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Canna-Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is one of the best options to cook with when preparing cannabis-infused recipes. Not only is it versatile, but unlike many other oils, it doesn’t alter the flavour of the recipe you’re adding it to. The high concentration of fatty acids in avocado oil retain cannabinoids well, plus it’s vegan-friendly.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total cooking time: 12 hours Yield: 2 cups oil Skill Level: Intermediate

Before You Get Started

It’s important to note that homemade edibles can present some difficulty when it comes to determining your proper dosage. To help, we have included some tips for calculating the potency of your cannabis oil below. When consuming cannabis edibles, always remember to start low and go slow.

Decarboxylation

There are many ways of making cannabis-infused avocado oil, but all the methods start with a step called decarboxylation (or decarbing). To properly decarboxylate your cannabis and turn it into canna-avocado oil, here is what you’ll need: 

Utensils

  • Mason jars and/or storage jar/ container 
  • Tongs 
  • Oven mitts 
  • Medium saucepan 
  • Herb grinder 
  • Cheesecloth and/or fine sieve 
  • Large elastic band 
  • Tinfoil 
  • Baking Sheet 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups avocado oil 
  • 1/2 ounce ground cannabis 

Directions:

To decarboxylate your cannabis:

  1. Preheat your oven to 110°C (225°F). 

  2. Prepare your cannabis. Break up the buds and grind the flower to an even consistency using your herb grinder.

  3. Place your cannabis on a baking sheet in a single layer, and tent with tinfoil. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the cannabis appears dry and brown with a crumbly consistency.

Stovetop method:

  1. In a medium saucepan on low heat, warm avocado oil. 

  2. Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the avocado oil. Allow the mixture to simmer for three to four hours, checking often to ensure it does not reach a full boil (this can impact the potency of your oil).

  3. If you are using cheese cloth to separate the cannabis from the avocado oil, stretch it over the large bowl, and fix to the rim using an elastic band. If using a sieve, place it over the large bowl.

  4. Pour the mixture through sieve and/or cheese cloth into bowl. Discard solids and then decant oil into your storage jar or container. (Note: If using cheese cloth, be sure to gather the edge of the cloth, and squeeze any remaining liquid into the bowl. Use caution with this step as the mixture could still be very hot!)

  5. Store canna-avocado oil in a sealed airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months or in the freezer up to one year.

Crockpot method:

  1. Pour enough water into your crockpot for mason jars to be submerged (at minimum) to the same level as the oil. 

  2. Preheat the crockpot to 85°C (185°F).

  3. Divide avocado oil evenly between jars, leaving about ½ inch from the top.

  4. Evenly divide decarboxylated cannabis and add equal amounts to each jar of oil. Wipe down the necks of the jars and then affix lids securely.

  5. Carefully place the jars into the crockpot, cover with lid and let cook for about 4 hours.

  6. Using tongs and/or oven mitts, remove the jars from the crockpot, and set aside to cool.

  7. Once cool, carefully remove the lids and strain the mixture through sieve and/or cheese cloth into your storage jar or container. (Note: If using cheese cloth, be sure to gather the edge of the cloth, and squeeze any remaining liquid into the bowl).

  8. Store canna-avocado oil in a sealed airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 months or in the freezer.

Your canna-avocado oil is ready to use in the creation of cannabis-infused recipes that call for oil.

Tips for Calculating the Potency of Cannabis Edibles Containing Canna-Avocado Oil 

Calculating the potency of your edibles can be a bit tricky. Below are the steps you should follow to estimate the dosage of your finished edible product. For this example, we’re going to use our Cherry Diesel GE strain, tested at ~15% THC, for the calculations. You’ll need this number when calculating the potency. Always remember to start low and go slow.

Step 1 Calculate the total milligrams of THC or CBD in one gram of dried cannabis. For Cherry Diesel GE, which tests at ~15% THC, this equals 150mg per 1 gram (1000 mg) of dried cannabis. 

1g = 1000mg  0.15mg THC x 1000mg = ~150mg THC/g

Step 2 Calculate the total amount of THC or CBD in the oil that you are making. To do this, multiply the milligrams of THC and/or CBD per gram by the total grams of cannabis you are using. 

~150mg THC/g x 14 grams = ~2,100 total mg of THC 

Step 3 Calculate the total amount of THC or CBD per tablespoon of oil. 1 cup = 16 tablespoons. Since this recipe yields 2 cups, divide the total milligrams of THC in the oil by 32 to get the number of mg in one tablespoon.

~2,100 total mg of THC ÷ 32 = ~65.6 mg of THC per tablespoon of oil  

Step 4 If you are using the oil in a recipe, divide the total mg of THC by the number of servings to determine the amount of THC per serving. For example, if your recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of oil and makes 6 servings:

65.6 mg x 2 tbsp = 131.2 mg THC in recipe, divided by 6 servings = ~21.8 mg/THC per serving

These calculations are approximate. Always consume responsibly.

Remember, it can take anywhere between 60-180 minutes for you to begin to feel the effects of ingested cannabis and the effects may be felt up to 8+ hours after consumption. If you are unsure how cannabis may affect you, we recommend referring to Health Canada’s consumer information here. Always consume responsibly.

DISCLAIMER:

With any cannabis-infused edibles, the general rule is to start with a low amount, and only increase slowly. Here at JWC, we would like to remind you that determining your dosage should be based on the information provided to you on your medical document. Do not change your dosage without first consulting with your healthcare provider. As always, make sure that your edibles are properly labelled and are stored out of reach of children and pets. When working with edible, cannabis-infused products, try to understand and maintain the ratios between the amount of cannabis and the butter or oil being infused. If your cannabis butter or oil is potent, consider reducing the amount used in your recipe by using a mix of infused and regular butter. The recipes presented in this site are intended for entertainment and/or informational purposes only and for use by persons having appropriate technical skill, at their own discretion and risk. JWC makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the content of recipes presented in this website. It is your responsibility to determine the value and quality of any recipe or instructions provided for food preparation and to determine the nutritional value, if any, and the safety of the preparation and use instructions. To the extent permissible by law, JWC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. JWC shall not be liable for any damages of any kind, including without limitation special or consequential damages, arising out of your use of or reliance upon this site or the content hereof.

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