What is weed wax?
Weed Wax is an umbrella term for many types of dabs that are soft and malleable. If shatter butters up and doesn’t stay clear, it is usually whipped and turned into a wax.
Nuanced forms of wax include budder, batter, sugar, crumble, and more. Wax can be made using a variety of different techniques but is commonly made with butane. Most often dabbed, wax can also be added to bowls, joints, or blunts for added potency.
How Is Marijuana Wax Made?
THC wax can be produced “solvent-free” but is most commonly produced with butane extraction. For safe wax production, reputable manufacturers use specially closed equipment to prevent explosions because butane is so highly flammable. Butane is normally a gas, but it is used in a liquified form to release the wax from the cannabis plant.
The marijuana plant is packed into tubes and “washed” with the liquid butane. The butane will separate the “trichomes” of resin from the rest of the plant. The trichomes are where most cannabinoids and terpenes are located. Next, there are several necessary steps to removing the dangerous butane from the plant material. This process uses heat, condensation, and vacuum purging. These last steps are often skipped or not done correctly in home labs, and toxic butane can be left in the resin or wax, creating the potential for marijuana dangers.
Once the washed plant material cools and hardens, it is sometimes processed further by stirring or whipping into forms called sugar, crumble or “budder.”
Unfortunately, littered among the well-made marijuana products available for medical and recreational use, there are many unregulated waxes that do not have limits on THC concentration or the methods used to create the product. There are also unscrupulous manufacturers who may create waxes that are made from left-over, unusable waste products left behind from making other cannabis products.