For example, high-THC strains can provide several medical advantages. Marinol is a synthetic version of THC known as THC that is used to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer therapies, as well as to stimulate appetite in individuals with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). THC does have psychotropic effects. If you’re not familiar with the effects of CBD, using high-THC strains might be dangerous. When cannabis is consumed without any CBD, it has a better chance of yielding strong psychoactive effects.
Because CBD appears to have some of the most widely accepted medical advantages, many patients begin by consuming a high-CBD strain of cannabis. CBD itself does not produce psychotropic effects and has no effect on your perception. Please remember that any type of medical marijuana, including high-CBD strains, will contain significant amounts of THC. As of now, there’s only one way I’m aware of to get CBD without THC. It entails extracting CBD from hemp (the lawful cousin of cannabis). There is currently no evidence (as yet) that consuming hemp-derived CBD is as beneficial as taking a high-CBD medical cannabis strain’s extract.
Some people prefer a combination of THC and CBD therapies, while others may benefit from only one or the other. Sativex is an example of a prescription mouth spray that includes chemical components derived from cannabis plant natural extracts. Only two cannabinoids present in Sativex are extracted from the cannabis plant: THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). It lacks the full range of cannabinoids present in medical cannabis plants. This mouth spray is indicated for the treatment of neuropathic pain and spasticity in persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as well as moderate to severe pain relief in adult cancer patients who have exhausted all other therapy options.
The combination of high-CBD and high-THC strains appears to provide the most benefits of medical cannabis while having the least psychoactive effects. There are hundreds more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that haven’t been studied as much, and some people believe they all work together to give patients with the greatest relief.
Your final choice will be highly determined by your health and body. You’ll most likely have to test out a few different strains to discover what works best for you.
A Few Suggested Medicinal Strains
High-CBD strains are more likely to provide the most dependable high-CBD effects with clones, however high-CBD variants from seed have improved dramatically in recent years as the strains are stabilized.
- Harlequin (clone-only)
- CBD Shark Shock
- Charlotte’s Web (clone-only)
- MED GOM 1.0 (by Grass-O-Matic & CBD Crew) <– Currently one of the highest CBD Auto-flowering strains
- Sour Tsunami (clone-only)
- Learn more about CBD on ProjectCBD.org
Most strains on the market today are high-THC, but here’s a short list of tried-and-true cannabis strains that consistently produce lots of THC.
- Amnesia Haze
- Chem Dog
- Critical Jack
- Dark Star
- Orange Hill Special
- Sour Diesel
- Super Lemon Haze
- Vanilla Kush
- White Rhino
Advantages of Making Your Own Edible Hash Oil
- Quality Control – You select the strain that will go into your medication (Indica vs Sativa, THC and CBD ratios, etc.). You have total control over the making process, so you know exactly what goes into your medicine.
- Can be eaten or applied directly to the skin – The cannabis oil derived from hemp is edible and may also be used topically, making it an excellent alternative to smoking for obtaining the advantages of cannabis without the negative side effects.
- Can Be Produced at Relatively Low Cost – Edible hash oil may be manufactured from low-cost cannabis components such as home-grown medical marijuana buds or “trim.” Cannabis trim is the term used to describe the leaves and stems left after harvesting cannabis buds. Trimmed cannabis, on the other hand, contains higher quantities of cannabinoids that are therapeutic to people. Despite its high cannabinoid content, many growers discard the trim since it isn’t suitable for smoking. These cannabinoids are efficiently concentrated when edible hash oil (as described above) is converted. As a result, cannabis growers may instead turn their trim into edible hash oil, which means they are getting more medicine from each harvest. If you live in an area where marijuana is legal, you might be able to locate a grower who will give or sell you their trim for free. Many medical cannabis patients choose to cultivate their own plants. A little effort can save you a lot of money.
- Ingredients – Pure cannabidiol (CBD) edibles are one of the most popular types of cannabis products. Many cannabis edibles include additional ingredients (such as sugar) that the user may wish to avoid ingesting. Patients will only receive the cannabinoids in a pure cannabidiol extract, without any “extras.”
NOTE: This technique will teach you how to make a tiny batch of edible cannabis oil extract (Rick Simpson Oil, hemp oil, or edible hash oil) for personal use. You may make 2-4 grams of oil from an ounce of cannabis buds, or 1-3 grams out of an ounce of cannabis trim (leaves, stems, and other components from a harvested medical marijuana plant).
While the health professional in the video claims that Rick Simpson oil is commonly utilized for cancer sufferers, it may also be used to treat epileptic seizures, chronic discomfort, nausea, and a variety of other issues.
Although the procedure for making cannabis oil as depicted in this video is quite safe, it’s crucial to remember that the protection comes from executing everything precisely. ALL solvents, such as alcohol, are highly combustible and must be handled with extreme caution and care.
- 1 ounce of medical cannabis buds – very dry & ground up – 2-3 ounces of medical cannabis trim can be substituted.
- 1 gallon Solvent (High Proof Alcohol) – A single bottle of Everclear is the optimal solvent for this cannabis extraction, according to experts (Everclear is a very high-proof drinking alcohol that can be consumed by humans). If Everclear is not accessible in your state, other natural high-proof drinking alcohols produced for human consumption may be used instead. The higher the concentration of alcohol (proof), the better. Never use alcoholic beverages that were not intended to be consumed by humans, such as rubbing alcohol, for this technique! Anything other than alcohol in your solvent may remain behind in your cannabis hash oil, therefore spirits with a higher proof are preferable since nearly everything will be evaporated away, and anything remaining is safe to eat. The solvent will be utilized to remove the required resin and oil (the “good stuff”) from cannabis buds or trimmings. When all of the solvent has evaporated, you’ll be left with just the pure cannabis hash oil extract.
- Medium-sized Mixing Bowl – Pyrex glass or ceramic mixing bowls are ideal, but avoid using plastic or metal mixing bowls.
- Large Spoon – Use a large fork to stir your cannabis. Wood works best, and it’s used to combine the solvent with the cannabis in your mixing bowl.
- Straining Device – Strain your cannabis beverage using a strainer or cheesecloth. This leaves you with only the liquid containing the resin and cannabinoids from the cannabis.
- Muslin bag (often found in the pots and pan aisle)
- Grain-steeping bag (made of muslin with wide weave – use 2 or 3 bags inside each other)
- A clean stocking
- Cheesecloth (often found in the pots/pans cooking section of a grocery store) & strainer
- Thai tea filter
- Coffee filters (don’t usually work well) combined with a strainer
- A separate container to catch strained liquid – A 2-quart mixing bowl or a few different jars will work. The doctor in the video uses a tall, wide cup that she found around the house. As you filter out the plant material from your combination, this container will collect the liquid that flows out of the bottom.
- Double-Boiler Setup (or a pot and pan that stack neatly on top of each other) – At any home improvement or super store, you may find a double-boiler, which is a type of pot and pan setup. A double boiler enables your solvent to sit in a “bath” of water above the top pot, preventing it from coming into direct contact with the stove’s heating element. The bottom must be made of nonstick material and include a cover that will fit tightly over it. If you don’t have access to a double-boiler, use two pots that fit together well instead. It will function as long as the bottom pan is full of water and the upper one sits comfortably on top.
- Silicon spatula – This is the sort of gadget that comes in your kitchen at this time. It’s used to scrape away the oil from your pan as it thickens near the end.
- Plastic syringes – The most frequent way to extract cannabis oil is by shaking a mixture of cannabis and a solvent. These are commonly used for liquid medicines for children, and may be found at a pharmacy or grocery store. Because you’re producing such a concentrated form of cannabis extract, you’ll have to use these in order to give tiny doses of marijuana hash oil.
Your Preparation Area
- Heat Source– In your kitchen, an electric cooktop would be ideal. Because a gas stove uses an open flame, you must use extra caution when cooking with one; anything containing alcohol should be kept at least 3 feet away from the flame of a gas burner at all times. Portable electric burners or large tea warmers also work well.
- Fire Extinguisher – One should already be within easy reach of your stove, but double-check to make sure it hasn’t expired.
- Ventilation – A well-ventilated, spacious area is ideal for your workspace. Open any windows and turn on at least one fan to move the air around. If there is a fan above the stove, turn it on. Solvent fumes in the air might catch fire, so having good ventilation in your preparation area is the greatest way to prevent yourself from catching fire while doing this procedure.
- Cooking time is about 30 minutes, and total preparation is 1 hour – It should take around an hour to make your edible hash oil if you have all of your materials ready. The first time you try making edible hash oil, plan on spending at least two full hours. I recommend allotting at least 2 full hours for your initial attempt.
Step 1: Gather supplies
It all comes down to preparation! Make sure you have everything you’ll need before you begin. Make sure you have your double-boiler, a 3+ foot distance from the stove, and your cannabis (ground up) on hand.
Step 2: Place ground cannabis buds or trim into the first mixing bowl
In your first mixing container, mix the very-dry ground cannabis flowers or trim with warm water. Make sure there is at least a few inches of space above the cannabis material before you pour a liquid into the bowl.
Step 3: Add enough Everclear to cover the cannabis completely, plus a bit extra
Cover your cannabis plant with solvent (Everclear) and top it off with another inch or two of solvent. The cannabis material has been entirely covered with solvent and a little extra is added over the top to ensure proper mixing.
Step 4: Mix Everclear and cannabis together for about 3 minutes
Pour the alcohol/solvent mixture into a strainer, tip it over a bucket or sink, and drain it. Stir for about three minutes with your mixing spoon after working the marijuana material in the solvent. The solvent dissolves all of the oils/resin from the cannabis material into your alcohol by moving it around and allowing it to dissolve.
Simply toss it in the freezer, but make sure it’s completely frozen before putting it in your freezer bag.
Step 5: Strain the Everclear-cannabis mixture into your other container
Pour the cannabis solvent oil mix through your muslin bag (or whatever you’re using to strain the mixture) and then into your other clean container. The strained liquid in this batch is what dissolved all of the extracted resin from the cannabis into ethanol.
You may wish to work the bag so you can extract as much liquid as possible from the bottom. The strained mixture should be a dark, greenish liquid.
Step 5b (if applicable): Fill the mixing bowl with cannabis material again, then repeat Steps 3, 4, and 5 to extract oil from it a second time. nPut your cannabis material back into your initial mixing bowl so you can wash it again with the solvent to dissolve any remaining cannabinoids into the alcohol. nAdd fresh solvent to the starting substance until it is once more submerged in the solvent; continue processing for three additional minutes with the wooden spoon you have been using.
Pour the extra solvent oil solution into your other container (which holds the solvent oil mix from the first wash you completed) in the same manner as before. You will be nearly entirely out after two washes if you began with a big bottle of Everclear.
The second wash, on the other hand, is more effective. Because they are not used to seeing this plant material for long periods of time, most people will be hesitant to use it as a medicine because doing so would result in very little oil and be of no benefit. The first wash dissolves 70 to 80% of the remaining resin from the starting material; after that, nearly all of the residue is removed during the second wash.
Step 6: Pour dark green liquid into top pot of the double-boiler
Fill the upper pot of your double boiler with the solvent oil mix from the first and second washes. Your bottom pot should already be filled with water.
A double boiler is used to create an additional layer of water between the heat source and the top pot with the alcohol mixture. Everything is safer as a result, and you can slowly boil off the alcohol without burning it.
Everything has been prepared to evaporate/boil off the alcohol, leaving just the pure cananbis hash oil. It’s OK if you don’t have enough room for everything in the top pot at this time. When the level of the top pot falls in step 5, you may add any remaining amount of your liquid mix carefully until you run out of anything.
Step 7: Turn the heat to high while waiting for the top pan to bubble, then turn it off as soon as the water in the top pot starts to bubble. The temperature of the water bath will keep heating the top pan until all of the Everclear has evaporated.
When you’ve completed using the solvent, verify for any sparks, open flames, or red-hot components in the area. Because vapors produced by solvents are combustible, look for any sparks or flames in the area. Avoid breathing solvent fumes to avoid getting poisoned.
Check to see that all of the windows are open and a fan is blowing across the room. If you have a stove, make sure the fan above it is on. Set the heat to high and keep an eye on it until you notice a dark green mash in the top part of your double-boiler.
When you add the water, the top mixture will begin to bubble, almost like it is boiling. What you’re seeing is actually taking place at a very low temperature; the alcohol is evaporating away. As soon as you notice that the dark green combination is bubbling, turn off the heat.
The alcohol should have evaporated completely by the time the water has finished heating, but if you’re cooking in a chilly environment or simmers much larger amounts at once, you may need to increase the heat more times before it stops boiling.
After approximately 15-25 minutes, the top pan should be done. We recommend checking in every few minutes and turning everything with your silicone scraper to help the liquid mix. The liquid is helping to ensure that the alcohol evaporates by mixing it.
Check the top pan if you’re searching for indications that the liquid is cooking. The alcohol in the top pan will bubble as it’s being consumed; if no more bubbles appear, it’s time to add another element. As additional alcohol is burned off, the bubbling will slow down, but you should still be able to observe bubbles around the edges.
Turn the heat back on low for a second or two if the liquid hasn’t yet stopped boiling but is still runny. You’re keeping the temperature down (at full) because you don’t want your medication to get too hot, which will reduce some of its effectiveness.
The first concern is not temperature at this point. Even if this combination cools to room temperature (which is unlikely even in a cold room), the alcohol will evaporate away as long as you stir.
Step 8: You are done when the liquid has become thick and no longer bubbles – it should look like this.
Take a look at everything you had when you began. This is everything you started with, down to the tiniest detail. To obtain the oil, you soaked the cannabis in alcohol and then filtered out all of the plant matter. Now that all of the alcohol has evaporated, only the cannabis oil remains.
As the oil cools, it will become thicker and more like putty as it does so. To make storing and administering your medication easier, stuff this combination into a plastic syringe while it’s still warm. Keep in mind that because this is such a large quantity of medicine, the starting dose is half the size of a rice grain.
Step 9: Use a plastic syringe to draw up the oil – this will allow you to easily create individual portions in the future
Quick Tip: Mix the heated cannabis oil with coconut or olive oil if you need to make lower doses, or if you wish to use it topically on your skin.
You’re not using needles with edible dosages. Plastic applicators or syringes with no needles are typically used to give medicine to children, and they can be found at both drugstores and supermarkets.
Slowly press the plunger of a syringe into the cannabis oil container. The first few syringes will be simple to fill, but as you get closer to running out of liquid in the pan, it will become more difficult. That is completely natural; just take your time and do your best. If there’s still cannabis oil left over but you can’t put it in a syringe, place it in any kind of tiny sealed container and use a toothpick to extract little rice-sized pieces for individual doses once it has cooled.
The semi-runny oil will thicken considerably when it has cooled, and if the oil is too thick to push out of the syringe, simply run hot water over it to make it more fluid.
Store the cannabis oil in a cool, dark location like a cabinet.
Strong Warning: Cannabis has not been proved to cure anything, but it may help with a number of illnesses. Please be cautious of any sources that suggest cannabis hash oil may cure any condition. These claims are based on insufficient research.
While there is a lot of evidence that cannabis can help with a variety of ailments for many people, it has never been proved clinically that it cures anything. Because marijuana is still considered to be an illegal plant in most countries, medical researchers have not been able to conduct clinical trials on its true healing properties.
Until there is evidence to back up the claims of all the benefits of medical cannabis, please note that cannabis is widely considered as an alternative medicine and should never be used as a replacement for professional medical care.