Cannabis-infused oil is a versatile medium that can be used for virtually any recipe that you would use oil for: from baking desserts and sauteing vegetables to creating your own salad dressing. One advantage of making your own cannabis oil at home is that you can adjust the potency yourself. Plus, you’ll feel secure knowing where the ingredients came from. Finally, it can be hard to acquire pre- made cannabis oil – even though cannabis itself is usually accessible through legal means.
If you are indeed interested in a DIY approach to cannabis oil, here are some easy instructions:
- Approximately one cup of ground cannabis flower
- One cup of the cooking oil of your choice (i.e. coconut or olive oil)
- Utensils and accessories:
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Grinder (a hand grinder works best)
- Double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan
- Grind the cannabis. You can include the entire plant, just the flower – or a little of both. Keep in mind that anything small enough to fit through the strainer will end up in your finished product, so do not grind your cannabis to a fine powder.
- Combine the oil and cannabis in your double-boiler or slow cooker, then heat the two together on low or warm for a few hours. This allows for the activation of THC without scorching, which destroys the active ingredients.
Note: If using a slow cooker, keep on low for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally. In a double-boiler, keep on low for at least 6 hours, stirring occasionally. In a saucepan, keep on low for at least three hours, stirring frequently (because a saucepan is most susceptible to scorching). In all cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to help avoid burning.
- Strain and store the oil. All remaining plant material can be discarded. The oil’s shelf life is at least two months and can be extended with refrigeration.
- Enjoy with your favorite recipes!