Everything that you need to know about CBD wax

Published May 18, 2019 12:35 p.m. ET
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Both primary cannabinoids that are produced by cannabis and hemp plants are known to take several different forms. From edibles down to the most refined oils, the options we have today are amazing compared to just ten years ago. CBD products are generally taken by people who have chronic health issues that they are trying to treat since it acts as a potent anti-inflammatory without any psychoactive effects.

Most people hear CBD products, and they think of CBD oils or tinctures since they are some of the easiest to find and most advertised, but CBD wax is the hottest topic in the CBD product world, with many raving about their successes in its use for treatment. Here we will explain everything you need to know about CBD wax.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that are produced by both hemp and marijuana plants. It was first discovered in 1940 and is a powerful medicine that has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities with very minimal adverse side effects. As mentioned before, CBD is non-psychoactive, so will not produce the euphoric high that is so often associated with cannabis use.

What is CBD wax?

CBD is the primary ingredient in CBD wax which makes up between 80% to 100% of its total content. CBD wax is essentially CBD oil that has solidified thanks to one of a handful of different processes that make this possible.

How is CBD wax made?

The cannabidiol that is inside of CBD wax is typically extracted using carbon dioxide as a solvent to draw the element out of the plant matter. Though CBD is prevalent in cannabis, these types of CBD products are generally made using hemp plants instead. They also require the stalks to draw from rather than the branches, since hemp plants do not form large bud flowers like marijuana does.

Types of CBD wax

Though the title CBD wax sounds like only one type of CBD item, there are 3 main kinds of CBD wax that are seen most often. Each one holds relevance to the consistency of the CBD product rather than the potency or extractions methods used.

1. CBD wax
Has a thick carvable wax like texture and consistency.

2. CBD budder
This type is thick as well, but much thinner in consistency than CBD wax. Often this kind CBD wax will need a liquid proof contains to avoid unwanted spills.

3. CBD crumble
Crumble is the driest CBD wax product out there, and it resembles crumbs as you sift it around with a stirring tool. It is not moldable and not a liquid.

How is CBD wax used?

There are many other ways to take CBD wax concentrates than what are listed here including capsules, but these are the four most common ways that CBD wax is used.

1. Dabbing
This is by far the healthiest and most recommended way to use CBD wax. The CBD concentrate is placed onto either a heated banger or a cool base as the nail heats up. When the nail meets the CBD wax, it is automatically vaporized and delivered in one large inhalation.

2. Vaping
A vaporizer, either handheld or tabletop can be used to vape CBD wax. With one quick fill of an oil compartment and push of a button, a medicated dose is ready to be inhaled.

3. Smoking
This is the least effective and most wasteful way to use CBD wax, which is why it is the least recommended of the three options. This is for a few reasons, but the most important is that it will send a cloud of CBD smoke into the air instead of your lungs, and the wax once heated will run down into the bowl coating and even blocking the stem or airflow of a joint. If it is consumed this way, you should always begin with a nice fine ground bed of herb to keep the resin outside of your smoking device.

4. Edibles
Since CBD does not need to be decarboxylated to be activated, you can add it to drinks, candy, baked goods, and almost any of your favorite recipes for a delicious and easy to take dose.

Effects of CBD wax

The effects of CBD wax are nothing like those that come from ingesting THC. Instead, they are much less noticeable at first but truly noticed after extended use. Most people who use CBD wax will feel a sense of calm, less irritation, better mood, less pain, more restful sleep, and an increased appetite. Some people also feel a boost of energy, but the precise effects will depend on your body and the size of the dose that you take. However, unlike with CBD oils, they will be felt immediately after inhalation.

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