Cannabis oil is highly sought-after these days. Whether you are looking to use it to make your own infusions or make edibles, learning how to make it yourself will save you a lot of money and time.
Cannabis infused oil is an essential ingredient when it comes to making edibles. There are other ways to make edibles like using cannabutter, however, cannabis oil is more versatile because you can use it in recipes that don’t call for butter.
In fact, making cannabis edibles at home is simpler than most people realize. If you’ve ever shopped at a marijuana dispensary, we’re sure you know that cannabis treats can be costly. Especially if you are buying them frequently.
Furthermore, if you are a medical patient, you may need to consume cannabis more than others in order to treat certain conditions. It is therefore important to know how you can make your own cannabis oil.
Many people prefer to consume cannabis in edibles rather than other ways of consuming it. Mainly because not everyone enjoys smoking as much as others.
Furthermore, when ingesting edibles, there is no smoke involved. For some patients, the option of inhaling cannabis smoke and vapor is limited due to their medical condition. Others might just prefer edibles.
Whatever the reason, you should strongly consider making your own cannabis infused edibles.
Not only can it be an enjoyable experience, it will also help you save money. It all starts with making an oil infusion. Then you have free range to make any infused dish you would like. Any recipe that takes oil can be substituted with cannabis infused oil.
Cannabis infused butter can be a popular choice, though not everyone can eat dairy. This is what makes cannabis oil a wonderful alternative to butter. It’s often much healthier than cannabutter. It can also serve as a substitute for butter in more savory recipes.
Below you will find the ingredients and a recipe needed to make your own cannabis oil.
How To Make Cannabis Oil: What’s The Best Oil To Use As A Base?
It is entirely up to you what oil you want to use for your infusion. Coconut oil and olive oils are popular choices.
Coconut oil and olive oils are wonderful choices as they can be used both as a topical and as an ingredient for cannabis edibles.
Cannabis oil is made from crushed, decarboxylated cannabis plant matter. Heat is used to bond the cannabinoids with the oil. The consistency of the final product is what you should be focusing on, rather than just the taste. An olive oil infused with cannabis will be thin and runny. Coconut oil, on the other hand, will remain solid at room temperature.
How To Make Cannabis Oil: Easy-To-Make Cannabis Oil Recipe
This easy recipe is suitable for making cannabis oil in large or small quantities. It is possible to double or triple the amount of cannabis used, provided that the cannabis-to-oil ratio remains at 1:1. The 1:1 approach is also useful if you are unable to make a full batch or don’t have enough cannabis flower to use.
A larger batch will undoubtedly require a bigger slow cooker or crockpot. In addition to the increased cleanup responsibility, a larger or even multiple containers will be required to store the final product.
You will need the following equipment/ingredients:
- 1 cup cannabis flower
- 1 cup of preferred oil
- Cookie sheet
- Slow cooker or crockpot
- A container to store the finished product
How To Make Cannabis Oil: Cooking Directions
You will first need to grind the cannabis flower. The next step is decarboxlyation. Decarboxylation activates certain cannabinoids from the flower. It also helps to ensure that the cannabis flower is used to its full potential and yields the most potent effects.
It is fairly easy to do: simply place the ground cannabis onto a cookie sheet, and bake for 45 minutes at 260°F. Keep in mind that if the temperature exceeds 260 degrees F it will change the cannabinoid content and molecular composition, which will in effect change the potency of your oil.
Place the decarbed flowers in a slow cooker along with the oil. Let it cook for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Remember that the mixture will have a potent smell if you open it to stir it around. While the preferred time frame is usually closer to the 8 hour mark, it really depends on how much time you have.
The oil will bond more to the cannabinoids and other terpenes the longer it is allowed to simmer. In other words, the longer you let the buds steep in the oil, the more potent your extraction will be. You could leave it to simmer for 30 mins and it would still be useful. However, it will be much more effective if left for 8 hours.
Finally, take the mixture from the slow cooker, and then run it through cheesecloth to separate oil from plant material. Because the mixture will be extremely hot, you won’t want to do this immediately, let it cool first.
Also, you won’t want to wait for the oil to reach room temperature as it will be more difficult to separate it from the plant material. But, as each situation is unique, be cautious not to burn the oil. Allow the mixture to drip through the cheesecloth, and then place it in a container. The glass mason-jar is a great choice for a storage container.
Be sure to store in in a dark place as the sun can degrade the cannabinoids as well.
How To Make Cannabis Oil: Additional Factors To Consider
The most important thing to think about when making cannabis oil is its potency. Different patients and users have different tolerances.
Novices and patients returning to cannabis use after a long time will be more inclined to stick with something less potent than the cannabis they have been using. This is largely determined by the cannabis flower and how long it steeps in the oil.
Additionally, the THC content of the flower plays a major role. If you are looking for a less potent infusion, select a flower that has a lower concentration of THC. Also, when making the infusion, let the cannabis steep in the oil for less time. This will also impact the strength of the cannabis oil. However, for stronger effects, opt for a more powerful plant and a longer infusion time. If you are a novice, and the final product is too potent for you to use, you may be able to dilute it by adding non-infused oil to the finished product.
Another important factor to be aware of is storage. Remember that the finished cannabis-infused product is a food product so it should be kept cool. This is especially true if you make a large batch. Make sure you plan ahead to make sure there is enough space in your fridge.
It is best to do your research, and create a plan of action before you start.