It’s creative, it’s tasty and potentially nutritious, it gives you control with regards to dosage – and just as important, it doesn’t cause any form if lung irritation (unlike smoking and vaping).
In fact, edibles are deemed significantly safer than smoking and vaping, especially if you’re seeking inflammatory and pain relief.
So taking all of this into account, wouldn’t be great to partake in the marijuana edibles arts with a recipe of how to make canna oil? AKA cannabis-infused oil.
What is Canna Oil or Cannabis-Infused Butter, Anyway?
Cannabis-infused cooking oil or cannaoil is the foundation for a variety of recipes that use regular oil in efforts to achieve psychoactive or therapeutic effects, depending on the content profile of cannabis being used of course.
In other words, it’s an extremely versatile medium that acts as a great introduction to a whole host other cannabis recipes. It can be used to bake cakes, make desserts and even sauteed vegetables for a stoney stir fry. The options are limitless with cannabis infused cooking oil, and the best part, as we mentioned, is controlling the dosage, having it tailored to your personal tolerance. Although, this is a lot more difficult than it sounds.
So let’s get started with our recipe of how to make cannabis-infused cooking oil!
How to Make Canna Oil (Cannabis-infused Cooking Oil)
The time it takes from start to finish depends on what method you use. Here’s three different approaches.
Prep Time: 10 minutes| Cooking Time: 3 hours | Total Time: 3 hours 10 min
With Slow Cooker:
Prep Time: 10 minutes| Cooking Time: 6 hours| Total Time: 6 hours 10 min
With Double Boiler:
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 8 hours | Total Time: 8 hours 10 min
What You’ll Need To Make Canna Oil
- 1 strainer
- 1 grinder
- 1 double boiler/ slow cooker/ saucepan
- 1 cup of grounded cannabis flower (less for a more milder potency)
- 1 cup of cooking oil
Tips: The end result of all recipes is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. Aim to include quality and fresh cannabis flower or bud to ensure your canna oil turns out amazing.
The cooking oil of your choosing can very much dictate the level of potency, versatility and, of course, taste of your edibles. Most decide to use olive oil as it’s a staple in the kitchen. In essence, it can be applicable to an array of recipes. Coconut oil, on the other hand, offers a much milder taste.
Step 1: Grind Your Cannabis Flower
The first step is to grind your cannabis flower or bud using your grinder. It’s important to note that you do not want to over grind your herb as it may be small enough to filter through your strainer and end up in your finished product. As such, avoid grinding your cannabis too finely.
Step 2: Decarboxylation
Decarboxylation is the most crucial step for making canna oil. This process helps ensure that the marijuana’s psychoactive properties are activated and that your canna oil yields potency. Combine your cooking oil and grinded cannabis into either your double boiler, slow cooker or saucepan.
The temperature at which to cook your mixture should never exceed 245°F or 118°C. If you are cooking using a double boiler, set it to low and let it cook for at least 8 hours. On the other hand, if you are using a slow cooker, you may cook your oil and bud for 4-6 hours while stirring your concoction on an occasional basis. Lastly, for those that prefer a more speedy process, a simple saucepan may be your best bet. Cook on low for at least 3 hours and stir frequently as this method is more susceptible to scorching.
Whether you choose to cook with a double boiler, slow cooker or saucepan, preventing your mixture of oil and bud from burning can be fairly tricky. In that regards, water can be added to avoid this.
Step 3: Strain
The final step is to strain and store your oil for future use when making edibles. The average shelf life for your cannabis infused cooking oil is two months but this can be extended if refrigerated.
That’s it, you’re finished! If you’re stuck on what to do with your cannaoil, here’s a list of cannabis recipes to work with.
Best of luck! and Stay tuned for more information on everything cannabis related.