Smoking wax (or dabbing) is a great way to get a very strong high from marijuana. Wax, in fact, contains much more THC compared to marijuana buds, which is the main ingredient in marijuana that gets you high. So, if you are one of those stoners who loves to get really high, then you might know a thing or two about wax. But what about wax reclaim?
If you do smoke wax, then you might know about the leftover wax that gets stuck inside your dab rig. That is called wax reclaim. Some stoners decide to remove the reclaim from their rigs and smoke it. Some even decide to make edibles out of it. But is reclaim safe to consume? Are there any hazards with it? If not, then what is the best way to collect (or reclaim) it? This post will answer all of those questions, and more.
What Is Reclaim?
Wax Reclaim is the leftover wax that can be found trapped inside a dab rig. It can sometimes look like this:
If the reclaim makes it all the way to the water in the rig, then it will form like globs and float in the water. This is due to the fact that oil and water do not mix. Another way to recognize reclaim is by looking at the quality of it. Reclaim is typically darker than regular wax (as shown in the picture at the top of this post). This byproduct is created from ash, tar, and carbon when wax is smoked.
Is It Safe?
So, the main question still stands, is reclaim safe to smoke? Since it contains ash and tar, which are both harmful to your lungs, the answer is no. However, it will not kill you. For this reason, some stoners still decide to smoke reclaim.
Now, you may be asking “why would anyone want to smoke something that is harmful to their lungs?” First of all, ask that to cigarette smokers. Secondly, there is still some value in wax reclaim. Even though the reclaim has technically been smoked already, it still has some THC in it. So yes, reclaim can still get you high. In fact, reclaim can contain anywhere from 30% to 60% THC. That amount is less than in regular wax, but more than in marijuana buds.
Smoking reclaim may be harmful to your lungs, but it still does get you high. No matter that, however, Reefer Post suggests that you do not smoke it due to the health risks. Consuming reclaim is a poor man’s way of dabbing. Not only that, but it is a dirty way to smoke wax. Smoking it can also be very harsh on the lungs. If possible, just purchase some regular wax that is much better and safer than reclaim.
How To Obtain Some
If you do not care about the dangers to your health that come along with smoking reclaim and want to use it to get high, then that is still an option. Here are some ways that you can collect, or reclaim (hence the name), leftover wax inside your dab rig:
- Use something small, such as bobby pins, to scrap the reclaim out of the rig. Dig in as deep as you can, and scrap out all of that wax. Use something to catch the scrapped off reclaim and contain it.
- Use some solvent to get the reclaim out. Grain alcohol or isopropyl alcohol works best. Pour some in your rig, shake it up, pour it out, then evaporate it. Once the solvent has evaporated, you will be left with some reclaim. Store it in a container. If you are using it for edibles, use grain alcohol, since it is safer to consume than isopropyl alcohol.
- Some dab rigs come with a drop-down. This allows you to easily collect some reclaim. Once you have some reclaim in your drop-down, all you need to do is flip it over and apply some light heat to the bottom. The heat will loosen the reclaim and cause it to fall out. Just make sure that you have something below to catch it.
Even though smoking wax reclaim is harmful to your lungs, making edibles out of reclaim is not. In addition, making these edibles is actually quite easy. Since reclaim is wax that has already been combusted, the reclaim has already been decarboxylated, which is the process that marijuana must go through in order to be used in edibles. So, the reclaim can be used as decarboxylated weed and added to your recipe!
One option is to eat the reclaim raw. This already might sound disgusting to you. While this can be done and you can get high from it, this method is not recommended. The taste is awful, and those with a weak stomach might not be able to keep it down. Instead, I highly recommend that you add your reclaim to an edible recipe. The only time you should eat reclaim raw is when you have zero other ways to use it.
When cooking with reclaim, make sure that the temperature does not exceed 314 F (157 C). If this happens, the THC will begin to evaporate, and your edibles will become much less efficient.