re-entrance of marijuana into the main stream consciousness has come on
the back of revelations that the herb has massive cancer curing
The cannabinoids, molecules within the plant, enter
the human body on consumption and bind with receptors that are already
in place. Our bodies are made to handle this stuff.
endocannabinoids that are released by the human body perform a variety
of positive effects, including regulation of cell growth.
The fact that we have receptors for the chemical
seems to indicate that we are evolved to eat the plant and the positive
impact the chemicals have on our system further implies that.
of the most popular ways to consume the plant is by smoking it, but the
excess chemicals from the fire can cause unnecessary damage. Rick
Simpson, a pioneer in the medical cannabis field, has mastered the art
of cannabis oil production and released his technique to the world for
You can support Rick on his website; here is a condensed version of the process of making hemp oil.
Start with one ounce of dried herb.
One ounce will typically produce 3-4 grams of oil, although the amount
of oil produced per ounce will vary strain to strain. A pound of dried
material will yield about two ounces of high quality oil.
These instructions are directly summarized from Rick Simpson’s website.
Be VERY careful when boiling solvent off, the fumes are extremely
AVOID smoking, sparks, stove-tops and red hot heating elements. Set up a
fan to blow fumes away from the pot, and set up in a well-ventilated
area for whole process.
1. Place the completely dry material in a plastic bucket.
Dampen the material with the solvent you are using. Many solvents can
be used. You can use pure naphtha, ether, butane, or 99% isopropyl
alcohol. Two gallons of solvent is required to extract the THC from one
pound, and 500 ml is enough for an ounce.
3. Crush the plant
material using a stick of clean, untreated wood or any other similar
device. Although the material will be damp, it will still be relatively
easy to crush up because it is so dry.
4. Continue to crush the
material with the stick, while adding solvent until the plant material
is completely covered and soaked. Remain stirring the mixture for about
three minutes. As you do this, the THC is dissolved off the material
into the solvent.
5. Pour the solvent oil mixture off the plant
material into another bucket. At this point you have stripped the
material of about 80% of its THC.
6. Second wash: again add solvent to the mixture and work for another three minutes to extract the remaining THC.
7. Pour this solvent oil mix into the bucket containing the first mix that was previously poured out.
8. Discard the twice washed plant material.
9. Pour the solvent oil mixture through a coffee filter into a clean container.
Boil the solvent off: a rice cooker will boil the solvent off nicely,
and will hold over a half gallon of solvent mixture. CAUTION: avoid
stove-tops, red hot elements, sparks, cigarettes and open flames as the
fumes are extremely flammable.
11. Add solvent to rice cooker
until it is about ¾ full and turn on HIGH heat. Make sure you are in a
well-ventilated area and set up a fan to carry the solvent fumes away.
Continue to add mixture to cooker as solvent evaporates until you have
added it all to the cooker.
12. As the level in the rice cooker
decreases for the last time, add a few drops of water (about 10 drops of
water for a pound of dry material). This will help to release the
solvent residue, and protect the oil from too much heat.
there is about one inch of solvent-water mixture in the rice cooker,
put on your oven mitts and pick the unit up and swirl the contents until
the solvent has finished boiling off.
14. When the solvent has
been boiled off, turn the cooker to LOW heat. At no point should the oil
ever reach over 290 degrees F or 140 degrees C.
15. Keep your
oven mitts on and remove the pot containing the oil from the rice
cooker. Gently pour the oil into a stainless steel container
Place the stainless steel container in a dehydrator, or put it on a
gentle heating device such as a coffee warmer. It may take a few hours
but the water and volatile terpenes will be evaporated from the oil.
When there is no longer any surface activity on the oil, it is ready for
17. Suck the oil up in a plastic syringe, or in any other
container you see fit. A syringe will make the oil easy to dispense.
When the oil cools completely it will have the consistency of thick
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