We tested reclaim, and this is what we found.

Not too long ago, our illustrious Director of Methodology, Scott Churchill, decided to see what was in the resin collecting in his pipe. His post seemed to generate a lot of interest, and we asked what you wanted us to test next. Many of you had requested we do an analysis on reclaim: the leftover, unvaporized/recondensed  oil that collects in your rigs and dropdowns. So we listened and set out to find what was in reclaim.

Illustrious Mr. Churchill

Director of Methodology, Scott Churchill, being illustrious.

We tested four different samples of reclaim. Each sample was unique in the manner it was collected. They differed in smell, consistency, and color. All analysis was performed using HPLC-UV, in the exact same manner that our typical cannabinoid profile is conducted.

 

The first sample of reclaim (reclaim 1) had been collected from a dropdown. It appeared to look like dark, amber colored honey or maple syrup. To be completely honest, it looked pretty appealing. There was very little particulate in the oil and when held up to a light, it was not opaque but translucent. It was highly viscous at room temp and sticky. Not surprisingly, the profile came back highly potent in cannabinoids. All of the five major cannabinoids that we quantify for came up, with the majority being delta 9-THC. The Max THC of this sample was 58.5%, which equates to 585 mg’s of THC for every gram of reclaim. Additionally, there was a Max CBD of 2.9% and CBN measured at 3.8%. The total cannabinoid content was 65.3%, and 98.6% of those cannabinoids are activated.

Figure 1

Reclaim 1

The second sample (reclaim 2) came from my personal reclaim collection. Mainly all of this oil had been collected by scraping the reclaim that had fallen down the direct inject of my rig, or from the inner coil of my Infiniti nail. It was contained in a No-Goo container, and was constantly added to over time. The color was completely black and opaque, and the consistency was that of tar you would find at the beach. It was not sticky at first touch, but becomes difficult to work with once heated. Again, all five cannabinoids were quantified with delta-9 THC being the highest. The Max THC was 40.2%, Max CBD was 2.0%, and CBN was 5.7%. As you can see, the THC and CBD is lower than the first sample, but CBN had increased. The total cannabinoid percentage was 48.1%, much lower than the first, and 97.3% of those cannabinoids are activated.

reclaim 2

Reclaim 2

The third sample (reclaim 3), like the first, was collected from a dropdown. This reclaim had a similar consistency to the first, but had a much darker appearance. It was very sticky to the touch, and smelled slightly unpleasant. In a similar trend, all five cannabinoid were found, with delta-9 THC being the most prevalent. The Max THC was 50.3%, the Max CBD was 3.7%, and the CBN was 7.5%. The profile was similar to that of the first sample, albeit with lower THC and higher CBD and CBN. Total cannabinoids measured at 61.7%, and 98.9% of those were activated.

reclaim 3

Reclaim 3

The final reclaim (reclaim 4) sample was very unique. It had been collected from a rig that was filled with so much reclaim that you could not even pull on it. In an attempt to salvage as much of the reclaim as possible while trying to avoid the use of isopropyl alcohol, I flashed the rig with my torch to lower the viscosity of the oil. I was able to get most to drip out the downstem, and collected it into a No-Goo. This sample then sat in the same non-stick container for over six months. When we decided to do this experiment, I thought this sample would be a good candidate. When I opened the container, the consistency was unlike all of the other samples. This sample of reclaim had turned back into a shatter like consistency, breaking and splintering when handled. It was completely black and stable at room temp, with no discernable odor. Max THC for this “shatterclaim” was only 23.3%, with the Max CBD at 1.7%, both on the low end across all tested samples. What was interesting was the extremely high amount of CBN, which was 8.6%. Out of the four samples, this one had the least amount of total measured cannabinoids, at 33.7% total. 97% of those cannabinoids were decarbed.

reclaim 4

Reclaim 4

All four of these samples had increased levels of CBN, when compared to typical extracts and flowers. CBN, or cannabinol, is an oxidative breakdown product of THC, which is converted via heat/light/air/time. THCa will also convert into CBNa via similar mechanisms, but we cannot currently quantify for the acid form of CBN. CBN, along with THC, are the only known psychoactive phytocannabinoids, with CBN being classified as a weak psychoactive. Additionally, CBN is attributed to feelings of tiredness and/or drowsiness.

These tests show that there are significant amounts of cannabinoids remaining in reclaim, in particular delta-9 THC. The question that remains is what is reclaims most effective use? Many, including myself not too long ago, would smoke it or use it to season their new titanium nails. Others have said they save it to cook into edibles. Some have said they simply throw it out, regarding it similarly to cigarette ashes. We cannot give any suggestions as to how to use your reclaim, but hopefully this data will help you make an informed decision.

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About The Author

Jon is a cannabis connoisseur. He has studied the history and science of cannabis for over 10 years, and brings a wealth of very applicable knowledge to MCR Labs. Favorite strain: The Illusive Mothership. A clone only Sativa from the Pacific North West. Favorite extract: actively searching for favorite.

 
 
  1. Peter 12/02/2014, 4:39 pm Reply

    Cool science!

  2. Jon,

    We thought we were the only ones who use the term “shatterclaim”! Good stuff…..thanks for doing a very interesting write up! Do you feel like there is a difference in the preservation of the reclaim in a drop down versus the reclaim that collects in the lower, water filled parts of our glass, and are submerged until pulled out? I’ve pulled reclaim back out and baked it in the vacuum oven again, then dabbed it and put it in salad dressing.

    • Jonathan Wani 12/02/2014, 9:22 pm Reply

      Thanks for the kind words. Your question is an interesting one. It would be nice if we had data on two different samples of reclaim from the same rig, one from the drop down and one from the oil that was submerged. What were the conditions in the vac oven when you purged the claim? How did it react?

      • Zachary Zimmerman 09/02/2015, 4:02 am Reply

        Dose it make a difference if u heat the claim to get out of your rig vs using alcoholt

        • Mj 03/14/2016, 10:41 pm Reply

          It makes a big difference. Only one you would have to see yourself though.

        • dabbin 03/03/2017, 4:55 am Reply

          hell yeah you break glass that way and kill cannabinoids dumbass

  3. Dan 12/02/2014, 7:20 pm Reply

    Thank you for looking into this! I just cleaned out my healthstone piece for the first time and I got a decent amount of reclaim back. It felt really strong, but very different from the shatter and crumble I had been using it with. It’s hard to describe but reclaim smoke feels thinner and tastes less than their original sources. When I saw the article, I was afraid that there would be high levels of butane in the reclaim.. So do you think there is a way to see if any carcinogens found their way into the reclaim? Or would that be a case by case type question?

    • Jonathan Wani 12/02/2014, 9:32 pm Reply

      Thanks Dan. While it is hard to definitively quantify any carcinogens in the reclaim, the question still remains as to what else is in the reclaim that isn’t cannabinoids. You are right that it should be judged on a case by case basis, which is why we got such varying results with just four samples. Hopefully we can gather more samples and acquire additional data.

      • Juan Castillo 07/20/2015, 6:51 am Reply

        I have the same inquiry please let me know if you do any further testing, how do I keep up with you work? Do you have a twitter?

      • dabbin 03/03/2017, 4:57 am Reply

        fats and lipids

  4. Stephen Hession 12/03/2014, 12:36 am Reply

    He good dude he was my science teacher at new england Institute of cannabis

  5. NEE 12/03/2014, 3:40 am Reply

    I wash my rigs out with 190 proof grain alcohol to get the reclaim out and then add it to coconut oil and make edibles, try not to waste any medicine. Cool article!

    • Cheryl Phelan 11/01/2016, 9:43 am Reply

      I have a Magical Butter Machine and after making the 2h coconut oil recipe, I recooked the same cannabis with grain alcohol for the 8h tincture. This removed every bit of residual coconut oil and any cannabanoids and then I mix the oil with the alcohol/oil. Tastes so good. I used 2oz. cannabis which didn’t knock my socks off so I will try more next time. My younger, less experienced friends like it a lot tho.

      • Cheryl Phelan 11/01/2016, 9:46 am Reply

        With shatter reclaim, I sometimes mix it with a tiny bit of grain alcohol and let it evaporate most of the alcohol off and mix it with my MBM tincture.

  6. UK Claims 12/03/2014, 5:15 am Reply

    Interesting. I pay close attention to my claim, been recycling and analysing on my own for 5 or so years now. Never had the opportunity to quantify my findings but this very much seems to corroborate my own results. Nice write up, thanks for sharing.

  7. Joseph 12/03/2014, 11:37 pm Reply

    This was excellent!

    Are you able to test for dangers to consumption of reclaim?

    • Jonathan Wani 12/04/2014, 9:33 pm Reply

      Thanks Joseph. What dangers are you alluding to?

      • Mallory Brooke Sweet 09/18/2016, 7:51 pm Reply

        I’m worried about using a butane torch to heat my nectar collector then recycling the reclaim. mostly the butane.

  8. Sam 12/04/2014, 4:40 am Reply

    I’m wondering what the purpose of this is. There’s so much information left out that I don’t think it’s conclusive at all. I’m less interested in what residual medicinal benefit there is, and rather what sorts of nasty’s are stuck with in it. What were their moisture contents? Residual butane? Dust and particulates present? What about mold or fungus growth? All of that cannot be considered healthy when consuming through inhalation. I think anyone about to dip their dabbers in there DI joints, domes, or nails should reconsider entirely, and instead imagine all of the damage you shouldn’t be doing to your body.
    -From someone who’s done damage to their body from concentrates

    • Jonathan Wani 12/04/2014, 9:32 pm Reply

      Many people have asked us to do this experiment, especially after we tested the resin that was scraped from a dirty pipe. Regarding your questions, I will take them one by one:
      1) Measuring moisture content in a concentrate is difficult. I am not aware of any other MMJ testing labs that measure moisture content in concentrates.
      2) We do not currently have the capabilities to run a residual solvent screen on these samples. Furthermore, we would not test for butane since it is not listed by the Massachusetts Department of Health as one of the solvents we are required to test for.
      3) We currently cannot quantify the amount of dust and particulate present.
      4) These samples were not tested for mold or fungus growth. We might perform these tests at a later date.

      Additionally, I just want to point out that at no point did we give a recommendation on how people should use their reclaim. We simply wanted to provide this data because that is what people asked for.

    • Eric 12/17/2014, 11:33 am Reply

      Sam, how has concentrated damaged you body?

      • Eric 12/17/2014, 11:33 am Reply

        Concentrates*

        • chris 04/12/2016, 6:05 am Reply

          dudes a liar if u ask me.. straight troll.

    • ripper 07/17/2015, 4:36 am Reply

      Can’t damage your body from concentrates dude.

    • chris 04/12/2016, 6:13 am Reply

      damage to ur body.. please specify.. cuz I think ur full if it.. no offense.. and there’s nothing inconclusive about a test based on cannabinoids..

  9. Justin 12/04/2014, 4:44 pm Reply

    I’ve been doing this for some time. I clean my rigs by first using them until they’re inconveniently dirty. The great thing about oil rigs is the dirtier/oilier they are the better the hits taste! Just pulling air through is like minty bouquet of flowers. So anyway, when my rig gets super dirty, I’ll pour all the water out, then pour back in a small amount of alcohol and shake until the oil is fully soluble and then pour what I have in a Pyrex dish,. I then repeat once to get any residual oils using a little but using more alcohol than first time. I try to use not much more than 1-2 oz total (depending on the size of rig), as the less you use the quicker it will evaporate. Ill let that sit for a couple days, so that I don’t use any heat. By this point the oil should stable enough to touch and not be sticky. I’ll then transfer that into the oven at 150° for 45 mins, just to finalize, make sure it’s all out (optional, but if not, may require more evap time). I’ve had consistencies from shatter, taffy, oily oil, etc. Smooth too!!! Just don’t use heat to evaporate the alcohol cause then you’ll burn out the terp profile. Hope that helps. To sum up, clean your rigs: pour out water, pour in alcohol, dissolve, pour out, evaporate, enjoy!

  10. Rachel 12/04/2014, 4:56 pm Reply

    Very interesting read. I was wondering when someone was going to do something like that, test the reclaim and post results for community curiosity. I shared your findings with a few of my coworkers in the industry and they got a kick out of it as well. Awesome work!

  11. tanner 12/05/2014, 4:03 pm Reply

    Awesome stuff! How do I get into one of these marijuana labs?? What you do is awesome but Id like to see this test again without as many variables. Different consistent tests would be nice like if you gathered reclaim from budder and shatter compared bho to co2 just more specific data. I could be wrong and you already do this but thought id still write this. Btw ill be a test dummy and dab as much as you want:p

  12. Krunk710 12/11/2014, 9:17 pm Reply

    Lol @ justin that’s has to be your preference to hit dirty oil rigs because it definitely doesn’t make it taste any better especially if it’s a scientific rig that’s meant to be fully functional and not clogged up so you can fully enjoy and taste it. I throw my reclaim away Ive seen what it does over months of dabbing. We’ve all been outta dabs before and had to take a reclaim hit before, have you ever notice a slight hue or glimmer on the surface of it after you scrap it into a container or something? Almost like when you see gas on the street and and see all the oils and rainbow hue to it. I normally dab on mid/top shelf oil and shatter from extract artist that have multiple awards and use closed looped systems. So why is there a mystery hue to the reclaim when extracted from a rig with no heat or alcohol? The extract artist I buy my shatter from even take it further and dewax the oil also to pull out more impurities such as plant material and fats. So basically my resin or reclaim that my friends come over to collect is of decent or of high thc content. After a few weeks of dabbing they developed a cough like symptoms, they had a very deep wet cough after dabbing the reclaim. Then suddenly they would have a scratchy dry throat and Painful wheezing cough that would draw tear to there eyes. They would always seem sick with runny noses like they had allergies. And I can tell you that all those symptoms were gone after 2-3 weeks when they quit dabbing reclaim. I’m not a fan of reclaim it shouldn’t be reused for consumption at all.

    • chris 04/12/2016, 6:21 am Reply

      never had anything close to this.. my reclaim is Amber gold and taste crystal clear.. all I Use is low temps and never seen a rainbow or whatever.. and I / don’t let it sit for awhile.. it’s used within 24 hours of it hitting that parchment.. so yea if u let it shyt sit out for a month it’s probably not too good.. it’s collected dust mold etc.. but I can tell u right now all reclaim isn’t trash.. it’s all about preservation and how hot the oil was burned to make that reclaim

  13. Trendyasdabbers 12/15/2014, 12:04 pm Reply

    I was right all along. Of course reclaim is medicine, I’ve been using it topically with fantastic proven results. http://www.trendyasdabbers.com

  14. Tautog 12/22/2014, 6:57 pm Reply

    I realize things are tough all over,but using reclaim is not a thing I myself would do,like it’s been said there is an ass for every seat

    • Dabney Coleman 06/27/2016, 12:17 am Reply

      I’d be willing to bet you’ve smoked it by now. 😉

  15. cj 02/20/2015, 12:38 pm Reply

    Sam probably smoked at home open blasted for too long

  16. Pete 06/17/2015, 1:46 pm Reply

    You need to let the stuff that’s been submerged in water sit for a few days so more water evaporates out. Otherwise the dabs literally shatter when hitting the nail and may incidentally splash hot wax on your face. it happens to me now and then but i’m a cowboy i can take it. got a face like jack palance up in here.

    • MrSativa 06/15/2016, 10:14 pm Reply

      use a metal bowl on a candle warmer to evaporate any extra water just keep an eye on it because it doesnt take long

    • Jake Keck 09/20/2016, 9:40 am Reply

      Got it in my eyes before…

  17. mike haze 06/22/2015, 8:52 pm Reply

    Krunk. The residues ur seeing is prob from pestisides/fungicides used at sum point during grow that has hyper concentrated once it becomes reclaim. Just my theory

  18. david 06/23/2015, 10:37 am Reply

    Thank you for doing this. So much misinformation out there. Facts and studies are valuable to us all.

    Again, thank you

  19. Bob 06/23/2015, 12:54 pm Reply

    what’s a “dropdown”?? Inner coil? Dabbing is disgusting – give me the fresh green herb any day.

    You’re wondering if it’s damaging to your health? It’s combustion, what do you expect. Burning this nasty crap is absolutely going to give you a huge hit of carcinogens

    • fred 04/10/2016, 3:58 pm Reply

      bob, dabbing is vaporizing, not combusting.. actually when you’re smoking weed you’re combusting. that’s where the ash comes from. reclaim is just extra dabs that didn’t vaporize the first time through the nail.

  20. Bob 06/23/2015, 12:55 pm Reply

    Tautog the expression you’ll looking for is “there’s an ass for every toilet seat”

  21. Benny Smith 06/27/2015, 6:35 pm Reply

    thanks again!

  22. Brian 08/05/2015, 12:14 am Reply

    Bob needs to chill and take a dab.

  23. mike 08/05/2015, 9:40 pm Reply

    If ur worried about your reclaim bein dirty winterize it by freezing in 190pf ethAnol for 24 hour remove fats lipids and ur left with clear see thru goo very pretty claim

  24. vc frost 08/14/2015, 10:18 am Reply

    What would be nice to know is how to test a pound of suspect weed that’s been through a butane bath, dried out and resold to some of us unlucky mammy rammers out here in the real world…
    I’ve noticed a large batches of weed coming from “out of state” that looks like standard commercial compressed weed….only the quality isn’t there..and even some really bright green..but there’s hardly any buzz to it..
    Is there a kit, or a house should chemical I can apply to a sample and see what’s up?
    I imagine butane leaves residue …but I’m not finding many articles on it. Seems pretty messed up the legal states are laying their schwag off on rest of us…
    Wouldn’t it be better to grind it up into some hash or something?

    • SomeGuy 08/24/2016, 11:01 pm Reply

      Buy a pocket lighted microscope. If the nug has been run through butane the trichromes will be damaged/dissolved.

  25. KushGrower 09/07/2015, 6:46 am Reply

    Has anyone tested the SMOKE made from from a dab? NOW THAT WOULD BE INTERESTED

  26. Sign Up 09/30/2015, 1:34 am Reply

    Spot on with this write-up, I really believe this web site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks
    for the advice!

  27. greenthumbsmcgee 09/30/2015, 12:03 pm Reply

    Hey, thanks alot for testing reclaim. I have wondered about this since i started smoking oil.

  28. greenthumbsmcgee 09/30/2015, 12:07 pm Reply

    @vcfrost
    Man, you would have to be a fool to buy some weed that had already been extracted…it anahilates the bud, you would know….dear god id hope so anyway

  29. big710bob 10/04/2015, 4:36 pm Reply

    Is there any butane in reclaim?

  30. Guest123232 10/17/2015, 2:45 pm Reply

    Awesome experiment! Thank you for the great info!

  31. KTH 11/02/2015, 5:54 am Reply

    I was dabbing when I wrote this, forgive me if I go astray.
    Here are a few things that I think would provide helpful and interesting information if tested as above.
    1. Use the same rigs and extraction methods as the original reclaim test with some of the most popular strains, each consumed individually through each rig with each strains’ reclaim being identically obtained and having each strains reclaim individually tested.
    2.Everything in 1. being constant and the only variables being the different original extraction methods for each strain such as butane, ISO, Rosin, co2, etc.
    3. Everything in 2. being constant and the only variables being different consistencies, such as, shatter, wax, honeycomb, oil, etc.
    4. Everything in 3. being constant and the only variables being the “semi-reclaim” or “preclaim” ( I coined these terms just now for purposes of identification since I have never had to call it anything before now, as I have never discussed this substance with anyone, nor have I ever seen it identified for purposes of discussion). I obtain semi-reclaim or preclaim from my dabbing tool after dabbing by wiping the still warm tool on parchment paper. I collect and save this semi-reclaim or preclaim from individual strains and often combine multiple strains to make new and original flavors, aromas and effects.
    The tests that you have done and the results that you have shared further illustrate the fact that cannabis has many secrets that are still waiting to be revealed to us through exciting and amazing research such as yours.
    Thank you so much for the wonderful work you’re doing! Please keep it up!

  32. バンビー 12/18/2015, 1:02 am Reply

    I ethanol to wash and save liquid in ceramik (Silicone is probably better) bowl on top of stove (near burner) to evaporate it takes about 4 dayz for 40ml. Resulting reclaim is sticky and sizzles on the nail. Is there increased levels of carcinogens in the reclaim?

  33. william poulin 01/05/2016, 1:38 am Reply

    I think it would be a good idea to put in capsuls and help treat kids with epalepsie!!

  34. william poulin 01/05/2016, 1:46 am Reply

    I think it would be a good idea to put in capsuls and help treat kids with epalepsie!! This is great info, thanks!

  35. cfall 02/02/2016, 11:44 am Reply

    Someone mentioned the dangers of using claim, and someone else said “what dangers”?

    When you eat a burnt piece of toast, there is carcinogens. Does eating or smoking reclaim have more carcinogenic qualities, than an activated oil? Does reclaim hurt your throat or lungs in any way, when you smoke it?

    There are probably other health questions that I could ask about claim. I’m also curious if the exact same hash oil was used in these rigs, before this claim testing was done. If not, I feel like that would be a big deciding factor. I could almost guarantee claim from different qualities of hash oil, would be different.

  36. malcolm parker 05/09/2016, 2:17 pm Reply

    this is all good information, but i think the temperature people are dabbing at is a variable left out….curious to know what hot dab reclaim would test at..

  37. Kay8ch 05/13/2016, 2:15 am Reply

    I doubt many will argue against the suggestion that dabs are much rougher on the body than flour, hit vs. hit.

    Today I threw away about 5months of reclaim, that has been saved safely in a no-stick container. It hurts so much more to do reclaim than the concentrates themselves.

    As a person who is totally for decriminalization and legalization, I must also ask you to consider how much this stuff really is raising your heart-rate.

    BE AWARE of your body, and take care of it. In the end, I can only see one conclusion: later in life I will be forced to only eat my favorite herb. Peace =]

  38. Casey 05/29/2016, 12:56 pm Reply

    Awesome! This is great to know, especially with the CBN. At least reclaim #4 would’ve put ya to sleep

  39. Michael 06/13/2016, 9:33 pm Reply

    What about what is gathered above the water line? The light brown that collects in the bubble chamber…

  40. rso oil 06/19/2016, 7:34 am Reply

    legalisation of cannabis

  41. JayJay 08/18/2016, 9:45 am Reply

    I think it would be nice to know more! If you test it before its dabbed, and then Reclaim it and test again to see how much you actually dab when you dab to see if there is someone out there taking too big dabs and wasting good weed and giving cannabis a bad reputation to others.

  42. JayJay 08/18/2016, 9:47 am Reply

    Note, maybe even go futher? Test both with dryed material and fresh frozen, and test both THC and THCA and CBD and CBDA and CBN

  43. Travis Cory Stockwell 02/02/2017, 3:46 pm Reply

    *cough cough cough* Shut the fuck up mom. Im doing goddamn scientific research in here…. *burble burble burble*

  44. Ben myers 02/12/2017, 12:16 am Reply

    Best way to get reclaim out if a rig is use a blow dryer and heat the entire rig. All of the reclaim will drip Wer directed . easy and quick

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