You’re going in for your first wax experience but there is no Dab pen for sale and you’re wondering how to smoke wax without a dab rig, look no further than a similar piece of equipment: the bong. Bongs and dab rigs are pretty much the same thing except that the dab rig has a nail and the bong doesn’t. So instead of heating up the nail of your dab rig before taking your first toke, you’ll need to pack the bowl of your bong in a very special way.
Here’s how to smoke wax with a bong:
Find one or two nugs in your stash (or break them off a larger bud) that are slightly larger than the diameter of the downstem and insert them into the bowl.
Add a few small pieces of wax.
Gather another nugget of marijuana from your stash, remove any seeds and stems and, while holding it over the bowl, rip it into small pieces with your fingers. The finer you make it the easier it is to pack in the bowl and the better it will burn. Alternatively, you can use a grinder to shred your cannabis before packing it on top of your wax.
Fill the bowl the rest of the way with shredded marijuana.
Light up, puff away, and pass the bong around.
When you pack the bowl with wax in the middle, you create an oven-like effect where the wax vaporizes thanks to the burning ganja around it (e.g., at lower temperatures).
These lower temperatures preserve a larger percentage of the cannabinoids, allowing you to inhale more of the good stuff with a single breath.
How To Smoke Wax With A Joint, Blunt, Or Spliff
Thankfully, the dab rig isn’t the only way to have fun with cannabis concentrates — there are other ways to learn how to smoke wax.
Aside from the bong, one of the easiest, most familiar, and most accessible methods is to roll a bit of wax in your joint, blunt, or spliff
This works well if you’re rolling your own product, but, with a little effort, you can also add wax to pre-rolled blunts and joints.
If you’re rolling a joint or blunt (or even a cross joint) from scratch, cut three or four small pieces of wax off the larger wad and distribute them evenly down the length of your joint before closing.
If you’ve purchased a product from a local dispensary and want to add a concentrate kick to the mix, you’ll have to deconstruct the joint, blunt, or spliff, add the wax, and then reroll everything together in order to smoke it.
It’s kind of a pain to do this because you first have to deconstruct the product before reconstructing it. But adding wax to a pre-rolled joint, blunt, or spliff is sometimes quicker and less stressful.
After adding the concentrate, you can rely on the “memory” of the wrapper to roll up much quicker instead of struggling again and again to form the flat sheet into something resembling a tube.
The manufacturer has done all the hard work for you (i.e., rolling it the first time).
How To Smoke Wax With A Vape Pen
Some vape pens also have the capability to vaporize wax, but be sure to read the specs before you buy. Most portable vaporizers only burn vape juice or accept specific pre-filled cartridges.
The more expensive ones allow you to increase or decrease the heat in order to vaporize different types of concentrates, including shatter, wax, budder, crumble, and honeycomb.
These types of vape pens are complicated — there are multiple settings you have to tweak before you can smoke — have a steep learning curve, and require lots of practice to master. Vape pens are certainly an option, but learning how to smoke wax in a joint, blunt, spliff, or bong is a better use of your valuable time.
The Science Behind Wax
As we talked about at the beginning of this article, cannabis concentrates come in many forms, including shatter, wax, honeycomb, crumble, budder, and others. Though they each have a unique look, feel, consistency, and ease-of-use, they’re all concentrates that have roughly the same THC or CBD potency.
They’re all primarily dabbed — though we’ve given you some other novel ways to use it — and they all provide a powerful, long-lasting high.
The real difference lies in their molecular arrangement.
Fair warning: we’re going to be describing chemical processes in the next few paragraphs, but we’re going to simplify it considerably using a familiar children’s toy. Legos! Okay, we admit that we have a considerable Lego collection of our own, but that’s beside the point.
We’ll talk about butane extraction in detail later on in this article. But first, let’s look at what’s going on inside shatter and then compare that to what’s going on inside wax.
The amber liquid produced by butane extraction, if left alone to cool, solidifies into a thin, transparent slab that looks a bit like peanut brittle.
The transparent nature of the shatter can only be described by some pretty heavy chemical jargon. But we’ve got Legos, so we don’t need all the Cs, Hs, and Ns that chemistry relies on.
In shatter, they’re all stacked nice and neat, one on top of the other, like you’d just finished building a wall. This molecular alignment allows light to pass through and gives the shatter its brittle and transparent format.
Like shatter after, wax also starts off as an amber liquid after butane extraction. So how does wax end up opaque with the consistency of thick honeycomb?
During the cooling process, the amber liquid is agitated (among other technical processes). This causes the molecules to react in a unique way.
In shatter, the Lego blocks are stacked neatly in rows (like a block wall). In wax, because of the agitation, the Lego blocks are a jumbled mess (like you’ve just dumped them out into a pile).
Because the Lego blocks are going every which way and have no semblance of organization, wax doesn’t let light through and has that weird appearance.
The other forms of cannabis concentrate — budder, honeycomb, crumble, etc. — all have molecular arrangements that vary between shatter and wax. All that means is that the Legos are arranged in different ways to produce a different look and feel.