CJuice is a combination of Cannabis Oil (CO) and other ingredients used to vape in the same way as its more commonly known and similar form of eJuice. EJuice is great for vaping, but with the added medicating benefits of the amazing cannabis plant cJuice takes it to a whole new level. Instead of using CO straight and becoming heavily medicated, a nicely weighted cJuice can be the perfect way to medicate lightly and repeatedly during the day or for a relaxing experience of sitting on the sofa unwinding without getting locked in.
Crafting cJuice and tailoring it to exactly what I wanted in terms of taste and potency was unexpectedly easy, rewarding, and so much fun. I was expecting complicated mixing instructions, danger warnings, and difficult to follow advice. Instead, the process was as easy as mixing three ingredients together. My first cJuice was composed of canna oil, MCT oil, and flavor extract. Since then many things have changed and there are now many more options. There’s a wide range of vape ready carrier mediums for cannabis and other vapable oils including propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), corn syrup, alcohol, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, wax liquidizer, and pure terpenes (terps). Most of the mentioned carriers have some kind of health drawback, but if you look deep enough at anything you’ll find something bad for you. Recently, MCT oil, wax liquidizer, and terpenes, or a combination of them, are the most popular ingredients for your mix.
Depending on what you’re going to include in your mixture you’ll need either two or three main components. The two things you will definitely need are CO and some form of thinning agent. A perfectly enjoyable cartridge can be made simply with only a quality CO and a flavorless carrier like MCT oil, nothing fancy but smooth elegance with nice clouds. Adding the third and optional component of flavoring to a delicious mix can radically heighten the experience with beautiful sensory satisfying aromas and flavors. Crafting a delicious cjuice mix with great balance, desired potency, and delicious flavor is an art and can become an obsession.
Cannbis Oil (CO)
The starting place and base of the cartridge is the CO. I prefer to make my own CO using the Source Turbo by Extractcraft (extractcraft.com) for three reasons. First, I can control exactly what’s going into my CO. Second, it’s WAY better quality in terms of potency, terpenes, and flavor. Third, and most importantly, trim works great because added flavoring in the cjuice transforms losing trim into a hero oil mix. Using trim to make quality vape cartridges is a huge value and the Source Turbo makes it possible. The less attractive alternative is to simply purchase CO from a dispensary in oil, wax, or shatter form.
Carriers and Liquidizers
With the CO in hand the next step is determining how you’ll deal with thinning the viscosity and adding flavor. It’s very difficult to say exactly how much of each component should be included because each part of the mix influences the needs for the others. For example, if the CO is already in viscous oil form the adding of a carrier is more potency management than viscosity management then you can use less if you wish higher potency. On the other hand, starting with shatter may require using a wax liquidizer to increase viscosity, resulting in a different set of considerations for how much carrier to include, if any. PG and VG have fallen out of favor and are subject to debate over health concerns of those compounds when heat is applied and vapor inhaled. While it’s difficult to say anything’s “safe” when introducing foreign compounds into the lungs, even some of the crazy stuff in the air we breathe everyday, right now the best option for a carrier oil is pure caprylic acid triglyceride 8-carbon MCT oil. Absorption of these shorter chains is much more efficient and hopefully minimizes any long-term risks.
Once you have an idea about the desired balance of CO and carrier/liquidizer you can estimate how much flavor to add and how that’ll impact your mixture’s balance. Flavoring options include pre-mixed ejuice, flavor extractions made with the Source, and straight terpenes. Each will effect the mix viscosity differently and could eliminate the need for a carrier/liquidizer altogether so choosing the right flavor and amount to match with your mix balance is important. Here are some great words of wisdom from some guys I know that work very hard at perfecting this and know what they are talking about:
“3 parts extraction to 1 part MCT then no more than 5% total weight terpene blend.. depending on strength of terpene some only 2% per total weight…”
“If 1 gram extraction use 1/3 MCT the 3% total weight.. if you use pipette total weight or really volume is in ul.. so that 1300ul is 39ul is less than 1 drop… 50ul = 1 drop”
“I do 1 gram oil .5 mct with 1 or 2 drops of terps from true terpenes and works out great…”
“You can fine tune with terpenes..best advice I can give you is never use more than 1 drop per gram until you know it’s strength”
Mixing It All Together
Some carriers, like MCT oil, require heating to ensure the CO binds well and won’t separate. To protect the integrity of the CO using only low heat is important, gentle heating under 150F and mixing well for 2-minutes works perfectly. If adding flavors or terps, after removing from heat, combine in as the mixture cools. If everything is incorporated properly you should observe an even and uniform color throughout your cJuice. When the cjuice mix is just as you’d like, suck some up in a syringe, load a clean cartridge and give it a try, it’s that easy.
Thanks for checking out my blog and please remember, I’m a novice and experimenting myself so don’t take my word as gospel, make your own good decisions, and craft something spectacular!!! If you can, share some with someone in need……..
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