How to Make Cannabis Cooking Oil & The Perfect Weed Brownies
Updated: Mar 9
If you're looking for a fun and easy way to enjoy your favourite herb, you've come to the right place. I'm going to show you how to make cannabis cooking oil, also known as canna oil, and how to use this to make the perfect weed brownies.
Cannabis cooking oil is a versatile ingredient that you can use to make delicious edibles, such as brownies, cookies, cakes, muffins, and more. You can also use it to sauté vegetables, fry eggs, drizzle over salads, or add to your morning coffee. The possibilities are endless! Cannabis cooking oil is basically oil that has been infused with THC and other cannabinoids from cannabis. THC is the compound that gives you the psychoactive effects of cannabis, while other cannabinoids have various medical benefits. By infusing oil with cannabis, you can get all these benefits without smoking or vaping.
Making cannabis cooking oil is not hard at all. All you need are some basic ingredients and equipment that you probably already have in your kitchen. Here's what you'll need to make vegetable oil for 3 batches of brownies:
- 1 cup of ground cannabis flower (decarboxylated)
- 1 cup of cooking oil (vegetable)
- A double boiler or a slow cooker
- A cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer
- A glass jar with a lid
Let's go over each of these items in more detail.
First of all, you'll need some ground cannabis flower. You can use any strain you like, depending on the effects you want. For example, if you want a relaxing and sedating effect, go for an indica strain. If you want an uplifting and energizing effect, go for a sativa strain. If you want something in between, go for a hybrid strain.
I recommend finding a deal and using low-THC cannabis or cannabis shake (cannabis with around 10%-15%THC). If you do this for the recipe below, you will end up with what I think is the perfect dosed brownies. Your batch of brownies will end up having around 350 MG of THC. Cut it into 20-40 small brownies, and each brownie is around 9-18MG of THC. If you want them stronger, feel free to use more potent cannabis. We recommend Grump Weed's Gelato Dream.
The most important thing is to decarboxylate your cannabis before using it to make oil. Decarboxylation is a process that activates the THC and other cannabinoids in cannabis by heating them up at a certain temperature for a specific time. This way, they become bioavailable and ready to be absorbed by your body.
To decarboxylate your cannabis flower:
- Preheat your oven to 245°F (120°C).
- Grind or break up your buds into small pieces (not too fine) and spread them evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the oven until they turn light brown and dry.
- Let them cool down completely before using them for making oil.
Next up: cooking oil! You can use any kind of cooking oil that suits your taste and preference. Some popular choices are olive oil (for its health benefits), coconut oil (for its high saturated fat content that binds well with THC), vegetable oil (for its neutral flavor), or avocado oil (for its high smoke point). To make the weed brownies below, use vegetable oil.
The amount of oil you use depends on how potent you want your final product to be.
1. Decarboxylate your cannabis.
2. Infuse your oil. Once your cannabis is decarbed, you can start infusing it into your chosen oil. You can use either a double boiler or a slow cooker for this step. If using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot with water and bring it to a simmer over low heat. Then add your oil and cannabis to the top pot and stir well. Cook for 2-3 hours on low heat (between 160-200ºF), stirring occasionally. Make sure the water in the bottom pot doesn't boil dry or get too hot.
If using a slow cooker, simply add your oil and cannabis to the pot and set it on low heat (between 160-200ºF). Cook for 4-6 hours on low heat (between 160-200ºF), stirring occasionally.
3. Strain your oil. After infusing your oil for the desired time, you need to strain out the plant material from the liquid. To do this, line a fine mesh strainer or a cheesecloth over a glass jar or a container with a lid. Carefully pour your hot oil through the strainer into the jar, squeezing out as much liquid as possible from the plant matter.
4. Store your oil. Once you have strained your oil into a jar or a container with a lid., let it cool down completely before sealing it tightly with a lid. Store your cannabis cooking oil in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. It should last for several months if stored properly.
And that's it! You have just made your own cannabis cooking oil that you can use for baking cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, breads, pies etc., frying eggs, bacon pancakes etc., making salad dressings, sauces dips etc., drizzling over popcorn pasta pizza etc., or adding to smoothies soups stews etc.. The possibilities are endless!
4. Use your cannabis-infused vegetable oil in this betty crocker brownie mix.
If you're looking for the perfect weed brownie for this cannabis oil, look no further than Betty Crocker's salted caramel brownies. The recipe for this brownie uses vegetable oil. Substitute the regular vegetable oil with your new cannabis-infused vegetable oil.
These brownies are rich, gooey, and loaded with caramel flavour. They're easy to make with Betty Crocker's Delights Gooey Salted Caramel Brownie Mix, which comes with a pouch of caramel sauce that you squeeze over the batter before baking. The result is a moist and fudgy brownie with swirls of caramel throughout.
Knowing the THC content of your edibles can help you dose them properly and avoid unpleasant effects.
If you use cannabis flowers to make your edibles, you need to know two things: the percentage of THCA (the acidic form of THC) in your flower and the weight of the flower in grams. You also need to account for decarboxylation, which is the process that converts THCA into THC when you heat it. Decarboxylation usually happens when you bake or cook your edibles, but you can also do it beforehand by heating your flower in an oven.
The formula for calculating the THCA level of your cannabis flower is as follows:
Percentage strength of the weed x 10 = number of mg per gram
Number of mg per gram x number of grams in the recipe = THCA content of the flower
For example, let's say you have a cannabis strain with 15% THCA. You have decided to make one cup (16 tablespoons) of cannabis oil using half an ounce (14 grams) of weed. The math would go something like this:
15% x 10 = 150mg of THCA per gram
150mg x 14 grams = 2100mg of THCA in the flower
To convert THCA into THC, you need to multiply it by 0.877, which is a factor that accounts for decarboxylation loss. So,
2100mg x 0.877 = 1841mg of THC in the flower
Now, if you want to know how much THC is in each tablespoon of cannabis oil, you need to divide it by 16:
1841mg / 16 = 115mg of THC per tablespoon