Congress passed the Farm Bill in 2018, effectively legalizing the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and its extracts after decades of prohibition. With farmers across the country taking part in pilot programs, a market for CBD quickly developed. The hemp extract is said to have a wide variety of health benefits, and preliminary reports coupled with anecdotal evidence have been encouraging.
Shatter and wax are without a doubt the most potent and quickest-acting means of consuming CBD. Shatter is an amber, translucent solid that is brittle to the touch while CBD wax looks just like wax and has a consistency similar to coconut oil. Both of them, collectively referred to as wax, are highly concentrated, with up to 80% CBD content, and they have strong long-lasting effects. Here are five things users should know about CBD wax.
There are four different types of wax, depending on the extraction process used to pull the CBD from the plant matter and the texture of the resultant extract. Shatter looks like brittle amber glass; budder is more creamy in texture, much like butter; crumble has a crumbly, grainy texture similar to feta cheese; and live resin is a malleable, dark-yellow concentrate.
Different production methods result in different types of wax. There are numerous extraction methods lab techs use to pull CBD from the plant matter. The butane hash oil (“BHO”) method, which uses butane as the primary solvent during the extraction process, is the most popular. Carbon dioxide extraction uses pressurized carbon dioxide and produces a much cleaner, solvent-free product compared to BHO. Producers also use air pressure and the freeze-dried method to extract the cannabinoids.
CBD wax and shatter are quite safe. To stay on the safe side, consumers should make sure they purchase products from recognizable brands that offer a certificate of analysis to prove they are pure and contaminant free. Additionally, consumers may want to avoid products made using BHO as the extraction method tends to leave traces of butane solvent in the wax.
CBD wax is fast-acting. If users are surprised by how quickly the effects kicked in when they smoke CBD flower, they would be amazed by how instantaneous the effects of CBD wax are. Most users report near-immediate effects, and thanks to their high potency, the effects are quite strong and tend to last long.
CBD wax is not intoxicating. Although marijuana and industrial hemp belong to the same family, there is one major difference: legal industrial hemp contains barely any THC, the cannabinoid responsible for cannabis’ euphoric effects. Consequently, all hemp derivatives, including CBD wax, does not intoxicate users.
As long as consumers buy a high-quality product from a reputable brand, they shouldn’t have to worry about THC contamination or failing a drug test. However, users should note that waxes and shatters are usually used by highly experienced consumers, so make anyone using CBD should conduct plenty of research and, more importantly, consult a doctor before they consume CBD.
Not everyone needs or is comfortable with taking highly concentrated CBD products, and that is where companies such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) come in. The company has a line of laboratory-tested CBD salves, creams, lotions and edibles that can meet the needs of most consumers in the country.
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