For those of you hopping on the DIY cannabis train, this is a great recipe showing you how to make your own cannabis oil, specifically Honey oil. It’s actually quite simple and doesn’t take too long.
We find there’s a pride in growing your own cannabis and then making your own honey oil. It’s cheaper than buying from retailers, and this way you can ensure no harmful chemicals or preservatives are ever added.
Many pot enthusiasts agree that there’s no smokable cannabis derivative that gets you in the “zone” much like the honey oil. You may know it from its many other names, including hash oil, wax, shatter, BHO, or dabs.
Inhale it steamed using a vaporizer or spread on a piece of paper and roll it into a “Thai stick” joint. Put a few drops into your bong or add a few drops to your hot food. Any way you take in this gooey gold, you will be rewarded with an inebriated experience like no other. The oil has such a psychedelic power that it will completely stone you. It can quickly become an acquired taste.
What is Cannabis Oil?
Simply put it’s the oil extracted from the cannabis plant. The concentrations of THC to CBD will depend on what plant you are using. The concentration of THC to CBD in your plants will be the same ratio in the oil you extract from it.
For example, the oil extracted from an Indica strain is higher in CBD, while the oil extracted from most Sativa strains is typically higher in THC. Most people opt for a hybrid cannabis plant that has a more even mixture of THC to CBD.
What are THC and CBD?
THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. It is responsible for the euphoric or “high” feeling that most people associate with weed.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is not intoxicating. It will not give you the feeling of being high but it does have effects on the body and mind. CBD has calming effects and is often used to help with pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
Both THC and CBD have a direct effect your body’s endocannabinoid system. They encourage the release of the body’s endocannabinoids and help to create balance (homeostasis). The ratio of THC to CBD varies greatly from plant to plant.
Honey oil will have a mixture of THC and CBD, not to mention many other cannabinoids and terpenes. But the strength will all depend which strain and what type of plant material you are using!
Make the Oil
The process of making honey oil is lengthy, but the result makes the work worth it. Due to the highly flammable solvents used, it is best done outside instead of in an indoor setting. Also, be patient and avoid speeding up the process.
When making honey oil at home, you may use alcohol or butane. There are two types of alcohol you can use, hence two methods. The QWET method uses quick wash ethanol, while the QWISO method uses isopropyl alcohol. The methods appear similar in the beginning but differ later.
The supplies you need include finely ground weed (not powder), the alcohol solvents, two mason jars, a Pyrex dish or tray, a pot for boiling water, a tray, and coffee filters. If you use butane as your solvent, you will need a honeybee extractor and at least two cans containing high-grade butane.
Method 1: Make Oil Using Alcohol
Measure 7 grams of first-class buds to get highly potent oil. Break apart the buds into small pieces, but do not grind them. Grinding would make it difficult to extract the fine particles from the oil. The buds should be thoroughly dried, and if they aren’t crisp, place them into a 195-degrees-Fahrenheit oven for a few minutes. Heating also causes the cannabinoids to lose their acidity and become psychoactive. Once the weed can crumble in your hands, it is dry.
Get the dried bits inside one of the mason jars, shut the lid, and place the container inside a freezer. Take the other jar and do the same with your chosen alcohol solvent. Measure out 2.5 ounces or 74 millilitres. Once the alcohol temperature drops to -62 degrees Fahrenheit, pour it into the mason jar with the buds. The alcohol covers the weed buds by about an inch. Let the mixture rest for some time.
The direction to take from this third step depends on the type of alcohol chosen. If you chose the QWISO method that uses isopropyl alcohol, stir the two ingredients for about 20 seconds then strain. If you chose the QWET method that uses quick wash ethanol, stir the mixture gently and place it back into the freezer. Give it another three minutes, get the mixture out, and strain using coffee filters. For a higher purity, strain the fluid another time.
Pour your filtered solution into the Pyrex dish or tray and place it in a water bath. By now, you may already see the characteristics of honey oil. The beautiful goldish-brown colour is evident. The water should be bubbling as it boils, with a temperature of between 158 and 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Since alcohol evaporates quickly, you will soon only have your precious oil. Alternatively, instead of a water bath, you could leave the tray out in the sun. Alcohol evaporates and leaves the hash oil in the tray.
In only those steps, you get your homemade honey oil. Use it how you like.
Method 2: Make Honey Oil Using Butane
For this method, safety and precaution are key. The method is done outdoors because butane is heavier than oxygen and tends to linger longer on surfaces and your skin. With butane being highly flammable, accidents could happen. Go outside where the wind can blow the butane away.
Get a metallic, glass, or plastic tube that can hold 14 grams or half an ounce of liquid. Make a hole on one end and five small ones on the other. The big hole is for the butane, while the small holes are for the THC oil to pour through. Insert the dried cannabis buds into the tube and place a coffee filter on one end, inside the lid.
Take the tube and hold it up two inches above the dish where the oil should drain. Next, attach the butane nozzle to the tube’s top hole and release the gas. For the 7 grams of weed, 10 ounces or 300 millilitres gas should be enough.
Allow the butane and oil extractor to work for you. Soon, a greenish or pale-yellow liquid will start to pour from the smaller holes. The process only takes a few minutes. Blow into the tap hole or gently tap the tube to let the last drops of butane out.
Allow the butane in the dish to evaporate naturally or clasp the bowl in your hands. For a speedy process, place the dish in some warm water.
When all the butane has evaporated, scrape off the residue from the dish. You now have your honey oil.
Whichever method you use should get you a sticky golden-brown substance. Scrape it out and store it in a glass vial. Store the oil properly to keep it fresh longer. It loses its potency over time.