THC oil seems to be everywhere these days. It’s the hot topic in all corners of the marijuana industry. So whether you’re into vaping, dabbing, e-cigarettes, edibles, tinctures, or topicals, THC oil is part of it.
But what exactly is THC oil? Is it even legal? How can I use THC oil? And where can I get some to try? The experts at Honest Marijuana will answer all those questions and give you everything you need to know in this, the definitive guide to THC oil.
Let’s start with the most basic question of them all: What is THC oil?
What Is THC Oil?
If you’ve spent any times talking to people about marijuana, you know there are multiple names for pretty much everything. The marijuana you smoke is probably the most notorious with entire web pages devoted to all the different ways you can date Mary Jane (there’s one of those slang terms now). THC oil is no different. There are scientific names for THC oil. There are common terms for THC oil. And then there are slang terms for THC oil. Even “THC oil” itself is more of a common term than a scientific or a slang term.
Technically speaking, THC oil is a concentrate or an extract. It means the cannabis plant matter has been washed with a solvent of some kind [common solvents include isopropyl alcohol, butane, and carbon dioxide (CO2)]. When soaked in a solvent, the trichomes, THC, CBD, CBN, and other cannabinoids get dissolved in the liquid. After the soaking process, the plant matter is removed and the solvent is boiled off leaving behind an oily substance which is concentrated cannabinoids. When an extraction process is conducted on high THC strains of cannabis, the result is a highly-concentrated THC oil. The same process can also be run on high CBD strains to produce CBD Oil. While the marijuana you smoke can top out at around 20% THC, cannabis concentrates like THC oil often break the 80% THC barrier. Some are even pushing for the coveted triple-digit (100%) THC concentration. That would be one wild ride!