With coronavirus induced quarantines, self-isolation and lockdowns afoot, you'll want to keep some smoke-free alternatives handy to keep yourself entertained. Here's our cannabis oil recipe.
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As we discussed earlier in the week, smoking cannabis during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis mightn't be the best idea. The novel coronavirus which emerged in 2019 from Wuhan in China, is an infection caused clusters of severe respiratory illness similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS.
While the majority of people who contract COVID-19 often express either no symptoms at all, or their symptoms don't require specialist treatment, the virus can result in severe effects for roughly 20% of people, with the global death toll rising above 21,000 people.
As such, you want to minimize the likelihood that you'll a.) contract the virus, and b.) develop severe symptoms. In order to minimize the potential for people to catch coronavirus, governments are sending entire states into lockdown, so as to reduce social contact, which is the primary way the virus spreads.
In order to reduce the likelihood that you develop severe symptoms, you'll definitely want to avoid smoking. Whether you're smoking tobacco, cannabis, or both, it can weaken the immune system and make you more susceptible to illness.
So, we've decided to teach you how to make cannabis oil and cannabutter! Making cannabis oil is easy, fun and gives you a better understanding of the various forms that cannabis can take.
What You'll Need
- 7-10 grams of raw cannabis flower (1 cup)
- 1 cup of oil of choice, or 1 cup of butter for cannabutter
- a saucepan
- a strainer, muslin or cheesecloth
- a hand grinder or scissors
- a butter mold if you're making cannabutter
How to make Cannabis Oil or Cannabutter
Preheat your oven to about 120° celsius, and as the oven is heating up, lightly grind or chop up your weed into smaller nugs. You don't want to chop or grind it too thoroughly, as you'll eventually be straining the cannabis through your strainer, and if the weed is too fine it will simply slip through the strainer and you'll be left with chunks in your end product.
Once your weed has been chopped into smaller nugs, lay them out atop a lined baking tray as flat as possible, and put them in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Make sure to check on the weed every 10 minutes and give the pan a gentle shake to make sure you're heating up all the surfaces.
Now that you've got your decarboxylated weed, and turned the THCA into THC, you're ready to go.
- Add the cannabis, and the oil or melted butter into the saucepan on a low heat for two to three hours, stirring regularly to ensure the oil doesn't burn.
- Once the two hours are up and you're left with green goo, grab your strainer or muslin cloth and strain the product into a jar, bowl or your butter mold. You can keep the leftover plant material to re-use if you're low on supplies, though it will be significantly less potent upon second use.
- Place the oil or melted cannabutter into the fridge when you're done. Overnight, if you used melted butter, it should harden up within the butter mold and become a brick of butter.
And you're done! It's that simple. From here, you can add your cannabis oil or butter to dinners, desserts or snacks.
As the potency of every batch of cannabutter or cannabis oil can be different, and the potency of edibles is generally different from smoking, you'll want to start out low and slow for your first snack. Be mindful of how much cannabis you put into the oil, and how much oil you put into each serving of your chosen snack, and always try a small amount to begin with.
Remember that cannabis edibles undertake a different metabolic digestion process than smoking does, and so the effects can take up to two hours to kick in. Don't make the rookie error of eating too many brownies and calling the ambulance!
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