For years people are talking about cannabis and marijuana use for medicinal purposes. The medical community is trying to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of this potential medicine and what is the best way to enjoy the healing benefits of this herb.
There are very few products that contain cannabinoids and cannabis is among them. The cannabinoid is a compound in the plant that helps fight autoimmune disorders, inflammation, and more. However, smoking is never recommended but there are other ways to release cannabinoids from the marijuana plant.
How To Make Cannabis Extract For Relief
- 1 ounce of ground medical marijuana
- 1 gallon solvent (high proof alcohol). Everclear is recommended. Ensure the alcohol you use is safe for human consumption.
- 2 Medium-sized mixing bowls – made of Pyrex glass or ceramic are best. Do not use plastic or metal.
- Large wooden spoon
- Straining device – muslin bag, grain-steeping bag, a clean stocking, and cheesecloth will all work to strain the solid plant material from the liquid contain the resin, oil, and cannabinoids.
- 2-quart glass measuring cup
- Double-boiler setup
- Silicon spatula
- Plastic syringes
The oil that you’ll get is very powerful and you should use only 1-2 drops a day. You will also need a stovetop, a fire extinguisher, and ventilation.
Step 1: Into a mixing bowl place the ground cannabis buds and leave an inch or two of space at the top of the bowl.
Step 2: Completely cover the marijuana with solvent/alcohol.
Step 3: Mix for about 5 minutes and make sure all the herb is being touched by solvent because that’s what dissolves the oils from the cannabis material into the alcohol.
Step 4: Strain and pour the mixture through your strainer. The oils and resins you are looking for are in the strained liquid which should be a deep dark green.
Step 5: Pour the liquid into the top pot of the double-boiler. Fill your bottom pot with water. Using a double boiler makes everything safer and allows you to slowly boil off the alcohol without burning off any of the cannabinoids.
Step 6: Turn off heat when the liquid starts to bubble. Make sure there are no open flames near the solvent and avoid breathing in the fumes that solvents produce. Open your windows.
It usually takes about 15-25 minutes before you are ready for the next step; mix everything with your silicon scraper because that helps evaporate the alcohol.
Step 7: In this step continue to bubble away the alcohol and you might need to turn the heat back on low. Remember not to boil away the potency of your extract- keep the heat low!
Step 8: When the liquid stops bubbling and become thick it means you are done. In the previous steps, you’ve washed the oil off the plant with alcohol, removed the rest of the plant material, and evaporated all the alcohol. Now, you have the oil.
It will get thicker as it cools and you must work quickly. Use the syringes because they separate the oil and dispense the right amount. You can mix your medicine with coconut or olive oil if you need a less potent dose.
A Very Potent Medicine!
Before and during this procedure you must take a ton of safety precautions. Consult a doctor before taking your new medicine and have in mind that cannabis has not been known to cure any disease or condition in an appropriate scientific study. Don’t over consume this oil!