In June, we covered how to make cannabutter, which is a staple for cannabis cooking. An alternate staple is cannaoil, or cannabis oil. Just as butter can be substituted in any recipe with cannabutter, cannaoil can be used in any recipe that calls for cooking oil (i.e. vegetable or canola). Between butter and oil, this opens up a plethora of cooking opportunities!
Oil has some advantages over butter; it’s more versatile, healthier, has no spoilage concerns and it’s easier to transport if cooking elsewhere.
Here’s a version of the recipe from The Cannabis Chef:
Cannabis cooking oil is a mixture of extracted cannabinoids and a cooking oil. We recommend using extra virgin olive oil, but if you prefer an oil without a taste or an oil great for baking, try using canola oil. You can cook with cannaoil in any recipe that calls for oil.INGREDIENTS
- 28oz (3.5 cups) extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
- 1oz (28.3g) of finely ground quality marijuana (or up to 1/4 lb. commercial grade)
- Pour oil into a large saucepan, preferably a double boiler.
- Heat on a medium setting, and let it warm up.
- Do not let the oil boil! This is very important for making quality cannabis oil.
- Once the oil is hot, but not boiling, you may add the cannabis powder. We have found the best results keeping the oil just on the edge of simmering, but not actually simmering.
- Stir frequently, and watch for bubbles. If the oil begins to boil remove it from the heat until the temperature is low again and lower the heat!
- Continue for at least 1 hour. We suggest allowing the bud to soak in the hot oil for about 2 hours.
- Strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and press to remove all oil from the cannabis (make sure oil has cooled enough that you don’t burn yourself!) into a container.
You can use cannabis oil in place of regular oil in any recipe! Or use on a fresh pot leaf salad! Using this method, 1 ounce of oil (2 tablespoons) should contain the equivalent quantity of cannabinoids found in 1 gram of marijuana. Use sparingly, and do not start with more than one ounce of this oil. You may eat more as needed, but wait until you know your tolerance!