Cannabis concentrates have quickly risen in popularity among experienced users. These concentrated products are much more potent than their original flowers, sometimes reaching as much as 90% THC or more. What’s more, there are many different types available on the market, including what’s called wax concentrate. Read on to learn more.
What Is a Wax Concentrate?
Like other concentrates, a wax concentrate is a form of concentrated cannabis. The process of making it involves using butane (or another solvent) to extract the cannabinoids from the plant. Next, the liquid extract gets heated to off-gas the solvent and whipped to incorporate air, leaving behind a potent, waxy substance.
The heat and moisture levels used during the extraction process, along with the agitation process, result in different wax textures. Crumble is a drier, crumblier form, while budder has a much smoother consistency.
Benefits of Wax Concentrate
Wax concentrates are incredibly potent. As such, you need very little to achieve the desired results. Your wax will last you much longer than other forms of cannabis.
While a high THC content is desirable for some, not everyone is looking to get high and experience the psychoactive effects. Some are sensitive to THC, which can lead to (or worsen) anxiety or depression symptoms. If you’re one of these people, there are also CBD wax concentrates. The high CBD content of these products means you can use a very small amount to alleviate specific symptoms such as chronic pain, insomnia, or anxiety without the mind-altering effects of THC.
Ways to Use Wax Concentrates
One of the most popular ways to use wax concentrates is dabbing. Waxes are often referred to as dabs for this very reason. With this method, you vaporize your wax on the nail of a dab rig. You immediately inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece, not unlike taking a hit from a bong.
You can use wax concentrates in a vaporizer. If you choose to use a vaporizer, be sure to find a high-quality one. While it might cost you a little more, you’re likely to have a much better experience. Look for one that has a quartz or ceramic chamber and titanium heating element, which will help you to avoid combustion (which is the last thing you want if you’re vaping).
Another option to consider is sprinkling a small amount of wax concentrate over the ground buds in your joint or cannabis pipe. With this method, it’ll likely be easier with a drier wax, like crumble. With just a tiny amount, you can take your smoking experience to the next level. It’s also a good way to introduce less experienced users to concentrates.
Is Wax Concentrate Safe?
When it comes to wax concentrates, it’s important to remember that they’re extremely potent. You only need a very small amount to achieve the desired results. Taking too much can lead to getting too high, which can cause paranoia, heightened anxiety, and other symptoms. While they do go away, they can be very uncomfortable.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should always purchase wax concentrates from a reputable licensed dispensary. Many concentrates involve using butane and other potentially hazardous solvents. Leaving too much behind in the final product could have serious effects on your health.
If you’re interested in learning more about wax concentrates, or any other type of concentrate, don’t hesitate to talk with a budtender at your local dispensary. They can provide you with plenty of information and help you to choose the best options to suit your needs.