As cannabis is becoming more widely accepted across the nation, people are starting to share the terms regarding cannabis that they use.
One in particular term that has been gaining momentum is “twax.”
To twax means to add concentrated cannabis in any form to your flowers before they are smoked. It can be as simple as adding kief to your bowls or the more difficult adding of shatter or crumble to your joints.
The creator of the term “twaxing” is MassRoots’ very own member @WA5280. He has brought this term from obscurity to common place amongst many in our growing community. One year ago, with his urging, I first began twaxing my joints, and they have been forever changed.
There are many different ways in which one can twax, and depending on which concentrates you have to work with, different methods will be harder or easier. Here are a few different methods I enjoy:
The easiest twaxing method is to simply add kief, which are the trichomes (crystals) that form on the buds, to your preferred smoking method. Pictured, is a bowl-pack of some Oregon-grown cannabis topped with a small amount of kief.
2. Rolling Up Concentrates Inside of a Joint
Concentrates can be added both to the inside and outside of joints.
This joint has shatter and kief on the inside, this causes the joint to be far more potent and burn far slower. Kief can cause the joint to burn improperly if too much is added in, a good sprinkle over the top is perfect.
When putting concentrates on the inside of your joints, it is important to place them in the center of the joint by folding the weed over it while rolling. When concentrates are placed directly onto the paper or are pressed against the paper, once lit the concentrates will cause the paper they are touching to not burn while the rest does. This will cause runs in your joint, so simply place your ground up flower down before your concentrates to avoid this issue.
3. Applying Shatter to the Outside of a Joint
These joints have been twaxed with various consistences of shatter, when dealing with exceptionally stable shatter you will need to warm it between your fingers before trying to roll it into a snake, such as with the joints on the top and bottom. (Here is a tutorial I did on this.) The joint in the middle has been twaxed with a far more sappy shatter, in order to twax the joint I had to first use my dabber to grab a glob of the shatter, then by touching the sticky shatter to the joint and spinning it you are able to twax the joint without making your entire life sticky.
4. Twaxing the Tip of a Joint
By using the same method for twaxing a joint with sappy shatter, we can create beautiful “shatter webs”, by stretching the shatter across the tip of the joint. If your shatter is too stable, first place it upon your dabber and apply heat using a lighter, this will make the shatter stickier allowing you to tack it to the paper surrounding the tip of your joint. Adding concentrates into the tip is an easy way to add some extra oomph to the first few hits. When adding shatter or crumble, be sure to boil it with your lighter so that it can melt in rather than burn off all at once.
5. Applying Kief to the Outside of a Joint
Kief can easily be added to the outside of a joint or blunt by first placing shatter onto the outside of the joint/blunt, using your lighter to heat the shatter slightly so that it is nice and sticky, and then rolling it in kief.
Twaxing is an excellent way for the heavy smoker to gain the effects they are looking for through smoking cannabis. Instead of needing to smoke many joints, only one may be necessary.
Everyone has their own unique styles and methods for twaxing. Twaxing can be simple or creative, you can use a little or a lot, the possibilities are boundless for the differences between one twaxed joint to another.
So go forth, and twax, for you may discover your own unique style!
Smoking a twaxed joint can sometimes be a tricky endeavor, when the twax is on the outside, at least.
Be sure that when smoking a twaxed joint to spin it after you hit it, and to pay close attention to the shatter, because it will drip unexpectedly, and will be extremely hot when it does. The drips from a twaxed joint can burn you, so if it is going to drip, either spin it or let it do so over an acceptable surface.
By holding the joint upright or downward while hitting it you can force the twax to drip in the direction of your choosing, spinning the joint also will cause the twax to run the the direction you want. It is simply important to pay close attention to the outside twaxing in order to get the maximum benefit from the joint as well as to ensure your life remains free of stickiness and potential burns.