Make THC Vape Juice / Oil at Home – 3 Simple Methods

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The rise of THC vape oil in vape carts 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 Weed-based Vape Juice in Dab Pens.

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At Vapes in the Hood, people are always asking if they can make THC vape juice at Home? Now to answer your question… Yes, it is possible to make Cannabis Vape Liquid in your own home! Not only is it possible, but there are a few options available to you which we will discuss below.

How To Make THC Vape Juice & Oil

In some places, it isn’t possible to purchase Cannabis in any form for one reason or another so your only option would be to make your own THC Vape Juice.

Luckily for you, There are a few simple ways to make it. And all of them carry the same principals of extracting the THC oil from the cannabis buds and mixing it with a carrier liquid such as propylene glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG) or some form of Wax Liquidizer for extracts.

If you decide to use extracts instead of fresh buds, I would advise using a solventless wax, like Rosin. The solvent-based extracts can be dangerous if not purged correctly. Rosin extracts are also safer to make and can be done at home for a relatively small amount of money.

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Overview of the 3 Simple Cannabis Vape Juice Recipes.

The three recipes 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.

1. THC Vape Juice – Long-term THC extraction with Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerine. (VG) (up to 3 months).

2. THC Vape Juice – Short term THC extraction with PG and VG. (3 hours).

3. THC Vape Oil – Rosin extraction which is then mixed with Wax Liquidizer (2 hours max).

Overall these methods are pretty effective, but the Rosin extraction Vape Oil is the quickest and cleanest if you already have the concentrates.

However, if you don’t, you would need a Rosin Press similar to the highly-rated Dulytek DW6000 or its little brother, the Dulytek DM800. It is possible to do it with a pair of hair straighteners if you must. More on that below.

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Recipe 1WEED Vape Juice (Long term extraction)

This method a pretty easy 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 and leave it to sit for three months, mixing every now and again.

Here’s what you need!
The steps

1. Set your oven to 250℉ (121℃).

cannabis herbs ground up ready to be made into thc eliquid

2. Next thing we need to do is grind up your cannabis buds, try to make the grind quite coarse but as even as possible.

3. Following that, you will get your baking tray and spread the ground up cannabis evenly across it, then cover with foil.

Cannabis on the tray ready to be decarboxolated before being made in Vape Juice

4. Once the oven has heated, place the baking tray inside.

5. Next, get your PG/VG, if you bought it separately you will need to mix it. You can mix this to whatever percentage you like really. But, I’d recommend a minimum of 50% VG. However, just remember PG brings out more of the flavor which is why I tend to buy a mix of 60/40 in favor of VG.

40% is near the maximum PG levels I’d ever use because it can be quite harsh for some people, myself included.

6. After 40 minutes remove the cannabis from the oven and allow it to cool. (this decarboxylation step is crucial for converting THCa to THC)

herbs soaking in the PG/VG Mix as we make THC Vape Juice

7. 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 completely cover all the cannabis.

Note: I used a little measuring jug because I am doing the quicker method 2, which is where you should go now if you are too. Go to Method 2, step 2. If you are sticking with this one use a jar with a lid.

8. Next, give your mix 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 if and when required.

9. After three months are up, remove the mixture from the cupboard and give it a little stir.

10. Place your rice press over another glass jar or jug and line it with a couple of layers of cheesecloth.

11. 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 vape juice.

12. Syringe up into a bottle, add to your e-cig, and enjoy.

Recipe 2Cannabis Vape Juice (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 water and slowly extract the THC from the cannabis into the mixture using heat.

1. Follow method 1 up to step 7 then come back here. Go to Method 1

Additional Equipment.
double boiler setup for when i make thc vape juice

8. Pour your water into the bigger pot or double boiler, approximately half an inch deep, then add some water to the second pot and place it inside as seen in the photo.

(there are many ways to do this and this is how I do it).

Then add the pot to the stovetop and allow it to heat until you reach a constant temperature of  220℉(105℃). This is where your accurate thermometer comes in handy.

cannabis buds sitting heating in the pot while making thc vape juice

9. Add your Cannabis mix in the jar to the water in the pot 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 without destroying quality.

10. Once the temperature inside the jar has reached 180℉(85℃), you want to leave it on the stove for a minimum of 1-hour some recommend 2, 3 or even 4 for more potency. As long as you keep it in the safe at a decent temperature you are free to experiment with the time.

Remember to keep mixing frequently and adding more PG/VG if it looks to dry. Don’t add too much though as it will weaken your mixture.

11. Once you are happy, it is time to remove the mix from the pot and set it aside to cool a little.

Cannabis Herbs after being strained for the cannabis vape juice

12. With the mixture still warm enough that it still flows nicely, take your rice press and cheesecloth. Line the press with 2-3 layers of cheesecloth.

Hover it over a bowl or Jug. Pour your mixture into the press. and alow it to strain through.

THC Vape Juice Mixed in the Jug

Allow as much as possible to drain, then cover the top with more cloth and squeeze the rest of the mix out into the bowl.

This is what you should be left with.

13. The final step is to use the syringe to remove the liquid from the jar and add it to your e-liquid bottle. Now you can add it to your favorite e-cig and enjoy a vape.

Take Away: Next time I will experiment with less PG/VG Mix so it is a bit stronger. Maybe 80ml.

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Recipe 3 THC Vape Oil (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!
The steps

I bought some wax but if you want to make the wax yourself from weed, I have added the steps in. If you have bought wax, jump to step 6.

**If you have a rosin press follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, If not follow this.

1. 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.

2. When you have your weed ready you want to get your Press or hair straighteners ready.

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 setting the heat on them accordingly. Use a thermometer for backup just to make sure the temperature is in range.

3. Put your weed onto a piece of parchment paper then fold it over, then place them in the center of the hot plates 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.

4. Repeat the previous steps until you have approximately 0.5g of Rosin.

5. 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.

THC Vape OIl Before Mixing in the JAr

6. Next, we want to take our little Pyrex or any decent glass vial and add in 1ml of the Medical Terpenes (or whatever mix you choose to use), then add 0.5grams of rosin.

If you want to make more, just remember, 1ml of the mix for every 0.5g of cannabis wax.

THC Vape Oil mixing in the Jar

7. You now need to 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. leaving a smooth golden e-liquid.

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.

Alternative Ways to Vape Cannabis

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 Tubo Evic or the Arizer Go.

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 heating going on there.

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Concentrate Vaporizers

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 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.

As previously said, our favorite method is rosin extraction mixed with wax liquidizer 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.

Alternatively, just say hi. We do our best to reply to everyone

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Jack OG

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23 thoughts on “Make THC Vape Juice / Oil at Home – 3 Simple Methods”

  1. I think the point is to just maintain the heat at 180℉. If we keep adding and removing the lid it would be quite difficult to control the heat I think.
    I think nearly 100ml of e-liquid from 7 grams of herb is just too much.

  2. On method 2 you say 1 hour @ 85 degrees I go longer around the 4 hrs mark works well anyone know any of the science behind this? Is it better heating for a longer period on a lower temperature be keen to hear

  3. What do you guys think about adding flavour into the mix to really have some fun with. How would you do this if so in method two?

    1. It would work I’m sure. I have dabbled a little with some diy vape juice without the thc and there is plenty of choices out there when it comes to flavor concentrates. I would just start of light with any additional flavor because if you add to much you will destroy your THC juice.
      My juice ended up tasting quite earthy so I would imagine i’d have to be careful when mixing flavors becuase it wouldn’t go very well with sweet stuff and maybe some fruits I’d imagine.
      But, I haven’t tried so if you do let me know 🙂

  4. What is the best way to store the ejuice once you are done with your final product? Should I keep in syringe in cool dark place or fridge or freezer?

    1. Hi, I should have added a bit about that. I usually keep mine in the fridge if I make a lot but it usually doesn’t last long if you vape it in a sub-ohm device. I will get around to adding a bit to the article about storage.
      Thanks for pointing it out and thanks for visiting the blog.

  5. Hey guys.. I’m about to do method 2, but I have some questions if you guys could help a brotha out.. what’s the potency? Should I do it 4h or 1h 85° ?
    I need answers so I can make it strong.. like at what point I’m waisting MJ ?

    Thank you for the tips !

    1. That’s honestly a hard question to answer because I don’t know your tolerance or the strain you are using. I originally made this with 100ml but lowered it to 80ml because I thought it wasn’t strong enough. But, I don’t like my vape liquid to be too strong as I tend to use that in the daytime when it isn’t convenient to use a dry herb vape.

      If you do try it out let me know how it goes and how much you ended up using.
      Thanks

  6. That’s honestly a hard question to answer because I don’t know your tolerance or the strain you are using. I originally made this with 100ml but lowered it to 80ml because I thought it wasn’t strong enough. But, I don’t like my vape liquid to be too strong as I tend to use that in the daytime when it isn’t convenient to use a dry herb vape.

    If you do try it out let me know how it goes and how much you ended up using.
    Thanks

  7. Hi, thank you very much for those recipes. Helps a lot since I was looking to make my own e-juice for a while. I may have a question though : I’m using a box mod to vape my regular juice (pico from eleaf conbined with a subohm coil (0.3)) would you recommend this gear for a juice made of 60% PG ? I’d rather buy some new material than ruin my actual atomizer. ^^

    1. Hi, I’m glad you like the recipes.

      I personally wouldn’t recommend using a sub-ohm tank for cannabis vape juice. It would just be a waste. Imagine those big clouds full of THC floating away.

      I would advise getting a small standard vape cart with a coil in the area of about 1.5ohms. I also think sub-ohm tanks are designed for juices that are 60%+ of VG so 60PG may make the juice to thin for that coil which could result in burning through coils quicker than you would like.

      Jack

  8. Hi, I’m glad you like the recipes.

    I personally wouldn’t recommend using a sub-ohm tank for cannabis vape juice. It would just be a waste. Imagine those big clouds full of THC floating away.

    I would advise getting a small standard vape cart with a coil in the area of about 1.5ohms. I also think sub-ohm tanks are designed for juices that are 60%+ of VG so 60PG may make the juice to thin for that coil which could result in burning through coils quicker than you would like.

    Jack

  9. I already know the basics to making the Rosin, but as far as turning it into vaping Juice this is the best and probably most potent way!! Can’t wait to try it out!!!

    1. excellent. Let me know how you get on.
      I will be adding another recipe to this soon that I am trying out just now which is similar to the Rosin technique and equally as strong.

  10. Not sure about this recipe but I’m in the middle of it as we speak. I’m finding it impossible to get the double boiler to 105 celcius, 80 max. I did some research to find double boilers have a general max temperature of 100 celcius (boiling point of water, makes sense right?) so am starting to believe the recipe can’t be right and thinking of other ways to get to 85 celcius or if I’ll just wait 3 months instead.

    1. I am not sure about the double boiler, It wasn’t even something I thought about. I managed to achieve and maintain that heat with the 2 pots seen in the image. I doubt 5 degrees under would dramatically change the recipe. I would maybe just leave it on for longer.

      Let me know how you get on.
      Thanks

  11. I have found that one of the most annonying aspects of making oil based THC products is the filtration process that is messy and wastefull. I have found that the best way to filter the product is to use a coffee plunger. i have just made a batch of juice using method 2 and a single serve coffee plunger. I ground up the buds, to maximise extraction, and placed them in the plunger with the VG, and into the boiling water,,, etc etc,, When ready, i just pushed the plunge down pressing as much of the oil out of the vegitable as possible. A nice clean oil was produced without all the fuss.
    PS, BIG TIP,, dont press too hard down on the plunger or you will break the glass, the bottom will pop off. and oil will go everywhere
    regards
    Ken

    1. That’s a very good tip, I actually use that method When Water Curing Vaped Weed.
      I should have thought of that. The coffee press I have is a double-walled stainless steel version. I wonder if they do single-serve stainless steel versions. I will need to find out.
      Thanks for your input. It is much appreciated.
      Jack

  12. Hey jack

    If I was to put in a sealed glass jar and put in a water bath at 85 degrees for 3 hours (sous video machine)

    Would this work ?

    1. Temperature-wise it would work but I am not sure if that would create to much pressure in the jar. I prefer to leave lids off in situations like that when I am not sure. Physics wasn’t my strong point ha.

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