There are a variety of methods for making this oil and various lengths of time suggested for the infusion process. My favourite is using a crock pot on low for around 24 hours. Many people only infuse the oil for 40 minutes to 3 hours and are happy with the results, but I like the longer process for maximum extraction.
Various fats or oils can be used. Do not use highly processed refined vegetable oils such as canola, soy or corn as these oils damage the body and are not helpful when your health is compromised. Do not use cold-pressed oils such as sunflower or flax-seed because heating causes them to oxidize.
Extra virgin olive oil is a good option. Coconut or palm oil are excellent as they are easy to digest, full of immune boosters and anti-oxidants among other things–they are very healing oils in general. Organic sesame, peanut and hemp oils are also good alternatives, but be aware that they have their own flavours which can be incorporated into your dishes very nicely as well. Oils can also be mixed–a peanut-coconut combination might be nice for brownies, for example.
Amounts are not precise and the strength will vary depending on the quality of your ingredients. Here is a general guideline:
- 1 litre or quart of oil or fat
- 1 oz of medical marijuana leaf
Grind up the medical marijuana in a spice or coffee grinder until very fine. Put into a crock pot. Pour over oil until covered and heat on low for about 24 hours. The oil will smell up the house, so you may want to put it in a back room.
Strain the oil through a cheesecloth and wring out as much of the oil as you can. You can also cook up oatmeal raisin cookies with the leftover mass.
The oil will keep quite well and can be used in cooking either for meat dishes such as curry or pasta or for baked items such as cakes and brownies. It can also be mixed into a salad dressing.