How to Make Cannabis Honey Oil at Home [2020 Update]
For those of you hopping on the DIY cannabis train, this is a great recipe showing you how to make your own cannabis oil, specifically Honey oil/Hash oil. It’s actually quite simple and doesn’t take too long. We find there’s a pride in growing your own marijuana and then making your own honey oil. It’s cheaper than buying from retailers, and this way you can ensure no harmful chemicals or preservatives are ever added. Convinced? Let’s get cooking!
What is Cannabis Oil?
Simply put it’s the oil extracted from the marijuana plant. The concentrations of THC to CBD will depend on what plant you are using. The concentration of THC to CBD in your plants will be the same ratio in the oil you extract from it. For example, the oil extracted from hemp plants is higher in CBD, while the oil extracted from most marijuana plants is typically higher in THC. Most people opt for a hybrid marijuana plant that has a more even mixture of THC to CBD.
What are THC and CBD?
Both THC and CBD act on your body’s endocannabinoid system. They encourage the release of the body’s endocannabinoids. THC and CBD can both be found in independent strains, however, they’re usually both found in marijuana plants. The ratio of THC to CBD varies greatly from plant to plant.
THC is a psychoactive compound found in marijuana plants. It is responsible for the euphoric or “high” feelings that most people associate with weed.
CBD is not psychoactive. It will not give you a feeling of high but it does have effects on the body. CBD has calming effects on the body and is often used to help with pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
Both THC and CBD can be found in medical marijuana and there are many different ways to ingest the oils. Honey oil will typically have a mixture of THC and CBD, but it all depends on the plant material being used.
How is oil extracted from a cannabis plant?
Believe it or not, alcohol! But it's not the alcohol we drink, for oil extraction we use isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol pulls the oils out of the plant and then you discard the plant material and evaporate the alcohol so all you are left with is the Honey oil/Hash oil.
What is Honey Cannabis Oil?
Honey cannabis oil, also known as Hash oil, has gone through the Winterization process. If you skip the winterization process you will end up with Cherry oil instead of Honey oil.
Honey Oil goes through a process called winterization that helps to remove unwanted substances like plant waxes, fats and chlorophyll. The result is a much cleaner and clearer oil. Cherry oil skips the winterization process, and thus much darker, resembling molasses more than honey.
So what's the difference between Honey oil and Hash oil?
Nothing! Honey oil and Hash oil are two different names for the same product. You may hear Honey oil and Hash oil used interchangeably, and that is because they are one in the same. Honey oil = Hash oil.
What is Winterization?
Winterization is not as complicated as it sounds. Winterization basically just means we freeze something before we start. To make Honey Oil/Hash oil you will first need to put your marijuana and isopropyl alcohol in the freezer for 24 hours. The purpose of winterization is to reduce the amount of chlorophyll and waxes that come out of the marijuana as you extract the oil to make Honey oil/Hash oil.
What You'll Need to Make Honey oil:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Baking pan
- Coffee filter or mesh bag
- Knife or scraping tool
1. Put the marijuana plant and isopropyl alcohol in the freezer for 24 hours. You can use the entire plant, premium flowers or just the sweet leaf and your popcorn bud.
2. Pour the isopropyl alcohol into your jar filled with marijuana. Pour enough isopropyl alcohol to cover all of the cannabis.
3. Shake the jar for 30 seconds.
4. Pour the marijuana and isopropyl alcohol through a coffee filter or mesh bag into a baking pan.
5. Wait until the isopropyl alcohol has evaporated.
6. Scrape the remaining oil on the pan into a container. You now have Honey oil/Hash oil!
Not sure what to do with the Honey oil next? Check out our tutorial on how to make Cannabis Gummies!
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Stephen has been a medical cannabis patient for the last 15 years in Canada. His passion for growing has led him to become the horticulturalist and customer success lead at Grobo.