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Cannabis E-Liquid: Uses, Benefits, and Recipes
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Cannabis e-liquids are a discreet and simple way to use marijuana in your vape pen.

If you’re someone who’s interested in new ways to use marijuana, cannabis e-liquids are a great option. These products are easily vaporized using a vape pen, and may be a healthier option compared to smoking.

Cannabis e-liquid can be made at home using just a few ingredients like dried herb and vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol.

Here, we discuss the benefits, safety warnings, and DIY recipes for cannabis e-liquid.

What is Cannabis E-Liquid?

What is Cannabis E-Liquid
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E-liquids (also called e-juices) are liquids used for vaporizing. They are made from either propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, or a combination of both. Nicotine can also be added, along with an endless amount of flavours.

Cannabis e-liquid is an e-liquid that’s infused with cannabis. In the infusion process, the herb or concentrate is mixed and heated with propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and/or a high-proof alcohol.

In each method, the THC dissolves and infuses into the liquid. The final product is an e-juice containing cannabinoids and terpenes.

Exactly which cannabinoids get extracted depends on the strain used to make the liquid. For example, if the e-liquid is made with a high-CBD strain, the liquid produced will be non-psychoactive and won’t get you high. On the other hand, a high-THC strain will make a potent e-juice.

It’s important to note that cannabis e-liquid is different than THC and CBD oil. Although they are both concentrates, cannabis oil is the oil extracted from marijuana flowers using a solvent such as butane or naphtha. Both e-liquids and oils can be vaporized, although oils can also be dabbed or taken orally.

What Are The Benefits?

What Are The Benefits
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The biggest benefit of using an e-liquid is that you are vaporizing instead of smoking your cannabis.

When you inhale marijuana in a joint, pipe or bong, the material is burned and produces a smoke. The act of smoking may cause respiratory issues, such as coughing, a sore throat, and even bronchitis.

The effects of smoking cannabis are not as bad as smoking cigarettes. Vaporizing is recommended by doctors because it provides the same medical benefits while avoiding the irritating compounds.

A 2004 study found that cannabis smoke contained more known toxins than cannabis vapor. Researchers also discovered that the vapor was purer and delivered more active compounds than smoke. This means that you may need less marijuana to achieve the same high.

Many people are switching to cannabis e-liquids because it’s discreet and easily consumed with a vape pen. The user simply needs to place the e-liquid in the chamber, press a button to turn on the heating element and inhale the vapor using the pen’s mouthpiece.

What Are The Risks?

What Are The Risks
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Though vaporizing reduces the negative effects of smoking, some people still have health concerns about cannabis e-liquids.

Since e-liquids are a relatively new product, there are not yet regulations for manufacturers to follow. For this reason, it can be hard to tell what’s in the e-juice you’re purchasing.

Another common concern is the fact that no scientific studies have assessed their potential short- and long-term effects.

This is an issue when it comes to propylene glycol, a thinning compound which is commonly used in e-liquids. The Food and Drug Administration considers the chemical safe when used topically or ingested. However, when it’s heated and inhaled, it could potentially be toxic and may cause respiratory issues.

If you’re worried about the safety of propylene glycol, you may choose to buy or make cannabis e-liquids using vegetable glycerin as an alternative.

Alcohol is another popular solvent for making e-juice at home. However, there are certain safety precautions you need to take if you’re making your own cannabis e-liquid at home.

Alcohol is extremely flammable. Since some recipes require high-proof alcohol to be heated, there is a chance of an explosion or fire. To avoid this, make sure the area is very well-ventilated, do not use an open flame and do not smoke around the mixture.

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What Are The Risks

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(Photo: Shutterstock)You can make cannabis e-liquid in a number of ways, but any recipe using dried herb requires you to decarboxylate your cannabis first.

Decarboxylation is a scientific term for baking your cannabis to activate the THC. If you skip this step, your end product may not get you high.

Check out our step-by-step guide for how to decarboxylate marijuana.

Of course, it’s always easier to buy a commercial cannabis e-liquid. These products will be properly prepared and purified. But many people still choose to make their own.

We’ve put together some of the most popular cannabis e-liquid recipes — but as always — proceed with caution!

Cannabis E-Liquid Recipe (Dry Herb)

Ingredients

  • 5 grams decarbed cannabis
  • Vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol

Equipment

  • Mason jar
  • Wooden spoon
  • Thermometer
  • Slow cooker or double boiler

Directions

  1. Fill slow cooker or double boiler with a few inches of water and heat to 180ºF.
  2. Fill the mason jar with your decarbed cannabis.
  3. Pour in vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol until it covers the herb. Stir and close jar.
  4. Place jar in the slow cooker for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Open jar and stir contents.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 four more times. Add more vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol as the mixture gets dry.
  7. Strain the mixture while hot and use in any vape pen.

(Recipe adapted from Reddit.com)

Cannabis E-Liquid Recipe (Concentrates)

Ingredients

  • 1 gram hash oil, wax or shatter
  • Premade e-liquid, vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol

Equipment

  • Ceramic bowl
  • Spoon
  • Wax paper
  • Microwave

Directions

  1. Place your oil, shatter or wax in a ceramic bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave using the “defrost” setting until the concentrate is runny.
  2. Take your concentrate out of the microwave and add about the same amount of your liquid solvent, in a 1:1 ratio. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Allow mixture to cool and use in any vape pen.

Summary

Cannabis e-liquid is a liquid infused with marijuana that can be used in any vape pen to deliver cannabinoids and terpenes.

Vaporizing cannabis e-liquid offers many benefits compared to smoking. These include decreased respiratory issues, increased efficiency, and discretion.

Because e-liquid products are relatively new, there are concerns about the safety of its ingredients and the lack of manufacturing regulations. For this reason, some people choose to make their own e-liquids at home using a mixture of cannabis, vegetable glycerin, and alcohol.

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