If you’re interested in learning more about using marijuana wax, this guide is for you. Below, we’re going over everything you need to know about marijuana wax. We’ll cover what marijuana wax is, give some step-by-step instructions on how to use marijuana wax, and go over how marijuana wax is made.
What is Marijuana Wax?
Marijuana wax is a type of cannabis concentrate that’s created by extraction. Using butane as a solvent, wax makers extract the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from the cannabis plant. The result is a waxy, high THC concentrate. With an average THC level of around 80%, wax is one of the most potent cannabis products available today.
Marijuana wax gets its name from its waxy texture. Cannabis wax is moldable, opaque, and yellow to amber in color, giving it an appearance that’s similar to earwax. Note that wax can vary a bit in its consistency. This has resulted in various nicknames for wax, such as budder, sugar wax, and honeycomb. Because wax is most commonly used in a dab rig, wax is also sometimes simply called a dab.
Marijuana wax is similar to another marijuana concentrate, shatter, but it has a different texture. Shatter is also a highly potent concentrate that’s created by extraction, but shatter is solid and brittle. This means that shatter tends to hold up a bit better than wax over time, but also makes shatter more challenging to dose.
How to Use Marijuana Wax
Using a dab rig is the most popular way to smoke marijuana wax, but it’s not the only option. Other ways to use marijuana wax include vaping it with a concentrate vape, smoking it with a nectar collector, taking it with a knife dab, adding it into a joint, and adding it to a bowl of flower.
Below, we’ll give some step-by-step instructions on how to use marijuana wax with these common methods. First, however, we want to remind any first-time wax users that this marijuana product is extremely potent. If you’re new to using marijuana wax, start very low with your dosage. You may want to use the smallest dab your device will allow at first, then use a tiny bit more next time if needed. Going low and slow will allow you to find your perfect dose more easily, as well as avoid the unpleasant side effects that come with overconsumption.
How to Smoke Wax With a Dab Rig
A dab rig, also called an oil rig, looks and works much like bongs and other water pipes. But because it’s designed to be used with concentrates, a dab rig has a fitting for a dab nail rather than for a bowl.
To smoke wax with a dab rig, you need a dab rig, a dab nail, a dab tool, and torch lighter. First, use your blowtorch to heat your dab nail to your desired temperature. Lower temperatures tend to produce gentle clouds with purer flavors, while higher temperatures tend to produce hard-hitting vapor with harsher flavors. Once your nail is at your desired temperature, use your dab tool to scoop a bit of wax. Spread your wax in your hot nail and inhale through your dab rig’s mouthpiece. If desired, use a carb cap on top of your nail to control the nail’s heat and air pressure.
How to Smoke Wax With an E-Nail and Dab Rig
An e-nail is an electronic, temperature controlled dab nail that is used in conjunction with a dab rig. An e-nail eliminates the need for torch heat when dabbing, since it heats itself. Some people prefer e-nails to torches because they can provide consistent temperatures with each dab.
Smoking wax with an e-nail is very similar to smoking wax with a torch and a dab rig. First, turn on your e-nail and heat it to your desired temperature. Then, use a dab tool to scoop up your waxs, spread your wax in your e-nail, and inhale through your dab rig’s mouthpiece.
How to Vape Wax With a Concentrate Vape
There are many vaporizers that are specifically designed to be used with concentrates like wax. Each vape pen and vaping device will have its own unique instructions, so be sure to follow the instructions for your specific device when vaping wax with it. In general, vaping wax with a concentrate vape involves putting a dab of wax on or inside a heating mechanism, then letting the device heat up your wax before inhaling.
How to Smoke Dabs With a Nectar Collector
A nectar collector, also called a honey straw or a dab straw, is a type of portable dab rig with a vertical, straw-like design. To use a nectar collector, you need the nectar collector itself, a torch lighter, and a heat-resistant serving dish (which often comes with the nectar collector).
To smoke wax with a nectar collector, first put your wax in your heat-resistant dish. Next, heat the bottom tip of your nectar collector with your blowtorch. Allow your nectar collector to cool to your desired temperature (use a thermometer if desired). Then, touch the heated bottom tip of your nectar collector to the wax in your heat-resistant dish to vaporize your wax. Finally, gently inhale on the cool end of your nectar collector.
How to Dab Wax With a Knife Dab
The knife dab method involves creating a makeshift dab rig using two hot knives and a plastic bottle. This DIY dabbing method is generally a last resort option for dabbing wax.
The first step in this method is to create a mouthpiece with an empty plastic bottle. Cut the plastic bottle cleanly in half and keep the top half. Then, cut a small opening on the bottom edge of the bottle that two stacked butter knives will be able to fit into. Next, heat the ends of two butter knives until red hot. Being careful not to burn yourself, remove the knives from heat. Place your wax on the end of one of the hot knives, then use the other hot knife to create a sandwich around the wax. The wax will begin to create a smoke. Quickly but carefully place the ends of your connected knives into the opening at the bottom of your makeshift mouthpiece. Inhale the smoke coming from the heated wax.
How to Smoke Wax By Adding It To a Joint
Adding wax to a joint can intensify the joint’s potency, creating a more intense experience. It can also help someone who is new to concentrates ease into the experience.
If you want to add wax to a joint, creating a “twax,” you can add it on the inside or the outside of the joint. To add your wax to the inside of your joint, lay down half of your flower inside your rolling paper, add a tiny amount of wax in a line in the center of the joint (vertically), add the rest of your flower, and then roll the joint. To add wax on the outside of a joint, first roll your joint as usual. Then, roll a slim line of wax (using your desired amount) and spiral it onto the outside of your joint. If the consistency of your wax isn’t good for creating a line, you can also just put a bit of your wax on the tip of your joint to give it a boost.
How to Smoke Wax By Adding It To a Bowl of Flower
Adding a bit of wax to a bowl of flower is another way to amp up your normal smoking experience. To smoke wax with flower, pack your bowl as usual, then add a tiny amount of wax to the center of the top of the bowl. When you go to smoke the bowl, hold your lighter away from the bowl for a few seconds, watch the wax melt into your flower, then smoke as usual. This wax melting method helps ensure that you don’t accidentally burn off the THC in your wax before it’s able to meld with your flower.
How to Make Marijuana Wax
Some cannabis products, like cannabis brownies, are easy to DIY at home. However, cannabis wax, a type of butane hash oil (BHO), is not at all easy for an amateur to make. And, in fact, the cannabis wax extraction process can be extremely dangerous. When done incorrectly, the extraction process can cause massive explosions.
Making marijuana wax can be dangerous because it involves the use of butane, a highly flammable and unstable liquified gas. To make wax, a professional at an extraction lab starts by using butane as a solvent to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis flower. Then, they degasify the extract to purify it, after which they may process it in some way to create a desired texture. For example, budder-style wax gets its signature texture by being whipped after the purification step.
Both the extraction and degasification aspects of creating cannabis wax can be very dangerous, so much so that using solvents to create cannabis concentrates at-home is actually illegal in many places. It’s best to leave marijuana wax making to highly trained professionals and just get your wax from your local dispensary.
If you really want to make a marijuana concentrate at home, know that there are safer options that don’t require the use of solvents, like homemade rosin. You can easily create rosin at home using cured cannabis flower, parchment paper, a dabber tool, and hair straightener (or a heater specifically for creating rosin). This popular DIY method involves placing cured cannabis plant material between two pieces of parchment paper, placing that in a pre-heated hair straightener, and then pressing the straightener closed for 5 to 30 seconds. When you open the parchment paper and remove the flower, you’ll see oily rosin left behind, which you can then scrape up with your dabber.
Final Thoughts on How to Smoke Marijuana Wax
This concludes our guide to smoking marijuana wax. If you have any additional questions about using wax, other types of concentrates, or other cannabis products, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Essence Dispensary. Our team is always happy to answer questions about recreational marijuana and medical marijuana. We’re also always happy to provide our customers with personalized cannabis product recommendations. So, let us know if you need help finding a new product that works for your goals and experience level. To get in touch with an Essence team member, message us here or give your closest Essence Dispensary location a call.