Cannabis Cooking Oil: A Step-by-Step Guide
6 Feb 2023
Cannabis cooking oil is a versatile way to infuse cannabis into your favourite meals and recipes. Whether you’re making a classic baked good or a savoury dish, cannabis cooking oil can add a delicious and unique flavour to your cooking.
Making cannabis cooking oil at home is a simple process that can be done in a few steps. With the right ingredients and a little bit of time, you can make your cannabis cooking oil in the comfort of your kitchen.
Not only is it a great way to add a special ingredient to your dishes, but it is also a great way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your cannabis.
In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to make cannabis cooking oil in the comfort of your own home.
What You’ll Need
To make cannabis oil, you will need the following ingredients:
- Cannabis flower or trim
- Cooking oil (such as olive oil, coconut oil, or canola oil)
- Equipment for decarboxylation (such as an oven or a sous-vide machine)
- A double boiler or a slow cooker
- Cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer
You may also need additional ingredients and equipment depending on the recipe you are using.
Step 1: Decarb Cannabis
Decarboxylate your cannabis: Preheat your oven to 245°F (120°C). Spread your cannabis flower or trim evenly on a baking sheet and cover with foil.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cannabis is brown and crumbly. This process activates the THC and other cannabinoids in the cannabis, making them more bioavailable when consumed.
Learn more about Decarboxylation here!
Step 2: Prepare your Oil
Choose a high-fat cooking oil, such as coconut oil, canola oil or olive oil. Measure out the amount of oil you will need for the recipe you are using.
Step 3: Combine the Cannabis and Oil
In a double boiler or a slow cooker, combine the decarboxylated cannabis and the oil. Heat the mixture over low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
This process infuses the oil with the active compounds from the cannabis.
Step 4: Strain the Oil
Once the infusion process is complete, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer to remove any plant matter. You can also use a coffee filter or paper towel as a strainer.
Step 5: Store the Oil
Allow the oil to cool, then transfer it to an airtight container and store it in a cool, dark place. Your cannabis cooking oil is now ready to use in any recipe that calls for oil.
Tips for Making Cannabis Oil
When making canna oil, always use high-quality cannabis. This means that it should be free from pests, mold, and other contaminants.
- Make sure to use a good quality oil. It’s best to choose virgin olive oil or canola oil for this. Avoid using vegetable oil as it does not have the same flavour.
- Make sure to store your cannabis cooking oil in an airtight container in the fridge. This will help preserve the flavour and lifespan of your oil.
- Use cannabis infused cooking oil as an ingredient in your favourite baked goods or savory dishes.
- Alternatively, you can add cannabis infused oil to smoothies, hot drinks, and herbal teas.
Storing Cannabis Cooking Oil
Canna oil will remain fresh in your fridge for up to one year. However, you should always use it in the allotted time. If you don’t think you’ll use it all in time, you can freeze it in an airtight container.
If you freeze it, you can use it for up to six months. You can also use it to make cannabis edibles such as cannabis chocolate, cannabis gummies, or baked goods. When storing cannabis cooking oil in the freezer, always make sure that the container is airtight.
This will prevent the oil from getting contaminated by other elements in your freezer. If your cannabis cooking oil gets contaminated, you can always throw it out and make a new batch.
Alternatively, you can use the contaminated oil for something other than cooking or baking. You can use it to make topical oils or tinctures.
Making your own cooking oil is a great way to infuse cannabis into your favourite recipes and dishes. You can enjoy the health benefits and not have to worry about any hazardous side effects if ingested responsibly.
It is best to use high-quality cannabis, a good quality oil, and a large stockpot when making cannabis cooking oil.
Once you’ve made your cannabis oil, you can use it to add a delicious and unique flavour to your favourite baked goods and dishes.