Best Way to Make Hash Oil
Perhaps you are new to the world of cannabis and hash, and your interest in finding the best way to make hash oil or pot oil is in the infant stages yet. Or, possibly you have been using an oil for a while now and are seeking a way to make your own. Maybe you are simply curious.
Regardless of your reason for wanting to learn more about the process, we will discuss not only making it, but also pros and cons, common mistakes, various tools you will need, recipes, and different ways to use it.
How to Use Hash Oil
Before you learn all the tricks of hash oil making and run out to buy all the tools, you might want to know how to use it first. If you are a beginner to cannabis, you might not be aware there are multiple ways to garner the many benefits.
In the same manner people would smoke dabs, many people will choose to smoke it and are looking for ways on how to make weed oil to smoke. Dabs are concentrated form of cannabis, which are created when extracting THC by utilizing solvents such as carbon dioxide or butane.
While some are looking to smoke it, there are other methods in using hash oils and they include the following:
- Add it to traditional herbal marijuana to make it stronger in strength.
- Dip the tip of a pin or nail into the hash oil, heat it, then inhale the smoke it produces
- Vaporizing the oil
- Digest the oil
- Use as a topical agent
Several users prefer finding a way to digest it because it’s more discreet if they don’t want others to know they are consuming a form of hashish. Brownies are the trendy method to consume it in food. But, it could also be as simple as adding the oil to a spoon of unsalted butter and drinking it.
Digesting it also allows you to use it, without exposing others to the fumes or smoke.
What are the Pros and Cons to Using Hash Oil?
Another bit of information you might want to have before starting the process and looking for the ideal and easy hash oil recipe would be the pros and cons of using it in the first place. Everyone should consider the pros and cons of use, based on their own life and circumstances before starting the process.
Cannabis has been around longer than anyone alive right now. It has a long history for both recreation and medicinal use and has since had many studies and debates on the benefits. However, there is very little argument to the following benefits when using hash oil:
- Reduces Depression and Anxiety – It has shown to help with energy balance, mood stability, and possibly even increase memory, by reducing stress. CBD, which is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis, has the ability to control the way a person responds emotionally to a traumatic event, by redirecting stress receptors in their brain and slowing down their activity.
- Healthy Support for Organs, Joints, and Muscles – Cannabis is a great pain reliever, which is why there has been a push for medicinal marijuana to be widely accepted. And, by relieving pain, it takes the stress off a person’s joints, muscles, and organs, such as the heart. Anytime the body is not stressing in pain, is good for the entire body.
- Increases Appetite – You might be thinking this is a con, rather than a pro. However, if you are battling an illness that suppresses your appetite to the point of weakness, naturally increasing your appetite is a positive move. An illness such as cancer, which requires the rest of the body to help fight it off, would benefit from the entire body to be as strong as possible.
- Helps to Combat Psychosis – Cannabis has been known to limit the gravity of a psychotic episode. It might require more use than other conditions do, but it’s not as caustic to the body as traditional antipsychotic medicine that comes with dangerous side effects.
- Supports Brain Health – There has been some research that endorses the thought of hash oil producing favorable activity of a person’s endocannabinoid system, which encompasses the deprivation of their brain cells. This is particularly encouraging for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Huntington Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other diseases that works at deteriorating brain cells.
This is an impressive list of pros for using hashish oil. But, are there cons as well? Yes, as with anything, there are cons to also consider. However, most of these come with unusually high dosages, not reasonable use. Here is a list of potential risk factors:
- Impairs cognitive ability
- Lowers blood pressure too low
- A risk of abuse
- Issues with short-term memory
- Damaging to the lung tissue
As already mentioned, the above cons typically would be linked to abuse of the hash oil, such as excessively high dosage and use. Just remember that more isn’t always better. Don’t increase the recommended usage just to gain more of the above-listed perks from use. It just doesn’t work that way.
How to Make Homemade Hash Oil
Now that you have a better understanding of how to use cannabis oil, the pros and cons, and the multitude of benefits, let’s get down to business…what is an easy way to make hash oil? Well, depends on what you want to use it for, your preference in how to use it, and what you have to work with, such as leaves or bud.
Edible Hashish Oil
The first type of hash oil we are going to discuss is a cooking hash oil, one that can be used in edible foods, such as perhaps the most popular choice…brownies. Keep in mind though that this is strictly for cooking and edible purposes, not for topical use or smoking.
This method will require the following tools and materials:
- freshly ground cannabis (bud or leaves)
- cooking oil (olive, coconut, or canola)
- a cooking vessel (pot, double boiler, or slow cooker)
- coffee filters, cheesecloth, or sink strainer
- glass jar for storage
Fortunately, most of these items are found in most homes already.
The steps are quite easy, and if done right, you can be using it rather quickly. First, measure out the oil and ground cannabis, 2-parts oil to 1-part cannabis. For the oil, it should be an olive, coconut, or canola oil. All 3 are viable options, but canola tolerates heat much better than the others. Heat the cannabis and oil on low to best activate the THC without modifying or destroying it. You can use a pot on top the stove for a minimum of 3 hours, a double-broiler for 6-8 hours, or a slow cooker for anywhere between 6 hours to 3 days. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure the mix is cooked at a low temperature.
After it is done cooking, you need to strain the oil. You can do this using a cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or even a sink strainer, as long as you didn’t grind it to finely. Once you strain it, put it in a glass storage jar. Anything you don’t use right away, you can refrigerate or up to 2 months or longer.
So, in summary, follow these 4 simple steps to a quick edible homemade hash oil:
- Measure out 1-part ground cannabis to 2-parts oil.
- Heat the mix to activate the THC in a pot, double boiler, or slow cooker.
- Strain the mix, using a coffee filter, strainer, or cheesecloth.
- Pour into a glass jar.
It’s perhaps the easiest way to make hash oil for using in edible form.
Medical Marijuana Oil
The oil found in medical marijuana dispensaries is a CBD oil and doesn’t contain THC. Therefore, you will not be getting a high from this oil. Although, it’s a great option when treating certain medical ailments such as anxiety, pain relief, or schizophrenia. But, if you are seeking information on making cannabis oil as a treatment for conditions such as cancer, then you will want THC in your oil. THC interacts with cancer cells by generating more ceramide, which plays a key role in healthy cells and helps to fight off cancer cells.
Fortunately, when you make the cannabis oil yourself, you can enjoy the benefits of both THC and CBD in one hash oil. But, there are a couple important things to consider before you begin. First, use organic pot, because chemical additives from fertilizers will destroy the purity of the oil. Second, make sure that pure water was used in the growing process, because city water has fluoride and chlorine, which will also alter the hash oil. And, finally, when choosing a strain, it’s advisable to choose Indica, rather than Sativa if you are hoping the oil will help you relax and sleep. The strain you choose should also be relatively high in THC.
Now, how is hash oil made for medical use? There is more than one way. But, we are going to focus on the safest method of creating it from alcohol. The items you will need include the following:
- 1 Ounce marijuana (a strain that is high in THC)
- 1 Gallon of 95-99% pure alcohol, such as Everclear or Ethyl/Ethanol alcohol (drinkable)
- Large stockpot
- Large double boiler (without Teflon coating)
- Wooden spoon
- Bubble hash bags (73 microns)
- Food or candy thermometer
- Containers (or syringes) for storing the oil when complete
It will take about a weekend to make a batch of your very own homemade medical marijuana oil! Start by pouring the alcohol into the stockpot or double boiler, then place the 1 ounce of marijuana into the alcohol, fully submerging it. Place the pot in the freezer overnight. The alcohol will prevent it from freezing. But, this step is important to help extract the resin.
In the morning, remove the pot from the freezer, then stir the contents gently with the wooden spoon, without crushing the flowers. Next, strain the mix using the bubble hash bags, and repeat this rinse with clean alcohol.
Place the alcohol that contains the strained cannabis into the double boiler. The next step is to allow the alcohol to burn down completely, with caution. The fumes from the alcohol can be quite strong, so it’s recommended to do this step outdoors, if possible. If it’s not possible, open the windows and turn on a couple fans.
During the boiling process, the temperature should be no lower than 212 F and no higher than 290 F, for 75 minutes. This is the best way to make sure the THC is activated, yet not destroyed. For best results, it’s recommended that you use a reliable food or candy thermometer.
After the boiling process is complete, you should see the oily substance in the bottom of the pot, which is your medical marijuana oil. Place it in a glass container or syringe for storing until you need it. While not using, it’s best to store it in a cool and dark place. If it happens to harden before you use it, don’t worry. Simply place the container in warm water and it should soften up again.
An Easy Recipe for Honey Oil
We’ve just shared a lot of information on the best way to make hash oil. So, let’s conclude with a quick and easy honey oil recipe, using only 3 ingredients. This is not only easy to make, but it’s also easy to use. You will need the following:
- 1 tablespoon butter (or ghee)
- ½ cup honey
- 1-gram hash oil
Melt the butter in a small pot, then add the homemade hashish oil and honey. Stir continuously on low heat, for approximately 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into glass storage jars and after it cools, seal the jars. You can use this over toast, in warm water to make a tea, or however you desire. Just keep in mind, about 1 teaspoon would be an adequate amount.
Hopefully, you have found some great and useful information in this article to help you get started in making your own hash oil!