Here we'll go over how to make shatter, wax and other concentrates into THC vape juice that can be vaped out of a standard e-cig. Also known as THC e juice, the process involves combining the concentrate with a diluent to make it thin enough to vape easily in an oil pen. This also is known as making your own THC cartridge. Shot out to diseage who made the original guide I used to make juice and that info helped to build this guide.
Items Needed For Converting Concentrate To e Juice
To make your cannabis e juice you need the following items: cannabis concentrate, diluent, terpenes, mixing container, syringes with needles or slim metal tips, a heating element, and a stirrer. Using these items you can make your own wax cartridge. Also known as an oil pen or vape pen cartridge.
Cannabis Concentrate Selection For Making THC Vape Juice
The following types of cannabis concentrate will work for making e juice: distillate, CO2 oil, live resin, sauce, shatter, and rosin. Shatter is the most commonly used for making THC vape juice. In fact, the first two do not need anything added.
Distillate - Easy To Fill If Viscous Enough
Distillate is often thin enough that it can be vaped directly out of an appropriate cartridge. You can mix terpenes into your distillate to add flavor. If you already have distillate that is not too thick skip this guide and get to refilling. Distillate and CO2 oil are similar but may have different extraction methods. Often CO2 oil is just referred to as CO2 distillate. Below is a picture of a distillate syringe. You will note it needs a metal tip in order to properly do the THC vape juice injection process listed as the last step.
CO2 Oil - Also Easy To Fill If Viscous Enough
Another good straight-to-the-cart kind of oil. CO2 oil that is viscious enough can be put directly into a cartridge or pod and vaped. Below is a pic of a syringe from Organa Labs I used to refill a Stiiizy pod. Great quality oil by the way. Got it from NuLeaf Lake Tahoe.
Nothing additional is needed. You can add additional terpenes for flavor. I probably would not as I rather have it be stronger than better tasting.
First I will stop here and say the above two methods are most preferred by us here at DabConnection. Getting a syringe of distillate is even slightly preferred over CO2 oil as it tends to taste bee above two concentrate types is also the easiest. Consider this: adding terpenes or anything else means less overall strength. We tend to go for the strongest, but some may prefer more flavor. Liqudizers and the like are great products for people that do not have access to regular distillate. If you have access, regular distillate is often going to be stronger.
Making e Juice With BHO Concentrates And Similar Waxes
Butane Honey Oil ("BHO") concentrate, in the form of shatter or crumble, are the most popular concentrates that are diluted to make e Juice. Live resin, sauce, shatter, and similar concentrates, whether made through solvents or solventless, use the same mixing process as BHO to make THC e Juice.
There are two additional steps that may be difficult, but will help produce the best result. Decarbing your BHO can help it from getting crystalized in the cartridge later. Dewaxing BHO can help remove residual solvents and pieces of plant matter. This will make the vape run smoother and less likely to get clogged, but may be too advanced for the everyday user.
Diluent To Liquefy The THC Concentrate
There are a few different options out there for a diluent to turn your shatter (or other concentrate) into e juice. The easiest way is to get a pre-made diluent from places WaxLiquidizer or Shatter Batter. This option is preferred by many because it is easy. ANother great option that is completely terpene based is VISCOSITY Extract Luiquifier.
Now some want to go get their cannabis e juice exactly how they want it, and in that case they can use their own diluent and add terpenes. Other common diluents are: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG),Medium Chained Triglycerides and Fractionated Coconut oil.
Terpenes: Cannabis-based If You Can Get It
Terpenes is the part of your THC e Juice setup that adds flavor. There are terpenes that are made from cannabis and those that are made from other sources. The cannabis ones are harder to get, but they are better if you can.
Terpenes are denseley concentrated and should be added minimally to your THC e Juice mix. Two popular terpene makes are Holy Terp and True Terpenes. Holy Terp does need to get an SSL certificate though, it is better security for credit card transactions.
Use a glass that is very small. A shot glass will do the trick. If you use a larger glass, use one that has a curved bottom so everything gets concentrated to the center when you make THC vape juice.
Syringes With Slim Metal Or Needle Tips
You will need syringes that have that slim metal tip or are a needle in order to properly suck up then inject the concentrate e Juice into a vape cartridge or pod. Take a look at the tip I put on the syringe below.
Heating Source / Element
The best thing to use here is a magnetic heating element.
In its place you can use a shot glass in a pot of boiling water.
A glass stirring rod is the preferred item here. A cleaned off dab tool will do the job as well. A stainless steel stick of some sort will also work.
Cartridge Or Pod To Put The THC Vape Juice Into
You can choose either a standard 510 threaded vape cartridge setup or a pod style setup to get put your THC e juice into once it is done. The most common 510 carts are CCELL style.
There are quite a few pod systems out there, so far the best we have used is the Stiiizy pen. The Kandypens Rubi and its cheaper unbranded counterparts are also popular options. We found in our Pax Era pods review that it is not the optimal system with the wick that gets too burny, but it can be used as well. Make sure your syringe tip can fit your cart as well.
Making The THC Vape Juice
Now that you got the materials together, we can get into making the juice itself. There are some variations on best practices and you may slightly alter your methods or mixes as time goes on. If you learn anything new, please do add it in the comments and we will try it out and update the post.
Mixing Concentrate, Diluent, and Terpenes
This is a process that you will get better at over time. Depending on the concentrate used you may need to go a little hotter or a little colder. You might need a little more diluent or a little less. You will get the hang of it as you go.
Place your concentrate into your mixing container. Place it on top of your heating element. Heat the concentrate until it reaches a liquid state. Keep it at a lower power range that maintains that liquid state. Terpenes and THC will begin to vaporizer at about 315 Fahrenheit (156.67 Celsius), so it is recommended to keep it lower than that.
Mixing In And Ratios
Once the concentrate is in a liquid state you can mix in your terpenes and diluent. Remember terpenes are concentrates so use a small amount. The ratio of diluent to concentrate will vary based on the thickness of the concentrate. If it is a particular diluent made for concentrates, ask the maker of the diluent. You can also see this Reddit discussion on mixing and ratios. Stir thoroughly while it is still heated up using your stir tool.
Let the concentrate cool off and see if it stays viscous enough to be used in a vape cart. It does not need to be as thin as regular ejuice. If it seems to thick, reheat and add more diluent. If you are not sure on thickness, you can try a little bit in the cart then go back and add more if needed. The more diluent you add, the weaker it gets, so less diluent but still hitting well is a better result for most.
Inject Into Your Cartridge Or Pod
The last thing to do is suck the juice up in a syringe and inject into your cartridge or pod. Most cartridges and pods just require that you remove the mouthpiece to inject it. After that you can get to vaping. Have something to add about making THC vape juice? Please post in the comments below. We will try it then add it if it works!