How To Make Potent Cannabis Oil At Home
It is possible to make cannabis oil at home using ingredients that are fairly accessible, although the process does require a fair bit of work. With care and attention, however–and maybe a few trials– it is possible to produce high-quality cannabis oil that rivals anything else that you could get on the market.
Every ounce of marijuana will produce anywhere from three to four grams of cannabis oil. In order to produce 60 grams of oil, you will need to use one or more pounds of high-grade marijuana and 2 gallons of solvent. You may opt to use isopropyl alcohol (99% to 100%), grain alcohol (190 proof), or light naphtha as your solvent, although the use of heavy naphtha, Coleman fuel or VM&P naphtha is definitely not advisable.
- The first step is to place the plant material in a sufficiently large container and to dampen it in your solvent of choice.
- The next step is to crush the plant material in the solvent, causing the THC to leach out. This should be done for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
- The solvent should then be drained away from the concoction into another container. This effectively removes approximately 80 % of the THC contained in the plant.
- Next, pour fresh solvent into the drained plant material and again crush it for another 2 to 3 minutes. This will remove the remaining THC from the plant material. This solvent can then be poured into the container with the first extract.
- The combined solvent should then be strained into a third clean container using an ordinary coffee filter. This solution can then be boiled in order to evaporate the solvent. A rice cooker is ideal for this purpose as it does not heat the solution at excessively high temperatures and does not utilize open flames.
- When working with solvent, it is important to work in a well-ventilated area and to ensure that the temperature does not exceed 290°F or 140°C. The solvent should be heated in the rice cooker until it evaporates to a level of about one-inch off the bottom of the cooker.
- After all the solvent has evaporated, the remaining oil should then be poured into a small stainless steel container. This should then be heated gently using a candle warmer, causing the CO2 and terpens to evaporate from the solution. Alternately, you may also place the container of oil in an oven set to 230° F for about an hour. You will know that the oil is ready when you no longer see any activity on the surface of the oil as it is being heated.
At this point, the oil is ready for use and/or storage. You may opt to draw the oil into a syringe for easy dispensing later on. Some people even store the oil in the fridge in order to solidify and become easier to handle. The oil can be warmed slightly later on so that it is easier to use.