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Decide what type of oil you want to make
There are different types of cannabis oil. The two main types are CBD oil and THC oil. CBD oil does not produce the “high” that THC oil does. THC oil is made with cannabis that has a high concentration of THC. CBD oil is made with cannabis that has a high concentration of CBD.
Choose your cannabis strain
Before you can make your cannabis oil, you need to have the right cannabis strain. You want a strain that has high levels of CBD and THC. For this recipe, we recommend using a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. This will give you the best results.
Once you have your cannabis strain, you need to decarboxylate it. Decarboxylation is the process of heating your cannabis to a certain temperature to activate the THC and CBD. This is an important step because it ensures that your cannabis oil will be effective.
Gather your supplies
Before you begin, it’s important to gather all of the supplies you’ll need. You will need:
-1 cup of finely ground cannabis flower
-1 cup of olive oil
-1/4 cup of sunflower lecithin
-A stovetop pot or Crockpot
-Cheesecloth or a coffee filter
-A glass jar with a lid for storage
Once you have all of your supplies, you’re ready to begin!
Decarboxylate your cannabis
The process of decarboxylation is what releases the THC from the inactive THC-A molecule. In its natural state, cannabis contains a high concentration of THC-A and only trace amounts of THC. When you expose cannabis to heat (via smoking, vaporization, or baking), the THCA transforms into THC, which is why you get high from smoking or vaporizing cannabis, but not from eating it raw.
While it’s possible to decarboxylate your cannabis before infusing it into oil (more on that below), many people find it easier to do it during the infusion process. This way, you don’t have to worry about grinding your weed finely enough, or expose it to too much heat and risk losing some of those all-important terpenes.
Infuse your oil
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to infuse your oil. For this step, you’ll want to use a stovetop or hot plate set to low heat. You don’t want the mixture to get too hot, or else the cannabinoids will begin to evaporate.
Start by adding your chosen oil to the mason jar. Then, add your ground cannabis. You’ll want to use a 1:1 ratio of oil to cannabis. So, if you’re using 1 cup of oil, add 1 cup of ground cannabis. Once you’ve added your ingredients, screw on the lid and give it a good shake.
Now place the jar in the saucepan, making sure that it’s not touching the bottom. You may need to add more water to the pan so that the jar is completely submerged. Then, turn up the heat to low and let it simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
After 3-4 hours, turn off the heat and let the jar cool before removing it from the water. Once it’s cooled, open up the jar and strain out the plant matter using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Be sure to squeeze out all of the oil from the plant matter — this is where all of those cannabinoids are hiding!
Once you’ve strained out all of the plant matter, screw on the lid and store your cannabis oil in a cool, dark place. Congratulations — you’ve just made your very own cannabis oil!
Filter your oil
Now that you have your decarboxylated cannabis and your carrier oil of choice, it’s time to make your cannabis oil!
We’ll be using the simmering method for this tutorial, which is a simple and effective way to make infused oils. This method can be done on the stovetop or in a slow cooker set to “warm.”
1. Grind your decarboxylated cannabis into a coarse powder using a coffee grinder or food processor. Be sure not to grind it too fine, or you’ll end up with cannabis oil that is less potent.
2. Add the ground cannabis to your carrier oil of choice. For every ounce (28 grams) of oil, add one ounce (28 grams) of ground cannabis.
3. Stir the mixture well, then place it in a cooking pot or slow cooker on the lowest heat setting possible. If you are using a stovetop, simmer the mixture for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. If you are using a slow cooker, let it cook on the “warm” setting for 6-8 hours, also stirring occasionally.
4. After the infusion is complete, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes so that you can safely handle it without Burning yourself . Place a cheesecloth over a bowl or jar and slowly pour the hot oil mixture over the cheesecloth, letting it filter through. You may need to do this step multiple times to remove all of the plant matter from your oil . Once all of the oil has been strained through the cheesecloth, discard the plant matter and store your finished product in a dark glass jar with a tight-fitting lid .