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.
Tired of the clichéd hearts and teddy bears? why not sample some of our local cannabis products to elevate your romantic experience and get passions burning on Valentine’s Day?
Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries and according to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, regular cannabis users have sex 20% more often than than non-users. Cannabis has also been known to help elevate every aspect of your romantic experience – from improving your mood, heightening your appetite, increasing arousal and amplifying sensations.
Here are some of the best cannabis products on the South African market to help you make this a stand out Valentine’s Day.
Keep those lips soft and kissable this Valentine’s Day with this all natural, cannabis infused lip balm. Not only is it made from all organic ingredients, it’s also the perfect way to micro-dose with cannabis. Each time you apply a little, the tiny dose of cannabis is absorbed through your lips, mouth and saliva into your system which allows you to enjoy the benefits without getting high. Keep your lips soft and and moist and watch the suitors come flocking!
Help you and and your partner get to into a sensuous mood with a steaming hot cannabis infused bath. Add this rich, all natural oil from Abis Inc to your bath water to soothe tense muscles, reduce painful inflammation and help you to take relaxation to a whole new level. It leaves your skin feeling satin-soft and oh-so-touchable.
Nothing wins a woman’s heart like chocolates….but infuse those chocolates with cannabis and you’re likely to win her body and soul too!
These delicious goodies from Candu Kitchens are an enjoyable and tasty way to ‘take your medicine’. The effects take about 30 mins to kick in and when they do, expect to feel relaxed, euphoric and in the mood to have some fun!
Did you know Cannabis sex lube can enhance your sexual experience without making you high? Abis Inchave another wonderful product for the sexually adventurous. You can enjoy the benefits of cannabis without getting high. Not only does cannabis lube stimulate blood flow to where it is applied and relax tension but, for women, it comes with an extra benefit – it encourages the production of natural lubrication! – expect things to get a little wet and wild!
Pick Me Up’s
Valentine’s Day is not a celebration for all: for the single, the heart-broken, the depressed and the jaded, Valentine’s Day can be agony. Luckily for you, Stoned Tree Farm provides psilocybin infused honey capsules in micro doses, called Psican.
Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound found naturally in ‘magic mushrooms’ and has shown promising results in the treatment of depression and addictions.
The Psican dose is too small to make you feel high or hallucinate but it’s just enough to make you feel better about life in general. So, don’t spend this Valentine’s Day moping about in a cloud of angst – rather elevate your mood with all natural Psican and feel the love.
Cannahoney is a great way to take your medicine – a combination of two ancient power-house natural healers: cannabis and honey – what’s not to love?
The Benefits of Cannahoney
As the name suggest, cannahoney is honey that has been infused with cannabis oil. Honey has been revered for its healing properties for thousands of years. It contains vital enzymes, vitamins and minerals which are essential to a healthy life. Infused with cannabis, these two natural substances have powerful healing effects that include anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory properties, treating coughs, wound care, insomnia, stress & anxiety, improving brain function and improving gut health.
It’s also far more medically beneficial than smoking cannabis and cannahoney tastes a million times better than concentrated oil, that’s for sure! Who wouldn’t want to put that in their tea and drink it?
I recently got to try a cannabis infused honey tincture from Stoned Tree Farm’s aptly named Me Time. It’s safe for all ages and is made with only food grade, organic ingredients.
The oil used to infuse the honey is made from organic cannabis grown by dedicated and experienced growers who have been carefully selected by Stoned Tree Farm. They also have their oils tested for pollutants and potency – so you always know what you are getting and you know it’s all goodness.
Their honey comes from hives that are set between mango, avo and nut farms and has a smooth, dark and rich texture.
The Me Time honey also comes in a nifty squeezy bottle. It’s perfect for keeping in your handbag or desk drawer so you can add it to your tea or coffee whenever you need.
When it comes to managing pain, cannabis infused honey is the way to go. If you put a few drops of this tasty golden liquid under your tongue it works within around 15 mins and provides noticeable relief. It’s excellent for soothing stressed and anxious nerves and it even helps improve your mood.
Easing Irritability and Tension
So, a few days ago, I found myself feeling extremely agitated and unfocused. I couldn’t concentrate for long on any one thing and everything was irritating me. This was making me tense and so my old nemesis, shoulder pain, began shooting excruciating jabs of pain out from my upper back, neck and right arm. This just added to my bad mood and so it took me a little while to realize that I was in the throws of some serious premenstrual tension.
Identifying the issue was all well and good but I had things to do and dragging myself aimlessly from one half-done thing to the next in a perpetual bad mood was helping no one. It was then that I remembered the Me Time infused honey.
I put a few drops of the honey in my tea and I waited. But I was impatient, so I decided to put some of the infused honey under my tongue for quicker absorption and all I can say is – Yum! It was delicious – the familiar sweetness of the honey mingled pleasantly with the subtle yet distinct cannabis flavour and I had to stop myself from having more.
Within 15 minutes I could feel myself beginning to unwind. My first indication that the infused honey was working was when I finally completed a task in one sitting. My second sign was that I was no longer walking around under my own personal thunder cloud. I felt better. Not stoned but definitely uplifted. I could feel my whole body had relaxed and was no longer holding so tightly to the stress and agitation of before.
By the time this initial sublingual dose began wearing off, the honey I had in my tea earlier began to kick in and so I continued riding the wave of calm….feeling relaxed and better able to channel my energy in a more focused manner. Despite being ever-so-slightly high, I got so much more done that afternoon, thanks to the infused honey.
Be it to manage pain and inflammation, help you sleep, manage anxiety and stress or simply to give your immune system a boost – you aren’t going to find another medicine that’s as effective and as delicious as this. So, make yourself a special cup of tea and enjoy your day!
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!)