You’ve taken the time to compare dry herb vs. wax vaporizers, and you’ve decided that a wax vaporizer is for you. You love the idea of using a tiny dab pen that’s always available and delivers medication to your bloodstream almost instantly. There’s just one problem: You don’t have a local dispensary that offers cannabis wax concentrates.
Never fear! In this article, we’re going to share some easy ways to make your own THC wax concentrates and oils at home.
First, a disclaimer: Many of the methods for making a wax concentrate from weed involve heat and/or flammable solvents. Exercise great care when making a marijuana concentrate. My Next Vape hereby disclaims all responsibility for any mishaps resulting from the use or misuse of the information in this guide.
What You Need:
The easiest way to make cannabis wax at home is with a standard flat iron — the kind used for straightening hair — and some parchment paper. Set the hair straightener to a temperature no higher than about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. At a higher temperature, the flat iron might vaporize the THC in your buds rather than extracting it. Fold a sheet of parchment paper over a cannabis bud. Squeeze the bud as hard as you can with the hair straightener for about five seconds. Some people step on their hair irons. Others use gloves so they can press down directly on the bud. After waiting a moment for the bud to cool, move it to a different section of the parchment paper and press down again. Opening the parchment should reveal an oily substance rich in cannabinoids. Allow the rosin to cool before collecting it with a dab tool or razor blade.
Creating a THC extract using heat rather than a solvent isn’t just great because it is convenient and safe; it also leaves you with fully decarboxylated buds that you can use for something else. Use them to make cannabutter, or look at our other great uses for ABV weed.
Note: Complete this process outdoors.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “RSO oil,” Rick Simpson is a man who claims to have cured cancerous lesions on his skin by making a powerful cannabis oil and applying it directly to the skin. Regardless of your reason for making it, RSO oil is an extract that’s extremely potent in marijuana’s medicinal compounds. You can use it on the skin, or you can vape it as you would other dabs.
To make RSO oil, you’ll need a large bucket, an ounce of good marijuana and a strong solvent such as Everclear. Some people use butane or isopropyl alcohol. Remember that the solvents used for hemp oil extraction are extremely flammable. Their fumes can collect and potentially explode. Exercise great care when making the oil. Work outdoors.
Place your weed in a bucket, and use a wood beam or other heavy object to crush the buds as much as possible. Add about 500 ml of solvent, continuing to crush the buds as you go. The crushing process should reduce the buds to very small particles. Stir and crush the mixture for several minutes. Pour most of the solvent into another bucket. Add a bit more solvent to the first bucket and stir the mixture again.
Pour all of the solvent through a coffee filter. At this point, you’ve extracted virtually everything worthwhile from your buds; you can discard them.
Your next task is to get rid of the solvent. If you’re nervous about using heat, you can simply let the solvent evaporate. You’ve got a lot of solvent, though, so evaporation without heat could take a while. A rice cooker is a good alternative. A rice cooker heats its contents indirectly, making a fire less likely. Heat the mixture gently until the solvent boils away. Alcohol boils at under 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Above 300 degrees, the THC in your oil will vaporize — so keep the heat low.
Alternatively, you can boil the solvent away using two glass bowls and some hot water. Pour the solvent into the smaller bowl and place the smaller bowl inside the larger one. Add hot water to the larger bowl. Empty and refill the larger bowl periodically. The hot water will heat the solvent indirectly and cause the alcohol to evaporate.
Once you’ve removed the solvent, you’ll have a thick, viscous oil. Pour that into a stainless steel container, and heat the container gently on something like a warming plate. Again, you want to keep the temperature well under 300 degrees. Heating your RSO oil decarboxylates it, making the THC more bioavailable. It also vaporizes any residual water, solvent and terpenes. During this process, you’ll see small bubbles breaking on the surface of the oil. When the bubbling stops, the oil is ready to use. Pour it into a silicone container or suck it up with a plastic syringe.
Very Dangerous – Not Recommended!
Note: Complete this process outdoors. Do not smoke while creating BHO oil. Work away from open flames and sources of heat.
The BHO method results in an extremely potent cannabis extract but requires pressurized butane as a solvent. Butane is a lighter fluid. It is extremely flammable. Property damage, injuries and deaths have all resulted from attempts to make BHO oil. We provide this information solely for completeness; we do not recommend following this method. If you do make BHO oil, do so outdoors. Wear protective gear and ensure that you have a fire extinguisher nearby.
A BHO extraction tube is a glass tube with a large opening on one end and a smaller opening on the other end. Grind your cannabis and pack the extraction tube tightly with it. You’ll need a lot of material to fill the tube. Position the tube with the smaller end pointed over the smaller of your glass bowls. Hold the can of butane over the wide opening of the extraction tube. Empty the entire can into the tube. The butane flows through the larger opening, extracting the beneficial compounds from the cannabis. After a moment, you’ll begin to see the liquid butane – and your hash oil – flowing from the tube’s smaller end. Allow several minutes for all of the butane and hash oil to flow through the tube.
When the extraction process is finished, the smaller glass bowl will be full of liquid butane and hash oil. Place the smaller bowl inside the larger bowl, and fill the larger bowl with hot water. The butane will evaporate from the BHO oil. You should see bubbles escaping from the mixture. After about 15-20 minutes, most of the bubbling will stop. You’ll have a very thick yellow-brown oil in the smaller glass bowl.
Place the glass bowl with BHO oil on a heating pad, and turn the heating pad on. The heat encourages the last of the butane to evaporate from the mixture. Remember that butane evaporates at a relatively low temperature, so there’s no need for the mixture to become overly hot. THC begins to vaporize at above 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The oil should bubble slowly. When the oil is clear and no longer bubbling, you’ve removed the butane. Scrape the oil into a silicone jar. Store the jar in a cool, dry place. Discard the spent cannabis.
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