To be absolutely clear, we DO NOT recommend making liquid THC at home unless you are a trained specialist in an adequately equipped area and are not liable for any damages or injuries resulting. All activities are done at your own risk.
Humans will never be content, which is one of our species’ (many) flaws. People were smoking marijuana in the 1960s and ’70s that had around 5-10 percent THC in it, according to reports. For a serious smoker today, this quantity is thought to be nothing.
Over the years, marijuana plants have been developed to include increasingly more THC, with many of the most popular types available in dispensaries having THC levels upwards of 30%.
But, guess what? This is still not enough. More and more people have been switching from dry cannabis flower and traditional joints to a far more powerful “hi-tech” marijuana experience in recent years.
Of course, we’re talking about ingesting liquid THC to achieve the ultimate marijuana high.
THC is the abbreviation for “tetrahydrocannabinol,” which happens to be another term for marijuana. THC stands for “tetrahydrocannabinol.” It’s also known as pot, weed, or grass. It’s a form of cannabis that has been extracted from buds and concentrated into a tincture or vape juice that can be inhaled via a vape pen, mod box, or other type of concentrate vaping device at low temperatures.
When cannabis is vaporized and then inhaled, it may contain considerably more THC than other methods of consumption. When cannabis is infused together with a carrier oil, the amount of psychoactive cannabinoids present in the liquid varies based on how well the extraction and various infusion processes were executed.
We’ve compiled all the information you could ever need about liquid THC for smoking or oral consumption in this post, including how it’s produced and where you can get it, as well as instructions for ingesting it without getting into a paranoid frenzy.
What Is Liquid THC… and Is It Different from a Cannabis Tincture?
Liquid THC, as we’ve already said, is a type of highly concentrated marijuana that has an exceptionally high amount of THC. While typical marijuana strains have a THC concentration between 12 and 35 percent, most “normal” forms of liquid pot have upwards of 70% THC content – more than enough to put you higher than you’ve ever been in your life.
The term “cannabis tincture” or “cannabis oil” is a broad one, and thus there isn’t much of a distinction between liquid THC and cannabis oil. In an abstract sense, all liquid THC is technically cannabis oil, but not all cannabis oil is liquid THC. If that’s the case.
In fact, a “cannabis oil” or cannabis tincture might contain any number of low-THC oils, sublingual medica oils, CBD oils, and so on. The term “tincture” refers to an oil-based liquid infused with natural botanical extracts.
If you’re wondering how to extract liquid THC, there are a number of methods to do it that are all somewhat safer and more “suitable” than one another. In this section we’ll go over a few of the most popular techniques for making liquid THC as well as highlight some crucial things you should avoid if you want to mix your own marijuana cocktail.
How to Make Liquid THC
The most frequent approaches for converting dry marijuana plant material to liquid THC are shown below. We DO NOT recommend that you attempt any of these methods, and we are not liable if you break the law or cause damage or harm to persons or property as a result of your liquid pot-making project. Only experts should try this.
Make sure you know and understand the marijuana laws of the state where you reside, and stick to purchasing liquid marijuana from a legitimate, licensed shop.
Liquid THC: Make It at Room Temperature
In order to extract liquid THC in the most straightforward, fool-proof manner possible, what is the best method? The easiest approach would be to use some sort of constant alcohol at room temperature. However, it takes a long time compared to the other techniques.
All you have to do now is get some marijuana (preferably nugs that are devoid of stems and seeds), chop it into little pieces, and soak it in an alcohol bath for a few weeks. “A few weeks” might range from a single week to three months depending on the quality and strength that you want.
First, you’ll need to bake your marijuana in an oven for about 20 minutes at 200°F/95°C (or less). This decarboxylates the THCA into THC, allowing you to get high.
To do this step, first place the cut up cannabis in a mason jar and just enough alcohol to cover it. Then tighten on the lid and let it sit, occasionally shaking it up. The natural chemical properties will draw all of the THC from the flower, resulting in a concentrated, super-potent liquid.
Some Things to Remember:
Use only pure ethanol, for example. Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, for example, contains hazardous chemicals in comparison to pure ethanol. Most people who produce liquid THC use food-grade vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol (PG), polyethylene glycol (i.e. PEG-400), or straight ethanol as a base. 190-proof Everclear grain alcohol, which is 95% alcoholic content, is another option.
After you’ve extracted the THC from the marijuana, strain and purify the solution. This removes all of the extra plant material and alcohol residue, leaving just the activated THC. There are a number of different methods for purging liquid THC, but none of them are completely effective (unless you’re a trained chemist with access to high-tech equipment).
You can vape your liquid THC, put drops under your tongue with a dropper bottle, or even use it to cook with and make edibles. Whatever you decide to do with it, be advised that liquid marijuana is considerably more powerful than “traditional” cannabis smoking. It has resulted in a slew of paranoid emergency-room visits in recent years.
Both PG and PEG break down into formaldehyde (a dangerous chemical) when heated to temperatures above 390°F. This is a critical factor to bear in mind if you’re going to be vaporizing your THC liquid, since we don’t want to breathe potentially cancer-causing aldehydes.
Make Liquid THC by Freezing
You may actually speed up the procedure of generating liquid THC by putting it into a freezer rather than out in the open.
Basically, after decarboxylating the marijuana, you should store it in a Ziploc bag for about 3 hours. (Freeze your alcohol for the same amount of time). Following this, add 4 oz of liquid to every ⅛ oz of cannabis and seal the mixture up tight in a mason jar before shaking it around vigorously for approximately 3-4 minutes. This will aid saturate the flower and begin the reaction.
After combining the alcohol and marijuana, return the mason jar to the freezer. Allow it to rest for about 48 hours before shaking it every few hours.
You may take out the mason jar from the freezer after 48 hours. Continue with the filtering, straining, and purging procedures as before. You’ll have a potent THC liquid that you can cook with, sublingually administer (under the tongue), or inhale via a vaporizer (though be aware of the risks mentioned above).
Heating Method: Make Liquid THC
If you’re wondering how to make liquid THC, the fastest method is to extract it while heating it. Basically, there are two ways to go about this: soak your dry plant matter in an alcohol solution (as previously mentioned) and accelerate the extraction by boiling it in an oil bath, or use a hair straightener (or specialized plant material/herbal extractor) to press rosin out of densely-packed nuggets.
To begin, we’ll go through the process of how to make THC tincture by heating in an oil bath:
- Remove the stems and leaves from your cannabis plant. Cut or pull apart your plant material into little pieces. A grinder will create too fine a powder, so don’t use one.
- Put the plant material into a heat-safe container, such as a Pyrex (or other heat-safe) jar. Cover it with vegetable glycerin (or another type of alcohol) and let it sit for several hours or overnight. But don’t overdo it.
- Pour enough water or cooking oil in a larger Pyrex pan so that your jar with the buds will sit roughly 1-2 inches immersed. You’ll be using the larger pan to heat the oil. Place the smaller jar inside the boiling bath.
- Heat the oil in a large pan until it is simmering at a constant temperature of 220°F/105°C (an accurate cooking thermometer is required).
- Place the jar of marijuana/alcohol solution in the oil bath. Try to maintain a temperature of around 180°F / 80°C with a separate thermometer.
- Simmer the cannabis jar in the oil bath for around 45 minutes, frequently stirring and monitoring both thermometers.
- Remove the jar from the oil bath after 45 minutes and set it aside for about 10 minutes to strain out all of the plant material before straining (there are a few different filters you can use for this).
- Set your liquid THC aside. Then, using the same buds, repeat steps 2-7 twice more to get the most THC out of them.
- After your last extraction, store the filtered and refined THC liquid in a clean glass jar by itself. Boil it for 30 minutes in a second oil bath at 220°F/105°C. This will assist to decarb the rest of the THCA from the original nugs into THC. (Use both thermometers once again to keep track of temperature. WARNING: To maintain uniformity in the “inner” jar’s temperature, raise the heat level in the “outer” pan above 220°F.)
You can also press rosin out of medium-sized, densely-packed marijuana buds using a hair straightener and wax parchment paper to make very potent liquid THC. It’s actually more difficult than it appears, but the basic idea is to sandwich a nice big nug between two pieces of the paper. Then, squeeze it as hard as you can between the blades of the hair straightener. Continue pressing until thick, THC-rich liquid (rosin) oozes from it.
If you’re a master of the craft, it’s possible to produce up to 0.5 grams of ultra-potent THC rosin from roughly an eighth of dry flower – maybe even more if you’re a DYI rosin-pressing expert.
It’s also worth noting that because these extracts don’t use hexane and when the THC has been extracted, you’ll need to add a terpene solution of some sort in order to turn the gooey, gloopy mess into workable liquid marijuana that can be vaped or taken under your tongue.
Precautions to Take When Making Liquid Marijuana
There are several methods that may be dangerous to utilize, especially if you’re doing it at home. This is why we DO NOT propose any of these options. Instead, buy your THC oil in liquid form from a reputable dealer.
The danger of butane gas accumulation is one of the most basic dangers of producing liquid THC. This can lead to serious explosions. We didn’t go through how to make liquid THC with butane in this guide, but it’s still a popular technique among Do-It-Yourselfers.
Essentially, people soak a large amount of plant material packed tightly into metal tubes with butane (lighter fluid). The butane runs over the plant matter and extracts the THC, which seeps out the bottom in the form of a sticky, gooey liquid THC.
The danger is that without adequate ventilation, butane fumes can build up in high concentrations as it sinks to the ground (butane gas is considerably heavier than ordinary air). This massive volume of vapor has the potential to ignite. This may lead to a fatal explosion if something as simple as a water heater pilot flame or a thrown cigarette butt are responsible.
Whatever decisions you make regarding how to extract liquid THC, do so at your own risk and we strongly advise against producing liquid cannabis.
How to Store Liquid Marijuana
The ideal place to keep liquid THC is in a glass dropper bottle, such as an eye drop bottle. It’s preferable if the bottle is made of glass rather than plastic. Green or brown opaque bottles are also a superior choice than transparent glass bottles when it comes to filtering UV radiation.
Keep your liquid THC in a dark glass vial or dropper bottle. After that, store it in a dark, temperature-controlled location away from direct sunlight. This will help your product last considerably longer. It’s also not a terrible idea to keep it in the fridge since this will increase its shelf life significantly.
What Does Liquid THC Look Like?
Depending on the strain and kind of alcohol used, THC liquid may appear in a variety of viscosities and physical forms. Numerous different components influence the look of a high-quality liquid THC tincture, in reality.
In general, though, a decent liquid THC will be translucent or cloudy. This implies that light won’t be able to penetrate it. It will then have a color ranging from a light, limey greenish to an ultra-dark, tarry, almost black goo with a golden hue in the best THC oil.
Whatever the problem is, your liquid THC should not be transparent. There shouldn’t be any visible flakes, plant material, or anything else floating in it, either.
How Do You Use Liquid THC?
What is the best (in terms of general health) way to consume liquid THC? Place a single drop or two and hold for about 60-90 seconds under the tongue before swallowing. This region of the mouth contains numerous glands and capillaries (tiny blood vessels). You are essentially giving yourself a direct injection of THC into your bloodstream. Place a single drop or two beneath the tongue, then hold for approximately 60-90 seconds before swallowing.
Vaping liquid THC, as well as any other kind of portable vaporizer, is also an option. However, if the liquid marijuana contains any amount of propylene glycol (PG) or polyethylene glycol (PEG), you will be inhaling formaldehyde if the vape burns the juice at a temperature much higher than 200°C. Proceed with caution.
Many people love to bake with liquid THC in order to make extremely strong edibles. You may prepare “ordinary” foods such as cookies or brownies. Alternatively, you may utilize the liquid mixture to flavor other cooking oils for a variety of recipes. However, be cautious about dosage when using this approach.
What Are the Effects of Liquid THC?
When using liquid THC, bear in mind that the effects are considerably more powerful than when smoking ordinary marijuana. You’re probably going to be using a concentrate with a THC content of 50-90%. This is dependent on the plant material you use and the efficacy of your extraction process, however. If you’re not used to this level of potency, proceed with caution. Many inexperienced persons have been hospitalized after eating too much THC or liquid marijuana due to hallucinations and severe panic attacks.
Cannabis is not considered to be highly poisonous. There have been no reports of cannabis poisoning with liquid THC. It can, however, produce some rather powerful psychedelic effects as well as “marijuana trips.” These might be unpleasant and/or unpredictable in nature.
Is Liquid THC Dangerous?
We are unaware of any reported fatalities due to a THC liquid overdose. We would not describe it as a “safe” technique of taking marijuana. Nonetheless, when compared to other medicines such as opioid painkillers, it does not have the same inherent dangers.
However, you take responsibility for using liquid THC. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to start with a tiny dose.
This is especially crucial if you’re switching from something lower in THC. The effects of a high-THC marijuana concentrate are quite distinct from a “classic” marijuana high.
Final Thoughts on Liquid THC: Everything You Need to Know
Cannabis dispensaries in states such as Colorado have started selling “super-charged” THC edibles. These foods, which are infused with cannabis oils and butters that contain high amounts of cannabinoids, can offer patients a more powerful high than traditional edibles do. While this may sound appealing to patients who want the strongest possible effect from their medicine, it presents marketers with unique challenges.
In our view, the main advantages of liquid THC and ultra high-potency marijuana oil are to assist persons in pain or suffering from nausea. Liquid THC has the potential to provide significant therapeutic value for these applications.
Regardless, many individuals will continue to use liquid THC for recreational purposes. This is due to the fact that it produces a very powerful high that far exceeds that of ordinary marijuana smoking. Regardless of how (or whether) you make (or consume) liquid THC, proceed carefully. Take every step with care and caution.