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How to Make Cannabis Infused Cooking Oil

By Nanette Porter

A very basic recipe for Canna Oil

Cannabis infused cooking oils, commonly referred to as canna oils, are popular among many medical marijuana patients and caregivers looking to infuse everything from salad dressings to dipping sauces to baked goods. Most oils are vegan-friendly and extremely easy to add into recipes with savory meals like steak or chicken. Additionally, infused cooking oils may serve as a healthy substitute for butter in many recipes. These factors make marijuana-infused cooking oils a must-have for most medical marijuana patients when it comes to cooking with cannabis at home.

How to Make Cannabis Infused Cooking Oil (Canna Oil)

Important: If you are looking for a more psychoactive effect (eg. the high commonly associated with THC), then it is recommended that you completely decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it. The ‘decarbing’ process ensures the cannabinoids are activated and no longer in their acid-form (THCa, CBDa, etc.).


  • 6 cups extra virgin olive oil – organic preferred (or) canola oil – not preferred
  • ~1 ounce cannabis buds, finely ground (or) ~2 ounces of leaf trim, dried and finely ground

Cannabis Infused Cooking Oil Recipe

  • In a heavy saucepan (or a double boiler), slowly heat the cooking oil on low heat for a few minutes. You should begin to smell the aroma coming from the oil.
  • Add a little bit of cannabis to the oil and then stir until it is fully coated with oil. Keep adding more cannabis until the entire amount of cannabis is mixed into the oil.
  • Simmer on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool before straining.
  • Press the cannabis against a metal strainer with the back of a spoon to wring all the oil out of it.
  • The oil is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  • Throw the leftover cannabis in the compost.

Infusion Suggestions

Any affordable virgin olive oil works nicely for this recipe, but organic sourced oil is always the preferred choice for health conscious medical marijuana patients. If you plan on using your cannabis cooking oil for salad dressings or pasta, it is recommended that you use a fruity extra-virgin olive oil to make the taste more bearable.

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