- Decarboxylate your cannabis
- Choose your solvent
- Extract your cannabinoids
- Store your cannabis oil
Cannabis oil is a potent concentrate that can be made at home with the right supplies and knowledge. This guide will show you how to make cannabis oil safely and effectively.
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Decarboxylate your cannabis
Before you can make cannabis oil, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This is because the THCA in cannabis needs to be converted into THC. You can do this by baking your cannabis in an oven at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. Once your cannabis is decarboxylated, it will be activated and ready to be used to make cannabis oil.
Preheat your oven to 220 degrees F
For this decarboxylation process, you will need to preheat your oven to 220 degrees F. Then, place your ground cannabis on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and spread it out evenly. Next, bake your cannabis in the oven for 25-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Once finished, remove your cannabis from the oven and let it cool before moving on to the next step.
Spread your cannabis evenly on a baking sheet
Cannabis oil is a potent extract made from cannabis plants. It’s typically consumed orally, and has a very different effect than smoked or vaporized cannabis. Cannabis oil can be used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, such as pain, anxiety, and nausea.
To make cannabis oil at home, you’ll need to decarboxylate your cannabis first. Decarboxylation is the process of heating your cannabis to activate the THC and other cannabinoids. This is important, because raw cannabis won’t get you high.
Here’s how to decarboxylate your cannabis:
1. Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C).
2. Spread your cannabis evenly on a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 40 minutes.
4. Let the cannabis cool, then grind it into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or food processor.
5. Be sure to label your cannabis powder so you don’t forget which strain it is!
Bake your cannabis for 30-40 minutes
One of the most important steps in making cannabis oil is decarboxylation, or “decarbing” for short. This process activates the THC in the cannabis so that it will be more psychoactive and provide greater medicinal benefits.
To decarb your cannabis, preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread your ground cannabis on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. This will decarboxylate the THC, making it active and bioavailable.
Choose your solvent
The most popular solvents for making cannabis oil are ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and olive oil. Ethanol is the safest solvent to use, but it is also the most expensive. Isopropyl alcohol is cheaper, but it is also more dangerous. Olive oil is the least expensive option, but it is also the most time-consuming.
Decide if you want to use a polar or non-polar solvent
Cannabis oil can be made using both polar and non-polar solvents. Each type of solvent has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Polar solvents are able to dissolve more of the plant material, which means that they can extract more of the cannabinoids and other compounds from the plant. However, polar solvents are also more likely to strip away some of the beneficial compounds from the plant, which can result in a less potent cannabis oil.
Non-polar solvents are not as effective at extracting cannabinoids from the plant material, but they are less likely to strip away the beneficial compounds. This means that the resulting cannabis oil will be more potent.
Choose your solvent based on your desired end product
The type of solvent you choose will determine the quality and purity of the final product. It is important to select a solvent that is food-grade and does not leave any unwanted residue in the final product.
There are many solvents that can be used to make cannabis oil, but some are better than others.
Ethanol: Ethanol is a popular choice for extracting cannabis oil because it is safe and effective. Ethanol extraction is also relatively simple and does not require expensive equipment. However, it is important to note that ethanol extractions can be more difficult to purify, so the final product may not be as refined as those made with other solvents.
CO2: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an environmentally friendly solvent that can be used to extract high-quality cannabis oil. CO2 extractions require specialized equipment and are more expensive than other methods, but they produce a purer product.
Butane: Butane is a highly flammable solvent that should only be used by experienced professionals. Butane extractions produce a high-quality product, but they can be dangerous if not done properly.
Extract your cannabinoids
If you want to make cannabis oil, the first thing you need to do is extract your cannabinoids. This can be done with a solvent, like butane, hexane, or propane. First, you need to find a recipe. There are many online, but make sure to find one that is meant for the solvent you are using. Next, gather your supplies and set up your workspace. Make sure you have a well-ventilated area, as solvents can be very flammable. Finally, follow the instructions in the recipe to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material.
Add your solvent to your decarboxylated cannabis
Now that your cannabis is decarboxylated, it’s time to extract the cannabinoids. For this, you’ll need a solvent. The most common solvents used for making cannabis oil are butane, ethanol, and isopropyl alcohol. CO2 and olive oil can also be used but they require more expensive equipment.
Add your solvent to your decarboxylated cannabis and mix thoroughly. Make sure you use enough solvent to cover all of the plant material and that there are no air bubbles.
Once your mixture is thoroughly mixed, place it in your extraction vessel and seal it tightly.
Stir gently and let the mixture sit for a few minutes
Cannabis oil is a potent concentrate that can be used in many ways. It can be consumed orally, applied topically, or inhaled through vapor. The process of making cannabis oil is relatively simple and does not require any special equipment.
To make cannabis oil at home, you will need the following supplies:
-1/4 ounce of cannabis buds
-1/4 cup of olive oil
-1/4 cup of coconut oil
-Double boiler or slow cooker
-Strainer or cheesecloth
-Glass jar or container for storage
Step 1: Decarboxylate your cannabis. This step is crucial for activating the THC in your cannabis so that it can be ingested or inhaled. You can do this by baking your cannabis in an oven at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.
Step 2: Grind your decarboxylated cannabis into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or blender.
Step 3: Add your ground cannabis and oils to the double boiler or slow cooker and stir gently.
Step 4: Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so that the cannabinoids can infuse into the oil.
Step 5: Place a strainer over another glass bowl and pour the mixture through it to strain out the plant material.
Step 6: Pour your finished cannabis oil into a glass jar or container for storage. Be sure to label it clearly so that you know what it is and how potent it is.
Filter your mixture using a coffee filter or cheesecloth
Place your coffee filter or cheesecloth over the mouth of your jar and secure it with a rubber band. Slowly pour your mixture over the filter, giving it time to drain through. If you’re using a coffee filter, you may need to do this in batches. Collect the filtered oil in another jar.
Store your cannabis oil
Cannabis oil is a potent ingredient in many medical and recreational cannabis products. By making your own cannabis oil, you can ensure that it is free of toxins and impurities. Cannabis oil can be used in a variety of recipes, including edibles, topicals, and tinctures. It is important to store your cannabis oil properly to preserve its potency and shelf life.
Pour your cannabis oil into a dark glass container
Cannabis oil can Goes bad when it’s exposed to light or air, so pour it into a dark glass container, like a jar, and screw on the lid tightly. Store the jar in a cool, dark place like your pantry or cupboard.
Store your cannabis oil in a cool, dark place
Cannabis oil can be stored in a cool, dark place such as a cupboard or cabinet. Be sure to label your containers with the date and strain of cannabis used. Cannabis oil can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. If you store your cannabis oil in the fridge, it will solidify and you will need to gently heat it before using it.