Cooking with Cannabis Part 3: Make Your Own Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
Many cannabis cooks enjoy using cannabutter since it’s pretty versatile and easy to make edibles with. But unless you’re French, there’s no need to use butter all the time. Cannabis-infused olive oil makes for a heart-healthy cooking oil and it’s also better than using butter all the time, for nutrition purposes.
Olive oil is well-known for its health benefits and nutritional qualities. It’s an essential part of the Mediterranean diet, which is known to be among the healthiest in the world. However, many of the oil’s nutritious qualities are greatly reduced when you heat the oil, but using a cannabis-infused olive oil can still go well with many dishes including salads, fish, and pasta.
Additionally, studies show that olive oil is an effective solvent for cannabinoid extraction. Both olive oil, as well as ethanol do a good job in extracting all the terpenes and cannabinoids in the plant (this is why alcohol is usually used to make tinctures). Olive oil has numerous health benefits and its easy to get a hold of it in grocery stores.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
You can get even more health benefits out of olive oil by infusing it with cannabis.
2 cups of oil
1 or 1.5 ounces of ground decarboxylated cannabis (for every 1 – 1.5 ounces you will need 2 more cups of oil)
Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
Store the oil in an airtight glass bottle away from sunlight. This mixture can last you around 2 months, depending how much you make and use. The oil’s shelf life can be extended even more if you refrigerate it.
Boiling any food with this oil will decrease the potency of the THC. You can always keep it safe by keeping the oil on low heat, and try to avoid simmering at all times. If you have to cook with high heat, do so with regular oil to avoid wasting your cannabis infused coconut oil, then add it later on. Recipes that require high heat cooking methods such as stir-frying can still use this oil by separately sautéing with one of the ingredients just to get the THC in the food, then add that ingredient before you serve it.
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