How to Make Hash Oil?

Hash oil

The fact that I can make my own weed products at home instead of buying expensive stuff online makes me feel really good. How about you?

After spending a considerable amount of money buying hash oil, I realized making hash oil in my own kitchen can’t be that difficult. After all, I’ve already mastered cannabutter and cannabis chocolate, so I’ve proven I’m not all thumbs in this area.

If you’re also looking to save, like me, your main question must be: how to make hash oil?

There are many different ways to make it, but since I had my share of experimenting with a number of recipes, I will show you the easiest method.

I will also enlighten you on how to dodge potential dangers (and when I say ‘dangers’, I really mean it), so that you can focus on making that sweet flavor booster without compromising your safety.

First, let’s see what hash oil is.

What is hash oil?

Hash oil is a concentrated form of cannabis extracts, mostly resins and terpenes that are full of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. It is a very potent form of weed.

You may see other names used for it (like honey oil, wax or BHO), but hash oil is probably the most common one.

Hash oil can be extracted from cannabis in several ways, and they usually involve a solvent. After it is extracted, the oil can contain minimal solvent (butane or ethanol) residue, but in many cases it doesn’t.

How can hash oil increase the potency of your pot, you ask? Well, it all comes down to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Typical hash oil is full of this psychoactive cannabinoid, which spells ‘danger’ to novice users. On the other hand, it can deliver a truly unforgettable experience to experienced dabbers.

You can consume hash oil in a few ways. You can smoke it, vape it or eat it as an edible concentrate. Different users will react differently to each method, so I’m restraining from recommending any.

Now let’s get down to business and learn how to make hash oil.

How to make hash oil in the simplest way possible?

Before you do this, you should be aware of the fact that there have been many reports of “home blasting”, fires and injuries as a result of making hash oil at home (or garage, workshop, any enclosed space where hash oil is made in the DIY fashion).

So, we advise you to carefully follow these steps and all safety precautions.

First, make sure you have some alcohol

Stay away from denatured alcohol, which is alcohol “tainted” with toxic chemicals. This is done on purpose to prevent people from drinking it (and thus be exempt from paying high alcohol taxes), so it can only have industrial or domestic uses.

That’s why it is dangerous to use for your hash oil. Even if you don’t end up jeopardizing your health (which is a big IF), your oil will taste horrible.

The alcohol that I would recommend is isopropyl alcohol. It’s very affordable and you can find it in many local drug stores. Still, even with alcohol that is compatible with many different cannabis applications, you need to be careful.

This is the perfect time for another related warning: never get near the open flame and never smoke while handling the alcohol. It’s very flammable, and if you’re not careful enough, you can easily set everything on fire, which is what many people did.

Also avoid evaporating the alcohol off by heating it on a stove. Just make sure that you have enough alcohol for now and that will be enough.

Prepare to grind up some weed

The next step involves grinding those precious herbs so that your hash oil can acquire a truly superb quality.

If you have a grinding machine, all you need to do is put the weed into your grinder and wait until all the leaves are properly milled. Usually, you don’t have to wait a lot, but that mostly depends on the type and the quality of your weed.

If you don’t have a grinder, there are a few great alternatives.

Now you need to soak your weed into the alcohol

Put your weed into a jar and pour some alcohol over it. Don’t overdo it. When you see that all herbs are properly soaked, you’ll know that you have an ideal amount of alcohol. Make sure you seal the jar tightly.

Leave everything as it is for about 24 hours before proceeding to the next step. You’ll know that you are ready when your alcohol turns green. You should ideally do this in the morning so that your alcohol is ready the next day you wake up. Then you can move on to the next step.

Remove the fiber

Before you let your alcohol evaporate, you need to ensure that there’s no plant fiber hanging around.

Get a coffee filter and pour the alcohol into another (empty) jar. That’s it, this simple method is enough to remove any fiber from your hash oil. Now you have a pure mixture of alcohol and active ingredients from your weed. Not too difficult, right?

Allow the evaporation process to complete

One more step and you’re done.

Pour what you made so far into a separate bowl and let it evaporate. In most cases, one day is enough for the process to complete, but that depends on several factors (including the quality of your weed and alcohol itself). In any case, patience is the key here, don’t rush it.

Some people suggest that you should heat everything on a stove to speed up the process, but I advise against it – it’s far too risky. Just let the evaporation process end naturally and you will get hash oil that you can consume right away.

You did it – you can enjoy your oil!

It took you two days and five careful steps to get here, and hopefully it was worth it.

Now you can smoke/vape your home-made hash oil.

Enjoy it! You deserved it after all this effort.

About the author
Helena Miles

Experienced journalist with a decade-long experience of researching cannabis. She has been featured in many prominent outlets, such as The Growth Op, National Post and The Province.

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