Cannabis wax is the soft, opaque golden concentrate made of extracted oils from the cannabis plant. It can have a soft viscous texture (budder) or a slightly firmer but crumbly texture (honeycomb or crumble). Cannabis wax can be an incredibly potent concentrate containing as much as 90 percent THC, so low-tolerance consumers should be wary of using too much.
There are many ways to extract cannabis, but they are all variations of this process: cannabis plant matter is exposed to a chemical solvent (butane or ethanol are commonly used) or a natural solvent (water, ice, CO2, freezing temperatures) that separates cannabinoids (and sometimes terpenes, too) from the plant matter. The extracted cannabinoids are then purified of the solvent, and the remaining substance is the concentrate.
The THC content of most cannabis flowers falls within the range of 5 to 30 percent. Cannabis wax, on the other hand, can contain close to 100 percent THC. While the assumption may be that concentrates are most appealing to the recreational side of the market because of the products’ intense potency, the use of concentrates is also up among those who use cannabis medicinally.Cavazos-Rehg discovered that the most common conditions concentrates were used to treat were