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What Is Marijuana Wax and How Dangerous Is It?

The marijuana wax drug, also known as marijuana oil, is highly potent and dangerous.

What Is Marijuana Wax and How Dangerous Is It?

The marijuana wax drug has been growing in popularity in recent years.

Wax is a marijuana concentrate that has become increasingly popular on college campuses over the last five years. It has also been found in the possession of students at the high school level, and is referred to as weed wax, dabbing, dabs or butane hash oil (BHO), which explains its 710 slang term (the number 710 spells oil upside down and backwards).

Marijuana wax looks like it sounds: A sticky, syrup-like substance that’s robust enough to hold its form on a flat surface after it’s cooled. It is typically tinted yellow and may be kept on wax paper (right after it’s been made) or in small containers.

With marijuana’s legalization in states across the country, smoking weed has been increasingly normalized in our society. As such, regular users have gotten creative about ways to get high and get away with it in public spaces. This often includes putting the chemical in weed that effects the brain, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in different forms.

But what is the wax drug, how is wax made and what threats does it pose to your campus?

Campus Safety dove into these questions and more to get you all the information you need about marijuana wax oils.

marijuana wax drug

What Is the Wax Drug?

Weed wax is a highly concentrated form of marijuana, typically the color of honey with a consistency closer to Jello or butter.

Wax is derived from marijuana plants but can have up to eight times the concentration of THC compared to the buds people typically smoke. As such, people who become accustomed to smoking wax from a dispensary, an illicit website or a friend may be dissatisfied with going back to regular marijuana because their tolerance may dramatically increased. Regular users who have stopped smoking wax have also reported experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Unfortunately, these factors can drive some people to consider making the drug themselves.

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20 responses to “What Is Marijuana Wax and How Dangerous Is It?”

  1. lovingc says:

    Fear, ignorance,lies. There is no excuse for ridiculous propaganda in this day and age. Your lies are transparent and will not change minds. The people you are attempting to influence are more aware of the real facts than this person who is attempting to scare people off of this form of cannabis preparation. Your attempts will cause more people to test this for themselves.
    Don’t you understand when you tell people no, it causes more interest in finding out if it is true or not.
    That is why DARE did not work!

  2. LJ. says:

    Another article that is mostly much ado about nothing. Cannabis itself is not the problem. Has not been, will not be. What everyone should know is that alcohol on campus is a much more dangerous problem.

  3. C says:

    Cannabis and cannabis oil/wax is wonderful medicine that poses no danger to anyone. The people with control turn a blind eye to alcohol but shame cannabis because of the culture.

  4. Kevin D. Antony says:

    Your article is informative especially as it includes street / slang terms. Anyone who is in the know does know that butane explosions from making this crap do occur. Secondly just because something like dope is made legal does not mean it is now harmless, something young people and users don’t seem to understand. Alcohol is also a problem, but the topic of the article is dope……One thing I have observed after 35 years of law enforcement is that weed smokers love to smoke and drive, much like drunks…..

    • Joe says:

      Dude your 35 years in law enforcement haven’t taught you much apparently. The slang term dope refers to heroin. This article has been very informative that people like you are still very close minded and ignorant. You and I both know marijuana is not dangerous. During the 35 years enforcing revenue generating prohibitions like the war on marijuana we both know you never experienced someone being hospitalized and near death because they smoked marijuana. We also know you’ve probably seen your fair share of drunks dying and being hospitalized from alcohol but that stuff is ok right. You’re views on law enforcement are a joke and you are part of the problem with this country. You probably spent more time harassing minorities, and shooting black kids, than catching real bad guys. You know the real ones like murderers, rapists, thieves, the people committing real crimes. You know a real crime when someone attempts to do harm to another person. I hope I informed you a little and opened your eyes to the real world and the real problems and I am sorry if I offended you in any way That was not my intention I just hate seeing people especially law enforcement speaking so ignorantly when it is impossible for them to not know the real facts. I don’t smoke marijuana and do not plan to, but it is not your job to care if someone does.

    • Tobi says:

      An explosion can occur from somebody smoking a cigarette while filling their car up with gasoline, I guess we can’t have gas or cars. Not to mention something could go wrong with powerplants, explosions do occur. I guess can’t have electricity any more. And marijuana isn’t even close to being as dangerous as alcohol, which has consequences so much more dire. Guess we have to prohibit alcho- wait, they already tried that.

  5. tr says:

    This article is anti-weed propaganda and trash, instead of discouraging students, and young people with lies and fear mongering towards cannabis concentrates maybe inform them of the effects, science, and proper level of dosage? Easier to scare people though right?

  6. Sarah woodard says:

    Drugs is not a good thing to do in life at all dont do it because drugs can mess up your life

  7. Tobi says:

    Marijuana is not dangerous, it was made illegal in 1937 so it wouldn’t compete with cigarette sales, sheesh learn something about the topic of your article before spreading false information.

  8. Brian Hayes says:

    Wow? I don’t understand why the government doesn’t try to make alcohol illegal due to millions of caused deaths and millions of lives ruined.

  9. Jim Gibson says:

    Let’s also face the fact that cannabis has a lot of health benefits and those are proven. Of course, too much is dangerous. However, cannabis wax is generally safe for me. Thanks for sharing the insight!

  10. Chad Coker says:

    Are you serious? Certainly, you are aware of the murder case the Dupont Corporation used to see that marijuana and hemp production were brought to a standstill so that plastic could make it’s multi-million dollar entrance. The lies didn’t work then. And now that the lies have been exposed, even government entities are realizing the mistake and criminal activity that took place. Your efforts will go unnoticed. Your lies and propoganda will go nowhere. Are you aware, that there are people, companies and bloggers who spend their entire days unraveling these lies and exposing the truth behind them? Your convictions are laughable. Have a nice day. Perhaps the Dupont Corporation can help you with the depression issues you certainly have, due to the lack of activity you hope to see in the favor of your bosses. I suggest Zoloft. Have a nice day.

  11. Dave says:

    Government wil never make alcohol a danger….even though you can’t stand, talk, drive, and become an emotional mess,, for most of our politian leaders are alcoholics….and are old school…
    Drinks are cool….
    Marijuana is a Hippy High….I see nothing wrong with it…
    Get high…munch and mellow out at home…..
    Get drunk (from alcohol), and drive your car into a tree…
    I’d rather be mellow…

  12. All of this info about marijuana wax is very interesting and informative to read on. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  13. Cheryl Rohrer says:

    I’m ALL for medical marajuna.

    HOWEVER, I’ve just become familiar w/dab pens (this wax was in it). I happened to be around the night a high schooler used one. 10-15 min later he walked w/friends up the sidewalk and passed out. Hit the pavement hard. He fractured 5 teeth. It was just horrible…tooth extraction, root canals. Then their relative said their close friend also had a similar outcome at the same college. After vaping a dab pen, college student fell right to the ground and couldn’t feel part of their body, threw up…

    I think there are very REAL DANGERS especially for your younger people who are experimenting and uninformed about what they are vaping and how strong the substance could be.

    I HATE these things!

  14. asdf says:

    Extraordinary how stupid the writer of this article is. This kind of bias is exactly why university students are leaving school more stupid than when they started. Shameful garbage AND irresponsible not to mention dishonest.

  15. adf says:

    “DOPE: Slang form of heroine derived from the high dopamine content which is the basis of heroine. Enjoy the definition! Kees ”

    Just sayin.

    Anyone who thinks marijuana is a dangerous drug is simply ignorant, and those who claim it’s a gateway drug, are even more ignorant.

  16. Bill Tirado says:

    My thoughts are as follows if God didn’t want us to partake in weed then why is it in our soil?
    Plus anything it’s natrual (not man made ) should be legal

  17. Marta Escobar says:

    Weed is natural but dab is not. It is man made thru process of extraction and making the wax more potent. While weed mellows you out, the dab makes you so stupid that you pass out into a sleep while your standing. Makes you dream while you’re awake.

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