Oct 31 , 2018
Sure, you could just buy some hash oil, or THC honey oil, at your local provisioning center - assuming they even stock it - or you could brew up a batch of hash oil yourself right in your own home!
Safety first is a good rule to keep in mind when making hash oil, especially with chemicals like butane (dangerous, not recommended and even illegal in many places) or alcohol; open flames and fumes can be a problem when you cook up your hash oil, so make sure you have a well-ventilated area to work in and the proper safety equipment on hand! If you’re careful, however, and mindful of just a few important safety precautions, then all you need to make your own hash oil are some easy-to-find ingredients (you might even have them on hand already) and away you go!
Both hash and hash oil are made from marijuana, so the term hash oil itself is somewhat misleading because most hash oil is merely a resin extract - but like hash itself, hash oil has very highly-concentrated THC levels, so it gets you extremely buzzed! Hash oil can be added to your weed to make the smoke stronger, or you can dab or vape hash oil solo, either way it’s a way more intense effect than merely puffing on some pot! A good hash oil, properly prepared, when smoked will be a most potent hash oil and get you high enough to knock on the screen door of the international space station!
It was on the streets of San Francisco that hash oil made its American debut way back in the 1970s, originally made from the flower-tops of premium Mexican cannabis buds smuggled in from south of the border. Back then, street hashish oil sold for $150 for a small 5-gram bottle; it had a deep, dark brown color, and had a THC potency of 13 percent. This was hefty for back then, considering that the best Colombian weed at that time rarely had THC levels of even 4 percent. Obviously, a lot has changed in the decades since, and cannabis is now stronger - so, consequently, hash and, really all cannabis products, are now stronger, too. Hash oils seized by the police in the 1970s had THC concentrations ranging from 10 to 30%, yet nowadays the THC content in hash oil can be as high as 90%! So, this is some powerfully potent pot concentrate that you’ll be concocting!
The THC levels of THC honey oil you make are gonna depend on the strength of the cannabis plant source material. The effects of your hash oil will be similar to the weed you took it from, but magnified! Pick a weed strain that you really like, maybe one that you have smoked in quantity so that you know what the effects of a small amount of hash oil made from the same marijuana plant are like! Generally, cannabis concentrates like hash oil run between 60-80% THC, versus smoking cannabis flower which averages 10-25% THC; so just know that a little goes a long way and take it slow, at first, when you sample your own!
Eating hash oil extract can result in getting excessively high. There is hash butter for those who like a little adventure with their snacks and treats, just be aware that orally-ingested hash oil will react slower and likely more strongly than just smoking or vaping it! If you are thinking about taking it orally, just be very careful not to take an excessive dose, because you’ll end up with an extremely unpleasant overdose. Overdoing RSO oil, shatters or waxes or any cannabis extract - but especially most potent hash oil won’t kill you, but you will feel potentially very anxious, nervous and maybe even nauseous! The degree of psychoactivity from eating it will depend on how well you made it and from what strain and plant material, but it is again recommended to try this in tiny doses to test your tolerance!
(oil and pipe, image source: Glassology 22 on Instagram)
How to make Hash Oil with Alcohol:
Step 1) Go to your nearest liquor store and buy some high-proof vodka or rum for the alcohol mixture; or better yet, purchase some Everclear or isopropyl alcohol. Everclear is a brand of nearly-pure ethanol, purified by repeated distillation, used popularly by people to create their own alcoholic beverages and liqueurs – never, ever drink this stuff straight, by the way, it is 151 and 190 proof alcohol (75.5% and 95% alcohol by volume) and intended only for consumption by diluting it with something else. But with it, or something like isopropyl alcohol, you can make hash oil for smoking or make hash oil for your vape pen with Everclear, so read on.
You'll also need something to strain your concoction, so grab some coffee filters if you don't already have them on hand. A cheesecloth or kitchen sink strainers would also do the trick if you have that instead of a coffee filter.
And, of course, you'll need whatever type of cannabis you want as the star of your weed oil!
(Bottles of Everclear, image source: Atticapothecary on Instagram)
Step 2) Grind or hand-shred your marijuana buds, or nugs, into small pieces to make it easier for the alcohol to be absorbed. Whisper a little thank you to the cannabis powers for the tasty plant matter you're about to enjoy.
Step 3) Next you are going to soak your ground ganja in the alcohol by placing your freshly-mulched plant fiber in an airtight, sealable jar or container and pouring the alcohol or Everclear over it until it is completely covered. The amount of crushed and shredded cannabis you have determines the amount of alcohol that you use; if you have 8 grams of weed, say, it will likely take 2 to 5 ounces of Everclear or other high-proof alcohol to completely cover and submerge your weed - don’t overdo the amount of alcohol because that just means it will take longer to evaporate (one of the upcoming steps), but using too little will reduce the absorption and later potency. The mixture has to sit for at least 24 hours. The Everclear or other alcohol are binding agents, so the THC and other cannabinoids separate from the soaking plant material and stick to the alcohol. The alcohol will turn greenish, if you used premium pot, or brownish if it’s lower-grade weed.
Step 4) Then you need to filter out any and all plant fiber by pouring the liquid through a cheesecloth or coffee filter into another container.
(Hash oil in cheesecloth, image from The Wonderful 1s on Instagram)
Step 5) Patience is required for the next phase, leaving the alcohol-weed mix in an open bowl or unsealed jar for 24-48 hours and letting the alcohol evaporate. Let this process take place somewhere where the alcohol fumes won't be triggered by some igniting agent. You don't need an explosion happening while you're wearing your patience cap.
Step 6) Finally, you should end up with, after a little time, a green, thick oily remnant – that would be your delicious oil, ready for human consumption. From there you can drizzle it over some cannabis leaf and smoke it in a pipe. Or you could put the hash oil in a spoon, heat the spoon and inhale the smoke through a straw. Pretty much any way you can use and enjoy hash you can also utilize to smoke or vape hash oil. Just make sure all the alcohol has evaporated before you light it up, because alcohol is highly flammable! And when you’re not smoking it, your resealable jar will keep the hash oil moist and prevent it from drying or losing potency.
Here is a video showing making hash oil via the RSO method (Rick Simpson is famous for creating Rick Simpson oil, a high-THC cannabis concentrate) - this method is similar to what we outlined above, but they heat the oil to speed up evaporation:
(Everclear THC honey oil, image source: Pelona AW on Instagram)
With patience and some wise precautions, you can make your own most potent hash oil safely at home. Commercial cannabis operations do use butane to chemically extract oil from source marijuana, but attempts to create your own butane has oil have resulted in an alarming numbers of explosions and fires, so it is not only not recommended but actually illegal in a number of places. Making hash oil with alcohol such as Everclear or isopropyl alcohol is by far a safer alternative, as well as simpler and more inexpensive!
Smoking your newly brewed oil is likewise easy enough, just use your standard hash pipe or dabbing rig, or just heat up a spoon and draw the fumes off with a straw. Hash oil has been part of the American cannabis community since about the 1970s when it was smuggled in from Mexico and sold on the streets for $150 a small glass jar. It's a lot cheaper to buy now, usually in the range of other marijuana concentrates, $30-40 a gram and relatively inexpensive to make with some common ingredients. Like today’s pot, weed oil is a lot stronger, so some due caution is called for when sampling your cannabis concentrate; a little goes a long way because it's is potent stuff with 60-80% THC levels. Sure, you could just buy some, but there’s nothing like a little home cooking when it comes to making your own concentrated oil!
Here is yet another video on making hash oil, which they also call cannabis oil in the vid, as well as calling it Rick Simpson oil – though that is a bit different; they use a rice cooker to speed up alcohol evaporation as well as just letting it sit in the open air and evaporate:
And some bonus content: a vid showing you how to roll a hash oil joint – if you try it, let us know how it was for you:
Researched and written by David and Leah Kaye Weathers.
|David and Leah Kaye Weathers are a freelance cannabis writing and graphic designing husband and wife team from Lansing, Michigan. They are passionate advocates for medical and recreational cannabis legalization in the United States. They enjoy not only smoking and vaping, or dabbing, marijuana but also cooking with weed infused veggie oil. They like to spend their free time wandering along nature trails in search of the perfectly chillaxing spot for a smoke sesh.|
(Cover image: a batch of homemade hash oil, from Pothead 4 Life on Instagram)