What is the BHO? One way to extract the most popular cannabinoids and terpenes of this time. It is a purge with butane. Its acronym stands for Butane Hash Oil. It is also called Butane Honey Oil for its honey-like color.

The extraction of the cannabinoids is carried out under pressure with butane with special materials. Depending on the humidity and the technique used in the extraction, different products are obtained. These forms of the BHO are classified according to their consistency and performance. This solvent extraction uses a steel tube to contain the buds and inside it passes the butane that does the job.

BHO types: shatter, wax, crumble and budder

The hardest is the shatter. It looks like a solid golden oil plate with bubbles like a Gruyère cheese plate but from concentrated cannabis. It is the extraction that preserves the terpenes less. But it is the one that achieves the highest percentage of THC which is 90%.


Another popular type of BHO is wax. Much required for the consistency that dabbers love to burn in their pipe. And also by the Dab Rigs, the preferred pipe for smoking BHO concentrates and also Rosin.

Crumble or Moon Rock


The crumble or Moon Rock is another way of making BHO. It looks like a golden sponge. It is very malleable so it can be used with the dabber but also spread out in a blunt. The extract is a purge that is obtained at a low temperature for a long time of exposure to heat. That technique gives it its unique texture that crumbles just by touching it.



Budder is another popular technique for this extraction. It is probably the purest form of BHO and achieves rich terpene extractions. Its consistency is so similar to butter that if it were not for its shape it would be spreadable on bread.

Sap: cannabis sap

Perhaps the stickiest version of BHO is sap. As its name implies it is highly sticky. So, this extraction will be attached to any surface. So, store it well and use it on your Dab Rig.

Pull and Snap

The other possibility of Hash Butane Oil is the so-called Pull and Snap. Another favorite for dabeo due to its magnificent consistency. It looks like a golden crystal easy to break with your fingers.


The oil version of the BHO is the most popular in the vapeable marijuana cartridges. Each time with greater acceptance from users.

BHO extraction: very careful

The type of BHO extraction will mark the final product. To get any of the ones presented above, you have to know how to use the technique, have a good quality of buds and, above all, know the extraction process in terms of purging and winterization. They are few variables, but very important to get one product or another.

BHO is one of the most efficient extraction methods. But it is also the most malleable, it allows the user to choose the preferred textures.

If you are going to do this extraction, take into account the safety recommendations of the utensils you are going to use. Don’t just do it the first few times. Butane is highly volatile and has burned hundreds of newbies who think they have everything under control.

Also remember that BHO, when concentrated, is strong. It has a much more powerful effect than smoked cannabis. The THC concentration fluctuates, depending on the technique used, between 50% and 90%.

Don’t skimp on safety. And getting high with the BHO which is a magnificent extraction.

What is Butane?

Butane is a simple hydrocarbon, part of a family of organic molecules including ethane, methane, and propane. Butane is pumped from natural gas wells and then purified and compressed into a liquid for storage and use. Butane is easy to capture and relatively affordable to produce. Extractors typically only use highly refined, lab-grade butane that is 99.5 percent to 99.9 percent pure. Butane canisters found in stores should never be used as they contain toxic mercaptan, which is used to propel the solvent out of the bottle. Mercaptan is an additive to give a rancid odor to natural gas, which is naturally colorless and odorless and couldn’t otherwise be detected if it leaked.

Butane is used primarily for its efficiency and low boiling point. This allows extractors to remove the solvent from the extracts without altering any of the cannabinoids or terpenes that were removed from the plant material, and ensure that no residual butane is left in the finished product.

What is a Crude Extract?

Crude refers to unrefined cannabis extract, or the oil produced from the initial extraction, the first pass through. From there, the oil is either winterized for further refinement or decarboxylated and infused into products such as edibles, creams and tinctures.


The winterization, or “dewaxing,” process happens after the butane is purged from the oil, creating a purer concentrate. Technicians remove the undesirable waxes, fats, lipids, and chlorophyll in three main steps. First, the oil is mixed with ethanol and the mixture is frozen to allow the undesirable compounds to fall out of solution. The solution is then passed through a filter that retains the waste products. Finally, the wax-free oil is distilled to remove the ethanol.

Are BHO and Wax the Same Thing? 

Wax is one of several concentrate consistencies that the BHO extraction method can render. The winterization process helps prolong the shelf life of shatter by ensuring that it will not auto-budder. Auto-buddering is when the color and consistency of shatter starts to turn darker and take on a crumbly or waxy consistency.

What is Butane Honey Oil?

The text also unveils an untold history of extraction experiments through letters sent to the manufacturer of Gold’s extraction machine. From the earliest extraction origins, extractors were competitive about their hash making, regaling stories of their spoils from “Texas Super Hash” to experiments with psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms.” These concentrates, also known as butane honey oil, are worlds apart from what we see today. In some letters, extractors describe substances that look like black tar — now known as crude extracts — or extracts purged by laying slabs in the sun on top of roofs. Appearance aside, the largest difference is that none of these extractors used butane as their extraction solvent, which started to take root in the early 1990s. 

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  1. james hartley

    Similar to the the dangers of distilling moonshine during prohibition, a regulated Cannabis market would reduce these events happening. But i would rather buy a gram from a legal dispensary in the Toronto than make it myself.

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