Vaping has become a replacement for many smokers as cigarettes become more of the past. Research on both shows that vaping is generally healthier than smoking cigarettes because you are consuming vapors rather than inhaling toxic chemicals from the smoke.
In addition to being a healthier alternative, vaping oils come in many flavors and can be purchased with different levels of nicotine. You also have the option of buying e-liquids containing CBD or THC depending if you live in an area where it is legal. Whether you want a THC or CBD e-juice depends on the results you are looking for. While both ingredients have many health benefits, only the one with CBD doesn’t get you high.
The e-juice, also known as vape oil or e-liquid, is the component of a vaping device that encompasses all the flavors. When heated, it’s what makes up vapor and gives devices their name. There are various types to choose from with different tastes for people who want something more than just nicotine in them—some contain CBD or THC too! Mixing your juice personalizes it even further by allowing you to create new flavor combinations without having one particular taste dominating over another.
The two main ingredients that are used in the base of vape juices are propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). These two components are mixed to give the oil a smooth texture to which flavors and other chemicals, such as nicotine or THC can be added easily. Often the base oil is composed of more propylene glycol than vegetable glycerin. Propylene Glycol creates a thicker consistency, which may be desirable to some users who prefer this effect.
THC vape juice is used in weed vape pens or E-Juice vaporizers. A vaping device consists of a mouthpiece, atomizer, and cartridge that holds the e-liquid. Vape devices are thin pen-like structures that can be carried discreetly with you on your person.
Vaporizers, also called mods, are either pre-filled or you can fill them with vape oil. You can choose from a cartridge that is already filled with the e-liquid of your choice if it’s more convenient for you or you can fill them with the e-liquid or liquids of your choice.
If you’re a newcomer to cannabis products, start with a low dosage of THC in your vape oil. The most common effects you get from vaping are like smoking a high-THC strain of marijuana, no matter how low the dose is. Vaping pot vs. smoking gives stronger highs and consumes less product than usual. E-liquids from a marijuana dispensary should have THC levels labeled on the package to make it easier for users. With homemade e-juices, however, determining dosage can be challenging. So starting with low doses is recommended so as not to cause an overdose.
You can create your THC vape juice, but first, you’ll need to decarb the weed. To activate the THC and CBD in any weed used to make edibles, or in this case, the vape juice, decarboxylation is the key process. However, the best way for successful outcomes will take some time and patience.
To decarb your cannabis, preheat the oven to 225 ° F. Spread the desired amount of broken-down buds evenly on a baking sheet and remove any stems before placing it in an oven for 30–60 minutes or when done. Your weed is decarbed when it’s transformed from a green to a light brown color. To let your cannabis cool, take the pan out of the oven.
Place your decarbed marijuana into a dark-colored jar that has a tight-fitting lid. Mason jars for canning are an excellent choice as well because the dark color protects cannabis from sunlight which is known to weaken the potency of mixtures such as this one. Cover the decarbed weed with a 60/40 mix of propylene glycol to vegetable glycerin. You want a bit more PG to create a thicker oil. If you are sensitive to PG, make the mixture with more VG instead. Stir the mixture thoroughly and store it in a cool, dark place for three months or so.
During the storage period, stir the mixture occasionally. If your liquid becomes dry or begins to crust around the top of your bottle, add more propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin solution until it has a fluid consistency again. After three months, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth into a container. Place the strained mixture in a rice press to squeeze out any remaining liquid.