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What Is Marijuana Wax, a Cannabis Concentrate?

“Wax” is a term that covers a variety of cannabis extracts, but they are all similar in some regards. In this guide, we’ll dive deep into the details of marijuana wax concentrate and answer the following questions:

  • What is Cannabis Wax? 
  • What is Cannabis Wax Made From?
  • What is the Difference Between Wax and Shatter?
  • How Do You Use Cannabis Wax?
  • Cannabis Wax FAQs

What is Cannabis Wax?

Cannabis wax refers to cannabis extracts that have a waxy texture to them. This includes a variety of concentrates - budder, shatter, crumble, etc. - with varying textures and viscosities. 

Wax is made through a solvent-based extraction process in which the solvent is pushed through marijuana flower. This releases the cannabinoids and terpenes from the trichomes, resulting in an oil. The oil is further purified, heated to remove the solvent, and then agitated. This process creates the marijuana wax consistency cannabis enthusiasts love. 

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What is Cannabis Wax Made From?

Cannabis wax is made from marijuana flower. The flower is put through an extraction process that ultimately produces wax. The wax is then packaged and distributed through licensed recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. 

We do not recommend you make cannabis wax at home. The chemicals involved in solvent-based extraction methods - like butane - can be highly volatile and flammable. Only trained professionals using extraction-specific equipment should attempt this process.

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What is the Difference Between Wax and Shatter? 

The main difference between wax and shatter are their consistencies—shatter is a hard, glass-like concentrate that shatters when broken, and wax is a malleable concentrate that most cannabis consumers feel is easier to dose. Wax and shatter can have different THC potencies and have different methods for consumption, which is true for most marijuana products.

Any other differences between the two products come down to individual preference. You may prefer one over the other, so we always advocate trying both to decide for yourself. 

How Do You Use Cannabis Wax?

There are several ways to consume marijuana wax, but most cannabis connoisseurs prefer to dab. This means that the wax is placed on the hot nail of a dab rig, which turns the wax into vapor for inhalation. You can also vape wax, though you’ll want to ensure you have a vaporizer that is made for concentrates.

Wax can also be added to a marijuana flower in a cone or pipe. This means that you pack your ground flower into the rolling paper or pipe, then add a small amount of wax on top of the flower. For the more experienced cannabis consumer, wax can be used to make Moon Rocks. Some cannabis consumers enjoy this because it adds potency to your existing flower. 

Did you know you can also consume wax with a nectar collector? Find out more in our guide.  

Answering Frequently Asked Questions about Cannabis Wax

Our expert budtenders answer questions about marijuana wax regularly. We’ve compiled a few of the most asked questions and answered them here. 

Is wax or shatter better?

Whether wax or cannabis shatter is better depends on your personal preference. Some cannabis enthusiasts prefer wax because it’s easier to use with a dab rig. Others enjoy shatter because of its unique appearance and consistency. Only you can decide if wax or shatter is better. 

What is the difference between cannabis oil and wax?

There are a few big differences between cannabis wax and cannabis oil, but the most obvious one would be consistency. Wax is malleable and semi-solid, whereas cannabis oil is a liquid that can be thick or thin. 

Cannabis wax can be vaped, dabbed, and even smoked in a cone or pipe, but cannabis oil is typically only vaporized. This is because its consistency doesn’t lend well to being used with rolling paper or a dab rig. 

Finally, sometimes cannabis wax is preferred by enthusiasts who want the flavors and aromas of the marijuana flower. Depending on the process of extraction, the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes are preserved, leading to what some cannabis connoisseurs feel is a more authentic experience. Some cannabis oils, or THC oils, can still have these compounds and molecules in them, but many of them are considered THC isolates, which means anything that isn’t THC is removed from the oil.

Where Can I Purchase Cannabis Wax?

Cannabis wax can be purchased at a variety of licensed marijuana dispensaries. Check the product menus of your local dispensary to see if they have wax available. 

If you’re interested in trying a marijuana wax, be sure to visit one of our licensed marijuana dispensaries. Our budtenders are on hand and ready to answer your questions and help you make the right purchase for you.

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.