Can you extract CBD using vodka?

  • Can you extract CBD using vodka?

    Yes, you can. Cannabinoids are soluble in alcohol. Alcohol is a common base for cannabis tinctures, and there’s even the famous “Green Dragon,” which is nothing but decarbed marijuana that’s been soaked in vodka or Everclear for a few days.

    Making an alcohol based CBD tincture would be an excellent way to consume it, provided you don’t have any issues with alcohol. Preferably use the highest abv% alcohol you can find, and simply follow a tutorial on YouTube that shows you how to make Green Dragon. The process is the exact same, the only difference is that as your herb contains very little THC, it won’t get you high.

    I’m not sure what you’re referring to as “cold pressed”, but here’s a couple different alcohol extraction options:

    1. Decarbed bud (fast method). There’s plenty of ways to decarboxylate your weed, from the oven, to specialized equipment like the “Magic Butter Machine,” etc. Decarbing basically converts the THCA present in normal ganja into useable THC by using heat. I’m far from an expert on the chemistry of decarbing efficiently, but there’s plenty of info on the internet to try out. Once you’ve decarbed, put your weed in a glass Mason jar and put it into the freezer. Put your alcohol (preferably 90% or 180 proof) in the freezer as well. After chilling for an hour or so, pour alcohol over the bud, screw the top on tight, and shake violently for 30 seconds to a minute. Strain through cheesecloth, then a coffee filter. Tincture is now ready to consume.
    2. Regular, cured bud (slow, lazy method). Put your weed in a glass container (with a top). Pour alcohol (again, 180 proof preferred) in. Seal container, shake up real good, and place in a dark area like a closet. Give it a good shake every week or so, then return it to it’s spot. Leave it for at least 2 months, but preferably 6 for maximum extraction. Strain through cheesecloth, then through a coffee filter. Yes… it’s really that easy, if you’re patient. Tincture is ready to consume.

    I’ve made tinctures both ways, along with various unsuccessful ways (which I haven’t included here because I’d rather not rehash my wasted efforts [puns intended]). The quick method varies in effectiveness depending on the efficiency of the decarb. The slow method is quite dependable, consistent, and reliable, but requires patience.

    The ratio I prefer to use (in both methods) is one cup of 180 proof ethanol to 1/2 ounce of bud. This is scalable (e.g., 2 cups per ounce, 4 cups for 2 oz, etc.)

    Once you have your finished tincture, it can be used as an additive to drinks, sublingually under the tongue (although the high alcohol content will BURN), or added to a shot of alcohol. Measure doses in 1 mL quantities; in this potency, a little dab’ll do you.

    You can also take the finished product and reduce it into a more potent tincture, or even a thick oil if you so desire. Using a double boiler, evaporate the alcohol as desired until desired consistency is achieved. You can make a simple double boiler by using a big pot of water with a Mason jar full of tincture in the middle. Monitor the temperature; you don’t want the tincture to get over 212° F (I aim to keep mine under 200), but you want to make sure it’s at least 173° (the boiling point of alcohol). DO THIS IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA AND/OR AWAY FROM OPEN FLAMES; ALCOHOL FUMES ARE HIGHLY FLAMMABLE!!!

    Whichever way you choose to proceed, you should keep the finished product capped, and in a cool, dark place. When initially dosing, I would HIGHLY recommend starting with 1 mL and waiting 2 hours. If it’s not enough, try 2 mL THE NEXT DAY, since it will reset your metabolism a bit and give you a truer sense of how potent your tincture is.

    If you’re desiring more CBD in your finished product, in method 1 you can decarb for a bit longer, and in method 2 you can leave the container exposed to sunlight. Both will cause the THCA to convert to THC, then degrade to CBD.

    Hope this helps!

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    The first thing to remember is that THC oil can not only be used for edibles, but for individual consumption as well.

    So forget any idea that THC oil for edibles may somehow be different than any other THC oil. Of course, edibles can be made from almost any sort of material that contains a measurable amount of cannabinoids – whether that means buds, trim, ABV (already-been-vaped buds) and anything in between.

    The bigger idea to remember is that when doing any sort of THC extraction, the amount of THC actually extracted will be very dependent on your extraction method and a whole bunch of other variables.

    It’s not that the “starting” percentage of the flower doesn’t matter, it’s more like some extraction processes are more efficient and “work better” at extracting THC. Flower with 15% THC and flower with 30% THC should both be capable of producing the “same” amount of THC in a specific extraction method (again, many variables are at play here.)

    Given that there are a whole bunch of extraction methods — ethanol, butane, CO2, supercritical CO2, solventless, etc. — The only way to truly know how much THC has been extracted into your oil is to have it tested. There’s really no way around this and there is no way to actually guess or determine THC levels without proper testing. This fact holds true for all cannabis products.

    If you’ve ever been to a legal state that sells THC oils, you may notice that the Granddaddy Purple oil from Company A using extraction method A you got last month had 72% THC, but this month, the same exact product has 76% THC. This basically means that the amount of THC extracted from the plant was 72% one time, and 76% another time.

    Theoretically it should be possible to achieve 100% THC extraction, but that will most likely require very specialized equipment and a very controlled manufacturing setting.

    Because of this, if you really want to know the exact THC content of oil, you have 2 options.

    1. Make your oil extraction and pay to have it tested.
    2. Use an oil extraction that’s already been manufactured and tested.

    The good part about legal products is that they must include this information — extraction method and THC/cannabinoid content — which makes it very easy to see how much THC is actually in the oil.

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    It’s actually pretty easy. You can get more detail on how it all works online, but here are the basics.

    We can’t just eat weed and get high, you need to dissolve it in some kind of fat to be able to get the effect. Lots of people use butter, but my preferred method is to use organic unfiltered coconut oil. You can use 1/4oz (7g) or a 1/2oz (14g) per cup (about 240ml of oil per Google conversion. I am US based, so sorry if these metric amounts are awkward)

    First, you need to decarbolyze your weed. This activates the THC, so we can metabolize it. Preheat the oven to 250F (120C), crumble the weed in a covered baking pan, or cover with foil, cook for 30–40 minutes, then let cool completely. You can do this in the fridge or freezer, but you want to let it cool, covered, completely to retain all those wonderful cannabinoids.

    Next step, cook the weed in your oil. I use a crock pot, set at the lowest setting. Add 1 tablespoon of Soy Lecethin (available at the health food store) per cup of oil. This helps the THC absorb in the oil. I won’t pretend to understand the chemistry involved, but I’ve been using this recipe for a long time and it works well. You don’t want to cook it too hot or you risk cooking off some cannabinoids, don’t exceed 160F (70C). Give it 4 hours or so, stirring occasionally.

    After 4 hours, strain the mixture through cheese cloth. Wrap the weed in a ball of the cheesecloth and give it a good squeeze to wring out all the oil. The oil will be a dark green color, keep it in the fridge or it can get moldy.

    At this point, you can use the oil as a replacement for butter or oil in any recipe, cookies, brownies, other baked good are a favorite, but the only limit is your imagination; pasta, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, whatever. Or you can put some under your tongue for sublingual absorption, or make a PBMMJ sandwich. You can even rub it on dry skin or for any of the other external uses for coconut oil.

    One word or caution: eating THC is a much more efficient method of ingestion, and even regular smokers can over-do it with unpleasant consequences. You will not die, but too big a dose can be highly unpleasant and can induce paranoia or a “bad trip” sensation. Body size has a big effect on the level of intoxication, so keep out of reach of children. Dosing someone with a cannabis edible without their knowledge is not cool or funny and potentially dangerous, so keep it righteous. Do not operate heavy machinery.

    Otherwise, enjoy. Go small at first to check your dosage. This is not a very precise method, so dosages can vary widely. Also remember: give it an hour or two to kick in before you eat more. The most common mistake is to not give enough time thinking it isn’t working, then taking more only to regret it shortly thereafter. Be careful!!

    I hope this is helpful and that your cannabis extracts bring you the relief you are looking for.

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    Simple:

    • 375ml 190 proof ethanol (Everclear, Early Times etc.)
    • A coffee cone/filter (not plastic)
    • Glass Jar or similar (glass or SS) that fits the cone
    • 1/2oz Weed

    Directions:

    1. Put the Ethanol in the Freezer
    2. Fill the cone/filter with pot (~1/2 oz depending on size of cone) and put it in the freezer.
    3. When everything is below ‘frozen’ (temp below freezing point of water) pour the alcohol over the pot through the cone into the jar. Place back in the freezer while the cone drains and repeat a few times till your alcohol is a deep golden amber color (green means your temps are too high, use it anyway and do better next time).
    4. Pour saturated alcohol into shallow pyrex pans and either evaporate the ethanol off in your oven on very low heat (I have a convection oven that goes down to 120F) or room temp for several days.
    5. When your oil stops bubbling (low heat) you are done. By air it’s a little more tricky to tell when it’s done but it should be stickier than molasses.

    Hints:

    Turn your freezer to its lowest setting

    Use convection for evaporation even if it’s just a fan; it will speed up the process immensely.

    Cautions:

    Ethanol will not auto-ignite below 400C but the vapors will ignite with an ignition source (flashpoint) below room temperature. Your oven offers an ignition source if the vapors build up around the element (electric) or flame heat source (gas).

    If you use an oven, it is preferable to have convection (forced air) but regardless, use it with care and be prepared for the alcohol to catch fire. A cup or so of alcohol doesn’t have much potential for damage to the inside of an oven, but if you freak out and yank a flaming turkey from the oven and the grease goes everywhere so does the fire. Alcohol is like that, no more dangerous than a turkey in the oven.

    If you are unsure about any of these instructions, don’t do any of them.

    Cheers!

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    Simple:

    • 375ml 190 proof ethanol (Everclear, Early Times etc.)
    • A coffee cone/filter (not plastic)
    • Glass Jar or similar (glass or SS) that fits the cone
    • 1/2oz Weed

    Directions:

    1. Put the Ethanol in the Freezer
    2. Fill the cone/filter with pot (~1/2 oz depending on size of cone) and put it in the freezer.
    3. When everything is below ‘frozen’ (temp below freezing point of water) pour the alcohol over the pot through the cone into the jar. Place back in the freezer while the cone drains and repeat a few times till your alcohol is a deep golden amber color (green means your temps are too high, use it anyway and do better next time).
    4. Pour saturated alcohol into shallow pyrex pans and either evaporate the ethanol off in your oven on very low heat (I have a convection oven that goes down to 120F) or room temp for several days.
    5. When your oil maintains it’s volume for an extended period of time you are done, it should be stickier than molasses.

    Hints:

    Turn your freezer to its lowest setting

    Use convection for evaporation even if it’s just a fan; it will speed up the process immensely.

    Cautions:

    Ethanol will not auto-ignite below 400C but the vapors will ignite with an ignition source (flashpoint) below room temperature. Your oven offers an ignition source if the vapors build up around the element (electric) or flame heat source (gas).

    If you use an oven, it is preferable to have convection (forced air) but regardless, use it with care and be prepared for the alcohol to catch fire. A cup or so of alcohol doesn’t have much potential for damage to the inside of an oven, but if you freak out and yank a flaming turkey from the oven and the grease goes everywhere so does the fire. Alcohol is like that, no more dangerous than a turkey in the oven.

    If you are unsure about any of these instructions, don’t do any of them.

    Cheers!

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    I don’t know why all the answers here are so complicated and far from anything I would defines as household equipment. Simplicity is key.

    1. Pour some butter in a pan and throw your weed in it – perhaps cut it into smaller pieces.
    2. Let it simmer for 2–8 hours. The reason for this is that the THC binds to sugar and fat. So basically you can use anything that contains fat or sugar and can be heated up.
    3. When you’re done use a filter, to sort away the weed. The THC have now left the leaves and entered the butter.

    Congratulations! You now have weed butter.

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    If you don’t go through the process of leaving the alcohol soaked weed out to evaporate the alcohol, DO NOT SMOKE THAT WEED. It is flammable and you will get injured. One way I’ve seen it is people just leave the weed with proper ventilation so the alcohol can evaporate. Once it has, than the extract is than safe to do with what you want. It’s pretty dangerous if not done carefully. Like fatally dangerous, so if you posted this question pondering whether or not you want to make your own extract, than be very careful! But of course, make sure you enjoy!

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    Yes. Pure grain alcohol can be used to make tincture but it’s not necessary. Any spirit that’s at least 70% alcohol will work fine. The tincture is made from cannabis and alcohol. You don’t lose the alcohol when making a tincture.

    Alcohol is lost when making a THC concentrate. You evaporate it and are left with the essential oils. There are closed systems to recapture the alcohol but they are expensive.

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    No bc the alcohol doesn’t change the THCA to THC. You would have to either decarb it or let it soak for much much longer(as in several months).

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