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Cannabis oil is the concentrated and distilled form of marijuana leaves. The plant’s materials are stripped away with a solvent such as grain alcohol, leaving only the marijuana oil behind. Though some combine marijuana oil with others to create an assortment of edible weed oil-infused products for recreational purposes, cannabis oil is most well known for its medicinal purposes.
Similar to marijuana, weed oil has two main ingredients in it. The most active ingredient is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and the second most active ingredient is CBD (cannabidiol). Oil brands that are used for medicinal purposes are much less potent with THC than those that are used for recreational purposes, however, both ingredients that are present are known for their therapeutic properties.
While you can buy cannabis oil, people often learn how to make cannabis oil because you can never be quite sure what is in a purchased product. They are often very high in sugar content. When you make it at home, you have complete control over its concentration and its ingredients. If you buy cannabis oil, it is likely processed with other ingredients, making it far less pure, and it does not have dosage standardization, so you may not be sure what you are getting into. The nutritional labeling is also often inaccurate.
How to Make Cannabis Oil
If you are interested in using weed oil as a medication, you can make it at home and incorporate it into either edible products or use it with a vaporizer. Cannabis-infused oil is a versatile medium, as it can be used in several ways such as an addition to salad dressings, in baked goods, or just sauteeing vegetables.
Making cannabis oil starts with two ingredients: 1 oz cannabis flower and 2 cups of the cooking oil of your choice. Oils with higher fat contents are more effective when it comes to activating the THC than oils with low-fat contents. Due to their popularity and their well-known health benefits, two of the most common oils used while making cannabis oil are coconut and olive oil.
You will need a strainer or a cheesecloth, a grinder, and a double-boiler. Begin by grinding the cannabis flower. It is up to you if you want to grind up the entire plant or just the flower. Using the entire plant allows you not only conserve your ingredients, but it has also been linked to an increased number of health benefits. The plant fibrous parts of the plant are also dense in beneficial natural chemicals. Adding inactive parts of the cannabis plant will add to the cannabis flavor without adding potency to your end product. Remember that anything that is able to fit through your strainer will be in your finished oil, so it is best to remove small, hard particles such as stems.
Combine your oil of choice and cannabis in a double-boiler, and put this over a low heat for six to eight hours. Make sure to cook it low and slow, because during this time, the THC will activate without destroying the active ingredients.
If you do not have a double-boiler, you can cook the mixture in a slow cooker on low heat for up to 72 hours, but it must be a minimum of at least 6 hours. Make sure to stir the oil occasionally in the slow cooker. You can also use a saucepan on low heat for a minimum of three hours, however, you must stir it especially frequently because it will be more susceptible to burning. To help avoid burning the oil, add a dash of water while the oil is cooking.
After the oil is cooked, it can be strained and stored. The oil can be stored for at least two months on the counter, and its shelf life extends if you choose to refrigerate it.
According to Leafly.com, the effects of consuming this oil are generally longer with a more gradual onset than other methods of use. This allows you to have a single dose that will last throughout the day, rather than needing several every few hours. The metabolic effects change because the cannabis is interacting with your digestive system, rather than respiratory or otherwise. This may help people have an increase in their daily functioning compared to other delivery methods of this medication.
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