For some, it’s enough to know that cannabis concentrates like wax are more potent than smoking bud. You’re not that guy, though, and you’re here f
For some, it’s enough to know that cannabis concentrates like wax are more potent than smoking bud. You’re not that guy, though, and you’re here for the real skinny on wax.
Wax versus shatter, vaping or dabbing, e-pens or dab rigs- there’s a lot to come up to speed on. Every concentrate is different, and has different appeal to different types of smokers.
Today’s all about wax. Let’s start at the beginning.
What Is Cannabis Concentrate
Wax is a type of cannabis concentrate, but what is cannabis concentrate in the first place? It’s a type of extract made by separating the rich, potent essential oils in cannabis from the rest of the plant. The oils are full of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Terpenes also bind to brain receptors to create a range of effects. It’s slightly complicated, but Leafly has a handy terpene effect infographic to help you out.
Cannabinoids also bond to receptors in the brain and are the main reason smokers feel ‘high’. THC is one type of cannabinoid, and so is CBG, CBD, and CBN. Each has slightly different effects on the body.
For instance, Cannabidiol (CBD) may improve mood and reduce pain. It’s known for reducing intraocular pressure and is often recommended to glaucoma patients.
Oil, wax, and shatter are all types of cannabis concentrates.
How Cannabis Wax Is Made
Wax is made by flooding cannabis flower matter with a solvent like butane. Butane is particularly effective for extraction, so mostly likely, your wax is butane extracted. This creates an oil like concentrate.
Unlike oil, however, wax is whipped during purging. This extra air creates ridges in the substance and affects its texture.
It’s not uncommon to hear wax called budder, crumble, or flake. Wax has a tacky consistency, but some breaks easier than others. The color of wax ranges from light golden to deep, dark amber.
It’s slightly less potent than oil by about 10 percent, but many users believe it’s more flavorful.
How To Use Cannabis Wax
You can load up some wax in a dab rig which is a lot like a water pipe. It’s fitted with a nail or e-nail which heats the wax concentrate, instead of a bowl or slide.
E-nails plug into the wall and have temperature control features. Regular nails are made of ceramic, quartz, titanium, or glass and require pre-heating by torch.
That sounds scary, but it’s easy to get the hang of.
Some e-pens are also wax compatible. This takes a lot of the guesswork out of dabbing and they’re easy to travel with. Vaporizers, like e-pens, heat the wax by conduction and turns it into smoke. This creates a very smooth smoke because there’s no combustion involved.
Most vaporizers are rather large, though, and best for at home use.
Wax: Now You Know
A little knowledge is a good thing. If you have questions we can answer about wax, cannabis concentrates, or anything 420, get in touch by message, comment, or social media.
Enjoy out there.