The rise of the e-liquid in e-cigarettes has proven to be a revolutionary alternative for smokers around the world. For the reason that, it has many advantages over smoking. If you find yourself lucky enough to stay in a country or state where Cannabis is legal, you may have seen the rise of the Cannabis E-liquid. THC & CBD E-liquid is not only a great way to get high, but it is also a great method to kick your nicotine habit. These days, you can even get cannabis vape carts in regular e-juice flavors to add to discretion.
So to answer the question, Can you put cannabis in an e-cig? In a nutshell, yes, it is possible to put cannabis in an e-cigarette! Not only is it possible, but several options are available to you when it comes to vaping your cannabis. We will discuss them all below.
DIY Cannabis E-Liquid
In some places, it isn’t possible to purchase THC E-liquid for one reason or another so your only option would be to make it yourself. There are a few simple ways to make cannabis e-liquid. Firstly you can make it by heating the plant, or one of its many extract forms with a mixture of polyethylene glycol (PEG). Preferably PEG400, or a combination of propylene glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine (VG) If you decide to use extracts I would advise using a solventless wax like Rosin. The solvent-based extracts can be dangerous if not purged correctly.
The 3 Simple DIY THC E-liquid methods we will discuss.
The three methods we discuss will vary in difficulty and time, but they are all relatively easy if you can source some high-quality weed and the equipment.
Long-term THC extraction with Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine. (VG) (up to 3 months)
Short term THC extraction with PG and VG. (3 hours)
Rosin extraction which is then mixed with PG and VG (2 hours max)
Overall these methods are pretty effective, but the Rosin extraction is the quickest and will give you more bang for your buck. But, it does require a Rosin Press, although it can be done with a pair of hair straighteners.
DIY THC E-liquid Method 1 – Long term extraction
This method is by far the easiest method but isn’t very popular because it takes a long time. It is difficult to mess up and only requires you to grind your cannabis buds, decarboxylate them, then mix it with your PG VG mix and leave it to sit for three months.
Here’s what you need!
- Cannabis flowers – As a rule of thumb you can mix approx 1/4 (7grams) of an ounce with approx 100ml of liquid (adjust as required for different strengths).
- Food grade Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Baking tray or Pyrex oven safe bowl
- Aluminum Foil
- Glass Jar with an airtight lid
- Rice press
- Stirring spoon
1. Mix your PG and VG. You can mix this to whatever percentage you like. But, I’d recommend a minimum of 50% VG. Just remember PG brings out more of the flavor. I tend to go for a 60/40 mix in favor of VG.
2. Next thing we need to do to make THC E-liquid is to grind up our cannabis buds, try to make the grind quite coarse and even as possible.
3. Then, cover your baking tray with aluminum foil and spread your ground up cannabis evenly across the tray.
4. Set your oven to 250℉ (121℃). Once it has heated, place the baking tray in the oven. After 40 minutes remove the cannabis from the oven and allow to cool. (this step is crucial for converting THCa to THC)
5. Once the buds have cooled place them into your jar, then add your PG/VG mix until the buds are saturated. Make sure there is enough to cover all the cannabis.
6. Next, give it a stir, put the lid on tight and put the jar away in a cool dark cupboard for three months. I take mine out and stir it every two weeks. When doing so, I add some extra PG/VG mix when required.
7. After three months are up, remove the mixture from the cupboard and give it a little stir.
8. Place your rice press over another glass jar or jug and line it with a couple of layers of cheesecloth.
9. Pour your mixture into the rice press, cover with some more cheesecloth then squeeze until your heart is content. Your mix should run into the jar leaving a clean THC e-liquid.
10. Add to your e-cig and enjoy.
DIY THC E-liquid method 2 – Short term extraction
This method is very similar to the first, with the addition of heat to speed the process up. In short, we will mix the cannabis with the PG/VG mix then add the jar to the pot with oil and slowly extract the THC from the cannabis into the mixture with heat.
Here’s what you need!
- Cannabis flower – Again, 1/4 an ounce(7grams) to roughly 100ml of your PG/VG mix.
- Food grade Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Vegetable oil or water (Oil is the preferred option because it is easier to control the heat)
- One jar or Pyrex bowl
- One pot
- A Thermometer(must be precise)
- Rice press
- The first step is to break up your cannabis. I like to use a grinder to do this, and I try to aim for a coarse, even grind. Then, add it to your jar or bowl
- Pour your PG/VG mix into the jar, making sure there is enough to saturate the cannabis. I usually add about 100ml of PG/VG mix to every 1/4 ounce(7 grams) of cannabis.
- Pour your oil or water into the pot approximately half an inch deep, then add the pot to the stovetop and allow it to heat until you reach a constant temperature of 220℉(105℃). Now is where your accurate thermometer comes in handy.
- Add your Cannabis mix in the jar to the oil bath and allow it to heat up to 180℉(85℃). Once you reach this heat, you need to maintain it without going over. This step is crucial as it allows the THC to fuse with the PG/VG mix.
- Once you have reached the temperature, you want to leave it on the stove for 1-hour, mixing frequently and adding more PG/VG if it looks to dry. Don’t add too much as it will weaken your mixture and you want it to be quite thick for pressing.
- After 1 hour remove the mix from the pot and set aside. Leave the oil bath on the stove for later.
- Take your rice press and cheesecloth, line the press with 2-3 layers of cheesecloth. Hover over your bowl and pour your mixture in. Cover the top with more cloth then squeeze the mix out into the bowl.
- The final step is to add your mix(in the bowl) back into the oil bath and allow your vape liquid to heat up to 220℉(105℃). This will complete the decarboxylation process, turning the THCa into the psychoactive THC.
- Now you can add to your e-cig and vape.
DIY THC E-liquid Method 3 – Rosin Extraction.
This is by far our favorite way of making Cannabis E-liquid because it is the easiest way to control the strength of the liquid. You can do this starting from fresh buds or you can acquire some Rosin and start from step
The basics of this method are to press your raw cannabis buds in your Rosin Press or Hair Straightener to Create Rosin wax which you then add to your EJ mix and heat ever so slightly to mix the two together.
Here’s what you need!
- Cannabis Flowers – Compact nugs work best.
- Rosin Press or Hair straighteners
- Parchment paper
- Small Pyrex glass
- EJ Mix, Wax liquefier, Holy terp or something similar(You can use the PG/VG mix from the first two methods)
- The first thing you want to do is grab your cannabis flowers and pack them into neat compact bundles that would fit comfortably within your press or hair straighteners.
- When you have your weed ready you want to get your Press or hair straighteners ready (If you have a Rosin Press I would advise following the manufacturers instructions for the entire pressing process). Ideally, you want to be pressing your nugs of weed between 250-280℉ (120 – 140℃). This can be hard to judge when it comes to hair straighteners so I would recommend using a digital thermometer and setting them accordingly. If you don’t have adjustable straighteners, you can heat them to the max then let them cool to the temperature before you press.
- Put your weed onto a piece of parchment paper then fold it over. Once your press straighteners are ready, put the nugs and paper in the press then squeeze with all your might for about 5 seconds. When finished, remove the pressed nugs and sit the rosin and paper to the side to cool.
- Repeat the previous steps until you have approximately 0.5g if Rosin.
- Now we need to remove all the THC goodness from the parchment paper. The easiest way to do this is to stick them in the freezer for 1 minute. As a result, the rosin will harden quickly. Now take a small pick, like a dab tool and start to scrape it off the paper. Once you have a small piece of the extract on the pick, use that to collect the rest of the rosin with ease. It’s magic.
- Next, we want to take our little Pyrex or any decent glass vial and add in 1ml of the EJ mix (or whatever mix you choose to use), then add your rosin.
- You now need heat the mixture; You can do this a few ways. Some people heat the glass with a windproof lighter for a few seconds until it bubbles then mix it, but I wouldn’t recommend trying that. I boil a kettle then add a small amount of boiling water to a bowl and set the vial with the mixture in it for a while until they can easily mix.
- Now your e-liquid is ready to use, Just transfer it into your bottle or vape cart using a syringe and you’re good to go.
Some last thoughts on DIY THC E-liquid
Cannabis e-liquid is pretty easy to make following the methods above, and you are guaranteed to get a good hit.
As long as you ensure you follow our methods and heat guides thoroughly, you should ensure the full decarboxylation process occurs. This is required for activating the psychoactive compounds in the cannabis plant so don’t miss it.
Can’t be bothered with that?
Surprisingly, I still meet people that don’t know there are options for vaping dry herbs in their unprocessed form using dry herb vaporizers. I know right?! You can also get concentrate vaporizers for vaping your extracts, like the above Rosin. You can vape it without the EJ Mix. Don’t believe me? Read on.
Dry Herbs Vaporizers
Using the actual flowers from the female cannabis plant is the most common way users like to reach that high. We all are familiar with using it to roll a blunt or pack a bowl, but not everyone knows you can vape the herb itself? Be careful though; you can’t just put any form of weed in any type of vaporizer. For dry herbs, you will need a dry herb vaporizer like Pax 3 or Grasshopper.
If you are unfamiliar with what a dry herb vaporizer is, here’s a simple answer: “A dry herb vaporizer, is a vaporizer that is for vaporizing dry herb, aka flower.” These vaporizers are generally easy to use and come in many different styles from portable to desktop vaporizers.
Dry herb vaporizers use either convection or conduction heating, or a combination of both, which is known as a hybrid.
What’s the difference?
Convection is when the herb is heated by the hot air passing through the chamber that is holding the bud. This is the optimal way to vaporize your plant because it will produce an even temperature throughout the chamber, thus resulting in better flavor and overall extraction.
Conduction is when the herb is heated through direct contact with a hot surface. This usually comes in the form of a heated ceramic, stainless or glass oven. This is less efficient with shorter sessions and can result in uneven extraction, although some of the top brands like PaxVapor have been improving this over the years by implementing smart technology into the devices.
Hybrid is a combination of both. These devices are usually intended as convection devices and end up being a bit of both because the heater is so close to the chamber. As a result, the chamber gets hot causing some extraction through conduction. One example of this, in my opinion, is the Arizer Go. It claims to be convection, but I challenge anyone to grab the bowl end of the glass tube after a session and tell me there is no conduction.
Extract vaporizers come in many shapes and sizes. You have your regular old dab rig which is simply a quartz banger (a glass bowl that attaches to your bong). You then use a blow torch to heat the banger until it reaches temperatures between 350-850℉ (105-450℃) depending on whether you want low or high temp dabs. I usually go right about the middle, sometimes below. It is tough to judge the temperature using this method, so this is where the e-nail comes in.
The e-nail in it’s simplest form is a coil that attaches to a digital meter which controls the heat of the coil. The coil is attached to the quartz banger and bong setup similar to the dab rig above. This way we can set the temperature of the coil, and it maintains that heat throughout the session. These are fantastic for all dabs but particularly low temp because you don’t have to worry about it cooling too much before your concentrate is finished.
Last but not least, We have the Portable Concentrate vaporizers. These come in many shapes and sizes themselves. I personally own the Puffco Peak and the Dr. Dabber Switch which both work primarily in the same way, They are both battery powered heaters with a bowl and a waterpipe attachment that is used to vape concentrates. We also have the pen types like the Puffco Plus.
The Final Puff
So the original question was whether you could put raw cannabis buds into an e-cigarette and went through the ways you can make it happen. We have gone over some simple methods where we can achieve this without much effort. And, as previously said, our favorite method is the rosin extraction because it is the easiest way to control the strength of the liquid. Furthermore, any leftover wax can be used in my dab rig which is always a bonus.
We also took a look into some of the more modern methods of vaping your weed and why they are worth considering. Dry herb and concentrate vaporizers have come a long way in the last few years and are now my preferred method of THC ingestion.
If you give this DIY THC e-liquid recipe a try, let us know how it worked out. Or, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
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