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How to Get Reclaim Out of Nectar Collector?


How to Get Reclaim Out of Nectar Collector

If you're an avid user of a nectar collector, you know how frustrating it can be when precious concentrates get wasted.

Luckily, there are many effective methods to reclaim the leftover concentrate and optimize your dabbing experience.

Also, Some people discard the reclaim whenever they're cleaning out their nectar collectors.

In fact, Reclaim can be gathered and reused to make edibles, tinctures, capsules and dabbing.

In this article, we will explore reclaim, how to collect it, and the best way to consume it.

By learning how to collect reclaim from your nectar collector, you can ensure that you're getting the most out of your concentrates.

What Is Reclaim?

Reclaim is the sticky, taffy-like byproduct of concentrates you'll often find in your dab rig or nectar collector.

It is the re-condensed form of cannabis concentrates that's left behind after a dabbing session.

Unlike the fresh concentrates you started with, reclaim is a byproduct of the heat and vaporization process.

While it might not be as potent as your initial dab, dab reclaim still harbors active cannabinoids, with THC levels often ranging from a respectable 30 to 60 percent of the original dab.

How to collect Reclaim from your Glass Nectar Collector?

There are a couple of ways will work. Below are three popular methods for reclaiming concentrates from a glass nectar collector.

Method 1: Heating the Nectar Collector

Heating the Nectar Collector

This technique relies on high temperatures to melt away the residue accumulated in your nectar collector.

Step 1: Before you begin, you'll need to gather a few tools and materials to make the process easier.

Here's what you'll need: A nectar collector, A heat source (blow torch or hairdryer), A silicone mat or parchment paper, A dab tool or scraper, A container to collect the reclaim.

Step 2: Take your blow torch and heat the area of the nectar collector where the residue is.

Don't make it so hot! You just want to warm the residue – you don't want to vaporize it.

Step 3: The residue should start to liquify. Hold the nectar collector over the silicone mat or parchment paper and let it drip out.

You can also use a dab tool to dislodge any larger pieces of wax.

Step 4: After the residue cools, you can use a dab tool to scrape the collected reclaim into a glass container for storage.

Method 2: Using Isopropyl Alcohol or Ethanol

Using Isopropyl Alcohol or Ethanol

This technique dissolves and collects the built-up residue, allowing you to retrieve and enjoy every last drop of your concentrates.

You can use Isopropyl alcohol or very high proof liquor (Ethanol) like everclear and Bacardi 151.

Step 1: Fill your nectar collector up with isopropyl alcohol or high proof liquor, cover the ends up with paper towels to ensure none of it comes out, and give it a good shake to dislodge the reclaim stuck to it.

Step 2: If the reclaim isn't breaking away from the walls, run hot water over the outside of the glass to remove it with heat.

Step 3: When you've shaken the reclaim off the walls and it's swimming in the alcohol, empty the whole thing into a Pyrex dish.

Step 4: Heat the dish with the solution on a hot plate at the lowest temperature setting possible until the liquid evaporates. Don't use an open flame, remember alcohol is flammable.

Step 5: Once the hot plate has evaporated the liquid from your collection, give the reclaim another day to air dry.

Step 6: Using a razor blade, scrape the slightly stable reclaim and gather it up.

3. Using Hot Water

Using Hot Water

This method offers a straightforward and effective way to reclaim your concentrate without using any solvents.

Step 1: Disassemble your nectar collector by removing the mouthpiece, body, and tip.

Step 2: Carefully pour the boiling water through the body of the nectar collector and into the container below. Repeat as needed.

The hot water will melt away the residue and allow it to gather in the separate container while leaving your nectar collector clean.

Step 3: Oil an water don't mix so you can use a tool to scoop the reclaim into a container.

How To get Reclaim out of an Electric Nectar Collector?

get Reclaim out of an Electric Nectar Collector

To get the Reclaim out of an electric nectar collector, all that you need to do is soak all of the removable non-electronic components in a rubbing alcohol or a strong drinkable alcohol.

The alcohol draws out the cannabinoids, which you can then use by consuming the alcohol.

In a typical electric nectar collector, the removable components may include the heating element and a glass bubbler.

How To get Reclaim out of a Silicone Nectar Collector?

get Reclaim out of a Silicone Nectar Collector

If you have a silicone nectar collector, it isn't safe to heat the silicone directly with a blowtorch because doing so could cause the silicone to melt.

Instead, try putting your nectar collector in the freezer for a few hours to harden the residue and make it brittle.

After you've done that, use a dab tool to scrape the residue out over a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

When the residue is frozen, you should find that it flakes away easily from the inside of your nectar collector.

Is It Safe to Consume Reclaim?

Yes, reclaim is generally safe to consume, despite having poor taste and harsh smoke.

Reclaim has been heated before, burning off terpenes and causing the wax to become decarboxylated. There's still plenty of usable wax in reclaim and no ash or tar.

Does Reclaim Get You High?

Yes, you can get high from cannabis reclaim, but the high may be weaker compared to pure cannabis or other concentrated products.

The reclaim can still contain up to 60% total cannabinoids, including THC.

Resin vs Reclaim: What's the Difference?

Resin vs Reclaim comparison

Both Resin and reclaim have a similar appearance and gooey texture, but they are totally different things.

Reclaim is oil that recondensed and stuck to the glass, which forms as a result of dabbing. On the contrary, flower resin is a byproduct of vaporized or burned flower.

Reclaim tastes not good but it's usually potent. Resin tends to be harder to clean and less valuable - no potent or "high" at all.

How To Use Reclaim?

There are two popular ways to use reclaim after collection: dab it, or eat it.

1. Dab it

When you're out of concentrates to dab, you can always collect the reclaim from your nectar collector and dab it.

If you dab it, just be aware that it will not taste anywhere near as good as your original dab.

Though it has plenty of active cannabinoids, there's a significant loss of terpenes. As a result, reclaim contains little to no flavor or scent.

2. Eat it

Since reclaim has already been decarboxylated, you can just straight up eat it as is and you'll be fine.

However, we suggest consuming reclaim alongside something flavorful like a piece of chocolate to mask that dirty hash taste.

To completely avoid that taste you can also infuse it into food like butter.

Why Does Reclaim sizzle when dabbing?

Reclaim sizzles because it tends to have some water still in it, resin that has not come in contact with water will not sizzle.

To prevent reclaim from sizzling when using it, you should heat it up slowly and evenly. It's also important to use a high-quality nectar collector that is designed to handle high temperatures.


‌Collecting and using dab reclaims is an excellent option for getting the most out of your cannabis concentrates.

Going to collect this reclaim every so often can be far cheaper than buying new concentrates each time you want to dab!

By utilizing methods such as heating, using isopropyl alcohol or hot water, you can effectively dissolve and collect the residue left behind.

It retains many of its psychoactive and therapeutic effects, just without the tasty terpenes. Whether you smoke it or eat it, using reclaim just makes good sense!

Additionally, If you have collected a large amount of reclaim, you can store it in the Terp Pen cap (or a silicone concentrate container) for future dabs.

Happy Reclaiming!