**** the oil from this process was fairly weak. If you have been ingesting Cannabis or oil made with it for a while, you may want to increase the amount of product used. If you are a brand new user or are planning on feeding this to your pet, this recipe is a safe place to start.
Infusing Cannabis into a fat is a surprisingly straight forward process. It involves two distinct steps that rely on strict heat control and timing. There are a bazillion different methods and for small batches I've come up with this one. Mainly, you need to set aside about 4 hours of your time and voila ... you just made your own medicine.
Cannabinoids bind to any fat, I prefer coconut oil. I made some oil a few nights ago in my small apartment. It yielded me about half a cup of medicine that I take sublingually (under the tongue).
2 grams Cannabis buds
1.5 grams Cannabis trim
1/2 cup Coconut oil
You will also need:
A double boiler
medium sized mason jar
ceramic dish with lid
thermometer that goes over 200F
The first process is called "decarboxylating" or "activating" your Cannabis:
To put it simply, in their natural form many of the medicinal cannabinoids in Cannabis are like jigsaw puzzle pieces that don't fit into our body's receptors. Everything from sea sponges to humans have an endocannabinoid system~ a naturally-occurring system of receptors that accept this plant's compounds. By burning or heating the Cannabis, you break off an excess piece of the jigsaw so now it easily fits.
For my fellow cooks, you're basically roasting here. Pre-heat the oven to 290F. While it heats, the Cannabis will exude an herby, almost onion-y scent. Wrapping it in a little pouch of parchment paper definitely reduces the smell and also ensures even heating of the buds.
Break the buds apart with your fingers to cranberry sized pieces. Many recipes tell you to grind, but there's a new train of thought suggesting that the cannabinoids leach out of the Cannabis more easily left intact than when ground into the organic material. Halfway through the Coconut oil simmer, the buds easily mash up with pressure from a wooden spoon.
Place the parchment pouch inside a ceramic or glass baking dish with a lid (or foil in a pinch).
Roast for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, melt 1/2 cup Coconut oil in a mason jar.
Add your "activated" Cannabis. At this point, I took the mason jar out of the
water and placed it into the ceramic dish so that if any buds fell too quickly,
they would be in that dish and easy to scoop out.
Halfway through, remove the oil from the double boiler and gently mash the
buds around to allow for effective leaching.
Simmer for 3 hours being careful that water doesn't boil dry underneath (kept
at #5 on my stove-top burner.)
Use a thermometer and ensure that the oil doesn't go above 220F.
The double boiler is a control measure as it's difficult to get the oil above 210F
or so. At this point, the Cannabinoids need more time than heat to leach out into
Strain when oil is cool enough to ring out with hands.
I always keep the bud in a waste-not-want-not fashion. I usually add it to
my next batch. It keeps for a long time in your fridge in a baggie.
And ... voila! All you need now is a dropper/syringe measuring ml's.
Start low and go slow. Dose on a full or partially full stomach.
Start by taking .25 ml held under the tongue and held for 30 seconds, then swallowed.
Wait 2 hours and judge how you feel. Wait 4-6 hours before re-dosing at this point.
You can start increasing often when needed by .05 intervals until you reach the
proper dose. This could take several days. Go slow! Each of us must find that
sweet spot. If you cannot stand the taste, gelatin caplets can be purchased online
or at any health food store.
As always.... comments, questions, and suggestions welcome in the comment section!
"It's home-made, so it'll be better!"--my 13 year old niece & future Masterchef, Madelyn.