This straightforward recipe for making cannabis infused oils in your slow cooker is so simple you’ll wish you tried ages ago.
The Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker
Easy-peasy – You no longer have to spend the whole day stuck in the kitchen keeping an eye on the stove to make sure the oil doesn’t boil – with the slow cooker method you simply set it up, switch it on and go to bed and in the morning, your oil is ready- what a pleasure!
No Smell – The second big benefit is that the smell is almost non-existent. The slow cooker method contains the odors so you don’t have to suffocate in clouds of incense for fear of the neighbours smelling your herb.
500 ml oil (coconut/olive/almond/etc)
You can use as much or as little as you like. The basic math is a 1:10 ratio of cannabis to oil. IE: 10 grams of cannabis to 100 ml coconut oil.
2 x Container with lid (preferably glass not plastic) or bowl, string and wax wrap
Bottle (for storage)
Put the slow cooker on to the ‘low’ setting and fill 2/3 with water.
Put the cannabis in the container with the oil and pour the oil over the cannabis.
Using the blender or scissors, chop the cannabis up into small pieces – not too fine but ensure there’s not large stalks that might rip the pantyhose later.
Seal the container tightly or cover it in wax wrap and use the string to keep it secure.
Place the sealed container in the slow cooker.
Put the lid on the slow cooker and leave it to cook for 4-8 hours
Once it’s finished cooking, switch off the slow cooker and remove the container from the water.
Ensure the container is wiped dry of moisture on the outside before opening.
Cover the opening with pantyhose and make a sieve over the top – ensure it is well secured.
Pour the oil out through the pantyhose into another container.
Once all the oil has been drained into the new container, seal this container and store it in a cool dark place.
Cannabis terpenes mean you can now make your edibles taste like your favorite strain of cannabis.
Pineapple Express infused cookies that actually taste like pineapple express (and not the familiar, generic flavour of chlorophyll)? Could it be possible? With one of the newest offerings in the cannabis market, cannabis terpenes mean there’s now a way to capture the flavor of your favorite strain in your edibles.
What are Terpenes
Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic variety. They’re what give Tangerine Dream it’s soft citrus notes , Sour Diesel its pungent fuel flavour and Maui Wowie its sweet tropical aroma.
These oils are secreted in the flower’s sticky resin glands – the same ones that produce THC, CBDand other cannabinoids.And just like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects – some can enhance your high while others can improve the pain reducing qualities of a particular strain – they each have their benefits.
Food Grade Terpenes
Not all terpenes are food grade and therefore not all terpenes are edible. So, when I discovered a company that made food grade cannabis terpene profiles I couldn’t contain my excitement – finally I had a way of creating edibles that actually tasted like the strains I had used to infuse them with – oh the possibilities! True Terpene Profiles from Natural Terpenes produces liquid cannabis terpenes profiles which have been carefully blended to replicate the aromatic flavour of the strain they are named after. These terpenes don’t contain any THC but are known to assist your high and your health in various ways.
It comes in a little child-proof plastic container. Inside the container you get a tiny little bottle full of potent terpenes and a nifty little dropper to help you meter out your dose.
Choosing The Best Terpene Profile For You
Choosing the Terpene Profile that is best for you can take a bit of research – different terpenes provide different benefits – some help you sleep, some help you eat, some help relieve pain, etc. Alternatively you can simply go with a strain you are familiar with or one who’s aroma you are really fond of.
For me it was Granddaddy Purple. I had some home-grown Granddaddy Purple (GDP) which I was enjoying immensely and which I wanted to use in some edibles. I’m also familiar with the aroma of GDP so I wanted to see if the liquid True Terpene Profile had successfully capture the floral notes of this strain and lastly, but most importantly, I wanted to try the effects of GDP”s blend of terpenes.
I was not disappointed. With light floral notes and a hint of sweetness the smell was intoxicating and I couldn’t wait to try it in food!
What Terpenes are in Granddaddy Purple
One of the dominant terpenes found in GDP is Linalool. (Say it, it’s fun!) Linalool provides those soft, fresh floral top notes – it also helps with the feeling of deep-ease and relaxation.
Linalool is used for a variety of reasons:
As a sleep aid
As a treatment for anxiety
A pain reliever
As an anti-depressant
The next most prevalent terpene in GDP is Humulene. Like Linalool and Myrcene (also part of the GDP terpene profile), Humulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory, is pain relieving, and has anti-cancer properties. It also works as an appetite suppressant, so it helps reduce the munchies.
Cooking with Cannabis Terpenes
Don’t overheat the terpenes! The most important thing to remember about terpenes is that they are very delicate and can be destroyed easily with heat. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend using them in foods where they need to be added at the beginning of the heating process, as with cookies or cakes., as the wonderful aroma will probably not survive the baking.
Raw foods, salad dressings and sauces are all great places to use Cannabis terpenes in your edibles or, alternatively you can add the terpenes at the very end of cooking once the heat has been turned off.
Dilution is essential! It’s a very concentrated solution so you need to dilute it. Think essential oils and you’ll get an idea of the potency of these profiles. If you don’t dilute it sufficiently it can have an overwhelming flavor that is too strong to be pleasant – always start with one drop and work from there.
I love, love chocolate so it’s no surprise that’s it’s also my favourite medible. I decided to try infusing chocolate with cannabis extract and to flavour it with the GDP terpene profile. The combination results in a delicate mixing of the GDP floral undertones and the rich chocolate flavour. Perfect as an after-dinner dessert.
1 drops of True Terpene Profile of your choice
25 gram coconut oil
Add one drop of your chosen food grade Terpene Profile into the coconut oil and mix thoroughly. You won’t not use all of this for this recipe but it will keep in a sealed container in the fridge.
Cannabis Flavoured Chocolates
100 gram melting chocolate
1 tsp of Terpene infused coconut oil
2 rice grains FECO (add more or less depending on your personal tolerance)
Gently melt the chocolate – use the double boil method to prevent the chocolate from overheating.
Once the chocolate is melted switch off the heat and add the FECO oil and the terpene infused coconut oil and stir in very gently until thoroughly mixed. (Don’t stir too vigorously as this can also damage the terpenes – they are a volatile bunch!)
Maui Wowi (also spelled Maui Waui) is one of my all time favourite strains to smoke. I enjoy the sweetness in the flavour but I especially love it’s effects: light and energising, it’s great for getting me out of slump or helping to motivate me to do chores like house cleaning.
So, when I ‘wild harvested’ my very own coconut recently I decided to try pairing it with my own home-grown Maui Wowie.
About Maui Wowie
A Sativa hybrid, it originally hails from it’s namesake, Maui Island, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
Maui Wowie as a strain, was a game changer. The argument that “weed wasn’t as potent back then” is probably referring to a time before Maui Waui was developed. It was bred in the 60’s and was one of the first strains to greatly increase its THC content. The THC content of the average marijuana strain was around or under 8% whereas Maui Waui featured THC content well into the teens. These days it is considered to be a middle to high grade medication that provides a typical Sativa high with a few Indica perks.
Pairing Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is light and uplifting and creates a wonderful, energising euphoria. I decided to pair it with something equally as light and stimulating.
Looking to capture the sweet fruitiness of Maui Wowie, I chose to braise the coconut flesh in tropical fruit juice while juxtaposing this with the soft savoury flavours of the battered chicken strips.
The salad includes melon, paw-paw and blue-berries to help enhance the sweet experience while resting on a bed of fresh lettuce and rocket.
The Maui Wowie provides a light and happy body high. It’s mentally stimulating so dinner conversation flows. With lots of sudden sometimes humorous and insightful observations about food and the meaning of life.
As for the flavours, Maui Wowie sets the tone with an uplifting fruity flavour followed by waves of euphoria sweeping though your body. It elicits an emotional excitement that is rewarded by the sweet piquancy of the fruity flavours while the chicken adds a subtle nutty undertone with the hemp seeds.
To sum it up: the delicate balance of sweet and savoury make you feel like your taste buds are making love to your mouth.
RECIPE: Fruit Braised Coconut and Hemp Battered Chicken Salad (serves 2)
Braised Coconut Ingredients
Tropical Fruit juice (fresh is best)
Hemp Battered Chicken Ingredients
2 skinned chicken breasts
100 grams hemp seeds
100 grams flour (can also be almond or coconut flour)
Cut the coconut up into bite sized pieces.
Put in a pan with a little coconut oil and lightly fry the coconut flesh for a few minutes.
Then add the fruit juice – just enough to just cover the coconut flesh.
Turn the heat down and allow the coconut oil to simmer in the juice with the lid off.
Allow the juice to evaporate until slightly thick and then remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
Hemp Battered Chicken Strips
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C
Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips
Beat the egg until frothy
Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl together
Dip the chicken strips into the egg, allow excess to drip off and then dip it into the dry mix bowl – make sure the chicken is sufficiently covered.
Put the chicken onto pre-greased wax-wrap (I spray it with Spray n Cook to ensure the batter doesn’t stick to the wax wrap)
Put the chicken into the oven and bake for aprox 40 mins or when the batter starts turning a light brown.
Chop up all the fresh salad ingredients into your bowl.
Add the Feta
Add the chicken strips and then cover the strips in the braised coconut
Coconut oil is great for you for a multitude of reasons – great at reducing bad cholesterol and high in saturated fats – which makes it excellent for extracting both THC and CBD’s. And when you combine cannabinoids with fat, the fat actually helps the cannabinoids travel through your digestive and assist with better absorption of the different properties.
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500 ml Pure Virgin Organic Coconut oil
50 g Dry Cannabis
(Roughly 100 ml of coconut oil to 10 grams of powdered cannabis)
NOTE: I do not recommend decarboxylating the plant material unless you are specifically making oil to treat cancer where a highr THC ratio is required. For all other conditions no decarboxylating is required as you want to maximize your CBD’s and the heat from decarboxylating can destroy CBD’s. You will still convert THC-A into THC through the extraction process.
Separate the flowers from seeds and stalks. You can use a sieve to help with this process. Pull out any larger stalks and put the dried flower into a sieve and rub it through – the seeds and smaller stalks will be held back and the plant matter will fall through.
Break your cannabis up or use scissors to chop it finely.
Gently melt the coconut oil – do not let it come to the boil.
Double boil: Use a large pot with water in it as the base. Put the smaller pot with the coconut oil into this pot. The water in the bottom pot will help keep the coconut oil from getting overheated.Water has a boiling point of 100C which helps to keep the coconut oil at this temperature too.
Use only enough oil to cover the cannabis amount used, work on 100 ml of oil to 10 grams of powdered cannabis for a good quality.
Once the oil is melted, add the chopped cannabis. The oil must never bubble or boil therefore you have to keep a constant eye on the pot, stirring at regular intervals.
If the oil starts to bubble reduce the heat immediately even if this means switching off for a while this is no problem – the oil must never boil or bubble.
Continue with this process for six hours always checking the heat and keeping it on constant low heat, using a wooden spoon to stir at frequent intervals.
Six hours may feel long but it produces the best possible oil.
After six hours turn the heat off and let the oil cool. There is no harm in switching off and continuing after a few hours if time or circumstances do not permit, even if you are cooking on a fire.
Once the oil has cooled but is still fluid strain it through a muslin cloth, stocking or a fine mesh sieve using the back of a teaspoon to press the oil through. It is much easier to use the cloth or stocking which you can secure over a bowl with an elastic band.
Store the oil in glass jar and keep it in a cool dry place.
Coconut oil naturally solidifies in cooler temperatures and all you have to do is place the glass jar in some boiling warm water and let it melt. Always remember to open the glass jar before you put it in boiling water as it will crack and many patients have lost their valuable medicine in this way. You can also use your Cannabis Coconut oil in the solid form as butter or swallow it solid with water, like a pill.
Do not leave the oil on the heat unattended – you will damage the cannabinoids and lose potency. Even street marijuana is expensive and this is a valuable lesson learned.
Coconut oil has a smoke point of 171 degrees Celsius. At 100 degrees and less it cannot produce any dangerous fumes because it will not create smoke at this temperature. So this recipe can be followed while cooking on gas, electricity, even fire, and anyone can make their own medicine with this recipe.