Posted June 14, 2016 by Ljubica Kostovic

DIY Canna-oil: Use Your Favourite Strains To Make Your Own Cannabis Oil!

 

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With advances in legislation and improved access for patients, there are many ways to use your medical cannabis to manage your symptoms and condition. In addition to vaporizing, patients are also using cannabis oils which can be ingested directly “as is”, used to make edibles, or applied topically.

While patients now have access to long-lasting symptom relief by purchasing cannabis oils from a Licensed Producer, some are still choosing to make their own canna-oil.

Why?

For some patients, taking a more active role in their health can promote a sense of empowerment and autonomy. In addition, the desire to make their own canna oils comes from limited varieties of oils offered by Licensed Producers. While Licensed Producers offer oils high in THC, CBD, or an equal ratio of both, most do not offer the same variety of oils as they do dried cannabis products.

So, if you’ve found the ideal strains to help manage your condition and symptoms, why not turn them into your very own canna oil?

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be using your favourite strains in their oil forms in no time!

Duration: 4-6 hours

Prep time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Dried cannabis product
  • Oil of your choosing (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.)
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cheese cloth
  • String
  • Slow cooker

Step 1: Decarboxylate your medical cannabis

Begin by preheating your oven to 240 F.

Next, fully cover the cookie sheet with aluminium foil. Grind the desired amount of cannabis dried product and evenly spread the ground cannabis over the cookie sheet. Cover the entirety of the cookie sheet with another layer of aluminum foil and place in the oven.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes are up, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and set aside to cool for approximately 10 minutes.

Step 2: Make your own makeshift cheese cloth “tea bag”

Remove the top layer of the aluminum foil to reveal the decarboxylated dried cannabis product. Your product should be brownish in colour, or a slightly darker green, depending on the starting colour of the strain type.

Transfer the decarboxylated product over to a small-medium size of cheese cloth (you may want to do a double layer of cheese cloth to ensure there is no loose cannabis in your final product). Gather the ends of the cheese cloth and tie the ends together using the string.  You want to make sure that the cannabis product has room to breathe, but that the makeshift cheese cloth “tea bag” is tightly sealed.

Step 3: Infuse your oil of choice with the decarboxylated cannabis 

Add your oil of choice to the slow cooker and turn the heat setting to low. Add the cannabis cheese cloth “tea bag” to the oil. Make sure the “tea bag” is fully submerged in the oil itself.

Cover and let cook for 4-6 hours.

An alternative method for infusing:

If you do not wish to infuse the oil by using the cheese cloth “tea bag” method, you may combine the decarboxylated cannabis with the oil directly. Upon completion of the cooking and cooling process, use the cheese cloth to strain the oil.

Step 4: Store and use

Once the slow cooker and oil have cooled, remove the “tea bag” from the oil and squeeze all of the oil out of it and into the remaining oil in the slow cooker. Transfer the canna oil into a storage container and get ready to incorporate this long-acting method into your medication regimen!

Cannabis oil can be used in salads, baking, or just something that you take under your tongue. Not to mention, it’s extremely easy to store. Just put it in a bottle and keep it in your pantry. If you live with children or teenagers, and want to keep your cannabis use to a minimum in their presence, it can be an ideal way to keep it away from their reach and conceal its use.

A note about dosing

Dosing remains highly individualized. Because your own canna oil will not undergo laboratory testing to determine the content of THC and CBD, it is important to “start low and go slow”. Determining your optimal dose requires careful consideration and guidance from a healthcare professional. It is best to consult with your GrowWise Health Patient Educator or healthcare provider in order to determine the dose best suited for you.

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