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If you like the convenience of vaping cannabis dry herb and extracts, then you will love our easy-to-follow cannabis e-juice recipe. Nowadays, you can find a wide range of pre-filled vape cartridges, disposable pens, and extracts that can be vaped on the go.
Creating your own cannabis e-juice from scratch is entirely possible, even on a budget. While you will not have state-of-the-art machinery like commercial producers use to make high-quality oil, you can still make a potent, flavorful, and aromatic e-juice at home.
What Is Cannabis E-Juice?
Cannabis e-juice, also known as vape oil, is a concentrate containing a high concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and a thinning agent used to create the right oil viscosity to be vaporized. A portable vaporizer’s heating device heats the oil just enough to produce a vapor which is then inhaled through the mouthpiece.
What Do You Need to Make a DIY Cannabis E-Juice Recipe?
For this cannabis e-juice recipe you will either need cannabis flower buds, trim, or cannabis concentrates. Using concentrates can speed up the e-juice production process. Here is what you will need to make cannabis e-juice at home.
- Cannabis flower (6 or 7 grams) or cannabis concentrates (1 gram)
- High-proof grain alcohol (i.e. Everclear)
- Dropper bottles
- Glass jars
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Strainer (cheesecloth, pantyhose, etc)
- Cooking pot
- Food-grade thinning agent (vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, terpenes)
Cannabis E-Juice Recipe in 5 Easy Steps
Making your own cannabis e-juice at home is easier than ever. Our cannabis e-juice recipe is an alternative to traditional nicotine e-juices. Here are 5 steps to our easy cannabis e-juice recipe.
1. Decarb Your Cannabis
If you will be starting with cannabis flower, you must decarboxylate it first. Decarboxylation converts its acidic THCA compounds into the intoxicating THC compound. Missing this step would not activate the cannabis to produce its intoxicating effects.
You want to start off with finely ground weed spread over a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Preheat your oven to about 225 to 250º F. Let your buds or trim bake for about 15 to 30 minutes.
At this temperature, the buds will activate their therapeutic compounds without boiling off too many of its temperature-sensitive terpenes, known for their flavor and aroma. Marijuana strains vary in flavor and aroma.
2. Perform an Alcohol Wash
An alcohol wash is only required if you will be using cannabis flower or trim. Ideally, you want to start off with a glass jar that has been frozen in your freezer. The cold temperature can facilitate the separation of trichomes.
Place the ground-up and baked cannabis in the mason jar. Now, you can pour in the high-proof grain alcohol, enough so that it completely submerges the baked weed. Attach the lid and gently shake the solution back and forth to aid in the separation process. Some users even put their jars full of alcohol and weed in their freezer for about a minute.
Now, it's time to strain the alcohol and cannabis solution into a separate jar. Start by placing the strainer or cheesecloth on top of the jar and gently pouring the solution in. You can squeeze the cheesecloth until all the liquid has come out.
3. Remove the Alcohol
Once you've got the second jar full of the alcohol and marijuana mixture, it is time to evaporate the alcohol to leave behind only cannabis oil. A thermometer can help determine if you are at the right temperature to boil the alcohol.
Start by placing a few inches of water inside a cooking pot. Then, you can place your jar in with the liquid and allow it to heat for about an hour at 160º F. At this temperature, the high-proof alcohol can quickly evaporate. Make sure to perform this in an area that has proper ventilation to avoid building up the fumes and causing a fire.
4. Add a Thinning Agent
Without a thinning agent, your cannabis e-juice can get clogged in your device due to its viscosity. Adding thinning agents such as food-grade vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), or terpenes gives your e-juice the right consistency to be vaporized.
About 25 mg of a thinning agent should work. Generally, people use a 50/50 ratio of PG and VG. It can take some trial-and-error to get the ratio of thinning agents just right. Add your thinning agent once the alcohol has completely evaporated. At this point, the cannabis oil should be easy to work with and mix well with the terpenes.
Pro tip: Using more of the thinning agent can create bigger vape clouds but also lead to a harsher draw.
5. Fill Up Your Cartridge or Vape Pen
The last step in our cannabis e-juice recipe is storing the juice. A syringe can make it easy to move your cannabis e-juice from the jar into a storage container, a refillable cartridge, or your vape pen. Now, it is ready to be vaped. In an airtight storage container stored in a cool and dark place, your e-juice can last for up to one year.
Learn More Cannabis Recipes at Cannabis Training University
Cannabis flower buds, trim, and concentrate can be transformed into a variety of products including baked goods, topicals, transdermal patches, capsules, beverages, tinctures, and so much more. Learn how to create all of these products at home by enrolling in Cannabis Training University’s online marijuana college.
Karen gained expertise in developing training programs and technical documentation as a Senior Editor at Cisco Systems. She began her journey in cannabis as a patient, searching for a way to heal herself. When she perfected a method for making cannabis oil, other patients began to seek her out. An early adopter of CBD medicine, she started her CBD-infused-products business in 2014. Over the last two decades, Karen has taught hundreds of patients and caregivers how to select strains, infuse oils, and extract cannabinoids.
When she isn’t teaching cannabis cooking classes, Karen works as a cannabis business consultant, writes for online cannabis publications like Cannabis Training University, Leafly, and Weedmaps, and runs a CBD-infused-product business.