Olive oil is a product that many people consume as part of their daily diet due to its many health benefits, but what about cannabis oil? Cannabis oil doesn’t generally figure in many people’s diets, especially not those that don’t consume cannabis, although this is slowly changing. Thanks to the recent wave of legalizations around the world and the investigations being done, we’re finding out more about cannabis’ properties and its amazing benefits when used correctly. That’s why today we’re going to teach you how to make cannabis oil.
What Kind of Oil and Marijuana is Best?
I am always asked what kind of oil is best to infuse. That depends what you are going to use it for. A neutral oil like canola, grapeseed, or vegetable oil is most versatile as you can use it most any recipe calling for oil. For additional flavor elements, olive oil is a great choice. You can even infuse solid at room temperature fats like coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Use whatever works best for what you are planning to cook with it.
How to Save Money When Making Cannabis Oil
You can cook with any kind of marijuana from trimmings to flowers when making weed butter.
There is no need to cook with top-shelf marijuana. Those top-shelf strains are used priced that way because of their terpenes. As many of these volatile compounds will be cooked off in the process of making edibles, it doesn’t make sense to pay extra for them in this instance.
If your purveyor offers “shake” the marijuana world equivalent of the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of potato chips, check it out. Shake is sold for far less than pretty buds but it can still be mighty potent. Check out this link for more information about Shake.
If you grow your own, these are plenty of cannabinoid-rich trichomes left on your trimmings, especially the small “sugar leaves” that surround the flowers, and they make excellent cooking material. Of course the quality of the plant matters, but if you grow great cannabis, don’t waste those trimmings!
You can even make marijuana oil with old weed, although the effects of the edibles made from this may be a little different. Different is NOT necessarily bad, in many cases these effects are desirable, such as pain reduction and better sleep. Read more details about cooking with old cannabis here.
Dosing for Marijuana Oil
You will need to adjust the amount of cannabis used to make butter depending on the potency of the plant and what parts of it you are using. Check out the Dosing Dilemmas page for additional information on how to determine dosing in your cannabis butter and edibles.
For this article and others on this website, I’ve listed the amounts I use to test the recipes for this blog as well as those in The Easy Cannabis Cookbook. You can and should alter the suggested amounts to meet your needs, but these will give you a starting guideline.
For the base dose calculations for recipes on this site, I am assuming you are using 14 grams of 10%THC cannabis to make 1 cup of oil.
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To Make About 1 Cup Marijuana Oil at the dose tested on this site (see links above to adjust for YOUR NEEDS):
- 1 1/4 cups edible oil of your choice
- 1/2 ounce (14 grams) average quality decarboxylated dried bud
How to make cannabis oil:
Before you start with the recipe, you’ll need to figure out the type of cannabis you’re going to be using. You can use THC rich, CBD rich or balanced cannabis for this recipe.
If you’re looking to make oil that anyone can consume without getting any sort of psychoactive effect, you should use high-CBD cannabis that contains extremely low THC levels. You should use strains such as Sweet Pure CBD by Sweet Seeds or Solodiol by Elite Seeds. The effects produced by CBD-rich strains make them perfect for daily consumption.
For those looking to make cannabis oil that has all of cannabis’s properties, including the psychoactive ones, we highly recommend using a strain with high THC levels or more THC than CBD. This allows you to create a cannabis oil that’s capable of alleviating intense muscular pain, reduce epileptic attacks, increase appetite, treat insomnia etc. It’s also a much safer way to consume cannabis as you don’t need to inhale any nasty smoke.
Ingredients and materials:
- 500-700ml virgin extra olive oil
- 20-25g dry and cured cannabis
- One kitchen thermometer
- One kitchen spatula
- Large pot (3-5L)
- Small pot (1L)
- A weed grinder
- A coffee filter
- One thin metal sieve
- One glass container with lid
- 5L bottled water
How to make cannabis oil | RECIPE
This first recipe is the easiest to make, as it hardly needs much work and it just requires a bit of patience.
- 1: Begin by washing and decarbing your cannabis using your preferred process. If you want a less psychoactive effect and more medicinal properties from your oil, simply wash your cannabis before using and skip the decarb process (only do this if you do not want a psychoactive end result).
- 2: Get a glass bowl that’s large enough for the amount of oil you plan on making
- 3: Pour your preferred virgin extra olive oil into the bowl
- 4: Add 20-25g of dried, cured cannabis (not ground)
- 5: Let it macerate in a dark, dry place for a couple of weeks, Mix every now and then so that the cannabis fully releases its properties
- 6: After a couple of weeks it should be ready to consume
- 7: Do not remove the cannabis
- 8: If the cannabis oil turns out too strong, pour the oil into a new glass bottle and add one fourth virgin extra olive oil in order to soften the effect. Shake well and let it sit in the dark for a couple of days so that it mixes properly
- 9: Your cannabis oil is now ready to use as a food supplement, as drops or even as a skin cream!