Everyone is unique and so is his or her dependence on marijuana. Emotional factors might play more of a role in some than others as well as financial or health issues. Whatever the reason, when you realize you have a problem and make the decision to quit, there are several ways you can go about your choice to quit.
“Wax” is a type of cannabis concentrate named primarily for its appearance and texture. Somewhere between gooey, liquid concentrates like hash oil and solid, brittle concentrates like shatter, wax has an opaque appearance and a thick but malleable, wax-like texture.
Cold turkey often refers to the process of simply halting your smoking habit. It’s a good plan for those who want results fast but you’re going to need a game plan. You cannot simply throw away your weed and bong, or your best vape, and say today is the day you’re done. Even if you’re mentally strong enough for that, your body might not be and you need to be prepared. Your body stores THC for weeks and months after you last smoked, which means it’s still secreted into your system in small doses daily. This isn’t going to be enough for your body, which has built up a tolerance to the drug. This means willpower might not be enough. It’s difficult to fight biology, and biology will knock at your door in the form of severe withdrawal symptoms. You cannot simply throw away your weed and bong, or your best vape, and say today is the day you’re done.
If you haven’t been smoking for too long, it’s possible you’re able to overcome this first, and very arduous, hurdle. You can push past your body’s own cravings and move on. But, if that doesn’t work for you, it’s okay. Biology cannot be conquered by sheer willpower sometimes. And that’s where other options come in.
With all good things comes the other side of the coin. Marijuana is not perfect, nor is it healthy to use repeatedly, on a daily basis especially when you smoke it, instead of using a weed vaporizer. There are several immediate and long-term factors that can really mess with your body if not treated properly:
- Impaired short-term memory: Marijuana use can impair your short-term memory, which could potentially become dangerous
- Changes in mood: Use of the drug can cause mood swings and drastic altering of mood which can have long-term psychological effects
- Effects on development: In teenagers and those still growing, marijuana can permanently damage brain cells, which will never grow to their fullest potential.
- Respiratory problems: Smoking weed can have similar effects on the lungs as smoking cigarettes and lead to the same deadly outcomes.
- Elevated heart rate: Marijuana can raise the heart rate for an extended period of time after ingested, which can cause problems in those who have existing blood pressure or other coronary issues
Ultimately, smoking marijuana chronically and with little control can lead to several health problems. And in the long term can result in decreased mental health and life quality. If you’re experiencing anything like this, the time has come for you to call it quits on your weed smoking life.
How Is Marijuana Wax Made?
Although some states that regulate recreational cannabis sales provide “professional” services to make marijuana wax, there are few regulations around how much-concentrated THC wax can be. Creating hash oil, wax, or butter in these high concentrations typically involves butane, an inflammatory agent. Other solvents may be used, but butane is the most common and the most dangerous. The solvent is filtered through a tube containing marijuana leaves, stripping the THC out of the leaves. Butane is then burned off, or allowed to evaporate, leaving behind a sticky residue containing high concentrations of THC.
The medical cannabis movement sometimes promotes marijuana wax to rapidly stimulate appetite for those whose illness suppresses appetite or causes nausea. However, many of those who originally supported marijuana wax as a safe product no longer approve of it. The process was developed to extract as much THC from leftover, unsellable pieces of marijuana as possible. Because the process involves materials that can be ignited, it is extremely dangerous. Inhaling solvent vapors is very bad for the lungs, and working with these materials can cause explosions.
What are the different ways to smoke wax?
Wax’s unique and easy-to-use consistency makes it a very versatile concentrate. You can smoke wax in numerous ways, including:
Smoking wax on a dab rig
You can smoke wax by using a dab rig.
- Using a nectar collector.
- In a wax vape pen or another concentrate vaporizer.
- Added to a joint, spliff, or blunt.
- Combined with flower in a bowl.
- Using a rudimentary knife dab.
Use your blow torch to heat the nail to the desired temperature. Remember, hotter temperatures produce harder-hitting vapors that also tend to be a bit harsh on the flavor, while lower temperatures tend to give you gentler clouds of vapor with much purer flavors.
Once you’ve got the nail heated to the right temperature, use a dabber to scoop up a small blob of wax. Spread the wax around the hot nail and start drawing in through the mouthpiece. If you’re using a carb cap, place it over the top of the nail while continuing to draw in with your lungs. When you’re ready to take your hit, lift the carb cap and clear the vapor from the rig.
Smoking wax with a nectar collector
To consume wax with a nectar collector, be sure you’ve got a clean surface on which to spread the wax. Since you’ll be dealing with high temperatures, be sure it’s also a heat resistant surface. The best options are trays or dishes designed specifically for this type of dabbing. Typically, these products are made out of quartz, glass, silicone, or other similar material.
Start by placing a small dab of wax onto the tray or dish. Now use a blowtorch to heat the nail of your nectar collector to the desired temperature. When it’s hot, put your lips to the mouthpiece, begin to inhale, and drag the hot nail across the wax. As soon as the nail touches the wax, it will instantly vaporize. Be sure you’re pulling in with your lungs the entire time so you inhale all the vapor without letting any escape.
Smoking wax with E-Nail
The process of dabbing with an e-nail is almost the same as consuming wax with a regular dab rig. The key difference is, instead of manually heating your nail with a blow torch, you’ll use an e-nail to electronically heat your nail.
Once your rig is set up and ready to go, use your e-nail’s interface to input the temperature you want. As soon as the nail is hot enough, scoop up a dab of wax and spread it onto the nail as you begin to inhale. If you’re using a carb cap, place it over the nail. When you’re ready to take a hit, remove the carb cap and clear the chamber.
Smoking wax with Concentrate Vaporizer
There are numerous different concentrate vaporizers currently on the market, and the specific steps for using them varies slightly depending on the vaporizer you’re using. So be sure you familiarize yourself with your vaporizer before using it.
In general, though, the process of smoking wax with a vaporizer involves dropping a dab of wax into a heating chamber or spreading it onto heating coils. From there, you’ll turn the vaporizer on, input the temperature you want, let the device heat up, and then use the mouthpiece to inhale the vapor being produced inside the device.
Side Effects of Smoking Marijuana Wax:
Marijuana leaves that are dried and smoked can be addictive enough. Growers have cultivated numerous strains over the decades to focus on specific chemicals, including THC, so many varieties of marijuana have high concentrations of THC anyway. These can be very addictive, leading to long-term abuse, and can even trigger mood disorders like anxiety or depression. Since wax has a much higher concentration of THC, it is likely much more addictive; however, it is a relatively new product, so it is hard to know for sure.
While cannabis can induce psychedelic experiences and have a negative impact on mood, marijuana wax intensifies these experiences due to the greater concentration of THC in the product.
Side effects often associated with smoking wax include:
- Increased anxiety
- Changes in sensory perception
- Poor memory
- Paranoia or panic attacks
- Hallucinations, both auditory and visual
- Temporary psychotic breaks (may require hospitalization)
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Formication, or feeling like there are bugs on or under the skin
People who have existing mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, can make these conditions worse when they smoke traditional marijuana. Wax increases the negative symptoms associated with these mental disorders worse, more frequent, and more disruptive.
Because oil, budder, and wax are fairly new substances, long-term side effects are unknown. However, it is likely that they are similar to side effects of smoking dried, leaf marijuana, but more harmful. Addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and chronic health issues are all risks of abusing marijuana wax.
As wax is manufactured with butane, molecules of the solvent can remain in the wax. When smoked, these molecules will move into the lungs, causing harm. Some people who abuse marijuana wax have been found with lung conditions similar to “black lung.”