Using hot plate mixer for cbd and mct oil

Dabtown’s Distillate Hack #1: Emptying Receivers

Before you read this very cool hack please understand that there are more than a few ways this can go wrong. This blog post does not purport address all the possible safety concerns associated with its use. Consult your safety officer for full professional guidance.

High purity THC/CBD distillate will be very viscous. If it is cold enough it will become a glassy solid that will not flow. Emptying the receivers often requires a way to heat the distillate up just enough so that it is able to be poured without overheating it.

The receivers are full of ~90% cannabinoids and in the presence of oxygen and heat, they can potentially degrade. Here are some tricks from Dabtown Dylan of Lucid Oils.

Microwave

A microwave is an inexpensive way to carefully and homogeneously add heat. The microwaves are able to penetrate the whole sample evenly and the glass is not being directly heated.*

There is still the possibility of overheating the THC/CBD distillate, so Dabtown doesn’t heat for more than 30 seconds at a time and no more than 45 seconds total.

*Microwave ovens should be for lab use only and never used to heat food or drink. We are also pretty sure that operating a microwave on its side is not part of any lab’s best practices policy. Read and follow your microwave oven’s instructions.

Emptying the Receivers

Whether you are preparing for a second pass or just need to fill some vape cartridges, getting your distillate out comes first! Be careful not to pour the distillate out all at once! It can form a large glob that can quickly overwhelm the mouth of whatever containing you are using.

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When I put my distillate in vegetable oil and mix it up, do I need to put the oil/distillate mix in the microwave and heat it or is it ready to go?

To get a good mix, you will need to heat it up. Microwaving in short bursts is an easy way to get it warmed.

I have a liter of distillate and I’m trying to make carts. What is the best way to heat up a whole liter of distillate?

Vacuum ovens work great as they will help pull air bubbles out of your oil from pouring. A double boiler if you are really worrried about heat or just a heat gun and some patience work too.

As always, be careful about heating glass directly! Cracking a mason jar into a couple gallons of water makes for a much longer day!

How long should I keep the distillate in the double boiler? and what setting on my stove should I use? because I don’t have a hot plate stirrer or a vacuum oven. I plan on investing in one of those products in the future.

if i use a heat gun on a mason jar will it directly heat the glass and break it?

How to Make Cannabis Oil

This article has been made available as a downloadable PDF document. The PDF also includes a full equipment list detailing all apparatus featured in this video.

In this video tutorial, Jeff Ditchfield of Bud Buddies details exactly how to make cannabis oil. The entire process has been annotated in detail below.

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Disclaimer

This guide is for educational purposes only. We cannot be held responsible for any harm or loss incurred by viewers attempting to make cannabis oil by following information provided in this video or on this website.

Step by Step Instructions

First, it’s important to stress that the better the ingredients, the better the cannabis oil. Ideally, you want to make cannabis oil from plants that have been grown organically without the use of pesticides.

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In this tutorial we will be making cannabis oil from the bud (or flower) of the female cannabis plant. This is where the highest concentration of cannabinoids are produced. Cannabinoids, namely THC and CBD, are the active medicinal compounds we want to extract from the bud when making oil.

Both THC and CBD have been found to have great medicinal properties when treating cancers. The strain of cannabis used in the tutorial video is called “One to One”. This strain was chosen because its buds produce a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD. However, you can use any strain you like.

We will now break down the process into easy to follow steps. Please follow along with the video.

Apparatus

The following written instructions assume you own a magnetic hot-plate-stirrer. Cannabis oil can be made without this apparatus by applying heat from another source and mixing the solutions by hand with your own choice of stirrer. However, if you are serious about making medicine from cannabis, we strongly encourage you to invest in one.

Step 1. Separate the Bud

Break up your pre-dried bud by giving it quick bursts in a blender, one small handful at a time. Once the handful of bud is well separated, pour into a container and repeat the process until all the bud has been separated.

The aim here is to break it up but not so fine that it becomes a powder. Once complete, remove any larger stalks and unwanted plant matter.

Note: This guide assumes that the bud has been dried out first.

Step 2. Add the Solvent

A general rule of thumb is to soak approximately 1.5 litres of solvent for each 100g of dry cannabis bud.

In the video Jeff uses 190-proof Ethanol (alcohol). However, this is very difficult to acquire in many jurisdictions. Ethanol can be substituted with more accessible solvents; A popular alternative is to use Isopropyl. However, Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (IPA) is NOT recommended because it’s known to contain unwanted chemical additives.

If in doubt, there is a chapter dedicated to solvent choice in Jeff’s Medical Cannabis Guidebook. In there he lists an array of suitable solvents including their respective boiling points and additional pros and cons.

A Note About Solvents

Whichever solvent you choose to make cannabis oil with, it’s imperative you purchase one of the highest possible purity; usually 99.9% (or 95% ABV if choosing Ethanol). It’s also imperative that the procedure is carried out in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors. These solvents are highly flammable!

Step 3. Mix the Solvent With the Bud

Leave the bud soaking in the solvent for approximately 10-20 minutes while it is being stirred by the magnetic hot-plate-stirrer. At this stage of the process, do not apply any heat; simply ensure the bud is being well mixed within the solvent.

Step 4. Filter the Solution

The first stage of the filtration process is to dispose of the plant matter; it is no longer useful because all of its cannabinoids have been extracted and are now dissolved in the solution. Simply pour the liquid into another container through a metal sieve and dispose of everything the sieve catches.

The second stage of the filtration process (pictured) is to remove the smaller particles of the plant material. To do this, line a funnel with an unbleached coffee filter and pour the solution into it. It will take some time for the filtration process to complete, but when it does you’ll be left with a purer solution minus any left-over plant matter.

Step 5. Remove the Chlorophyll

This step is optional.

You’ll notice that the solution is green. This is because along with extracting the cannabinoids, chlorophyll from the plant has also been extracted. If you want to reduce the green colour from your cannabis oil, put the solution in a clear glass container and leave it in direct sunlight for approximately one hour.

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Step 6. Evaporate the Solvent

The most economical way of evaporating the solvent is by using a distiller because it re-captures the solvent after it has evaporated. This allows the solvent to be re-used at a later date. Alternatively you could use a rice cooker for this step if you don’t mind the solvent evaporating into the atmosphere.

Another advantage of using a distiller is that some models will automatically switch themselves off when the process is complete.

Upon completion, you will be left with a thicker liquid. Transfer this liquid to a smaller beaker ready for the final stages of evaporation and decarboxylation.

Step 7. Final Solvent Evaporation and Decarboxylation

At this point, a lot of solvent remains present in the solution so we need to boil it off. To do this place the beaker on the magnetic hot-plate-stirrer, start the solution stirring and apply heat.

You’ll notice in the video that once the temperature of the liquid approaches 78 degrees Celsius, it begins bubbling. This is because 78 degrees Celsius (172 degrees Fahrenheit) is Ethanol’s boiling point. Different solvents have different boiling points so learn the boiling point of your chosen solvent before you begin. Again, there is more information about solvents, including their respective boiling points, in the Medical Cannabis Guidebook.

Thermometer Advice

It’s also very important to use a laser thermometer during this stage. They can be purchased from most good DIY stores. The temperature guides on magnetic hot plate stirrers do not indicate the temperature of the liquid itself, therefore should not be used to gauge the temperature of the solution.

As the remaining solvent evaporates, the levels will slowly decline and the temperature will slowly rise. The temperature won’t rise much higher than the solvent’s boiling point until most of the solvent has evaporated.

When the levels have declined and the temperature begins to rise, hold the temperature between 105 and 110 degrees Celsius to begin decarboxylation (221 – 230 degrees Fahrenheit).

Decarboxylation converts THCA into THC. Our bodies have a low affinity to THCA which is why if you were to eat a cannabis bud without first decarboxylating, it wouldn’t have a psychoactive effect.

Fun Fact

The reason we get high when we smoke cannabis is because the heat from the flame decarboxylates the THCA converting it into THC. However, most of the cannabinoids are burnt in the process of smoking a joint meaning that smoking is actually a far inferior way to consume cannabinoids.

Hold the temperature between 105 and 110 degrees Celsius for 1.5 to 2 hours. This temperature held for that amount of time will achieve a good decarboxylation.

After a while, you’ll notice the bubbles getting much smaller. However, for as long as bubbles are present, so is solvent!

After the decarboxylation period has ended and when the smallest of bubbles have disappeared, congratulations: you have now made cannabis oil!

For further details, please watch the accompanying cannabis oil video in full.

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How to Make CBD Oil at Home (DIY CBD Oil)

CBD Oils have grown in popularity faster than anybody has ever really dreamed it that it could be. Making your own DIY CBD oils at home is not exactly easy, but it can be a tad cheaper and can allow you to mix your own flavors compared to purchasing our premixed CBD Oil Tinctures! Studies and personal experiences worldwide have shown that CBD Oils may help with various things such as sleep, anxiety, pain, depression and appetite amongst many other things!

Some people like to infuse straight from flower or herbs, however we’ve found you can get a much higher quality product with a more accurate dose by using extracts for the CBD oil infusion. In addition, this method of infusion is used by the majority of professional manufacturers. If this method is good for them, it should be perfect for you! Now lets make some homemade CBD oils!

What Do I Need to Make CBD Oil?

  • 1g High Quality CBD Distillate
  • Edible Carrier Oil (MCT, Hemp Seed, Grape Seed Etc)
  • Hot Plate and Stir Sticks or Magnetic Hot Plate Mixer
  • Boroscillate Glass Beaker or Mason Jars
  • Small Measuring Glass (10ml increments)
  • Flavoring if Desired

CBD Distillate is perfect base CBD Oil for the daily user looking to have a more accurate dosing product at home. By heating and dissolving it straight into any carrier oil, they can very easily turn an everyday oil and extract into a supercharged CBD Oil Tincture.

Our CBD Oil Distillate is atleast 89% pure CBD and have no detectable THC! They are totally fat soluble and can be dissolved into all oils and oil based products, not just MCT oil. As you may or may not know, 1g of our CBD distillate oil is approximately 900mg of CBD. High quality distillate have CBD counts above 75%, ours being closer to 100%% pure CBD crystals are among the highest quality in the world. Low quality distillates are nasty in colour due to inefficient crops and extraction methods that leave behind non-CBD residue which can add poor tastes or make a lesser quality product. Below we instruct how you exactly can make your own 800mg strength CBD Oil Tincture at home with with our CBD Distillate. Sound like this might be too much work? Try our Premixed CBD Oils today starting at $30 for 30ml!

How to Make Your Own CBD Oil at Home

  1. Using your small measuring glass, measure just a hair under 30ml (29ml to be exact) of Oil and pour into your Boroscillicate glass or mason jar. Turn on Hot Plate on to roughly 40 degrees celcius and begin mixing.
  2. Add your 1g of CBD Distillate to your warming and mixing oil. Continue stirring.
  3. Allow oil (and flavoring if desired) to mix and infuse together, this should take roughly 10-20mins depending on your hot plate and stirring speed. Turn off heat, continue to stir.
  4. Careful, the jar is roughly 100 degrees, allow it to cool and then pour into your 30ml Dropper
  5. Use as needed! Enjoy! Store in a cool place for longest life and to preserve your cannabinoids.

Easy Homemade CBD Oil

Now that you’ve added CBD into the oil, you’re probably wondering how much to take! The average dose at the strength we just prepared is one quarter to one full dropper of CBD oil. This is roughly an average dose for most people! If you use cannabinoids frequently or dont responf well to herbal based medicines, try a little more! CBD works for everybody, its just a matter of getting your dosage to level out your ECS just right! Enjoy!