Can you eat BHO?

In this brief article, we will answer the question “Can you eat BHO?” with an in-depth analysis of BHO, the manufacturing of BHO, and in which form it is better to consume BHO if it is edible. We will also look into the toxic effects of BHO if any.

Can you eat BHO?

Yes, you can eat BHO, it is edible. BHO is a concentrated form of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is a cannabinoid compound in marijuana. THC has been considered as a psychoactive compound in marijuana that has a role in making people feel high. This compound is only one compound among 400 different others which is present in marijuana.

As mentioned above THC is a compound that can make a person high but BHO does not have such effects and it cannot make a person high. The best way to eat BHO is to eat it in a decarboxylated form when its carbon dioxide and a water molecule is removed.

BHO, an introduction:

BHO, also known as butane hash oil or simply hash oil, is a specific extract of the cannabis plant in concentrated form. This concentrate is formed by the use of a chemical solvent which is known as butane. 

The extract of butane hash oil can be present in solid, hard and glass-like form or they can be present in soft and wax form. They can also exist in stretched sticky in-between form. 

As the appearance of butane hash oil varies and they can be present in different forms, they are also given other names like a honeycomb, crumble or icing. This is the molecule that is commonly used for dubbing purposes.

Manufacturing of Butane hash oil:

Butane hash oil is an extract of cannabis, so it requires extraction procedures for its manufacturing. Extraction is done through the use of a primary solvent which in this case is butane. Due to the use of butane, the oil is named Butane Hash Oil. 

BHO is a compound that contains different types of concentrates. All of the concentrates which are a part of hash oil are unique in their texture and their consistency is specific to them. The concentrates present in butane hash oil include different types of bladder, wax, crumble, sauce, shatter among others.

Any type of concentrate which is being produced from butane hash oil mainly depends on the type of marijuana plant which is being used for its manufacturing. Along with the type of strain being used, it also depends on the apparatus and techniques which are being used in the processing.

Extracts of butane hash oil (BHO)

In this section of writing, we will talk about the extracts of BHO and their classification based on consistency and texture. 


Shatter is the extract of butane hash oil that is smooth in texture and has a hard surface. When force is applied to this extract, it shatters into pieces as indicated by its name.


Crumble is the extract of butane hash oil that does not shatter but crumble easily and does not have a smooth appearance.


Badder has a soft and butter-like texture which is why it is also sometimes referred to as udder. It has a very soft consistency and resembles that of cake batter or frosting.


The sauce is the extract of BHO that is like a paste and has a sticky texture that is extremely viscous.

Consumption of butane hash oil

Butane hash oil can be consumed in several ways among which dabbing is the most common of all. Dabbing is the process or method in which there is a small water pipe that has a flat deep bowl. This set-up can bear high temperatures.

For eating purposes, the butane hash oil needs to undergo decarboxylation so that it will not cause any harm to its consumer. For more safety purposes, it is better to consume BHO along with butter or any fatty material so that it can easily pass through the stomach.

Disadvantages of BHO

BHO itself is not a harmful compound and is safe to eat but if it is being heated and consumed at extreme temperatures then it can add carcinogens to the body such as benzene. These carcinogens pose a high risk of introducing cancer to the body.

Butane hash oil itself is not a dangerous compound until there is any harmful residue present in it. This depends on the purification methods which are being used to extract BHO.

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In this short article, we have answered the question “Can you eat BHO?”. We have also discussed what BHO is, the manufacturing of BHO, the residues present in it, ways to consume BHO and how BHO can be dangerous for a person.