As the world of concentrates becomes more sophisticated and people are finding ways to enhance their cannabis experiences, people are using a method called “twaxing” to prolong the burn of their joints. To twax your joint is to use cannabis concentrate material in the rolling of your joint to prolong the time it takes your joint to burn down, and to also give your joint an extra kick via the concentrate.
Twaxing is basically adding kief, hash, oil, wax or concentrates to the inside, outside or both or your joint. The concentrates and hash are higher potency than the cannabis flower so the joint is stronger and will burn more slowly due to the material the concentrates are made out of. You can twax a joint or a bowl. Twaxing a bowl means adding an amount of concentrate on top of the bowl or among the cache of cannabis in the bowl. You might have done this with kief in the past!
What to Twax With?
While BHO, wax, concentrates and rosin are not yet super common in non-legal states, it is becoming easier to produce your own. Rosin tech is simple and quick with few tools, and other extraction methods are common too. You don’t need to find or buy the finest topshelf dankest wax or shatter on the market to make a solid twaxed joint. In fact, focus first on technique, then ensure that your product is up to scratch. Try cleaning your rig to reclaim something twaxable if you don’t want to spend money on full-price product! A lot of product might be wasted at the start, experimenting is key!
Remember, concentrates can come in many forms. Runny, sticky waxes; malleable putties and fragile crumbles, glass-like shatter and goopy, messy clear resins. Choose your taxing material carefully, and make sure you have some key tools on hand to avoid wasting your concentrates!
-Obviously, some sort of concentrate
-Papers, actual weed (again, duh) and whatever else you usually roll with
-Dabbing tool to prepare/shape the concentrate
-Lighter/flame to help soften concentrate
-Isopropyl alcohol to help remove wax from fingers, skin etc.
-Snacks, because you’re probably going to get a serious case of the munchies after smoking this thing
How To Twax A Joint
- Apply the wax, oil or concentrate to the inside of the joint. Collect that kief from your grinder and press with the rosin technique to make something that resembles rosin more than hash or kief. If you’re not into joints, add the kief or concentrates to your bowl before sparking up. Spreading concentrates through a joint can be tricky so use a dabbing tool or roll your concentrates into a small snake length.
- Apply the wax to the outside of the joint. Depending on the consistency of the product you are working with, you might be able to roll or twist the cannabis extract into a long thin snake. That can be wound or twisted around the outside of the joint in a decorative manner. You can also lightly heat some of the concentrate on a dab stick and smear it carefully along the edge of your spliff. Be careful of the wax on the outside dripping on you when you light your joint!
- Using a dab tool, stretch sappy shatter across your joint’s tip to create a web across the opening. If your shatter is super stable, fasten it to your tool and heat it up with a lighter or hemp wick to give it a tacky consistency. In order to smoke a shatter web, you’ll need to keep the flame over the tip longer than normal to melt it. Enjoy those first few intense hits.
Twaxing vs Dabbing
Many are curious as to whether dabbing or twaxing is more effective when it comes to consuming concentrates. The fact is, I would be comparing apples and oranges. Dabbing involves the flash vaporization of concentrates that are generally free of plant matter and residual solvents. Twaxing on the other hand involves the combustion of the concentrate, plant matter (ground buds), and the rolling paper. Thus, the two methods utilize different amounts of heat as well as differing inputs. In my experience, dabbing induces more clear-headed effects through flavorful vapor, while twaxing induces a very strong, hazy effect through thick smoke.