The first step in making Cannabis Infused Oil is decarboxylation.
The process of heating cannabis is called decarboxylation – the process responsible for making cannabis psychoactive and more potent for medicinal consumption.
When you make cannabis infused oil, heat is involved, resulting in a product you can use for baking your edibles, brewing cannabis tea, and applying topicals. Coconut oil is a popular medium in making cannabis infused oil because it’s high in saturated fats, so can create a strong binding agent for cannabinoids. Unlike olive or avocado oil, coconut oil remains solid at room temperature for easy handling, measuring and topical applications. If you don’t want the psychoactive effects of THC, simply substitute CBD flower in your recipe.
How To Make Coconut Cannabis Oil
Medium-grind about one cup of flower and add it to one cup of coconut oil in a slow cooker or double boiler. Double boilers are very efficient for cannabis infused oils, as they use moist heat and prevent burning. It’s important to remember that temperatures when too high or too low, can ruin the efficacy of your oil. The temperature of your oil should never exceed 102 Celsius. Heat on low for a few hours to allow decarboxylation to occur – six to eight hours in a double boiler or six hours in your crock pot. Stir occasionally. When finished, strain through cheesecloth without pressing to allow the clear oil to pass through.
Also called cannabutter, this cooking medium is rich in taste for baking edibles like chocolate chip cookies and brownies, and oven baked, herb potatoes.
How to make it: Break up about 8 grams of flower and bake them on parchment paper in the oven at 115 C for 45 minutes. Add a cup of water and cup of butter into a double boiler, and simmer until the butter melts. Add the ground cannabis, and simmer the mixture for another 2 hours, making sure the butter doesn’t boil. Cool the cannabutter enough to pour it through cheesecloth into a jar and then refrigerate.
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