If you are looking for a clean yet potent hit, ice wax dabs could be just what you need. It is a bubble hash collected using ice and water to separate the plant’s THC from frozen matter. Next, you filter it through an array of mesh screens of differently sized microns. The result is a fine, grainy textured wax that should look like sand from a pristine beach. When you dab ice wax, it will melt fully and leave practically no residue.
Ice wax concentrate is among the most potent types of marijuana concentrates one can make without the aid of solvents. Usually, it is necessary to use a solvent such as butane when making a concentrate, but ice wax is different.
How to Make Ice Wax Dabs
To make high-quality ice wax, you need to get your material from marijuana plants with plenty of trichomes. If you use low-grade brick weed, your ice wax will look and taste awful and won’t provide a potent hit. According to industry experts, the best ice wax comes from plant material frozen immediately after being hand-trimmed.
The best ice wax comes from plant material frozen immediately after being hand-trimmed.
You will need several micron-sized bubble bags of varying sizes. Ideally, you will have 5-gallon bags or bubble bowls with 70, 90, 120, and 160 microns. The more screens you use to filter the material, the purer it will be.
Speed is of the essence when making ice wax. The faster you get it done, the fewer flavonoids, cannabinoids, and terpenes are lost. If you soak it for too long, you allow the outside layers of the material, containing all of the aroma and flavor, to be washed away.
Before you start on your journey of how to make ice wax dabs, make sure you’ve secured the following:
- A full set of bubble bags or bowls in various micron sizes
- A work bag (this should come with the bubble bags)
- A spray bottle
- Two large buckets
- Cold water and a bag of ice
- High-quality marijuana matter with lots of trichomes
- A clean stick or wooden spoon
- A thick card such as an old credit card
How to Make Ice Wax Concentrate: A Step-by-Step Guide
First, set up the buckets. Put the empty work bag into one and the bubble bags into the other. Stack the bubble bags in order so the smallest micron bag is on the bottom and the largest on top.
Add the plant matter and ice to the work bag in alternating layers. Add enough cold water to cover this mixture. Allow it to settle for approximately 10 minutes.
Add more cold water to thin out the mixture. When it’s a soupy consistency, agitate the solution with the stick or spoon for up to 20 minutes.
Lift up the work bag and drain it into the bucket, squeezing out any excess liquid. Then, pour the water solution into the bucket containing the bubble bag stack and rinse the first bucket to ensure no solution is left.
Lift your full-stack of bubble bags and tilt at an angle. As the mesh on the bottom is draining, take the largest micron bag off the top and start gathering material with the card. Use the spray bottle to clean the mesh.
Continue the process with the remaining bags. As you collect the material from each one, place it straight onto a pressing screen.
Dry the collected material for up to 36 hours. Chop up your wax and spread it out for faster drying. Trapped water interferes with the wax’s taste and smell, and could lead to mold. If you want to make very large amounts, you can press it with a rolling pin and free up moisture pockets.
How to Smoke Ice Wax Dabs
There are several ways to smoke your ice wax; some are better than others. Here, we explain the most popular techniques so that you can choose the best option for your needs.
Smoking Ice Wax Concentrate with a Dab Rig
This is the method we recommend. A rig is a water pipe that is modified by adding dabbing accessories such as a nail attached to the pipe’s intake. It can be made of several materials, but most users prefer quartz or titanium.
Add water to the rig’s chamber and blow into the downstem to see if you can cause the water to bubble. If any water splashes into your mouth during the process, pour some of it out. If you are using a quartz or titanium nail for the first time, it is essential to ‘season’ it. When new nails are heated, they can leach out natural minerals and give your wax an unpleasant taste.
Season your nail by placing it on the rig and heat it with a torch until the nail glows bright red. Apply some essential oil on the head of the nail. When fully coated, remove the nail with tongs and put it in a bowl of water. Repeat the process at least three more times before adding concentrate.
Pick up a small amount of ice wax with your dab tool. Heat the nail; make sure the flame of the torch is always pointed away from the rig. Wait for the nail to glow red. Wait another 45 seconds before placing the wax on the nail. Inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece until there’s none left in the rig’s chamber.
When the vapor is clear, lower the rig and exhale. Repeat this process as many times as you wish. However, remember that ice wax is extremely potent. After completing the session, heat the end of the tool that touched the ice wax. Wipe it clean with an alcohol swab or a cloth while the residue is warm and easy to remove.
Vaping Ice Wax Dabs
This is another good method of consuming ice wax. You can go through our list of reviews to see if there is a vape pen that suits your needs. A basic pen has a cartridge, battery, mouthpiece, and an atomizer. Many vaporizer brands are keen to stay ahead of the game and are now producing incredible quality devices.
Most vaporizers turn wax into vapor in a matter of seconds.
Imagine being able to heat your ice wax to whatever temperature you want. It is now possible, and most vaporizers turn wax into vapor in a matter of seconds. Your method of use depends on the brand. You need to disconnect the atomizer from the battery with old-fashioned vape pens and place a dab of ice wax on the exposed coil. Switch on the battery and connect the atomizer to the battery. Screw on the mouthpiece and get ready to vape when the vapor is available.
Other Ways to Smoke Ice Wax Marijuana
A Healthstone is a glass insert used as a screen for a glass bubbler or bowl. Insert the healthstone into the bowl and add a dab of wax to the top of the healthstone. Use a torch to apply heat and start vaping.
Twaxing is an old-school method and involves sprinkling some ice wax into the flower you put in your joint. Make sure the wax doesn’t drip out, and you’ll have an extra potent joint.
Final Thoughts on Ice Wax Dabs (Hash for the New Age!)
When you make ice wax dabs correctly, you will end up with a substance that looks nothing like oil. Instead, it should resemble immaculate sand, and the smell is utterly alluring. To make it look more like a butane hash oil dab, add more heat and pressure to achieve the desired consistency.
As good as ice wax is, hash makers are keen to find new techniques to improve the standard. For example, a relatively new tactic involves the use of rosin pressure at low temperatures. This method is designed to transform ice wax into a type of rosin that resembles live resin extracts. If you can uncover this new type of wax, expect to pay a lot of money for it.
Hopefully, this article has answered all of your questions about ice wax dabs. Please let us know in the comments if you have tried ice wax dabs and what you think about them.