Creating infused olive oil is an essential ingredient for any at-home chef who wants to make elevated cuisine and this CBD, or cannabidiol, olive oil is useful for a variety of recipes. Here’s how to create a CBD olive oil at home using CBD-rich flower. Remember, your dosage numbers will differ depending on the strain and source that you use, so be sure to calculate the CBD milligrams per serving beforehand. Do your best to make an accurate estimate, always use measuring spoons to dose, and always conservatively sample each batch before serving to others.
For this recipe, you are going to use the stove top method for infusion. Once you master this technique, you can easily infuse other essential pantry items such as butter, coconut oil, avocado oil and more. With these ingredients, you can explore other recipes featured in The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol (Fair Winds Press) which debuts in March 2020.
This recipe will yield 28 milligrams of CBD per tablespoon of oil.
A note about cannabis decarboxylation
In order to unlock the full potential of CBD, you must decarboxylate your dry cannabis flower before integrating it into a recipe. Decarboxylation is a heating process that triggers the chemical reaction that releases the carboxylic acids from CBD. In other words, you are converting CBDA to CBD.
While there are many decarboxylation methods, activation is achieved by exposing dry cannabis to heat between 240–295˚F for 20 to 60 minutes. Heat for a shorter time at higher temperatures or for a longer time at lower temperatures between this range. For example, if you’re using a higher temperature (between 275˚F and 295˚F), bake for 20 minutes max and be careful not to overcook. Overheating can degrade cannabinoids and terpenes.
For the purposes of this recipe, we are going to use a decarboxylation technique from cannabis chef Coreen Carroll, co-founder of the Cannaisseur Series.
- 3½ grams CBD-rich decarboxylated cannabis flower
- 1 cup olive oil
Heat oven to 275˚F. Line baking sheet with tinfoil. Break up dry flower into pea-sized pieces with fingers or scissors and spread cannabis evenly onto baking sheet. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
In sterilized 16-ounce Mason jar, combine cannabis flower and olive oil. Seal tightly.
Fill small saucepan with 3-inches water. Place Mason jar in pan and heat on low. Using candy thermometer, bring to gentle boil at 200˚F for 2½ to 3 hours. Make sure water does not exceed 211°F. Add water to saucepan as needed to compensate for evaporation. When finished, remove Mason jar safely with an oven mitt and let cool.
Place cheese cloth in fine-mesh strainer over clean 8-ounce Mason jar. Pour infused olive oil through cheesecloth into jar. Gently press to extract the oil. Avoid squeezing cheesecloth to minimize unattractive chlorophyll flavors.
Store at room temperature in dark cabinet. Makes ¾ cup infused olive oil.