There are a lot of different recipes for making DIY Cannabis oil. For beginners and those of us who aren’t quite adept at cooking techniques, here is a more basic and relatively easy recipe for homemade cannabis oil. Make sure you have the time to complete this recipe. Depending on the cooking method you use, it can take up to a good 8 hours to prepare.
- 1 cup or less of ground cannabis flower or the whole plant (depending on the desired potency)
- 1 cup cooking oil of your choice (coconut and olive oil work well)
- Grinder (hand grinder works best)
- Double-boiler, slow-cooker, or saucepan
- Strainer or cheesecloth
*For this recipe it’s highly recommended that you do not use a microwave oven.
Step 1: Grind the cannabis flower or the plant down to a size that won’t fit through the strainer.
Step 2: Combine the oil and ground cannabis in a double-boiler, slow-cooker, or saucepan
Step 3: heat on low for the recommended period of time shown below, stirring occasionally (temperature of the mixture should not reach higher than 245 degrees)
- 3-4 hours in a saucepan
- 4-6 hours in a slow-cooker
- 6-8 hours in a double-boiler
Step 4: Add water if necessary during cooking to keep the mixture from boiling down.
Step 5: When the mixture has stopped bubbling, turn off the heat and let cool.
Step 6: Strain the oil mixer in a strainer or cheesecloth (Don’t squeeze the cheesecloth!)
Step 7: Place the oil in a sealed container
When stored properly, your homemade cannabis oil should last for approximately two months. An air-tight container, preferably glass or silicone, works best to keep your product fresh. Always keep cannabis products out of direct sunlight. Store in a dry, dark place such as a cupboard. For a longer shelf-life store your mixture in the refrigerator.
Always make sure you store your cannabis oil in a place that is out of reach of any children, or pets.
Cannabis oil has a wide variety of health benefits from easing pain to reducing anxiety. With few industry-wide regulations, commercial cannabis oil can contain materials you may not want in your product. Creating your own homemade cannabis oil is the best way to ensure you know exactly what is in your mixture.