Most hash oil connoisseurs sooner or later get interested in wanting to make a batch of their own. Only problem is maybe they don’t want to blow themselves up, or maybe they don’t feel like taking the risk of a prison sentence. Lucky for them, there are a few safe and (depending on your state) law-abiding ways to cook up your very own recipes. And if you want to become the Emeril of extracts, here’s a couple simple methods to get started.
- Slow Cooker
This is probably the easiest method of all. Anyone who’s ever used a slow cooker to make dinner knows that it feels like a bit of a cheat. You dump ingredients into a pot, let it sit for a few hours, and then you’ve got this rich meal that tastes like you slaved over it.
Same thing with a batch of slow cooker hash oil. The recipe is two cups of oil (preferably fatty ones like olive coconut) to every ounce to ounce and half of cannabis (depends on just how potent you like your oil).
Then you just gently stir it, cover it, and let it cook low heat for three hours. Once it’s cooked, you just strain out the leaves and then you’ve got a super versatile cannabis-infused cooking oil. Easy to use in hundreds of recipes from cakes to stir fry.
- Soak In Alcohol
This isn’t some way to make super-decadent shots. We suppose there is a way to make weed-infused vodka mixers, but not too many have tried, and trying to make a version that’s both tasty and potent would take more time than we’ve got.
The more common method is to essentially use alcohol as a solvent, like a less explodey version of butane. Using 99% isopropyl alcohol, you can get a yield of approximately 1 to 1.5 grams of hash oil from 7 grams of good flower or 10-15 grams of trim.
We haven’t performed this process ourselves, but we’ll take the word of the very thorough folks who’ve posted a step-by-step instructions over at drug info site A12BC3. They recommend a duel-run process and if you do it right you should end up with some really clean, tasty oil. All without needing to install laboratory-quality ventilation in your home.
- Rosin Tech
One of the great breakthroughs of the last few years is the mass discovery that you don’t need solvents at all to make a good extract. A new simple equation has led to the wave of rosin concentrates: heat + pressure = extracts. But just because the principle is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy to get quality product on your first try.
What you’re aiming for is just enough heat and just enough pressure, so you get some sticky amber instead of just incinerating your flower. When we at Dabs Mag did our Rosin Run Trials a couple years ago we found that the best results we got were when we used both a flat iron and a hot plate in combination.
Here’s our findings from those experiments: “Owning a 1 by 2 griddle plate that could simmer at heats right in and under the projected 205 degrees… As well, applying more pressure in the dual heated environment means more heat expulsion, but not degradation, as the heat burns evenly on both sides, and the pressure is consistent.”