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Make Your Own Honey Oil
Many pot enthusiasts agree that there is no smokable cannabis derivative that puts you in the “zone” much like honey oil. You may know it by its many other names, including hash oil, wax, shatter, BHO, or dabs.
Inhale it by steam using a vaporizer or spread it on a piece of paper and wrap it in a “Thai stick” joint. Put a few drops in your bong or add a few drops to your hot food. Any way you ingest this viscous gold, you will be rewarded with a heady experience like no other. The oil has such psychedelic power that it will stone you completely. It can quickly become an acquired taste.
Honey Oil Explained
Honey oil comes from extracting terpenes, CBD, THC, and other essential compounds from dried cannabis flowers using oil. It gets its name from its sticky texture and light amber color. However, the oil is not as sweet as honey.
Honey oil is unique because of its high concentration of THC. A normally dried cannabis flower can have 20 percent or more THC. But when extracted through the extraction process, you end up with a more potent product with less plant matter. This is how honey oil is made. The final product is pure, with a concentration of 80 percent or more of THC.
The Process Of making Honey Oil
The honey oil manufacturing process is time consuming, but the result makes the work worthwhile. Due to the highly flammable solvents used, this is best done outdoors rather than indoors. Also, be patient and avoid rushing the process.
When making honey oil at home, one can use alcohol or butane. There are two types of alcohol that can be used, hence two methods. The QWET method uses quick wash ethanol, while the QWISO method uses isopropyl alcohol. The methods look similar at first but differ later on.
Supplies needed include finely ground herb (not powder), alcohol solvents, two mason jars, a Pyrex dish or tray, a pot for boiling water, a tray, and coffee filters. If using butane as a solvent, you will need a bee extractor and at least two cans containing high quality butane.
The First Method – Make Honey oil using alcohol
Measure 7 grams of first-class buds to obtain a highly potent oil. Break the buds into small pieces, but do not grind them. Grinding would make it difficult to extract the fine particles from the oil. The buds should be completely dry, and if they are not crispy, place them in a 195 degree-Fahrenheit oven for a few minutes. Heating also causes cannabinoids to lose their acidity and become psychoactive. Since the weed can crumble in your hands, it stays dry.
Place the dried pieces into one of the mason jars, close the lid, and place the container in a freezer. Take the other bottle and do the same with your chosen alcoholic solvent. Measure 2.5 ounces or 74 milliliters. As soon as the temperature of the alcohol drops to -62 degrees Fahrenheit, pour it into the masonry jar with the buds. The alcohol covers the herb buds by about an inch. Let the mixture rest for a while.
The direction to take from this third step depends on the type of alcohol chosen. If you chose the QWISO method which uses isopropyl alcohol, stir the two ingredients for about 20 seconds and then strain. If you chose the QWET method which uses quick wash ethanol, stir the mixture gently and return it to the freezer. Give it another three minutes, remove the mixture, and strain through coffee filters. For higher purity, strain the liquid at another time.
Pour your filtered solution into the Pyrex dish or tray and place it in a water bath. By this time, you will be able to see the characteristics of honey oil. The beautiful golden brown color is evident. The water should be bubbling as it boils, with a temperature between 158 and 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the alcohol evaporates quickly, you will soon only have your precious oil. Alternatively, instead of a water bath, you can leave the tray in the sun. The alcohol evaporates and leaves the hash oil on the tray.
Just in these steps, you get your homemade honey oil. Use it however you like.
The Second Method – Make Honey Oil Using Butane
For this method, safety and precaution are fundamental. The method is done outdoors because butane is heavier than oxygen and tends to stay on surfaces and your skin longer. With butane being highly flammable, accidents can occur. Go outside where the wind can blow the butane away.
Get a metal, glass or plastic tube that can hold 14 grams or half an ounce of liquid. Make a hole at one end and five small holes at the other. The big hole is for the butane while the small holes are for the THC oil pouring. Insert the dried cannabis buds into the tube and place a coffee filter at one end, inside the cap.
Take the tube and hold it up to two centimeters above the plate where the oil should flow. Then, attach the butane nozzle to the upper hole of the tube and release the gas. For the 7 grams of weed, 10 ounces or 300 milliliters of gas should be enough.
Let the butane and oil extractor work for you. Soon, a greenish or pale yellow liquid will begin to ooze from the smaller holes. The process takes just a few minutes. Blow into the tap hole or gently tap the tube to let the last drops of butane out.
Let the butane in the dish evaporate naturally or close the bowl in your hands. For a quick process, place the dish in some warm water.
When all the butane has evaporated, scrape the residue from the capsule. Now you have your honey oil.
Whichever method you use, you should get a tacky, golden brown substance. Scrape it and store it in a glass jar. Store the oil properly to keep it fresh longer. It loses its potency over time.