Gardening

Ultimate Guide to Making Cannabis Oil

You can extract two distinct types of cannabis or marijuana oil in your home setting. Making of BHO or butane hash oil is strictly not recommended as that would necessitate the use of butane, a highly inflammable and toxic gas. So, there is always the possibility of messing up (like your home catching fire from an explosion), especially if you are attempting to make BHO for the first time.

On the other hand, the process of mining marihuana oil, suitable for using as an ingredient in rustling up savories and delicacies like brownies, cookies, and fudges is more simple and safer, compared to BHO.

Reviewing the preparation of cannabis butter or cooking oil with vaped weed

You can recycle the vaped weed sitting pretty in the vaporizer by using the same as an ingredient for preparing savories and sustain your highs. You’ll need the below mentioned supplies for preparing cannabis butter or cooking oil:-

  • ½ ounce of weed sourced from your vape pen
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter or an equal quantity of canola, coconut or olive oil
  • Saucepan of medium size
  • Wooden spatula
  • Coffee colander or carded cotton cloth or gauze cloth for filtering
  • Storage container for stocking up the final product

Transfer the weed to the gauze cloth and tie it firmly in the same way you’d tie a teabag. Pour the butter or oil into the saucepan and put the oven on low heat. After the fluid starts simmering, place the sachet in it and sauté the mixture on an intermittent basis for about 15-20 minutes.

Switch off the oven, let the mixture cool down sufficiently, and after a while take out the bag. Hold the bag under a container or urn and keep compressing its contents until all the oil drains out. The oil that you have just squeezed out is pure cannabis oil.

You can use this oil extract as a preparatory medium or ingredient for making mouthwatering brownies, French toast, and cakes. Alternatively, the cannabis butter or oil is infused with other cooking oils (that are popularly called canna oils) for embellishing salads, cooking steak, chicken, and other savory dishes.

You can also prepare cannabis-infused cooking oil from fresh weed. Here’s how.

Preparing cannabis cooking oil with pure weed

What you’ll need:-

  • Fresh and grinded weed
  • An oil into which the cannabis oil will be infused (cannabis infused olive oil is ideal for dressing salads; canola or coconut oil are appropriate for desserts): mix the selected oil with the weed in a ratio of 2:1
  • A saucepan/double-cooker/slow-cooker
  • Cheesecloth or coffee strainer
  • Wooden spatula
  • A storage container

Transfer the mixture of oil and weed into a saucepan or slow cooker or double-cooker. Heat the same keeping the oven on low so as to stimulate the chief psychoactive element in marijuana-THC, which is the most noteworthy cannabinoid-rather than nullifying or deactivating the effects. If you are using a saucepan heat for at least three hours, sautéing recurrently; heat for 6-8 hours if it’s a double-boiler or in a slow cooker for six hours.

When you’ve heated the oil for the requisite number of hours, let the mixture cool, and thereafter let the oil pass through the filtering medium into a container. This filtered oil will be good for using as a cooking medium for at least two months if you preserve the same in an odorless container. On the other hand, if you keep the oil in the fridge, it will stay fresh longer.

The following lines elucidate the process of making essential oil using cannabis, better known as medical marijuana oil or cannabinoid oil that is proving to be useful for dealing with anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, and other forms of mental illness. Cannabinoid oil is also being used extensively for coping with cancer.

Cannabis Oil vis-à-vis Medical Marijuana Oil

CBD oil is milder than cannabis oil in that it has a much lower concentration of the psychoactive compound (cannabinoid) and therefore you may not get a good high when you partake of the former. The CBD oil is generally used for preparing foods for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, nervousness, and various other kinds of mental conditions and antipsychotic ailments. Medical marijuana oil infused with THC can also be used for treatment of cancer.

THC, when it comes in contact with cancer cells, stimulates them to create extra ceramides-waxy lipid molecules-resulting in the self-destruction of the carcinogenic cells. The most notable benefit of homemade cannabis oil is that you get to make the most of THC and CBD. Additionally, you can relish a strong high that is more intense compared to the highs you may get by inhaling ganja vapors or smoking pot.

Keep in mind the following aspects when you source marihuana flowers, buds, and leaves for making oil:-

  • Cultivating and harvesting your own weed ensures you that you will be using pure weed for extracting oil that will be free toxic compounds and chemicals
  • If you cannot grow weed on your own then make sure that you get the same from an authorized dealer who cultivates and/or sells only organic cannabis
  • Also see to it that the organic hashish you source has been hydrated with pure/filtered water and not tap water that is replete with sediments, fluorine, and chlorine
  • If you have sleep issues and want to use the oil for dealing with your sleeplessness, then go for the Indica strain instead of the Sativa variety
  • At the same time, ensure that the strain abound in ‘Tetrahydrocannabinol’ or THC

Extracting medical marihuana oil at home  

Making essential oil using weed is safer than preparing BHO or ‘butane hash oil’ as you will not be required to use butane as an ingredient but alcohol. However, just because you are using alcohol does not imply that you would be throwing all caution to the winds-prepare the oil in an environment that is well-ventilated and never ever cook or heat beyond the prescribed temperature.

What you will need:-

  • A strain of marijuana (rich in THC) of 1 ounce quantity; procuring 2-3 ounces of trimmed medical marijuana will also suffice
  • 1 gallon or 3.785 liters of 99% pure ethyl alcohol (Everclear or Cargill)
  • Capacious stock pot in which you will be able to comfortably pour the mixture of weed and ethanol
  • Wooden spatula for swirling
  • 73-micron ice/cold water bubble bags
  • Double boiler (choosing a double boiler over a saucepan or pot facilitates the boiling process); never use a double boiler that is Teflon coated or else the chemicals will infiltrate the mixture
  • Airtight containers or urns for safely storing the end product-essential cannabis oil

Preparatory Process

You can prepare medical marijuana oil in your home during your spare time or in the weekend. Transfer the alcohol to the stock pot and immerse the weed fully in the ethanol so that the cannabis gets thoroughly soaked. Place the pot in the refrigerator’s freezer section and let it stay for the entire night-the chilled environment will speed up the extraction of resin from the weed.

Take out the pot from the fridge and stir the alcohol very cautiously as you would have to keep the flowers intact. Filter the blend via the bubble bag, pour fresh alcohol in the residue, and again strain this mixture. Transfer the filtered alcohol which is now heavy with the marijuana essence to the double boiler and steam off the entire alcohol.

Exercise caution while carrying out the boiling process-make arrangements for heating the double boiler outside of your home, preferably in open and clear surroundings. Fumes of alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) are not only strong but quite inflammable as well. The fumes can also cause skin irritation. If you cannot organize to boil outdoors then ensure that your indoor setting is fully ventilated.

Keep doors and windows open, switch on exhaust and wall fans before lighting the oven. Set the boiling temperature at 100˚C (212˚F) and see to it that the temperature always remains under 140˚
C (290˚F). Maintain this temperature range for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes. You are taking so much trouble just to keep the THC intact for activation instead of damaging it.

You’d be better off using a thermometer just in case. After the alcohol has vaporized fully, an oily residue is left behind. Transfer this filtrate to a transparent container that enables you to see the contents clearly. Keep the container in an area that is dark and cool. In case the residue solidifies, you can always restore its fluidity by heating the same with water.

The benefits of preparing your own medical marijuana oil

Medical marihuana oil offers numerous benefits from the perspective of healthcare. For instance, controlled consumption of the oil (by using it as a cooking/baking medium) can go a long way in coping with grave medical conditions like PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), seizures (epilepsy), schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, chronic pain, and some types of cancers. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can take between 1-3 drops of the oil daily or rub the same on your skin, as recommended by a physician.

There are accounts of several people who have benefited hugely from using medical marijuana oil (either by consuming it or applying it topically). For instance, one Canadian national, Rick Simpson was able to cure his melanoma by using the oil just for a few days.

Medical marihuana oil for cancer

Medical research and trials have found evidence of cannabis’s potential to make cancer patients taking chemotherapy sessions, feel less nauseous as well as whet their appetites. Additionally, cannabis oil has also been found to be effective in arresting and/or delaying growth of tumors. You can log in at cancer.gov site if you are interested in knowing the medical benefits of medical marijuana. The intense side-effects of undergoing chemotherapy including but not limited to throbbing pain, hair fall, and anxiety can be thwarted by consumption of this oil.

Medical marihuana oil for vaginal and rectal suppositories

Besides topical application of cannabis oil and oral intake, you can use the fluid as a suppository. In other words, the oil can be inserted into the vagina or the rectum-effective for those diagnosed with bone/breast/liver/colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, fibromyalgia, fissures, hemorrhoids, and brain injuries, and so on.

Medical marihuana oil for the following health conditions

Cannabis oil works as an elixir-a magic potion-helping deal with and cure a host of ailments and disorders including the following:-

  • Arthritis
  • Anorexia
  • Glaucoma
  • ARMD (age related macular degeneration)
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Insomnia
  • Heart disease
  • PTSD
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety/trauma/stress
  • Schizophrenia

A simple research on the net will throw up innumerable sites that elucidate the cannabis oil health benefits.

Uses of cannabis oil that are not widely known

If you were under the impression that medical marijuana oil was effective in the treatment of only grave diseases and disorder, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover its health benefits that are not widely known. For instance, you can apply the oil on your dermis for healing sunburns, acne spots, eczema, and so on. Cannabis oil is effective in treating Crohn’s Disease. The oil can also be used for the treatment of ailing domestic animals and pets, including cats and dogs.

Celebrities who use medical marihuana

You will be really amazed to know that a large number of luminaries and celebrities, mostly from tinsel town, have been using marihuana in different ways in order to get relief from symptoms of numerous diseases. The following is a list of famous personalities who have benefited from cannabis use 🙁 the listing is not exhaustive, of course)

  • Morgan Freeman-for getting relief from fibromyalgia (pain in the nerves) that resulted from a car crash, injuring him fatally
  • Sam Simon-creator of the cartoon strip, ‘The Simpsons’ smoked pot for dealing with colon cancer. He passed away in 2015.
  • Montel Williams-talk show host smokes pot for coping with multiple sclerosis
  • Rock star Melissa Etheridge has been consuming medical marijuana for the last 9 years for battling with breast cancer
  • Patrick Stewart of ‘Star Wars’ fame uses cannabis spray to get relief from pain
  • Lady Gaga takes marijuana for treating her hip injury
  • Whoopi Goldberg uses medical marijuana for relieving her glaucoma symptoms

Besides the above, there are numerous other noted individuals who use cannabis in some form or the other including but not limited to Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston, and Paris Hilton.

Ailing children are also taking cannabis oil

Close to 200 children diagnosed with epilepsy and other related issues in the western US state-Colorado-have been partaking a specialized variety of medical marijuana, named “Charlotte’s Web”.  The treatment procedure that comprises refining the cannabis in the form of oil and pouring the same into medicinal pellets which the children imbibed has proven to be extremely effective. The unprecedented success of the experiment has encouraged parents with ailing children to register their wards’ names on upcoming health initiatives and programs where marijuana capsules will be offered.

Families from length and breadth of the US are making a beeline to Colorado to participate in the program.

Tracing the origin of medical marihuana

Historical archives document the consumption of marihuana for medicinal purposes since circa 2900B.C. Different strains of marihuana, in various forms have been used in ancient China, Egypt, India, Greece, Netherlands, and in the medieval Islamic countries. The medical use of marijuana in the US can be traced back to the latter half of the 18th cent when medical journals suggested using the roots and seeds of hemp for treating venereal diseases, urinary incontinence, and swollen skin.

William O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor, working for the British East India Company found out that Indians used hashish for getting relief from a host of conditions including tetanus, cholera, nausea, and rabies to name a few. The Irish medical practitioner promoted the flowering plant’s use in America and England. The US Government since the 19th century has shifted from outright prohibition of cannabis to listing it as a Schedule 1 drug.

It was only in 1996 that California decriminalized possessing and/or harvesting marijuana on a limited scale for medicinal use. Till 2015, 25 US states (out of a total of 50) have legalized cannabis use for therapeutic purposes.

The areas where preparing and using cannabis oil is legal

To legalize or not to legalize-that is the question. The demand for decriminalizing marijuana universally, for recreational or therapeutic use, has been partially successful. Some countries including Australia, Chile, Canada, India, Portugal, Jamaica, Germany, Netherlands, and USA (25) have lax laws on marijuana while UAE, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, France, Nigeria, Philippines, and Saudi Arabia have very stringent laws.

Will drug tests be effective if I take cannabis oil?

If you are made to undergo a drug test while you have been consuming cannabis oil, you are surely going to fail the same. Amazingly enough, even newborns and babies bathed using soaps with special formulations could test positive if put through a drug assay. The duration for which cannabis oil remains in the body has not yet been confirmed medically but if you want to clear a drug test, you’ll have to wait for 4-10 days; that is the maximum period it might take for all traces of weed to pass out of your body.

Comparing cannabis oil with hemp oil

Since hemp oil is derived from the cannabis sativa strain, contains trace amounts of THC (the chief psychoactive component in marihuana), its use is legal, in sharp contrast to cannabis oil. Following are some of the medicinal benefits of hemp oil:-

  • An excellent skin moisturizer and good for exfoliation
  • Ideal for treating a host of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Supremely suitable for using as a cooking medium as it is endowed with omega 3 fatty acids, oleic acids, saturated oils, chlorophyll, and gamma linoleic acids
  • Also rich in minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc
  • Checks and minimizes risks of depression, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and stroke
  • Alleviates and delays the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and PMS

So, do you realize that consuming hemp oil can be as beneficial as taking cannabis oil.

Making hemp oil

Outlining the entire process of making hemp oil at home is a lengthy one and therefore will require a separate article. Just be in the know that cold-pressing technology is harnessed for extracting oil from the hemp seeds. If and when you decide to buy hemp oil online, make sure that you source the same only from approved distributors or retailers who deal exclusively with organic oil.

Cannabis oil and Hemp oil side effects

If you are going to use cannabis or hemp oil for the first time and never smoked pot or inhaled weed vapors, then it is recommended that you consume the oil in very small amounts or doses. Once you get used to it, you can increase the consumption gradually. Initially, you could feel drowsy and anxious have hallucinations, diarrheal attacks, and abdominal cramps.

You could also get carried away by feelings of unusual ecstasy making you behave erratically and taking decisions which could prove to be disastrous in the long run. Therefore, keep an eye over yourself in the initial period and try to relax after ingesting the oil. It is also advised to consume the oil or a dish prepared from it in the presence of a family member or relative.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with discontinuing cannabis oil use

Just like other narcotic drugs and substances, if you discontinue using marijuana all of a sudden, especially after having consumed the same since long and on a continual basis, you are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms comprise cravings, inability to fall asleep, fractured sleep, anxiety, irritability, strange dreams, and hallucinations. However, it takes about 5-7 days for the symptoms to fade away completely but you start feeling normal within four days of abstention.

On the other hand, you could alleviate your sufferings to a considerable extent if you reduce the intake on a gradual basis instead of desisting from using it at one go. For example, if you are in the habit of taking up to 3 drops in a day on average, start with consuming two drops for the next three days, then make do with just a single drop for the remaining 4 days of the week, and finally stop.

Want premium quality of oil? Harvest marijuana on your own

Farming your own weed is definitely the best way to make sure that you’ll be extracting 100% pure oil from the weed. At the outset, find out if growing and possessing marihuana is legal in the state you reside. You can check several review sites dedicated to cultivating the weed hydroponically or via indoor gardening.

At the least, you’ll need a grow space, grow lights, nutrients, peat pellets, fertile soil, pots, and a host of other essential supplies to get started. Depending upon how you want your oil to be, you could choose from ‘Indica’ or ‘Sativa’ strains.

Purchasing cannabis oil

If you do not want to go into the hassles of harvesting the weed in your backyard or indoors, you always have the option of buying marihuana. But then again, even sourcing it online (or offline for that matter) could be against the law, depending upon where you stay. You could also be taken for a ride by unscrupulous dealers who could talk you into buying produce that is substandard.

Be in the know that there are sites that are set up as ‘red herring’ portals by law enforcement bodies to catch people transacting in online cannabis oil. Then there are sites that are out to make a killing as they will fool gullible individuals into transferring payments and then disappear without a trace. So, where does that leave you?

Always try to find out the background of the dealer and see to it that he or she is authorized to sell the oil. Additionally, always opt for organic cannabis oil if you wish to get a kick out of consuming the oil.

Gifting cannabis oil

It is licit to gift cannabis oil but that again depends on the state you live in.   

 

 

 

 

 

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