Best Way to Make Hash Oil. Hash Oil making process
Hash oil making can be a delight with an easy hash oil recipe. We will list, step-by-step, the easiest way to make hash oil. You will learn how to make homemade hash oil in a short amount of time. Hash oil can be used to make your weed stronger, and to put unusable weed to work for you instead of letting it go to waste.
How Is Hash Oil Made (small batches)
Steps to Make Hash Oil:
Step 1. Position strainer, filter, and funnel above the collection jar.
Step 2. Mix weed and Everclear in measuring cup.
Step 3. Stir 3 minutes, pour through a strainer into waiting jar. Discard plant material.
Step 4. Evaporate alcohol.
Step 5. Remove hash oil to the storage container.
We are going to show you here how to make a small batch of cannabis hash oil, such as your casual user might want to make in order to salvage weed no longer fit to smoke, but still full of delicious trichomes, THC, and CBD. The easiest way is to take ground marijuana and immerse it in alcohol to dissolve the THC and other cannabinoids and therapeutic substances present in the honey-like resin. Then the plant material is strained out and the alcohol evaporated. What is left is the good, concentrated plant extract called hashish oil. You can use it while smoking cannabis to get a strong kick, or you can use it on its own.
Tools and Utensils:
Here are the materials you will need:
- 7 to 10 grams of dried, coarsely ground marijuana (you can use bud or trimmed leaves)
- Funnel (to fit strainer)
- Wooden stirring spoon
- Everclear 95% pure grain alcohol
- Container for storage
- Flameless hot eye
- Clean blade
- Coffee filters
- 2 kitchen sink strainers
- 8-ounce measuring cup
- 1-quart glass jar (receptacle)
For the cleanest results, you can freeze your marijuana and Everclear in the freezer to prevent the less tasty chemicals from being extracted. Set up in an open area with proper ventilation, to avoid concentrated fumes. To begin, first, put together your apparatus to strain and catch your hash oil mixture. Take your two strainers and put the coffee filter into one then place the other right inside so that the coffee filter is sandwiched in between the two strainers. Set the strainers into the funnel, then put the funnel into your jar. Now you have your strainer ready. If you don’t have all the tools or are missing a strainer, don’t worry. This step is no more than straining the mixture, do it any way you can as long as you use safety protocols and strain out the plant material. Remember alcohol can dissolve chemicals from plastics and fabrics, so try to use cleaner, more resilient tools, such as glass, ceramic, or stainless steel.
Now, take your ground marijuana and put it into the measuring cup and fully cover it with Everclear. If you have 8 grams of weed, it may take 2 to 5 ounces of Everclear to completely submerge the weed. You don’t want too much because that will just make it take longer to evaporate, but too little and you will short yourself. Everclear alcohol is going to extract the cannabinoids and THC from the weed. You will stir the mixture for 3 minutes then pour it through your strainer and into your jar. You can repeat this with the same weed and a new jar and strainer to get anything left behind, but the second jar will contain a weaker hash oil.
At this point, you have the alcohol and cannabinoids dissolved in your jar. Remember the alcohol is flammable so keep away from flames.
Now you need to boil off your alcohol so that you’re left with only your hash oil. You can do this without a heat source by putting the solution into a flat wide dish where the alcohol is allowed to evaporate over several hours. This will avoid the danger of concentrated alcohol fumes. Or, you can heat the mixture. To do this, set your burner slightly above the boiling point of ethanol, around 174 F, but below 230 F. These low temperatures will help you avoid fire. However, the fumes will be another issue. Be sure to do this in an open area with great ventilation and even avoid getting a strong whiff of fumes because a strong whiff of pure alcohol can quickly make you drunk or faint. You can use a double boiler so that the ethanol is not directly heated for added safety. You will see the solution bubbling, this means the alcohol is evaporating. Once the bubbling stops, the alcohol is all gone and you have pure hash oil left. Remove from heat. You will have a tarlike substance that may be hard or waxy. Remove immediately to your storage container while the wax is easy to work with. Total heating time for about 8 grams of weed to make 1.5 grams of hash oil may take less than 15 minutes to evaporate out the alcohol. You can use a blade to scratch the stain from the coffee filter, the result is pure kief (trichomes) you can use for other projects. Discard the used trim or buds. Your hash oil will stay potent for up to a year. Now you know how to make weed oil to smoke the easiest way.
Tips and Caution
There are many variations on this recipe which some prefer. For example, some people use isopropyl alcohol rather than ethyl alcohol. Here we have used ethyl alcohol for a simple reason, it is edible and therefore has no added ingredients which must not enter the body. Also, if for some reason, not all the alcohol evaporates during processing, what is left in the oil should be very small and harmless, since the Everclear grain alcohol has no added ingredients.
As mentioned before, some users like to freeze the marijuana and Everclear for as long as 8 hours. Freezing makes the trichomes particularly vulnerable and ready to detach from the plant material. The trichomes are richest in the therapeutic components, including THC and CBD. As a means of making the best use of the trichomes while leaving substances which are harsh or tar-like, freezing the weed and the Everclear makes the trichomes come right off into the mix, and leaves the chlorophyll and other unwanted components with the plant matter.
In the recipe above, we only described one ‘flush’. We flushed the weed one time. However, you can refill the measuring cup of drenched weed with alcohol again, stir for 3 minutes, and collect a second flush through a strainer. The second flush will not be as powerful as the first and it is a good idea to keep them separate. If you do the third flush, it will contain little THC and should only be used for topical applications, such as to bruised skin or minor irritation. The first and second flushes will produce hash oil good enough to smoke.
Some experts advise not to let the alcohol touch metals other than stainless steel, any kinds of plastic or rubber, or other materials that may leech into the alcohol. This is sound advice. Chemicals used in processing plastics, as well as heavy metals, can give your hash oil a bad taste, or worse, reduce the health potential of your medicinal hash oil. Lastly, some hash oil is produced to be consumed and the alcohol that comes into contact with metals like copper could remove some of that copper and deposit it into your hash oil, making it far less healthy.
To make larger batches of hash oil, you will need small tweaks to this basic formula. Firstly, you will need to get larger strainers and coffee filters. These you need to make sure will fit into one of two pots you can use as the receptacles for your hash mixture. With larger batches, you are more likely to do more than one flush, because there will be significant THC and other cannabinoids left in your weed mulch after just one flush. You may have no use for a funnel so make sure your strainers fit over the pot you will use as a receptacle.
It’s important to use a double boiler or rice cooker to heat your solution to avoid applying heat directly to pure grain alcohol. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make your own. You can do this by taking a pot and filling it a fourth with water. Bring this to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Find a strong glass bowl that fits over the top of the pot while leaving at least 3 inches between the solution and the bowl. Now you can use this bowl to evaporate out the alcohol from the THC and cannabinoids, being careful to avoid the fumes and keep the ventilation open so that alcohol fumes do not accumulate which can cause unconsciousness, drunkenness or a fire.
Using Hash Oil
Many people smoke hash oil the same way they smoke dabs. People will use various methods to add hash oil to their normal herbal marijuana to make it super-strength. Other people will simply put a piece of hash oil on the end of a nail, a pin, or even a spoon, and heat it with a flame. From there, they simply suck up the thick smoke. Others successfully use the two knives method, heating two knives, dabbing on a speck of hash oil, then sucking up the smoke. Some eat carefully prepared hash oil in various ways. An easy way is to simply melt a teaspoon of butter and add a dab of hash oil before swallowing it down. However, you use, be sure to do all the research you can to be sure to get it right and get the best medicinal benefits.