Marijuana Wax: Why Winterization and Dewaxing Are Needed For Quality Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis plants contain a range of compounds, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant lipids. When producing a cannabis concentrate, depending on the final product, there will be certain compounds that are undesirable. Plant lipids, including fats and waxes, can have a detrimental effect on the flavor profile and aesthetic of a cannabis extract, and may contribute to a generally poor user experience.

As such, producers often seek to remove these compounds from cannabis products. Two popular methods for doing so are winterization and dewaxing. These processes differ but both rely on a polar solvent and cold temperatures to remove undesirable compounds.

In this feature, we take a closer look at winterization and dewaxing, including why they are necessary, how they may be carried out, and the benefits of one over the other.