Dewaxing refers to a key secondary refining process of removing undesirablie waxes, fats and lipids during cannabis oil concentrate production through filtration or winterization methods in order to beneficially improve clarity, appearance and flavor in the final product. The primary goal of dewaxing is to strip away any extraneous plant waxes and lipids not wanted in the end product that could otherwise cloud or spot up and discolor carefully crafted concentrates or extracts.
Various proven techniques exist to dewax solutions either through cold filtration or a sequence of hot and cold solvent washes and decanting steps. Essentially, the selective dewaxing process clarifies extracts by specifically targeting and separating out only certain unneeded compounds for removal based on their relative solubility. In concept it aligns somewhat with the similar process of winterization but still functions quite differently in its goals.
Thorough dewaxing commonly results in translucent and more stable cannabis oil consistencies that allow enhanced visibility and improved light color retention. Discerning connoisseurs greatly value both the enhanced clarity and the more aromatic terpene retention typically unlocked after optimal dewaxing. While dewaxing does necessitate a few extra steps, the value it unlocks in the final product when done properly typically proves well worth the effort for top shelf concentrate products meant for inhalation and vaporization methods. The sparkling, pristine results justify the meticulousness for extracting oils to their true highest potential.