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What Is Marijuana Wax, a Cannabis Concentrate?

If you love both the aromatic and flavor experience that flower offers, but you’re looking to try something a little different, marijuana wax might just be the right product for you. In this guide, we’re going to talk all about this unique cannabis concentrate, answering questions that include:

  • What Is Marijuana Wax?
  • How Is Marijuana Wax Made?
  • How Is Wax Different From Other Concentrates?
  • How Do You Consume Marijuana Wax?
  • Answering FAQs About Marijuana Wax

What is Marijuana Wax?

Marijuana wax is a cannabis concentrate made using a solvent-based technique. This method creates an extract that is then agitated as it cools, creating that malleable and sometimes flakey texture and that beautiful honey color. This process is also designed to preserve as much of the flavonoids, cannabinoids, and terpenes as possible, creating a sensory experience for the cannaconsumer both in terms of taste and scent.

Speaking of enjoying wax, there are a number of ways to consume it, including dabbing, vaping, and topping a pre-roll or bowl. That said, while cannabis wax is not the most potent concentrate on the market, it is up there in its THC percentage (60-80%), so new concentrate consumers should always approach concentrates like wax with a low and slow mindset.

How is Marijuana Wax Made?

Wax is a type of butane hash oil (BHO), which simply means that it’s a concentrate created by using butane as the solvent. Using expensive, professional equipment, extractors force butane through marijuana flower. This process separates the cannabinoid- and terpene-rich resin from the flower, leaving an extract that still isn’t ready to be consumed. This is because the butane now has to be purged from the concentrate. The purging process is done at a very specific pressure and heat to ensure that the cannabinoids and terpenes aren’t damaged in the process. Once the butane is gone, the concentrate cools and is agitated, creating that flaky, delicious product known as wax.

How is Wax Different From Other Concentrates?

Wax is different from other concentrates because of how it’s made and its texture. Wax tends to be soft but still shapeable. Sometimes, it can be a little flakey, but it’s generally malleable when handled. This is because of how the extract is agitated while it cools, similar to how you might whip your mashed potatoes. Too much agitation and you can create more of a budder, too little and you’ll get something a lot closer to shatter than wax.

Wax is also a really beginner-friendly concentrate. There’s not a lot of mess involved with cannabis wax, so you’re able to try it without gumming up your dab rig or vaporizer. It’s also easier to handle when placing on a hot nail or adding to a pre-roll or bowl. The combination of how it’s made, texture, and ease of use make wax different from other concentrates on the market.

How Do You Consume Marijuana Wax?

Cannabis concentrates can be consumed in a variety of ways, depending on the product. With wax, cannaconnoisseurs typically choose between three options. You can:

Dab THC Wax

Dab THC Wax: To dab your THC wax, you need a dab rig and a butane torch (if you don’t have an electric dab rig). Heat the nail for about thirty seconds and then allow it to cool for about double the time you spent heating it. This will keep your wax from burning right away the moment you place it on the nail. Then, using a dab tool or your favorite little scooping device, take a tiny amount of wax and place it on the nail. You really don’t need much more than half-a-pea-sized amount. The wax will start to release vapor which you can then consume through the mouthpiece of your dab rig.

Vape THC Wax

To vape your cannabis wax, you’re going to want a dab pen (also called wax pen for obvious reasons)—this is like a vape pen, but it’s made specifically for concentrates. Open your pen and add a tiny amount of wax into the heating chamber. Go ahead and turn the pen on so the wax can start to melt. Once you see it melting into the wick, close your pen up, hold the power button (assuming yours requires that to keep it heating), and then inhale. Many cannabis enthusiasts prefer dab pens to conventional, non-electric dab rigs because they’re self heating, so you don’t need to worry about carrying a torch around to heat your nail.

Infuse Your Pre-Roll With THC Wax

Unwilling to give up your favorite premium flower? Good news, you don’t need to because you can smoke concentrates too. Next time you pack your hand pipe or water pipe, add a little bit of wax on top of the flower in the bowl. Light your marijuana the way you normally would, but keep the flame over the wax so it melts into the plant material. Now, all you have to do is enjoy.

Some cannabis enthusiasts also enjoy adding wax to a pre-roll. If you roll your own, you can add it in the actual rolling papers with the ground up flower, but for those who purchase pre-rolls, you can dip the tip into some wax to enhance the potency, flavor, and aroma of your flower.

Answering FAQs About Marijuana Wax

Wax cannabis is one of the most popular concentrates on the market today, so it makes sense we get a lot of questions about it. Here are just a few of the ones our budtenders answer on a regular basis:

What’s the difference between wax and shatter?
While wax and shatter start out the same way—a solvent, typically butane, is pushed through the flower to create the extract—there are some differences. With shatter, additional compounds like fats, waxes, and even terpenes are removed from the final extract along with the solvent, creating a purified, clear amber-colored product that forms like a pane of glass. That glass can be shattered to make the product. With wax, the solvent-purged extract is agitated as it cools, a process that creates wax’s soft, buttery texture. Typically, extractors try to keep as much of the cannabinoids and terpenes as possible, making it far more flavorful and aromatic than most shatter products.

How strong is marijuana wax?
The potency of marijuana wax depends on the product and manufacturer, but typically, wax contains from 60-80% THC. While it’s not the most potent concentrate on the market, it’s definitely a step up from premium flower.

Can I make my own THC wax?
No, we don’t recommend making your own THC wax. While there may be guides for just about anything on the internet, sometimes you should stick to purchasing your product. In the case of wax, this is because it’s made using flammable solvents. While professional operations use a closed-loop system that regulates both the fumes and the solvents, homemade rigs are not as reliable. Plus, you’re always going to get a higher quality product from a licensed dispensary.

Purchasing Cannabis Wax

Love cannabis flavor? Aroma? Potency? Marijuana wax might just be the perfect concentrate for you to try. Not only does it check all three boxes, it’s also easy to use and not as expensive as some other concentrates on the market.

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