Have you ever tried cooking with cannabis? If not, you could be missing out. People are waking up to just how incredible the highs can be, and while the cooking might be tough, once you nail it it is truly one of the best ways to consume your weed.
It’s very different from other methods of taking weed, such as inhaling it. It takes longer to kick in, and edibles are tough to work out, as you might not know exactly how potent it is going to be. Start really slowly otherwise some of the OG strains are going to hit really hard.
One of the first steps towards cooking with cannabis is to get your base ingredients. Some people opt for cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter, in case you hadn’t guessed) but oil could be a better option, and it is often that little bit more versatile. So how do you make cannabis cooking oil? What are the steps to infuse some oil ready to use in your baking or ordinary cooking project? We share our awesome recipe below.
Recipe for cannabis cooking oil
The recipe really couldn’t be any simpler:
- Cannabis flower
- Cooking oil (whatever you choose, we’ll discuss this in more detail below)
That’s it. They should be combined in a 1:1 ratio, but if you want your oil to be a little milder, or you’re new to the world of edibles, we recommend lowering the ratio and adding a bit more cooking oil.
The simple, two-ingredient recipe also has a relatively straightforward method.
- Grind the cannabis. It’s up to you whether you include all of the plants. We recommend a coarse grind, because if it ends up being too powdery it’ll end up in the oil when you try to strain it.
- Combine and cook. Add your weed to the oil and begin the process of slow cooking. You can use a crock pot, or you can just put it in a saucepan on low. Make sure the temperature doesn’t get over 245°F.
- After 3-6 hours, strain the mixture through a fine cheesecloth, this will serve to get rid of the cannabis that has been ground, and leave you with a smooth, infused oil. The compounds of the weed will have worked their way in.
Which oil you use is another matter for your own personal preference. A lot of people go for coconut oil for its versatility. You can use this for baking or for cooking in other methods. Olive oil will hold its flavor a little better, and you can also opt for canola or veggie oil, it’s really up to you. Try experimenting with different oils to find one you like.
Tips for reducing odor when making cannabis oil
Cannabis can create a really strong odor. The fact that oil takes hours to create means that it can really fill the room, and take days to truly go. This smell lingers. So, what are some of the things you can do to avoid this?
Well, rubber or silicone lids or seals that can lock in the odor is probably your easiest bet. If you’re using a crock pot, make sure you have a really tight seal on the lid if you want to avoid the weed smell getting everywhere.
If you’ve got a lid on tightly, you can also choose where and when you open it. You might even want to go outside or under a vent so that all that odor can get released in a way that isn’t going to stink out the whole house. A little bit of planning goes a long way here!
How to cook with your weed oil
The fun bit is getting to use your weed oil in your cooking, so how can you start to use that cannabis infused oil to your advantage?
The same rule applies regarding the heat, you don’t want it to hit the 245 mark or you’ll end up with food that tastes like cannabis but has none of the effects.
For this reason, some of the safest things to make to start with include dressings and even spreads. A chocolate spread mixed with your cannabis oil can be a thing of beauty, and doubly pleasurable.
Dressings such as ranch often contain some form of oil, so you can definitely add some of your cannabis oil to these, and some baking recipes also work fantastically. Why not try some weed-infused brownies, and be a real cannabis traditionalist!
Remember to start slowly and only add the level of weed you’re comfortable with initially. Over time, you can add more if you are confident that you can handle it. Remember that it will take a bit of time to feel the effects, too. You don’t need to go back for a second helping.
Rebecca Akers is an enthusiastic and creative writer at THC Design. Her main goal is to spread information about weed strains and its health benefits.