Make Your Own Vape Pen Juice

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How do you find a reliable vape pen? Well, first you do your research, then you make your own juice.

Never made your own vape pen juice? Don’t worry, I will show you how.

I’ll also give some reasons why you’d want to make your own juice, as well as an overview of what to look for in a vaporizer.

Keep reading to learn about vaporizers and why they are a wonderful way to enjoy marijuana.

One of the best things about marijuana is how adaptable it is.

Not only can you smoke it, but you can also infuse butter or cooking oil with it, or condense it into a concentrated form to feel the effects fast.

Why would you choose concentrated marijuana?

In many cases, this form of marijuana is for medicinal purposes. For one thing, the concentrated form can provide rapid pain relief for people who experience frequent migraines.

In a similar fashion, it can reduce anxiety and stress to those who need it most. It also is useful for muscle-related issues such as MS or chronic muscle spasms.  

The Image Of Marijuana

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The problem with marijuana is that it has been widely misunderstood and misrepresented.

Without a doubt, people who don’t know any better envision marijuana users as grungy, irresponsible, good-for-nothing folks, who are going nowhere in life.

This is not the full truth.

The fact is, plenty of people need marijuana to maintain a high quality of life, and they might not even be smokers.

Perhaps they have never consumed marijuana recreationally and only use it as needed for their health.

This is why it is so useful to have other (more healthy) methods of consuming marijuana.

Given that one of the more healthy (and less understood) ways to consume marijuana may be a vape pen or electronic cigarette, it is worth considering.

The Vape-Pen And Concentrated Marijuana

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Unfortunately, the rising trend of using vape pens to consume concentrated amounts of marijuana has attracted a lot of unwanted attention.

This is coupled with the fact that it is not hard to find news stories of irresponsible drug users inhaling concentrated doses of marijuana to get a more extreme high.

Obviously, these attention seekers are portrayed as a plague to society, but they do not reflect most marijuana users.

The problem is:

This image of concentrated marijuana users is not only false, but it is also particularly harmful.

For one thing, it discourages those who might benefit from medical marijuana from trying concentrates as a solution to their problems.

Obviously, they do not want to end up like what they’ve seen on the news.  The negative image also helps keep concentrates use illegal, making it harder to access for those who need it.  

Of course, the fear comes from the fact that it is concentrated. It must be remembered, however, that concentrated marijuana has been used for generations, in a variety of forms.

Here’s the deal:

Marijuana is not concentrated so that drug addicts can get a bigger fix. In spite of what viral videos suggest, marijuana is concentrated in order to increase the beneficial effects as quickly and safely as possible.

Plus, there’s more to the story:

The fear may be by design due to encouragement from the pharmaceutical industry.

Once people can grow their own marijuana and self-medicate for a variety of health issues, that industry will take a hard hit.

Therefore, it’s in their direct interests that growing, distributing, buying, and using marijuana remain illegal.

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What is a vape pen?

There are many ways to consume concentrated cannabis, by all means, a vape pen is likely the most popular.

A vape pen or electronic cigarette (“E-cig”) is a relatively new technology that heats up cartridges or vials of concentrated marijuana.

Many people believe that they are a healthy alternative to smoking, however at the present time there is not enough research to understand the long-term effects.

But guess what?

There are also vaporizers that do not use concentrated marijuana called dry herb vaporizers.

The best dry herb vaporizers guarantee easier and safer user experience while vaporizing cannabis compared to smoking weed.

While the quality of these vaping gadgets depends on many factors such as battery life, temperature control, the speed of heat-up, the size of the heating chamber, and the material of the vapor path, you can find one that works for you.

There are many options in dry herb vaporizers, that’s why the high-quality, full-fledged dry herb vaporizer is costly.

However, you don’t have to buy the most expensive vape.

As I have said, there are many factors to consider, such as where and how you will use it.

You’ll also want to remember that there is little regulation around them, meaning you are at risk of purchasing a cheap, knock-off pen with cheaply produced, foreign parts.

Even so, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything cheap has poor quality.

If you want to do it right, it’s important to do your research and find the highest-quality vape pen that your budget can afford to ensure a healthy experience.

A vape pen comes in different types and models and it can be challenging to choose between the options, however, on the positive side, there is a basic structure to them. They all include a cartridge, atomizer, and battery.

The Cartridge

The cartridge is where the tincture drops (or the vape pen “juice”) are added, one drop at a time. (Some pens do not have refillable cartridges).

One end of the cartridge is where your lips touch while inhaling while the other end of the cartridge attaches to the next component: the atomizer.

The Atomizer

The atomizer heats up the marijuana, changing it from its liquid form to gas, or vapor.

Vape pens use a variety of atomizers that provide different levels of heat, but there aren’t many options to choose from.

The Battery

The longest component of any vape pen or E-cig is the battery. Batteries can vary by model and may be manual or automatic.

A manual vape pen requires ignition of some sort, such as a button that needs to be pressed before it works. With automatic vape pens, on the other hand, you only need to inhale.

Buying a high-quality vape pen

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The best way to ensure you are buying a high-quality vape pen is to do your research beforehand.

Make sure that the brand is reputable and well-reviewed. You can easily find this type of information online.

With that in mind, know that you might encounter some overpriced vape pens.

Once in a while buyers are tricked by vendors a selling a cheap pen, such as one that should cost just $5, for as much as $75 or $80.

You should be able to avoid this so long as you check online and read up on the manufacturer.

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The safest way to go about it is to choose a reputable brand, then buy from one of their licensed vendors so you can rest assured you know exactly what you are getting.

If you’re not particularly concerned about quality, you should be.

Seeing that this is a tool that changes and sends something straight into your body, a low-quality product can have a direct, negative effect on your health.

By the same token, it could be dangerous because of cheaper, knock-off components or inferior and unhealthy metals.

That’s not all…

Some will burn instead of vape, causing smoke to release instead of vapors. In this situation, it is no different than smoking.

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What is vape pen juice?

As much as the actual device matters, the “juice” itself is important. Given that the juice is what goes into your body, you need to ensure that this “juice” is just as high in quality as the vape pen.

Be that as it may, making vape juice generally requires weeks of time. As a a result, most people will not bother to make it.

So what’s in that “juice”?

Vape juice is a form of oral tincture. That means it is a liquid substance made primarily of either glycerin or alcohol, with herbs infused into it.

Did you know?

Oral tinctures were initially designed to be consumed as drops under the tongue. They are processed differently than edibles because they bypass your liver.

This makes tinctures easier to absorb for those with certain metabolism problems that may affect their ability to ingest marijuana via edible products.

Tinctures have a long history.

As a matter of fact, oral tinctures have been around for thousands of years! Using a vape pen or E-cigarette to consume them, on the other hand, is the new part.

That is to say, marijuana oral tinctures are perfectly safe, and when made and used correctly they are incredibly effective.

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Remember, you have options.

There are some great resources on where to buy your vape oils, but you can also make your own vape juice. More on that below, but first, some reasons why you might.

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The benefits of making vape juice yourself

Why should you spend the several weeks it takes to make the oral tinctures or vape juice?

As with any type of consumable product, it is always best when you know exactly where it comes from, and what is in it.

That is to say, if you buy it from a distributor or from store shelves, you only can know so much about what actually makes up that product.

On the other hand,

When you make it yourself, you know exactly what went into it, and how that affects your body. Of course, this is simply a healthier way to do it.

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How to make your own vape juice

The first thing you will need is some high-quality marijuana. The best way to ensure you have high-quality is to grow it yourself.

My recipe uses powdered hash or bud. However, you don’t need to grow extra weed for that. Make hash from the trim of your marijuana plants and you can leave the buds for smoking.

You can use any marijuana strain for your juice, however, here are a few of my favorites:

Once you’ve prepared your marijuana, you’ll need to purchase glycerin.

In general, it is not a good idea to make vape juice with non-food grade propylene glycol or glycerin.

This is because food grade products must be stored in containers that are safe and non-toxic, as propylene glycol and glycerine both absorb the chemicals from any container it has been stored in.

If you use the non-food grade version of these products, it should only be applied externally.

To repeat:

Do not consume or inhale anything with non-food grade propylene glycol or glycerin in it.

For that reason, this recipe calls for only 100% USP-food grade vegetable glycerin.

Not only will it ensure your health and safety but using glycerin instead of propylene glycol will also produce more vapor overall.

Blends of both are probably best for E-cigarettes that have juices that are nicotine-based.

There are other options as well:

Some people prefer to buy a product such as EJMix, which has a mixture of Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol in it. These products are both found in commercial vape juice.

This recipe can also work for non-marijuana herbs, depending on your medical needs and taste preferences.

Herbs such as lavender, garlic, mint, milk thistle, tobacco, and others can all be substituted for marijuana in this recipe, and they can also be taken as regular tinctures (under your tongue).

While the recipes may vary slightly according to which herb you prefer, the process is nearly the same, so this marijuana-based recipe can still be used with other herbs.

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The process

The first step is to decarboxylate your marijuana. This is needed in order convert the THCA to THC.

The activation process usually occurs automatically when a plant is burned, or smoked but because e-liquid vaporization temperatures may not get hot enough, decarboxylation can be good idea.

Read Decarboxylating Marijuana – The Internal Process of THC Formation to find out how decarboxylating marijuana works.

Next, you’ll create a tincture and mix it with glycerin. Here’s how to do that:


  • 5 grams of pure, blonde, powdered hash or 7 grams of high-quality bud (ground by hand) and decarboxylate
  • 2-4 ounces of high proof alcohol (180 proof or higher; must be drinkable alcohol; 100 proof is the absolute minimum) — vodka is preferable, for its flavor neutrality
  • 2-4 ounces of 100% USP-food grade vegetable glycerin
  • 2 sterile canning jars and plastic lids
  • 1 cheese cloth


  • Fill your jar halfway with decarboxylated marijuana. Add alcohol until it covers the prepared weed by at least one-quarter inch. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously
  • Place the jar (still tightly closed) in a dark location for 10-14 days. The alcohol will extract the THC from the decarboxylated marijuana. At least once per day, shake the jar vigorously. Over time, some alcohol will evaporate. Add more as needed to keep the marijuana covered and prevent mold
  • After 10-14 days, strain the mixture through the cheesecloth, and pour it into the second sterile canning jar. Mix this THC-infused alcohol with the 100% USP-food grade vegetable glycerin. Put the lid on and shake vigorously for a minimum of two minutes.

You now have your vape juice!

This method of creating vape pen juice will leave small amounts of alcohol in the final product. The alcohol acts as a natural preservative, and is hardly noticeable as much of it is diluted by the glycerin.

If you don’t properly preserve your tincture (also known as curing), you could develop liquid pneumonia from vaping it.

Commercially-made vape pens cure their tinctures using faster methods that also remove the alcohol.

If you want to remove more of the alcohol, strain the mixture well or simply add more vegetable glycerin to thin the mixture.

Adding flavor to your vape juice

The key to safely adding your preferred flavor is never to use artificial coloring.

It will likely change color anyway, because of the natural plant coloring, so just leave it as is so that you will not be inhaling any dangerous chemicals.

You should also avoid any store-bought flavorings because they also will contain harmful chemicals — including non-food grade propylene glycol, which you just spent so much effort keeping out of your mixture.

Don’t ruin it now by adding these harmful ingredients.

Some people prefer to use essential oils for their flavorings while others go for the tincture blending route.

For this recipe, we will just discuss the method for mixing together different tinctures to create a desired flavor.

One way you could mix tinctures for flavoring is to use:

  • 3 parts tincture of Cannabis, and 1 part tincture of wild blackberry;
  • 3 parts tincture of Cannabis, and 1 part tincture of chocolate mint
  • 3 parts tincture of Cannabis, and 1 part tincture of garlic
  • 3 parts tincture of Cannabis, with 1 part tincture of tobacco; or
  • 3 parts tincture of Cannabis, with 1 part tincture of just about anything.

The flavoring depends solely on your personal preferences. In general, when using a vape pen, you will only need about half as much as you would take when using tinctures sublingually.

A common dosage for under the tongue is between 3 and 5 milliliters of juice.

Shopping for a vape pen can be hard, but at least you have some control over the quality of what you put in it.

If you take the time to learn how to create your own vape juice you can have a convenient way to enjoy rapid delivery of medical marijuana.

Thanks for reading! If you want to know more about growing your own marijuana for your vape juice, make sure you check out my free marijuana grow guide.


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Frequently asked questions

How do you sterilize your jars?

To sterilize most jars, you need to apply heat. Many canning jars can be sterilized by simply rinsing them under very hot water. You can also place them in boiling water for a few minutes.

How can I evaporate alcohol out of my tincture?

This is not necessary, but can be done by slowly heating the tincture before mixing it with the glycerin. I don’t recommend this because alcohol is flammable. Heat can also evaporate your THC. Expose the tincture to air or leave the alcohol in it.

Is there a difference between tinctures and concentrates?

Yes. Tinctures are a specific type of concentrate. They are extracts mixed with a liquid base. There are also thicker concentrates with no added bases, such as hash oil.

Do you need to decarb your weed before making a tincture?

Decarboxylation helps with potency. Some concentrate recipes do not need to decarb because they are still smoked. For a vape pen or oral tincture, it is a good idea.

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91 comments on “Make Your Own Vape Pen Juice”

  1. Cool recipe just wonder if it needs to set for the 10-14 day period if you use hash instead of weed?

  2. Well, I’m glad to have read this to say the least. Never would have dove into this topic myself. Very interesting!

  3. There is very littleTHC in stems. You can use stems and trim for coconut oil but, I woudl not waste my time or money tryint to make vape juice from stems. NO.

  4. Torben, Jerry, hari.

    You all should join our support forum and discuss this with members and staff that have gone through this process. We are not set up here to take on such a compicated topic. Go here: Good luck

  5. I made a decent supply of vape oil but I may not have used enough vg or pg. The oil does not heat up enough to activate the thc. Can I add more oil now or do I need to make edibles
    Thanks for the help.

  6. Is decarboxylation necessary if you use a battery with temperature control settings for your vape pen ??

  7. How do you cure the tincture ……In the article it reads….” If you don’t properly preserve your tincture (also known as curing”

  8. Mike, Fresh frozen is best. Ratio is determined by the effect you want to achieve. The more bud, the higher THC experience. Fan leaves, stems are more of a CBD or non THC effect. Trim with sugar leaves and bud mixed in falls in the middle. Experient and learn how to ratio the inuts to suit your needs.

  9. Charmyng, No. Tinctures are processed after harvest, and terpenes are the essence and smell.taste of the plant if cured correctly.. I have noticed some cartridge makers making up or harnassing terpens. Go here: if you want more information

  10. That Has To Be The Worst Process/Recipe I have ever read. Do not follow this recipe. Do you research. I love Bergman and he has a great business, but this really needs to be updated.

  11. Ardent (Nova decarb machine) just did a test regarding THC infusion into both products. Using the same tested neg material, they infused both PG and VG. The VG only infused at about 18%, but the PG was over 90% original THC content.

    Use food grade PG to infuse, but make it stronger then cut it with VG for the vape properties

  12. What is ratio for using trim? Also, does the trim need to be dried before decarb? I have some frozen fresh leaves and trim.

  13. Do u need to cook off the alcohol or does it just vaporize on it’s own and can u use the ardent nova since it would be safe alternative to stove top

  14. If you evaporate it too far down it turns into hash…you can evap it under a regular fan for 24 hours, but the recipe works the way it is written too as long as your weed is good and your tolerance is low…When he says 3 parts he means 1 part solution to 3x’s VG. So if you do 1ml solution do 3ml VG.

  15. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD!!! The Author is missing the step of evaporating the alcohol! Also, the ingredient List 2-4 ounce Vegetable Glycerin. In the instructions “Mix in three parts of your 100% USP-food grade vegetable glycerin.” That does not match 2-4 ounces. Very confusing. Waste of product!!!!

  16. What do you mean by Mix in three parts of your 100% USP-food grade vegetable glycerin?
    What about burning off the alcohol?

  17. Made my first batch of vape juice. After 14 days of shaking, strained out the liquid from the weed. Weighed the liquid and then added an equal weight of VG. Found that it was too diluted and very thick. Next time I will use 1/2 the amount of VG.

  18. I too am anxious to try making my own vapor oil since my Harvest was massive, and lots of kief OMG lots and lots and lots and lots of kief I would like a more step by step clarification, links with pictures on what I’m looking for for the vegetable oil yeah just all-around more clarification thanks

  19. Wow I really think that’s awesome that you guys are willing to help out somebody in need just makes me know that this is my go-to site, I’ve tried others I found you, now you’re stuck with me lol

  20. Canning jars are rarely “sterilized”. If you wash them in hot water and detergent, and rinse well, you’ll be OK. A high-temp rinse in a dishwasher would also be good, but avoid the overly caustic dishwasher detergent. Just rinse.

  21. You actually don’t want cold – it will slow the process of dissolving the good bits in the alcohol.

  22. Sounds like you do not have enough light. Dirtweed Seeds are the easist to grow. Work on a good grow area and my friends and I will see what we can do.

  23. I do believe that this recipe will not work…..not certain but the fact of not decarboxylating and the extent of 10-14 days has me under the suspicion that this will not do the trick

  24. what do u mean Mix in three parts of your 100% USP-food grade vegetable glycerin.

  25. Cook out the alcohol. The thicker the product, the less the solvents. I make mine without propylene glycol (which is an ingredient in car antifreeze), isn’t it?

  26. Dave G,

    You cannot burn or vape the coconut oil. We use organic coconut oil ofr our infusion but that is edible and topical. You can use it for cooking but, not in a vape pen.

    I suggest you join and talk with some of the many members practicing these methods. 🙂

    Good Luck

  27. Robert, I’ve just made some tincture from an Everclear recipe and have about a quart. When I spray or drop it the alcohol is quite potent, suggestions?

    Also, to use this in a Yocan Hive or similar could I dilute with fractionated coconut oil?

  28. Robert, I’ve just made some tincture from an Everclear recipe and have about a quart. When I spray or drop it the alcohol is quite potent, suggestions?

    Also, to use this in a Yocan Hive or similar could I dilute with fractionated coconut oil?

  29. If you have access to high quality concentrates, like some shatter or any type that’s been winterized that’s fairly transparent then you can use terpene blends specially created to turn hard shatter BHO into a liquid that can be used in vaporizer cartridges without having to use propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin. And because you’re starting with a potent concentrate you can customize your own cartridges and make them as strong or as mild as you want. I personally like to make 2 hitter quitter oil.

  30. I have been vaping for years and would never vape something that had significant amounts of alcohol in it. There are much better methods. Decarb first. Then do a QWET or QWISO extraction (plenty of methods on the internet), which will leave you with concentrated cannabis oil and no alcohol remaining. I do the evaporation portion of the extraction in a glass dish. Then gently warm your oil in the glass dish, add some PG (Propylene Glycol), mix it up, use a syringe to transfer it from your glass dish into a dropper bottle, add some more PG to your glass dish, mix to pick up any remaining cannabis oil, and transfer that to your dropper bottle. Add some flavoring (peppermint is good), and you are ready to vape. I probably end up with about a 10:1 ratio of PG to extracted cannabis oil and 4 or 5 puffs on my vaping device is enough. FYI, the cannabis extract mixes with PG much better than with VG.

  31. Did you use your MFHI with 190 proof alcohol? I read that they only recommend 150 proof, so i’m still not sure if i should go down to 150 proof from my 190 proof alcohol.

  32. This is very good stuff, thank you. I would not have reduced the tincture and I definitely would not have had concentrated enough goods. How much less VG and PG would you recommend? 1/6 instead of a 1/3? And what is the reason behind using both PG and VG instead of just one. Thanks dude and amazing write up!

  33. This was the best guide, ever. Thank you so much! Does this summarize the ingredient list correctly?

    2.5 oz plant material
    1 liter moonshine
    1 liter VG
    1 liter PG

  34. Since cannabis is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, health insurance doesn’t cover a penny of the cost A lot of very sick folks can’t afford it and those who can are forced to pay over $550 an ounce for substandard product, at least in my state. Hopefully this info helps those folks get some relief.

  35. I legally get medical marijuana but in my state it’s very restricted and the options are limited. No edibles, nothing that can be smoked. I get vape cartridges which deliver 90 doses of 2 mg of THC per dose. Very weak stuff. Plus they cost $100 each.
    For me, the cost is an issue as is the relatively weak dosage. So my goal was to make a more affordable substitute with high potency. Here’s how I did it:
    1. Decarb 2.5 oz (70 g) dry herb. This is NOT an optional step. I used some Granddaddy Purp that I knew was powerful, with an estimated THC content of 20%. (For my next batch, I’ll probably use something more indica-leaning, more energetic, less sedating). Yes, dry herb is illegal in my state.
    2. How to decarb: THCA is non-psychoactive and must be converted to THC. One method is to apply heat, but be careful. You should aim for a range of 220° to 240° F [all references to temperature are in Fahrenheit]. Decarb starts around 205° but THC itself starts to boil off at around 315°. You don’t have to be precise to the degree, but you do have to keep it between 220° to 240° for best results. 90 minutes is usually good. I invested about $180 in a Lift decarboxylator, but you can do this using an oven, water bath, etc. The Lift doesn’t require that you grind your leaf first. I would probably do a rough grind if I was using any other method. You can look up do-it-yourself decarb methods on the internet, but whatever method you use, proper temperature range of 220° to 240° is critical.
    3. The Lift decarbs ½ oz at a time, so the decarb process took me about 8 hrs. I already loaded my infuser with 1 liter of 190 proof (95% alcohol) Everclear, and as ½ oz batches were decarbed, they went into the alcohol to soak. I gave everything a good soak overnight. Even if you decarb all at once, I would let it soak overnight, maybe longer.
    4. For the alcohol, it’s very important that you use a neutral spirit (grain alcohol or vodka work well) of as high a proof as you can find. I haven’t tried anything other than Everclear (which works really well) and I wouldn’t go below 150 proof. Use only ethyl alcohol. Do NOT use rubbing or other non-drinkable alcohols. You don’t want to use anything in this process that you couldn’t safely put in your body directly.
    5. In the morning, I infused the decarbed leaf into the alcohol. I used a Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser available online for about $125. The Magical Butter Machine is another option. I ran 2 long cycles of 8 hours each. You could probably get away with less but I didn’t want to take shortcuts. If you don’t have an infuser, you can also find do-it-yourself infusion methods on the internet that require just alcohol and time or heat.
    6. Strain, strain, strain. When the infusion is done, I ran the mixture through a fine mesh wire strainer a few times. You want to get out as much of the plant material as possible. I then ran the mixture through a 75 micron nut milk bag a few times (you can also use cheesecloth). Squeeze the bag to make sure to get all the liquid out (wear gloves if possible). I then ran everything through a conical coffee filter a few more times. You’ll be left with a dark, STICKY liquid. (If you’re going to vape the end product, you’ll want it as pure as possible so it vapes cleanly, doesn’t clog, and doesn’t have that telltale SMELL. If you’ll be talking it orally, it’s fine if some plant residue remains and you can be less thorough in straining.)
    7. Set up a water bath to boil off the remaining alcohol. I took a large aluminum pot filled about almost to the top and brought it to a boil. Move your infused liquid into a pyrex bowl slightly larger than the top of your pot. Once the water boils, place the pyrex on top of the pot, stirring the infused liquid constantly with a spatula. (The pot will boil over, so have towels nearby.) Alcohol starts to boil at about 173°, water at 212°, and THC at 315°. By heating the infused liquid to 212°, you’re removing the alcohol but keeping the THC you worked so hard to get. I reduced the liquid by about 2/3. It should be around the consistency of maple syrup. [If you’re making THC vape juice, you can add those ingredients now (see below) and heat about 10 minutes more until it’s all dissolved.]
    8. Congratulations, you’ve now got a concentrated THC tincture. Be careful: the concentrate is VERY sticky and will STAIN clothes, counters, skin, etc. It’s almost like super glue, if it gets on your hands or surfaces, you will need to SCRUB to get it off. Did I mention it’s super sticky?
    9. Decide on a delivery system.
    a. You can fill a dropper with the tincture and take it sublingually. It’s very effective this way.
    b. You can also take orally like an edible, but the onset will be delayed like any other edible.
    c. I mixed with 1/3 vegetable glycerin (VG) and 1/3 propylene glycol (PG), both of which are used commercially to make e-vape juice. [VG, PG, and lecithin are all readily available on the internet.] Make sure to use food-grade. I also added a little soy lecithin as an emulsifier and some flavoring. [Would probably skip the flavoring next time. Not sure it’s 100% safe to ingest. Was looking more to cover the smell, but if you strain well, smell won’t be an issue.] It worked well for vaping but I ended up with a slightly diluted product. It does work with generic vape pens and with the cartridges I get from my dispensary. But I had the best results using a portable vape nail (or e-Nail) rather than a vape pen. Next time I would use much less VG and PG for a more concentrated product and use an e-Nail exclusively. See d.
    d. I’ve since determined that the cartridges I get from the dispensary contain THC infused Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil. I’m planning on making a concentrated alcohol infusion again and mixing with equal parts MCT oil. Will let you know if it works better than VG/PG mixture.
    10. USE CAREFULLY, THIS IS STRONG SHIT. You’ll wind up with a very concentrated product and you need to start slow and slowly increase the dosages until you find something that works for you. I found the end product exponentially stronger than what I was getting from the dispensary.
    11. The total cost for equipment (Lift, infuser, vape pens, e-Nail) and materials was about $1,300. I ended up with the equivalent of about 78 cartridges (a retail value of $7,800) at a cost of about $17 each. I figure I have about a 25 month supply now.
    My biggest fear was that I’d waste 2.5 oz of primo leaf and wind up with an ineffective final product. I’m happy to say that did not happen. Not I’m working on finetuning the delivery system.

  36. So you use 1 part of your ETOH solution with 3 parts of VG, or 3parts of ETOH with 1 part of VG ???
    And what about Blazing question: “Is it necessary to decarbox if vaping ..wouldn’t vaping turn the thca to thc ???”

  37. They are reaching for light, if your growing inside, lower your lights. If your growing outside, put them in more direct sunlight and don’t over nute them.

  38. Is there fire danger in vaping the alcohol based juice? I made some,but sublingual use was not very effective. So it would be awesome if I could vape it. I hate smoking my weed and trying to vape dry weed is just like smoking to me.

  39. Did not decarbox the marijuana before storing away. It is not day 11, what should I do? If I leave in container for a month will it have greater effect? Is there anyway I can avoid the Decarbox part / will it still give the high effect at all? Also, is it suggested to remove the alcohol? If so, how can I do this without using heat?

    I hope I didn’t waste all of this bud!

  40. Hi Guy, I’d go with trial and error. It’s the best way to get a feeling of what you’re preparing and when trying to get the perfect dosage for you.

  41. Thanks Roy! I didn’t see a concentration estimate on the above recipe proportions. I understand it’s pretty hard to estimate a Vape Puff, would the tincture produced be in the 1/2 to 1 gram / ml? fl.oz.? … yeah, per what volume unit? Other than trial and error, is there any way to determine dosing factors here? Thanks again!

  42. Although, I had a question on keeping the Juice – I have it in dark, cool location; Should it be refrigerated or such?

  43. Abbot, I measured my ETOH solution first, then measured out 3 of that measurement in VG; then combined. 3:1

  44. Peter,
    I make E juice and found a method that uses just The USP food grade Vegetable Glycerin. Having said that I recommend using the alcohol. If using a vape pen any alcohol will be burned off during the vaping process. Just like cooking with alcohol.

  45. There r other ways of doing this Google it .I have tried the many different ways and they work

  46. Peter B Ali,
    You need a catalyst. Purity is an important factor in creating a safe product. Only harsher alternatives would create the same potency. These alternative options would involve more dangers than being exposed to a bottle of pure alcohol.

    Make medicine, do not think of this ingredient as a drink 🙂 Medicine cures all. 🙂

  47. Would love to try this but I am to scared to use alcohol because I am a recovering alcoholic and don’t want to be near alcohol again, is there no other way of doing this,?.

  48. Robert:

    I have read the vape juice article and it seems that it would be helpful to add in the step for Decarboxylating Marijuana (with link) prior to using it in the alcohol mixture. I kind of deduced it, but it could be a little more clear..

    Second, We have something in the U.S. called “Everclear and it’s pretty much pure grain alcohol. It’s 190 proof meaning it’s 95% alcohol and 5% water.

    Third, is it not necessary to evaporate off the alcohol out of the vape juice?

    Lastly, If some of the alcohol is water, depending on the proof, isn’t it necessary to also evaporate off the water? I thought vape juice has no water in it at all.

    I would really appreciate some clarification as I am anxious to try making vape juice since I use a vaporizer to substitute for smoking cigarettes already.

    Thanks, Tim

  49. Your plants, unless genetically terrible, are not receiving enough light. I am using the CFL lights and am flooding a 10sq.ft. space with (16) 150 Watt lights = 2400 watts of light (equivalent wattages). The plants remain short and squatty. Sativa plants will grow taller and lankier than their Indica counterparts, but they should still be able to stand on their own. They also need plenty of water otherwise they will wilt and fall over and break. I have used toothpicks on a few occasions to help stabilize the sprouts for the first few days and keep the breeze to a minimum. We ahve a lot of Lady Bugs in our house and I had one fall over because there was 3 or 4 bugs on it and it just bent and broke. See the germination page for more help. Tim

  50. Hi
    I too have health issues
    Insomnia anxiety and phobias
    I tried to grow
    Too but they always grow long and thin like yours
    Any help please

  51. Dear Robert, Is there any way I can get a few seeds, the $35 is a little bit too much for me to spend. I have schizophrenia and carpel tunnel syndrome both of which I use marijuana for. I am disabled and receive a social security disability check every month. It isn’t a lot and I have to watch what I spend each month. Now I am buying marijuana and of course it is expensive for me. I pay about $60 for an 8th of an ounce and it isn’t really that good for my conditions. Is there any way I can get some seeds for less. I have trying to sprout some of the seeds I find in it. But they all grow so tall and lanky that they fall over and die. I put them under a grow bulb but they still grow so tall between the first little leaves and the first true leaves that they all fall over and die. I think it is the type of marijuana and it doesn’t like being sprouted. I don’t really know but I grow other seeds for flowers and herbs and they grow just fine. If you can help me with this I would appreciate it very much. Both my psychiatrist and medical doctor know that I smoke and they have no trouble with it. I use a vape pen which I started to use instead of cigarettes and my physical and mental disabilities seem not so extreme as they were before I gave up tobacco. Now I would like to grow and make a juice from the marijuana. Thank you for listening to e and I hope you can help me out. Catherine

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  53. Alcohol is used often in e-liquids to dilute. A tip is to leave the bottle open for a while so the alcohol can evaporate a bit.