Cannabis olive oil recipe

Published Jun 18, 2019 10:12 a.m. ET
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If you have already mastered the skill of creating delicious and potent cannabutter, then learning how to make cannabis oil is the next logical step in improving your skill and ability to develop new and exciting marijuana edibles. This THC infused olive oil recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to make cannabis oil. Though this set of instructions calls for olive oil, you can use almost any food grade oil as a base of infusion by following these exact steps. If you do not have access to raw cannabis or prefer to use THC or CBD oil drops since they are easy to measure for precise dosage. This can be done by merely adding the cannabinoid drops to the oil prior to cooking with it. The trouble is that if the drops are a different kind of oil base, they may not mix well, so a good shake of the jar immediately before pouring it to cook with is always recommended.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of cannabis grind (shake or bud)
  • 1 cup of olive oil


  • 1 large pot
  • 1 small pot
  • 1 lid
  • 1 sealable mason jar
  • cheesecloth
  • 1 fine mesh strainer
  • 1 weed grinder
  • 1 cooking thermometer


  1. Use a grinder to bust apart the cannabis, but not too much. You do not want to reduce it to a powder. Instead, you want to break it up just enough that it is easy to remove seeds or stems which may impact the overall taste and to expose the cannabinoids for easier extraction.
  2. Create a double broiler using both of the pots, with the smaller one gently placed inside of the large one. Then fill the big pot approximately ⅓ of the way with water.
  3. Set the burner to a medium low heat and allow the mixture to heat and cook for eight hours. This allows for a slow and gently pull of the cannabinoids, and decarboxylation of the cannabis, which is required to achieve the desired potent effects.
  4. In most situations, water will need to be added quite regularly to avoid scalding, so be sure to check on it every 20-30 minutes to be safe. It’s also recommended to stir the ingredients just as frequently to prevent sticking and uneven heating.
  5. Throughout the cooking process, you will need to use a thermometer to maintain the ideal temperature of less than 245 Fahrenheit. Any higher can increase the risk of burning and or combustion, depending on the type of oil being used.
  6. Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain the oil through it into a sealable mason jar.
  7. Dispose of the cloth and plant materials and allow the oil to cool to a safe handling temperature before storing in a cool dark place for freshness. The expected shelf life of cannabis infused olive oil is around two months, to be sure to use it all up before then.

Other cooking options

If you are familiar with our cannabutter recipes than you are probably wondering if a slow cooker can be used instead of a broiler. The answer is yes, most definitely, and it’s safer to do so. We only use the stove top as the primary example because many people do not have access to or funds to purchase a slow cooker of their own.

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