Today, we’re going to discuss one of the most popular topics among e-cig users: how to make liquid THC for vape pens. While popular US support for the legalization of cannabis hovers at around 62% according to the latest Pew poll, state legislatures remain divided on the issue. If you’re lucky enough to be living in a state where cannabis is legal for either medicinal or recreational use, then you’ve probably had the opportunity to buy THC liquid right off the shelf. However, in most places these sorts of vape juices are not permitted which means that the only option for most Americans is to make THC liquid at home. We’re going to cover the background of vaping and a user-friendly method for making your very own THC oil.
Update September 2019: The CDC, FDA, and state and local health departments are currently investigating a number of lung-related injuries connected to vaping. Products containing THC may have played a role, and the presence of Vitamin E acetate is currently being investigated as a potential cause.
Until more information becomes available, consumers should take measures to protect themselves. As of 27th September 2019, the FDA advises that consumers avoid buying vaping products of any kind on the street, and to cease the use of THC oil or from modifying substances bought in stores.
If you do continue to use THC vaping products, carefully monitor your health and immediately seek medical attention if you have any symptoms (eg. cough, wheezing, chest pains etc.).
Just How Popular Are E-Cigarettes?
Since the invention of the modern electronic cigarette in 2004, e-cigs have spread globally to become one of the main ways that people consume tobacco. In the US and UK, their use is widespread, especially among people trying to quit smoking. While the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not yet fully known, no serious negative health effects have been reported in trials thus far. This fact becomes clearer when you take a look at the chemical composition of the aerosol, or vapor, that electronic cigarettes produce. Most of the toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke from conventional cigarettes are absent in e-cigs, and those that are present typically occur at 1/100 the amount.
Vaporizers - A Closer Look
Now that we’ve gone through a brief history of e-cigs, let’s take a look at the two kinds of vaporizers available - oil vaporizers and e-liquid vaporizers. Oil vaporizers are designed mainly to smoke hash oil, which is derived from marijuana concentrates. Due to the high CBD content found in many of these concentrates, oil vaporizers are a popular choice among medical marijuana users.
E-liquid vaporizers, on the other hand, are designed around vape juice. Vape juice first emerged as a liquid nicotine delivery system. This has made it a popular choice for people looking to quit smoking regular tobacco cigarettes. Users have the ability to customize the nicotine content in their vape juice and, thus, can gradually reduce their nicotine content over a period of time. In addition to nicotine, vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) as well as added flavoring. PG is a synthetic liquid compound that helps your body absorb chemicals more efficiently. It’s also the ingredient that gives vape smoke its smooth flavor. VG is derived from vegetable oils and forms the chemical base of most e-liquids.
THC Vape Juice - A New Way To Vape
So, where does THC vape juice fit into all this? Well, as the vape pen market exploded in popularity, it didn’t take long for some enterprising people to realize that these devices could also be used with other substances, like THC. Let’s take a look at how you can create your very own liquid THC at home.
Cannabis for Foodies
If you feel right at home in the kitchen, then this might become your new favorite recipe. You don’t need any expensive equipment. As long as you have a crock pot you’re good to go.
Decarbing Your Cannabis
The first is decarbing the raw plant material. This is essential to ensuring your oil is pure. All you need to do is put your cannabis in the oven on high heat for roughly 40 minutes or until it’s dry and brown.
Next, grab some coconut oil. This will act as the solution that will absorb the cannabis. For every 1-1.5 ounces of ground herb, use 2 cups of oil in the crock pot. Leave on low heat for 3 hours then let it cool for 8 more hours. You can repeat this process to increase the potency so that every bit of THC and CBD are absorbed into the oil.
Strain and You’re Done!
Once the oil is cool, use a fine mesh strainer to pour the oil out. You can toss the plant material now and bottle the oil in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
Congratulations! You’ve now got your own homemade cannabis oil which you can consume orally, topically, or just add to your favorite food and drink recipes.