Despite what your hippie uncle tells you, you can't smoke cannabis leaves and get high. The psychoactive chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, are found only on the flower of the plant. However, if you're growing high-THC weed like Fast Buds', those bountiful bloomings will literally overflow with sticky resin onto the small leaves surrounding the flower. These are called 'sugar leaves,' and while they're unpleasant to smoke, you can use them to make concentrates or edibles.
In this article, we're going to walk you step-by-step through the process of creating your own canna oil that can be used to make any variety of edible from a light drizzle of oil on a salad to the classic 'pot brownie.'
Note, when we say oil, you can use any kind of cooking oil. Butter, ghee, olive oil, even lard will work, but we'll assume you're using coconut oil because it's delicious and makes cleanup a breeze, check out steps eight and nine for more.
OK, here's what you'll need to turn those unsmokeable leaves into delicious edibles.
- A slow cooker.
- 250ml of your preferred oil. Butter is traditional, but coconut oil works just as well.
- Cheesecloth or an old T-shirt
- Coffee filters
Now that you've prepared everything, let's get started.
Put your oil into the slow cooker and mix with an equal amount of water. Set the temperature to low. The water is required to ensure that you don't burn your leaves. Burn leaves will contaminate your product with ash which can result in a dangerous and inedible product.
Cut your leaves into small pieces. The smaller, the better. This step isn't strictly, but smaller leaf trimmings mean more surface area will be exposed. This should speed the transfer of cannabinoids into the oil during cooking.
Once your water/oil mixture has heated up, slowly add your leaf trimmings and stir. Make sure nothing sinks to the bottom.
Wait 8-12 hours. Waiting longer won't hurt.
Take your hot oil/water mixture and filter it through your cheesecloth or old T-shirt. Do this quickly, so the oil doesn't clump together before the next step.
This should be done while the oil is still hot. Filter your oil/water mix through a coffee filter.
Take your filtered mixture and pour it into a container of your choice. Let it settle for five minutes.
Place your container in the refrigerator overnight.
When you wake up in the morning, you'll find that the oil has separated from the water and solidified at the top of the container. Use a knife or chopsticks to poke a hole through this solid clump and drain the water below. Your cannabis oil is now ready to use in the food product of your choice.
Potency is hard to predict and will depend on your grow, strain, environment, and numerous other factors. Take the normal cannabis edible advice to heart and test with a very small amount.
That's it. You're now ready to make crazy cookies, banging brownies, and psychedelic salad dressing. Let us know how your treat turns out and don't be afraid to send pics!