Making Liquid THC for Beginners!
Today, we’re going to discuss one of the most popular topics among e-cig users: how to make liquid THC for vape pens. While popular US support for the legalization of cannabis hovers at around 62% according to the latest Pew poll , state legislatures remain divided on the issue. If you’re lucky enough to be living in a state where cannabis is legal for either medicinal or recreational use, then you’ve probably had the opportunity to buy THC liquid right off the shelf. However, in most places these sorts of vape juices are not permitted which means that the only option for most Americans is to make THC liquid at home. We’re going to cover the background of vaping and a user-friendly method for making your very own THC oil.
Update September 2019: The CDC, FDA, and state and local health departments are currently investigating a number of lung-related injuries connected to vaping. Products containing THC may have played a role, and the presence of Vitamin E acetate is currently being investigated as a potential cause.
Until more information becomes available, consumers should take measures to protect themselves. As of 27 th September 2019, the FDA advises that consumers avoid buying vaping products of any kind on the street, and to cease the use of THC oil or from modifying substances bought in stores.
If you do continue to use THC vaping products, carefully monitor your health and immediately seek medical attention if you have any symptoms (eg. cough, wheezing, chest pains etc.).
Just How Popular Are E-Cigarettes?
Since the invention of the modern electronic cigarette in 2004, e-cigs have spread globally to become one of the main ways that people consume tobacco. In the US and UK, their use is widespread, especially among people trying to quit smoking. While the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not yet fully known, no serious negative health effects have been reported in trials thus far. This fact becomes clearer when you take a look at the chemical composition of the aerosol, or vapor, that electronic cigarettes produce. Most of the toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke from conventional cigarettes are absent in e-cigs, and those that are present typically occur at 1/100 the amount.
Vaporizers – A Closer Look
Now that we’ve gone through a brief history of e-cigs, let’s take a look at the two kinds of vaporizers available – oil vaporizers and e-liquid vaporizers. Oil vaporizers are designed mainly to smoke hash oil, which is derived from marijuana concentrates. Due to the high CBD content found in many of these concentrates, oil vaporizers are a popular choice among medical marijuana users.
E-liquid vaporizers, on the other hand, are designed around vape juice. Vape juice first emerged as a liquid nicotine delivery system. This has made it a popular choice for people looking to quit smoking regular tobacco cigarettes. Users have the ability to customize the nicotine content in their vape juice and, thus, can gradually reduce their nicotine content over a period of time. In addition to nicotine, vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) as well as added flavoring. PG is a synthetic liquid compound that helps your body absorb chemicals more efficiently. It’s also the ingredient that gives vape smoke its smooth flavor. VG is derived from vegetable oils and forms the chemical base of most e-liquids.
THC Vape Juice – A New Way To Vape
So, where does THC vape juice fit into all this? Well, as the vape pen market exploded in popularity, it didn’t take long for some enterprising people to realize that these devices could also be used with other substances, like THC. Let’s take a look at how you can create your very own liquid THC at home.
Cannabis for Foodies
If you feel right at home in the kitchen, then this might become your new favorite recipe. You don’t need any expensive equipment. As long as you have a crock pot you’re good to go.
Decarbing Your Cannabis
The first is decarbing the raw plant material. This is essential to ensuring your oil is pure. All you need to do is put your cannabis in the oven on high heat for roughly 40 minutes or until it’s dry and brown.
Next, grab some coconut oil. This will act as the solution that will absorb the cannabis. For every 1-1.5 ounces of ground herb, use 2 cups of oil in the crock pot. Leave on low heat for 3 hours then let it cool for 8 more hours. You can repeat this process to increase the potency so that every bit of THC and CBD are absorbed into the oil.
Strain and You’re Done!
Once the oil is cool, use a fine mesh strainer to pour the oil out. You can toss the plant material now and bottle the oil in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
Congratulations! You’ve now got your own homemade cannabis oil which you can consume orally, topically, or just add to your favorite food and drink recipes.If you're not sure what liquid THC to buy then here's an easy guide for beginners on making your own liquid THC at the comfort of your own home.
How To: Infuse Coconut Oil With Weed!
Infusing your own coconut oil with cannabis and using it to make DIY edibles is probably a lot easier than you may have thought!
There’s a wealth of information out there, and many an argument has been had over the best way to do it. The method we’re sharing is one of our favorites; we think the difficulty-to-quality ratio is just right! All you need is ten minutes to prepare the ingredients, and about two hours of time to hang out at home while your oven does all of the magic for you.
**This recipe is for a small quantity – but you can easily double, triple, or even quadruple it if you so desire!
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 7g (aka ¼ oz) of cannabis flower (You can also use trim! If you go this route, we suggest using a full ounce)
- 100g (aka ½ cup) of coconut oil
Supplies you’ll need:
- A scale (or, just a quarter-ounce bag of weed!)
- Scissors or an herb/cannabis grinder
- An oven-safe baking dish (We recommend using a glass dish; a 9×9 size will work perfectly for the amount in this recipe. You can step up to a 9×13 size if you’re doubling or tripling the recipe!)
- Aluminum foil
- A medium stovetop pan
- A spoon (Wooden spoons are preferred – but you can use whatever you have on hand!)
- A storage container for the final product (Standard 16oz mason jars work great for this, but it’s not necessary – as long as your container is at least 6oz and resealable, you’ll be just fine!)
What to do:
- Using your scale, weigh out 7 grams of weed. If you purchased a quarter-ounce of cannabis to use for this, then reweighing isn’t necessary. Skip to the next step!
- Preheat your oven to 215°F
- Break up the weed using a cannabis grinder or a pair of scissors
- Cover the bottom of your baking dish with the ground cannabis, and seal tightly with aluminum foil
- Bake it in the 215°F oven for 30 minutes to activate the cannabis. This process is called decarboxylation, and it helps to create a more potent oil infusion!
- Remove from the oven, leaving the aluminum foil tight over the top. Keeping it sealed helps prevent cannabinoid-rich vapor or steam from escaping the container, and allows it to settle back into the herb – again, helping with potency!
- Melt your coconut oil in a medium-size pan over low heat while the baking dish filled with herb cools
- After the herb dish has been left to cool for about 15 minutes, uncover and pour the melted coconut oil over the cannabis. Use a spoon to mix until combined; the goal is to coat all of the dry herb with oil!
- Cover tightly with the aluminum foil once more, and return it to the 215°F oven for an hour and a half. If possible, it’s best to stir/agitate the mixture once or twice while it’s baking. Doing so helps the cannabinoids distribute more evenly.
- Remove the dish from the oven, and let cool with the aluminum foil cover on for 15-20 minutes – until you can comfortably handle the dish.
- Place a double-layer of cheesecloth over the opening of whatever storage vessel you’re using for your infused oil
- Carefully pour your infusion over the cheesecloth, straining out all chunks of plant matter in the process
- Gather up the sides of the cheesecloth into a bundle, and squeeze out as much remaining oil as possible
- You’re all done!
You’ve just created a batch of activated cannabis-infused coconut oil, and now you’re all set to make your own edibles! Celebrate by making a delectably potent batch of cookies, spice up your favorite stir-fry with a drizzle before serving, or create a delicious homemade vinaigrette – you can use this anywhere you would use “regular” coconut oil, making it perfect for any sweet or savory recipe. You could also let that mixture cool down, and then enjoy your brand-new homemade topical. The possibilities with this infusion are endless!
A friendly reminder:
Always be cautious when consuming cannabis-infused edibles! Onset time can vary vastly from one person to the next, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours for folks to feel effects. It is always better to start conservatively, testing to see how strong your batch turned out, than to accidentally overdo it and get a bit too high. If we were to estimate, we’d say this about a ½ teaspoon portion of this oil would equate to approximately a 10mg serving size. The Washington State LCB considers 10mg to be a “standard dose” of cannabis when consumed in edible form.