Five Things You May Not Know About Marijuana Wax


If you are an experienced marijuana user, you’re probably familiar with marijuana wax. Maybe you’ve tried it, or perhaps you’ve heard stories about it. It’s not uncommon for people to smoke marijuana wax, but despite the popularity– there is a lot that people don’t know about it.

Before we get into the unknown information behind wax, for those of you who don’t know anything about wax– we’ll start with the basics.

What is Marijuana Wax?

Marijuana wax is an extremely potent cannabis extract. It’s essentially a form of hash oil concentrate that derives from marijuana plants. The high potency is no joke– the concentrations in wax go up to 90% THC, providing a much stronger high than a typical bud.

You won’t see anyone rolling up a joint of cannabis wax, although some people will sprinkle a little bit of wax on their joint if they’re looking for an extra boost of THC. However, the most common way people use cannabis wax is through either dabbing or vaping.

If you’re not familiar with the dabbing method, it’s basically a fancy, more complicated version of smoking a bong. Dabbing requires a dab rig that needs to be heated to an extremely high temperature– which means your back-pocket BIC lighter won’t cut it. You’re going to need a blow torch to vaporize the wax which you then inhale like you would a bong. But odds are, one hit will do the trick!

The other method commonly used to smoke wax is vaping. It’s portable, efficient, and less intense than dabbing. However, it’s important to have a good vape pen that will safely heat up the wax because there is a possibility for combustion.

You might be thinking– is smoking cannabis wax better than smoking regular marijuana? It depends on your preference. Some people prefer wax due to efficiency and immediate effects, but others prefer the traditional joint. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about the five things that you may not know about marijuana wax.

1. It can be highly hallucinogenic

Even if you haven’t smoked wax before, you may have heard stories from others who have. Why? The highs from marijuana wax can be so intense that they cause hallucinations.

Marijuana itself has hallucinogenic properties, which can be amplified dramatically with the potency in wax. That being said, if you’re prone to paranoia when smoking marijuana, smoking wax may be too intense.

2. It’s not easy to make at home

Making marijuana wax is not exactly something you should DIY. Making cannabis wax is extremely dangerous, even when made professionally. In fact, a hospital in Southern California reported about 20 wax-related explosion injuries in just six months. Butane is used to make wax and even the smallest spark can ignite the vapor that fills the room.

Aside from the possibility of explosions, another danger that can arise from making cannabis wax is inhaling too much butane. If made in a poorly ventilated area, the significant use of butane can damage your lungs. Plus, if made incorrectly, there could be leftover butane residue in the wax– which is not safe to smoke.

3. It’s illegal to make in some states

You may be surprised to know that while marijuana wax may be legal to use in California, it’s actually illegal to make it. The California Health and Safety Code permits prosecution for anyone found producing marijuana wax. The charge? Operation of a drug lab.

4. It can have an immediate effect

The experience of smoking marijuana wax can hit like a brick. The extremely high potency is said to have an immediate effect, which some people prefer. Some marijuana patients not only prefer the immediate effect but need the instant high.

This fast-acting marijuana method is likely the best option for people who are looking for a way to treat chronic pain. Instead of waiting for the effects to kick in as you patiently endure the pain you feel, cannabis wax is known to rapidly treat the pain for patients who require a quick relief solution.

5. Wax can be more expensive than marijuana

When it comes to saving your money, cannabis wax might not be the most frugal option. In states where marijuana wax is considered legal, there is a noticeable price range between wax and your typical bud. While marijuana costs $15-20 per gram, the average price range for a gram of cannabis wax is around $70-100.

In areas like the East Coast of the United States, where the majority of states don’t recognize marijuana wax to be legal, it can cost much more. The reason is that people are willing to spend more on legal cannabis wax instead of the risky alternative of buying it illegally, which is more accessible because it’s illegal in the majority of the region.

People are also willing to pay more if they have a higher tolerance that requires the high amount of THC found in wax in order to experience the effects.

Final Thoughts

There is a lot of depth behind the method of marijuana wax. Its popularity is widely recognized, but these five facts aren’t exactly common knowledge. For those of you considering smoking marijuana wax, whether you’re a beginner or experienced dabber, it’s essential to understand the background of this cannabis option.

Most importantly, before smoking marijuana wax, you should consider the possible dangers you may encounter. We recommend avoiding any risk for danger by first, making sure that you are getting wax that has been professionally made in the proper environment. If you don’t know where it’s coming from, there is a possibility that it contains butane residue due to production in an illegal/unsafe environment.

We also recommend considering your personal preference and reaction to high amounts of THC. If you’re someone who gets paranoid after smoking too much or experiences hallucinations or major anxiety– stick to the classic cannabis option.

Overall, you should know what you’re smoking, and know yourself enough to make the wisest decision for you. If you have any specific questions or concerns, it’s wise to ask the experts at your local dispensary instead of risking a bad experience. Here at Herb Collective, we commit to compassion, and you can trust that our budtenders will have your back!

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