Whether you are a medicinal user or a recreational one, you will agree that cannabis is a fantastic substance. As the public gradually becomes more enlightened about the incredible benefits of cannabis, its popularity is increasing, and states are opting to legalize it.
Cannabis is a very versatile drug, and it can be used in many different and exciting ways. Though most people smoke cannabis, I would suggest exploring other options as well, mainly vaping.
Using a vape pen has many advantages, firstly it is healthier than smoking joints or using a bong. Even though cannabis smoke is not as harmful as tobacco, it can still have some carcinogens that are detrimental to the lungs.
Vape pens use vapors to get the cannabinoids into your lungs, hence making them less dangerous. Furthermore, your buds will also last longer in a vape pen.
Secondly, vape pens also allow you to use different concentrates, which are created synthetically with specific applications in mind.
And lastly, by vaping your cannabis buds, you don’t completely burn them, and they can be used for other applications as well, such as making cannabis oil.
Cannabis oil has many medical applications, and you can also add it to certain foods to make them into cannabis edibles.
Therefore, in today’s post, I am going to tell you how you can repurpose weed that has already been vaped to make cannabis oil. Stick around to learn more.
Equipment and Ingredients Required
- Vaped cannabis buds
- Carrier oil
- An oven and a stove
- A Dutch oven, pressure cooker, or oil extractor
- Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
Now that you have checked all of these items let’s get started.
Firstly, Decarboxylate Your Weed If Not Using Vaped Weed
Cannabis affects our mind and body through cannabinoids. These cannabinoids, mainly THC and CBD, interact with our endocannabinoid receptors. However, the cannabinoids in raw strains of weed have an extra carboxyl ring that needs to be removed.
In its raw form, marijuana has THCA, which does not have any significant effects on our bodies, therefore, to make cannabis oil from fresh buds, we need to convert the THCA to THC, by using heat.
However, if you are using already vaped weed, decarboxylation is not necessary.
To decarboxylate your buds, bake them in a moderately heated oven for about 30 minutes. So visit your local dispensary and get the highest quality weed for your cannabis oil.
Secondly, Combine the Decarboxylated Cannabis with the Oil of Your Choice
Cannabis-infused oil can be made in three different ways. Here are their brief descriptions.
Using a Slow Cooker
This is one of the simplest and easiest cannabis oil extraction and infusion methods, and you don’t need any fancy machines for it.
When you make cannabis oil using this method, you have to use more water, which results in a more precise final product.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Add the carrier oil along with your vaped weed, into the slow cooker.
- Putting on medium or low heat and let it cook for up to eight hours.
- Some people do let the slow cooker go for a longer time; however, I think the eight hours is the ideal time for the remaining cannabinoids to be extracted into the oil.
The Stovetop Method
The stovetop method is another simple and straightforward way to extract cannabis oil, and all you need is a Dutch oven.
This extraction method uses a lot of water; however, since the cooking is not sealed off like it is in a slow cooker, it will make your entire home smell like weed.
If that may be a deal-breaker for you, move the process to your backyard, in the open air, or use some other oil infusing method.
- Add the already smoked and decarboxylated cannabis buds to a Dutch oven.
- Add the carrier oil of your choice, coconut oil or almond oil work great with cannabis.
- Place the Dutch oven on medium-high heat and let the mixture start boiling.
- Lower the temperature, and let the oil simmer for another four hours, at least.
- Check on the oil after every 15-20 minutes and keep adding water to prevent the oil from burning.
Use an Oil Infusion Machine
Though the previously mentioned methods are quite useful, they can’t work the same as a purpose build oil infusion and extraction machine.
These appliances work excellently, and they don’t take much time either; however, the drawback is that they have a low capacity, and you can only make a little oil at a time.
If you are only making cannabis oil only for yourself, the capacity won’t be a problem; however, for larger batches, stick to the slow cooker and Dutch oven method.
Lastly, Strain and Store Cannabis Oil
After the cannabis buds are cooked in the oil, you need to strain the oil to get a final product. You can use a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth for this purpose.
The oil can also be used if you don’t strain it and leave the beads inside, however, where that might not bother you if you are only using the oil topically for pain relief and other applications, it can be a problem when using the oil to make edibles.
After straining the oil, you can store it in a container and use it as you want.
A lot of people recognize the medical benefits of cannabis. It has a lot of benefits and minimal side effects, which makes it a fantastic natural alternative to many chemically prepared drugs. However, smoking cannabis isn’t the best way of consuming it.
Though making cannabis-infused oil at home may seem like sometimes tricky, by following the instructions in this post, you can get it done quickly. I hope that you find this post helpful and informative.