When it comes to cooking with cannabis, infusing your food properly is one of the most difficult steps. This is why many people choose to use their vaporizers or joints instead. However, it is not too hard once you do your research, and it is definitely worthwhile. If you have not yet learned how good cannabis edibles can be, you will enjoy the experience.
Consuming edibles is different than inhaling because the effects are stronger, are longer, and do not take as long to take effect. This is why you will want to start with a smaller dose to see how it affects you, particularly if you are making your own cannabis edibles since it is harder to determine how much THC you are getting.
About Cannabis Oil
Making oil infused with cannabis is one of the easiest methods of starting out with marijuana edibles. You can use it to make desserts, fry up some eggs in the morning, or sauté vegetables. You can even put some in your salad dressing for a lunch treat. As with anything else that you are making at home, you can control the way that you are preparing it. For example, if you like peanut oil or olive oil, you can infuse it with weed.
Making Your Own Oil
To begin with, you will need your choice of ground weed and the kind of cooking oil you want to use. The best method of making it is to use a 1-to-1 ratio. The right oil will depend on what you want to make and your preferences on flavours. Some oils have different consistencies when it is room temperature, so consider how you will use and store the oil.
Many times, you can easily use oils for baking. You can pick an oil that has a consistency and flavour that will do well of several recipes. For instance, if you will want to make a stir fry and a pie crust, then you can use coconut oil. It can be solid enough at room temperature to be good in a pie crust, and it will melt and add flavour to your vegetables.
On the other hand, if you want to have an oil that is mildly flavoured, look for canola or vegetable oil. Because of how versatile they are, you can use them in most recipes that call for oil.
If you want to have a more robust flavour, try using avocado or olive oil. They can stand up well to the cannabis and will store well in the pantry. Don’t be afraid to be creative.
How to Infuse Oil
You will need to have a cheesecloth or a strainer. A grinder is important to have, although a simple one can work well. You do not want to grind up the cannabis too finely because otherwise the plant material is hard to strain out, and you will have plant material in the oil, which does not taste good. You should also have a saucepan, slow cooker, or a double boiler.
Begin by grinding your `. Depending on your preferences, you can use the flower, the whole plant, or a bit of each of them. It is up to you. Remember that if it can fit through the cheesecloth or the strainer, it can be in the finished product. You should not grind it into a fine powder.
Now, combine the cannabis and the oil in the slow cooker, saucepan, or double boiler. Heat it on warm or low for a while. That way, decarboxylation can take place, which means that the THC will be activated. The low temperature is important because it keeps the cannabis from having its active ingredients destroyed.
No matter which method you choose to use, you can add a bit of water to the mix, so the cannabis does not burn. Make sure that the temperature of your oil is no more than 118 degrees Celsius.
If you choose to use a slow cooker, you should heat it for around four to six hours. However, if you use a double boiler, you should heat it for at least six hours. Eight hours would be better. With both methods, you will need to stir it every now and then.
If you use a saucepan, you can heat the cannabis and oil on low for around three hours. However, make sure that you stir the mixture more frequently with this method, as it is more likely to scorch in a saucepan than in a slow cooker or double boiler.
Next, you can strain out the oil. Make sure that you do not squeeze your cheesecloth when you are removing the oil. That will add the bitter-tasting plant material to the oil. You can then discard the rest of the plant material. It is also possible to use it in other cooking if you like. The oil will last for around two months, although putting it in the fridge can extend its life.
When it comes to using your oil, be careful with dishes that need to be heated. Try to use low heat if you can. Most importantly, you should never microwave it.
Reducing the Smell of Cannabis Oil
The trick to eliminating any unpleasant odours is to use the right tool when it comes to decarboxylation. The steam that the cooking process makes may not have a pungent smell, but over time, it can get stronger. The oil will take several hours to finish, so the smell can build up.
Consider using devices that have rubber seals on the lids, so that you can lock in the odour during cooking. Look for a slow cooker that has this feature. You can also place your cooking device under a vent or even take it outside. Try to avoid letting the odour fill the air in your home.
You should look for some of your favourite recipes and start cooking with them. When you look through your recipes, you can determine if using a cannabis-infused oil might work. Trying out different recipes is part of the fun of using your new oil.