If you’re new to the world of CBD (cannabidiol), you may wonder: what is CBD wax?
CBD is one of the most prevalent active components in the cannabis plant and has become popular in recent years because of its potential health benefits. Manufacturers are now selling various forms of CBD alone and mixed with other ingredients to create different types of products, from lotions to oils, teas, and more.
The most common type of CBD extract is CBD oil, which is typically found in tincture bottles and mixed into personal care products, as well as in capsule form. Another common type is CBD wax.
All About CBD Wax
When you think about wax, you may imagine the wax in candles and children’s crayons, or perhaps the beeswax in lip balms. Indeed, beeswax is the original form of wax, secreted by honey bees and used to construct their honeycombs. It’s a solid, yellow substance composed largely of fatty acids and long chain alcohols.
Other waxes have a similar makeup in that they’re solid materials that are soft enough to be pliable or moldable. Plant and animal waxes, for instance, include beeswax and carnauba wax, which comes from the Brazilian palm tree. There are also man-made waxes like paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum, or montan wax, which is extracted from coal.
CBD wax is a type of CBD concentrate that is similar to CBD oil, in that it is an oily substance, but it is slightly darker with a more solid, wax-like appearance. Like other forms of CBD, it is extracted from the cannabis plant and then processed to produce the end product.
Because it is highly concentrated, you can use less CBD wax to achieve the same results as you may with a greater quantity of say, CBD oil. Potency differs, though, depending on the manufacturer, so it’s always best to check the product’s lab report , known as a Certificate of Analysis (or COA) before using.
How Is CBD Wax Made?
There are a few different extraction methods manufacturers use to produce CBD wax, but in general, they blast the plant material with a solvent to pull out the cannabinoids and other healthful components, like flavonoids and terpenes. The two most common methods used include:
- CO2 Extraction: Manufacturers use pressurized carbon dioxide and heat to separate the desired components. When it cools, the CO2 evaporates, leaving no solvents behind. This is considered a “cleaner” form of extraction.
- Butane Hash Oil Extraction (BHO): A less popular option, this process uses butane to extract the CBD and other components. The butane is then left to evaporate, but it’s up to the manufacturer to be sure there is no residual butane left behind since it is toxic to humans.
What are the Different Types of CBD Wax?
You can find a variety of different types of CBD wax on the market today. Below are some of the most common:
- CBD Budder: With a softer consistency more like butter, this variety is extracted via very high temperatures and then whipped up to remove any excess moisture.
- CBD Shatter: This is typically one of the most potent types of CBD wax, and gets its name from its hard, brittle exterior. It looks similar to broken glass. Manufacturers use chemicals and heat to extract it, then allow it to cool and harden. Users heat it to consume it, whereupon it morphs into a gooey, honey-like liquid.
- CBD Crumble: Similar to crystalized sugar, this form is processed to preserve some of the other beneficial compounds like flavonoids and terpenes. It has a unique flavor that many people prefer.
- CBD Live Resin: This type of CBD wax is made from cryogenically frozen plant buds, as opposed to dried or cured ones. This ensures greater preservation of the cannabinoids and terpenes, and also gives it a more distinctive flavor. It’s typically the most expensive of all forms of CBD wax.
What are the Benefits of CBD Wax?
Because it is a more concentrated form of CBD, CBD wax is considered to be a more powerful product. Users appreciate it for its immediate action and potential benefits and note that it takes just a little to produce a noticeable effect.
As with other CBD products, consumers of CBD wax associate it with a calm and positive mood, healthy levels of inflammation, and relief of tightness and tension.
How Do You Use CBD Wax?
Because of its consistency, CBD wax works particularly well for vaping and in dab rigs:
- Vaping: In a vaporizer, the user loads the CBD wax in the coil before heating.
- Dab Rig: In a dab rig, the user heats the wax in a bowl before adding it to the pipe.
Using the dab ring in a practice called “dabbing” is the most popular way to use CBD wax. You add a small amount of the wax to the hot “nail” surface, where it immediately turns into a vapor which you then inhale. Traditional dab rigs require a butane torch to heat up, but there are now e-rigs or e-nails that offer a flameless alternative.
Vaping CBD is also popular, though, and is more convenient because it is flameless and you can take the vape pen with you. It’s best to choose one with a quartz or ceramic heating chamber with titanium coils, as these work best when heating the wax.
Can I Eat CBD Wax?
Because CBD wax is more readily absorbed through the lungs than through the stomach, it’s best to vape it rather than eat it. It will also last much longer because you can use much less to receive the same benefits. However, some consumers prefer to avoid vaping any substances like tobacco or CBD out of concerns for lung health. Other CBD products specifically made to be consumed provide a much better experience that way than wax will.
Is CBD Wax Legal?
Because most CBD wax typically contains no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the mind-altering cannabinoid in the cannabis plant—it is legal in most states. It is similar to CBD oil in that it is supposed to contain the CBD and perhaps some flavonoids or terpenes, although some CBD wax may contain trace amounts of THC. CBD products, including CBD wax, containing trace amounts of THC are also legal in most states provided they contain less than 0.3 percent THC. You can review the product’s certificate of analysis to determine how much CBD and THC a CBD wax product contains.