Reading time - 8 minutes - October 14, 2022
Have you just gotten your head around CBD oil, only to be mystified by the emergence of CBD wax? You won’t be alone. Although shops up and down the country are selling CBD oil in everything from tinctures to facial moisturisers, CBD wax is still seen as a slightly newer product, but it’s well on its way to becoming one the hottest on the market. CBD wax is the premium of the CBD range. This concentrated, wax-like substance is jam-packed with potency and delivers a far greater dose, meaning you get to maximise its benefits. But first things first, what is CBD, what is CBD wax, and how do you even use it?
Let’s get this straight. CBD is perfectly legal in the UK and has been since 2018. A natural cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, it is remarkably different from the psychoactive traits of THC, delivering a wealth of benefits. Fascinatingly, CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a relatively new discovery and consists of a vast network of signals to regulate many of our bodily functions. Think of it like a car’s engine, keeping everything in order. Our ECS is critical to our health and well-being.
So, where does CBD come in? When you consume or vape CBD, it binds with our receptors in the body (CBD 1 and CB2), positively influencing the beneficial activity of our ECS. THC is believed to interact inversely with our ECS, delivering different results. The science is still conflicting on how THC and CBD work with our ECS. Some believe CBD stops your endocannabinoids from being broken down, whilst other studies are looking at whether CBD binds to a receptor that has not yet been discovered.
CBD wax derives from the hemp plant and is a cannabis concentrate that takes on a semi-viscous state, a thick consistency which falls between solid and liquid. Its appearance can differ slightly as it can appear in several forms, such as ‘shatter’, ‘crumble’ or ‘budder’, but it’s often light honey or amber coloured in its appearance.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of CBD wax is that it is a purified product which allows you to intake the high qualities of CBD whilst ingesting less volume. This has the added benefit of being cost-effective too. We can consume CBD wax in several ways, but ‘dabbing’ or vaping is the most common. A ‘dab’ is a single serving of a concentrate that you vape with a vaporiser or a dab rig.
One question we get asked a lot is, ‘can CBD wax get you high?’ Thanks to its non-psychoactive properties, CBD wax does not get you high. It is perfectly safe to use and can be used at any point during the day.
CBD wax is made by extracting cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. There are several ways manufacturers extract CBD, but the two most common use a ‘closed loop extraction system’ and are often referred to as:
In this instance, butane, a highly explosive gas, is blasted over the plant material to extract its essential oils, including cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. As the butane evaporates, a potent, concentrated substance is left behind. Following this, the substance is tested to ensure the successful removal of the butane.
Believed to be a far safer way of extracting cannabinoids, CO2 extraction is also expensive. This process uses pressurised carbon dioxide to extract cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. Heat and pressure force the carbon dioxide to turn ‘super-critical’ (a state of liquid and gas), which then evaporates, leaving behind a pure, concentrated form of cannabis.
The above methods are not exceptionally safe or cost-effective, so it’s recommended to leave these to the experts. That’s if you want to avoid burning down your kitchen.
A method which has taken off in popularity recently is rosin press extraction. This simple tool can be used safely at home and uses solely heat and pressure to generate a solvent-free form of concentrated cannabis.
You may have heard various terms used to describe CBD wax, from budder to shatter, making it a little confusing. These terms refer to the consistency of the product, and they all fall under the umbrella of what we call CBD wax. Different types of CBD wax can include:
CBD budder is produced by using air pressure and purging the CBD extract at an extremely high temperature. The substance is then whipped to extract solvents, creating a fluffy, creamy texture which resembles butter.
Unique in its appearance, CBD shatter has a translucent appearance which is often clear or amber in colour. As the name suggests, the substance is glass-like and can ‘shatter’ into many pieces. Upon heating, shatter melts to form a thick, gooey liquid resembling honey. Shatter is achieved by allowing the substance to cool down and harden after its extraction.
Likened to looking similar to honeycomb, CBD crumble has a brittle consistency. During the process of extraction, less moisture is removed from the product. This method enables a crumblier appearance, making it an easy CBD wax to handle.
To create live resin, hemp buds are immediately flash-frozen after harvest. This method helps to preserve a larger number of terpenes and cannabinoids, making a sought-after concentrate with maximum flavour and potency. Live resin has a runny consistency and is either white or pale yellow in colour.
The most natural extract available, rosin is made by pressing the plant matter with heat and pressure. This method preserves the terpenes and cannabinoids, delivering a wax high in flavour and potency without the risk of any added solvents. Using a rosin press has become a popular method opted by those making CBD concentrate from home.
There are several ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD wax. One of the most popular of these is ‘dabbing’, which essentially is a method of vaporising cannabis. Vaporising CBD wax offers a high potency alongside a fast-acting hit of effects.
One increasingly popular way of inhaling CBD wax is by using a ‘dab rig’. A dab rig looks like a glass bong and is specifically designed to heat extracts to an extremely high temperature and then vaped. The dab is attached to a ‘nail’, and a blowtorch is used to heat the device, producing a vapour which can be inhaled immediately. This is technically flash vaporising CBD concentrate for an instant effect. You can even use a bong to inhale CBD wax!
Does using a blowtorch and a complicated-looking device fail to appeal? Fortunately, you can also use a wax vaporiser, an ultra-convenient way of vaping CBD wax on the move without the need for any dodgy-looking devices. A wax vaporiser is specifically designed to withstand the thicker consistency of wax and uses a ceramic heating atomiser area to heat and vaporise your concentrate. They are far more discreet and suitable for sliding into your pocket when you are out and about. As the vapour dissipates quickly, the smell does not linger in the air, which is a bonus.
So, how simple are wax vaporisers exactly? Their nifty design allows you to inhale a highly potent concentrate in seconds, and you can do it as swiftly as this:
You may be wondering if it is worth using CBD wax. It sure is. Put it this way, CBD wax is the crème de la crème of cannabis as it is:
Fast acting: when you vape or dab CBD wax, it is absorbed into your bloodstream, delivering immediate results.
Besides this, let’s remind ourselves of the incredible benefits of CBD:
Unlike its cousin THC, CBD does not give you a feeling of a ‘high’, leaving you in control and making it ideal for daytime and nighttime use.
Promising studies have shown that CBD can interact with our ECS to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can even help individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several recent studies have shown that CBD can assist with relieving traumatic symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares.
Lab studies have shown that CBD is also an antioxidant and even has 30%-50% more antioxidant properties than Vitamin C or Vitamin E!
Thanks to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can help those who suffer from chronic pain such as arthritis. In fact, CBD continues to show promise in relieving a number of life-altering conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), epilepsy and diabetes.
The use of CBD wax is emerging as a popular trend for a very good reason. Thanks to its high potency and convenience, it is quickly becoming the go-to product for those wanting a powerful hit of CBD benefits on the move. We have a selection of CBD waxes available, from 95% Terpene-Infused CBD Isolate Shatter with an enhanced raspberry cookie flavour, to 80% Terpene-Infused Crumble with a pineapple flavour. Take a look here for further inspiration.
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