How to Make Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
The Process of Decarboxylation
To start making cannabis-infused olive oil, you need to decarboxylate the cannabis. This process involves heating the cannabis at a low temperature in order to convert THCA (the non-psychoactive compound in raw cannabis) into THC (the psychoactive compound that produces the desired effects). Decarbing the cannabis is necessary to activate its potential. To decarboxylate your cannabis, preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit (or 115 degrees Celsius). Break up the cannabis into small pieces and spread it on a baking sheet. Bake the cannabis for around 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. The decarboxylation process is complete when the cannabis turns a light brownish color, and it becomes more crumbly and dry.
Infusing Olive Oil with Cannabis
Once the decarboxylation process is complete, it's time to infuse the cannabis into olive oil. The ratio for making cannabis-infused olive oil is generally one ounce of cannabis to one cup of olive oil. However, you can adjust the ratio based on the desired potency. In a large pot, combine the olive oil and the decarboxylated cannabis. Heat the mixture over low heat for about 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Be sure to maintain a low temperature throughout the process to avoid burning the oil or overheating the cannabis. After simmering, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof container. Squeeze the remaining oil out of the cannabis to get the most out of each batch.
Storing and Using Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
Once your cannabis-infused olive oil is ready, it's important to store it properly. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help preserve its potency and flavor. You can use the oil in various recipes or simply drizzle it over your favorite dishes. Start with a small amount and gradually increase the dosage to find your desired effects. Remember, the onset time for edibles can be longer compared to other consumption methods, so be patient and give it time to take effect before consuming more.