightener
  • Parchment paper
  • Marijuana
  • Collection tool (dabber, paper clip, etc.)

2. Turn on Your Hair Straightener

Set your hair straightener to the low/medium setting.

If your straightener can be configured for a particular temperature, shoot for around 300° Fahrenheit.

Obviously, some straighteners are more precise than others, so you may need to play around with your settings specifically to get it just right.

While you’re waiting for it to heat up, move on to the next step.


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" Casey Riley : Casey is a Green Rush Daily staff writer from the Inland Empire in southern California. He's been a long-time advocate for the legalization of the cannabis plant. Casey graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a Bachelor's in philosophy and a minor in religious studies.."