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Guides | 04.19.2024

How To Make Cannabis Oil In A Slow Cooker

All you need is cannabis, some oil of your choice, and your slow cooker at home. It's that simple.

When you dive into the world of cooking with cannabis, it can all seem very complex and challenging, but, like everything else in life, it’s a matter of getting clear on the process and going for it. 

So say goodbye to spending hours checking your cannabis brews in the kitchen. A slow cooker makes mixing the perfect infused oil fast, easy, and effective. 

Using a slow cooker is one of the simplest and safest methods for infusing cannabis into oil. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make cannabis oil in a slow cooker. 

What Do You Need?

Ingredients 

  •  To start, you can make it with 1 ounce or 28 grams of dried floweror you can adjust the amount depending on how much oil you want to make and the potency. 
  • Two cups of a high-quality carrier oil, like coconut or olive oil. 

Equipment 

  •  Slow cooker 
  •  Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth 
  •  Large mixing bowl 
  •  Glass storage jars or bottles 

Now, let’s dive into the magic behind cooking cannabis oil in a slow cooker.

Decarboxylation

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To get the most out of your weed, you must first decarboxylate it, which, in other words, means to activate it. 

Shred it and put an even layer in the pan. Set the oven to 240°F and bake the herb for 30-40 minutes, or until it is dry and dark green-brown. 

After it has cooled, pulse in a food processor until coarsely ground. 

After baking, allow the cannabis to cool before proceeding.

Choose The Oil

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The higher the fat content of your oil, the better it will absorb the cannabinoids and terpenes from your herb. 

Fat also helps your body absorb the components of cannabis, so choose the best oil for your needs. Coconut oil is a great choice, but olive oil works too, and can be used in more dishes.

Make The Infusion

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In your slow cooker, combine the decarboxylated cannabis and your chosen carrier oil. Stir well to make sure all the cannabis is completely submerged in the oil. 

Set the slow cooker to the lowest temperature and allow the cannabis to infuse in the oil for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally. A more extended infusion may result in a more potent oil, but be careful not to exceed 8 hours to avoid degradation of the cannabinoids. 

Another tip is to heat the mixture for 3 hours and then let it cool for another 8 hours. Repeat this process once or twice to increase the potency, getting the oil to absorb every last bit of THC and other cannabinoids.

 

Strain

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Heat the mixture on your Crock Pot’s lowest setting for 3 hours, then allow it to cool for about eight more. Repeat this process once or twice to increase the potency, getting every last bit of THC and other cannabinoids absorbed into the oil.

Amber colored glass jars are ideal, as they help protect the oil from exposure to light, which can degrade the cannabinoids over time. 

Close jars or bottles tightly and store them in a cool, dark place like a pantry or refrigerator. Properly stored cannabis oil can last for several months.

So Many Uses

Cannabis oil has a multitude of uses. You can add it to recipes or dose it orally. The power to make your own recipes, salves, and topicals is now in your hands. 

Making cannabis oil in a slow cooker, as you can see, is quite simple and allows you to have your own homemade, natural, cannabinoid-rich production.

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