Those looking to move beyond solely smoking weed can test culinary skills and explore the wonderful world of cannabis oil. Also commonly referred to as dabs, shatter, wax, or marijuana oil, it is made by extracting the resin from cannabis flowers. After extraction, cannabis oil becomes a thick, gooey-like substance that is later used for cooking edibles and meals. There is even growing interest in using it in beauty products, topically, and vaporized.


The basics

To successfully make cannabis oil, the following products are needed:

  1. Cooking Oil, two cups:
    The higher the fat content of the oil, the more activated THC will be in the final product. Coconut and olive oil are two commonly used. Canola oil is also a strong pick, but has lower fat content that the other two.
  2. Marijuana, one ounce:
    The weed strain you select will impact the effects of the oil. Because it will be subjected to heat, select a potent strain. If you’re unsure of where to start, Medicine Man Denver has a great selection of strains.
  3. Grinder
  4. Strainer
  5. Stove and saucepan

 Cooking the oil

You’ll want to allow for plenty of time, as the oil and cannabis need to blend without being scorched by heat. Follow the steps below:

  1. Grind your cannabis.
    Bear in mind: Anything small enough to get through the grinder will end up in the final product.
  2. Measure your oil and cannabis.
    For beginners, a 2:1 oil to cannabis ratio is recommended.
  3. Dissolve the cannabis into the oil by placing both in the saucepan on low heat.
    Anticipate these blending for three hours, as this process triggers decarboxylation, or the activation of THC. Overheating will deactivate the properties of the plant and water-down their flavors. A saucepan is the most susceptible to overheating, so keeping it on low can’t be stressed enough.
  4. Reduce heat and strain the oil.
    Remaining plant pieces can be discarded.
  5. Store the oil.
    You can keep that bad boy for upwards of two months and no refrigeration is required. However, storing it in the fridge will increase its shelf life.
  6. Enjoy!
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