With an increase in the use of cannabis, there are categories from which you can get several benefits. However, wax weed is the most prominent category of all and contains a high concentration of cannabis within it. These are used as dab as well as vape.
In the last few years, weed has played an impactful role in people’s life. And with it, the perception of weed changed. Wax weed is one of the popular cannabis products.
Now, the question is what exactly is a wax weed? How is it prepared? In this article, I am going to share a brief insight regarding wax weed and how to make wax weed.
What is Wax Weed: Overview
Weed wax is a concentrated form of cannabis essential oil. Cannabis extracts have a consistency which is similar to honey or glass. However, the characteristic of wax is similar to that of a flaky clay.
A good quality wax is amber coloured, opaque, easy to manipulate, and comparatively softer in consistency. Wax weed has more superior flavours than the shatter and holds more potency as well.
The THC content in wax weed is around 60 to 80%, thus making it more potential for various diseases.
The cannabinoid content in one single joint will be excessive, thus granting more medicinal benefits.
How to Smoke Weed Wax?
To smoke weed wax, you have to do so with the help of dab rig, also known as an oil rig. To smoke weed wax, a certain amount of wax is included within metal wand-like tool or dab tool.
Then, this glob of wax is loaded into a heated hot plate called nail, which is made with heat safe ceramic, titanium or quartz.
To heat this weed wax, you will need a torch which is used to make creme brulee in the kitchen. One thing that should be kept in mind while doing this process is that the temperature should not be more than 446° F as it is the point of combustion of cannabis.
The effect of weed in wax form is potent and the results are immediate. This is due to the high level of psychoactive THC incorporated within it.
Weed Wax: The Preparation Method
Weed wax is prepared with the help of butane. Thus, it needs to be handled with care, as it is highly inflammable and can cause an accident if not. To make wax, firstly the weed buds are packed into tubes and then they are blasted with butane.
This exposure of weed to butane separates cannabis resin with other unwanted plant materials.
However, after this step, any excess butane should be evaporated from the concentrate. This is the reason why the weed wax is kept in a baking sheet and cleaned in low temperature.
The output is then a sticky cannabis concentrate which is left to cool and harden. After this, they are scrapped and stored in a storage container.
How is Shatter Different than Wax?
Shatter is a translucent, hard, glass-like sheet while the wax is soft and opaque. Well, apart from its basic appearance, there are other conditions by which shatter and wax is different from each other.
Both of them are extracted from the same process. That is by butane extraction and cleaned in a low-temperature vacuum oven to get rid of any residues. But sometimes shatter are heated adversely than the wax.
The shatter may winterize their primary extract in order to hedge upon a subordinate wax consistency. In the winterization process, the concentrate is run in ethanol for the second round of extraction.
However, Shatters which have experienced winterization will have fewer flavour than BHO. Sometime, even after winterization, some shatter may sugar up and form wax of it.
Shatters that are entitled to sit develops certain terpene aroma molecules which are isolated from cannabinoids.
This process is called Nucleation. And, it occurs if you keep candies or chocolates outside. You should have noticed, the formation of dust or crystals on the outer side of candy or chocolate after keeping it out, well, it is due to nucleation.
Despite that, conditions like humidity and temperature can also contribute to the formation of wax or shatter.
Side Effects of Weed Consumption
Cannabis and its consumption has a lot of beneficial effect on your health and is pretty famous among people of all age groups. However, people who are less than 18 years is not legally allowed to consumed weed.
Here, I have listed some of the long term as well as short term side effects that may get triggered.
Short-Term Side Effects
- Short-term memory difficulties
- Severe anxiety
- Strange behaviour
- Panic attacks
- Loss of sense and personal identity
- Low Reaction time
- Increase in Heart Rate (risk of heart attack)
- Stroke risks
- Coordination Issues
- Male Sexual problems
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
Long-Term Side Effects
- Deterioration in IQ
- Poor academic performance
- Weakened thinking ability
- To learn and perform complex tasks
- Lower life satisfaction
- Potential development of drug abuse
- Relationship problems
- Antisocial behaviour
- Financial difficulties
- Expanded welfare dependence
Summing up the Discussion
Weed wax is a soft and opaque form of weed that has high concentration cannabis incorporated within it. It has a consistency similar to honey or glass.
Although, the potency level of weed wax is much greater than any other form.
The formation process of weed wax is quite easy but involves inflammable objects like butane which can create a hazard if not done in a well-ventilated place. Apart from that, shatter and wax are different from each other.
The main difference between shatter and wax lies within its method of heating. Sometimes, shatter is heated differently than the wax. Also, other conditions like temperature and humidity can also affect its form.
However, there is certainly short term as well long term side effects that get triggered with time.
It is important to keep one thing in mind that weed should not be consumed by people below 18 years. As it is not legal for them.