Visual Guide: How to Twax a Joint
If you prefer your joints to hit even harder and burn slower, I suggest you ‘twax’ them. What is twax you ask? As defined by the originator, @TWAXGang, to twax is “to apply hash/concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way shape or form”. As cannabis extracts have become more readily available with recent legal changes, so has their application on and within joints. If your state isn’t so cannabis friendly, don’t fret; you can use the kief in your grinder or the rosin tech to create your own concentrate. Here are some helpful tips when twaxing for the first time:
Option 1: Apply Inside
Work the concentrate into the center of the joint when shaping to ensure an even, run-free burn.
If working with BHO, you can either break it into smaller chunks or roll it into a snake with your fingers. The ease of application will be dictated by the consistency of the BHO. To increase the malleability of a stable, shattery concentrate, apply heat and/or pressure. You can work the concentrate between your fingers like silly puddy, or you can pick up the concentrate with dabber and hold a lighter a few inches below to make it easier to work with.
Some concentrate consistencies, like budder/wax, can only be applied to the inside of a joint or blunt.
Option 2: Apply Outside
Concentrates can also be applied to the outside of joints. This requires a concentrate with a snap n' pull or sappy consistency – as opposed to wax or budder. Work the concentrate into a snake-like shape. Note that the snake can be made thinner when wrapping around the joint. To begin the wrapping process, adhere one end of the snake to the joint. Then, begin rotating the joint in your fingers as you pull and wrap the concentrate around the joint as indicated. For added power, you can roll the sticky, oil covered joint into a sandy or crumbly textured concentrate (like dry sift or ice water hash). Simply use a lighter to warm up the concentrate on the outside of the paper prior to rolling in hash or kief.
Extra care must be taken when smoking heavily twaxed joints (on the outside) as the hot, viscous concentrate has the potential to drip off the joint.
Rotating the joint at an angle in the smoking process tends to alleviate this issue. A thinner, more even application to the outside is also helpful.
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.
I recommend twaxing to those who love smoking joints but need to stretch their stash over a few days. Rolling twaxed pinners is a reliable solution for conserving flower and still achieving the benefits of a very potent dosage.
- Twaxing involves “applying hash/concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way shape or form” @TWAXGang
- If twaxing the inside of your joint, be sure the concentrate is located in the center of your joint, buffered by cannabis
- If twaxing the outside of your joint, a thinner, more even application results in less concentrate lost to drips