How to Make Cannabis Oil: Ultimate Guide

How to Make Cannabis Oil: Ultimate Guide

This article is about how to make two kinds of cannabis oil at home: medical marijuana oil (sometimes called CBD oil) and cannabis oil for edibles. We won’t cover how to make BHO, which is butane hash oil. That’s very dangerous to try making at home. We’re not Breaking Bad here. So whether you’re in it for fun or for health, read on and learn how to make cannabis oil safely in your own home

The first kind of cannabis oil is simple to make and is an essential ingredient for brownies and other edibles. It’s specifically for cooking, not for applying on your skin or smoking.

We discussed how to cook it up with weed from your vaporizer when we reviewed the best portable vaporizers for weed. Let’s review that recipe right here:

How to make cannabis cooking oil or cannabis butter with already-vaped weed

Use the weed you just vaporized to make a base ingredient for treats to maintain a longer high. You’ll need the following ingredients and tools:

  • ½-ounce weed from your vaporizer
  • ½-cup of oil (olive, coconut, or canola) or ½-cup of unsalted butter
  • Medium-size sauce pan
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Cheesecloth for straining, or a coffee filter
  • Container for storing what you’ve made

Make a sort of tea bag with the weed inside the cheesecloth or coffee filter. Put the oil or butter in the sauce pan with the bag.

Heat this mixture on low until it starts to simmer, or bubble just a little bit. Keep it going while you stir it off and on for 20 minutes.

Let it cool a bit and squeeze all the oil or butter out of the bag. Pour your new special oil into a container.

Now, go make brownies or cookies or whatever you like, using your new cannabis oil to add a zing to your meal.

Besides this quick and easy recipe, here’s another variation:

Cannabis cooking oil version 2: with fresh weed

For this recipe use weed that has not been vaped. You’ll want to grind it up.

Once it’s ground, here’s how to make cannabis oil with it:

Select an oil to use: coconut and canola are great for desserts while olive oil is good for salads and sautéing veggies. Canola tolerates high heat better than the other two oils.

Measure out a ratio of two parts oil to one part cannabis.

Heat the mixture on low to activate the THC without destroying it. You can heat it in one of three different ways—in a saucepan for at least three hours while stirring frequently, in a double-boiler for six to eight hours, or in a crockpot on low for six hours or up to three days.

Once you’re done cooking it, strain the oil with a coffee filter, cheesecloth, or even just a strainer if it wasn’t ground too small. Then store it in an odor-free container. It will keep fresh up to two months, or longer in the refrigerator.

That concludes our section on how to make cannabis oil for cooking. Now we’re about to explore making essential oil with cannabis. It’s a powerful cure for cancer among other things.

Medical Marijuana Oil vs. Cannabis Oil

The CBD (Cannabidiol) oil sold in medical marijuana dispensaries doesn’t get you high like THC does. It’s useful for calming anxiety and it’s being tested as an anti-psychotic drug for conditions like schizophrenia. CBD can be derived from hemp, too.

But to fight cancer, you also want THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) in your oil. THC interacts with cancer cells and causes them to make more ceramide. The cancer cell ends up destroying itself.

When you make your own cannabis oil, you can reap the benefits of both CBD and THC. Plus, you can take higher doses than you could by smoking or vaporizing.

When you choose weed for your oil, consider the following things:

  • Grow your own marijuana or buy from a source that grows organically. You do not want concentrated chemical fertilizers poisoning your oil.
  • Besides organically grown, you want pot that was raised on pure water, not city water that’s full of chlorine and fluoride.
  • When you choose a strain, pick Indica over Sativa if you want your oil to help you sleep.
  • Finally, choose a strain that is high in THC.

How to make cannabis oil for medical purposes

Making your own essential oil from cannabis isn’t the same as making Butane Hash Oil (BHO) because you’ll be using alcohol instead of a more dangerous solvent. Still, be careful. Make it in a well-ventilated area and don’t exceed the recommended cooking temperatures.

Tools and ingredients needed

  • 1 ounce of marijuana, preferably a strain high in THC (Alternatively, you can use two to three ounces of medical marijuana trim)
  • 1 gallon of Everclear or 99% pure ETHYL/ETHANOL alcohol

*************DO NOT USE rubbing alcohol or something you can’t drink!***********

  • Stock pot or food safe container large enough to hold the gallon of alcohol and marijuana
  • Wooden spoon for stirring
  • Bubble hash bags for straining, specifically a 73 micron bag
  • A double boiler makes the boiling process a lot easier than using a single pot or pan, but do not use one with a Teflon coating because it leeches chemicals
  • Containers or syringes to store the oil when you’re done

Make the oil

You can make your own medical cannabis oil in a weekend.

Start by putting alcohol in the pot, then submerging the marijuana in the alcohol. Put that in the freezer overnight. The alcohol won’t freeze but the cold will help extract the resin.

The next morning, take the pot out of the freezer. Use the wooden spoon to gently stir without smashing the flowers.

Strain the mixture through the bubble hash bag (the 73-micron weave). Repeat the rinse with fresh alcohol.

Now place the alcohol with cannabis essence into the double boiler. Let the double boiler boil off all the alcohol. Be careful because the alcohol fumes will be VERY strong. It’s best to do this outdoors if at all possible. At the least, turn on a fan and open windows. While boiling, check the temperature to make sure it stays at least 212 degrees F (100 C) and below 290 degrees F (140 C) for 75 minutes. That way the THC is activated but not ruined. Tip: use a reliable thermometer.

When you’re done boiling off the alcohol, you’ll see an oily substance at the bottom of the pan. Pour that into a glass container or into syringes if you like. Store it in a cool, dark place. If it gets hard, gently warm it up with warm water.

Why make your own cannabis oil for medical purposes?

Have you ever heard of the Canadian guy named Rick Simpson? He was diagnosed with skin cancer but healed himself in a matter of days with cannabis oil. He believed in the stuff so much that he made it and gave it away for free.

This of course resulted in raids by the Canadian Mounted Police. Rick and his family moved to Europe to a place where he can enjoy marijuana without prosecution.

People have benefited from using cannabis oil to treat conditions like cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, and PTSD. They may consume between one to three drops a day or they place the oil directly on their skin, depending on the situation.

Another person who seems to have cured his own cancer with cannabis oil is a retired man from Great Britain. He had a liver transplant to ward off cancer, but then the cancer attacked his new organ.

He found a video online that inspired him to try cannabis oil. Within three days his pain was gone. His biopsy found no cancer in his new liver.

We can’t guarantee that cannabis oil works for everyone, but the evidence is growing in its favor.

Cannabis oil for cancer

There are medical studies that show that cannabis has a positive effect on people dealing with chemotherapy. It helps them feel less nausea and gives them appetite.

There’s also evidence that shows cannabis is effective at slowing down or preventing tumor growth. This information is available to read on the official cancer.gov site. The same page that talks about cannabis inhibiting tumor growth (even benign tumors) also states that it helps anxiety and gives pain relief. All of these effects are excellent for persons dealing with cancer and the harsh side effects of chemo and radiation.

A Hollywood stuntman also says he cured his stage-4 colon cancer with cannabis. He had a bad reaction and freaked out until the hospital gave him a sedative. Then he figured out the right dose and was able to wean off all the painkillers he was taking. He recovered from the cancer and has returned to stuntwork.

Cannabis oil in suppositories

Yes, you can apply cannabis oil topically, ingest it, and also insert it up your anus in a suppository. It sounds a little gross, but it worked wonders for a woman with lung cancer. The suppositories allowed her to take the appropriate dose without feeling so sleepy.

Cannabis oil also treats these health conditions

Cannabis oil does more than help cancer sufferers. It can also help these health conditions:

  • Anorexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Glaucoma (check out Whoopi Goldberg’s story) and macular degeneration
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Schizphrenia
  • Anxiety and stress
  • PTSD
  • Inflammation like arthritis

To learn more about medical uses for cannabis oil, check out this documentary from CNN.

Little known uses for cannabis oil

Besides the big diseases, cannabis oil is also good for simple things like sunburn. For reals, the next time you catch too many rays, try this experiment. Treat a part of your sunburned skin with cannabis oil and treat (or don’t treat) another part with your usual stuff, like aloe. Take a peek the next morning and see if the cannabis-coated part isn’t already all better. Crazy, huh?

Cannabis oil also stops acne breakouts. It extends the life of mice infected with mad cow disease. It helps people with Crohn’s Disease. It raises testosterone levels (in mice). And it can help sick animals like dogs and cats with their health problems, too.

Famous medical marijuana users

These folks have all publicly revealed that they have used marijuana for medical reasons:

  • Whoopi Goldberg, for glaucoma
  • Lady Gaga, for pain of an injured leg while on tour
  • Tommy Chong, for prostrate cancer
  • Melissa Etheridge, for breast cancer
  • Oliver Stone, for mental trauma during wartime
  • Morgan Freeman, for chronic pain after a car accident
  • Montel Williams, for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sam Simon, creator of the Simpsons, for cancer

Children who take cannabis oil

Yes, there are almost two hundred children in Colorado who are taking cannabis for seizures and other problems. Their special strain of medical marijuana is called “Charlotte’s Web.”

The marijuana is refined into oil and put into capsules for the children to swallow. The treatments have been so successful that there are over a hundred children on a waiting list to join the program. Families have moved to Colorado from all across the US to take part.

One child who was successfully treated for epilepsy in California has recently become the first person ever to be prescribed medical marijuana in the UK. There’s now a line of CBD oil products named for him, too.

Even the Mormons in Utah are petitioning to get their children medical marijuana treatment. Now that’s amazing in a state where you can barely buy liquor and the main church university doesn’t even have caffeinated soda for sale on campus.

If you want to learn more about the Charlotte’s Web program for children, click here.

The history of medical marijuana

Marijuana’s medicinal powers have been documented since about 1,000 B.C. In the 1840s, a British surgeon who was based in India discovered that cannabis could help all sorts of medical problems because of its sedative, anti-spasmodic, and pain-killing properties.

Before World War II, in America there was a one dollar tax per ounce for medical purposes and a 100 dollar tax for recreational use. But in the middle of WWII, the US Government took it off the approved list of pharmaceuticals.

By the start of the 1950s, US law declared marijuana as a narcotic. Then in 1970, it was classified as a Schedule 1 drug, making it illegal to use for medical treatments. This rule stayed in effect although some people could get a “compassionate” dole-out of pot to help their chronic health condition. It wasn’t until California legalized medical marijuana in 1996 that more people could legitimately use it for treating illness.

As of 2015, cannabis is legal for medical use in 25 out of 50 US states.

Check out our interactive map for the current US cannabis laws.

Where is cannabis oil legal?

Israel is the center of marijuana research on planet Earth. Who knew that such a tiny country would be so dedicated to the cause of advancing medical treatments with cannabis?

It was back in the 1960s when an Israeli doctor first starting investigating the helpful properties of pot. The hospitals there now legally use marijuana to treat Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Tourette’s, cancer and other health conditions.

Are you sitting down? EVEN NURSING HOMES in Israel treat their patients with weed. Now I know where I want to grow old.

If I use cannabis oil, will I fail a drug test?

Yes, if you use cannabis oil, you will fail a drug test. But if you have a medical card, you’re probably off the hook.

Baby soap can also make you fail a drug test. No joke. A few soaps formulated especially for newborns can cause a false positive on a drug test. Hospitals that run urine checks on babies saw results that made them believe the mother had been using.

It’s not known for sure how long cannabis oil stays in your system, but it may be comparable to smoking weed. In that case, it may take from four to ten days to clear out your body before a urine test.

Hemp oil vs. cannabis oil

Hemp oil is legal where cannabis oil is not. Why is that? After all, hemp comes from cannabis sativa. But hemp only has a tiny amount of THC.

Hemp oil has medical benefits, too. Here are some of them:

  • Hemp heals psoriasis, eczema, and other skin problems
  • It’s a great moisturizer for skin
  • It’s healthy to eat because it’s rich in omega acids as well as oleic acids, gamma linoleic acids, stearidonic acids, saturated oils, antioxidants, carotene, phytosterols, phospholipids, chlorophyll, and minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium
  • Helps control blood sugar levels
  • Prevents heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and depression
  • Lessons the suffering of PMS and rheumatoid arthritis

Notice that some of the effects of hemp oil are the same as cannabis oil. Interesting, no?

How to make hemp oil

We won’t cover how to make your own hemp oil here, but typically it’s made by cold-pressing the seeds to produce it.

If you choose to buy it, select from known sellers with good reputations who grow it organically, or who source from organic growers only.

Side effects of both cannabis and hemp oil

If you’ve never smoked or used weed, cannabis oil can be a shock to your system at first. Start with small doses and work your way up gradually. The most common unpleasant side effects of these two oils are diarrhea, cramps, hallucinations, anxiety, and drowsiness.

Also watch out for euphoria. This is not necessarily a normal high, but an overwhelming sense of well-being or delirium that can lead to stupid choices and risky behavior.

Like we said, start slow. Stay home after your first few doses and see how you react. If you can have a friend or family member with you, that’s great.

Withdrawals after stopping use of cannabis oil

If you stop using cannabis oil after taking it for a long period of time, you will notice withdrawal symptoms. These could include crabbiness, inability to sleep well, nervousness, cravings, and weird dreams. Fortunately, it only takes about a week to get over the worst of it, with a lot of people feeling better after the fourth day of non-use.

You can reduce your suffering by tapering down your use of the oil gradually over a week or two. For example, if you used three drops a day, drop it down to two drops for three days, then down to one drop a day for a week, then cut it off.

If you have access to someone with experience or a medical doctor to help you, get help from them.

Grow your own cannabis for high-quality oil

If you want to ensure that you have the very best weed to make cannabis oil, why not grow your own? Of course, that may or may not be legal where you live. (We’re not judging.)

Check out our beginner’s guide to successful growing here. You’ll see we also have reviews for the best grow tents, the best grow lights, and of course, the best nutrients.

Many indoor growers choose to raise Indica strains because they don’t grow as tall as Sativa. Remember to select seeds or clones according to what you want in your oil and the effects you want it to have on you.

Choose seeds from a reputable grower with experience. One famous name is Robert Bergman whose site makes it obvious that he loves growing marijuana.

Finally, on the subject of growing, if you’re getting serious about growing your own, Ryan Riley’s Growing Elite Marijuana is about as comprehensive a guide as you’ll find.

Buy cannabis oil

Let’s say you want to just buy cannabis oil instead of making it yourself. It’s possible to do this, but depending on where you live, it could be illegal. You also need to consider that there are shady dealers out there who don’t care about the purity or quality of their oil.

If you choose to buy oil instead of making it, please consider the following. Some sites are set up by law enforcement to catch people daring to buy drugs online. Some sites will take your money and never send you anything. Some “manufacturers” have filthy conditions for growing weed and processing their cannabis oil, or they dilute with all kinds of crap.

Feeling discouraged? Doesn’t making your own oil in a weekend sound a lot better now? It’s cheaper than packing up and moving to another state, too.

Give the gift of cannabis oil

If it’s legal to do so, of course. In the meantime, look here for fun gifts that your favorite stoner (which may be you, yourself) will enjoy this year.

You might also like this recipe for homemade cannabis ointment.

By |2018-10-26T04:26:46+00:00May 12th, 2018|CBD or Cannabidiol, Guides & Tutorials|15 Comments

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MaryJane Farmer is the nom de plume of the writers for 420Beginner and the avatar for our brand (kind of like the Betty Crocker of Weed.)

15 Comments

  1. asaris October 11, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Hello.Need your help.After a cannabis extraction, I have developed a dark mass that is poorly soluble in oil. What could it be? Thanks.

    • Mary Jane Farmer October 17, 2018 at 9:25 am

      Sorry, not sure without a bit more info. Could you describe this a bit more? What extraction method were you using? What plant materials did you use?

      Is the black stuff the main substance you were left with? Some hash is pretty dark, especially if plant materials were older. Or is this a sort of extra residue or something, in addition to the main product you’ve got? Could be contaminants.

      If it was BHO you were making and it’s the BHO itself that’s dark, dark BHO can still be good — sometimes that’s just how it turns out. But it can also be a sign that the temperature got too high at some point in the process.

      Those are my best guesses, but also take a look at this Reddit thread.

  2. Dean Justus October 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, bone injuries, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about a marijuana strain from:http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/sunburn/ . Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    • Mary Jane Farmer October 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      There are numerous articles on the web about using marijuana for chronic pain and multiple other medical problems. You can google “marijuana chronic pain” and get tons of links, many with personal testimonials. If you don’t smoke, you might want to try vaping your cannabis oil. It actually improves your health over smoking. Check out our full article here.. Here is a link to our article on cannabis oil which includes some medical information. And here is our infographic on where it is legal to use or grow marijuana in the US.
      Good Karma to you.
      MaryJane Farmer

  3. Brian September 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Help, i have one question about the rinse. Out of the 1 gallon of ethyldo i just put enough in pot to submerge the bud and use the rest to flush or do i use one gallon to submerge and one gallon to rinse. Any advice would be great. Just want to be 100%sure for best results

    • Mary Jane Farmer September 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Hi,
      Thanks for that great question. You want to use only enough to cover the cannabis. When you do two rinses you will need to save some of the everclear for the second rinse. But you should have plenty. And of course, if you do two rinses, don’t reuse the ethanol/Everclear from teh first rinse. Use fresh ethanol for the second rinse of the cannabis. Once you have the alcohol-cannaboids mixture from the first and second plant rinse combined, then you apply heat (gently in double boiler or crockpot) to boil off the ethanol. The green stuff that remains is your alcohol-free cannabis oil.
      I am ginog to rewrite the article to be clearer on the process.
      If you would like to be added to our group of people who get updates and (eventually) discounts, just hit reply to this email.
      Thanks
      Good karma to you
      MaryJane Farmer

  4. Macro Espinoza June 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Cannabis oil is really wonderful and effective because i used it on my Son who had been suffering from Brain Cancer for almost three years. i never actual believed in it till i watched a documentary and read some testimonies of patients who gave credit to the oil after using it and particularly to Rick Simpson who supplied them the oil. i am a living testimony to cannabis oil from a genuine source, if by chance you need this cannabis oil in question contact Rick Simpson with his Email Address: phoenixtearsoilcure23@gmail.com Let say no to cancer.

    Best Regards,
    Andrea Wille

  5. Harry March 28, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I was dumbfounded when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. I couldn’t believe that at age 44, after lifelong vigilance about my health and steadfastly showing up for regular mammograms and sonograms, I not only had cancer, but it had metastasized throughout my bones. I had bought into the battle cry for early detection and tried to practice it. How could this be?
    Pain in my hand, neck and back, not a lump in my breast, got me to the hospital for an MRI. By the time my cancer was detected, the horse was out of the barn and surgery to remove it was no longer an option. Not wanting to travel, I was lucky to be able to take treatment at a clinic on Long Island near my home. Being ER and PR positive, at their direction I had my ovaries removed to reduce the estrogen in my body. I began an aromatase inhibitor to slow the progression of the disease and medication to reduce or delay bone damage from the cancer.

    It’s been a rough road and along the way I have tried to expand my options by exploring ways to supplement my traditional medical treatments, because i have been told about cannabis oil and how it has save many life. i order the oil via email: healthycannabisoil@gmail.com and it was delivered over to me and i can tell the world that i am now a cancer survivor.

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  7. Maria Jesse March 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Hello friends,

    I quickly want to say a big thank you for your prayers and the doctor who God sent to rescue me from my death wish last year December 4th, your prayers really worked and i am grateful to you all. I was diagnose with stage 4 breast cancer last years in February 2nd by then the cancer has already spread to my lungs but God works in mysterious ways as i met Dr. Calligan Lottie in the hospital were i was taking my chemotherapy treatment, as he advised me on the cannabis oil treatment which i partake on, after the three months treatment as instructed I went back to the hospital for check up and now am free. I thank God for his miraculous ways and his natural healing medicine, Thank you all for your prayers and love. God bless you all as you are praying for the sick one. If you have cancer and you need advise and natural healing medicine (cannabis oil treatment) don’t hesitate to call on Dr. Calligan Lottie at calliganlottie_cannabiscurescancer@outlook.com for treatment and advise.

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  8. celina February 23, 2017 at 12:31 am - Reply

    2016 november i was diagnosed with lymphoma .i was given 8 months to live.my wife friend came to us with cannabis oil she purchased online from perfect health herbal medicine home.i used the cannabis oil for about 10 weeks.am lymphoma free ,i stopped using oxygen.Am working part time and riding my motorcycle again. Thanks to perfect health herbal medicine.

  9. Butle February 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Was in a car accident in july.. have suffered from migraines and back pain since… also have nerve damage in my neck.. and since the accident have delt with depression and anxiety…. currently seeing pain managment dr and after an epidural gone wrong leading to a spinal fluid leak. im on gabapentin, zoloft, roboxin, and hydromorphone.. nothing works. But with the help of Canabis Oil= the magical cure . My life just came back to normal no more pills
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  10. Nicole Gerber January 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I was told that you could make a treatment by putting the herb in a bottle of gin for about 2 weeks and then drinking a capful every night for joint and muscle pain as well as anxiety and depression. Is this a reliable way to do so, as where I come from you can’t get that everclear alcohol. Also, if you use an oil such as olive or coconut, would it still have the correct medicinal value?

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