How to Make and Use Wax and Budder

By Anthony Pellegrino Updated March 8th

Renowned for its taste, marijuana wax is considered the cream of the crop when it comes to cannabis concentrates. Wax is rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of marijuana extracts because of their potency, purity, and tasty flavors.

So what kinds of marijuana waxes are there, and how can you make it at home (if you can at all)?

What is Wax?

Marijuana wax is a cannabis oil extract that closely resembles a rather crumbly wax, hence the name. Depending on the quality, wax can have a range of consistencies and colors, but all of them are a yellow-orange-goldish color that ranges from a highly crumbly powdered sugar texture all the way to a smooth buttery consistency.

There are three main types of wax: sugar crumble, wax crumble, and budder. Budder is considered the best and most desirable of the waxes and has a very creamy and silky smooth texture.

How Do You Use Wax?

So how do you consume wax? Most cannabis users consume their wax with a specific type of water pipe referred to as a "dab rig." Dab rigs are similar to conventional bongs or water pipes, but instead of a bowl that's used to smoke flower, dab rigs use a flat bowl called a "nail."

The act of dabbing wax is the same as any other extract. The dab nail is first flash heated using a butane torch and then cooled slightly. Wax is then applied to the cooled nail with a dab tool, which causes it to vaporize.

That's not to say a dab rig is the only way to consume wax. Like similar concentrates, wax can be used in vaporizers, or be used to make edibles.

How to Make Wax

Note: Most manufacturing methods for wax and crumble require solvents, which can be extremely dangerous and illegal if not done properly. We do not recommend trying to manufacture them yourself.  The following method is how some people make wax at home using heat and pressure instead of solvents. This solventless method creates a very pure product with no adulterants. 

What you'll need:

  • Any amount of cannabis
  • A hair straightener
  • Parchment paper


1. Make sure your buds are not too wet or too dry. They should be at the perfect stage of curing.

2. Break them down a bit. You don't have to grind them into powder, but trying to press a completely in-tact bud without a more advanced rosin press will waste oil.

3. Shape the buds into a small square, about the width of your hair straightener, onto your parchment paper and fold the paper over so it's covering the buds. Leave at least a couple inches of paper on all sides of the buds so it will catch the escaping oils without them oozing onto the plates of the straightener.

4. Put your hair straightener on the lowest setting and let it warm up.

5. Place the parchment paper between the now-warmed plates and press hard for anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds till the oil starts oozing out.

6. Use a sharp edge or your dabbing tool to scrape up the oil and enjoy!

Warnings & Dangers

If you're not a professional manufacturer, don't try producing marijuana wax with solvents yourself. Doing so needs expensive manufacturing licenses and will cause significant legal troubles if you're caught. Not only that, but the extraction methods can very easily produce a dangerous situation.

At the end of the day, making your own marijuana wax with solvents is not a casual endeavor and the bare minimum legal licenses and the equipment required can easily run in the tens of thousands of dollars. You'll find that it's much easier and cheaper to just purchase it at the nearest pot shop or delivery service (or make rosin with a rosin press or using the method described above).

How Potent is Marijuana Wax?

Wax and budder tend to be highly potent forms of marijuana concentrates. Generally speaking, waxes are equally as potent as shatters and oils. Typically, marijuana waxes' concentration of THC (the principal psychoactive molecule in cannabis) is usually in the 40-80% range. Budders, being the highest quality wax, tend to be on the higher end of potency, containing up to 70-80% THC.

How to Find and Buy Wax

Wax is a favorite among marijuana enthusiasts everywhere because of its potency, purity, and taste, especially. As a result, you should be able to find marijuana waxes being sold in all the dispensaries that carry other extracts like shatters or oils.

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