BHO (Butane Hash Oil) is a form of marijuana extraction that has become very popular in recent years. Its high THC concentration, which can reach over 90%, makes it a favorite among marijuana lovers.
If you are interested in learning how to make BHO at home, this article will bring you a step-by-step guide to perform the process safely and effectively.
What does it take to make BHO at home?
Although the process of making BHO is simple and safe to perform, you need to have a number of materials and follow some steps properly to get good results:
Materials needed to make BHO
Before starting, it is important to make sure you have all the materials needed to make BHO. Here is a list of the items you will need:
– BHO extractor.
– Clean butane gas without impurities.
– Vacuum pump with desiccator or vacuum oven.
– Hot plate or a basin of hot water.
– Blade or dabber.
– Silicone mat or borosilicate tray.
– Kitchen towel.
It is advisable to carry out some preparatory steps to obtain better results before starting the elaboration process:
– Freeze the marijuana: Place the marijuana in a bag and remove the air to avoid the formation of frost. Then, put it in the freezer for 6 to 24 hours. This step will help the resin release more easily during extraction.
– Check the BHO extractor: Make sure the screen of your extractor is properly fitted. This will ensure efficient extraction and prevent possible leaks.
– Prepare the work area: Place a silicone mat on a tray to facilitate the collection of BHO during the extraction process. Also, make sure you have good ventilation in the work area to avoid gas accumulation.
Once you’ve done your pre-preparation, it’s time to begin the BHO extraction. Follow each of these steps carefully to get the best results:
- Insert the marijuana into the extractor: place the frozen marijuana into the BHO extractor and close the lid securely.
- Use quality butane gas: Use butane gas specially refined for BHO extractions. Make sure the gas is clean and free of impurities to obtain a high quality end product. Insert the tip of the gas canister into the hole in the extractor cap.
- Perform the extraction: Wrap the extractor with a kitchen towel and place the gas outlet on the silicone mat or tray. Press hard and empty the gas canister into the extractor. Stop the process when you see that the gas comes out clear, indicating that it is no longer carrying almost any material.
- Evaporation of the gas: As the gas along with the cannabinoids and terpenes falls onto the tray, it will begin to evaporate at room temperature. It is important to use caution during this stage, as any sparks can be dangerous. Be sure to follow safety rules and keep any source of ignition away.
- Complete evaporation of the gas: To completely evaporate the gas, there are different methods. One option is to use an adjustable heating plate, where you can select the exact temperature at which you want the gas to evaporate. Another more economical option is to use a basin of hot water as a water bath. Be sure to measure the water temperature and change it when necessary.
- Wait for the gas to evaporate: During this step, wait for most of the gas to evaporate and the extract to change from a liquid to a viscous state. You can stir the BHO on the silicone mat or tray to speed up the evaporation process of any remaining gas.
- Collect the extract: Use a blade or dabber to collect the BHO extract. Be sure to prick any bubbles that may have formed and handle the extract carefully.
After extraction, it is essential to perform a purging process to obtain a cleaner and purer extract. There are different purging methods available, such as using a vacuum pump with desiccator or a vacuum oven.
– Preparing the vacuum pump: Connect your BHO to the desiccator and make sure it is tightly sealed. Connect the desiccator to the vacuum pump and turn it on.
– Purging process: Depending on the pressure, temperature and purge time you choose, you will get different consistencies and qualities of BHO. The standard purging time is usually 72 hours, but adjust these parameters according to your preferences and needs.
– Safety during purging: Remember that butane gas is neurotoxic in high quantities, so it is important to purge in a well-ventilated area and follow safety regulations.
After completing the purging process, it is time to enjoy the final result.
Taste the BHO to appreciate its flavor, potency and quality. You can use different methods of consumption, such as vaporizers or pipes, to enjoy the effects of your homemade BHO.
Remember that making BHO at home can be risky, so it is essential that you carefully follow safety rules and handle flammable materials properly. Always perform the process in a well-ventilated area and avoid any source of ignition during the extraction process.