How to make cannabis oil at home?
In the world of cannabis, edibles are becoming more and more of a popular option, with people learning how to make cannabis oil themselves and infusing it in their own foods. Sure, buying your favorite gummies from an online dispensary is the convenient way to go, but what’s more fun than letting your creativity flow and creating your own unique medicated dishes and snacks?
The possibilities in what you can create are nearly endless. Hankering for some blueberry crumble cake but also want to get high? Go ahead and medicate it! Hungry for some THC-infused grilled lobster tail with a side of asparagus? It’s easy to give it a THC kick with some homemade cannabis oil!
To kick things off and get the ball rolling, today we are going to be teaching you how to make your very own canna oil and cannabutter at home! Without any further delay, let’s jump right in!
What is Canna Oil and Cannabutter?
For most types of cannabis edibles, these two ingredients cannabis oil and butter are the main components, giving your favorite foods their signature psychoactive effects.
The reason why we use oils and butters to infuse cannabis with is that cannabinoids just so happen to be highly fat-soluble. This means that they not only mix and bind easily with fats, but they’re also much more efficiently absorbed when they’ve been consumed along with fats.
Cannabis oils are most commonly created through infusing oils like coconut or MCT oils as they’re flavorless and odorless, making them the perfect companion to your cannabis.
Alternatively, many people tend to favor olive oil or peanut oil for their robust flavors when coconut oil or MCT oil aren’t available. Realistically, you could use any type of oil or butter to make canna oil.
Conveniently for us cannabis enthusiasts, cooking oils, and butters are also highly involved in many different culinary innovations, meaning that we get to have some real fun experimenting with our creations.
How to Make Cannabis Oil at Home
- 1 cup of high-quality ground cannabis flower (Adjust the quantity based on the desired strength)
- 1 cup of any type of cooking oil or butter
- A saucepan, a slow cooker, or a double boiler
- A strainer or some cheesecloth
- A weed grinder
Cannabis is Temperature Sensitive
Before you start making your first batch of canna oil, you’ll need to be aware of the ideal temperatures used to decarboxylate weed.
Decarboxylation is basically the process of heating and activating the dormant cannabinoids in your weed.
When heating your canna oil, you’ll want to make sure that you use low heat that does not exceed 245°F or 118°C as this will damage the cannabinoids and burn off many of the terpenes in your weed.
Cooking Time Will Vary Depending on the Equipment You Use
Depending on whether you are using a saucepan, a double boiler, or a slow cooker, your cooking time will vary greatly, so choose accordingly:
- Saucepan: 3 hours cooking time | Checking and stirring the mixture frequently
- Slow Cooker: 4-6 hours cooking time | Occasionally stirring and checking on the mixture
- Double Boiler: 6-8 hours cooking time| Occasionally stirring and checking on the mixture
If you’re pressed for time, it might be a good idea to grab a saucepan, but make sure to keep an eye on your oil to avoid burning it.
- Grab your grinder and turn your favorite cannabis flower into a fine dust, but not too fine since you’ll want to be able to catch loose leaves with your strainer at the end.
- In your saucepan, slow cooker, or double boiler, combine your cooking oil/butter and ground cannabis and stir gently so the ground cannabis is evenly distributed.
- Now it’s time to decarb your weed. Heat your oil/butter mixture on low heat (below 245°F or 118°C), checking and stirring the oil occasionally to prevent burning. You can also add a small amount of water to prevent scorching.
- Once you’ve cooked your canna oil accordingly, grab your strainer and remove the extra bits of cannabis floating around.
- With your oil now filtered and strained, store your canna oil or cannabutter in a secure container, keeping it away from heat and light. You can also refrigerate it to increase its shelf life for up to three months.
How to Dose Your Cannabis Oil
Sometimes with homemade edibles, it can be hard to gauge dosages, especially if large batches are made. If you’re familiar with cannabis edibles, you’re probably already aware of this issue.
For example, if you bake a batch of brownies, the canna oil might not get evenly distributed and can lead to certain areas of the brownies being more potent than others.
We recommend using small batches and experimenting in order to perfect the ratio as edibles tend to hit much harder than smoking or vaping regular flower. Keep in mind that this may take some trial and error, so remember to take it slow and have some fun with it!
Concluding Thoughts on How to Make Cannabis Oil
There it is! A guide to making your very own cannabis-infused oil and butter at home!
With a bulk of the heavy work out of the way, you can now get to the fun part — cooking. As we mentioned before, fats and oils are highly versatile for making nearly any type of food be it salads, soups and even stir-frys if you’re feeling adventurous!
One of the main benefits of making your cannabis-infused oils and butter is that you get full control of what’s going in there and what’s coming out.
Experiment with dosage, grab different oils and make some delicious recipes with your cannabis oil.
We hope this article was able to help you learn a thing or two. If you need some inspiration on what to make, give our recipe guide a look. Enjoy!