What is Marijuana Wax?
Marijuana wax, a form of hash oil also known as Butane Hash Oil, is an increasingly popular method of administering medical marijuana. Through solvent extraction, the oily resin of the plant is separated from the rest of the material. This resin is the focus of most medical marijuana methods, for it is where the cannabinoid compounds are found. Wax is a highly potent form of medicine, and therefore it is not recommended for novice users of medical cannabis.
Ingestion Methods & Advice
Wax is made by placing marijuana in an extended container that is then treated with butane. The medicine is separated from the plant material and the resulting viscous liquid is allowed to harden.
Because of the complex and highly flammable manufacturing process of wax, it is not advised that patients make their own wax unless already skilled in chemistry and lab safety. A wide range of commercially produced marijuana waxes are available now in many places where medical marijuana has been legalized.
Wax can be ingested in several ways. It can be smoked with marijuana flowers before they are ignited, either in a pipe or rolled in a paper as a joint. A more efficient practice called dabbing has developed with the increased availability of marijuana wax. Dabbing is a method where a titanium needle whose tip is covered in a small amount of wax or oil is burned, and the resulting smoke is inhaled into the lungs. Wax can also be vaporized to produce a cleaner medicinal experience without the toxins of smoke.
For experienced patients and those requiring a high dosage of medicine, wax can bring relief where other methods of delivery may fall short. Its high concentration can bring relief to patients with prolonged severe pain, particularly after lower doses of medicine have stopped working. Patients with extreme muscle spasms may also find wax helpful. Those experiencing post-operative pain may be a good match for wax, as well.
Some cancer patients, especially those going through chemotherapy treatments, have found wax helpful. The decreasing of anxiety, increasing of appetite, easing of body aches, and alleviating of nausea are a relief to patients whose bodies are going through traumatic treatments. For these reasons, wax can be helpful to terminal patients, too.
Patients with persistent muscle tremors such as those with Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) may find wax a useful form of medication. The strong potency can help to calm the excited nerve signals, and increase the quality of life for these patients who may struggle to perform simple life tasks due to their tremors and spasms.
Wax is the most potent form of marijuana, often being more than 80% THC, and this should be kept in mind by patients interested in this form of marijuana medicine. It is always prudent to begin slowly, as the psychoactive effects of marijuana are particularly high with wax. For this reason, patients with significant psychiatric disorders or hallucinations may not be good candidates for this form of medical marijuana, as it can induce significant hallucinations for some patients.
This very strong psycho-active response has garnered marijuana wax some negative press since its popularity increase. However, as with every other method, knowing the exact amount of ingested material is key and will assist people in using the correct amount for their respective ailment.