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Cannabis Cooking Essentials: Cannabis Infused Olive Oil

A key ingredient to many of our recipes is using a gourmet CannaOil. As with olive oil, CannaOil is very versatile. It can be used to make salad dressings, sauces, pastas, sautés, baked goodies and much more.

When preparing a CannaOil at home, we recommend using an olive oil or coconut oil depending on the flavors of the meal. Avoid olive oils that are grassy, herbaceous, and bitter—while those are great on their own, they don't combine well with cannabis flavors. You'll also want to select a cannabis strain that imparts the desired terpene profile that will match a variety of recipes (see our pairing guide here).

As with all edibles, recipes using cannabis extracts effect people in different ways. It's very important to know your limits and to be mindful of your own metabolism. Remember - if you are new to cannabis, go low in milligrams and start slow (see our edibles guide here). We recommend half a serving size for newbies.

For standardized dosing, the majority of the CannaOil recipes we use in The Herb Somm test at 12% THC. This means a single serving size of 1 teaspoon is equal to 10 milligrams of THC depending on the strain varietal used. Be aware that a specific varietal's THC and CBD levels can vary depending on grower, so be sure to know your product well before using.

Also keep in mind that when preparing your recipe at home, accurately dosing your edibles can be extremely difficult, so there will be some variation. Use your best judgement and dose safely. For a list of edible "best practices", please click here.

Now for the fun part! Creating your own CannaOil.

Follow our easy eight step guide below to prepare CannaOil at home.


1 ounce (28.3 grams) cannabis flower, trim or shake

6 cups olive oil (we recommend using a rich Greek olive oil, cold pressed to ensure best quality)

Cooking Accessories Needed:

1 large pot or Crock-Pot (we highly recommend using a Crock-Pot for SLOW cooking!)




Glass bottle or jar with airtight lid to store


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate the cannabis with your fingers and place on a baking tray. Decarboxylate in oven for 30 minutes to activate the THC. Set aside.

2. Heat 6 cups of olive oil on low in a Crock-Pot until the oil reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in the cannabis until the buds are completely saturated with the olive oil.

3. Slowly cook the mixture on low heat for 4 hours (no higher than 245 degrees Fahrenheit - the mixture must reach at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit in order to solubilize cannabinoids). Do not overheat as the mixture will start to cook, changing the oil's flavor profile and potentially become rancid. Terpene profiles can also be lost at high heat, so cook low and slow. Never let the oil boil. The Crock-Pot will help keep temperatures low.

4. Remove the mixture from heat and let cool.

5. Line the stainer with cheesecloth and place the strainer on top of a large mixing bowl.

6. Pour the mixture into the strainer and collect liquid in the large mixing bowl. Compost the remaining cannabis mix.

7. Pour remaining CannaOil into an airtight container. You are now ready to start cooking recipes! Your new CannaOil will stay good for up to 60 days if stored in a cool, dark place.

Looking for some extra flavor? There are many different infusions you can create at home that will add complexity to your CannaOil. Adding herbs or other spices will help balance the herbaceous characteristics that are found in cannabis extracts. Below are some of our favorites.

Recommended Infusions:

Rosemary & Thyme CannaOil

1. Repeat steps 1 - 2

2. Add fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs to the CannaOil. Let the herbs cook with the mixture. The longer the oil sits with the ingredients, the stronger the flavor will be.

3. Repeat steps 3 - 7

4. Add in 2 - 3 sprigs of rosemary and thyme into airtight bottle or jar for looks and extra flavor.

Chile Garlic CannaOil

1. Repeat steps 1 - 2

2. Roast 1 bulb of garlic at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until lightly golden. Add the cooked garlic and 2 teaspoons of red chile pepper flakes into the CannaOil and simmer for remaining 5 minutes.

3. Repeat steps 3 - 7

4. Add in 5 fresh peeled cloves and a teaspoon of red chile pepper flakes into airtight bottle or jar for looks and extra flavor.

Citrus Infused CannaOil

1. Repeat steps 1 - 2

2. Zest 2 lemons into a small bowl. Remove only the zest, not the white pith. Set a few lemon zest strips aside and add the rest of the zest into the CannaOil and simmer for remaining 15 minutes.

3. Repeat steps 3 - 7

4. Add leftover lemon zest strips into airtight bottle or jar for looks and extra flavor.

Remember to always keep flavored oils refrigerated! We also recommend checking out our Terpene Aroma & Pairing Guide to help select the best bud match for your recipe.

Find recipes using CannaOil by clicking here.

Peace, Love & Cannabis,

The Herb Somm

The Fine Print:

You assume all risk from the use of our recipes. Neither The Herb Somm nor the authors shall be liable for any injury or damage to be caused, directly or indirectly, by the information provided in this guide. Neither The Herb Somm nor authors are liable for any allergic reaction to any ingredient listed in our recipes - including cannabis. No legal, medical, or other professional relationship exists between The Herb Somm and those reading our guides. Under no circumstance should any recipes or pairings be given to children. Adults 21+ only.

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