Sticky build-up that occurs after vaporizing concentrates in a dab rig. Reclaim, which is typically slightly darker than a dab, is leftover in your dab rig when concentrates re-condense or when your dab gets sucked through your nail into the inside of your dab oil rig. In many ways, it’s similar to resin with the key difference that reclaim comes from a dab rig instead of a pipe.
“He used his leftover reclaim to make a potent batch of edibles.”
“She knew it was time to clean her dab rig once the reclaim became impossible to ignore.”
What is Reclaim?
Similar to resin in a pipe, reclaim is the residue that builds up in your dab rig after dabbing concentrate. It typically has an orange or brown color and, like resin, can have high levels of THC.
In fact, Massachusetts-based MCR Labs tested four samples of reclaim, and THC levels were found to be between 30% and 60%. MCR Labs also found that reclaim contains all major cannabinoids, with higher levels of cannabinol (CBN), which is typically associated with increased feelings of sleepiness or drowsiness, than you would typically find in concentrates or flower.
How to Reclaim Dabs and Keep Your Rig Clean
Reclaim builds up with each dab and can clog your rig, reducing its effectiveness and altering the taste of each dab. Regular cleaning and collecting reclaim are necessary if you want to preserve an optimal dabbing experience.
Ideally, your dab rig will have a “drop-down” attachment or adapter designed to trap reclaim. This component is commonly called a reclaim catcher.
Because reclaim occurs when vapor condenses on the walls of your catcher, there’s initially a lot of water mixed in with the reclaim you’re trying to isolate. As a result, once it starts accumulating in the catcher, much of the process is figuring out how to get water out of reclaim. The simplest, safest, and cleanest way to separate the water from the reclaim is to heat the catcher, turn the catcher upside down, and allow the build-up to drip onto a piece of parchment paper or a silicone container.
If your dab rig doesn’t have a drop-down attachment or adapter, not to worry — you can also remove reclaim with ethyl, or grain, alcohol. When trying to reclaim dabs using this method, do not use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Instead, use a highproof alcohol. With a bottle of alcohol in hand, here’s the process for removing reclaim from your rig:
- Pour out as much water from your dab rig as possible, being careful not to pour out any reclaim, which will have a thick, oily consistency.
- Fill your rig with the alcohol.
- Allow the alcohol to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. If you have a significant amount of buildup, you can let the alcohol sit a bit longer.
- Cover up any holes in your rig and swish or shake the alcohol to dissolve the reclaim fully.
- Once dissolved off your rig, pour the reclaim/alcohol mixture into a glass dish or container. High-temperature glass works great and is highly recommended.
- Cover the container and let it sit for about 24 hours or until the alcohol evaporates.
- Alternatively, fill a second, slightly larger dish or bowl with hot water and carefully place the container of alcohol/reclaim into the hot water. The heat will speed the evaporation process.
- After the alcohol evaporates, you should be left with nothing but sticky reclaim. Scrape it out and store it in a glass or silicone jar.
Note: Be sure that all of the alcohol has fully evaporated before you use your extracted reclaim.
What Do You Do With Reclaim Dabs?
Provided it was collected properly and free of residual alcohol, reclaim can be used in a number of ways, including:
- Dabbing: Since most of the terpenes evaporate, reclaim won’t retain the same taste profile, but as shown in the MCR Labs study, reclaim dabs retain many of the cannabinoids from the original dab, which means it should still deliver potent psychoactive effects.
- Edibles: In the MCR Labs experiment, researchers found that more than 95% of the cannabinoids in reclaim were decarboxylated, making it an easy-to-use addition to any edible recipe. Chocolate edible recipes are especially popular because chocolate masks the sometimes unpleasant flavor of reclaim dabs.
- Tinctures and capsules: Since it’s already decarboxylated, reclaim can also be used to make cannabis-infused tinctures or capsules.
Can You Smoke Reclaim?
Technically, yes, you can smoke reclaim by adding a small portion to a bowl of flower or to a joint, spliff, or blunt. However, you should know that combusting reclaim tends to produce an astringent odor and taste that can feel very harsh on your throat and lungs. All things considered, you’re probably better off dabbing or baking, but if you insist on smoking reclaim, you should still be able to feel the intoxicating effects.