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  1. I found these containers with a silicon seal that should take the place of a mason jar (since those aren't safe to seal and put in the oven): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFM8CPS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_3dC7CbKN2PGCN Haven't tried yet. As long as the seal stays airtight it should work nicely to decarboxylate flowers without losing any goods.
  2. Well I just tried decarboxylating using a completely sealed jar inside the oven again (not smart) - I just sealed it gently after it reached ~225°F and then went for 45 min. The results are undeniably better than my previous methods. The aroma of the flowers was not altered too drasticallly. It still smells amazing, but you can tell it was cooked just a little. Nothing like the other methods I tried. Slapping herb on a pan and throwing it in the oven was certainly destroying goods. I tasted the extract as the alcohol was almost finished distilling off and the flavor was delicious (for what it is) - all the terps seem to be saved. The resulting MCT oil is more potent than the other batches. I think that maybe proper and careful decarboxylation is the most important part of this whole process. Some kind of airtight stainless steel container with a thermometer reading the internal temperature would be unbeatable. This stuff is really, really good!
  3. I have seen that method as well, but boiling stuff inside a plastic bag seems like a bad idea to me, just because I'm afraid of plastic leaching into things I consume. I suppose they're HDPE so my fear is probably unwarranted. I think that maybe a covered ceramic casserole dish is what I'll try next. Here's a link to the video where she uses a pressure cooker: https://youtu.be/YIQX_AckxpM Very monotone speaker, but she seems quite knowledgeable. The stainless steel container she has looks perfect, but in a pressure cooker I suppose could just use some canning jars for sure. Already have a big pressure cooker on duty I Ihink you're right to be distrustful of petroleum distillates, because they're probably all contaminated, but if properly done (by a chemist who personally re-distills his butane supply and properly purges the extract) I'm going to trust it. It's too good! I can't achieve anything as flavorful with QWISO/QWET extracts, but I will try winterizing soon. Until now I also thought that isopropyl alcohol was a petroleum distillate as well, but apparently it's "primarily produced by combining water and propene in a hydration reaction or by hydrogenating acetone." Edit: ...and Propene is a petroleum distillate, so I was kinda right the first time. I'll probably never blast again anyway since that whole "mystery goo" thing - even though the official conclusion (someone had a bunch of the 'goo' analyzed by HPLC) was that we're not likely to be exposed to anything hazardous in relevant amounts. But that stuff that was in there was BAD stuff. Rosin will probably be the way to go for vaporizing - I'm currently torn between trying out a good (low temp) hair straightener, or just going for a real personal press like something from Dulytek...anyway, that's a different topic I suppose. I definitely won't be trying to use rosin for edibles anyway - I'd rather do a full ethanol extract and get everything I can out of it (flavor isn't a concern to me). Although, I suppose a cleaner extract would end up being a more potent infusion per milliliter - less junk would be taking up space in the solution. I'm going to keep trying various mixtures with all the ingredients mentioned and figure out what I think works the best ( it would be hard to include them all in one solution ).
  4. Oh, I didn't know Alcohol would affect terpenes? I think I've achieved QWISO before that didn't lose all the flavors. Never turns out as delicious as BHO though. I also decarbed on a pan wrapped up in foil. I also tried a canning jar, which worked very well, but can't really be sealed. They're also not oven safe, so that's not a good idea. Maybe it would be okay if I make sure to let it change temperature slowly, but glass particles would definitely be bad. Something similar made from stainless would be ideal. I saw a tutorial on YouTube where she used some kind of stainless steel container, and put it in a pressure cooker for 45 min. Another one used a covered casserole dish for fresh flowers. I make "turmeric golden milk" which is just turmeric, black pepper, and coconut oil mixed with water and cooked until the water evaporates. 1 tbsp blended into milk is a good hefty dosage (it's not too easy to cap - stains everything it touches). Very effective! I added a few milliliters of the infused MCT to the paste and the effect is noticeable.
  5. Thank you for the help! According to skunkpharm, extracted cannabinoids (kief in their example) decarboxylates more quickly than raw flowers. Maybe there's a safe way to keep it sealed while heating in order to avoid evaporation of terps? Dissolved about 1g of crude oil (not a "quick wash" ) into 50ml of pure MCT oil and let it sit in boiling water for about 45 minutes. Ethanol extract dissolves right into MCT oil, but I assume that it should be heated for a while in order to get the cannabinoids into the fats. Maybe I'm wrong about that? Either way, turned out some very potent medicine. I personally didn't realize how much more medicinal cannabis can be if consumed orally instead of inhaled. Vaporizing does not even come close, and the anxiousness provoked by inhaling too much with a low tolerance is completely absent when eaten instead (I suppose that's not the case for everyone). Adding it to the turmeric/black pepper paste seemed to noticeably increase the potency. I think it's worth experimenting with Cinnamon oil and Myrrh gum as well, but I'm not sure of any concrete evidence that they help the potency. Tremendous! Thanks!
  6. Ah yes I remembered that there was something about cinnamon that was not good. You seem to know quite a bit! I don't really know what cassia is - I was interested in cinnamon because of what I read here: https://skunkpharmresearch.com/holy-anointing-oil-and-holy-shit/ I guess it calls for cinnamon leaf and bark oil. I've read a few other people claiming cinnamon has some positive effect on the bioavailability or something like that. At some point I'll run out of room for ingredients, but I like to keep my turmeric/piperine mixtures separate from everything else anyway - turmeric needs to be quarantined or it will stain EVERYTHING. That Skunk Pharm Research site is very good, here is another important and relevant article: https://skunkpharmresearch.com/decarboxylation/
  7. So my ingredients of interest are: Piperine (black pepper) Ginger Turmeric What about cinnamon cassia and myrrh oil? I've read that cinnamon also does something good, if not just make it taste better.
  8. Thanks! I've seen many tutorials, but I couldn't find anyone suggesting make an ethanol extract before infusing the oil. I suppose I'll just decarb before or after depending on which one is easier. I feel like decarbing after extraction would be better. It's my understanding that MCT oil itself has the property of being absorbable without digestion, so it passes into the blood much sooner than other oils. I'm not sure if it circumvents first-pass liver metabolism. I know that blending it with coffee or tea causes caffeine to dissolve into the lipids and then cross the blood-brain barrier more easily. I'm assuming the same thing happens with cannabinoids. I've read some threads here and I like the idea of adding piperine (black pepper) and turmeric. I'm going to try infusing regular coconut oil for use in "turmeric golden milk". Kanna (sceletium tortuosum) will also be a great thing to try. I don't think it would dissolve well (and it tastes terrible), but Agmatine Sulfate is also an interesting supplement I've been using for a while. Maybe it could be added to capsules. It is supposed to increase the action of cannabinoids on the CB1 receptor - it seems to work quite well, but I can't rule out placebo. I've never met anyone else who knew about using it to potentiate cannabis so I have no other anecdotes. Google has a few. It's used as a bodybuilding pre-workout supplement for vasodilation and so it's pretty cheap and available.
  9. Greetings Opengrow, I am curious what the opinion here is on these three options I've come up with for making canna oil: Use decarboxylated plant material to directly infuse MCT oil (by using a butter machine, double boiler, or crockpot, etc.). Extract decarboxylated plant material with ethanol and infuse MCT oil with the dried extract. Extract the material first, then decarboxylate the resulting extract, and then infuse MCT oil with it. I am assuming that performing a full extraction and then decarboxylating the extract before infusing MCT oil would be the preferred method, because maybe it would be easier to decarboxylate extract without destroying goodies? I also assume that ethanol/isopropanol would extract raw material more completely than MCT oil, and then infusing that extract into MCT oil would be much easier than infusing it with raw material. I'm also curious if the possibility of MCT oil carrying cannabinoids into the bloodstream without undergoing first-pass liver metabolism might actually weaken the effect by lowering the amount of 11-OH-THC produced? Not sure if anyone even knows the answer to that one yet. Thanks!
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