How To Make Cannabis Wax?
To make cannabis wax, manufacturers should turn cannabis buds into cannabis concentrates with the help of solvents. The most common solvents used in the cannabis industry are Butane, CO2, and Isopropyl Alcohol. The concentrate then turns into wax, budder, or shatter, depending on the method of purification of the concentrate.
Making solvents can be very dangerous. Only qualified individuals should make them as there is a high risk of fire, explosions, poisoning, and suffocation. I am in no way encouraging anybody who is not qualified for this task to do this at home. Posts related to dangerous tasks like this are solely for educational purposes only. If you decide to do the procedures described in this article, do so at your own risk and liability.
Cannabis wax is an aerated cannabis concentrate. Its texture resembles a flakey clay which is opaque and easy to manipulate. It is a potent product that has THC levels up to 80%. Wax is slightly moister than shatter but drier than budder.
How To Make Cannabis Wax?
1. Stuff the extraction tube.
Get your ground-up marijuana buds and fill them in the extraction tube. Make sure to pack it entirely, but don’t stuff it. Leave enough space for the solvent to seep through the gaps and saturate the plant material.
2. Saturate the plant material with the preferred solvent.
Make sure that all the plant material in the tube gets saturated with the solvent. Continue the process until the solvent runs clear.
3. Vaporize all the solvents used.
After extraction, allow the solvent to evaporate until all that’s left is an oily substance. The solvent needs to disappear because the solvents used for extraction are poisonous. Vaporizing them makes the concentrate safer and free from most toxins. Keep in mind that there is always a small amount of solvent in the concentrate. If you are looking for a healthier cannabis concentrate, you should check out solventless concentrates.
Give the unfinished concentrate an excellent stir to aid the evaporation of the solvent. The sticky concentrates then has to be heated (ideally in a vacuum oven) at around 110F (43C) until a waxy texture develops.
4. Package the Wax Before it Cools Down
The best material for cannabis wax storage is silicone. It is a material that you can quickly get any consistency on and off from it. However, keep in mind that silicone containers are only best for short-term storage. Jars made out of glass are the second-best option for storage since they are air-tight and best for long-term storage.
What Are The Benefits of Cannabis Wax?
Wax is easier to manipulate than shatter due to its softer texture. Wax is usually less potent in THC and CBD than shatter but preserves more terpenes due to a shorter oven duration. The shorter amount of time in the oven makes it a flavor-rich concentrate. However, the major downside of wax is that more solvent remains in the concentrate than in shatter, but less than in BHO.
How Do You Smoke Cannabis Wax?
Unlike fresh buds, concentrates like wax require a specialized water pipe to consume, called dab rigs or oil rigs. Dab rigs are similar to bongs, but they are smaller and utilize a dab nail or a banger instead of a bowl. However, if you prefer keeping it lowkey, adding wax to your cannabis rolls can also be a route to take. Outside of smoking, you can also use wax to make edibles.
Tips Before Consuming Cannabis Wax
Cannabis wax is a potent concentrate. It contains up to 80% THC, leading to side effects such as paranoia, anxiety, and dry mouth. However, there are safety precautions you can follow to ensure that your sessions will be safe and cause nothing but a great time.
1. Go Low and Slow
Begin by using a small amount of wax. Regardless if you’re a novice or a veteran smoker, it pays to warm up every session. Take a slow pace in between dabs and wait for a few hours before taking another hit.
2. Don’t Mix Substances
Avoid simultaneously using substances. Drinking alcohol while smoking weed leads to its heightened effects that can cause a green out. Green out is a consequence of using too much THC. Research hasn’t identified much about how Green Out occurs. However, it can cause paranoia, anxiety, confusion, rapid heart rate, lethargy, and nausea.
3. Choose a Safe Environment
If you’re a first-time user, staying at home to do your first session is the best thing to do. In a way, you’ll be protecting yourself from what could happen after consuming wax. Your body may react in weird ways. But staying at home should help you stay safe, especially when it’s time to lie down and relax.
4. Keep Company
Nothing is better than having company around. Especially when smoking weed. It does not only enhance the experience, but it also safeguards you for whatever may happen after getting high. Keeping people around you can keep you safe by having someone call for help if the need arises. Having someone to check on you is the best prevention for THC-induced issues.
5. Stay Hydrated
One of the side effects of THC is dry mouth. It is a condition wherein our salivary glands don’t make enough saliva to hydrate the mouth. Drinking water may alleviate a dry mouth! Make sure to keep yourself hydrated throughout the session.