Why THC oil is the latest health trend and how consumers are using it

Published Sep 14, 2019 11:13 a.m. ET
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THC oil can take a few different shapes and forms. THC vape juice that many vapers consume and THC oil products both have one thing in common, which is the fact that majority of consumers use these products as a healthy alternatives to lesser ideal methods of ingestion like smoking.

The transition from smoking buds to vaping is highly controversial but touted as a savior for thousands who are trying to quit smoking, and this brand-new market allows for unique and exciting products that are enticing even for those who have never tried smoking marijuana or tobacco before. There are two different ways that are most commonly used to ingest THC as alternatives to smoking, and we will touch on the difference and benefit of each one.

1. Edibles

What is THC oil for baking?

THC oil for baking is made using normal household ingredients that you might bake with like butter or oil. High-fat oils that will taste good and not combust are ideal, which is precisely why coconut cannabis cooking oil is so popular. This ingredient is not recommended for searing or frying as the extreme heat is liable to damage the THC content.

Benefits/effects of THC oil

The benefit of using THC oil for edibles comes from a few changes that occur with this specific method of ingestion. Most of the popular edibles right now are sweet, which makes taking a “dose” of THC fun. The effects are similar to those that you would expect from smoking marijuana only amplified and longer-lasting. There is no scorching to create harmful carcinogens to enter your lungs with THC oil edibles since the cannabinoids are absorbed more naturally.

  • More potent effects
  • Healthier
  • Easy to dose
  • Fun
  • Longer lasting results
  • No harmful carcinogens

How to make THC oil for baking

You can use butter, coconut oil or olive oil, and all of the measurements will add up to be the same. Though some people call cannabis butter, cannabutter, it is still technically an oil when a small amount of heat is applied, and so it is considered to be a cannabis oil.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of oil (of choice)
  • 7-10 grams of cannabis buds (or leaf trimming)
  • Fine mesh screen
  • Slow cooker
  • Baking sheet
  • Weed grinder
  • Storage container

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 240°F and while you wait, prepare your cannabis by grinding, then scatter the pile across the center of the baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes and be sure to remove it on occasion to stir the grind to prevent burning.

  3. Toss the oil in a slow cooker along with the decarboxylated cannabis and set it on low heat for 6 hours.

  4. After the 6 hours (or more for a stronger potency) is up, remove the THC infused oil and strain the excess plant materials.

  5. Store the cannabis oil in the fridge until needed.

How to make edibles with THC oil

One of the biggest reasons that the demand for THC oil products is so high is, they are made into delicious edibles that can be gobbled up without adverse effects on your health. Just add a little or a lot of any ingredient in place of a similar one in your favorite recipe, and you will have instantly created your own THC oil edibles.

2. Vaping

Vaping is a complicated area of ingestion, and some consumers enjoy manufactures or mixed at-home products that can sometimes have ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for you. Despite that, the evidence still suggests that even the worst THC oil vape products are better than your average cigarette for your health.

THC vape oil vs. concentrates explained

THC vape oil can consist of so many different variations that it is nearly impossible to tell each one apart, but many popular brands use flavoring and liquifying ingredients that can be carcinogenic when heated to necessary vaping temperatures. Others stick with pure concentrates like shatter, terpenes, oil and rosin, which can all offer a more potent experience than smoking marijuana without any of the adverse effects.

Vaping concentrates takes on an entirely different meaning, with highly refined and infused cannabis products like wax, crumble, kief, budder, shatter or BHO. The effects from vaping THC oil and almost any other concentrates are intense, and no matter which option is chosen, you will get to avoid many of the negative repercussions of smoking while enjoying an amplified experience that lasts.

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