Marijuana Wax Explained and How to Smoke It

Marijuana wax is the latest marijuana product that is slowly gaining traction in the cannabis industry. This concentrate packs a THC punch that will keep cannabis consumers coming back for more.

Thanks to its enhanced potency, the use of wax remains somewhat controversial to the public eye. It also stands that dabbing – the term used to describe how wax is smoked – is still largely misunderstood.

Let’s take a closer look at what it is, the various consistencies from which you can choose when using marijuana wax, how to smoke it, as well as some of its effects.

What is cannabis wax?

Cannabis wax refers to a cannabis concentrate made by purifying and extracting THC and CBD oils and terpenes from the cannabis plant.  It comes in different names, including but not limited to the following: hash oil, butane hash, butane honey oil (BHO), ear wax, and cannabis dessert.

The extraction process involves using butane or other solvents such as propane or carbon dioxide.  The final product is an oily, concentrated cannabis substance that can be smoked in a pipe, similar to how you would smoke weed from bowls or bongs.

Weed wax generally contains two main ingredients: THC extract and concentrates. Wax products typically have high levels of psychoactive THC and low levels of CBD. These concentrates come in many shapes and sizes. Applying heat to the wax will make it liquid again, so you can pour it onto something else to use as an edible or vaporizer pen if you have one.

What are the different cannabis wax textures?

There is plenty of wax concentrates in the market today, but they can be grouped into four main types: budder, crumble, shatter, and glass.


Budder is the most common form of wax consistency because it’s easier to work with than other forms. Wax in this form is soft enough to collect with your finger or a dabbing. It is also soft enough to spread on a rolling paper.


Crumble wax can be crushed into smaller pieces or crumbled between your fingers. It has the consistency of dried coconut flakes and smells like plant material with hints of the butane solvent. This form of cannabis extract is very potent, so you will get higher if using it in place of other types of wax.


Shatter is also known as “honeycomb” or “break-n-snap.” It typically looks like a golden sheet of glass that easily shatters if you try to bend it too hard. Shatter wax generally has the highest level of THC content among other types because extraction companies use butane.


Glass is the purest form of cannabis wax, making it very potent to smoke in place of budder or crumble waxes. You can usually apply heat to glass, and it will melt into a liquid rather than break apart like other types do when they are exposed to heat.

How do you consume wax cannabis concentrate?

There are plenty of ways to consume the substance, such as:

  • Blunt wraps (such as those made with tobacco) 
  • Dab or dabbing (the process of vaporizing the product) 
  • Drip box (a system for smoking marijuana wax or other types of concentrates like hash oil) 
  • Eating it (mixing the wax with butter or another cooking fat to make edibles)
  • With a bong (using water filtration to cool down the smoke) or a vape pen

What is dabbing?

Dabbing is a process of vaporizing marijuana concentrates from the source. Dabbing gets its name from the small glass dish commonly referred to as a “dab” or “dab rig” that holds a dose of cannabis concentrate.

The vessel is heated with a hot surface gadget called a “dabber.” The dab rig made from titanium coils is soaked with cannabis concentrate, which coats the piece of cotton inside. The cotton is then lit, and as it’s breathed in, the concentrate will stick to the lungs and prime them for deep inhalation.

How do I dab?

With your dab rig, place the nail on top of a clean banger. Apply butane torch fire to the nail and wait for about 30 seconds, or when the nail becomes red hot.

Next, drop some cannabis wax onto the heated nail and inhale through either your water pipe or dab. Take extra caution at this step, as the hot nail can cause serious injuries and burns. 

Once you’ve had your fill of dabbing cannabis wax or hash oil on a banger (or if it’s too much for you), consider moving up to an electronic rig or “e-nail.” An e-nail has various temperature settings that allow users to set their preferred vaporizing.

All you need to do is use the torch on top of your nail, turn it on and wait for about 15 seconds or so. Set your preferred temperature with the small dial below the heating element before applying wax onto the heated surface.

What are the benefits of wax?

Wax offers some unique and exciting effects of marijuana not found on other concentrates and traditional cannabis products. Despite its oddities, there’s a lot more to this substance than meets the eye. 

Provides a more intense high than flower

Due to its high purity, smoking cannabis wax offers the obvious benefit of an intense high that lasts longer than ordinary weed. 

The purity of wax is anywhere between 40%-95%. And each dab will likely contain between 60% and 90& THC depending on the method used. In comparison, flowers pale in comparison with THC levels, generally peaking at 28%.

If you’re looking for a high potency wax, the Green Supreme – Northern Lights Diamonds (1G) is a great place to start. One of the most popular strains of all time, this full spectrum concentrate keeps it pure without losing any of the good stuff.

Can be used in any smoking device

Cannabis wax has a very high melting point, which means you can easily apply it to any smoking device.

You can use both an oil rig with full-on wax or vape pens for your wax. Since you can easily apply vaping wax on top of any smoking device, users will be able to get their hands on some dabs and forget about buying new paraphernalia.

Can be used as edibles

If devices don’t vibe with you, then edibles are the way to go. Luckily, wax can also be eaten if transformed into edibles. One of the easiest ways to consume this marijuana concentrate is by frying it with butter or any type of cooking fat.

When using marijuana concentrates for weed edibles. Use about half an oz (about 14 grams) of cannabis for every one cup of butter or cooking grease that you’ll be frying it into. If stored properly, the finished product will remain intact even after.

Treats stress and chronic pains

Cannabis wax is a great way to alleviate some medical conditions since it can be used in many different ways. For instance, if you’re suffering from pain or muscle spasms, then wax might do the trick for you.

Waxes made from medical strains, such as the Sugar Wax – Deathstar (1G), can induce positive and therapeutic effects to treat nausea and even insomnia-related complications.

Get the most out of your weed without having to smoke it all at once

The most obvious benefit of marijuana concentrates is that they allow you to enjoy the benefits of weed without having to consume it all at once. Instead of smoking a full joint, you can easily use half an amount.

However, if you are planning on smoking it all at once, consider dabbing cannabis wax instead. Wax contains high THC levels that will let you get the most out of your weed without wasting any. A little wax goes a long way!

Is smoking marijuana concentrates safe?

The process of smoking cannabis wax is not that different from smoking marijuana in its flower form. However, there are some risks associated with smoking wax that users should be aware of.

Wax can contain up to 95% THC content, and this makes it very potent – so much so that you have to be careful while purchasing or consuming cannabis concentrates. Don’t let high concentrations of cannabinoids fool you into thinking that there are no dangers involved with it.

Wax can be very extremely dangerous if not used in the right way. Risks associated with wax use include drug abuse, extreme paranoia, and hallucinations.

If you’re new to wax, the best thing that you can do is start slow and build your tolerance gradually. If possible, it’s recommended that beginners only take one hit of dabs at first – just enough so they can feel its effects but not too much for their system to handle all.

Bottom line

Smoking wax is a new trend that has been on the rise in recent years. If you are looking for a new way to consume your marijuana, dabbing may be just what you’ve been waiting for!

But before making this change, it’s important to know all of its benefits and risks before you try it for yourself. We can help you learn more about marijuana wax and how it affects your body, answering any questions or concerns you may have!