How to Make Canna Oil: A Beginners Guide

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If you’re interested in cooking with cannabis, learning how to make canna oil is your first step. Canna oil (or cannabis-infused cooking oil) can be used to create countless cannabis recipes. Not only can it be used to make simple or extravagantly decadent desserts, but it can take the place of oil no matter what you’re cooking up in the kitchen. Your sautéed veggies, scrambled eggs, and stir-fries will never be the same.

Knowing how to make canna oil is key for cannabis consumers who want to get down in the kitchen with weed-infused food. One of the best parts is that you can use any oil you choose. Olive, coconut, sunflower, canola, peanut, and other oils are all excellent carriers for cannabis and can all be used to easily make canna oil at home.

Canna Oil Recipe

Ingredients:

  • One ounce decarboxylated cannabis (use less to decrease potency)
  • One cup oil of your choice
Ground Marijuana

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Equipment:

  • Grinder
  • Large saucepan or crockpot
  • Cheesecloth or strainer
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Glass bowl

Directions:

  • Decarb Your Cannabis

The very first step of making canna oil is to decarboxylate your cannabis. Decarboxylation is the process of heating up your bud enough to convert THCA into THC. If weed isn’t heated, it can’t get you high. Think of it like this. When you smoke weed, the lighter or match heats it up enough so decarboxylation occurs and you get high. Eating a raw bud, on the other hand, won’t have the same effects at all. Weed must be heated in order to feel its effects.

Decarboxylation is a very simple process, yet is vital for the success of your oil. Simply bake your cannabis buds at 240 degrees Fahrenheit (anything below won’t convert all THCA, and anything above can damage the terpenes) on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let it cool and you’re good to go.

    1. Grind Your Weed

You’ll want to grind your decarboxylated weed before making your oil. You can use a coffee grinder, blender, or food processor. Just keep in mind not to grind your herb too fine as anything that can get through your strainer is going to end up in your oil. Cheesecloth works best to keep your oil pure and any finely ground cannabis out of your finished product.

    1. Place Cannabis and Oil in the Pan

Combine one cup oil and one cup ground cannabis in a pan, stirring well with a wooden spoon. Ensure that your burner is on the lowest setting, simmer for 3-5 hours and stir frequently throughout the process. Whatever you do, do not allow your cannabis and oil mixture to come to a boil. Doing so is harmful to the cannabinoids and has the potential to ruin your entire batch. 

Pot being heated on a burner

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    1. Strain and Cool Your Oil

After you’ve simmered your cannabis and oil for a good 3-5 hours, it is ready to be strained. If using cheesecloth (recommended), place a double layer over your bowl and secure with rubber bands or a piece of string. Slowly pour the mixture over the cheesecloth and allow it to strain into the bowl. When all oil has been strained, carefully remove the cheesecloth and discard. You don’t need to squeeze the cheesecloth once all your oil is in the bowl, as doing so will only release chlorophyll into your oil giving it a funky, grassy taste and aroma. Cool your oil for a couple of hours before storing. Canna oil has a shelf life of about two months, longer (think 6-12 months) if kept refrigerated.

    1. Canna Oil in a Crockpot

If you’ve got a crockpot, it’s by far the easiest way to make dank canna oil. The steps to making canna oil in the crockpot are similar to making it on the stove, only you add your ground, decarboxylated cannabis and oil to the crockpot on the lowest setting and let it simmer for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally rather than frequently. Strain the mixture over cheesecloth or fine strainer and allow to cool before storing.

Electric crock pot or slow cooker, isolated on white.

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Final Thoughts on Making Your Own Canna Oil

Keep in mind that if you’re new to edibles, it takes an hour or two before you’ll feel any effects. You’ll want to wait a while before you decide your oil isn’t working. It’s recommended to wait an hour at least and then try a little more if stronger effects are desired.

Learning how to make your own canna oil is straightforward and extremely simple. If you’ve been thinking about making your own cannabis-infused dishes, having a supply of canna oil is key. Whether you’re a cook who likes to keep things simple or go all out gourmet, canna oil is the fundamental ingredient that will allow you to use your kitchen to create whatever your heart desires.

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