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How to Make Cannabis Cooking Oil

21 May 2020 | 0 comments | Posted by Elma Mrkonjic in Masterchefs

Homemade cannabis cooking oil tips

Cannabis cooking oil, also known as canna-oil, is a popular ingredient in cooking. Edible cannabis products аre sold in all states where marijuana is fully legalised and countries around the world such as Canada, Holland and South Africa. One of these products is canna-oil.

According to estimates, the cannabis edibles market will reach $4.1 billion by 2022. This number tells you how popular these ingredients are. However, being a part of the community and using cannabis products doesn’t mean you have to buy them from stores.

A lot of people enjoy cooking with cannabis products. One of the main ingredients in almost every dish is cooking oil. Canna-oil is an excellent replacement for standard cooking oils.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make your canna-oil and enjoy the perfect dish served with the scent of cannabis. Let’s take a look.

Ingredients you’ll need

Sunflower oil, for example, is made by pressing the seeds, which is impossible to do with cannabis. Still, the THC coming from the plant is fat-soluble, making it perfect for combining with other oils.

What you need to do is choose an oil coming from other sources, like olives, coconuts, or others. Then, you need to infuse them with cannabis.

You’ll need to do a little more than combining the two ingredients. Still, everything you need is ground cannabis and cooking oil of your choice.

Cannabis decarboxylation

The first thing you need to do is to decarboxylate cannabis. It may sound like an experiment only suitable for lab conditions, but it’s a simple procedure. Since most dispensaries don’t sell ground cannabis, you’ll need a grinder.

Take one cup of cannabis and grind it, but make sure that it’s not too fine because everything that can go through the sifter will end up in your oil. After that, all you need to do is preheat the oven to 225℉, place a sheet of parchment paper in a baking pan, spread cannabis over it, and put the baking pan in the oven. Leave it like that for some 40 minutes, and voila—you’ve become a master chemist who has successfully decarboxylated cannabis.

This process is vital because you get to convert THCA from the raw plant into THC. In other words, if you want to feel the psychoactive effects of THC, you need to decarboxylate cannabis.

If you want the oil to be more powerful, you should use a stronger marijuana strain. According to medical marijuana statistics, the THC levels in cannabis can range from 0.3% for medical purposes to 30% in Indica strains.

In other words, if you want it to be more potent, you should use Indica, but if you’re going to spice things up, you can go with the Ruderalis strain that has around 2.5% THC. Cannabis ruderalis is mainly used for medical purposes because it contains a high level of CBD.

How to make your canna-oil?

First thing first, choose the type of oil that you’re planning to infuse. The final taste of your canna-oil will depend on this choice. If you use coconut oil, you can expect the oil to have a coconut flavour. Cooking with it will make no difference than cooking with regular oil, but your dish will have a touch of cannabis.

Let’s say you’ve chosen to use coconut oil. Mix one cup of ground cannabis with one cup of coconut oil. Please put it in a slow cooker and let it simmer for up to 12 hours. In most cases, 6–8 hours will be just fine. If it looks like it needs more time, just let it cook more. Stir at least every half an hour to prevent burning and to make sure the ingredients are well combined.

When you’re done cooking, just let it cool down. Place a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl or use a strainer. Pour the oil through the cheesecloth or the strainer, and the liquid going inside the container is your canna-oil.

If you’re using a cheesecloth, some people will tell you to squeeze the oil from it. Others will tell you not to do it as this will add chlorophyll to your canna-oil. The decision is yours, as the chlorophyll is not harmful.

Pour the oil into a jar, bottle, or anything that you find suitable. Then, it’s best to put it in the fridge. Use it when you need it.

If you put it in the fridge, it will last longer, but if you plan on keeping it on a shelf, make sure you use it within two months.

What can you cook with it?

Treat it just like regular cooking oil. It has the same features, and it can be used for the recipes you like. Whether it’s a delicious meat dish, a salad, your favourite vegetables, or anything else that needs a drop of oil—canna-oil can be your number one choice.

Conclusion

Even though making cannabis cooking oil takes hours, it’s still a simple procedure. Also, it doesn’t require any special equipment. The heat and the slow cooker do most of the job, and occasional stir will prevent it from burning.

Everyone who enjoys cannabis-infused edibles should consider doing something like this. Canna-oil is a great way to prepare a delicious meal for yourself, your spouse, or friends. Whatever the occasion, enjoyment is twofold—delicious food and the cannabis effect.

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