Crumble, sometimes called crumble wax or honeycomb wax, is a cannabis extract identified by its malleable texture that falls apart, or “crumbles,” when handled.
Unlike other weed concentrates, such as shatter, wax, budder, resin, or cannabis oils, crumble is quite versatile. Not limited to dabbing only, you can easily add it to joints, blunts, or spliffs, or sprinkle crumble over the top of marijuana buds in a bowl or pipe.
The dry, fragmented, and crumbly texture that gives this concentrate its name results from its unique production technique, which involves processing at lower temperatures for a much longer period of time than other concentrates.
While its crumbly consistency can make it harder to handle than concentrates like shatter or budder, crumble wax has a reputation for giving consumers an especially potent and tasty experience.
More about crumble
Crumble is an extract, a form of cannabis concentrate produced using a solvent such as butane or CO2 in combination with heat and pressure. But unlike other concentrates, which are generally more viscous, this one is — you guessed it — dry and crumbly. In fact, it is one of the driest extracts on the market.
Brands make crumble using either dried and cured cannabis flowers, or fresh flowers that are quickly frozen at an extremely low temperature. In this case, the end product is technically classified as a type of live resin.
Crumble wax is generally light yellow in color. It typically has the consistency of dry crumbs, but can also have a honeycomb structure that easily falls apart into its more distinctive crumbly texture. Over time, it tends to change color, going from light yellow to amber.
Because it’s so crumbly and falls apart so easily, crumble wax can be a bit more difficult to handle than other extracts and concentrates. But its unique solvent purging process may leave intact a very high proportion of the original terpenes and other key compounds such as THC, producing effects that can be ultra flavorful and potent.
How to dab crumble and other cannabis concentrates
Dabbing is by far the most popular way to consume concentrates and extracts. Because concentrates are more potent than flower, dabbing is known for producing a much stronger range of effects. Additionally, because dabbing uses high temperatures to vaporize cannabis rather than burning it, the flavors and aromas you get from this method tend to be much cleaner and more robust.
Dabbing crumble follows the exact same process as any other concentrate: heat the nail, scoop some crumble onto it, and inhale the vapor. The key difference with crumble is that it’s much better to use a spoon-shaped dabber as opposed to a flat-tipped dabber. This makes it easier to scoop the crumble out of its container and get it onto the nail without any crumbles falling off.
You can also use any vape pen that allows you to dab actual globs of concentrate and doesn’t restrict you to using cartridges only.
How to smoke crumble
Versatility is one of this concentrate’s biggest benefits, and there are several simple ways to consume crumble. In addition to dabbing it like any other marijuana concentrate, you can also easily incorporate it into other smoking techniques.
One option is to add it to joints, blunts, or spliffs. Make sure your extract is broken down into relatively small crumbles, then fill your rolling paper or wrapper with flower and sprinkle your crumble evenly across the top of the flower. Finish rolling, spark up, and smoke your crumble-enhanced joint, blunt, or spliff the same way you always do. The flower/crumble combination contains much more THC than flower alone, producing significantly heightened effects.
You can also smoke crumble out of a bong or pipe. Simply pack the bowl with flower, top it off with a bit of crumble, apply heat, and get ready for liftoff.
How to store crumble
As with any form of cannabis, properly storing crumble helps maintain its aroma, flavor, and potency, and slows down the natural degradation of the extract.
Exposure to high temperatures, moisture, oxygen, and light speeds up the degradation process, damaging THC and other cannabinoids. If this happens, you may notice your crumble become darker in color. You may also notice your crumble beginning to lose quality in terms of taste, smell, potency, and effects.
The best way to ensure the longest shelf life possible is to store crumble in an airtight, lightproof container, away from direct light and out of extreme temperatures. Glass or silicone is ideal for this.
How to properly make BHO crumble; there are loads of specific recipes online but I’ve tried a few of them and honestly they never seem to work for me. To be honest, it’s really easy to make, but you’re going to need a set of specific items in order to do so.
Here’s a list of things you’ll need to make BHO crumble:
- Xtractor roller tube (or a similar object)
- Refined gas, like Clipper or Colibri gas
- Pyrex tray
- Pot of hot water
- Infrared thermometer
- A Dabber
- Blades for scraping
- Large or small silicone mat
- Vacuum pump
Step 1: First, you’ll need to fill your Roller Xtractor tube with cannabis. You can do this with cuttings or buds, fresh or dry; the dryness simply indicates what color your crumble is going to be. You’ll need to pack it in quite tightly and once you’ve filled it up, blow through it to check if any air can get through.
Step 2: Freeze the Roller Xtractor with the weed inside as well as the butane you’re planning on using. Leave it to freeze for 24h.
Step 3: Prepare your Pyrex tray and gas your Roller Xtractor. Make sure that you’re in an open area with plenty of ventilation, even outdoors if possible to minimize any risks.
Step 4: Let the gas evaporate completely until there’s just a sort of paste left. Once the gas is gone, it’s safe to go back inside or close your windows.
Step 5: Place the pot of water on the hob (only ceramic, electric hobs can be used, under no circumstances are you to use a gas hob with an open flame). Set it to 1, 2 at the most and heat up the water. Once it’s nice and heated up, just place the tray on top of the pot as if it were a lid, so that heat from the vapor hits the Pyrex tray directly.
Step 6: With your infrared thermometer you can check to make sure it isn’t going over 40ºC, which would negatively affect the terpenes. When the temperature is nearing 40º, remove the tray and wipe off the few drops of moisture. Once it’s cooled down a bit, place it on the pot again. This is so the paste bubbles nicely and releases any leftover butane.
Step 7: You’ll need to pop any bubbles that appear using your dabber. Once there are hardly any bubbles left and you can tell that it’s getting slightly dryer, it’s time for the most important step in assuring you get top quality crumble rather than just some slimy mucus. You’ll need to begin scraping the bottom of your tray with the dabber, up and down, diagonally, any way you possibly can. Make sure that the temperature doesn’t go over 40ªC.
Step 8: The previous step can take a couple of hours; the paste will go from being transparent and gloopy, to slightly harder and a kind of cookie, opaque color. Once it’s no longer transparent you know you’ve succeeded. Now you just need to use your scraping blades to make sure it’s all off of the tray, and place it on your silicone mat.
Step 9: Now you’re going to need to vacuum dry it. You’ll need to stick it in the desiccator and connect it to the vacuum pump. Don’t interrupt the vacuum at any time or open the desiccator. You can however, program the pump with a timer so that it turns on and off for 15 minute intervals so that you can check to see when it’s dry enough.
Step 10: Before removing the pressure it needs to be completely dry or it won’t inflate properly and then it’s extremely difficult to dry. The only way you can know if it’s fully dry is by how it looks. You should take a picture of it when you first begin drying it to compare it to the final result. Here we have a couple of pictures of some crumble before it’s dried and after. You can clearly tell which of the two is dry.
Step 11: I’ve never taken longer than two days to get my crumble by using these simple steps, one day being the quickest and two days the slowest. The last step is to simply remove it from the vacuum by letting air in little by little, and once you take the lid off your crumble will be ready!
We guarantee you that if you follow these simple steps, you’ll have a perfect looking crumble cookie like the one in the picture without using any sort of strange methods you can find out there. Don’t be fooled with articles that talk about a miracle method to create BHO, because this is honestly the best and simplest method by far!