Ice Wax Extracts — What Are Those?
Ice wax? What the heck is it? If you are asking these questions, we are here to help. Ice wax is one of the most potent, best-tasting concentrates on the market. It has a rich flavor profile and is made without solvents (especially explosive ones, like butane). Instead, this wax is made by using washing machines or buckets filled with ice and water to agitate trichomes. After that, the material is sifted through mesh bubble bags to separate essential oils from plant material. Voila, ice wax is born!
How to Make Quality Ice Wax?
Making the quality ice wax takes many factors which define the price of the end product. Here’s what you need.
1. Plant Material
Making quality ice wax requires solid plants with rich trichome production. You may want to use some quality trim, popcorn nugs or whole flowers for extraction. The best material should be immediately frozen after being hand-trimmed to get the finest hash. Dried plant material can be used as well; just make sure it is properly moisturized by soaking up some of the water during agitation.
One more thing to watch for: the amount of agitation and the way you do it influence the quality of your end product. You may want to control the water, temperature, and sequence of different sized micron bags as well.
The amount of time material spends between bags is crucial. The faster the process is completed, the more terpenes and flavenoids remain in the material, which leads to higher quality of the end product.
To get a full melt extract, you will have to use several different micron-sized bubble bags. The more screens you use, the better the quality of the material will be.
Drying is the final step to ensuring the quality of the ice wax. How you cure and store your end product will define the color and aroma of it. Keep in mind that there should not be any water left. Chop the hash up and spread it out to dry pieces faster. NB: putting wet hash in a jar can cause mold to appear.
The Bottom Line: Is It Worth The Hassle?
Ice wax looks like a fine, brown to yellow powder which smells super nice. To make it look like a dab, you have to apply some heat and pressure. However, the end product is remarkable in its flavor and potency so the price of its making and honing is entirely justifiable.
This post is based on this material.
(Sweedsy in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)