THC Infused e-Liquid from Scratch
Vaporizing cannabis is one of the most effective ways of consuming it. Not only do you need less product, but there is much less of the tell-tale smell that screams you’ve been smoking. Eating cannabis baked into cookies, fudge, and brownies is also another effective delivery method, but it takes longer for the effects of the THC to kick in due to digestion.
Using shatter or wax can take a complex dab rig or specialty vaporizers. However, anyone with an authentic liquid pen vaporizer or box that handles e-juice can vaporize THC-infused e-juice easily.
You can buy THC-infused e-juice in single dose cartridges at your local dispensary or even online. But if you’re feeling DIY, you can make your own cannabis-infused e-juice in the comfort of your own home.
It is a relatively simple process, involving just a few tools that you may already have.
Don’t Overlook the THC Dosage
Before we get into detailed instructions on how to infuse e-juice with THC, a bit about dosage. You don’t want to make your juice too strong or too weak. THC e-juice creation starts with wax or shatter.
Assuming you are getting your wax or shatter from a dispensary, there should be dosage information on the package. If you are using another source, ask them if they know the percentage of THC the wax has in it. A good rule of thumb is that most solvent based hash-oils will land in the 60-90% THC range.
If you have a glob of wax that weighs in at one gram, and that wax is 80% THC, then the dose will measure out to 800mg of THC.
Keep in mind that the recommended starting dose for something edible only 5-10% or 5mg-10mg. Dabs and THC-infused e-juice are definitely not for beginners to cannabis consumption.
Just in case you’re a total newbie to making e-juice, let’s cover making a basic e-juice at home from scratch before we get to the infusing process.
You’ll need some empty glass dropper bottles or plastic unicorn tip bottles with childproof caps. You’ll probably want some latex gloves to protect your hands. You will also need blunt tip syringes for accurate measuring, though you can use the counting drops method if you prefer.
You will need propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Both are FDA approved and already used in many foods we all eat every day. Your base – this is the liquid before you add flavoring or nicotine – will be anywhere from 50/50 to 80/20 VG to PG. As long as you stay in this range, you should be safe.
Once the base is created, it’s just a matter of adding flavors or infusing herbs into the base until the desired taste and concentration is reached. There are many methods to steeping, but the easiest method is to cap your home-made e-juice bottles and let them sit in a dark, cool place for a few days.
There are many methods to steeping, but the easiest method is to cap your home-made e-juice bottles and let them sit in a dark, cool place for a few days.
Now that you understand the basics of how to make your own e-juice, let’s discuss how to infuse THC into a base using wax or shatter. If you need to know how to make THC-infused e-juice from buds, you are looking at a longer and much more involved process.
Making a THC-infused e-juice from wax dabs is a much quicker and easier process.
1 gram of hash oil (wax or shatter)
Bottle of your preferred e-juice mix of PG and VG
- In a ceramic bowl, use a spoon to flatten your gram of wax, shatter, or other hash oil. Cover it with parchment or wax paper to keep it from sticking to the spoon.
- Melt your wax. There are a couple of methods to accomplish this. One is to place the bowl with the flattened material in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Another method is to pop it in the microwave and use the “defrost” setting for a minute at time. Get the mixture runny.
- Begin adding drops of your VG/PG mix (start with about 30) and stir for about a minute. The wax and the VG/PG mix should be completely incorporated.
- Let the mixture cool completely. It should be about the consistency of honey. If it is too thick, warm it again slowly and add more drops of your VG/PG mix until it is the correct consistency.
- Place your THC-infused e-juice into your vaporizer and enjoy!
Now you know how to make your own THC-infused e-juice. Like most e-juices, there will be some smell of cannabis, but not nearly as much as if you were smoking a joint or a bowl of bud.
Whether starting from scratch with finely ground buds or with shatter or wax, now you can vape your cannabis from any vape pen or mod. Happy vaping!