One of the most popular and potent forms of marijuana concentrates available today is Cannabis wax  also known as weed wax, Butane Hash Oil (BHO), and honey oil . It is used for both recreational and medicinal purposes and is made by heating the plant’s materials with butane (or another solvent) and extracting the THC which results to a finished product with a gooey wax consistency containing a THC content of 30%. However, most wax concentrates have over 90% THC which is equivalent to 15 to 20 joints!

How to make cannabis wax at home

 It is advisable to purchase already made cannabis wax because making cannabis wax at home can be very dangerous. However for those who still want to proceed with the Do it yourself  approach, they can follow the following steps.

  1. First, the marijuana buds should be packed into a tube or pipe.
  2. Secondly, the butane (or other solvent) should be placed over the plant material to permit the fluid to bond with the psychoactive THC in the buds and extract the compound from the plant.
  3.  Lastly, the butane should be allowed to evaporate until there’s nothing left except an oily and extremely potent substance which is cannabis wax.

A variety of cannabis wax textures such as shatter, budder and crumble can be created depending on specific conditions such as temperature and humidity of the extraction process

How to smoke cannabis wax

There are several ways of smoking cannabis wax, but the extract cannot be used in a joint or vaporizer if the substance is too sticky and hard to handle. However, the following are the three most common ways to use it:

  • Dabbing.  Dabbing is the most popular way of consuming marijuana wax. It involves the use of a piece of equipment known as dab rig, which consist of a specific type of pipe or bong. A dab “nail” that fits the pipe or bong’s gauge is also needed which can either be made of ceramic and quartz, but titanium is most common. In addition a dome is also needed, which consist of the glass hood placed around the nail to trap the vapor before inhalation. Finally, a mini-blow torch, the kind that’s used for crème brulee, and a dabber, which is the glass, metal or ceramic tool used to apply a dab are also needed. For novice, it’s recommended that they start out with a small dose of wax no larger than a crumb. The process of dabbing commences by turning on the torch and aiming the flame directly at the nail. The torch should be turned and the glass dome place over the nail once it’s hot. After, it should be left to cool for about 45 seconds, take your dabber, apply the dab directly on the nail inside the dome, and inhale slowly.  Then exhale and enjoy!
  • Vaping.  Vaping is another popular way of consuming marijuana wax.   The best vaporizer is that with a ceramic or quartz crystal heating chamber, and preferably one that has titanium coils to prevent accidental combustion. vaping wax allows you to enjoy the experience without the smoke just like with vaping weed
  • Sprinkling the wax on a joint.  The third most common way of consuming wax is by sprinkling it over flower when rolling a joint or packing a bowl. This can be easily achieved by using crumble wax because something like buddy or resin will create a nasty and sticky mess and the user will end up getting more on his/her fingers than inside the joint!

The Benefits of Cannabis Wax

 One of the most important benefits of cannabis wax is its enhanced potency. When made correctly, wax will not have any butane residue and is an incredibly potent substance. It can also be used for relieving a wide array of health issues, including chronic pain, anxiety and depression.

It should be noted that marijuana  wax is very  potent and  can cause negative side effects such as  hallucinations, unconsciousness and extreme paranoia and as mentioned above can also  be very dangerous to make at home because Butane vapors can quickly fill a room and all it takes is a single spark to ignite. Equally making wax at home working in a poorly ventilated area, can cause death from inhaling too much butane.

The Bottom Line about Marijuana Wax

For marijuana user looking for a tremendous high and they are a bit of a risk taker, wax may be for them.  They should just be forewarned about its potential dangers (especially the Do it yourself  approach to making it). Equally,  for medical patients, wax may be an option if regular marijuana isn’t helping with their ailments.

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