This easy step-by-step guide will teach you how to make cannabis-infused olive oil from home. This recipe is perfect for people who want to learn how to make a dairy-free, plant-based cannabis olive oil that can be used as a base for many recipes.
Cannabis olive can serve as an alternative to vegan cannabis-infused butter alongside other alternatives including coconut oil and MCT oil. After following these instructions, you will be left with cannabis-infused olive oil that can then be used to make a variety of tasty recipes like our easy and popular pesto recipe.
Olive Oil For Good Health
Extra-virgin olive oil is one of the most healthy oils and it has many health benefits. So much so that people live longer and healthier lives in areas where olive oil is a staple of the diet.
Like hemp seeds and oil, EVOO has a high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids. A national sub-study has shown that people who consume two tablespoons of EVOO every day are less likely to suffer from heart disease.
EVOO is also extremely rich in antioxidants. It contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants by reducing oxidative stress throughout your body. Antioxidants also aid in strengthening your immune system, making your body more resistant to infections and inflammation.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil vs. Pure Olive Oil
There are many different types of olive oil on the market today. Extra-virgin olive oil is unrefined and the highest quality variety you can buy. It is cold-pressed, meaning that it undergoes no heat during extraction and is in its raw, organic form. EVOO also contains more natural vitamins and minerals than lesser varieties because it
Finally, extra virgin olive oil has more of the true olive taste than other varieties. Extracting this oil involves heat and/or chemicals, which can remove any flaws from the fruit. Pure olive oil is a blend of cold-pressed EVOO with processed oils. Extraction removes impurities that might affect flavor or color.
Cooking With Cannabis-Infused EVOO
Extra-virgin olive oil is generally viewed as the best choice for uncooked recipes as it has a high smoke point of 400° Fahrenheit. Pure olive oil is better for cooking.
Extra-virgin olive oil has a smoke point of 400°F, which makes it the preferred type of cooking most often suggested by chefs to be used
When working with cannabis, maintaining an ideal temperature is critical to produce the desired effect. Heating it for too long can cause important compounds to lose their medicinal properties and create no or little effect.
For this reason, we recommend using a digital thermometer while cooking to ensure never exceeding the safe temperature limit. For uses like cooking, select a pure or even better an extra virgin olive oil that will work for different purposes – such as your choice of heat.
Hhow to make cannabis infused olive oil
- 48 ounces organic, extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 ounce decarbed cannabis flower
- Lay a clean tea towel down on the bottom of the crockpot. This will create a buffer between your mason jars and the crockpot, potentially preventing any jar from moving or cracking during cooking. Fill your crockpot with enough warm to hot water to cover the top of the mason jars you plan on using by an inch to create a water bath.
- Place the digital instant-read thermometer into the water. Start the crockpot heat on high. When a temperature of 185° F is reached, turn the crockpot to low.
- While the water bath is heating in the crockpot, measure and decarb the cannabis flower in the oven at 240° F for 40 minutes. Click here for a full cannabis decarboxylation tutorial, if needed.
- Evenly divide the olive oil between the mason jars you plan on using. You can either use pint-sized or half-pint-sized jars, it’s you’re preference, just be sure they fit in your crockpot. No matter the size, be sure to leave a 1/2 inch headspace from the top.
- Divide the decarbed flower evenly between each jar. Wipe the rim of the jars with clean towel to remove trace oils and place a lid on it, securing tight enough to provide an airtight seal but not so tight as to break the glass.
- The water bath should be preheated to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully place the jars in the water, and when they are fully submerged (bubbles have stopped) replace the lid and leave it alone for 4 hours.
- Remove the jars from the water and set them aside to cool after cooking for 4 hours.
- Once cooled, you will need to strain the oil through a filter or funnel in order to separate the plant material from what is left of it.
- Save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes. Then place the prepared cannabis olive oil back into whatever container you would like to store it in.
- Store cannabis olive oil in a cool, dry location. Cannabis olive oil should be stored in the refrigerator to increase shelf life and even longer if it is frozen for storage purposes.
- Yields: ~1 pound / ~16 ounces / ~2 cups
- We recommend you sanitize your jars by keeping them submerged in the 185° F crockpot for 10 at least minutes. This step is not necessary, but good practice for safety and hygiene.
- Another potential concern is that occasionally the jar will float in the water bath. There’s no need to worry-simply place a saucer or other dish on top of it and it will stay submerged.
- If the oil is stored in either the refrigerator or freezer, never use microwaves to warm it up–it will destroy important cannabinoids
How To Make Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
The Stovetop Method
Yield: ¾ cup (175 ml)
Target Dose: 1 tablespoon = 28 mg CBD | 2 mg THC (using Harle-Tsu flower, but remember to calculate your own dose per serving based on the flower that you infuse with)
- Digital scale
- One 16-ounce (480-ml) sterilized Mason jar
- Measuring cup
- Small saucepan
- Oven mitt
- Fine-mesh strainer
- One 8-ounce (240-ml) sterilized Mason jar
- 3.5 grams decarboxylated cannabis flower of your choice
- 1 cup (236 ml) olive oil
- Weigh out 3.5 grams of decarboxylated cannabis flower. In a 16-ounce (480-ml) Mason jar, combine the cannabis flower and olive oil. Seal the top tightly.
- Place the small saucepan on a burner and fill ¾ of the way up with water. Place the Mason bar jar so that it is just below the top of water, but not deep enough for any water to spill into it. Set the Mason jar inside and begin to heat on low. Continue to heat over a gentle boil (around 200°F [93°C]) for 2.5 to 3 hours, making sure the water does not exceed 211°F (99°C). Check in on the saucepan after an hour and refill with water as needed due to evaporation. Be careful not to touch the Mason jar when it’s finished cooking, take it out of the oven with an oven mitt.
- Prepare the cheesecloth by wrapping it around a fine-mesh strainer to create a makeshift but secure bag. Begin to pour the infused olive oil over the cheesecloth into a clean 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Gently press the cheesecloth to extract the oil. Avoid squeezing too hard because this will extract unattractive chlorophyll flavors.
- Store at room temperature in a dark cabinet to best preserve.
How to cook with your weed oil?
Now that you have successfully infused your oil of choice, be sure to try a little before you make an entire meal. You want to make sure the dosage is right so the meal is delicious as well as enjoyable afterward.
You also want to be sure not to scorch the oil while cooking (just like when you are making the oil). It would be a shame for all that hard work to go to waste and to be left with a cannabis-tasting creation without any of the effects.