Vape pens are easy to find, almost anywhere in the country nowadays. You can find prefilled vape pens that come stocked with cannabis vape juice or oil already. You can also buy vaporizers and separate cartridges of different cannabis vape oil so that you can switch it up as you choose. But, if you’re tired of all the varieties you see out on the market, you can make your own cannabis vape oil right at home.
Making cannabis vape oil from kief is relatively simple and only requires a few ingredients.
What Is Kief?
Kief is one of several cannabis concentrates available on the market. Concentrates, as a whole, are potent and powerful cannabis products. Because they are concentrated, they typically have much higher THC content than other cannabis products.
If you’ve ever used a grinder before to break up your cannabis flower, kief is the fine, dusty substance that falls to the bottom of the device. It falls off the cannabis flower because it lives on the outer edges of the bud. When you break it up, it’s the first part of the bud to come off and fall.
You may remember seeing a cannabis flower or bud in your hand and noticing it was shiny and sparkly. In that sticky substance are fine hairs called trichomes. THC and CBD, the two most abundant compounds in cannabis, live inside those trichomes. That sticky, fine powder inside is kief, and it naturally holds the highest concentration of THC of all the compounds, parts, and pieces of a cannabis flower bud.
What Is Cannabis Vape Oil?
Cannabis vape oil is among the most widely used cannabis products among users. There are several reasons for that, including the fact that it’s convenient, odourless, and easier to carry than some other products. Vape pens and vaporizers hold cannabis vape oil and provide a portable way to consume cannabis.
Vape oil comes in various flavours and potencies, but making it at home allows you to put your own spin on this concentrate. Depending on what you want in your e-cig, vape pen, or vaporizer, the possibilities are endless.
Turning Kief Into Vape Oil
To turn kief into cannabis vape oil, you need to gather a few items. Some of these items you may already have lying around the house. If you don’t have these things at home, don’t worry. All of these ingredients and tools are easy to find at your favourite online retailer.
What You Need to Make Cannabis Vape Oil From Kief
- 5 grams of kief
- 20 millilitres of food-grade vegetable glycerin
- 20 millilitres of food-grade propylene glycol
- Plastic syringe, at least 10 millilitres
- Double boiler or two stacking pots
- Coffee filter or cheesecloth
Making Cannabis Vape Oil From Kief
Start by combining the 20 millilitres of vegetable oil and the 20 millilitres of propylene glycol. You’ll want to start by getting your double boiler set up and ready to use. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can stack two similar-sized pots on top of each other, with water in the bottom pot for boiling. Don’t start it that high, though. First, heat the double boiler to medium heat, and then turn it up after you begin stirring.
Using the syringe, add the vegetable oil and propylene glycol solution to the double boiler’s top. Once you add about half of the oil solution, add your kief to the mixture and gently stir. Using the syringe again, continue adding the vegetable oil solution to the double boiler while continuing to stir the kief into the mix.
Turn the heat on the double boiler up, so the water in the lower pot begins to boil. Once that happens, cover the top pot containing your kief and oil mixture with a lid. You’ll let it boil for about 20 minutes before removing the lid, stirring the kief mixture again, and replacing the lid for 20 more minutes. After that, you’ll stir the kief and oil solution every half hour for two hours.
Here are some essential tips to keep in mind. Keep the water boiling in the bottom double boiler pot the entire time. It’s a good idea to check on it to ensure it’s not evaporating. That can cause the kief to dry out and evaporate as well. Keeping the lid on the top pot will help contain some moisture from the humidity caused by the boiling water. You don’t have to keep the lid closed, but you will smell the cannabis aroma in your house if you choose to make cannabis vape oil without a lid on your double boiler.
Next Steps for Turning Kief Into Cannabis Vape Oil
After boiling the kief, oil and glycerin for two hours, you can add flavour to the mixture. You can buy flavoured e-juice from a dispensary, or you can add a little natural flavour of your own. Vanilla extract, cherry extract, and cocoa are unique possibilities for adding to your cannabis vape oil.
Mix it well, remove the pot from the heat, and get ready for straining. Place the coffee filter over the bowl, and pour the kief solution onto the filter. The product that falls to the bowl becomes your homemade cannabis vape oil, in whichever flavour you’ve chosen. All you have to do is add it to your vaporizer cartridge or vape pen.
You may find it challenging to find THC-infused vape juice and cannabis vape oil everywhere you go. That’s one reason making vape oil on your own is a good idea. If you feel comfortable cooking up a little cannabis vape oil in your kitchen tonight, give it a try. This also gives you peace of mind, like anything homemade, because you know what went into making the cannabis vape oil.
Remember, cannabis concentrates are powerful and potent, so if you’re a first-time user, take it slowly. You can always adjust this recipe for a less-intense experience.