How to Make Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)
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In this post, you will learn more about Full Extract Cannabis Oil, also known as FECO, a powerful cannabis plant extract with instructions for how to make your own it at home.
What is Full Extract Cannabis Oil?
Full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO, is a concentrated, whole-plant, full-spectrum cannabis extract.
This means that all of the important plant compounds, from cannabinoids to terpenes and other plant materials, are present in the extract.
FECO is a powerful concentrated cannabis extract that interacts with our own endocannabinoid system.
FECO can be more potent than other products on the market today, making it an excellent choice to be used for medicinal purposes.
Once the FECO is prepared, it can be used in a variety of application methods including sublingual absorption, topical preparations, and cannabis edibles.
It is not recommended to use FECO for inhalation or vaping.
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What Is The Difference Between FECO and RSO?
One important thing to note is that many people confuse FECO with RSO – also known as Rick Simpson Oil.
Both FECO and RSO have the same final characteristics and appear very dark, thick, sticky, and tar-like consistency upon successful completion and both utilize alcohol as the solvent for extraction.
The main difference between FECO and RSO is the type of alcohol used for the extraction.
FECO utilizes food-grade grain alcohol, a much safer solvent than the isopropyl alcohol used in the RSO method.
The final outcomes are similar, but isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol, like the kind you would find in your medicine cabinet) IS NOT SAFE TO INGEST.
We DO NOT recommend the RSO extraction method.
Again, here we are making full extract cannabis oil, FECO, with a tincture made with food-grade grain alcohol which is safe for human consumption.
At the end of this process, we will have evaporated off all of the alcohol, leaving a small amount of concentrated cannabis oil.
It is important to note that at the end of this process, you will have collected a very small amount of oil.
A rough guestimate expects to use 1 cup of tincture and collect only approximately 3 milliliters of FECO.
Super Quick Instructions
For my friends who just want a quick overview of the process, here it is.
Below you will find more instructions from each step.
- Decarboxylate your cannabis
- Prepare a cannabis alcohol tincture
- Evaporate off the alcohol
- Store your medicine
- Consume your medicine
Step #1 Decarboxylate Your Cannabis
Before jumping in and simply pouring alcohol over your cannabis flower, you need to make sure you don’t forget this crucial step – decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation occurs when cannabis is exposed to heat, light, cofactors, or solvents.
Without decarboxylation, you may not experience the full range of beneficial health effects of cannabinoids like THC or CBD.
The goal in decarboxylation is to heat the cannabis flower at a low temperature over a long period of time to allow complete decarboxylation to occur, without destroying the other beneficial plant matter such as the terpenes or flavonoids.
Decarboxylation can be done in your own kitchen at home by baking the dried cannabis flowers in an oven safe baking dish in the oven at at 220° F for 40 minutes.
The time and temperature should be adjusted if you are working with CBD hemp flower, as CBDA converts to CBD at a different temperature than THCA to THC.
Step # 2 Make A Cannabis Tincture with Alcohol
The second step to making full extract cannabis oil is to prepare a cannabis tincture with alcohol.
For this process, you will need your decarboxylated cannabis flowers and food-grade high-proof grain alcohol.
It is extremely important to use high-proof grain alcohol, we recommend Everclear 190 Proof, for the best quality extraction.
You will not achieve the same results with lower proof alcohol like vodka or rum.
To make a tincture:
- In a mason jar, pour Everclear alcohol over the decarboxylated cannabis flower. Screw the cap tightly and shake gently.
- Place the mason jar in a cool, dark location like a cupboard or closet and leave to sit.
- Remove the tincture from the cupboard to shake gently once daily for the next 10 days.
- After 10 days, strain the cannabis tincture through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a clean mason jar, separating the plant-matter from the alcohol.
From here, you have many choices on what you want to do with your tincture.
You can leave it as is, not evaporate, and simply have an alcohol tincture to use in cocktails like cannabis sangria or cannabis strawberry lemonade.
You can also pour the tincture over white sugar and make cannabis sugar with it.
You can also move on to step 3, evaporating off the alcohol to make FECO.
Step # 3 Evaporate Off the Alcohol
There are a few safety concerns to keep in mind before you start evaporating off the alcohol of your tincture.
We are using high-proof alcohol, which is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE.
That is why we want to be careful about how we evaporate off the alcohol.
If you introduce an open flame while you’re trying to evaporate the alcohol, you run the risk of starting a fire or, worse, having an explosion.
We do not ever recommend evaporating off the alcohol over an open flame or gas burning stove. This is dangerous and unnecessary.
Alcohol Will Evaporate At Room Temperature
You can allow the alcohol to evaporate off just by sitting at room temperature, but that takes a very long time.
Here is a picture of a shot glass we filled with 1 ounce of the tincture.
It took approximately 1 week for all of the alcohol to evaporate off.
We recommend adding a coffee filter or other breathable material to the container’s top to keep any contaminants from getting in.
Evaporate Alcohol With Heat
We want to introduce heat to help evaporate off the alcohol faster, without an open flame.
This is a perfect solution because the mini-crockpot does not heat above 160° F, meaning it won’t destroy the plant cannabinoids.
I also recommend using the mini-warming crockpot because the small surface area makes it easier to collect the sticky final product.
Simply pour the tincture into the mini-crockpot and allow it to heat up, uncovered.
You want to make sure you do not heat it with the lid on, which will slow down the evaporation process.
Additionally, I recommend doing this in a room with good ventilation to keep the windows open and airflow moving.
The evaporating alcohol has a strong odor that may be unpleasant in a small, confined space.
Step #4 – Store Your Medicine
When you have successfully evaporated off all of the alcohol, you will be left with a small amount of very dark, thick, sticky, and tar or molasses-like substance.
This is your FECO, full extract cannabis oil.
From here, you can collect it and store it in an airtight vessel of choice.
Collecting the FECO may be difficult due to its sticky nature.
Not only are they a great way to store your medicine, but they contain mL labeling, which helps make dosing easier.
Step #5 – How to Consume Your Medicine
Once the FECO is prepared, various application methods can be used, including sublingual absorption, topical preparations, and cannabis edibles.
Again, it is not recommended to use FECO for inhalation or vaping.
How to Mix FECO With A Carrier Oil
Because of the sticky, molasses-like texture of the FECO, many people prefer to mix in a carrier oil, which will help to dilute the FECO and make a more viscous, tincture-like oil.
One of the most popular carrier oils to mix FECO with is MCT coconut oil, a form of coconut oil that is liquid at room temperature.
I recommend mixing 1mL of FECO with 30mL of MCT coconut oil.
Note: you may need to heat them together slightly to get them to combine.
If you have to heat them together, do NOT heat them in the microwave.
Combine in a double boiler. You can then store in a dark bottle tincture like this one.
How To Put FECO Into Capsules
Another way to consume FECO is to put it into capsules that can then be swallowed or used as a rectal or vaginal suppository.
Having a capsule maker like this can be helpful.
Learn more about Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) a powerful cannabis plant extract with instructions for how to make your own it at home.
Full Extract Cannabis Oil (F.E.C.O.) 10:1 Capsules
What’s different about F.E.C.O.?
The Fairwinds Full Extract Cannabis Oil (F.E.C.O.) capsule is designed to provide all components of the cannabis plant. Many consumers look to the popular WPE (Whole Plant Extract) option, thinking that this extraction technique captures the full capability of the plant (similar to whole plant juicing), but it does not. Typical WPE is made using alcohol – but, as not all valuable components of cannabis will dissolve in alcohol, alcohol extraction is not truly full-spectrum. Fairwinds F.E.C.O. products are made using our multi-phase extraction process. The whole plant is extracted in our closed-loop extraction system to capture cannabinoids, terpenes, and waxes. Fresh plant material (including flower, leaf, stem, stalk, and roots) is then ground and pressed to provide a highly nutritious juice. We freeze-dry this material and remove all moisture, without degradation of the sensitive water-soluble components (flavonoids, alkaloids, etc.) and add it to the first-phase oil extraction.
We blend our DOH-compliant, pesticide-free oils to achieve a standard ratio. For F.E.C.O., we blend raw and heated oils, allowing us to achieve a mixture of THC, THCA, CBD, and CBDA. The blend also contains minimal amounts of CBC, CBCA, CBG, CBGA, and CBN.
Cannabis Concentrate Oil, 2nd-Phase Whole Plant Extract, Coconut Flakes, Gelatin Capsule.
Per Serving: 25mg CBD / 2.5mg THC
Per Package: 250mg CBD / 25mg THC
How To Use
– Remove the desired number of capsules from blister pack.
– Swallow capsule on a full or empty stomach.
Full Extract Cannabis Oil (F.E.C.O.) 10:1 Capsules Description What’s different about F.E.C.O.? The Fairwinds Full Extract Cannabis Oil (F.E.C.O.) capsule is designed to provide all