Infused oil is made by steeping dried or fresh cannabis for a period of time in a variety of oils, which shouldn’t be confused with essential oils that are distilled. Many oils are good for infusing: olive, sesame, almond, grape seed, coconut, and jojoba, just to name a few. The oil absorbs the cannabinoids out of the herb. Filter the cannabis and the oil is ready to use. Always remember whatever you put on your skin should be edible.
Quart Jar Method of Making Cannabinoid Oil
- Fill a quart jar with organic cannabis leaf and or bud. Dried cannabis is easier to use because the fresh herb doesn’t blend easily with oil and can form bacteria and rotting herb. If using bud be sure to break it down — that is an important step.
- Pour enough oil to cover the herb 2 to 3 inches.
- Let the oil-submerged cannabis sit over night, add more oil if needed. If you do use fresh herb, leave the jar open a crack to let water evaporate out. Be careful at this step that there is no material breaking the surface of the oil. This can encourage bacteria, so ensure all the plant matter is below the surface of the oil.
- The sun is the most traditional and sustainable source of heat. Place jars in the sun for 2 to 4 weeks. If worried about oil breaking down, put the jars in paper bags in the sun because it’s the heat — not the light — that you need. In winter or when the sun isn’t as plentiful, put the jar by your heat source for 4 to 6 weeks. A faster method is to put jars in a pan of water in oven at 110 degrees for a week.
- Check jars for plant material above the oil and smell them, too.
- To filter, put several layers of cheese cloth over the mouth of the jar and secure them in place with a rubber band. Place a funnel in another quart jar and pour the cannabinoid oil through the cheese cloth, down the funnel, and into the jar. It works best when the oil is very warm.
- Let it cool and then put on an air-tight lid. Store in a cool, dark place.It will keep for a year.
Crock Pot Cannabis Infusion Method
- Place 6 cups of oil in a crock pot or slow cooker.
- Turn heat to low and allow to heat up until it is to hot to press your hand against (do this with caution!).
- Grind 4 ounces of bud in a well-cleaned grinder, blender or food processor. Don’t over grind because if it gets to small it is hard to filter.
- Pour the cannabis into the oil and stir.
- Bring to a simmer for 1 to 2 hours, occasionally stirring.
- Place a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth over a large measuring bowl. Slowly pour the crock-pot contents into the strainer, the bowl will catch the oil. Press with a big spoon to get all the cannabinoid oil out of strainer, then squeeze out the cheese cloth to get whats left.This step is best done when its hot.
- Pour into a half-gallon jar or five 1-cup jars. Keep in fridge until used.