Who wouldn’t want a kitchen full of delicious THC-infused foods?
For many of us, that’s as far as the thought goes. Cooking with cannabis can seem so complicated and intimidating. Even if you’re a kitchen maven, you may have questions about adding marijuana to your spice rack.
The first thing you’ll need to know is how to make cannabis oil and cannabutter. So let’s look at a few quick recipes and how you can plan ingredients and dosage for your next homemade edible.
How to Make Cannabis Oil & Cannabutter
Before you can start cooking with cannabis, you’ll need to learn how to make (or where to buy) cannabis oil or cannabutter.
The easiest option (and the most accurate for dosing) is to use ready made oil or butter that has been tested for potency per serving. Unfortunately, these can be exceptionally hard to find even among the many Boulder and Denver recreational dispensaries.
That means you’ll need to make your own cannabis oil or cannabutter.
Tip: Some kief cooks prefer to use marijuana flower directly in their recipes. While that method can work if the recipe also includes butter or oil to extract the cannabinoids and terpenoids, it introduces additional variables that can reduce the strength of your finished product (or spread out the cannabinoids less evenly).
Cannabis Oil [Recipe]
Before you can make cannabis oil you’ll need a few ingredients… namely cannabis and cooking oil.
You’ll need 1 cup of cooking oil for every 1 cup of marijuana flower. Depending on the density of the bud you’re using, 1 cup of ground-up flower is about 1-2 ounces.
Alternately (and my favorite), you can use CO2 cannabis oil in place of flower. You can replace 1 ounce of flower with 2-6 grams of cannabis oil.
Not only does this remove a few steps (grinding and straining the plant material), but it also removes chlorophyll from your finished product.
Of course, you can scale this recipe down if you only have a few grams of bud or if you want a milder finished product.
Step 1: Grind the cannabis (but not to a fine powder)
Step 2: Combine 1 cup of your chosen cooking oil for every 1 cup of cannabis flower (or 2-6 grams of THC/CBD hash oil).
Step 3: Place the cooking oil and cannabis mixture in a slow cooker on low heat—no higher than 240-245 degrees—for about 6-8 hours (stirring occasionally). This activates the THC in the flower without burning it—a process called decarboxylation.
If you don’t have a slow cooker or double broiler, you can use a saucepan—the oil will be ready in just 3 hours, but you’ll need to stir frequently to avoid scorching.
It’s also worth noting that many DIY cannachefs prefer to let their cannabis oil simmer longer to extract more cannabinoids.
Step 4: Strain the oil through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a heat-resistant container to filter out remaining plant matter. You won’t need to strain if you used THC or CBD oil in place of flower.
Storing the Oil: You can store cannabis cooking oil for more than two months (and longer in the fridge).
Types of Canna-Oil
The two main types of canna-oil: vegetable oils and coconut oil. There are several high-fat cooking oils that can be used to make canna-oil. Olive oil is a popular choice because it’s rich in healthy fats and contains antioxidants. Another, more obscure option, is avocado oil due to high levels of monounsaturated fats as well as being a rich source of vitamins A, B, and E.
Coconut oil is among the most popular oil to use in canna-oil recipes. Aside from containing the highest concentration of saturated fats (beneficial for extremely potent oil), coconut oil itself has many perceived health benefits. Mixed with the healing capabilities of THC, coconut oil is thought to be a very useful tool in alternative medicine, able to treat a wide variety of ailments.
Many recipes that call for canna-oil can also use cannabis butter (cannabutter) instead of oil. Like coconut oil, butter is high in fat and will extract more cannabinoids than other options, however loses its potency in about two weeks, versus a year with oils.
Before beginning the infusion process to create cannaoil recipes, there are a few steps to take to maximize the potency and effectiveness of your canna-oil. Heating your cannabis before infusing it with oil helps to convert the THCA into THC. The name for this process is decarboxylation, or decarbing for short.
Second, is to properly dose your canna-oil. To do so, it is important to know the amount of THC in your cannabis, the amount needed for your recipe, and the amount of oil required. There are calculators online, like this one, to determine the potency of your oil.
Decarbing Your Cannabis
These are some of the best step by step guides to preparing your cannabis for infusion.
Making canna-oil is a simple process that involves two ingredients: Cannabis and oil. However, there are a few different recipes you can follow to make canna-oil depending on the equipment you have available and how much time you want to invest.
Quick Cannaoil Recipes
The quickest and simplest cannaoil recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and is an option to quickly whip up a batch of canna-oil that can be stored for up to a year.
What you need:
- ¼ ounce cured cannabis flowers, ground
- ¼ cup cooking oil (extra virgin olive oil for this recipe)
- Herb or coffee grinder
- Fine mesh strainer
- Shallow frying pan or saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Place oil into pan
- Using a wooden spoon, stir in ground and decarbed cannabis into oil over very low simmer for 10-20 minutes. Never allow oil to boil.
- Remove from heat and let cool
- Pour mixture through a strainer and into a bowl
- Use spoon to press cooked cannabis to release more oil
- Store canna-oil in a tightly sealed container. Refrigerate or keep in cool, dark place
Some Simple Cannabis-Infused Recipes
Marijuana-Infused Salad Dressing
This certainly has to be one of the healthiest options to start including canna oil in your diet. You can easily whip up this recipe and enjoy it with any mixed salad. You will need:
- 3/4 cup cannabis infused olive oil or avocado oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
Simply combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk together before serving over your favorite salad. It’s a good idea to measure how much you are using, so that you can keep track of the effects and dose. Dressing can be kept refrigerated for up to two weeks.
Wake and Bake Granola
If you like to consume first thing in the morning, fuel up on this healthy and nutritious granola that will get your day started right. It also makes a great afternoon snack to keep you going. Ingredients include:
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts of choice – almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cashews are all great options
- Optional: add a spoonful of hemp seeds for an extra omega-3 and nutrition boost.
- ½ cup pepitas
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup infused, melted coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup dried fruit
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and preparing a large pan lined with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine oats, nuts, pepitas, salt, and cinnamon; mix well. Add in vanilla extract, infused oil, and honey. Mix until completely combined.
Pour mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before mixing in dried fruit. Enjoy!
Green Golden Latte – Cannabis-Infused Golden Milk
Many people have been talking about the health benefits of consuming turmeric on a regular basis. It has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant, mainly due to the curcumin contained in it. A popular way of consuming turmeric has become the delicious golden latte. Check out this marijuana infused take on a vegan golden latte:
- 3 cups coconut, almond, or oat milk
- 1 Tbsp cannabis infused coconut oil
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- A pinch of black pepper – makes the beneficial compounds in turmeric more bioavailable
- If you are interested in making a chai-latte like spice mix, lightly toast and grind in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder the following: whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cardamom and black peppercorns.
- Optional: A Tbsp of maple syrup or stevia
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk over medium heat until hot. Serve immediately – recipe makes 2 servings.
This sort of recipe could be of particular interest for those who suffer from arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, insomnia, or Alzheimer’s. Golden Latte is good for you in general, canna oil or no canna oil, so don’t be put off making it for yourself even if you’re perfectly healthy!