As more and more states legalize marijuana and cannabis plants, people—especially young adults and teens—are becoming curious about what products are available to them. Additionally, many are experimenting with vaping these products, usually in the form of THC oil and CBD oil. Though CBD oil and THC oil may sound like they are easily interchangeable, the level of effectiveness varies between them.
What Is THC?
Both cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products. Even though both are found in the marijuana and hemp plants, THC is more prevalent in the marijuana plant. impaired motor function is one of the main side effects of heavy cannabis, while CBD has no such issues. Though it operates like CBD to impact neurotransmitters in your brain, the main psychoactive compound of marijuana is THC.
In addition to giving you a feeling of euphoria, it is believed that THC may impact how you feel about things like pain and mood. On the other hand, CBD does not make you high and is believed to work with other receptors in the body to produce an overall feeling of well-being.
Medical marijuana that contains THC is legal in some states but is illegal under federal law. Some states have legalized recreational marijuana, but it is still illegal under federal law.
What You Need to Know
People are experimenting more often with taking the drug by either smoking it, eating it, or vaping it.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that marijuana use is on the rise, and more specifically vaping THC oil. Meanwhile, the number of teens in 8th and 10th grades who use marijuana every day has also increased. As if the high percentage of 12th graders who vape THC (almost 4%) wasn’t concerning enough, more than half say they are unaware that these devices can be used to smoke cannabis with high concentrations of THC.
Unlike smoking a joint or dabbing an edible, vaping THC oil only uses the cannabis plant extract and requires a vaporizing device. Some believe that vaping THC oil is healthier than smoking because the vapor doesn’t contain smoke. And that’s because vaping is a relatively recent habit, and there have not been enough studies to determine whether or not it is better for you.
In the US, vaping causes near 70 deaths and is likely to increase as vaping becomes more popular. Additionally, over 82% of people hospitalized reported using THC-containing products and about 33% reported that they exclusively used these drugs.
Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people avoid using e-cigarettes and vaping products, particularly those that contain THC oil. By vaping marijuana oil only once, your lungs are put at risk in a significant way.
What You Will Need for THC Oil?
1. 5-6 grams of high-quality bud
3. Two large mason jars
4. A large pot for boiling
5. Propylene Glycol
6. High Proof (190+) Grain Alcohol
7. And a Pyrex bowl, aluminum foil, and a baking sheet. For exact measurements, pick up some blunt tip syringes. You will also want to wear rubber gloves throughout the process to protect your skin.
It is important not to use rubbing alcohol on the skin. To substitute for vodka, try clear alcohol such as Everclear or 100% pure grain alcohol. In addition to a stove, you should also make sure that your cannabis is finely chopped before starting to cook.
Place 5-6 grams of finely chopped marijuana into a Pyrex bowl and heat at 225-250 degrees F for 15 minutes. (Alternatively, you can use aluminum foil and a baking sheet to warm up your cannabis like you would prepare biscuits. You will notice that your skin will be dry and brownish when you take them out.)
To fill your mason jar with the ingredients, add the weed first and then pour in the alcohol on top. The bud should be completely submerged in water. If you want to be exact, use a syringe to add about 24 ml of high-proof alcohol. During this next part, to avoid any potential issues with vapors accumulating in the room, be sure to open a window or two.
Add about five or so inches of water to a large pot. Place your mason jar in the middle and then make sure it’s not touching the bottom of the pot.
Boil water to a low boil and stir 1 part buds in 2 parts boiling water. Here you’ll be trying to evaporate some of the alcohol that was added. Continue to cook the leaf over low heat, watching it darken. Once the pot has boiled for a few minutes, remove it from the stove and turn it off. Let it cool.
After you’ve evaporated some of the excess alcohol from your mixture, it should be filtered using a cheesecloth or another type of filter. Cover the second mason jar with cheesecloth and slowly pour in the mixture from the first mason jar, to let any buds that get in catching on to the fabric. (It may be very thick and stuck to the bottom of the jar, so use a knife or fork to get it all out. Your bud should be wet and well-saturated.) Once the cheesecloth is saturated with the oil, wring it tightly until out every last drop.
In your second mason jar, fill the jar about one-third full with liquid and alcohol, then add some water. Then place the first jar back into the pot. (This time, you will want to boil your concoction until there is about 5 mL of liquid left in the jar. You can use your syringes to measure precisely, ensuring you have the perfect amount.) Once you have added 20 MG of Propylene Glycol to your mason jar, all you need to do is shake it up and put it in the refrigerator. Take the jar out of the pot. Using a syringe, extract the liquid from the jar and store it in dropper bottles. You will need about 25 ML of THC oil to use.