You see e-cigarettes everywhere you go these days. And if you live in a green state, you also see cartridges pre-filled with THC, which are more and more popular due to their discretion and convenience.
But what if you don’t live in a state with legal marijuana? And what if you do live in a legal state, but don’t want to pay premium prices for your THC cartridges?
Here’s the good news: You can do it yourself, and you won’t go broke doing it. While homemade THC oil might not quite measure up to the premium cartridges available in dispensaries, it can still get the job done.
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If possible, use cannabis concentrates to make THC oil for your cartridges. (It saves a step.) If you don’t have access to concentrates, you can use flower and trim.
Decarbing takes place when you smoke marijuana. But vaporization doesn’t always get hot enough to do the trick, so this step is important to make sure the THC is activated.
The decarboxylation process won’t be necessary if you’re using concentrates to make your e-juice, so that can save you a little time. With flower and trim, you want to decry so that any THC acid (THCA) is converted into psychoactive THC. THCA has health benefits but won’t get you high.
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A water bath is the final step before the e-juice mix is introduced. A water bath is used to keep any flames separated from the flammable alcohol.
If you simply don’t want to heat your marijuana-infused alcohol, an alternative method is to let the alcohol evaporate naturally. The downside of this process is that it takes 10-14 days.
About one milliliter of glycol is normally enough to make a gram of concentrate into a liquid suitable for cartridges or tanks for e-cig vaping. To avoid spillage, use a syringe to transfer the e-juice to cartridges or tanks.
Remember, one way you can usually get away with getting high in public is vaping from a box mod typically used with nicotine e-juice. Some stealth smokers even add flavoring to help mask the marijuana smell.
The e-juice you make has a shelf life of a least six months to a year in the dark at room temperature.