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Cannabis,  Natural Health

How to Make Homemade Cannabis Oil (or CBD Oil)

Are you interested in making your own cannabis-infused oil? I don’t blame you! Making homemade cannabis oil is a great way to create a highly healing, concentrated, and versatile cannabis product. It is ready to use in edible recipes, topical salves, or even enjoy straight on its own. Especially if you use organic homegrown cannabis like we do, this is an excellent way to use up any extra or “fluffy” stuff too. It also happens to be very easy to make cannabis oil at home!

Follow along with these step-by-step instructions to learn how to make homemade cannabis oil. We’ll also briefly discuss the science behind cannabis oil, and what types of cannabis to use to make oil. Finally, we’ll go over various ways to use homemade cannabis oil, including some notes about caution and dosing with edibles. 


What is Cannabis-Infused Oil 


Cannabis oil is made by lightly heating (and thus infusing) cannabis in a “carrier oil”. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC, the most active components in cannabis, are both hydrophobic. That means they don’t like water, and are actually repelled by water molecules. On the flip side, CBD and THC are both fat-soluble. They like to bind with fatty acid molecules – such as those found in oil. When cannabis is steeped in oil, the THC and CBD molecules leave the buds or plant material and become one with the oil instead.

A wide variety of oils can be used to make cannabis oil. However, coconut oil and olive oil are the most popular and common. Coconut oil and olive oil are both pleasant-tasting and very nourishing for skin, making them versatile options for either medicated edibles or topical applications. Plus, they both have strong natural antifungal and antimicrobial properties. This helps prevent mold and extends the shelf life of your cannabis oil. Coconut oil is higher in saturated fat, which may bind fat-loving cannabinoids even more readily than olive oil. 


Decarboxylated cannabis infusing coconut oil inside of a stainless steel pot.
Cannabinoids + fat (coconut oil) = BFFs


Hemp Oil, CBD Oil, THC, or…


Your choice! You can make cannabis-infused oil with hemp or marijuana, depending on what is legal and available in your area. Or, what you’re desired end-results are. Hemp oil will only contain CBD (or a very minuscule amount of THC), while marijuana-infused oil will likely contain both THC and CBD. The ratio and concentration of THC and/or CBD depends on the strain of marijuana and particular plant it came from.

Generally speaking, THC is psychoactive and CBD is not. But THC does a lot more than change your state of mind! Studies show that THC has even stronger pain and stress-relieving properties than CBD, which is known to help with insomnia, seizures and inflammation. While they each have notable and distinct stand-alone benefits, an oil or salve containing both CBD and THC has the highest potential for a wide array of health benefits (albeit illegal in some places). Known as the “entourage effect”, the synergistic combination of both THC and CBD through whole-plant cannabis consumption and extracts is more powerful than either one on its own.

I personally like to use strains that are high in both THC and CBD to make oil and salves. To learn more about the differences between strains, CBD and THC, see this article: “Sativa, Indica & Autoflowers, the Differences Explained”.


A diagram showing potential uses for CBD and THC.
CBD versus THS benefits, via CBD Farmhouse


Why Make Cannabis Oil


Cannabis oil is the foundation ingredient for ultra-healing homemade topical lotions, ointments, and salves – my favorite way to use it! Both THC and CBD have excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that cannabinoids have the ability to reduce acne, fine lines and wrinkles, soothe redness and irritation, and balance natural skin oils. Also, cannabinoids (THC especially) are analgesic – meaning they reduce pain. I regularly use our homemade cannabis salve on my knees, ankles, and other aching or inflamed joints and muscles. 

Furthermore, making cannabis oil is one of the most reliable ways to create medicated edible cannabis products. Even so, it is extremely difficult to determine the exact potency of homemade edibles or cannabis oil. Because of this, it is suggested to consume with caution in very small doses at first. Cannabis oil can be consumed on its own, or added to other edible cannabis recipes. (I personally prefer to make homemade cannabis tinctures over edibles.)

On the other hand, simply chopping up weed to add to your brownie mix is not a good idea, for many reasons. As we already explored, cannabinoids are fat-soluble. That means that they not only bind with oils during the infusion process, but also that cannabinoids are more readily absorbed and digested in our bodies when they’re consumed with fat – such as oil. If you add raw cannabis to baked goods, it is less likely that the cannabinoids will bind to fats for a consistent and effective edible experience. Using decarboxylated cannabis to make cannabis oil further increases precision and consistency. 


Using Decarboxylated Cannabis for Oil


The cannabinoid compounds found in raw cannabis (THCA and CBDA) are not the same as those found in cannabis that has been heated – such as those inhaled (THC and CBD) when you ignite or vaporize cannabis, or when cooking with cannabis. The process of heating and “activating” cannabis is called decarboxylation. It is what makes cannabis psychoactive, and also more potent for medicinal applications.  

Yet when it comes to heating cannabis, it is best to do so low, slow, and methodically. There are time and temperature “sweet spots” where raw THCA and CBDA are converted into active THC and CBD. But without a precise process, over-heating or under-heating cannabis can lead to uneven activation of THC and CBD. Even worse, it may even destroy the THC or CBD altogether!


A diagram showing a chart which shows how THC content varies depending on how long or how high the cannabis is heated. You want to heat cannabis low and slow to make cannabis oil.
The content (activation or decomposition) of THC with time and temperature. Note that CBD takes about 2x as long at the same temperatures. Graph courtesy of 420 Magazine


Most cannabis oil recipes call for cannabis that has already been properly decarboxylated first.  The most common and fuss-free way is to decarb cannabis in the oven, and then add it to oil over a very low heat afterwards – avoiding further decarboxylation. Some folks choose to decarb their raw cannabis on the stovetop simultaneously with the oil infusion process. However, that requires significantly more careful monitoring to hit that time-temperature sweet spot (and not ruin it). 

Therefore, our cannabis oil recipe calls for decarboxylated cannabis as well. I provide very brief instructions on how to decarb raw cannabis below, but you can read further information about exactly how and why to decarb cannabis in the oven in this article. 



SUPPLIES NEEDED


  • 1 cup of loosely ground decarboxylated cannabis. To be more precise, I suggest to use a kitchen scale to weigh out approximately 7 to 10 grams (a quarter ounce or just over), depending on your tolerance.

  • 1 cup coconut oil or other oil of choice, such as olive oil. We like to use organic coconut oil because it is solid at room temperature (and tastes good), which makes it perfect to eat a tiny spoonful of, spread on bread like butter, or use in a salve. (Note that our salve recipe calls for 1.5 cups coconut oil, so scale up if you intend to make that. If you prefer your finished cannabis oil to remain in liquid form, use olive oil, fractionated (liquid) coconut oil, or other edible oil of choice.

  • Optional: A few grams of raw cannabis. In addition to decarboxylated cannabis, we like to add a little handful of raw homegrown bud to our oil as well. While the most significant and well-documented health benefits from cannabis are attributed to active THC and CBD (found in decarbed cannabis), there are also emerging studies showing some promising health benefits from their raw forms – THCA and CBDA. Therefore, we like to use a little of each to create a full-spectrum and well-rounded finished product.

  • A double-boiler, or make-shift double boiler (such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below) OR a crock pot/slow cooker

  • Cheesecloth, like this organic unbleached cheesecloth

  • Fine mesh strainer

  • Glass bowl

  • Storage container, such as a mason jar with lid

  • Recommended: a probe thermometer

  • Note: This process will create a fairly strong cannabis odor in your home



A pint mason jar is on its side with decarboxylated cannabis flowers spilling out of it onto a washed concrete surface. The flowers have a darker golden brown hue to them after decarboxylation.
Homegrown decarbed cannabis, ready to go!



HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CANNABIS OIL 


The most important aspect of making cannabis oil is to not overheat it. In fact, some folks choose to add decarbed cannabis to oil and allow it to infuse at room temperature (in the dark) for several weeks, rather than heating it at all.

The heat applied in this recipe simply helps expedite the cannabinoid extraction process to bind with oil. However, because we are starting with already decarboxylated cannabis, the goal is to avoid heating it over 200 degrees. 120 to 180°F is even better. Maintaining a lower temperature will preserve the already-active THC and CBD content as well as the terpenes. That is, unless you intentionally want to convert THC to CBN to create a very sleepy and sedate final product. 

That is where the double-boiler or slow cooker (with a low temperature setting) come in handy! Even over the lowest flame, heating oil in a pot directly on the stove is much more difficult to prevent overheating, and also creates “hot spots” – destroying our precious cannabinoids. 

I suggest monitoring the oil temperature with a probe thermometer if possible. Because oils have a higher boiling point (or “smoke point”) than water, the oil will not appear to be as hot as it really is! For example, the oil may be well over 212 degrees but not visibly bubble and boil like water would at the same temperature. 


A stainless steel pot with decarboxylated cannabis and coconut oil sits inside of a larger stainless steel pot that contains water in the bottom of it. This is a makeshift double boiler that is best used to make cannabis oil.
Our makeshift double-boiler. The smaller pan does not touch or sit on the bottom of the larger pan.
A temperature is being taken with a digital probe thermometer of cannabis coconut oil while it infuses. The temperature reads 147 degrees Fahrenheit.
Monitoring and keeping our oil right around 150F while infusing



INSTRUCTIONS


  1. If your cannabis is not yet decarboxylated, grind or tear it up into fairly small pieces. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and heat it in the oven on 250°F for 25 to 30 minutes THC-dominant strains. For high-CBD strains, heat it at the same temperature but for 50 to 60 minutes. Or, 45 minutes for balanced THC/CBD strains.

  2. Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add 1 cup of coconut oil to the top section of the double-boiler. Heat until it melts. (OR, on the low/warm setting in a crock pot)

  3. Stir in 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis into the melted oil. Feel free to also include an optional few grams of raw ground cannabis if you desire.

  4. Continue to heat the cannabis and oil over a low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can continue this process for several hours if desired, though many recipes call for only 20 to 30 minutes. If available, use a probe thermometer to check the temperature. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain the oil below 200°F. We aim for a target temperature range of around 130 to 150°F and infuse for one hour.

  5. When the time is up, line a strainer with cheesecloth and position it over a glass bowl. Pour the cannabis and oil mixture through the strainer. Gather the cheesecloth and gently squeeze out the excess oil from the cannabis. Warning: the oil will be hot, and your hands will get greasy! You may want to wear food-grade gloves.

  6. Transfer the strained cannabis-infused oil into a storage container. It is best to use a glass storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Store the finished oil in a cool dark location. We keep ours in the refrigerator.


Ideally, use your cannabis oil within 6 months to 1 year. As long as it doesn’t mold, the oil doesn’t “go bad” over time – though the potency can decrease as some THC will naturally convert to a more sleepy cannabinoid called CBN.


A three part image collage, the first image shows a fine mesh stainless steel strainer perched over a glass bowl, a piece of cheese cloth is laid over the top of the strainer. The second image shows the cheese cloth and strainer after a pot of cannabis infused coconut oil has been poured through it, there is a mound of spent cannabis that is left behind as the oil has be strained from the plant material. The final image shows a close up image of the cannabis oil sitting in the glass bowl. It is golden in color.


How to Use Cannabis Oil 


When it is finished, you can use you cannabis oil any way you’d like!

  • Add homemade cannabis oil in any body care recipe that calls for cannabis-infused oil, such as this topical salve recipe. It can help heal sore muscles, joints, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, and even slow or prevent skin cancer cell growth!

  • Use cannabis oil in meals or medicated edible recipes. Try to use as low of heat and cooking time as possible to preserve cannabinoids and terpenes. Look for “no bake” recipes, or ones that you can only lightly heat the oil again in a double-boiler. For example, you could make these chocolates, some no-bake cookies, or add medicated coconut oil to a frosting recipe. Another option is to use the coconut oil like butter on toast, or mix it into already-cooked pasta or sauce. (See the dosing information and caution below!)

  • Enjoy a small dose in a cup of hot tea or other warm beverage, perhaps with a dab of honey.

  • Consume a small dose of the oil straight on its own. Try holding a small amount of oil in your mouth or below your tongue (sublingually). According to Leafly, “sublingual dosing offers a fast onset, shorter duration, and lower intensity than traditional oral cannabis edibles”.

  • Use the cannabis-infused oil directly on skin



Homemade Cannabis Oil Potency: Proceed with Caution 


Homemade cannabis edibles are tricky because it is very difficult to determine their exact potency. Without laboratory testing (which is expensive and not readily available to most people) it is virtually impossible to calculate the THC and CBD content of the finished cannabis oil or medicated edibles that you prepared. 

First of all, if you are using homegrown cannabis like we do, then you likely don’t know the strength of the bud you started the process with. Even if a strain is marketed to have a particular THC and CBD content or ratio, homegrown plants can vary wildly depending on how they were grown, harvested, dried, cured, and stored. Furthermore, there are variations within plants (expressed as phenotypes) that leads them to have differences even among plants of the same strain. 

Say you make oil or edibles with cannabis purchased from a dispensary, and thus has a tested and known THC and CBD content. Even then, the potency of the end product depends on several variables that make it difficult to calculate: How old the pot is, and how you stored it. The time and temperature it was decarboxylated. The process you used to make your oil or edible. Did you cook the the edible further? How old is the edible, and how has it been stored? All of those factors can either increase active THC and CBD content, or decrease it with further heat and time. 


A half pint mason jar is full of freshly made cannabis infused coconut oil. It is cooling so the oil is still in a liquid state, it is glowing yellow in the sunlight and there are two cannabis flowers flanking the front of the jar, their trichomes sparkling in the sun.


Dosing Homemade Cannabis Oil & Edibles


Always start out with very small amounts of cannabis edibles or oil (particularly those containing THC) – also known as “micro-dosing”. I don’t consume edibles often, though we regularly vaporize cannabis and make salve. When we do make cannabis coconut oil, I always start out with only 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of straight oil and then scale up next time if needed – but not right away!

Once you do figure out the perfect personal dose for your homemade oil, you can work your math magic with an edible recipe to determine how much of it to eat. For example, say my perfect dose is 1/2 teaspoon. I want to make this chocolate recipe, which calls for 1/2 a cup of coconut oil. With a quick Google search, I see that there are 24 teaspoons in half a cup. That means there are 48 Deanna-size doses worth of cannabis oil in that batch of chocolate!

In a perfect world, that recipe yields me 48 individual chocolates, ready to pop in my mouth in the “just right” dose. However, the final yield will depend on the type of chocolate mold I use. Perhaps I will end up with only 24 chocolates. Then, I would need to only eat half a chocolate at a time. Get it? You can apply the same math magic to a cookie recipe, tub of frosting, or whatever else you dream up – assuming you portion them out evenly.

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The Effects of Cannabis In Edibles Versus Smoking or Vaporizing


Remember, it takes far longer to feel the effects when you consume cannabis as an edible than when you smoke or vaporize it! Rather than instantly crossing the blood-brain barrier via the lungs, ingested cannabis needs to go through your digestive system before you’ll feel anything. That process can take between one to three hours, depending on your metabolism and what else is in your system. 

The most common mistake that people make when consuming cannabis products (aside from eating too much) is getting impatient. They think it isn’t working, and take another dose shortly after the first one. Then when it all hits, that mellow ride can quickly turn into an “oh shit” moment. 

In addition to taking longer to “kick in”, edibles linger in your system. Meaning, you feel the effects for significantly longer. A high from ingested cannabis can last up to 12 hours

Furthermore, the effects of edibles are different than those felt when smoking or vaporizing cannabis. The edible experience is often much more intense, potentially disorienting, and provides a stronger “body high”. It can also cause a racing heartbeat and/or nausea if you overdo it, which can be very alarming and uncomfortable.


Glass 4 ounce and 2 ounce jars full to the brim with freshly poured cannabis salve made using a cannabis infused oil base.
Turn your homemade cannabis oil into a topical salve, perfect for muscle tension, joint pain, inflammation, bruises, irregular skin cell growth, and more! Learn how to make cannabis salve here.


Ready to get infusing?


In closing, take it easy when it comes to edibles, especially if it this is all new to you. The last thing I want is for people to feel sick or have a bad experience. But if you do it right, oils and edibles can be powerful and wonderful healing tools to have at your disposal.

Finally, please remember that kiddos are especially curious about edible goodies, so keep your stash hidden securely away!


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How to Make Homemade Cannabis Oil

Learn how to easily make potent and healing homemade cannabis-infused oil, ready to use in edible recipes, topical salves, or even enjoy straight on its own. You can use marijuana, hemp, high CBD, high THC (or any combination thereof) – whatever is legal and desirable for you.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time1 hr
Decarb Time (if not already done)25 mins
Keyword: Cannabis edibles, Cannabis Oil, Cannabis-infused oil, CBD Oil, Hemp Oil
Yield: 1 cup

Equipment

  • A double-boiler, or make-shift double boiler (such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below) OR a crock pot/slow cooker
  • Cheesecloth, like this organic unbleached cheesecloth
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Glass bowl
  • Storage container, such as a mason jar with lid
  • Recommended: a probe thermometer
  • A baking sheet, if not using already-decarboxylated cannabis

Materials

  • 1 cup Coconut oil, or other oil of choice (e.g. olive oil)
  • 1 cup Loosely ground decarboxylated cannabis. To be more precise, I suggest to use a kitchen scale to weigh out approximately 7 to 10 grams (a quarter ounce or just over), depending on your tolerance. (If not yet decarbed, see Step 1 below)
  • Optional: a few grams of raw cannabis

Instructions

  • If your cannabis is not yet decarboxylated, grind or tear it up into fairly small pieces. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and heat it in the oven on 250°F for 25 to 30 minutes. For high-CBD strains, heat it at the same temperature but for 50 to 60 minutes. Or, 45 minutes for balanced THC/CBD strains.
  • Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add 1 cup of coconut oil to the top section of the double-boiler. Heat until it melts. (OR, on the low/warm setting in a crock pot)
  • Stir in 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis into the melted oil. Feel free to also include an optional few grams of raw ground cannabis if you desire.
  • Continue to heat the cannabis and oil over a low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a probe thermometer to check the temperature. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain the oil below 200°F. (We aim for 130 to 150°F, and infuse for one hour)
  • When the time is up, line a strainer with cheesecloth and position it over a glass bowl. Pour the cannabis and oil mixture through the strainer. Gather the cheesecloth and gently squeeze out the excess oil from the cannabis. Warning: the oil will be hot, and your hands will get greasy! You may want to wear food-grade gloves.
  • Transfer the strained cannabis-infused oil into a glass storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Store the finished oil in a cool dark location.
  • Ideally, use your cannabis oil within 6 months to 1 year. As long as it doesn’t mold, the oil doesn’t “go bad” over time – though the potency can decrease as some THC will naturally convert to a more sleepy cannabinoid called CBN.
  • Enjoy your cannabis oil in body care recipes, meals, or medicated edible recipes. Going forward, try to use as low of heat and cooking time as possible to preserve cannabinoids and terpenes. For example, look for “no bake” cookie or chocolate recipes, or ones that you can only lightly heat the oil again in a double-boiler. Add oil to warm tea with honey. Spread on toast or add to cooked pasta, like butter.
  • See dosing notes below.

Notes

Important Notes on Dosing:
It is nearly impossible to determine the exact potency of homemade edibles (without lab testing, not practical or affordable) no matter if you are using homegrown or dispensary cannabis. There are simply too many variables and opportunities (time/temp) for the THC or CBD to increase or decrease in concentration throughout the process.
Therefore, always start out with very small amounts of cannabis edibles or oil (particularly those containing THC) – also known as “micro-dosing”. Try 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of straight oil and then scale up next time if needed – but not right away! Remember, it can take up to three hours to “kick in”.
Sublingual dosing (holding oil under your tongue) offers a faster onset, shorter duration, and lower intensity than traditional oral cannabis edibles.
Once you do figure out the perfect personal dose for your homemade oil, you can work your math magic with an edible recipe to determine how much of it to eat. For example, say my perfect dose is 1/2 teaspoon. I want to make this chocolate recipe, which calls for 1/2 a cup of coconut oil. With a quick Google search, I see that there are 24 teaspoons in half a cup. That means there are 48 Deanna-size doses worth of cannabis oil in that batch of chocolate!
In a perfect world, that recipe yields me 48 individual chocolates, ready to pop in my mouth in the “just right” dose. However, the final yield will depend on the type of chocolate mold I use. Perhaps I will end up with only 24 chocolates. Then, I would need to only eat half a chocolate at a time. Get it? You can apply the same math magic to a cookie recipe, tub of frosting, or whatever else you dream up – assuming you portion them out evenly.
Keep out of reach from children.



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112 Comments

  • Emmalee

    Thankyou so much for this recipe! I made some olive oil and it is fantastic! I have been storing it in a cool dark place but just wanted to make sure there is no risk of botulism from this storing oil for several months? I know that when making infused oils with other herbs you are advised to use within a few days due to this risk so just wanted to be sure? Maybe the de carb process kills any chance of botulism?

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hello Emmalee, there may be a very slight chance but I don’t think it’s very probable. Decarbing the dried cannabis, heating the cannabis with the oil, while also straining out the plant material at the end all greatly reduce the chances of botulism forming. Maybe store the oil in the refrigerator as it will store better and retain its quality longer. Hope that helps and enjoy!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Julie, usually people will make infused honey, sugar or other sweeteners if they want the end product to be sweet. I would just sweeten the amount you need at the time of use as opposed to trying to sweeten your entire batch of oil/butter. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • king james

    been doing this for a while now..new problem..can decarb no problem..make oil no problem..then i cook and add jello to make gummies..last batch i made 20grams bud with 1.5 cups oil and 1.5 cups water..turned my back and mixture almost foamed over top of pot!!!! when poured into butter stick mold and allowed to cool their was clear lines of seperation about 30% of stick…still good but very unusual texture…kinda hard to let soften in mouth…can anybody comment on this issue???? think my recipe is o.k. but overheating is my best guess…thanks in advance

    • brit

      You mentioned “mixture” but please note the water and oil should not be mixed, they are seperate pots. Also yes it does sound like the temp was causing it to overheat, because the water shouldn’t be in a rolling boil. It should simmer

  • Mayfly1963

    I often click through to your affiliate links on Amazon (I think it cool that you’re able to do that), but on some of the older posts, the items are no longer available. In this post, for example, the organic cheesecloth is one of those items. I was just curious if you have time to go back and update the links to give new recommendations for items like the cheesecloth.

    And finally, I try to buy through smile.amazon.com whenever I can so my purchases also help support a charity of my choice. Do you still receive anything through your affiliate links if I change the http://www.amazon.com to smile.amazon.com?

    I really enjoy your posts, and feel like I’ve learned quite a bit from you. Thank you for taking time to post each week!!!!!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Thank you for using our links and letting us know that at least one of the items is no longer available. It is quite the job to keep up with items that go in and out of stock. I am not sure if we still receive a commission if you use Smile through Amazon but it is no big deal as supporting charities of your choosing is a good deed that we fully support. Thank you for reading our posts and we are glad that you enjoy them!

    • Nicole

      5 stars
      Sous vide is my preferred method of infusion, as I can start it and walk away with confidence, knowing the temp will be exactly what I need. It also cuts down on the aromas while cooking. Highly recommended!

  • M

    Thanks for posting! I’m making this now and it seems to be working great.

    Just wondering if you need to let this cool down before trying it or if it can be had fresh off the stove? Also, would there be any point in keeping the flower in the oil while it’s stored to keep sapping out more of the THC and CBD, or are there any other things you can do with the used flower?

    Thanks again!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi M, if you try some off the stove, just make sure it isn’t too hot as it can obviously burn your mouth. Also use caution if you are consuming it until you know its full affects as it is better to have to try more instead of trying too much at once. I wouldn’t keep the flowers around after the infusion because most of the medicinal benefits have likely been extracted from the flowers themselves. Some people use the left over flower added into edibles if you want to try that out, we typically just compost the leftover flower. Hope that helps and enjoy!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Jacopo, if you want to go that route I would suggest adding decarbed cannabis into a liquid at room temperature oil such as olive, almond, sunflower, or MCT oil and let it infuse in a dark location for 3 to 4 weeks. I am not sure how potent the resulting oil would be versus if you were to heat the cannabis and oil together which is the preferred method. Hope that helps and good luck!

        • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

          There is a product called Magical Butter Machine that I believe will decarb as it infuses your oil, supposedly there is a scent-lock technology that keeps most of the odor contained within the machine. It is fairly pricey but if you make a lot of edible or infusions, it may be worth the money. Hope that helps and good luck!

  • Ben DeSimone

    5 stars
    Hi! I’ve made this oil a few times now and i’ve always gotten amazing reviews from friends of mine who have tried the bread, cookies, etc that I’ve used it in. Thank you for a easy to follow recipe with great photos!

    I do have a question: this time around a recipe that I’m making calls for butter rather than liquid oil- would I be able to use melted earth balance butter in place of the coconut oil in this recipe?

  • Katie

    5 stars
    This was a great tutorial. I do have a question on yield though — I used 1.5 cups of coconut oil and 15g of cannabis (12g decarbed). I only ended up with just a smidge over 1cup of infused oil in the end, is this typical?

    Also, I tied off the cheesecloth with a rubber band and plan on trying it in the bath tonight as a way to use the refuse rather than compost it 🙂

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Katie, if the coconut oil was solid when you measured it out, there may be some slight difference in amount once it is melted. Also, there is usually a fair amount left within the cannabis itself where we will usually squeeze out the cheesecloth bag once it’s cool enough to get the extra oil out. Hope that helps and enjoy your bath!

      • Luuu

        5 stars
        Great tutorial. Thank you.

        I was wondering if it’s still necessary to dry and cure the buds after harvesting for several weeks (in jars with all the burping etc…) if I only want to produce THC oil? Smoking is not an option for me. I thought this drying/curing process is just necessary to improve the flavor and reduce the harshness while smoked. Is that stage important for oil production as well?

        • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

          Hi Luuu, yes you are correct. You don’t need to cure your cannabis before making the oil, just be sure that it is completely dry so you don’t risk any type of mold growth. Hope that helps and enjoy!

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