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The Evolution of Dabbing (Google) Trends

The cannabis world is a veritable maze of different and changing terminologies. Many within the industry maintain a thorough command of much of the established vocabulary, but there still remains large vernacular forces at play that can keep the unexposed world at an arm’s length.

When it comes to the world of dabs, extracts, oil, wax, 710, and cannabis concentrates, the gap is gargantuan even though it is being bridged by the growing understanding of the benefits cannabis oil can have for a clear subset of those in acute medical need. The dab and recent dabbing dance craze has certainly not helped clear things up — it is muddling those search terms on Google and in everyday conversation — I no longer balk when I hear a story that a politician, celebrity, or luminary “dabbed”. However, there are other dab-related terms and colloquialisms that point to the continuing rise in the popularity of extracts.

My personal experience narrowed cannabis to usually “weed” or “bud” in my nascent years of partaking — there was little usage of  “cannabis,” “marijuana,” “pot,” or “reefer.” When moving to Southern California nearly half a decade ago, cannabis concentrates were mostly in the form of crumbles and budders. More often than not, “wax” would be the term associated with these products. Turn to the present-day and you might hear “oil” used to describe concentrates more frequently.

In this series, we want to track how the world of cannabis concentrates is evolving. One useful barometer to aid our cause is Google Trends, which allows us to understand the popularity of keywords relevant to dabs over time.

In our first installment, we want to examine dab terminology that shows a skyrocketing interest in cannabis concentrates — an interest we don’t expect to see slowing down anytime soon.


“Cannabis Oil,” “Dab Oil,” and “How to Smoke Dabs”

The first basic but essential terms that display the clear upward interest in concentrates are “cannabis oil” and “dab oil.” Both show a steady increase in google popularity in the five-year span we examined.

We also examined terms like “butane hash oil” and “BHO” (this search’s ability to forecast within the industry is impaired due to the 44th U.S. President having the full name Barack Hussein Obama) concluding that the more mainstream terms of “cannabis oil” and “dab oil” are winning out in colloquial adoption. Both “butane hash oil” and “hash oil” peaked in interest on Google Trends in 2014 and now only sit at a fraction of their peak.

More and more people who are understandably new to dabbing are asking Google, “How to Smoke Dabs” — it’s definitely a process that lends itself to instruction before embarking on the journey.


“Cannabis” vs. “Cannabis Oil”

In the extract world, there are dozens of words bandied around that are synonymous to cannabis concentrates or used to describe a specific form or consistency of concentrates. This dispersion of terms and this new frontier of extraction puts the newer and more emerging terminology surrounding dabs at disadvantage to being more widely adopted when pitted against the well-established search terms, “cannabis,” “weed,” “marijuana,” and “pot”. A large number of recent extract-specific terms do not even show up on Google Trends because they do not receive enough search traffic.

As of February 2017, searches for “cannabis” are nearly 14 times more popular than searches for “cannabis oil.” Extracts still have a ways to go before they reach parity with flowers.


“How to Make Cannabis Oil” and “How to Make Dabs”

Cannabis consumers and medical patients are not only searching for places to buy dabs, oil, and extracts, but they are also wondering how to make dabs of their own. The question of home-made extraction stirs up controversy and some of the known dangers associated with open-air blasting. It is not all reefer madness but it is often spun as such. In the past handful of years, the development and adoption of mandatory safer techniques based around closed-loop extraction have become more and more mainstream — according to Google Trends “closed loop extraction” had next to no interest until mid-2013.

What are a few factors driving the increasing popularity of cannabis extracts?

A significant majority of the states in America and a large majority of the population have formally recognized the medical merits of cannabis. More than 65 million people live in a state allowing legal, recreational cannabis use. Atop this rising tide, cannabis extracts will not likely see a decrease in interest unless political conditions force it.

As legalization and access to medical marijuana research make headway, anecdotes and medical success stories from the use of cannabis oil are also further to the forefront of mainstream reports. Whether it’s combating seizures and epilepsy associated with Dravet syndrome, tremors associated with Parkinson’s, or chronic pain from a multitude of disabilities, cannabis oil and CBD-specific treatments are becoming more accepted by the entire adult population.

In terms of the recreational use of concentrates, the stigma of dab vapor is almost non-existent because there are very few people who suspect that your stealthy dab pen is anything other than an e-cig. Also, the terpene-loaded scent of a dab pen puff bears almost no resemblance to the immediately detectable and identifiable scent of flower. In recent years even President Obama has voiced that cannabis is less dangerous than weed, and who could forget the Choom Gang?


The heady glass art movement will always leave new entrants to the world of both cannabis or dabs with their jaws dropped. With functional glass art continually pushing the boundaries of the medium by developing new colors, color-changing techs, and astounding sculptural glass architecture, the mainstream art world is and will continue to take notice of museum-worthy masterpieces and the artists who create them.

Not only are some of the world’s top artists pushing the envelope, but up-and-coming North American glass artists who make everything from bubblers and bongs to dab rigs and one-off pieces are catering to an ever-growing contingent of the cannabis curious. Once newly interested medical or recreational users realize they can visit glass galleries or smoke shops with cases upon cases of artistically made pieces, many are glad to never have to resort to a cheap gas station pipe again.

Scott Deppe of Mothership Glass giving out dabs on his $100k dab rig collab with Mr. Grey Glass.

Scott Deppe of Mothership Glass giving out dabs on his $100k dab rig collab with Mr. Grey Glass.

There have been other examinations of cannabis terminology through search, by The Cannabist and Leafly, however none delved into dabs/extracts/concentrates specifically. We hope to continue to examine more dab-related terms to understand how the industry is constantly shifting through the popularity of keyword searches on Google.


Photos courtesy of Allie Beckett.


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Answers to Your Questions About Marijuana in Massacheusets

Residents of the Commonwealth rejoice, Massachusetts has officially legalized recreational marijuana! After voting to pass Question 4 back on November 8, cannabis is now legal to consume, purchase, grow, and possess — so long as you are over the age of 21. So what does that mean for you as a Massachusetts resident? Sometimes these laws can be confusing, but have no fear; we’ve compiled all of your questions and created this handy guide to help you navigate your freshly trimmed legislature.

As of midnight on Thursday, Massachusetts’ new marijuana laws have taken effect, but the state is still in somewhat of a legal gray area like many other legalized states. This uncertainty is a result of the fact that legal cannabis retail shops most likely won’t be open for over a year, with optimistic projections targeting January of 2018. This means that while it is technically legal to buy marijuana now, it is still illegal to sell it outside of the existing medical marijuana market.

So, how can one legally obtain marijuana in Massachusetts?

“People who want to use marijuana are going to have to get it from the same sources they were getting it from before Dec. 15,” said Jim Borghesani, one of the leaders of the Question 4 campaign. “The gray zone is not ideal, but there’s really no other way around it.”

This year of uncertainty was worked into the legislature intentionally, believe it or not. The extra year before retail shops open gives state officials some lead time to figure out how they will oversee and regulate the state’s new industry. Legalized states like Colorado and Washington also went through a similar “gap year” in between the passing of their respective legalization measures and the true opening of the marketplace.

Question 4 spelled out that an appointed board similar to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission would handle oversight and regulation. Though the Cannabis Control Commission has yet to be appointed, some things have already been made clear for anyone hoping to open a marijuana business. Lab testing will be required on all retail marijuana products, and producers must adhere to strict packaging and labeling standards. If the Cannabis Control Commission should fail to implement widespread regulations by January 1, 2018, any existing medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts would be allowed to grow, produce, and sell cannabis products to customers over the age of 21. Existing medical dispensaries will also have the first shot at retail licenses, whereas prospective business owners with no experience in the industry would be entered into a lottery license opportunity.

Here is a breakdown of the new laws in Massachusetts as of today, December 15, 2016.


  • Adults 21 and over may possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their home, or ten ounces inside the residence.
  • Adults 21 and over may grow up to six cannabis plants in their home for personal use. If more than one adult over 21 resides in the home, up to twelve plants may be legally cultivated. If growing in the home, you must utilize some sort of locking mechanism or security system to keep minors out of reach. Plants that are grown in the home cannot be visible from the street or any other public space.
  • As far as distributing marijuana, up to an ounce may be given away between adults, though not sold.
  • Residents of the Commonwealth can now legally purchase, sell, and possess marijuana accessories and paraphernalia. The new law spells out these items as “equipment, products, devices or materials of any kind that are intended or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body.” This also means that the presence of marijuana paraphernalia and accessories alone will no longer give law enforcement grounds to search further as they previously did.


  • The new laws do not apply to anyone under the age of 21, unless they have obtained a valid doctor’s recommendation. Minors under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing, consuming, cultivating, or purchasing cannabis in any form.
  • Currently, no one in Massachusetts can legally sell marijuana for “adult-use.” Massachusetts will appoint a Cannabis Control Commission, who will be assigned the task of issuing licenses to prospective retail shops.
  • You still cannot consume marijuana in public places, no matter your age or medical marijuana status. Using cannabis is also barred in any places where tobacco is already illegal to smoke.
  • You may not be in possession of marijuana on school grounds, regardless of age.
  • All existing laws prohibiting the act of driving under the influence of marijuana remain unchanged. You also may not carry open containers of cannabis in your vehicle, unless they are locked in the trunk or glovebox.
  • If your landlord has a rule against smoking or growing marijuana in the residence, that trumps the new laws. However, landlords are prohibited from banning other marijuana consumption methods such as vaping or eating edibles.

Photo Courtesy of Allie Beckett


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While California May Appear to Have Marijuana Figured Out, New Data Shows Major Flaws

To the rest of the world, California seems like a westernized Amsterdam, a half-baked haven for stoners. But is it really as pot-friendly as we think? New data suggests otherwise.

Though California blazed the trail for medical marijuana in America back in 1996 and decriminalized possession of under an ounce of the plant in 2010 under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the marijuana culture hasn’t been quite as advertised for people from all walks of life.

A recent study from the Drug Policy Alliance shows nearly half a million people in California have been locked up for marijuana-related reasons in the last decade alone. The DPA, who has been instrumental in the movement to pass Prop 64, conducted the research to counter claims from the opposition that California is pretty much a legalized state for marijuana already.

Scott Chipman, the Southern California chair of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana, said last month, “Ask law enforcement, they’re not looking for marijuana users now. Right now we have backdoor legalization. The problem in California is we have too much marijuana.”

Jolene Forman, the DPA’s staff attorney, rebutted that claim, “While many people believe that marijuana is essentially legal in California, data show us that thousands continue to be arrested annually for marijuana activities. These arrests fall disproportionately on Black and Latino Californians. The only way to begin to repair these disparities is to move marijuana into a fully regulated market and to reduce or eliminate criminal prohibitions for minor marijuana activities,” said Forman.

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Courtesy of the Drug Policy Alliance

The report shows that while African-Americans and Latinos consume and sell marijuana at a proportionate rate to Whites, they are arrested at a far higher rate. African-Americans are arrested for marijuana offenses three-and-a-half times more than White offenders, while Latinos are locked up 35% more than their Caucasian counterparts.

Alice Huffman, the California NAACP President, said, “I am hopeful that marijuana legalization, as proposed in Prop. 64, will deal a blow to discriminatory marijuana enforcement in California.”

We are too.

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