Cannabis oil can cost you a fortune at a specialty store. Even then, you may not find exactly what you’re looking for. So why not make it yourself?
It turns out that making your own cannabis oil is easier than you think. With the right equipment, the necessary ingredients, and a little patience, you’ll have no trouble creating a product that suits your specific tastes and needs.
Learn how to create your own medicine easily and inexpensively with this step-by-step guide. From choosing ingredients to proper dosing, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get quality results.
Cannabis oil has become a real sensation. Its medicinal benefits, combined with its growing popularity, make it a sought-after product.
Best of all, you can now make it yourself in the comfort of your own home. Stop spending a fortune on dispensaries and discover how to get the best cannabis oil with natural ingredients and no additives.
Before you begin, it’s important to select the right ingredients to ensure the quality and efficacy of your cannabis oil.
Before heading to the kitchen, you may need to visit the grocery store, depending on the base oil you choose to use. A base oil is the base for making cannabis oil. This is the substance that will end up containing cannabinoids and terpenes once finished.
It is necessary to use base oils when making cannabis tinctures, as cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are fat soluble, meaning they must bind to a fat to produce effects. If you plan to use this cannabis oil daily as a tincture, these are the bestbase oil options:
Olive oil: A versatile classic with a smooth, pleasant flavor.
Coconut oil: Ideal for a more solid consistency and tropical flavor.
Avocado oil: Rich in healthy fatty acids and with a mild flavor.
MCT oil: Extracted from coconut, it is known for its easy digestion and fast absorption.
Before starting the cooking process, it is essential to decarboxylate the cannabis. What does this mean?
Decarboxylation is a process in which heat is applied to cannabis flowers to activate the cannabinoids, converting THCA to THC and CBDA to CBD. Without this step, your cannabis oil will not be effective.
Decarboxylating marijuana is extremely simple and only takes about 30 minutes at 240°F (116°C). The only problem is that decarboxylating cannabis in your home oven can make your kitchen smell like marijuana.
If you don’t mind that, no problem! On the other hand, if other people in your home don’t like the house smelling like marijuana, open the windows and do it when they’re not home.
It might also be ideal to use an air freshener.
First, the ingredients:
7 grams of chopped cannabis flowers (not ground)
1 cup of your chosen base oil
A baking sheet
A double boiler (or a homemade improvised double boiler)
A cheesecloth or strainer
A dye bottle or airtight glass jar
It’s time to get to work! Follow these simple steps to make your own quality cannabis oil:
Preheat your oven to 240°F (116°C) and spread your cannabis flowers on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes to activate the cannabinoids.
In a double boiler or improvising with a pot and a heat-resistant container, heat your carrier oil over low heat. Make sure it reaches about 160°F (71°C).
Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the carrier oil and allow it to infuse for approximately 3 hours. Stir occasionally to ensure even distribution.
Use a cheesecloth or strainer to filter the cannabis and oil mixture, removing plant debris.
Pour the filtered oil into an airtight glass jar and store it in a cool, dark place – your homemade cannabis oil is ready to use.
Proper dosage is essential to obtain the desired effects and avoid intoxication.
Cannabis oil dosing can be tricky. Fortunately, we know the exact amount of THC in each drop, thanks to this accurate and simple recipe.
Because there are 7 grams of cannabis and 1 cup of base oil, there will be approximately 5 mg of THC per teaspoon. The key to finding the right dose for you is to start with a low dose and gradually increase it.
Take one teaspoon (containing 5 mg of THC) and wait half an hour to feel the effects. Also, edibles usually take longer to kick in than other methods of consumption, about 1.5 hours to feel the full effects. With tinctures, which are technically edibles, the onset of effects is a bit quicker.
The mucous membranes and tissues of the mouth absorb the THC sublingually. So, instead of swallowing the oil right away, leave it under the tongue for about 30 seconds to feel the effects more quickly.
Going back to dosage, if 5 mg is not enough, take another teaspoon and gradually increase until you find the right dose for you. It is always important to know your perfect tolerance and dosage when consuming cannabis, as the plant is known to produce anxiety and paranoia at high doses.
However, what might be a high dose for you may not be for someone else. Everyone reacts differently to cannabis, so it’s essential to test before completely de-emerging.
Cannabis oil allows you to enjoy its medicinal and psychoactive properties in an easy and discreet manner.
Although administering it in the mouth may not be to everyone’s liking due to its herbal taste, it is the simplest form of consumption and allows the effects to be felt quickly. As it dissolves in the mucous membranes and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, the effects are present in as little as 15 to 30 minutes.
If you prefer a more convenient option, you can fill capsules with the oil using a syringe. Keep in mind that absorption through the digestive tract and the breakdown process in the liver can take about an hour to experience the full effects.
Also, having your own cannabis oil allows you to be the chef you’ve always wanted to be. You can add a few drops to your food, infuse your dishes during preparation or even create delicious smoothies. The culinary possibilities are endless, and you can easily disguise the taste of marijuana in your creations.
Make the most of cannabis oil and enjoy its benefits in various forms of consumption; explore the many possibilities and find the one that best suits your preferences and needs!
Is cannabis oil legal? The answer to this is a bit complicated: yes and no.
On the one hand, cannabis is illegal at the federal level in the United States. However, the 2018 Farm Bill states that cannabisand hemp products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal.
So, if your cannabis oil contains less than 0.3% THC, then yes, it is legal.
However, states have their own cannabis laws, so what may be illegal at the federal level is legal in California, Colorado, Oregon, and other states that have legalized recreational cannabis.
Also, if you are from a state where only medical cannabis is legal and you are a registered patient, you should have no problem making your own cannabis oil at home.
A good rule of thumb is that if you were able to legally purchase an ounce of marijuana to make cannabis oil, then you are not doing anything illegal.