I had no idea that full extract cannabis oil would be a part of my easy-to-make repertoire, but here it is! I got the recipe from a member of the Cannabis Oil Success Stories Facebook group. There are plenty of ways to do this. Here’s a video that shows another relatively simple way to make oil…still not as easy and harmless as this.
Here’s What You Need:
- Enough cannabis to loosely pack a quart jar – You can use leaf, trim, shake, sugar leaves or bud. For those of us who can legally grow, this can be a great way to use up the stuff you might normally throw away.
- A fifth of Everclear or grain alcohol – This is consumable alcohol NOT isopropyl or anything from a drug store. In Oregon, we buy it at the liquor store. A fifth is about twenty bucks.
- A quart jar with a lid
- Large Pyrex dish
How to Make Full Extract Cannabis Oil:
Pack the jar loosely with weed. It needs to have room enough for the alcohol to swirl around a bit, but it needs to have a decent amount of cannabis, too.
Pour the fifth of Everclear over the cannabis and into the jar.
You can stir it with a spoon if you like or seal the jar tightly with the lid and shake it. It is important not to go crazy with the stirring and shaking because you don’t want a bunch of leaf matter in your oil.
Next, let it sit for a few minutes – like five.
Use the cheesecloth to cover the jar opening, and pour the contents into the Pyrex dish. It will be a clear liquid in a color range from gold to bright green, depending on the weed used.
Set the dish somewhere out-of-the-way where nothing will fall in it, and let the alcohol evaporate a minimum of twenty-four hours.
Voila! It’s just that simple.
The hardest part is scraping the goo off of the Pyrex dish to eat it. I trashed my favorite paring knife scraping it, so I would suggest investing in a box cutter or single edge razor blade to get it off the plate.
The results were so surprising that I had to get some volunteer testers to confirm that it was as good as I thought it was! We found very small doses to be quite effective, even though I used leaf that I am pretty sure was headed to somebody’s trash pile.
I still need to figure out how to get it from the dish to some kind of storage. But, for now, I just scrape the plate and put about a rice grain-sized bit on a cracker or whatever, and eat it. Leaving it sitting out seems to have no effect on the potency or the nasty taste … nasty in the most wonderful way!
My apologies for failing to mention the decarboxilyzation step in this - and every cooking process and recipe I have written for Weedist. I do this in big batches right when I get a batch of trim. So, I forget about it when I cook.
It is important to do this with any cannabis you aren't smoking or vaping, and it's easy.
Set oven at 225 degrees
Put cannabis into a 13 x 9 inch baking pan; I prefer glass. I fill it pretty full, but not overflowing, and not packed too tight.
Bake for twenty minutes. Store in glass jars and use as needed.
Invest in silicone bakeware. You won't mess up your knives or need sharp objects to remove. Benefit, the wax comes right out!
This method provides no way of decarboxylating the cannabis. Therefore it contains no THC, only THCA. For curing cancer it is believed you need THC, so this oil is not for those trying to cure their cancers.
I believe low or no THC oil has it's uses (epilepsy for example) but I believe it will have very little in the way of psychoactive properties and will be useless in curing many conditions.
@medyes You're so right - It has become so automatic for me that I forget - Thanks -
@AmandaEnriquez Thanks for the tip! I'l sure do it!
@JWilbur So sorry that I forgot to mention that I used decarboxylated cannabis.