Pho Wax: The Definitive Guide

What's special about this cannabis extract?


Within the weed world, it feels like there are infinite types of marijuana, both in variations of strains and in methods of being able to enjoy it.

All the different names seem to be totally unrelated to each other and seem intent on confusing those inexperienced users that are desperate to simply try and understand what is going on in their newfound hobby.

One such name that seems intent on perplexing all those hoping to get into the world of marijuana concentrates is Pho Wax – sounds more like a Vietnamese noodle dish than anything to do with weed. This particular type of marijuana concentrate appears both intensely confusing and highly dangerous at the same time.

So, what exactly is Pho Wax, and how are you supposed to use it?

What Are Marijuana Concentrates?

To be able to properly understand what Pho Wax is, you first need to comprehend the basics of what marijuana concentrates are.

Marijuana concentrates are, as the name might imply, intensely concentrated forms of Marijuana that have been created by extracting all the important, desirable cannabinoids from the cannabis and suspending it within convenient, burnable oil.

This is in stark contrast to regular weed that you’d smoke in a joint or a bong, as instead of being a little green nug of weed bud filled with plant matter and other burnable substances, marijuana concentrates are instead nothing more than THC, CBD, and burnable oil.

The purpose of a marijuana concentrate is to smoke it using a water pipe, allowing the concentrate to turn to vapor by submitting it to high temperatures instantly.

The interesting quality of marijuana concentrates is that because they are so pure they have a great number of different permutations based on how you process them and how you treat them in storage; instead of being rife with other ingredients that stabilize them, marijuana concentrates are so completely pure that you can actually change the physical texture, appearance and actual chemical state of the product just by agitating them.

If you have ever baked a cake or tried to mix pancake batter, only to discover that it has somehow become a slightly gelatinous mess, then you will understand the uniquely awful properties of a substance that can change texture based on movement; just like pancake batter, if you overmix a marijuana concentrate you can end up making it coagulate or firm up when you didn’t want to.

This all has to do with the substances used in the making of the marijuana concentrate – as butane is the normal medium used when creating marijuana concentrate, it tends to coagulate when agitated very easily; this is how you end up with marijuana budder, or even marijuana wax, instead of the more typical and usually desired marijuana shatter.

However, although butane is the standard medium with which marijuana concentrate is created, there are other mediums, and one of these is the reason why Pho Wax exists.

What is Pho Wax?

Pho Wax has a surprisingly confusing sounding name, yet it is actually an incredibly simple variation on standard marijuana concentrates.

Pho Wax is essentially just regular marijuana concentrate, but it is made with propane rather than butane. This subtle distinction makes it an entirely different product to regular marijuana concentrate made with butane

The key distinction between Pho Wax and regular marijuana concentrate (besides its obvious chemical compound difference) is the fact that Pho Wax is noticeably stickier and tackier. This is especially apparent if you try and over mix it as you create it, eventually resulting in Pho Budder, a coagulated, almost butter-like substance that is actually quite spreadable rather than waxy.

The key difference between Pho Wax and regular butane-based marijuana concentrates is that propane based extractions are made using higher pressures and higher temperatures.

When you are making your marijuana concentrate, there are a few important steps that involve intense pressurization, the most important of which is known as ‘Purging.’ When you purge your marijuana concentrate, you evaporate the oil and, along with it, all of the unwanted contaminants that it might have been picked up during the THC extraction process.

Propane extracts can be made using more pressure, which means that more terpenes are able to be persevered rather than wasted during the purging step. This tends to create a more flavorful and more intense smoking experience, as it is able to cling on to those all-important terpenes that provide so many of the effects of your weed.

Due to its ability to work under higher pressure, it needs less extreme temperatures to achieve the same effect as with butane, which means that the resulting texture tends to be a lot closer to budder rather than the standard of shatter.

This means that, if you are handed a marijuana concentrate that has a budder-like consistency and it wasn’t an accident during production, the chances are that have some Pho Wax in your hands.

You can expect your Pho Wax to have between 70% and 90% THC content, depending on the individual product, making it capable of delivering an absolutely massive high with very little effort.

But how do you actually use your Pho Wax? What steps do you need to take to be able actually to imbibe it?

How Do You Use Pho Wax?

By far the easiest way to use Pho Wax is to smoke it using a water pipe. A water pipe is a tool you use to imbibe dabs like Pho Wax, as it is basically the same thing as a bong, only with a few different parts.

Instead of a small bowl to contain marijuana bud, a water pipe instead features a nail, which you heat to extremely high temperatures using a blow torch.

The proper method of heating up your nail is to heat it until the nail glows red hot, plus a few extra seconds more. Then, you wait about 2 to 3 minutes until the nail cools ever so slightly.

You do this because the right temperature you are going for is about 10 degrees Fahrenheit below the temperature of the nail when it glows red hot.

Once it is at the suitable temperature, you take your Pho Wax – ideally using a metal stick usually called a scoop – and touch it gently to the nail, all the while breathing in at the mouth tube.

This instantly vaporizes the Pho Wax, while simultaneously pulling in the smoke into the water pipe chamber. Once it is completely vaporized, you can put the cap on it and breathe it in, similar in fashion to how you would use a carb on a bong.

This is by far the easiest method of imbibing dabs, but you can also vape them; simply get a vape pen that is capable of accepting dabs, either when sold as pre-made cartridges or ones that come with a special slide that allows you to input your dab yourself.

Finally, you can also make food products out of your dabs, especially when they are a spreadable and easily adjustable texture like with budder.

You can simply spread it on toast if you want complete simplicity, but many people add it inside their foods. For example, you can make special marijuana brownies where you replace about one eighth of the oil in the recipe with Pho Wax.

There are also some people that put a little bit of Pho Wax or other dabs into their regular marijuana joints, especially at the very tip, hoping to create a massively increased dose at the very start of the smoking experience, but this can often lead to exceptionally unpleasant coughing fits, especially if you are not used to it.

Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, Pho Wax is a surprisingly versatile, oftentimes delicious way to imbibe a large quantity of THC very, very quickly.

Final Thoughts on Pho Wax

Pho Wax is just one more example of a method of imbibing marijuana that is named seemingly to confuse you; names like OG Kush and a Water Bong are all clearly showcasing that they are something to do with marijuana or at least hint as to how they should be used.

With Pho Wax, the only thing you could possibly imagine it could be is a delicious Vietnamese noodle dish. However, the only similarity to actual Pho that Pho Wax has is that it will make you crave any comfort food you can get your hands on once you have imbibed it.

As long as you look at your Pho Wax as simply another way of enjoying marijuana dabs, they won’t seem so scary and confusing.

Whether you enjoy it with a water pipe or put it in a vape pen, Pho Wax is an amazing way to quickly imbibe massively potent THC, all while being able to include the fantastic quantity of terpenes that come along with it.