Kitchen Apothecary: Making Cannabis Oil at Home – By Sharon Letts

Recently, I had a horse accident. While dismounting my boot was stuck, and by the time I freed it the horse moved – I fell, and she tapped on my leg. She didn’t put her full force, thank goodness, or my leg would have been crushed and lost.

The end result is a clean break on my tibia just above the ankle on my left leg. But, the wound from the hoof was the larger concern. They can’t cast the break before the wound is healed.

With my knowledge of cannabis oil and its healing benefits as a super food, I shunned pain killers, antibiotics, and tetanus at the emergency room, showing staff my cannabis oil capsules, letting them know I was in no pain whatsoever.

Prior to my friends taking me to the ER, they brought me by my house, where one of them retrieved my strong cannabis capsules, reserved for night use, sleep and prevention. I’ve taken the caps for seven years now, ever since putting breast cancer into remission (see Take Five Leaves & Pray, )

Before taking the capsules, I had typical broken leg symptoms, swelling, nausea, and nearly fainting. After taking two capsules, in the 20 minutes or so it took to get to the ER, by the time I arrived the swelling had subsided, as did the extreme pain. The technician said it didn’t look like it was broken, due to lack of swelling or bruising. They cleaned the wound, did an X-Ray, and were stunned when they saw the break.

Teaching Moment

This prompted around six staff to gather around while I gave a cannabis 101, showing them my bottle of oil capsules, letting them know the oil replaces pain killers and antibiotics – as antibiotics kill everything, even the good cells. Cannabis, I shared, heals and regenerates tissue and bone, while quelling extreme pain.

Footnote: Since my ER experience in California, Governor Gavin Newsom, vetoed a Bill allowing cannabis patients to use cannabis products in hospitals. This is a harsh blow to patients facing being prescribed addictive and dangerous pain killers in the face of a opioid epidemic in the U.S., but there we are – and there went any further teaching moments to the medical professionals at hospitals. I will not take the pills – I will become a criminal, hiding my use.

Cannabis as Tissue & Bone Regenerator

I’ve learned what cannabis oil can do from seven years of interviewing patients, extensive research on the plant, and writing subsequent patient profiles for magazines around the world.

One stellar example of the regenerating powers of cannabis is evident in Rylie Maedler’s story; a seven year-old girl who, ten years ago, had two-thirds of her facial structure removed due to bone tumors.

Her mother, Janie, had found an obscure survey done by ER physicians, noting that every time someone with THC in their system presented with a broken bone, they found that the cannabis user’s bones and tissue healed faster than those who did not partake. It was a longshot, but Rylie’s mom was desperate to help her daughter.

Janie broke hospital rules and gave Rylie cannabis oil in the hospital in a don’t ask, don’t tell scenario. Within months her facial structure completely regenerated, with no reconstructive surgery needed.

At 17, Rylie is the youngest CEO in the cannabis industry, with Rylie’s Sunshine, a full-spectrum cannabis oil company. She now travels the world with her mom, sharing her story at cannabis conferences.

Because it Works

As I write this, it’s been a little over three weeks since the accident. I initially took a cannabis oil capsule every three to four hours for pain, including in the middle of the night, if I woke. I also used a strong cannabis oil salve topically, leaving the wound to air out, without a wrap.

After three weeks I no longer need the capsules for pain, though I’m still taking one during the day for continued healing, and one at night for sleep and prevention.

As a super food, cannabis covers a lot of territory for healing, righting all our systems, with many critics believing it’s all too good to be true. It’s not rocket science and it’s not a miracle, we’ve been lied to about the healing powers of super foods for a very long time.

Cannabis had the additional strike against it of being added to America’s failed War on Drugs, which heavily demonized the plant for decades. The stigma doesn’t allow the masses to be educated, with cannabis one of the most proactive remedies on the planet – with patients illegally healed in the face of harsh judgements and persecution.

The following is the cannabis oil recipe I make at home using a rice cooker and a fine grain alcohol. Everclear is typically the solvent of choice in the U.S., but a good high alcohol content moonshine will do.  You can’t use a drinking alcohol, as it has too much water and much of the beneficial compounds will be wasted in the water.

Author’s note: Canadian engineer, Rick Simpson, initially found this recipe online while researching for his own ailments. The recipe is referred to as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, but it’s an honorary title. In cooking terms, it’s merely an alcohol reduction.

Cannabis Oil

4 cups ground plant material (small buds, stem and leaf – whole plant)

1 liter grain alcohol (high proof, 90 percentile)

Cover the ground plant material with the solvent, and let soak for up to five minutes*

Strain in a fine mesh or sheet and pout into a rice cooker, set it to warm, leave the lid open

It should take between three to four hours to cook down

They may be plant matter in brown chunks, do not use this. Tilt the rice cooker insert to pool the oil, and carefully uptake from the clear liquid.

You will have a thick, brown resin remaining. These are the essential oils of the plant, where the medicine is.

Just prior to the final reduction, add two tablespoons of coconut oil to the mix. This will keep it from burning (ruining the medicine). Adding coconut is also a good delivery into the blood stream.

I take a whiff of the mixture, as you can smell the alcohol if it hasn’t cooked off. With the coconut in there, it can sit a bit to make sure the alcohol has completely evaporated.

Using a measured pipette, using a capsule holder, fill caps with 1 milliliter of the mixture. If there is any alcohol (or water from weak solvent) in the mix, the capsule will melt. Test by filling one up and checking.

Keep in the refrigerator to solidify and keep fresh. This essential oil is precious, use it in a timely manner for freshness and efficacy.


This mixture can also be made into suppositories. The capsules will test in the 80th percentile or stronger for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound. Using suppositories causes no head high, bypassing the liver, going directly to the bloodstream for healing.

Adding one tablespoon of coconut butter will make a stronger suppository, as the coconut oil on its own melts quickly.


Sharon uses a silicone cake pan for the final reduction in the rice cooker, as the oil is sticky and there’s less oil wasted and remaining with the non-stick pan.

At one cup or less, transfer the liquid to a glass measuring cup with a pour spout.  Wipe down the rice cooker insert, insert the silicone pan, and carefully pour the liquid back into the pan and cooker. Continue reducing until alcohol is gone.

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Published by Sharon Letts in Weed World Magazine Issue 145

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