Olive oil is a product that many people consume as part of their daily diet due to its many health benefits, but what about cannabis oil? Cannabis oil doesn’t generally figure in many people’s diets, especially not those that don’t consume cannabis, although this is slowly changing. Thanks to the recent wave of legalization around the world and the investigations being done, we’re finding out more about cannabis’ properties and its amazing benefits when used correctly. That’s why today we’re going to teach you how to make cannabis oil.

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Everyone should be able to make the most of cannabis’s incredible properties without needing to smoke it. We’re going to show you how to make cannabis oil. Its properties may vary depending on the cannabis used to make it, which can be THC or CBD dominant. Either way, the recipe is the same.

Let’s have a look at these two recipes that result in delicious, cannabinoid-rich homemade cannabis oil.

How to make cannabis oil:

Before you start with the recipe, you’ll need to figure out the type of cannabis you’re going to be using. You can use THC rich, CBD rich or balanced cannabis for this recipe. CBD Hash is also very easy to make at home if you know how.

If you’re looking to make oil that anyone can consume without getting any sort of psychoactive effect, you should use CBD seeds with extremely low THC levels. You should use strains such as Sweet Pure CBD by Sweet Seeds or Solodiol by Elite Seeds. The effects produced by CBD Flowers make them perfect to make CBD Oil.

For those looking to make cannabis oil that has all of cannabis’s properties, including the psychoactive ones, we highly recommend using a strain with high THC levels or more THC than CBD. This allows you to create a cannabis oil that’s capable of alleviating intense muscular pain, reduce epileptic attacks, increase appetite, treat insomnia etc. It’s also a much safer way to consume cannabis as you don’t need to inhale any nasty smoke.

Ingredients and materials:

  • 500-700ml virgin extra olive oil
  • 20-25g dry and cured cannabis
  • One kitchen thermometer
  • One kitchen spatula
  • Large pot (3-5L)
  • Small pot (1L)
  • A weed grinder
  • A coffee filter
  • One thin metal sieve
  • One glass container with lid
  • 5L bottled water

How to make cannabis oil | RECIPE 1

This first recipe is the easiest to make, as it hardly needs much work and it just requires a bit of patience.

  • 1: Begin by washing and decarbing your cannabis using your preferred process. If you want a less psychoactive effect and more medicinal properties from your oil, simply wash your cannabis before using and skip the decarb process (only do this if you do not want a psychoactive end result).
  • 2: Get a glass bowl that’s large enough for the amount of oil you plan on making
  • 3: Pour your preferred virgin extra olive oil into the bowl
  • 4: Add 20-25g of dried, cured cannabis (not ground)
  • 5: Let it macerate in a dark, dry place for a couple of weeks, Mix every now and then so that the cannabis fully releases its properties
  • 6: After a couple of weeks it should be ready to consume
  • 7: Do not remove the cannabis
  • 8: If the cannabis oil turns out too strong, pour the oil into a new glass bottle and add one fourth virgin extra olive oil in order to soften the effect. Shake well and let it sit in the dark for a couple of days so that it mixes properly
  • 9: Your cannabis oil is now ready to use as a food supplement, as drops or even as a skin cream!

How to make cannabis oil | RECIPE 2

This second cannabis oil recipe is a bit more hands-on and much faster. You’ll need to grab your cooking gear and get to it! The resulting oil form this recipe is much more refined than the first recipe we dealt with.

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1- Boil your cannabis

Place your weed in a large pot and add enough water to cover the cannabis. Once it begins to boil, lower the heat setting to the lowest and keep it there for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then.

2- Strain your cannabis

After 10 minutes, you’ll need to strain your cannabis. Pour your flowers into the sieve and let the water drain out without putting any pressure on it. Repeat the entire process, boiling the weed again, until the water comes out clean (3 times should do it).

3- No water

Once you’ve strained your cannabis you’ll need to try and get it to lose as much water as possible. In order to keep all of its cannabinoids intact, we recommend covering a flat surface with non-aromatic kitchen paper and placing your cannabis on top. This allows the kitchen paper to absorb any leftover water without needing to press your weed down.

Remember: this is done to fully clean your cannabis, removing dust, insects, any products, chlorophyll and leftover minerals. This process is entirely safe, as marijuana doesn’t dissolve or attach to water and no cannabinoids are lost.

4- Add your virgin extra olive oil

Once your cannabis is clean and all water has been extracted, you’ll need to place it in a small pot and add your virgin extra olive oil.

5- Bain-Marie

In order to heat your cannabis in the right way so that it dissolves all of its cannabinoids in the oil, first you’ll need to fill the large pot with water and place the smaller pot, the one with the oil and cannabis, floating in the water in the larger pot. Boil the large pot.

6- Bain-Marie timing

Once the water is boiling, the cannabinoid-assimilation process has begun. This can be quite a slow process, taking a few hours, although it’s much faster than the first recipe. For the best possible results, we recommend continuing this process for two to three hours, mixing every now and then. In order to get perfect results, try and keep the temperature at a stable 100°C. You can use a kitchen thermometer for this purpose.

7- Bottling

After the bain-Marie, you’ll need to let the liquid cool down in its pot. Once it’s cooled down you should strain the mixture using the coffee filter. Do it with incredible care, making sure that no bits of cannabis get through the filter. Your cannabis oil is now ready!

8- How to store cannabis oil

Once you’ve made your oil, you’ll need to store it in a dark, cool area. This allows cannabinoids to stay 100% potent for much longer. We recommend keeping the main bottle in a dark place and using a small oil bottle for your food.

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How to take cannabis oil

Cannabis Oil as Salad Dressing

One of the best ways of ingesting cannabis oil is raw. If it’s used to fry anything, it loses all of its properties in as far as cannabinoids due to high temperatures. We recommend using it as a dressing for salads, making sure to test it out beforehand to test its strength and how much you should use.

Massage Cannabis Oil

For those that suffer from muscle or back pain, cannabis oil can be used as potent massage oil; it has many relaxing and therapeutic effects and can be used for any type of massage; it can also be used in reflexology. You can also add it to any massage cream or oil such as lavender or rosemary, among others.

Sub-lingual Cannabis Oil

If you want to use it as a direct dose, you can use it sub-lingual. Simply use a dropper under your tongue and then slowly allow them to spread around your mouth. This is a much more direct way and is recommended for medicinal use.

Cannabis Oil Safety Precautions

Before you start taking cannabis oil, whether it’s occasionally or daily, you will need to do a few tests to see how potent it is. We recommend trying out a couple of drops and waiting for a few hours to see if its effects are too soft or too hard. If it’s too potent you can add in ¼ of normal oil and shake well to mix it up. You can repeat this process as much as possible.

When ingesting oil of this kind you’ll need to be extremely cautious. You need to mark every bottle carefully – if someone accidentally uses it on their salad, they probably won’t have a very nice trip. You will also need to take extreme caution when it comes to kids running around the house. If not labelled correctly and stored somewhere that kids can get to, you may have quite a bad situation on your hands. Keep your cannabis oil away from kids, labelled properly and make sure you know where it is.

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33 replies on “How to make Cannabis Oil”

I have cancer I’ve done self examination inside the mouth of my womb and I felt a hole next to agrowth

Hi Lillian.

If you suspect that you have cancer, we highly recommend visiting your doctor. Cannabis oil and other extracts can be used to reduce symptoms and side-effects of cancer treatments, but they should never be a full replacement for real, accurate medical care.

What is the greatest difference between alcohol extraction and oil making?
this seems much more simpler that I am afraid of trying it out of wasting my limited materials

Hi Sky
This is oil for consuming or using in cooking; it’s not a cannabis extract, as extracts are concentrations of up to 90% cannabinoids, whereas this is a simple recipe of oil infused with cannabis.
Kind regards

I love this amazing website

How long will the oil last if I follow recipe 1?
Should I leave the cannabis in the oil until it’s all consumed?

Hi Patricia!
Thanks for your kind words!
The oil has the exact same shelf life as it had before being used; if it has a sell-by-date, follow that.
The cannabis doesn’t actually get “consumed” in the oil, it simply releases cannabinoids slowly over time.
Kind regards!

So in recipe #1, there is no heat used…so no decarboxylation which should mean that I can use my plant that is higher in THC:CBD and not get high because the THC will still be in it’s non physco-active form THCA. Correct? Thanks!

Hi Lorelie
We assume that people wash their cannabis in hot water before using it in a recipe, which gets part of the decarbing process done. However, given your example of THC:CBD strains, I’d say you’re pretty accurate, although you may still feel an effect from the oil; while the buds will have less THC in them due to not being decarbed previously, there is still some active THC in the resin and high amounts of CBD can also leave consumers with a deeply relaxed sensation.
Kind regards,

I would appreciate it very much if you can give me your advice, I am coming up to retirement age and started making cannabis oil about 12 months ago ( the Rick Simpson method). I have been giving it free to my friends but many found it to strong, my question is can I mix 1 ml in a 20 ml jar with olive oil so that they can rub it on there aching joints. Many thanks for your time.

Hi Paul!

Of course, you can dilute your RSO with more oil if needed, make sure to do this in small amount as you can’t take it back out once it’s gone in! You and your friends may find it more helpful to make it into a cream if you have the right ingredients – you can even add some aloe vera and other healing natural ingredients if desired.

In step{way}1, where you virgin extra olive oil into the bowl add 20-25g of dried, cured cannabis (not ground) let it macerate in a dark, dry place for a couple of weeks, Mix every now and then so that the cannabis fully releases its properties after a couple of weeks it should be ready to consume. I really don’t understand, how do the oil dissolve/extract the crystals? and no heat? I was always told heat was needed to activate the cbd/thc there’s no heat in a salad so how do it work? I’ve questioned a number of dispensaries and they can’t say because they said they never heard of it working without heat… please help if you can.. i’d sooner eat then smoke Thank You

Hi Chris
The first recipe takes into account that your cannabis has been washed (in boiling water) and therefore decarbed. There is no heat required to dissolve nor extract the cannabinoids from the flowers, as cannabinoids are liposoluble and don’t require heat to dissolve in fatty materials, hence macerating for a few weeks. I see where the confusion may be coming from, so I’ve included an extra step to the first method to avoid any further issues. Also, for those interested, cannabis has a large array of medicinal effects when not decarbed which medicinal patients often make the most of, something that the budtenders at your dispensaries should have let you know.
Kind regards

Thanks for this recipe. I haven’t been a big fan of cooking something with cannabis due to my lousy skills but cannabis tea is surely one such delicacy that I can make easily with this recipe. Cheers!

Is there a way to add more cannabis to olive oil that is already infused but not strong enough?

Hi Bille
You can decarb and add cannabis to olive oil and let it macerate again in order to increase the strength of the effect. It’s always easier to make it too potent and then simply add in more olive oil, than it is to make it too weak and have to macerate again.

I am just venturing into the edibles side of cannabis and have been looking for an easy recipe to follow. This looks like something I can try. Thanks for this, hoping this works out for me.

If I followed receipe #2 and used the oil for massaging aching muscles and body parts, could the continual or daily use be detected in the blood?


If the body absorbs it, it is very likely that it can appear in the blood. It also depends on what type of analysis you do.

Hi Mike
There’s no “medicinal” effects per se, but you can definitely guarnish meals with cleaned cannabis leaves.

Hey, the article on CBD concentrates, oils, tincture, edibles and pills is up to date, which definitely helps a novice like me. Was really new to me and possibly for some other people as well.

Our big schnauzer just loves eating the leaves off our growing plants. Why is he so mad about it and the other dogs don’t care?
I’ve heard that COLD pressed oil is good for pain but can’t find a recipe – can you help? I have osteo arthritis and fibromyalgia and my prescroption painkillers do not work.

Hello Susan, for all medical advice we highly recommend to ask to a doctor. For your dog’s behaviour, you should ask to a specialist. Thanks

My husband powderised oven dried leaves and flowers and baked biscuits with it, but I did not like the effect it had on me. How else could I use the powder he has already made?

When you say coffee filter, do you mean the paper variety, or the fine metal coffee filters?

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