Hash oil, sometimes also called hashish oil or cannabis oil, is the concentrated extract of hashish or cannabis. It’s a pure cannabis concentrate, usually containing several of its main extracts particularly, cannabidiol, terpenes, and others. The compound composition of hashish or cannabis oil varies from producer to producer, but generally contains up to 90% THC, with smaller amounts of CBD, etc. Generally speaking, it’s considered a recreational substance, rather than a medical one. Medical advocates argue that medical marijuana offers some relief from the side effects of chemotherapy, for example, by taking a small amount regularly. But as far as recreational drugs go, not many are as “lazy” or “stinky” as marijuana.
Marijuana extract is extracted from the plant in several different ways. While some use heat to remove the resin coating on the leaves and stems of the plant, most extract with either a cold-press method or a cold-distillation method. Cold-press method is more time consuming since a cold plant is cut into pieces and kept on a burner to dry. Cold-distillation method can be done with the aid of a steam distillation unit, though it takes more work because the temperature needs to be maintained. Some strains of cannabis have been bred specifically to have a higher CBD level, so the high quality oil extracted from these plants is often considered to be CBD enriched.
Most of the active ingredients found in cannabis oil are present in the leaves, stems, and buds, but extracting these compounds requires specialized equipment. Some producers simply slice the plants into thin sections, wash them, and use mechanical or chemical means to separate the compounds. Some manufacturers, however, use a combination of both mechanical and chemical extraction methods to achieve the highest quality products. After the plant material has been cleaned and prepared for extraction, it’s passed through a process that involves heating oils from the plant into the desired consistency. The consistency, which is called the “THC content” of the cannabis, is also dependent on many variables, including the amount of water used and the potency of the product.
Many of the best cannabis-extracting oils are produced from other sources, and one of the easiest and most efficient sources of obtaining the oils is through the use of honey. Honey oil is produced by cracking open a handful of raw buds, filtering the extract through sugar syrup, then crystallizing the resulting mixture. This process gives the honey extract its strong, sweet taste, but also results in a consistency that is very low in THC. This means that consumers won’t feel the “high” that they’re expecting from cannabis oil.
Another popular method of production involves combining different oils. For instance, an all-weed crop is cracked open, boiled for an hour or more, and pressed for a couple of days to extract the resin. The resulting fluid can then be extracted into three to four different vases, each containing a different concentration of the cannabis oil. Each individual vase contains a slightly different amount of THC, so each batch of potpourri has a consistent consistency. This method has the advantage of producing smaller amounts of potent potpourri; however, it does not have the consistency of other oils.
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To create high-quality potpourri, some people prefer to make their own oil. Creating your own cannabis oil adds your personal touch to the final product, since only you know the specific potency of the plants you’ve grown. Creating your own cannabis oil allows you to control the exact chemical and temperature levels within the distillation process, as well as determine whether or not certain oils should be included. It’s important to note that high-potency cannabis oil is typically very concentrated, so a small amount will go a long way. When creating your own potpourri, simply add small amounts of different, lower-potency oils to create consistent results.