The 4 Best Ways I’ve Found to Turn Your Cannabis Into Vapable E-Juice
The simple answer is that you need to get your cannabis into an extract form, and then it’s just a factor of managing viscosity. That sounds significantly easier than it is to do, but it’s not that hard either.
When I lived in Chicago, I was married to someone who wasn’t a fan of cannabis. I figured out that I could get away with smoking e-cigarettes due to the scents and discrete nature of vaping. It helped that the trend of vaping was on the rise, especially among my demographic. I also figured out that it wasn’t too hard to turn concentrates into e-juice with a few ingredients.
So, I picked up vaping, with juices that were non-nicotine. I started to look for vape additives that could be added to juices I liked in order to infuse cannabis into them. At the time, most didn’t work well or worked well enough but were fairly pricey. And buying cartridges full of the liquid wasn’t a cheap option either.
There’s one option that’s been around forever and that’s essentially a VG/PG emulsifying agent. It works, but it doesn’t taste great, plus you’re adding vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol to your cannabis, which dilutes and adulterates your final product.
This leaves you with four main options, all of which require that your cannabis is already in extract form (rather than whole flower).
- CO2 Oil – CO2 Oil, for some reason, is generally in a viscous, pourable form. Often sold in preloaded syringes, it’s also easy to load straight into most e-cigarette options (the ones with tanks, not mods). Personally, I’m not a fan of the taste of most CO2 oils, but a few companies like Evolab are changing that issue and releasing products that work well and taste great.
- Distillates – Many would argue that CO2 oils could fall under the distillate category, but there are other methods (such as ethanol) for producing distillate products. These are the clear, or as close to clear as possible, viscous options that are primarily one single cannabinoid, THC or CBD.
- HT – A relatively new trend in the cannabis industry, HT (High Terpene) and HC (High Cannabinoid) extracts are composed of cannabinoid crystals and terpenes in higher quantities. When combined, they are often referred to as “Diamond Jars” or “Sauce”. In the process of making these options, you can “pour off” the excess terpene content, a runny, flavorful mixture with moderate THC levels, and use that as a vape oil for your cigarette. Which brings me to…
- Added Terpenes – The last way, and least popular in the cannabis industry, is to add terpenes from other sources. All plants have a terpene content, and those terpenes can be extracted and “reintroduced” to cannabis products such as budders, live resins, and shatters to create a runnier, liquid-like mixture that is easier to vape.
Hopefully that gives you a few viable options for turning your cannabis into ejuice. If the opportunities present themselves, I’d recommend the first three options for the best experience. Additionally, feel free to experiment and mix options. If you find something you like, let me know in the comments. I’m by no means an extractor, just a cannabis hobbyist with a passion for finding ways to consume cannabis in places you shouldn’t.
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