What is Cannabis Oil?
Simply put, it’s oil that’s derived from the cannabis plant. It’s usually dark in color and is somewhat syrupy. It’s a carefully-measured mixture of cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. It’s a potent product that’s packed with about 70% and 90% of THC. It’s usually called hash oil but that’s a bit of a misnomer because it doesn’t contain any hashish. They also look different from each other.
They do share a similarity. Both are considered illegal, being by-products of Cannabis which is a schedule I controlled substance under Federal Law of the US.
What Slang Names Is Cannabis Oil Known As?
It’s more popularly known as hash oil, which is its most popular slang name. It can also be called as simply oil. In addition, here are some of the most popular slang names for it:
- Black negro juice
- Black oil
- Honey oil
- Indian oil
- Cherry leb
- Son of one
- The one
- BHO (For cannabis oil made with butane)
What Effects Does Cannabis Oil Have?
When taken in small dosages, you can expect to experience the same effects as taking marijuana since they’re both from the cannabis plant. In addition, both of them contain THC which is the chemical compound that gives users a euphoric feeling. However, it’s important to note that cannabis oil has a more potent amount of THC, making the effects more intense.
It’s also very popular for the relaxing feeling that it gives. However, it’s sometimes too relaxing. In fact, a lot of users have commented that they experience the feeling of paralysis. This is an after-effect of another known side-effect which is decreased control of muscle coordination. In addition, here are the known side-effects:
- Impaired motor skills
- Affected short-term memory
In addition, there are several reported long-term effects including the following:
- Decreased sperm count
- Psychological illnesses
- Respiratory diseases
On the positive side, there are several studies that show the presence of anticarcinogenic properties in the oil. This is consistent in all cannabis by-products.
Who Makes Cannabis Oil?
Almost anyone can make cannabis oil. However, it’s extremely dangerous because it involves the use of solvents and heat or pressure. This is why makers of cannabis oil know how to handle solvents. Usually, they have the basic knowledge of laboratory safety. Unfortunately, there have been several cases of explosion because of the mishandling of the ingredients.
Here’s a warning made by someone who knows the dangers involved in making it:
“One of the main threats is doing it inside with no proper ventilation. What happens is the chemicals fumes start to evaporate and build up in your house. Any spark can blow you to pieces.” Source: http://boards.cannabis.com/
Where is Cannabis Oil Made?
It’s not really mass-produced. There are very few laboratories that make it. It’s usually made inside homes and news of home explosions caused by making cannabis oil is proof of this.
In the US, production is few and far between. There are more people who make and sell it in Canada and England. They make the oil there regularly, but it’s not all year long.
What is Cannabis Oil Made From?
The most important ingredient of cannabis oil is the cannabis plant itself. Solvent is also needed and isopropanol or butane are popular choices.
How is Cannabis Oil Made?
The process involves soaking the cannabis in your solvent of choice and then using low heat in order for the solvent to evaporate. This is going to extract the oil and you’ll be left with the syrupy oil. Another process is to put the cannabis inside a pipe that’s sealed on one end with a filter on the other end. The solvent is forced inside to extract the oil.
It’s always important to note that you’ll be dealing with highly-flammable materials. Proper ventilation and applying the perfect amount of heat are needed. On that note, you need to stay away from open flames. This is what an investigator found out in a house that exploded in Windsor.
“It appears the butane canisters that were located in the house may have contributed to the cause of the fire. “The butane may have been sparked by a pilot light on the furnace.” Source: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/House+explosion+linked+hash+production+cops/4579878/story.html
What Does Cannabis Oil Look Like?
It looks like your common syrupy oil. It’s really sticky and will stick to anything. It will even stick under your fingernails and it’s very hard to get out. It’s usually dark in color. It can be dark brown, gold or black. However, a lot of users are saying that the most potent oil is yellowish-red in color.
What is a Standard Dose Of Cannabis Oil?
A standard dose that’s considered safe is just a smear. Usually, it’s smeared on tobacco paper with marijuana. Two to three puffs are more than enough for an hour of high. A drop is also considered as a standard dose. You can also go to as much as two drops since one to two drops is equivalent to a single joint of marijuana. It’s not advisable to take more than that in a single hit because it can be lethal to your lungs.
How is Cannabis Oil Taken?
It can be consumed in a variety of ways. A popular way of taking it is by smoking it. However, a lot of users swear that vaporizing it is the way to go. You can do this by heating the blade of a knife over a hot electric stove. Don’t use a gas stove or anything with an open flame. Once the blade is hot enough, place a drop of the oil on the hot blade and suck in the vapors. You can also add it to your favorite brownie recipe.
Where is Cannabis Oil Taken?
It’s very rare for it to be taken outside of homes. In fact, it’s not even taken inside the popular coffee shops of the Netherlands and Amsterdam. It’s usually taken at home where the user can be comfortable and take it however he wants to.