Thursday, August 12, 2010

Q&A about making Rick Simpson Hemp Oil

recently someone was asking me questions about the process of making Rick Simpson Hemp Oil, so I thought I would answer here, but leave the asker anonymous. My answers will be in red.

See my post here below for the full reading on how to make Rick Simpson Hemp Oil

The message they sent you was:

Hi i saw your blog before and aware of the pic, it is very nice. I am also looking at the other link u sent and is reading it now, i have several thing i dont understand:

11- Boil the solvent off. I have found that a rice cooker will do this boil off very nicely. The one I have has two heat settings - high and low - and will hold over a half gallon (2.5 liters) of solvent-oil mix.

question: this boil the solvent off, meaning the solvent and oil mix right?


12- Add solvent-oil mix to the rice cooker until it is about ¾ full.

question: is it 3/4 of full are the content from the mix of 1 pound? there are more to it usually? if so how much more?

No, the full content will use about 2 gallons of solvent (8 liters), so it will not fit into the rice cooker all at once. You must add a partial amount in, then wait for it to boil down to a lower level so you can add more solvent mix in ... repeat this until finally you can put all the solvent in.

14- Continue adding solvent-oil mix as the level in the rice cooker decreases until it is all in the cooker.

question: the extra solvent oil mix is from the same batch but doesnt fit in the rice cooker at the beginning right? the lvl of rice cooker decreases meaning the exisiting solvent oil mix in the rice cooker right?

15- Add a few drops of water to the solvent-oil mix as the level comes down for the last time. The amount of water added depends on how much starting material you had in the beginning. If I am producing oil from a pound of good bud, I usually add about ten drops of water.

question: add water as the lvl comes down for the last time =======> i dont understand this at all what does this means?

once you have added all the solvent in (all 2 gallons/8 liters), then it will boil down for the last time. Once it reaches about 2 inches, it is almost done, it is at this point where you can add a few drops of water in. I personally don't see why this is necessary, but hey I'm not the famous one so I'll keep my mouth shut on this. :)

16- When there is about one inch of solvent-oil-water mix left in the cooker, put on your oven mitts, pick the unit up and gently swirl the contents.

QUESTION: basically pick up the rice cooker and turn it slowly to mix the oil?

yes, swirl it in a circle to help keep the mix moving so the heat is evenly distributed and it doesn't burn.

17- Continue swirling until the solvent has been evaporated off. The few drops of water help release the solvent residue and protect the oil somewhat from too much heat. When the solvent has been boiled off, the cooker that I use automatically goes to low heat. This avoids any danger of overheating the oil. At no time should the temperature of the oil go over 290F degrees (140 C).

question: how do i tell when the solvent is evaporated off?

The solvent will boil like boiling water as it is boiling off. Once there is no more solvent left, the boiling will stop, and you will be left with a blackish gooey substance (hemp oil). The rice cooker will automatically turn to lower heat once this happens, since once it reaches over 212 degrees F, it means all the water is boiled off and thus the solvent is also boiled off, since the solvent boils at a lower temperature than water. So, the rick cooker will automatically turn to lower heat setting for you really.


On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 8:51 PM> wrote:

I've read some of your posts from Phoenix Tears and you sound like a person who knows what they are doing. My question is "can water be used as a solvent during the process of making the oil?"

I am very uneasy about using naphtha or isopropyl alcohol, as these are both toxic to begin with, and am curious as to what you think.

Thank you for reading.


Thanks for writing. Unfortunately, no, water cannot be used as a solvent for making hemp oil. The active ingredients do not dissolve in water. You have to use a solvent, however the boiling point of the solvents are fairly low (below water boiling). So, if you boil long enough, theoretically all the solvent should be evaporated by the time you take it. If you are still worried, you can put the final batch under a warm area with a fan for several days. The alcohol/solvents will evaporate off very completely given enough time if you left some.

let me know if you have any more questions! thanks

1 comment:

  1. Naphtha is no longer available from paint stores in California. (VOC limits are too high.)
    However, Coleman Fuel (White Gas) is available, and it is listed as a naptha product, both in the MSDS and on the Wikipedia page. The MSDS for Coleman fuel indicates that 100% of the ingredients are volatile.
    But I have never heard of anyone using Coleman Fuel as a solvent. Any comments?