Making your own Cannabis Oil is a huge step towards healing yourself. Whether you are using it to heal Lyme, Cancer or just for Immune System Support it can be beneficial for everyone to use. The instructions for making Cannabis Oil may seem overwhelming and daunting but to be totally honest it was SO EASY and once you do it once it will be no big deal. I psyched myself out about making it for a while before I actually did it, but wish I had done it sooner since it was so easy.
To start I suggest joining some great groups on Facebook for people healing with cannabis. The majority of what I have learned I learned from these communities.
Cannabis for Lyme Disease
• This one is more focused on cannabis oil
• Lots of great info in the files and very organized
Lyme Disease - Healing with Cannabis
• This one is more for all variations of cannabis use
• Vaping, lotions, edibles, misc)
Magical Butter Users United
• This group is all about using the magical butter maker to make cannabis treatments
• Everyone in here is super nice and helpful!
In most states, you can get Cannabis Oils at some dispensaries. The issue with buying it already made is that you have no control over the strains and extraction methods.
You may have heard of Rick Simpson Oil / Phoenix Tears but that oil is not ideal for Lyme. The recipe does not use a very clean extraction methods and the dosing for cancer would be too strong for a Lyme patient as we are all so sensitive. You can find this oil at a lot of dispensaries. If it is the only option you have access to then its worth trying but ideally work towards making your own.
A lot of dispensaries sell CO2 extraction which is fairly clean but not as healing as FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil). I was originally using CO2 extracted oil and definitely felt benefits from it but and I wanted to change to FECO to get the cleanest form of medicine and also control what strains I am using. If you do get it from a dispensary make sure to ask what extraction method they use and make sure it's food grade! Some Cannabis Oils are only for smoking and not ingesting.
As far as the strain goes, you ideally want a good Indica but anything could work. I think it's good to pick a strain you enjoy vaping/smoking because then you know it works well with your body. You also want one that is high in THC since the THC is what really kills the Lyme. There are a lot of high CBD strains which are really good for pain relief and seizures and are not as psychoactive, but THC is what you really want. Once you take the oil for a week you won’t feel any psychoactive effect anymore so don’t let that be a determining factor.
I want to briefly touch on the CBD Oil craze and make it clear that it is NOT Cannabis Oil and it is NOT healing. There are many websites that have popped up all over the internet saying that they are selling healing CBD Oil and that it is legal in all 50 states etc. These are really just a scam. What they are selling is a byproduct of the industrial hemp industry and is really just a waste product extracted with chemicals. There is nothing healing about these oils and they are being sold very expensively. Also, a lot of research has proven that in order for CBD to be activated you need some THC and that is only available from the Cannabis plant, not the Hemp plant. CBD with THC is only sold in states where Medical Marijuana is legal. Please don’t get fooled into buying this industrial waste product. If you want a high CBD Cannabis Oil you can make one from a high CBD Strain such as AC/DC or Cannatonic. Keep in mind to heal and kill Lyme you need a higher THC strain as it is a stronger antibacterial.
For my oil I used Blackberry Kush which is an Indica strain. It's a strain that I enjoy smoking and vaping. I love its pain relief component and it also helps me sleep really well so it seemed like a good oil to help me heal. It smells like blackberries too:)
Ideally, you want to start with an Indica for your night medicine and you can eventually add in a day strain such as a Sativa or Hybrid or high CBD strain.
How To Make Cannabis Oil
The easiest way to make FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil) is using the Magical Butter Machine. There are ways to make it without the machine but it's much more labor intensive. I highly highly recommend the machine. It makes it very easy and safe to make your own.
Magical Butter Machine
• you can often find promo codes for $25-40 off online
• I used this one, but if you use more herb I would get one slightly larger
Foil Oven Bags
Syringe or Glass Jar To Store Oil
• I prefer syringe since you can measure your dosing • Make sure it has a cap
• Get the highest proof possible
• In California only 151 proof is legal
• I used sunflower but this is optional
• Lecithin helps the oil pass the blood brain barrier
• It also helps to bind and strengthen the cannabanoids in our system
Cannabis 1oz - 2.5oz
• Do not pre-grind - the machine will do that for you
• Pick a good indica strain that you know works well with your body
• An ounce makes 3-4 grams of oil, 2 ounces 6-8
• I used just over an oz for mine
Here is a video about how to make FECO with the Magical Butter Machine. I used just over an 1 oz. of Cannabis when I made mine. For me, 2.5oz is a lot to use and very expensive and for your first time it's best to start with less incase something goes wrong.
Step 1: Decarb Your Herb In The Oven.
This is necessary to activate the THC and CBD For THC 20 min. At 225° is enough to do this. For CBD 40 min. At 245°. That will decarb CBDA to CBD
• Do 40min if your strain is high in CBD
• My strain had .1% CBD and 17.1% THC so I did 20min only This step can be smelly so this is where I used the foil oven bags. You can just do this step in a baking pan but I hear it smells quite a bit so I opted to use the bags. Let it cool completely before you open bags to prevent any smell. You can place it in the freezer for a few min if you want to speed up the cooling process, just don’t forget its in there!
Step 2: Place Materials In Magical Butter Machine
Put the decarb’d herb and bottle of ever clear in the magical butter machine. Also add in your lecithin if you are going to be using any. Lecithin helps the oil cross into the blood brain barrier so I added about 1/2 tsp of Sunflower Lecithin. Make sure your liquid fills somewhere between the min/max line. Do not overfill or it will spill out of the machine and cause a mess. If it does spill out do not open the machine! Once you open it while it's in process you have to restart and will cause a lot of issues!
Step 3 Run Machine + Relax
Once the machine is sealed up with all the contents run it on 160 for 4 hours with the Tincture button. There is no need to do anything while it runs. Just wipe any spills that occur and let it do its thing.
Step 4 Let It Cool
Once the machine has gone through its 4 hour cycle let it cool for at least 30min.
Step 5 Strain Contents
Once it has cooled, use the strainer bag provided with machine and strain into a bowl. Use the silicone mitt to squeeze all the liquid out.
Step 6 Warm Hotplate + Evaporate Everclear
Put the liquid into the saucepan and heat the hotplate on low. You want to see a soft boil in the liquid but not too much heat. This part of the process is VERY FLAMMABLE. You must use an electric or induction hot plate and do in a well ventilated area and not near any open flames or gas ranges.
This sounds a lot scarier than it actually is so don’t let it deter you. You will want to stir constantly with a silicone spatula. This part takes about 45min to get done but patience is key and you want to keep the heat low. You want all the alcohol to evaporate and the oil should be a warm maple syrup consistency when it's ready. A good way to test it is to put 3-4 DROPS of water on it towards the end when you think it's done. Alcohol evaporates faster than water so when you see the water bead up on the top you know all the alcohol is gone.
Dosing is going to be very personal based on what your body can handle.
You can start here and see how you react. I recommend taking a pin head size dose at night 1 hour before bed. You can take it with a spoonful of coconut or olive oil if you want. Try to get it under your tongue and hold for 30sec then swallow. Stay at this dose for 5 days. If you do good increase to 2 pin head sizes for 5 days and keep building up that way until you are at the size of a grain of rice.
Keep in mind that the way the oil works is it accumulates in your body. So you may feel fine the first 2-3 days then get hit with all of it on day 4 so go slow!
Everyone in the groups always warns to go slow and I think every single person does not listen because they want to get well quickly but it really is the key.
If this method is too strong you will feel a bit dizzy, tired and out of it during the day after 3-4 days of use. If this happens you will want to use the diluted method.
Diluted FECO - This Is What Worked For Me
This method is great to get your body used to the FECo and slowly increase your dosing. It seems like it has nothing in it, but trust me, this stuff is really really strong, even when diluted.
For this method, you use a butter warmer on the stove and heat 2oz of olive or coconut oil and put 1 grain of rice of FECO in it. Stir it to completely melt the FECO and store in a glass amber dropper bottle.
Start with 1 drop under your tongue for 5 days. Next do 2 drops for 5 days and keep increasing to 5 drops this way. Once you get to 5 drops increase by 5 drops every 5 days. I got to the point that I was taking 3 dropper fulls each night and a dropper earlier in the evening around 5pm. I also started experimenting with a day strain but did not like the strain I had so I am going to make my own or try Cannabutter for daytime.
After a week of being on the oil you won’t feel any high or psychoactive effect. If anything it just helps you sleep really well.
I have heard that if you want no chance of psychoactive effect you can use suppositories with coconut oil but have never tried that since I don’t mind the high so I don’t have a lot of info on that method.
Once you build up your tolerance you can stick with this or try going back to FECO or a lot of people have had success with Cannabutter for healing from Lyme though I have not tried it yet.
If you are patient with finding your right dose this medicine is truly magical.
Once you feel your symptoms are gone, it's important to take a maintenance dose. I will probably take a maintenance dose for the rest of my life to help balance my autoimmune issues and for overall wellness. It balances everything in your immune system to keep you healthy so why not keep it going?