Infused cannabis oil can be used for so many things! It can be added to soap, salve, massage oil or other topically applied body care products. Many people find muscle and skin relief from cannabis when applied this way.
Infused cannabis oil can also be used in food products and edibles. When infused into a basic carrier oil or butter, it can be added to baked goods or sprinkled on popcorn. A spoonful of infused oil can be added to hot tea or with balsamic vinegar as a bread dip.
Sourcing Your Cannabis
It is really important to know where your cannabis comes from. We are very lucky in Oregon – every household is allowed to grow up to 4 cannabis plants legally. It is easy to grow your own or find a friend who has grown extra.
Keep in mind that any pesticides or insecticides used in the growing process will stay on the plant. You don’t want this in your infused oil or in your final product, especially if you’re using it for healing purposes.
Decarboxylating Your Cannabis
You need to heat your cannabis to release its healing properties. It needs to be heated to 220 degrees to make the necessary chemical changes to become psychoactive. Because relatively low heat and time are necessary, the crock pot is the perfect tool.
The chemical process that occurs when the cannabis is heated is called “decarboxylation”. In order for a cannabis oil or edible to be effective, it must be decarboxylated first, especially when used in products that won’t be heated again (such as massage oil or cream).
Types of Carrier Oil
You can infuse cannabis into any type of oil or butter. My favorites are coconut oil and avocado oil because they are very fatty and thick, which seems to infuse really nicely.
How Long to Cook the Oil
The longer you let the oil sit, the darker it will become and more potent. The higher the temperature, the cannabis will take on a different smell that may not be ideal for your final product. You can also over decarboxylate your cannabis, which will give a different psychoactive and physical effect (usually a more tired high).
At a minimum, infuse your oil for 4 hours on low. Check the temperature to make sure it hits 220 degrees or it won’t be effective medicine.
Basic Ingredients & Steps
- 1 oz of cannabis flower
- 8oz carrier oil or butter
- Grind up all cannabis and put into crock pot.
- Add oil to crock pot
- Set to low, monitor temp so it hits 220
- Cook for 4 hours, making sure not to get too hot
- Strain and let cool
- Store in mason jar with an airtight lid
- Label as cannabis!