When you visit a dispensary, cannabis oil can cause quite a big dent in your pockets, despite the fact that you may not get what you are looking for exactly. With all the brands out there and no quality control as of yet, it can be almost a crap shoot. In that case, why don’t you take matters into your own hands and start making the cannabis oils yourself?
What is medical cannabis oil?
Before we go further, let us first make sure that we are talking about the same product. Medical cannabis oil is an extract of cannabis that has a high concentration of the plant’s ingredients. Basing on research, medical cannabis oil can treat some forms of cancer, epilepsy and relieves chronic pains. When you go to the dispensary, the oils go by names like Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and Phoenix Tears. Here are some tips on how to make cannabis oil.
What you will need?
To start making your cannabis oil, you must have the following
- One ounce of high-quality medical cannabis or, you can also use 2 to 3 ounces of trim
- Everclear alcohol
- A rice cooker
- 1 medium glass mixing bowl
- Clean nylon stocking
- Cooking thermometer
- Sterile oral syringes
- Parchment paper
- 2-quart mixing cup or container
1) Preparing Workspace
For safety purposes, you must take a lot of care during this process, as making cannabis oil can be a bit tricky. Make your workspace very clean and clear because you will be dealing with highly flammable substances. Open the windows and turn on the fan. Have gloves and many hot pads in place as well.
2) Extract The Solvent
Contrary to making other recipes for cannabis oil, consider using high-proof alcohol to ensure that all the potential carcinogens are eliminated. The alcohol burns off fully after the process leaving you with pure cannabis oil. In this process, you will:
- Put your cannabis in a glass
- Add alcohol to the bowl
- Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture continuously for some minutes.
3) Strain The Mixture
With your 2-quart measuring cup, put a clean nylon stocking on it and pour the cannabis mixture on top. After that, put the extracted mixture into another cup.
The extracted dark green mixture is the cannabis resin. Prepare it for a second soak by taking the strained plant material and putting it in a mixing bowl. Repeat the straining process above until there is no more alcohol in the container.
4) Burn Off The Solvent
After extracting the alcohol, it is time to separate the cannabis resin from the solvent. Because you will be using heat, safety precautions are necessary. Fill your rice cooker with the canna-alcohol until it is 3 quarters full. Turn the cooker on, but leave the lid open. Heat your solvent under high temperatures giving it time to boil down. When the oil becomes thick and dark green, it is ready for the next step. Turn off the rice cooker and use a spatula to remove the cannabis oil from the pot.
5) Use Your Syringes
After cooling down, use a syringe to suck up the oil. If you wish, you can also use the syringes to fill empty pill capsules to create your cannabis pills. Once you’ve filled up your capsules or jar, your cannabis oil is ready to go!
Rather than spending long hours in the dispensary to get cannabis oils, some of which are not what you want, take some time to prepare your own at home. This article provides you with some key tips that you can take into account and experiment. If you do want to make your own, we advise to closely follow safety measures every time. Happy Cooking!