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Cannabis 101

How to make canna oil

01.18.22 - 4 min read

Summary: 

  1. Canna oil is cannabis infused cooking oil. 
  2. Start with a couple of drops and wait an hour or so to see how it makes you feel. 
  3. You can use cannabis oil in any recipe that requires regular oil. 

How to make canna oil 

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about the potential benefits of cannabis. There are many reasons why people may choose to add canna oil to their home menu (and for some folks, cannabis-infused oil can even be a great way to introduce marijuana into their life). If you’re interested in the possible benefits of marijuana oil and are curious about how to make canna oil, we’ve got you covered. 

What is cannabis oil? 

As you may have guessed, canna oil is cannabis-infused cooking oil. It’s made from the cannabis flower, and it contains cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. You can use cannabis cooking oil to make marijuana edibles, add it to a brownie mix (for those of you with a sweet tooth), or any other recipe you have in mind. 

Ingesting canna oil increases the bioavailability of all those much-talked-about cannabinoids, which is why those who use marijuana for the potential therapeutic purposes often prefer to use it or cannabis butter. [Source] 

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What is the best type of oil for making canna oil? 

Cannabis is fat-soluble, so you’ll need fat to make canna oil. Olive oil, coconut oil and peanut oil are all incredibly popular options for homemade cannabis oil (and there’s a good chance you already have at least one of them at home). 

Extra virgin olive oil boasts anti-inflammatory properties and a host of other health benefits, making it a stellar choice for making cannabis oil. [Source] The same goes for refined coconut oil. No matter what route you choose, we recommend always using high-quality oil. 

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The basics of making canna oil 

The easiest versions of homemade cannabis oil use only a few ingredients: cannabis flower, filtered water and carrier oil. 

Before diving in, let’s talk decarboxylation. This process involves heating the cannabis to activate the various compounds found in it, including THC. An added benefit of decarboxylated cannabis is that it’ll cut down your cooking time. 

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How to Make Canna Oil Fast

So, are you ready to make your own canna-oil? Visit our canna-oil recipe and learn “How to Make Canna Oil Fast.”

Storing cannabis oil at home 

After you’ve whipped up a batch of homemade canna oil and strained it through a cheesecloth into a clean, sterilized mason jar, you’ll want to make sure you store it properly. 

Homemade marijuana oil should be kept in a cool dry place. It can stay fresh and retain its potency for a year to a year and a half. For longer storage, and to help prevent spoilage, you can store your canna oil in the fridge (always keep it in a secure spot away from children). 

The best ways you can use canna oil 

So now you know how to make cannabis oil, plus some of the potential benefits it can have—the next step is how to use it. You can add it to your favorite homemade edible recipes or cook with it the same way you would use regular olive oil or other cooking oils. If marijuana butter is more your speed, you can use it in the same way as cannabis-infused olive oil or cannabis infused coconut oil. 

Here are a few ideas for a start: 

  1. Canna-Berry Freezer Jam 
  2. Super Green Canna-Pesto 
  3. Higher Canna-Hummus 
  4. Cannabis-Infused Almond Butter 
  5. Hot Honey Pizza 
  6. Hemp & Almond Granola Clusters 
  7. Ganja Goddess Dressing with Little Gem Salad 
  8. Herbed Grilled Cheese 
  9. Canna-Honey 
  10. Bulletproof Cannabis Coffee 
  11. Canna-Avocado Toast Recipe 
  12. Fried Sage & Cannabis Gnocchi  
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How much cannabis oil should you use? 

The golden rule when it comes to dosing is to start slow. Everyone has a different tolerance, and even seasoned users of cannabis will find that ingesting marijuana affects the body differently.  

Cannabis oil and other edibles pass from the stomach to the liver, which converts THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC, a far more potent form of tetrahydrocannabinol. Because it needs to pass through the digestive system, you’ll have to wait a little longer to feel the effects of canna oil, usually anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours. And because everyone’s body will react differently, results will vary from person to person.  

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So, how much cannabis oil should you use?  

Start with a couple of drops and wait an hour or so to see how it makes you feel. After all, pacing yourself and finding that sweet spot where you can enjoy the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis is the goal! (Pro tip: starting a cannabis journal is a great way to keep track of your experiences and have a better understanding of what works for you.)  

Sources:

  1. Zgair A, Wong JC, Lee JB, et al. Dietary fats and pharmaceutical lipid excipients increase systemic exposure to orally administered cannabis and cannabis-based medicines. Am J Transl Res. 2016;8(8):3448-3459. Published 2016 Aug 15.  
  2. Gorzynik-Debicka M, Przychodzen P, Cappello F, et al. Potential Health Benefits of Olive Oil and Plant Polyphenols. Int J Mol Sci. 2018;19(3):686. Published 2018 Feb 28. doi:10.3390/ijms19030686  
  3. Coconut Oil | The Nutrition Source | Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health 
  4. Huestis MA. Human cannabinoid pharmacokinetics. Chem Biodivers. 2007;4(8):1770-1804. doi:10.1002/cbdv.200790152
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