Guide: How to Make Delta-8 THC at Home


The new vape ban which starts March 28th, 2021, will make it more difficult to get products like delta-8 THC to people’s homes. Unlike standard delta-9, it does necessitate some processing, so it cannot be simply extracted from the plant as it occurs in far too small amounts. Fortunately, it’s not the hardest thing to make delta-8 THC, and you can even do it in your home.

We’re down to just a few more days before the US 2021 vape ban goes into effect making it nearly impossible to order delta-8 THC through the mail. Delta-8 is preferable to delta-9 THC for many people, and this vape ban will make products harder to obtain. Check out our great Delta-8 THC deals to take advantage of mail order, while we can still ship to you!

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To simply say that a person has the ability to buy the products to create delta-8 THC, does not mean they should do it. The processes mentioned below often use dangerous chemicals, and should not be handled by those who are unfamiliar with them. Having said that, for especially the more scientifically-minded out there, the idea that a person can make delta-8 THC at home, is a project worth undertaking, especially as access to it goes down because of the ban.

Some basics on delta-8 THC

Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring derivative of delta-9 THC, the most commonly associated THC in cannabis, though neither form occur in large amounts in fresh cannabis flowers. The form in fresh cannabis flowers is THCA which decarboxylates to form delta-9 THC. In the decarboxylation process, which can occur naturally over time from sun exposure, or by applying high temperatures, a CO2 molecule is dropped. That chemical change is also relevant for the activation of THC’s psychoactive effects, which do not exist with THCA. In that sense, there is actually no (or only miniscule amounts of) psychoactive components in a fresh cannabis plant.

Delta-8 THC is associated with a less intense psychoactive high, and less anxiety and panic response. Some say that the high is very clear, and that senses are heightened in users. Delta-8 THC is structurally similar to delta-9, and shares many of the same medical benefits.

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Making drugs at home

The idea that you can make delta-8 THC in your own home isn’t that far out. Growing cannabis is the most popular home-made drug, and doesn’t require any chemical processing. However, that more complicated lab-oriented processes can’t be carried out at home is obviously untrue. Not only do people use solvents already to create cannabis oils, but let’s remember that the crack and meth industries both started, grew, and thrived off of home-based operations, with the creation of methamphetamine in particular being quite a process.

Crack is made by cooking cocaine and baking soda, applying heat, and then allowing to cool. This can be done almost anywhere, and isn’t associated with massive accidents or explosions. On the other hand, making meth is a more complex process, though still a quick one, and comes with many more dangers. The following is a short description of how to cook meth, and the reason I’m showing cooking instructions for this drug is just to give an idea of what people are already capable of doing in their own homes, and without professional help. So even if it sounds complicated, remember it’s being done all the time by regular people.

Meth is made primarily by the ‘Nazi Dope’ method which involves mainly household items that can be purchased at a drug store, like pseudo-ephedrine. The exception is anhydrous ammonia which is a chemical fertilizer used on farms, but still not hard to obtain. Pseudo-ephedrine tablets (used for colds and flus), are broken up and put in a mixture of water and a solvent like alcohol, denatured alcohol, or antifreeze. This process takes the pseudo-ephedrine out of the tablet.

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It also targets smaller independent companies that have diverted revenue from larger biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and which have a harder time operating under these conditions. Governments all over the world are protecting pharmaceutical interest over smaller companies when it comes to cannabis. Take France, for example, which went to court with the entire EU to keep natural CBD illegal in the country, while allowing GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex perfect legality. The US government is not illegalizing anything, it’s not saying not to use these products, and it didn’t want you to know it was doing this, hence passing the measure in an omnibus bill. Just some things to consider.


This ban is awful, but it promotes the idea that individuals who need it, can make delta-8 THC in home, and perhaps it will be because of the ban that a larger number of people will learn the ins and outs of delta-8 THC home production. It also will probably mean a growth in products and equipment related to in-house delta-8 THC manufacture. There are a couple sayings that I think do well here:

Where there’s a will, there’s a wayNecessity is the mother of all invention

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