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Cannabis in Cooking

How to Make Cannabis Cooking Oil


After your cannabis seeds have grown to harvest and you’ve processed all your buds, there are a myriad of ways to actually consume cannabis. One great option that can be used in many different ways is cannabis-infused cooking oil.

Cannabis-infused oil is extremely versatile and will become a staple in your kitchen once you realize just how easy it is to make. You can make cannabis cooking oil with a variety of different types of oils that can be used for many purposes, such as making edibles, baked goods like pot brownies, or even cooking up some scrambled eggs or stir fry. You can put some straight on your salad as a dressing or combine with salad dressing, or just put a little under your tongue and enjoy.

Making cannabis cooking oil is very simple with just a few materials and ingredients and provides many benefits as the perfect addition to your cupboard.

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Types of Oils to Infuse with Cannabis

You can infuse a variety of oil types with cannabis, which is fat-soluble and must bind to fat molecules to be digested. You can choose the type of oil that meets your flavor preferences or works well for your plans to use your cooking oil. The consistency of different oils varies at room temperature, so consider how you plan to use and store your oil.

You can use various oil types to make cannabis oil, such as:

  • Avocado
  • Canola
  • Coconut
  • Olive
  • Peanut
  • Sesame
  • Vegetable

Some people feel that olive oil is one of the best oils to make cannabis cooking oil as it provides some added health benefits with good fats, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Others prefer coconut oil which adds great flavor to many dishes and remains solid at room temperature, so it works well in things like making a pie crust, although not everything tastes better with coconut flavor. The choice is yours, and you can always make several batches to have different types of cannabis cooking oil, such as sesame canna oil for stir-fries, coconut canna oil for baking, and olive canna oil for other cooking needs.

Once you realize how easy it is, you may have several glass jars of cannabis oils for use with all your favorite recipes.

Use Quality Cannabis Flower With Your Desired Potency

Choosing the right type of Cannabis flower to make your cannabis oil is one of the biggest decisions you will make, in addition to choosing the type of oil to infuse. These are the two main ingredients after all, cannabis and oil, make sure they are both of high quality. If you have a favorite cannabis strain with a taste and aroma that you love, you will most likely enjoy the same terpene qualities in your cannabis oil. Feel free to experiment with different strains, such as those with high CBD, CBN, or various terpenes like Limonene or Myrcene that can add a fruity and herbal flavor.

A typical ratio of weed oil is a 1:1 volume, so 1 cup of oil to 1 cup of weed, which is about 7 grams (a typical quarter oz) of ground-up cannabis. You can use less cannabis if you want a less potent batch. You can also double these ratios to make a larger batch. You must use decarbed weed, or your oil will lack potency.

How to Decarboxylate Your Weed

Decarboxylating is a process that heats up raw Cannabis to convert THCA into THC, the active ingredient that gives you the effects you get from smoking. You will be disappointed in the potency of your oil if you do not decarb your weed first. Decarbing is easy with a few simple steps:

  • Set your oven to a low temp of about 245°F to preheat
  • Grind your cannabis flower but not too fine and powdery
  • Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • Heat for about 30 minutes

Do not exceed 40 minutes, as you only want to achieve the conversion of THCA into THC or CBDA into CBD without damaging the terpenes. Once you have your decarbed weed, you can continue with the recipe.

Directions for Making Cannabis Oil

Materials required:

  • 7 grams (or less) of decarbed, ground cannabis flower
  • 1 cup (8 oz) of high-quality cooking oil
  • Nonstick baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Double boiler or stove top pot and heat-safe bowl
  • Fine strainer or cheesecloth
  • Glass jar for storing


  1. Set up a double boiler – it is best to use a double boiler to avoid burning oil. Add water to the bottom section of a double boiler, and start heating on your stove’s low setting. (If you do not have a double boiler, you can place a simmering pot on the stove with water in the bottom and put a heat-safe bowl on top that is deep enough to hold the oil and cannabis without letting any water in).
  2. Add your oil to the top bowl – add your oil to the top bowl or the top section of the double boiler once the water below starts simmering. Bring the oil to approximately 160 to 180°F. Do not let the oil and water mix.
  3. Add your decarbed weed – add your decarbed cannabis flower to the oil and simmer for 2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. You may need to add more water to the bottom pot as the water evaporates.
  4. Strain the oil into a glass jar – put a fine strainer or cheesecloth over the glass jar top and slowly pour your oil into the jar. Your cannabis oil will not be completely clear, and you may want to strain it twice to remove any flower particles.

Cook, store, and enjoy!

You can use your cannabis oil right away, and it should last for a few months when stored in a glass jar in a cool, dark place like your cupboard. If you haven’t used it all yet, you may want to store it in the fridge after that. Some people also like to add Lecithin, which is a type of fat that promotes ingredients to bind and stick together. This can help your canna oil bind better with other ingredients, improve shelf life, and may also increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids. This is optional and not necessary.

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