First things first, let’s make this clear, cannabinoids are not unique to cannabis. The human body produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are what the plant produces in the form of carboxylic acids such as THCA, CBDA, CBGA, and so on.

THCA tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. As cannabis dries out, the THCA slowly converts to THC. The same reaction occurs when heat is applied. So, what is this magic temp that converts our THCA into the more familiar psychoactive THC? 266 ०F for 12 minutes.

THCA oil is interesting, because THCA has so many potential health benefits including being anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, a great antioxidant, an antiemetic, and as an analgesic. More research needs to be done on how these are all connected to THCA, but it can’t hurt to try, right?

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To make THCA oil you’ll need:

  1. 7g Cannabis with at least 20% THCA
  2. Several ounces of ethanol alcohol (does not have to be exact)
  3. One coffee filter
  4. One small bowl
  5. 24 ml of a light oil, like canola. This needs to be exact amount.
  6. 1ml lemon extract
  7. Lastly – a 2 OZ tincture bottle with dropper to fill when you’re done! (I found these ones on Amazon).


Grind and weigh cannabis, place in bowl.

Freeze the cannabis and the ethanol alcohol (separately) overnight.

Add the ethanol to the cannabis and return to freezer for about 30 minutes.

Drain the ethanol and the cannabis into another bowl using the coffee filter, being careful to squeeze to remove all the liquid, but not to puncture the filter.

Place the cannabis bowl in a well ventilated but cool area until it dries completely. (This may take up to 1 to 2 days)

Once dry, add the 24ml of light oil, and the 1ml of Lemon extract. Let sit overnight.

Use a pipette to gently stir any undissolved matter from the button and transfer the oil to your tincture bottle. (FYI: You can find super cheap packs of pipettes on Amazon).