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BHO: What Is It And What Can It Do For You?

Posted by Eric Van Buskirk on

If you’re lucky enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal, you’ve probably seen your fair share of marijuana related consummables. From pot brownies and weed lemon drops to vape pens and water pipes, there is a veritable cavalcade of products out there to suit your every need. But there’s one substance that has everyone scratching their heads - BHO. Since there seems to be a fair amount of mystery surrounding it, this begs the question...

What Does BHO Mean and Where Does It Come From?

BHO stands for butane hash oil and is a type of cannabis concentrate that is created through the use of butane and applied heat and pressure. The end product is a hardened yellow-gold substance often referred to as “butane honey oil.”

How to Make BHO

Butane hash oil can be understood as the end-product of complex process that extracts the THC content (among other things) from the raw marijuana plant. If you're interested in learning more about how to extract raw THC without using butane extract, check out this article which has all the info you'll need to get started. In the meantime, let’s a closer look at how to make BHO.

A BHO Extraction Guide

The butane extraction process entails placing the raw plant material into a glass container and shooting it through with a butane solvent. The resulting liquid is then filtered, with the butane being removed, which results in a BHO concentrate. For a more detailed discussion of this topic, you can refer to our article which has a full BHO extraction guide here.

A Word On Butane Tubes

There’s a lot of misinformation out their regarding the safety of using butane tubes at home. A lot of this has to do with several well-publicised accidents involving amature kids trying to make BHO at home with so-called “open BHO tubes.”. As a result, CO2 extraction companies have financed a widespread campaign to demonize all things BHO. Rest assured, any BHO extraction equipment that you find on the market today is a certified closed loop system, meaning it is safe for consumers to use. That being said, you should work with potentially volatile chemicals without the proper training. Check out this article in which we dispel the myths surrounding butane tubes.

BHO Wax and Shatter: What’s the Difference?

As we described above, the result of the butane extraction process is what’s known as BHO concentrate. But if you walk into a cannabis dispensary, you’ll see a whole array of different products with names like “BHO shatter” or “BHO wax.” And since BHO is relatively new to the cannabis scene, these terms are often a sticking point of confusion for consumers. So, let’s go through a couple of the most popular types of BHO-related products:

What is BHO Shatter?

Shatter is the most common form of BHO. Unless it’s been modified with food coloring, shatter is translucent, brittle, and glass-like in appearance - hence the name “shatter.” Because it’s so fragile to work with, most people melt it down so it takes on a thick honey consistency and can be moulded into specific quantities.

What is BHO Wax?

As the name suggests, this type of BHO has the consistency of a soft candle wax, which makes it easy to work with. Because of this, it is the most common type of BHO on the market.

What About BHO Gummies?

One of the most novel forms that BHO comes in is BHO gummies. Unlike shatter and wax, this candy treat is made with actual liquid BHO oil. For more info on the actual recipe so you can make this at home, check out this article.

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