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Advice on making an oil to suit me

Discussion in 'Cooking with Cannabis' started by Indigo, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Indigo

    Indigo Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone, I started off posting in the Medical forum three years ago, but since that was about vaping and I've shifted to edibles, I thought it would be worth trying here instead.

    I never got on with vaping, it didn't seem to do much for me and I kept getting Restless Leg Syndrome flares (apparently this is a thing, I've asked around). Tried CBD, very expensive and no obvious effects. (There may be some CBD oil around somewhere, if you think it's worth adding in.)

    Tried infusing ABV from a friend into coconut oil and lecithin, and while it doesn't do anything obvious for me, my partner takes them for anxiety attacks. We're not sure if they help or are placebo, and there is certainly room for improvement.

    Another friend has brought me a gram of weed, and I plan to infuse it into oil. Could you help me run through how to do it this way, dosing and such?

    First of all, do I grind it before or after decarbing, or both? Do I buy any particular type of grinder or just nab something cheap off Amazon?

    How long should I decarb for? 100C seems to be a popular temperature, but I'm seeing all sorts of times. It'll be in a ceramic dish with a lid in the oven, and then several layers of foil.

    Should I include some ABV? I still have plenty, although it'll be a year or so old.

    How do I figure out an appropriate dilution to get the dose right? It goes into a silicone mini ice cube tray that creates little 1ml cubes. This is for anxiety, and possibly pain management, rather than aiming for getting high. I'd rather have a smaller dose we can increase than overshoot and be non-functional.

    Are repeated heating/cooling cycles worth it? I'm seeing different opinions on those as well.

    Right now the plan is not to strain it, as it's a hassle and when I tried it with muslin I lost so much of the oil. I had a read around and it seems that this is OK as an approach.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Indigo

    Indigo Well-Known Member

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    Anyone? I really need to get started on this today, and I can't even find agreement on decarb times!
     
  3. digitalessignal

    digitalessignal Well-Known Member

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  4. Indigo

    Indigo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I've read it but I'm having a bad time with migraine right now and my brain is fried. Is that 1 hour at 100°C for decarbing, then?
     
  5. digitalessignal

    digitalessignal Well-Known Member

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    240° F for 60 minutes should be enough to decarboxylate any cannabis with a reasonably low moisture content. For material with higher moisture content, the time can be extended but the temperature should not be increased. If you are concerned about losing organic compounds, lower heat can be used but the time should be extended to compensate.
     
  6. Indigo

    Indigo Well-Known Member

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    So 115°C, then. I have no way of judging whether the moisture content is relatively high or low.
     
  7. digitalessignal

    digitalessignal Well-Known Member

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    I think your herb can be judged as dry if it is dry enough to vape. I only decarbed weed once and was happy with the result. Otherwise I use my abv to infuse in coconut oil which works really well for me.
     
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  8. Indigo

    Indigo Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I tried vaping briefly a few years ago, so no idea there either!
     

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