With the recent uptick in states that are legalizing marijuana, there are a lot of questions about what the best way to use cannabis is and how you can get it yourself. If you are new to marijuana, seeking it for the high or for chronic pain management, you may not be familiar with cannabis wax.
What is Cannabis Wax?
Cannabis wax is made from marijuana buds but deliver THC at extremely high concentrations. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the part of marijuana that produces the psychoactive effects. It’s the high feeling you get, as well as the part that makes some paranoid. However, marijuana is still considered a great treatment for anxiety when used properly.
Typical weed, that is smoked, delivers roughly 30% THC. Cannabis wax, however, delivered nearly 90% THC to users, making it the equivalent of smoking almost 20 marijuana cigarettes. The wax is so potent, that only a small amount is necessary. In addition, the cost is much higher than purchasing straight marijuana.
What Does Cannabis Wax Look Like?
Cannabis Wax is a dark color. Some say it is similar to honey or molasses. Others compare it to having a Jello or butter consistency. One of the best descriptions is that is looks like ear wax in color and texture.
While cannabis wax may not look appetizing, the fact that some compounds are eight times stronger than smoking a joint is a compelling argument to trying it out.
How is Cannabis Wax Used?
Cannabis Wax can be used in a variety of ways. You can add it to your joint and smoke it. This will give you a more potent high.
Bong users can also use cannabis wax in their device. Just like you would use marijuana, you light the wax and inhale the vapors. This method is less harsh on your lungs and throat.
Those who prefer to vape their marijuana can also vape cannabis wax. One thing to keep in mind here is that you will want to have a ceramic or quartz crystal heating chamber, as well as titanium coils. This will ensure that you can heat the wax up enough that it forms a vapor. The benefits of vaping wax are that you can enjoy using marijuana without the harmful effects of smoke or anyone knowing you are smoking pot.
Dabbing is another way that you can use cannabis wax. Used similarly to a bong, this has historically been the most common way to use cannabis wax. Using homemade or store-bought tools, you basically put a “dab” of wax on the end of what looks like a nail. Using a special torch, you blast the wax and it instantly vaporizes. There is a dome above the nail that captures the vapor so that you can inhale it, like you would with a bong. It sounds a little odd, but it’s pretty straight forward.
How is Cannabis Wax Made?
If you have never made cannabis wax, it is highly suggested that you do not try to make it yourself. While the concentrated wax is expensive, in the realm of pot, it is much safer to use when it is made by a professional. It is also dangerous to make.
Cannabis wax is made using either butane or isopropyl alcohol, with butane being the most common way to make it.
Packing a tube with marijuana buds, butane is forced into one end of it. The butane bonds to the THC in the buds and pulls it out of the plant. Once the butane has completely evaporated, you will be left with an oily substance, that when hardened becomes wax. Very little THC is destroyed using the technique.
Alternately, isopropyl alcohol can also be used to make cannabis wax. The buds are soaked in alcohol and the THC is pulled out. When the alcohol evaporates you are left with cannabis wax.
Both techniques are dangerous to make because both butane and isopropyl alcohol are highly flammable, however, when perfected, you can have an incredible end product.
Cannabis wax contains a higher concentration of THC than anything else you can buy. It is best to purchase from a legitimate producer, as the wax is dangerous to make. When used, it can have a profound effect on those who suffer from chronic pain and other medical conditions.