How to Make Your Own THC Oil


What's in the article?

The use of THC is being legalized in many different countries across the world and people are using THC for both recreational and medicinal purposes. THC is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It provides psychoactive side effects and therefore gives you that euphoric high feeling. You can get your dose of THC in edibles, oils, supplements and gels. You can quite easily make your own cannabis infused oil or Canna oil from the cannabis plant which can be used like cooking oil to make salad dressings, frying vegetables or meat etc. or used externally as a lotion.

Medicinal benefits of THC

Medical studies around the world show that THC can help to relieve pain, reduce nausea, ease migraines, reduce anxiety, improve quality of sleep and assist with insomnia. Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy often use cannabis oil to help alleviate some of their cancer symptoms like nausea, vomiting, pain and inflammation. Although there needs to be more medical studies conducted to confirm this finding regarding cannabis and cancer, there have been suggestions made to believe that THC can help impair the development of cancer by inhibiting the reproduction of cancer cells. However, I am not a doctor and therefore am not exactly a reliable source for this kind of information. This is just what I have gathered from a simple google search.

When used topically, medical studies have also shown that THC oil can help reduce acne, fine lines, wrinkles, redness and inflammation. You can make your own cannabis infused oils and use them on your knees, ankles, joints and muscles to help alleviate pain and inflammation.

What is THC Oil and Why Use THC Oil?

THC oil is a concentrate that is made by extracting THC from a cannabis plant through a process of chemical extraction. The cannabinoids are extracted with a solvent and then added to carriers like hemp oil.

There are many ways to get both the medical and recreational benefits of THC, but generally people who do not like to inhale smoke or are new to cannabis use will tend to prefer to use oil. Cannabis oils work a bit faster than consuming edibles and takes roughly 30 minutes to work. Therefore, cannabis oil does not work as quickly as smoking weed but there is a vast range of different oils to choose from.

It is very easy to use THC oil as you simply place the oil underneath your tongue with a dropper and the oil is directly absorbed into your bloodstream meaning that it is very effective. However, you can also use the oils in different edibles, even though this will take longer before you feel the effects of the cannabis and you will not feel the effects as strongly.

I like to use homemade cannabis infused oil rather than buying a name brand from the store. When you use a homemade one then you know exactly what cannabis has been used and you know that the right amount of cannabis has been used to make it. You also know what extraction process has been followed.

For the Purposes of Baking Edibles

There is nothing better than a making a well-deserved homemade edible after a long hard work week. I don’t waste a second in trying new homemade recipes to share. If you are wanting to use weed to make something edible, you will first need to decide if you want to use cannabis infused butter (Cannabutter) or oil to cook with. Your edible recipe might specifically call for either butter or oil, but for the perfect edible, Cannabutter is generally preferred.

How to Make THC Infused Oil

In my lifetime, I have made many THC infused oils, which I consume for pain relief or I include in some baked edibles when I want to have some fun with my friends. There are a few ways to make THC infused oil, each with their own benefits so I will share all the recipes that I have tried and that I would recommend. It is important to note that I am referring to cannabis infused oils when I talk about cannabis oil. Cannabis oil, in the true, authentic sense is most accurately made in a laboratory where scientists use alcohol or oil to extract the cannabinoids. I would suggest that you try each cannabis oil recipe that I have shared and find the recipe that works best for you.

If you are not looking to get high and simply want to reap the rewards of the medicinal properties of CBD then you can follow the recipes below but rather try CBD instead of THC to make the CBD oil. CBD oil has similar medical benefits to THC oil, but in addition CBD oil also helps to ease depression, ease psychosis and helps to decrease seizures. I used to make cannabis oil with CBD to take the night before I had stressful morning meetings because the CBD would help me to sleep well but at the same time I would not feel unfocused or unmotivated the next day. When I am struggling with a stiff neck and shoulders then my favorite thing to do is drop a few drops of CBD oil underneath my tongue and then rub a bit on my shoulders and neck before I have the most amazing sleep and wake up feeling like a new person.

Oil Bases to Try

Before you make your cannabis oil, you will need to decide what oil you are going to use. There are many different oils that you may use and each oil has their own benefits so it will depend on how you are going to consume the oil. Cannabis oil made from Coconut oil and olive oil are the most common ways to make cannabis oil, but each oil does provide something unique and I would recommend testing out all oils in order to find your preference.

  • Vegetable or Canola oil – This is both inexpensive and has a mild flavour so you can use this oil in recipes where you do not want to taste the flavor of the oil specifically, but you rather need a frying agent. For example, this oil is great to use to make a cannabis oil that you can use to fry vegetables or eggs
  • Virgin extra olive oil – This has a great flavor and is best used in a recipe that is looking for more flavour. For example, olive oil is ideal in salad dressings. Olive oil is full of antioxidants and is therefore very nourishing for the skin. It is natural and has both antifungal and antimicrobial properties which prevents mold and therefore extends the shelf life of the cannabis oil
  • Peanut oil – This has a great peanut flavor so it is ideal if you want to make a stir fry with cannabis oil. Peanut oil is also high in antioxidants and vitamin E so it is also a great option to choose when you make cannabis oil for use on the skin, muscles or joints
  • Avocado oil – This has a great savory flavor and is a great option to use when making salad dressings or vinaigrettes. Avocado oil is also very high in Vitamin E and in antioxidants so it is very nourishing and moisturizing for the skin and hair. Therefore, a cannabis oil made with avocado oil is a great option for topical use as well
  • Coconut oil – Coconut oil has a sweet, delicious coconut flavor and odor and is ideal for both sweet and savory meals. Coconut oil is particularly delicious in curries so it is the best in a spicy Thai curry using cannabis oil. It is also solid enough for baked edibles. Coconut oil is also very moisturizing so it is great to use in a cannabis oil for the skin or hair. It is natural and contains antifungal and antimicrobial properties which prevents mold and extends the shelf life of the cannabis oil

Coconut oil is generally the people’s favorite oil to use in canna oil recipes because of the coconut taste and because it’s high in healthy fats. Coconut oil is also my favorite and I would recommend using it to make cannabis oil because the high fat content of the coconut oil more strongly binds the cannabinoids allowing the oil to be slightly more effective than olive oil.

The Best Way to Make THC Oil

This is the first cannabis oil recipe that I ever tried and if I had to recommend only one recipe then this would be my first choice. I think this is a better way to make cannabis infused oil because it’s very easy, it does not require you to first decarb the marijuana, it’s fairly quick and it does not require too many ingredients. However, keep in mind that Cannabis oil made this way is best when using a double boiler or slow cooker. If you don’t have one of these then one of the recipes below would be a better option.

What you need:
  • One cup of ground cannabis flower (If you want a milder dose then reduce the amount of flower used but remember that when you make canna oil, the ratio of cannabis to oil needed is 1:1)
  • One cup of coconut oil
  • Strainer
  • Grinder
  • Slow cooker, double boiler or saucepan
  1. Grind the cannabis, but don’t go too crazy because you need to ensure that the bud remains large enough to remain in the strainer
  2. Pour your chosen oil and cannabis in the double-boiler or saucepan over a low temperature for a few hours. The heating process will decarb the raw cannabis and activate the THC. Make sure that the temperature does not get too high so that the liquid does not start to scorch. If you are worried that the cannabis oil will burn then you can add a small amount of water. The oil should never exceed 245°F
  3. Depending on what cooker you are using to make the cannabis oil, the cooking process can follow the steps below:
    • Slow Cooker: Heat the liquid on low for 4-6 hours, stirring the cannabis oil occasionally
    • Double-boiler method: Heat the liquid on low heat for at least 8 hours, stirring the cannabis oil around occasionally
    • Saucepan method: Heat the liquid on low heat for at least 3 hours, stirring the cannabis oil frequently. This is the least preferred way to cook the oil because it can easily burn. Watch it closely to make sure that it does not scorch

The final step is to pour the liquid through the strainer and remove all the plant. Pour the oil into a jar and store it in a cool, dark place. It’s now ready to use and you can store and use the canna oil for two months or even longer if it is refrigerated. Just make sure that the oil is used in recipes that require a low cooking temperature.

An Alternative Process for Making THC Oil - Easy but Time Consuming

This weed oil recipe is really easy, however it does require a few more appliances, you need decarbed marijuana and you do need quite abit of time and patience to make weed oil this way.

You’ll need:
  • 500-700ml of your preferred oil
  • 20-25g dry, raw cannabis
  • Kitchen thermometer
  • Kitchen spatula
  • Large pot (3-5L)
  • Small pot (1L)
  • A weed grinder
  • A coffee filter
  • One thin metal sieve
  • One glass container with lid
  • 5L bottled water
  1. Wash the cannabis thoroughly
  2. If you want to get high then you will need to activate the THC in the weed first. You can do this by decarbing the marijuana. To make decarbed cannabis, you’ll need to evenly place the weed on a baking tray and bake for approximately forty minutes. Without following this step, there is no ways that you will feel even slightly euphoric
  3. If you do not want to get high or experience any psychoactive effects, but you are attracted to the medicinal benefits then you do not need decarbed cannabis so you just need clean, dry marijuana
  4. Pour your preferred oil into a large glass bowl
  5. Add the cannabis to the liquid and pour into a jar to start the infusion process
  6. Put the jar in a dry and dark place in your house for a few weeks, stirring it around every now and then to make sure that the oil is absorbing the marijuana and that it’s fully infused
  7. Your weed oil is now ready to use to bake edibles or to use as a cream on your skin or joints

An Alternative Process for Making THC Oil - Quick but Requires More Effort

This cannabis oil recipe takes the shortest time, but does require you to do two or three rounds of cooking so it can be a bit tedious and is not without a bit of patience. After the second round, you may even get over it, but the reward will be worth it in the end.

You’ll need:
  • 500-700ml your preferred oil
  • 20-25g dry, raw cannabis
  • Kitchen thermometer
  • Kitchen spatula
  • Large pot (3-5L)
  • Small pot (1L)
  • A weed grinder
  • A coffee filter
  • One thin metal sieve
  • One glass container with lid
  • 5L bottled water
  1. Add the marijuana to a large pot and cover it with water. Let it start to boil and then lower the heat to the lowest heat. Stir frequently and let it simmer for 10 minutes
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve and let the cannabis flowers remain in the sieve
  3. Add the marijuana back into a pot and boil and strain again. Repeat this process two more times
  4. Once the cannabis has been strained then you need to remove any excess water but try and keep all cannabinoids intact. Place the cannabis on kitchen paper on a flat surface like a table, so that the paper can absorb all the excess water without losing any cannabinoids. This will also clean your cannabis and remove any dirt
  5. Add the clean cannabis to a small pot and pour in the oil to start the infusion process
  6. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to the boil
  7. Add the small pot which includes the cannabis into the large pot of boiling water. This process will dissolve the cannabinoids into the oil
  8. Let the water to continue to boil for two to three hours and make sure to mix it every now and then. This process is referred to as the cannabinoid-assimilation process. Keep the temperature consistent at 100°C, checking every now and then with a kitchen thermometer
  9. Give the mixture enough time to cool down and then strain it through a coffee filter in order to remove any remaining bits of marijuana
  10. Store the oil in a cool, dark area in your home

How to Make Your Own Cannabis Concentrate Using Alcohol

Using alcohol to extract cannabis can be a dangerous way to extract THC or CBD so do this with caution and read the important notes below before attempting. The chemical nature of alcohol works very well to pull the active compounds or cannabinoids (THC or CBD) from the weed. The final step is to simply let the alcohol evaporate and you’re left with the concentrate.

Please note:
  1. Before you attempt making this concentrate, make sure that you are indoors and that you are not close to any open flames in order to avoid any medical emergencies
  2. This concentrate is for oral consumption only and should not be used for vaping or used in a dab rig
  3. This process also extracts chlorophyll which is healthy when consumed in leafy greens etc. but it combusts badly and is not good for you in a vape because it is not too good for the respiratory system
You’ll need:
  • Cannabis flower
  • Food grade alcohol
  • Oven-safe glass bowls of varying sizes
  • A mesh or wire strainer
  • Unbleached coffee filters
  • A non-open flame heat source (hot pad, rice cooker, etc.)

Step 1: First of all, break the buds into relatively small pieces with your hands, making sure to leave most of the sticks and stems out. The flower must not be too fine, so don’t use a grinder

Step 2: Drier bud is better so place it on an oven tray and bake for twenty minutes

Step 3: Put the ground up weed into a glass jar and cover it completely with alcohol, until the jar is almost full and slowly stir the mixture for 10 minutes

Step 4: Put the strainer over the top of a glass dish and pour the mixture into the strainer. This will result in a green liquid remaining in the glass dish. Keep the bud for the purposes of further extraction

Step 5: Heat the mixture to allow the alcohol to evaporate and separate the cannabinoids

Step 6: Pour the mixture into a rice cooker and leave it on a low heat for several hours. Don’t overheat the mixture

Step 7: All the alcohol should have evaporated leaving a thick, dark green, tarre-like concentrate. Test to see if there is any alcohol left by lighting abit of the mixture on the back of a needle – there should be no flame which means that it’s pretty pure

Step 8: Scrape your concentrate off and place onto wax paper and place it in the freezer

Step 9: You may repeat this process a few times, but your first run will produce the most pure and potent concentrate. The second run will be less potent and contain more plant impurities.

What is the Correct Dose of THC Oil:

Before you get started, first it’s important to ensure that you have the correct dose. With most things in life, the correct dose depends on your body and metabolism, however rather start with a smaller amount (a few drops) and increase the dose with time. However, I am not a doctor (rights reserved), so rather double check with your doctor to ensure that you have the correct amount of cannabis for a good time.

So…I hope you like this post and that you have found it useful. Don’t be scared to comment on this post with your name, email address and add any other important information or notes from your personal experience. If you have any questions then simply add your name, email address and question so that I may get back to you. As you can see there are many ways to make your own oil, so get testing and in no time you will find the right recipe for you.

Scroll to Top