08 May 3 Ways to Make Marijuana Oil
We love smoking some fresh green nuggets of marijuana. We really do, and we’re sure you do too. But times are changing and you’ve probably noticed that your friends and favourite marijuana enthusiasts are looking beyond flower for their next high. The hottest trend in cannabis is exploring different types of concentrates.
Concentrates come in many shapes and sizes: shatter, wax, budder, oil, etc. While these substances look strange compared to the flower that you’re used to seeing, they can usually provide a more intense high through a variety of different consumption methods. It’s a lot easier to find vapes that take marijuana oil than it is to find a vape that is compatible with dried bud.
In this post, we’re going to show you how to make marijuana oil through a few different methods. Concentrates only look intimidating – it only takes some dried flower, household items, and a small chunk of your time to produce your own.
First Things First: Choose Your Fighter
Before you begin, you should figure out what type of marijuana oil you want to make and why you want to use it. Cooking oil for edibles will not provide the same benefits as CBD oil that is made for medicinal purposes.
Choose the type of oil you want to make and use our guide to help you produce a great cannabis oil with the bud that you already have.
Three Ways to Make Marijuana Oil
How to Make Cannabis Cooking Oil
Let’s start with cooking oil. This is a great option if you strictly want to make edibles. Cannabis cooking oil can be used in a bunch of different recipes (including some that we’ve included on our website. Did someone say peppermint weed brownies?)
So let’s get started.
What You’ll Need:
- One cup of the cooking oil of your choice (olive, coconut, canola, etc.)
- One ounce of decarbed marijuana
- 2+ cups of water
- Slow cooker
- Rubber spatula
- Strainer (cheesecloth, French press, etc.)
Step One: Prepare Your Ingredients
If you haven’t put your flower through the decarbing process, take a minute to read our blog post and prepare your marijuana. You won’t get high from raw cannabis, but a half-hour in the oven will provide the THC you need to enjoy your edibles properly.
Once you have the right amount of decarbed weed, combine all of your ingredients in a slow cooker that is set on low. Mix the ingredients thoroughly; if your bud starts to stick to the edges of your slow cooker, you will scorch your bud and destroy the cannabinoids that you want to ingest.
Remember, keep your slow cooker on the lowest setting. If your marijuana gets too hot, then bye-bye terpenes.
Step Two: Let The Slow Cooker Do Its Thing
Slow cookers are great because you don’t have to constantly stir or watch over them. Every few hours, you should check to make sure the bud isn’t sticking to the slow cooker and that the mixture is wet enough. If your solution starts to get a little dry, there is nothing wrong with pouring in an extra ¼ cup of water.
Step Three: Strain and Store
Leave the mixture in the slow cooker on low for at least four hours. (We like to go for six, just in case.) Turn off your slow cooker and let it sit for a few minutes – it’s going to be very hot at first.
Once you are ready to remove the mixture from the slow cooker, pour it through your filter. We like to pour it over a cheesecloth and into a large mixing bowl. Other cannabis connoisseurs like to pour it into a French press and filter out the flower that way. Whatever you choose to do, be careful. Squeezing the cheesecloth is a big mistake. Pressing too hard on the French press will also not work out in your favour. Be patient and filter the solution a few times until you are left only with a cannabis-infused cooking oil.
And that’s it! You’re ready to bake.
How To Make Marijuana Oil
But what if you don’t want to eat your oil?
That’s okay. We’ve got another option that doesn’t involve any edible ingredients.
If you want to make CBD oil, we recommend using this method and a strain that has a low amount of THC. (Our favourites include ACDC and Harlequin.)
What You’ll Need:
- Ethanol (must be over 60%)
- Coffee machine and filters
- Plastic or wooden spoon (no metal spoons!)
- Water distiller, rice cooker, or double boiler
- Rubber spatula
Step One: Mix the Ethanol and Cannabis
Put your bud into a big bowl. Use however much you want! You will only get a small amount of concentrate for a decent amount of bud, so we recommend stocking up before you go through this process.
You will just need enough ethanol to cover your cannabis. Stir the cannabis and ethanol together with a plastic spoon for a few minutes.
Once it’s stirred up, grab your sieve and another bowl. Pour the mixture through the sieve so most of the plant matter is filtered away. Not all of the plant matter will be filtered, but that’s okay. In the next few steps, we’ll get rid of the rest of the plant matter and the ethanol until you’re left with a small amount of concentrate.
Step Two: Use the Coffee Filter
Pop a coffee filter into your coffee machine and place your alcohol mixture into the filter. Don’t worry about pouring your entire mixture into the filter or even turning the coffee machine on. Just let the mixture drip through the filter and continue this process until you have filtered all of your mixture.
(Make sure you have a coffee pot or some sort of container to catch your liquid!)
Okay, so the rest of the plant matter is gone, but you still have a liquid instead of an oil. What’s next?
Step Three: Burn Off (Or Filter Out) Alcohol
There are three ways to approach this last step. Two require burning off the alcohol. The last one uses a water distiller to filter out the remaining alcohol.
To burn off the alcohol, grab a rice cooker or a double boiler. If you can use these outside, please do. We don’t want to cause a fire in your house. People who want to burn off the ethanol indoors should make sure that the fan above the oven is on and all of the windows are open. You want as much ventilation as possible.
If You Have a Rice Cooker
Pour your alcohol mixture into the rice cooker until it is ¾ of the way full. Turn your rice cooker onto the White Rice setting. Leave it on high and leave the lid off. We repeat, leave that lid off of your rice cooker so the ethanol can evaporate and leave your cannabis forever.
(Worried about dust and other outside particles? Pop the sieve or a cheesecloth on top of the rice cooker, but keep it away from the oil.)
Keep an eye on your mixture and continue to add more as the level of liquid starts to drop. Once you are left with a dark green oil, turn off the rice cooker and remove the pot. (Wait until the pot has cooled down before you touch it!)
Stir the mixture until all bubbles stop appearing at the top of the oil. Scrape out the oil using a rubber spatula.
If You Have a Double Boiler
Add water to the bottom boiler and the alcohol mixture to the top boiler. Put the double boiler on the burner and turn the burner on high. Wait until the top boiler starts to bubble and then turn off the burner.
Once the burner is off, you will only need 15 to 20 minutes for the bottom boiler to do the rest of the work. If the top boiler stops bubbling, you can turn the burner back on, but only briefly. The alcohol mixture will eventually become a thick, green oil.
Let the top boiler cool before scraping the oil out of the boiler.
If You Have a Distiller
Add the mixture to the distiller and place a large bowl next to the distiller that can collect the ethanol. (You can use that ethanol the next time you make marijuana oil.) Run the mixture through the distiller until there is a majority of alcohol in your bowl. Inside the distiller, you should see a thick-ish amount of liquid.
There will still be ethanol in your mixture. To get rid of it, you’ll need to recruit your handy-dandy coffee machine again.
Pop the thick liquid into a small glass bowl and place it on the coffee machine where the coffee pot usually sits. Turn the heater on (and make sure there’s no coffee or water left over in the machine!) The heater will slowly burn the rest of the ethanol, but it will take around 24 hours to do so. Keep an eye on the mixture throughout this time.
How will you know that your mixture has no ethanol? Grab a little bit on a pin and light it on fire. If you see a flame, there is still ethanol present.
Phew! It’s all done. No matter which method you use for the last step, you’ll have a nice, thick oil that you can pop on your dab rig or use in a joint. Enjoy!
How to Make Marijuana Oil for Vapes Using Rosin
Rosin is a type of hash oil that can be dabbed or even added to a joint. You can make this waxy substance very easily, but you will need to complete a few more steps (and a have a few more materials) in order to add your product to a vape or e-cig.
Let’s get started.
What You’ll Need:
- Bud (an eighth will do)
- Hair straightener
- Parchment paper (NOT wax paper)
- Glass vial or container
- Terpene solution
Step One: Make Rosin
Collecting rosin is easier than you think, but you will need to use the right temperatures and ingredients to preserve the integrity of the THC.
- Grab some bud that is tightly packed and contains no seeds or stems. Place it between parchment paper. Flatten it a little bit, but not to the point of completely crushing it.
- Set your hair straightener to 250-280°F. If your straightener’s lowest setting is higher than this, set it to the lowest setting, unplug it, and give it a few seconds to cool.
- Put a nugget between your hair straightener and clamp down firmly for five seconds.
- Remove the paper and open it up. You should see a small amount of rosin on the parchment paper. If there isn’t much, don’t worry. You will only produce .5 grams of rosin per eighth. That doesn’t sound like much, but it will take you pretty far.
- Place the parchment paper in the fridge to help the rosin come off easily. Use the dabber to scrape remaining rosin.
- Repeat the process once more with the same nug, but use a separate piece of parchment paper.
- Collect all of your rosin into a glass vial or similar container.
Step Two: Add the Terpene Solution
Once you have enough rosin, it’s time to add some terpenes. Add eight drops of the terpene solution into the vial and mix with the dabber. (We like to use a dropper to add the drops, but if you have a preferred method, go for it.)
Step Three: Heat It Up
This solid and liquid solution together won’t make a great vape juice, so you’ll need to add a little heat. Apply your lighter to the glass surrounding your mixture for a few seconds. Once you start the mixture bubbling, back off! You don’t want any excess heat to kill off flavour or terpenes.
Mix the solution again with your dabber.
Step Four: Add The Solution To Your Cartridge!
Once the solution has been mixed thoroughly, you’re ready to go! Remove the solution with a syringe and add it to an empty vape cartridge. Add the cartridge to your pen of choice and you’re ready to inhale!
Where Can I Find Marijuana Oil Online?
Not ready to make marijuana oil yourself? That’s okay. You can easily grab marijuana oil online to suit your needs. A small sample of marijuana oil for dabs or vapes can also help you determine whether or not oil is the best form of cannabis for you. Some people prefer having oil in their vapes; others prefer different concentrates like shatter to dab or distillates to drop under their tongue. Play around and experiment with different forms of marijuana.
Grab marijuana oil on our online store. We’ve got a wide variety of different types of marijuana oil, including olive oil and CBD tinctures. Take a browse and reach out to our customer service team with any questions that you might have about marijuana oil.