Cannabis infused olive oil is definitely my go to product for infused cooking.
For savory dishes I almost always reach for the olive oil at some point, infused cooking is no different. One thing to keep in mind is that you will not be using your cannabis infused oil as a frying oil, or to grease your pan. Exposing your infused oil to too much high heat will degrade both your oil and your THC. While you will occasionally bake the infused oil in to a dish, usually you’ll be using your infused oil in a sauce or as a finishing oil on your dishes. So spring for a high quality extra virgin olive oil here.
I use this water bath method here because it applies a more gentle even heat to your cannabis flowers and oil. It is certainly possible to place your oil and cannabis in a pan directly on the stove. But if you do this, you have to carefully monitor your pan as you run the risk of accidentally overheating and burning your oil and cannabis, thereby reducing the potency of your finished oil.
This method will work for infusing any oil! Some of my other favorites to infuse are avocado oil (an alternative to olive oil), sesame oil (great for stir fry and as a finishing oil on Asian inspired dishes), and coconut oil (great for baking).
- Medium sauce pan
- 4 oz quality extra virgin olive oil
- 3.5 grams cannabis
- Fine mesh strainer
- Storage containers
- Decarb and coarsely grind your cannabis.
- Place cannabis and oil in a mason jar
- Fill the sauce pan with a few inches of water. Place the mason jar in the water, and ensure that the water in the pan is at least as high as the cannabis/oil mixture.
- Bring the water to a simmer. This means it will be bubbling a little at the edges, but not boiling.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for 3 hours. Add more water to the pan as needed.
- Strain mixture into a small bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth. Use the back of your spoon to press out as much infused oil as possible.
- When making your infused dish you will mix the cannabis infused oil with regular oil. Be sure to read this article about dose and potency to determine how much infused oil will deliver a comfortable serving of THC for you and your guests.
- Always remember to go “low and slow.” Wait at least an hour to gauge the effects. You can always eat more, but you can’t go back and eat less.