What is Ear Wax Hash

WSJ Team May 26, 2011 26

Well, I personally stumbled across ear wax hash in my schooling years, and was completely enthralled by the experience I had with it. If you have ever seen or used ear wax hash it has a similar consistency to the wax that comes out of your ear. The process that makes ear wax hash pretty much removes all plant parts from your cannabis and makes your concentrate a near pure concoction of cannabinoid chemicals derived straight from your favorite strain. I will be honest, I have close to no clue on the extraction process on this beautiful creation, but I found a video that can pretty much explain the basics of ear wax hash to someone who has never used it. It really packs a hell of a whallop and when you put it on top of your bud you can really have an intense experience almost like you are smoking for the first time again.

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Zobtastic April 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM - Reply

    Earwax hash is made by putting your herb into a glass tube with holes on either side. Then you release an entire can or two of butane gas to extract the trichomes. The thc is no longer really thc and is extremely bad for you to smoke. This is why earwax hash is no longer sold at dispensaries, because the harmful chemicals outweigh any medicinal value the thc may hbe had before being mixed with awful horrible butane. Gross

  2. Sorry, Man June 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM - Reply

    Zobatstic, sorry, but the butane doesn’t convert THC or any other related compounds. It bonds with it, and therefore extracts the active ingredients of cannabis, leaving NO trace of butane in the product (when whipped, the butane gas evaporates off)

  3. bat&man June 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM - Reply

    Zobtastic is right to a certain extent. Wax made from butane has a much darker color & is bad for your lungs despite having quite a punch. Wax made with nitrogen instead is a light lime green color & a more dangerous process not to be taken on lightly. Nitrogen wax is not much more dangerous then smoking cannabis if done in moderation. The only down side is a small build up of nitrogen bubbles in the blood stream. Over use could possibly lead to arthritis or an aneurism if nitrogen levels in the body reach toxic levels.As with any recreational drug please use common sense know your body and it’s limits & make sure a coherent sober individual capable of calling for help is with you at all times.

  4. Doubt August 1, 2012 at 1:26 AM - Reply

    I dont think bat is completely right at the butane part as there’s a process of vacuuming to remove every last bit of butane residue from the oil.

  5. nz smoker September 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    In New zealand from the seventies right through to the early 2000’s we smoked a lot of cannabis oil. The country had a predominantly out door grow during those years and “oil” as we call it was readily available during the off season and before the next harvest when weed was getting fairly scarce. Since the indoor grow revolutionised the cannabis market in the early 2000’s “oil” has virtually vanished from the market here with the exception of a few die hard fans. It usually came in a gel cap that cost anywhere from $10 – $40 depending on who you knew or how good it was. You could smoke it a number of ways but the most popular was to dip a pin into the cap getting a nice “spot” on the end and then gently rubbing it on the end of a knife or flattened spoon that had been heated till very hot on either the stove top or a camp cooker, the smoke would be quickly sucked up through a tube. This process is an old favourate in New zealand and can be done with small pieces of bud as well, we can it “spotting”.
    The oil can be made any number of ways but the most popular method was always using isopropyl alcohol to strip the cannabinoids, thc from the weed leaving a vivid green alcohol which would then be VERY carefully cooked off until all was left was the cannabis oil at the bottom of the pot. This would then be scraped off and packaged. This process was exceedingly risky and many people have literally have the endeavours blow up in their faces. The butane method became fashionable very late in the game when isopropyl alcohol became harder to purchase in large enough amount to do a cook with and more people were making small amounts for personal use instead of large volumes for commercial sale.
    It can be really strong but personally I don’t think you can beat the experience of smoking some beautifully perfumed indica and as young stoners our favourate thing was to smoother a rolling paper in the stuff and twist it into what lookedd like a little dark green tooth pick, we would then roll this into the middle of a blunt ; )

    • Nuria February 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM - Reply

      U can get bronchitis of innliahg Cannabis smoke. U can cure this with the Cannabis vapors. Cannabis smoke contains more carcinogenic substances than tobacco smoke, but until now it seems that there is no significant increasing numbers of lung cancer or lung emphysema in the group of pure Cannabis smokers.General, u better do everything yourself, to be utterly sure on poisonous substances in the products you take.

    • Tom April 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM - Reply

      Awesome! Sounds like you guys did it right. I just made a batch of some Iso hash about to toke some up right now!

  6. keepinit raw October 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM - Reply

    A bunch of know nothing know it alls.lol doubt is correct about vaccuum purging wich is what makes the distinction between honey oil and wax. If not done properly, honey oil can contain residue from the butane. Also, a highly refined butane must be used( at least 4x refined. higher if you can find it). Furthermore, wax is still widely available in dispensaries. There are labs that cater directly to the dispensaries for the purpose of checking for impurities in byproduct, dosages in edibles and thc% in buds. Please do not try to pass yourself off a a professional when it would be a stretch to call yourself an amature.

  7. interested party December 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    To keeinit raw:
    It’s so cute when you complain about how “amature” some of the responses are when your grammar and spelling are worse than the 5th graders I teach…
    Thank you, NZ SMOKER,
    your answer was very informative and professional.

  8. weed January 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM - Reply

    To interested party:
    You mean to say “is worse”,dickhead.

  9. flockaa February 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM - Reply

    Juss stick too sme kush…mann stop the non sense

  10. fuckyou March 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM - Reply

    to weed:
    uhm it definately is “are worse”
    you know…grammar and spelling…are

    kinda like saying “they are”
    and now “THEY IS WORSE.”


  11. Gary M. Marino March 11, 2013 at 8:57 PM - Reply

    Butane neither “Bonds” with THC, nor does it convert it to anything. tha Butane is simply a Non-Polar SOLVENT. that the THC dissolves in. Butane is best, because of it’s Low Boiling point (31 F) All you have to do is heat it and the butane will evaporate. The dispensaries probably stopped stocking due to the Fire Hazard present when making it.

  12. BigBrainZ March 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    “Using highly refined butane gas to extract and strip a mature stage cannabis plant for personal consumtion is not only a clean, and safer method of extaction techniques than most, but when properly performed is also absolutley harmless to regards of health risks or poisonous ingestion factors in regards to human consumtion.” is true because of the evaporation rate of butane vs. residual deposits left behind which has been proven to be of no risk in regards to health concerns in Marijuanna users.

    However, when procedures of this nature are performed poorly or incorrectly there is a strong concern to the inhalation of vapors by individuals performing the extraction and have even been as extreme as cardiac arrest, death and several other severe cases all of which are documented. So while it is safe to consume extracts of cannabis using the butane extraction methods, one should use extreme caution as to avoid the breathing or inhalahtion of the gases which are all around you constantly evaporating and traveling upward into airstreamns unseen by most or noticed little by the novice or uneducated person trying the method without proper knowledge of such. SO THERE YOU HAVE IT STONER CRY-BABIES…..SAFE WHEN DONE RIGHT…..SO SMOKE ALL THE WAX YOU WANT WITHOUT FEAR OF HEALTH RISKS……..ITS NOT DANGEROUS LIKE ALL THE HATERS WANT YOU TO BELIEVE IT IS

    • Derr August 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM - Reply

      Even if you smoked butane you would never smoke butane since it combusts perfectly. And if you don’t know that butane isn’t really that dangerous to inhale straight out of the can, I could say you don’t know your drugs.

      Any alcohol extraction could be used to make wax, but as someone mentioned above, butane is the preferred because it’s boiling point is close to room temperature so you just get the stuff warm and it’s dry. Iso and Ethyl both are liquids until well above room temp, so it’s a longer process until the solvent is evapped.

  13. yesh March 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM - Reply

    hey hey lets everyone just smoke some weeeed okay? no need to be rude!

  14. kevin March 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM - Reply

    Good luck to those 5th graders you’re teaching @ “interested party” aha

  15. Tom April 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM - Reply

    I’ve had some and the person I got it from said it was extracted with Nitrous oxide (CO2). Forgot what else was involved though.

  16. amanda April 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM - Reply

    if you look up ways to make wax and oil you can see the different processes also youtube it and it shows how to make it and all gases evaporate remember chemistry from highschool? and yes nitrous oxide is a way to make it too. the internet has endless answers.

  17. droo415 April 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Smoke bho erry day fully purged dabaholics SF

  18. Asphyxium June 14, 2013 at 3:16 AM - Reply

    CO2 is carbon dioxide.

    And yes, all this bullshit about BHO being bad for you is bullshit.

    My understanding is that butane burns clean into water vapor and CO2. So if your BHO isn’t purged properly you probably still won’t be inhaling any butane cause that shit’s really flammable and will probably burn up the minute it hits the nail.

    So I dare say nobody has ever been negatively impacted by properly refined butane wax/shatter/etc.

    Also, I heard that Iso extracts involve lots of plant material in the oil and that it is black. Sounds fucking nasty.

  19. Gonzo June 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM - Reply

    Look up a book called “Cannabis Alchemy”
    Use grain as your solvent(Con is it absorbs water from the air) or better yet, acetone. heat to the vapor point and all the solvent goes away. Build a still and reclaim it for future use, or just let it evaporate.

  20. Gonzo June 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM - Reply

    P.s. This article is using the same pic as above, but claims copyright. As your article came out 2 months before that one, they may have stolen your pic.


  21. Derr August 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM - Reply

    Also to the nitwit talking about nitrogen extractions, the atmosphere is 70% nitrogen, breathing nitrogen does not give you nitrogen bubbles. Diving (which increases the solubility of the nitrogen) and needles (pumping air into your blood) give you nitrogen bubbles.

  22. Corytrevor February 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM - Reply

    most wax isnt purged, but still no outbreak of stoner deaths from the “dangerous” butane. If youve ever smoked wax you would see a spark on the nail, thats the butane instantly going away. If the wax is purged right, you dont see a spark and the wax leaves no residue on the nail.

  23. Jd December 28, 2016 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    For all the people saying butane is bad to smoke then why do i use a butane lighter for my buds and wax, yet dont die?

    I could understand if you are going to eat it but i would imagine it would burn off in the cooking process for edibles that is required to activate the THC, either way you can purge it by slightly heating it preconsumption

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