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Here’s how to make your own hemp seed oil at home, and why you should

With CBD oil steadily on the rise, it’s no surprise that hemp is getting a lot of attention. Hemp has a big reputation, and is usually used synonymously with marijuana. Though these two come from the same plant (think of them as really fun siblings, their mom being cannabis sativa), their uses are completely different.

Hemp Seed Vs. CBD

So, cannabis sativa has two primary species (children). They’re hemp and marijuana. CBD, short for cannabidiol, uses the stalks, leaves, and other components of the cannabis plant to create an oil that relieves pain and calms anxiety, because we can all use a little bit more calm and less anxiety. Where it starts to get confusing is that hemp oil and CBD oil are often used interchangeably. Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant, and has another set of unique benefits. Both use a part of the cannabis plant that has very low (almost 0%) THC levels. Which is basically not even enough to get any kind of party started.

There are beneficial properties to hemp seed oil

Now that we have the sibling dynamic squared away, hemp seed oil has a huge list of benefits. In addition to its rich vitamins (D, B, and E), it’s packed with omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is also an anti-inflammatory food, similar to turmeric. Thanks to the fatty acids in hemp seed oil, it’s helpful for skin conditions including acne and rosacea. An added bonus, if you need to polish things up around the house, is that a mixture of hemp seed oil with a tangerine essential oil can give your wooden furniture a refreshing treatment. It’s time to throw those not-so-eco-friendly, petroleum based products out the window.

Make your own hemp seed oil at home

Making your own hemp seed oil so you can avoid any additives that might come in a commercial product. This recipe from Hemp Seed Health is an easy, step by step guide on how to make it at home:

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of shelled hemp seeds
  • Home oil press
  • Bottle lamp with wick
  • Lamp fuel
  • Lighter or matches
  • Jar for oil collection
  • Bowl for expelled refuse
  1. Make sure the press is secured tightly to a table or surface. Set up the lamp and light it. Wait about ten minutes, or until the lamp has started to heat up.
  2. Add hemp seeds to fill the hopper a third of the way
  3. Begin turning the hand crank at a slow, even pace.
  4. After a few cranks, you’ll notice oil starting to pour out.
  5. As you continue to crank, slowly add more hemp seeds and continue to crank. The oil should be a rich, dark color.
  6. The last step is to thoroughly take apart and clean the machine to clean out any build up.

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How to make cannabis cooking oil

Infusion is often the most challenging part of cooking with cannabis and the reason why many people turn to their vaporizer in defeat. I’m here to tell you that you can do this! Not only is it doable, but it’s worth it.

If you haven’t yet discovered the wonder that is cannabis-infused eating, I’m excited for you because you’re in for an adventure. The experience from start to finish is significantly different from common inhalation methods. The effects are typically longer, stronger, and slower to set in.

For this reason, always start with a low dose and see how an edible affects you—especially if you’re cooking your own as it is impossible to calculate their potency.

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Cannabis-infused oil is probably the most versatile medium and a great place to start, since it can be used for baking desserts, sautéing veggies, frying up your morning eggs, or putting in your salad dressing. In addition, as is the case with cooking anything at home, you have complete control over its preparation. Does peanut oil hold a special place in your heart? Make cannabis-infused peanut oil!

Recipe for cannabis cooking oil

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ground cannabis flower (or less for milder potency)
  • 1 cup of cooking oil of your choice

Note: When making canna oil, you want to use a 1:1 ratio of cannabis to oil.

Choosing the right cooking oil base for your canna oil

Picking the right oil for infusion comes down to your flavor preferences and the dishes you plan on cooking. Oils will have different consistencies at room temperature, so be sure to put thought into how you will be storing and using your oil.

Many oils work well with baking too! So you might want to choose an oil that will have a flavor and consistency that works for multiple recipes. For example, if you are looking for an oil that can be used in a stir fry as well as a pie crust, coconut oil is a great option. It adds great flavor to veggies and remains solid enough at room temperature to hold up as a pie crust.

If you are looking for an oil with a mild flavor, vegetable and canola oil are going to be great options. They are also very versatile and work with most recipes calling for oil.

If you want something a little more robust in flavor, you can infuse olive or avocado oil. Both stand up well to the cannabis flavor and can be stored in your pantry. One of the most surprisingly delicious deserts I ever had was an olive oil ice cream. So feel free to get creative!

Materials needed:

  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Grinder (a simple hand grinder works best; appliances like blenders and coffee grinder pulverize the cannabis, resulting in edibles with bad tasting plant material)
  • Double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan, etc.

Directions:

  1. Grind the cannabis. You can include the entire plant, just the flower, a little bit of both—this is all a matter of preference. Just keep in mind that anything small enough to fit through the strainer will end up in your finished product, so again, do not grind your cannabis into a fine powder.
  2. Combine oil and cannabis in your double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan, and heat on low or warm for a few hours. This allows for decarboxylation (activation of THC) without scorching (which destroys the active ingredients). In all cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to help avoid burning, and the temperature of the oil should never exceed 245°F. Cooking can be done a variety of ways:
    • Crock pot method: Heat oil and cannabis in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
    • Double-boiler method: Heat oil and cannabis in a double-boiler on low for at least 6 hours (8 is better), stirring occasionally.
    • Saucepan method: Heat oil and cannabis in a simple saucepan on low for at least 3 hours, stirring frequently (a saucepan is most susceptible to scorching).
  3. Strain and store the oil. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth; this will simply add more chlorophyll to your oil. All remaining plant material can be discarded or used in other dishes if desired. The oil’s shelf life is at least two months, and can be extended with refrigeration.

Note: Be cautious when using the oil to prepare dishes that require heating. Do not microwave and choose low heat whenever possible.

Tips for reducing odor when making cannabis oil

The trick for reducing odor is using the right tool for decarboxylation. The steam produced during cooking might not give off a pungent odor at first, but it gets stronger with time. It takes hours for the oil to finish, so you can imagine that the odor can build, and, if you are in the same room the whole time, you may not notice the gradual increase in dankness.

Using kitchen devices with rubber seals on their lids will allow you to lock in the majority of the odor during the cook. Finding a crock pot or pressure cooker with this feature is easy. The seal allows you to be strategic in where and when you open the lid.

Whether you take it outside or put it under your kitchen vent, not allowing the odor to fill your space is paramount when it comes to discretion. But accidents happen! If you find yourself in a situation where your space is too pungent, check out our article on how to get rid of the cannabis odor.

How to cook with your weed oil

Now that you have successfully infused your oil of choice, be sure to try a little before you make an entire meal. You want to make sure the dosage is right so the meal is delicious as well as enjoyable afterward.

You also want to be sure not to scorch the oil while cooking (just like when you are making the oil). It would be a shame for all that hard work to go to waste and to be left with a cannabis-tasting creation without any of the effects.

Now get cooking! I suggest finding a few of your favorite recipes and see if an infused-cannabis oil could work. Experimenting with different recipes is half the fun, and here are a few of our favorite recipes to get you going:

  • Martha Stewart’s “to-die-for” pot brownies: A classic done right!
  • Cannabis-infused mayo: From ranch dressing to aioli, mayo is the base to some of your favorite condiments!
  • Cannabis-infused coconut roasted citrus shrimp: Feeling fancy?
  • Cannabis-infused chocolate hazelnut spread: Find a dessert or savory snack this doesn’t make taste better, I’ll wait.
  • Canna-oil vinaigrette: Balsamic vinaigrettes are great too!

Next up: Learn how to make infused coconut oil!

This post was originally published on September 19, 2013. It was most recently updated on March 20, 2020.

Learn how to make cannabis oil to use when baking desserts, sautéing veggies, frying up your morning eggs, or in your salad dressing in 3 easy steps.