Key takeaways.

  • What oils can you use to make cannabis cooking oil?

    Virtually any kind that you like to cook with — coconut, olive, canola, vegetable, or avocado oil.

  • What strains can you use to make cannabis cooking oil?

    Choose a strain depending on when you’ll use your cooking oil. Choose sativa strains if you plan to drizzle it on a mid-morning salad or an indica strain if you like sweet treats at night.

  • What can you do with cannabis cooking oil?

    Use it anywhere you’d use oil, whether that’s as a dressing, as a garnish, or as an ingredient.

Where the majority of people drop off the cannabis cooking train is infusing the oil. But in reality, it’s not as hard as it looks. And the more often you do it, the more it starts to feel like second nature — kind of like making a cup of tea. Plus, learning how to make your own cannabis cooking oil means you can have an entire pantry of cooking oils for different occasions. 

Anybody who happens to be both a cannabis connoisseur and a whiz in the kitchen needs to know how to make cannabis cooking oil. Imagine a fancy brunch with sativa cannabis bagels and a CBD muffin for dessert. Or even a chilled evening with friends where you serve up an indica cannabis hazelnut spread with CBD-infused shortbread? You see where we’re going with this…

Oh, how versatile cannabis cooking oil can be!

In this article, we’re going to guide you into choosing an oil, how to make your own cannabis cooking oil and then some suggestions for use!

How to choose an oil for cannabis cooking.

A photograph of a cannabis waffle up close. A concept of how to make cannabis cooking oil.
@waffleye_

Imagine you’re standing in the kitchen, getting your ingredients prepared. Tonight you’re cooking Thai stir-fry with coconut rice and coconut ice-cream for dinner. You’ve probably got the coconut oil on the bench rather than the canola oil. Or maybe you’re making Italian pasta with salad, in which case you’ve definitely got olive oil on the bench.

So choosing an oil is all about imagining what you imagine using your cannabis cooking oil for. It’s good to start off with an oil that’s versatile and that you can use in a number of different dishes. Though olive oil has a strong flavour, it can be used in pasta, drizzled on pizza, on salad, or even on bread with salt and garlic. If you prefer baking with cannabis, consider using coconut oil.

We’ve got some recommendations for different oils, depending on the kind of cooking you like to do:

For bakers of sweets, pies, pastries (sweet and savoury)

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil

For full bodied flavour cooking

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil

For mild flavour

  • Vegetable oil
  • Canola oil

When you start to become a canna-kitchen-connoisseur, you can keep multiple different cannabis cooking oils around for different cooking occasions.

Choosing a cannabis strain for cannabis cooking oil.

A collage art of an astronaut selecting a cannabis bud.
@jacoponoera


Once you’ve chosen an oil, it’s time to choose a cannabis strain. Using the same analogy as earlier, imagine when and how you might be using your cannabis oil. For example, imagine you want to use cannabis oil for making salad dressings. You chose olive oil because that’s your favourite oil to dress veggies with! You usually eat salads at lunch time, so you choose a sativa strain or a CBD strain of cannabis.

Someone who likes to make olive oil cakes to eat in the evenings might choose an indica strain of cannabis to use in their cannabis cooking oil. Then again, if you like your piece of cake in the morning then consider using a sativa dominant strain of cannabis. Depending on who you are, you might choose your favourite CBD strain as the base for cannabis cooking oil. 

It’s also important to consider flavours. Some of the danky, citrusy, sweet berry flavours of cannabis will make it into the oil, so consider pairing cannabis strains with oils. For example, choose something dank to match the strength of olive oil (such as UBC Chemo Indica) or choose something sweet to match the flavours of coconut (such as Pink Kush Indica). 

From the pantry and oils to match.

If you’re feeling a little stuck about which strain to choose and an oil to match, don’t worry. We’ve done a little bit of cannabis cooking ourselves and have some suggestions for you.

Frankie’s Incense Haze Sativa with olive oil

Frankie’s Incense Haze’s piney, citrusy flavours are the perfect addition to olive oil. Think mediterranean cooking, dressings, or even as the base for an oily garlic bread.

Platinum Blackberry Indica with coconut oil

If you’re the kind of person that likes to make pie crusts or drizzling coconut oil over Thai stir-fry, try infusing coconut oil with Platinum Blackberry Indica. It’s berry, dank flavours are perfect both for aromatic Asian cooking as well as sweet, evening treats.

CBD Dana with vegetable oil

If you like the idea of just drizzling your cannabis cooking oil over pretty much everything you make, why not infuse vegetable oil with CBD Dana? It makes a perfect dressing for eggs in the morning, tortillas at lunch or pizza in the evening.

How to make cannabis cooking oil.

Now it’s time to do the easy part! It’s time to infuse your oil with cannabis. Before you start, it’s important to decarboxylate your cannabis to activate the cannabinoids. We have a complete guide on how to decarboxylate your cannabis here

While your cannabis is decarbing, you can prepare what you need.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup ground cannabis of your choice
  • 1 cup oil of your choice

Materials:

  • Double boiler (two saucepans that fit snugly inside each other) or slow cooker or Magic butter machine
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Sterilised and dry mason jar to store your cannabis oil

The method:

  1. Put the cannabis and oil in a saucepan and mix. Prepare a double boiler with the saucepan and turn the heat to low. If using a slow cooker, put everything inside and set it to low. If using a magic butter machine, choose the lowest temperature and select the oil setting.
  2. If using a double boiler, do not let the oil get too hot. Stir regularly if using double boiler or slow cooker.
  3. Continue to heat the oil and cannabis in the double boiler or slow cooker for 2 hours. Oil becomes susceptible to rancidity after heating, and that’s why you shouldn’t exceed 3 hours. Magic butter machine requires just one hour.
  4. When time is up, turn off the heat and allow the oil to cool for at least 15 minutes. When it is cool enough to handle, strain it through the cheesecloth into the mason jar. Make sure you squeeze the cheesecloth to release all of the oil.
  5. Store in a cool, dry, dark place when not using it. It will stay good for up to 2 weeks.

How should you use your cannabis cooking oil?

A photograph of three forks, each with a piece of cannabis stuck to the prongs.
@theherbsomm

The first thing that’s important to mention is that your cannabis cooking oil shouldn’t be heated too high or scorched. Heating it too much is likely to destroy the cannabinoids and it may lose its benefits.

Cannabis cooking oil can safely be used in the oven as there is no direct heat to the oil itself. However, on the frying pan, it’s important only to add cannabis cooking oil at the end without giving it too much of a chance to get very hot.

Cannabis cooking oil is one of the most versatile cannabis cooking tools to have in your kitchen. Try using a cannabis-infused coconut oil to make icing for cupcakes. It would make a fun birthday treat between grown ups! Alternatively, consider infusing a full-bodied olive oil with your favourite strain of cannabis to make a canna-garlic bread.

We hope you cook up a storm with your cannabis cooking oil. Let us know in the comments which oil you used and which delicious meal you cooked up!

  • What can you use CBD body balm for?

    You can use it after a shower for relaxation and indulgence, as a topical pain reliever, or even to treat skin diseases like acne and psoriasis.

  • What can you add to CBD body balm to make it more therapeutic?

    Consider adding botanical infused oils or essential oils to the basic balm recipe to make it more therapeutic and better targeted.

  • What are the main ingredients?

    CBD oil, beeswax, cacao butter and an oil of your choice. Essential oils can be added for smell or therapeutics, and botanical oils can be substituted in if you’ve got some on hand.

As the world works towards a more sustainable future, more and more people are jumping on the DIY bandwagon. On top of this — and the growing Canadian desire to use cannabis in a plethora of ways — there is growing evidence for the use of topical cannabinoids. Whether for topical pain relief or for dermatology, using cannabis on the skin is becoming more and more popular.

And that’s why we’re going to teach you how to make your own CBD body balm.

You can use CBD body balm in a lot of ways…

  • After a bath as a way to relax your senses and soothe your soul
  • For muscular pain relief
  • As a natural way to relieve the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, or acne
  • Or as pre and post-workout muscle treatment for athletes

It’s ridiculously easy to make your own CBD body balm — but you will definitely need to do a trip to your local health food store or herb stockist, especially if you want to jazz it up and make it more interesting.

Depending on what you’re using the CBD body balm for, you might want to add essential oils for aroma or added therapeutics. We’ll add some essential oil blends for some common ailments to the recipe. You also might want to consider varying strengths depending on how you want to use your CBD body balm.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not make this a weekend activity over a joint or some cannabis candy with friends? We especially recommend the THC Party Variety Pack for lovers of edibles or Durban Poison Sativa for the flower connoisseurs. 

Gather your ingredients.

An illustration of a woman holding a recipe book in an apothecary, surrounded by herbal medicines and dried plants.
@fufutle

This CBD body balm is an extremely easy recipe. What makes it interesting or gives it more complexity is what you add to it to make it yours. Perhaps you want it to smell a certain way or maybe you want it to be good for your aching muscles. Whichever it is, feel free to add botanicals or other therapeutics that you’d like to it. We’ll make a few suggestions for additions along the way.

Most importantly, you will need:

Consider using other botanicals.

If you fancy yourself somewhat of an herbalist, consider using other botanicals. You can add other plants by infusing them into the oil you want to use. Otherwise, you can often find botanical-infused oils online or from local soap-making shops. 

If you’re using CBD body balm for skin diseases…

Consider using calendula-infused oil, comfrey-infused oil or chickweed-infused oil. These plants help to heal skin diseases, repair skin tissue and reduce scarring.

If you’re using CBD body balm for muscle pain…

Consider infusing camphor blocks into the oil. You can do this by gently heating the oil just until it’s warm, dropping in the camphor blocks and giving them a few hours to melt in and dissolve. You can also do this with menthol crystals. Menthol and camphor create heating and cooling sensations on the skin which can help with pain management.

If you’re using CBD body balm for relaxation…

You can consider infusing herbs such as lavender, chamomile, rose petals and palo santo into the oil that you’ll be using. These herbs will make the aroma more complex and give the balm a soothing, relaxing effect.

Add essential oils with a purpose.

Essential oils can be therapeutic, too! So you can use this opportunity to add essential oils that are conducive to the reason you’re using the CBD body balm. Here are some blends that we recommend adding to your CBD body balm — but don’t add them all at once! Choose a blend depending on what you’ll be using the body balm for.

For pain-relieving body balm

  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 15 drops ginger essential oil

For itchy skin-relieving body balm

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

For skin-beautifying body balm

  • 20 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 10 drops geranium essential oil

How to make CBD body balm.

A collage art of two women dancing over the earth on a runway towards a giant cannabis plant.
@falsealarmstudio

Now it’s time to get ready in the kitchen. You don’t need any special tools — just some simple items that you more than likely already have lying around in your kitchen. Let’s get cooking!

DIY Organic CBD Body Balm

Total Time: 45 minutes

  1. Put the beeswax, cacao butter and oil inside a small saucepan and set up a double boiler. Turn it on low heat. To set up a double boiler, put some water in the larger pot. Add the ingredients to the smaller pot and put it inside the the pot with the water. The pot with the water then goes on the stove. The idea is to avoid putting direct heat on the ingredients.

  2. Allow everything to melt and mix together. When everything is melted, turn off the double boiler.

  3. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes. Add 500mg CBD if you’re using the balm for pain relief or skin diseases. Add only 250mg CBD if you’re using it for beauty and relaxation. Mix thoroughly.

  4. Now is the moment to add essential oils. Remember that essential oils are extremely volatile, so your mixture should have cooled enough to put in essential oils without them evaporating. But don’t let your mixture cool so much that it begins to harden. Add your essential oil blend and stir well.

  5. Pour the mixture into sterilized amber glass jars and put the cap on without screwing it on. You don’t want excessive sweating in your jar, so leave the cap unscrewed. Allow to cool at room temperature.

  6. Within a few hours, your CBD body balm is ready to be used and enjoyed!

Supply:

  • 1000mg CBD Tincture by Faded Cannabis Co. or 1200mg Full Spectrum CBD Tincture by Sunnyside Botanicals
  • 5g beeswax
  • 2.5g cacao butter
  • 60ml oil of choice (can be a botanical infused oil)
  • Essential oils, if using

Tools:

  • Double boiler (two pots, where one fits snugly inside the other)
  • Amber glass jars

Now all that’s left to do is lather up your body and watch your pains roll away or watch the good times roll in… or both. Don’t forget that it’s fun to pair up DIY activities with friends — even if it’s over Zoom. Share a joint or a vape and enjoy creative time together. Otherwise, it’s also fun to get high and rub homemade CBD body balm all over yourself!

Did you try this CBD body balm recipe? Which essential oils did you add? We’d love to hear about your creations in the comments!

Legend has it that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns — which means wearing (and drinking… and smoking..) green things means you won’t get pinched on St Patrick’s Day!

We’re glad that there’s at least one patron saint in this world who doesn’t mind everybody getting absolutely plastered in their honour. And in honour of that, we’ve created these two green canna cocktails for you to mix up and sip on St Patrick’s Day. 

Plus, aside from 4/20, St Patrick’s Day is the greenest day of the year. Cannabis, shamrocks, leprechauns, and green cocktails make up the majority of St Patrick’s Day. So get your friends together and celebrate the colour green with these two cannabis-infused green cocktails.

Disclaimer: Please remember that cannabis and alcohol potentiate each other! When you’re drinking and consuming cannabis at the same time, you should consume less of both. Consume responsibly!

1. Creamy Baileys Cannabis Grasshopper.

Following on from the disclaimer we just gave, this is a really strong cocktail. There’s no water or juice or anything happening in this cocktail, but the colour is divine. And it’s the perfect cannabis-infused beverage to enjoy with friends on St Patrick’s Day.

You’ll need to head to the liquor store for some very important ingredients:

  • Creme de menthe (green)
  • Creme de cacao (white)
  • Bailey’s Irish Creme
  • A piece of fresh mint to garnish

Creme de menthe is a mint liqueur that’s available in green and white; be sure to choose the green version so that your grasshopper is bright green. 

Creme de cacao is a chocolate flavoured liqueur that’s available in brown or white; be sure to choose the white version so that the drink maintains its funky green colour.

Finally, Bailey’s makes the entire recipe all the more Irish. But we also understand if you want to bring the alcohol content down. You can replace Bailey’s with milk, cream, or half and half to reduce the alcohol content.

When it comes to cannabis, we recommend that you keep the dose very light, in the vicinity of 5-10mg. Given the alcohol content in this beverage, only a small amount of cannabis is necessary to get all the feels.

We recommend using Halley’s Comet 500mg 1:1 CBD:THC Tincture. It’s all together energizing, balanced, and euphoric, adding just the right touch to the Baileys Grasshopper.

You will need:

  • ½ ml Halley’s Comet 500mg 1:1 CBD:THC Tincture
  • 1 shot (30ml) creme de menthe (green)
  • 1 shot (30ml) creme de cacao (white)
  • 1 shot (30ml) Bailey’s Irish Creme

Method: 

  1. Put all the ingredients in a shaker with some ice. If you don’t have a shaker, you can mix it really vigorously in a glass.
  2. Pour into a glass.
  3. Top with a couple of fresh mint leaves

2. Stoned Leprechaun Cocktail.

The Stoned Leprechaun Cocktail is another brightly coloured cocktail for your St Patrick’s Day celebration. Unlike the Grasshopper recipe above, the Stoned Leprechaun is a little more chill as it’s diluted with orange and pineapple juice. It’s fruity and delicious, and easy to sip on throughout the party.

Needless to say, we highly recommend using a cannabis product that enhances and complements the fruity taste of this cocktail. Twisted Extracts’ 300mg Sativa 1:1 Orange Flavoured Drops are a good choice, otherwise a very small amount of Blue Dream Hybrid Distillate goes a long way to add hints of berry.

If you choose to add Blue Dream Hybrid Distillate as your cannabis component, be very careful not to add too much. Its flavour is delicious but it’s also a very potent cannabis product and you don’t want to accidentally take too much. 

Making the Stoned Leprechaun is easy but it packs a serious punch, so be prepared! A way to tame down the cocktail is to use this recipe but prepare it for two people. Top up each glass with pineapple or orange juice to fill out the glass, but that way each glass contains half the dose of alcohol and cannabis!

You will need:

  • 1-2ml of Twisted Extracts’ 300mg Sativa 1:1 Orange Flavoured Drops or a very small serve of Blue Dream Hybrid Distillate.
  • 1 shot (30 ml) of blue curacao
  • 1 shot (30ml) vodka
  • 1 shot (30 ml) peach shnapps
  • 1 shot (30 ml) orange juice
  • 1 shot (30ml) pineapple juice
  • A slice of orange and a cherry to garnish

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker with some ice except for the Blue Dream Distillate. This should be added at the end for precision. If you’re using the drops, you can add them at the beginning.
  2. Shake and pour into a glass with fresh ice.
  3. If you’re using Blue Dream Distillate, add it now.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.

Remember — cannabis is for sharing! Enjoy a cocktail this St Patrick’s Day with friends, a lover, a family member, or someone close! And remember to enjoy cannabis and alcohol responsibly. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Key takeaways.

  • What are our top picks for winter warming cannabis beverages?

    Try a CBD-infused spiced chai, a THC-infused mulled wine, or a cannabis-cayenne Mayan hot chocolate.

  • Products from the pantry to use in those recipes?

    We recommend the Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg CBD Tincture, the Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg THC tincture and our famous Sativa Cara-Melts.

It’s getting colder and colder, fellow Canadians. And lockdown blues are upon us again. Without much socialising to keep our spirits warm this winter, it’s nice to know that cannabis is on our side. Whether you’re reaching out to cannabis at the moment because of the stress caused by another lockdown, or whether you’re looking for new ways to nourish your creativity in lockdown, we’ve got some winter warming recipes for you.

Did you know keeping warm isn’t just about blankets, heaters and down jackets? There are lots of herbs that you can incorporate into food and drink that can hep your body stay warm. Cayenne pepper, cloves, and cinnamon, for example, all increase blood flow (especially to the peripheries), and can help your body stay nice and toasty during winter.

A lot of those herbs also happen to have antidepressant qualities — helpful for a cold winter spent indoors with little socialising. 

There’s no better time to get creative in the kitchen than right now! Here are our 5 best cannabis-infused winter warming beverage recipes.

1. CBD-infused spiced chai.

A glass of milky spiced chai surrounded by peppercorns

Spiced chai is the perfect way to feel warm and digest after dinner. Lots of the herbs in chai are digestive carminatives, so they can help food digest better. They’re also super warming, keeping the blood moving throughout your body. 

Adding CBD makes your chai the perfect way to relax in the evenings in front of the fire with some tunes. Add a higher dose to make your tea a little more sedative as the time for sleep arrives.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ml Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg CBD Tincture (or 1000mg CBD tincture of your choice)
  • A small piece of ginger, sliced
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns or a pinch of powdered black pepper
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • Black tea or a black tea alternative (such as roasted dandelion root)
  • Milk of your choice
  • Sweetener of your choice (honey is the best, followed by brown sugar)

The method:

  1. Grind all the dry herbs in a spice grinder or in a mortar and pestle. 
  2. Add the dry herbs to a small saucepan with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of your choice of milk.
  3. Bring to the boil. Allow to simmer, uncovered, for at least 5 minutes. Be mindful your pot doesn’t overflow when the milk starts boiling!
  4. Remove from the stove and strain.
  5. Add 0.5-1ml Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg CBD Tincture and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.
  6. Enjoy in front of the fire!

2. THC-infused spiced mulled wine.

A mug of mulled wine filled with oranges, star anise and cinnamon.

Who doesn’t love a good mulled wine during the winter? Wine is one of the most warming beverages on the planet, and when you throw in some cinnamon and apples, it’s even more tasty and sweet. 

To those who are really excited about this recipe, we urge you to dose low with THC while you consume alcohol. Consuming too much of either can lead to bad things, but when you mix them together, the effect of both is potentiated. Small doses go a long way to help feeling relaxed, warm, and happy. But too much, and there could be nothing relaxing going on.

This is the perfect drink to share with housemates or those who you’re allowed to socialise with at the moment. It’s a way to say cheers in a safe way during this very unusual time in human history.

What you’ll need:

  • Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg THC Tincture (add on serving)
  • Inexpensive red wine (you can use white, but red is more appropriate for winter)
  • Brandy or a liquor of your choice (you can use rum or vodka, too)
  • A whole orange, sliced
  • A handful of dried cranberries
  • A handful of blackberries
  • An apple, sliced
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 10 star anise
  • ½ cup of brown sugar, maple syrup or honey, depending on how you want to sweeten it. Feel free to ditch the sweetener if you’re not into it

The method:

  1. Dump all the ingredients except for the THC tincture into a saucepan or a slow cooker.
  2. You need to simmer the wine for around 10-15 minutes to infuse all the flavours. However, you do not want to boil it as this will boil off all the alcohol. Keep it on a low simmer, or if you’ve got a slow cooker, keep it on the lowest setting.
  3. To serve, ladle into wine glasses or mugs but be sure to strain while pouring through a tea strainer. You don’t want to be swallowing cloves and dried berries while drinking your wine.
  4. Add your desired dose of Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg THC tincture. We recommend adding 0.25ml (12.5mg THC) to each cup.
  5. Enjoy and feel toasty.

3. Cannabis-cayenne Mayan hot cacao.

A pair of hands holding a warm cup of cacao topped with marshmallows.

Chocolate lovers — it’s time to celebrate. Cayenne pepper was traditionally added to cacao brews to make cacao stronger. The spiciness also happens to be perfectly warming.

We recommend consuming cacao in the mornings as it’s highly stimulating. Even more so when cayenne pepper is added to the mix. This is the perfect way to start a day. This beverage is all together warming, stimulating, and antidepressant. It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing for a day spent inside or to lift the heart if you’re stepping out for work.

What you’ll need

  • 1:1 Sativa Cara-Melts by Twisted Extracts
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (you can use instant hot chocolate mix, but this won’t have as many therapeutic properties as raw cacao)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Maple syrup or brown sugar to sweeten
  • Marshmallows if your heart desires

The method

  • Mix the raw cacao powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. 
  • Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes
  • Add your sweetener to taste
  • Pour, and while still hot, add 1-2 Sativa Cara-Melts to the cup. Stir, allowing the Cara-Melts to dissolve into the cup.
  • If you desire, you can add milk, but it’s not necessary at all. Add marshmallows to the top for pure indulgence.

4. CBD-infused warm winter negroni.

Two cups of negroni decorated with rosemary flowers

Even if negroni is usually the perfect summer cocktail, there is a way to turn it into the perfect winter cocktail. This is a recipe for the alcohol connoisseurs out there and the ones who don’t mind taking a little extra time to make a truly sensational beverage. 

The reason we chose CBD for this recipe is because this warm winter negroni is so delicious, it truly deserves its own flavour without the addition of the taste of cannabis. Thanks to the release of Sunnyside’s Nano CBD tincture, you can add CBD to your beverages without even the tiniest hint of cannabis taste. Plus, the fact that it’s water based means it dissolves easily and instantly into your beverage.

We love this recipe, and we think you will too.

What you’ll need:

  • 1ml Sunnyside Botanicals 300mg Nano CBD Tincture (per cup)
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced (around 5mm per slice)
  • 2 oranges juiced
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries (omit if you don’t have them)
  • 1 cup gin
  • 1 cup red vermouth
  • 1 cup campari
  • Ice cubes to serve

The method:

  • Lightly oil a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Dip the orange slices in caster sugar, being sure that both sides are dipped in
  • Cook the orange slices in the frying pan for around 3 minutes or until dark and caramelised. Transfer to a lined baking tray to cool.
  • Put juniper berries, orange juice, and the remaining caster sugar in a small saucepan. On low-medium heat, stir the ingredients until the caster sugar has been completely dissolved. Continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  • Add the gin, campari, and vermouth to a jug and mix well. Add ice cubes to each glass and divide the alcohol mixture among glasses.
  • Top with the syrup.
  • Add 1ml Sunnyside Botanicals 300mg Nano CBD Tincture per cup

5. Hot n’ spicy pineapple and ginger punch. 

Threads and Blooms

This punch can be alcoholic or non alcoholic, depending on how you want to have it! It’s a perfect afternoon drink that keeps you warm thanks to the ginger kick. Because it’s perfect for the afternoon, we recommend using Faded Cannabis Co.’s 1000mg 3:1 Halley’s Comet Tincture. It’s the perfect hybrid for an afternoon, and it’s got more CBD than THC so your mind can stay alert and engaged.

This is a great recipe for the sweet tooth and for those looking for a healthy afternoon beverage.

What you’ll need:

The method:

  1. Simply combine all ingredients except the cannabis tincture in a saucepan. 
  2. Simmer on low heat, but never boiling, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and add 1 ml Faded Cannabis Co. 1000mg 3:1 Halley’s Comet Tincture per cup.
  4. Serve warm and feel the spicy goodness

Just because it isn’t exactly a great time to be alive (thanks COVID), doesn’t mean that you can’t make your time alive great. Life is always going to throw curve balls at us and having the tools to manage that is far more important than simply dodging the curve ball. We hope these winter warming recipes warm your body and your heart — and remember, we’re all in this together but cannabis also really really helps.

What warm beverages are you using to stay warm this winter? Share your favourite recipes with us in the comments!

Key takeaways.

  • What are the three different ways to make cannabutter?

    You can make cannabutter in a saucepan on the stovetop, in a slow cooker or in a Magic Butter Machine.

  • How much cannabis should you put in the butter?

    To keep your batch of cannabutter strong but not overpowering, put 1 cup of cannabis buds to 1 cup of butter.

  • What can you use your cannabutter for?

    You can now use cannabutter in place of any recipe that calls for butter. You can use it to make brownies or cookies or even in savoury cooking.

If you’re a lover of cannabis edibles, making cannabutter is an absolute must-know. Cannabutter, as its name suggests is cannabis-infused butter. It doesn’t have to be butter — it can be coconut oil, too. Making this baseline ingredient means you can then use your cannabis-infused butter to bake brownies, cakes, muffins… the possibilities are infinite.

What else is super cool about making your own cannabutter?

It means you can make edibles with your favourite strains all the time. You don’t have to wait for your favourite edibles brand to make a gummy with your favourite strain. You can make cannabutter with buds from the dispensary and make your own edibles at home!

P.S. There’s a few steps involved but it’s not that hard. And once you get the hang of it, it’ll be just like baking cookies!

Step 1: Decarboxylate your weed.

Decarboxylation is a very important part of making cannabutter. At least it is if you want your edibles to be psychoactive and contain as much THC as possible. Decarboxylation is essentially just a process of heating your buds in the oven. It’s important because if THC doesn’t go through these chemical changes under heated conditions, it’s not psychoactive.

We have full how-to on how to decarboxylate your weed here.

Step 2: Deciding how much weed should go in the butter.

A woman weighs cannabis in preparation for cannabis baking and making cannabutter
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Making cannabutter at home means you’ll never have perfect dosing calculated out. But you can get a rough idea. And the easiest way to get a rough idea is to keep the ratios balanced. For example, if you want to make 1 cup of cannabutter, also use 1 cup of roughly chopped weed — not ground to a powder. 1 cup of cannabis should equate to around 7-10 grams. 

If you use this method, you’ll always know how many grams are in 1 cup of butter. And it doesn’t matter how much butter you use in any recipe, you’ll always know how to get a rough idea of the amount of weed in there. For example, if you use ½ cup to bake something, you’ll know there’s around 3.5-5g in your batch. That lets you guesstimate the amount in each dose.

This also lets you make as much cannabutter as you like. If you want to make 2 or 3 cups, simply use 2 or 3 cups of weed. There will still always be 1 cup of weed to each cup of butter.

Step 3: Make the cannabutter.

Okay — this is where the fun starts. There are three ways to make the cannabutter depending on what machinery you have in your kitchen:

  1. On the stovetop in a saucepan
  2. In a slow cooker
  3. In a Magic Butter machine

Most of us have access to a stovetop and a saucepan, so we’ve got detailed instructions for this. We’ll also give instructions on how to make cannabutter in a slow cooker for those who have one. For those with a Magic Butter machine, it’s really self explanatory. Just put it on the lowest temperature and put it on the “butter” setting.

Also, if you have dietary requirements that prevent you from eating butter, you can always replace butter with coconut oil. Many vegan and lactose-free recipes use coconut oil as a replacement for butter, and you can infuse the cannabis buds into that, too! Then you can get baking away — but without butter!

Stovetop instructions.

Sticks of freshly cooked cannabutter
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  1. Assuming you have decarboxylated your cannabis buds, grind them coarsely in a grinder.
  2. Measure and weigh 1 cup of coarsely ground weed. This is what your whole batch of cannabutter will contain.
  3. Measure and weigh 1 cup of butter (225g). 
  4. Put the butter in a saucepan on low heat with 1 cup of water and allow the butter to melt. The water helps to prevent the butter from scorching. Mix.
  5. Add your ground buds to the butter and stir in, ensuring all the buds are covered in butter.
  6. Never allow the mixture to boil. It should simmer slowly for the next 2-3 hours. Stir it constantly to prevent scorching. 
  7. After 2-3 hours, strain the butter and discard the buds.
  8. Refrigerate. If any water remains in the butter, it must be drained out of the container by carving through the butter. Best if the butter is then transferred to a dry container.

Slow cooker instructions.

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 for stovetop instructions.
  2. Turn your slow cooker on to the lowest heat setting. The temperature shouldn’t exceed 100℃ otherwise there’s the treat of cannabinoids being damaged.
  3. If you want, you can add a little bit of water to prevent your butter from scorching.
  4. Put the butter and the cannabis buds in the slow cooker. Stir it occasionally.
  5. Turn it off after 3 hours. When it’s safe, strain the butter and discard the buds.
  6. Refrigerate it. If any water remains in the butter, it can be drained out of the container by carving through the butter. It is best if the butter is then transferred to a dry container.

Step 4: Using your cannabutter.

A cannabis pumpkin pie next to a tea towel that warns that the food has weed in it.
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Now that you’ve made cannabutter, you can use it as a replacement anywhere you see butter in a recipe. Now, that recipe has just become a cannabis-infused recipe! If you made cannabis-infused coconut oil, then simply use that anywhere the recipe calls for coconut oil. Treat it like the simple ingredient of butter, but eat it as though it’s loaded with THC.

We often share recipes for a wide range of delicious things on the blog. Be sure to stay updated for other delicious ways to use your cannabutter.

Have you made cannabutter before? What did you make with it? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

A soothing golden smoothie that delivers the final flavours of summer.

A passionate and creative Latinx based in Toronto, Jen Marsil embodies health & wellness. She is a creator, a writer and cannabis enthusiast who enjoys adventures both in literature and in the real world. Her mission: to introduce you to a different vision of what it means to be healthy — while reminding us that it doesn’t always have to be bland. Check her out @j_marsil:


Different season, different ingredients.

As the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, I felt like I needed a pick me up. Something different from my regular green smoothies. I wanted to do something bright and fun but also still have the added benefit of my regular smoothies.

So today I present you with the soothing mellow smoothie: a light yellow protein-filled smoothie packed with anti-oxidants to help relieve indigestion and inflammation that’s packed with antioxidants — all with the added anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, analgesic (pain-killing), immune-modulating benefits of Twisted Extracts’ CBD tinctures.

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Why add CBD to this smoothie recipe?

CBD has been an integral part of my smoothies because of the calming effects and relief it gives me, soothing my stomach and calming nausea. This simple smoothie allows me to manage my symptoms and still give me the boost of energy I need to get things done throughout the day.

The “Soothing Mellow Yellow” smoothie recipe.

A smoothie with anti-inflammatory and digestive powers. The tangy mango and pineapple, warming turmeric, and refreshing orange combination in this satisfying smoothie really starts the day off right.

Total time 5 minutes

Ingredients.

20 mg CBD Tincture
1 cup Mango
1 cup Pineapple
1 Avocado 
1 tbsp Flax Seeds
1tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Bananas
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 cup Coconut Yogurt
2 Freshly Squeezed Oranges
1 tbsp Honey Garnish 

Instructions.

Blend on high. Sip in bliss.

Hope you all enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments below. ??

Key takeaways.

  • What are our favourite recipes for Halloween?

    THC-infused spiced pumpkin latte, cannabis halloween finger biscuits, and cannabis eyeball cake pops!

  • Recommended products to get cooking?

    Try the 1:1 500mg Halley’s Comet Tincture or the THC Cara-melts in your Halloween cannabis cooking adventure.

In a year like 2020, it’s almost possible to forget that the festive season is beginning. But there’s never been a better year to celebrate than this one as the globe begins to emerge out of the murky waters that 2020 has been. Rightly appropriate, the next big holiday is Halloween which puts a colourful spin on all the things that scare us.

Your Halloween party can be that much more fun if you’ve got some delicious cannabis-infused Halloween treats to share with your friends. It’ll be like trick or treating, except the only trick will be having to prevent yourself from eating too many!

If you wanted to make trick or treating really fun, you could mix up your cannabis treats with your non-cannabis treats and let the eating be an adventure. But we don’t recommend that unless you’re having a party full of very seasoned cannabis users. Not knowing how much you’re taking or whether or not your treat has cannabis in it would be extremely overwhelming for someone who had never used cannabis before.

In either case, keep your Halloween party friendly and fun this year with some of the recipes we’ve compiled for delicious, cannabis-infused, Halloween-themed tasties.

THC-infused pumpkin spice latte.

A freshly prepared pumpkin spice latte

There will never be a more festive or more warming way to start a cold Halloween’s day. While the kids are getting their outfits on ready for trick or treating, someone definitely needs to be in the kitchen preparing a THC-infused pumpkin spice latte. 

This recipe makes two pumpkin spice lattes. We recommend using a THC-rich cannabis oil such as our 500mg THC tincture or if you like a little CBD with your THC, you can also use our 1:1 500mg Halley’s Comet tincture (contains equal parts of THC and CBD). Alternatively, you could decarboxylate your favourite hash and then powder it and put it in the latte, but that’s a lot more work.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • If you’re using either of the 500mg tinctures mentioned above, we recommend using 2-4 ml (with 2ml, there will be 25mg cannabinoids in each latte, with 4ml, there will be 50mg cannabinoids in each latte). Otherwise, use your preferred dose of tincture
  • 2 cups of milk (your preference whether it’s dairy or non-dairy)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1-3 tablespoons of sugar or another sweetener of your choice, depending on your preference for sweetness
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • ½ tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, plus a little more for garnish
  • ½ cup hot coffee
  • Whipped cream to serve (optional)

The method:

  1. Add the milk, pumpkin puree and sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Make it hot but be sure not to boil.
  2. Remove from the saucepan and whisk in the coffee, pumpkin spice, and vanilla essence. 
  3. Add the cannabinoid tincture.
  4. Add whipped cream and extra pumpkin spice if your taste buds desire.

Creepy cannabis Halloween finger biscuits.

Creepy Halloween Finger Biscuits

Okay — the pumpkin spice latte is very PG rated. If you want something a little more creepy to put out at the party, we highly recommend these Halloween Finger Biscuits by Cheri Sicard. Aesthetically, they definitely fit the bill for Halloween, and they’re also full of your favourite strain of cannabis, so that’s also fun!

This recipe requires you to do some cannabis processing in your kitchen. Your favourite buds need to be decarboxylated and then turned into cannabutter if you want to include them in this recipe. We have a detailed guide on cannabis decarboxylation to help you with that part of the process (don’t worry, it’s much easier than it sounds).

For this recipe, you need ½ cup of cannabutter. We recommend infusing ½ ounce into 1 cup or 1 ounce into 2 cups of butter so that you have some to use next time! Then, you simply need to use ½ cup of your final cannabutter in this recipe. To make cannabutter, put your decarboxylated cannabis in the butter and allow it to simmer in a double boiler or in a magic butter machine for at least 6 hours. Don’t let the butter boil.

This recipe uses ¼ ounce of cannabis to ½ cup of butter. IF you want to make more cannabutter to keep for the future, you can put a whole ounce into 2 cups of butter and store the unused cup in the freezer. If you use this method, each of your biscuits should contain ~20mg THC. 

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon red and/or green food colouring
  • 30 whole blanched almonds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons Nutella or your favourite choc-hazelnut spread

The method:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 180℃ (350℉). Prepare two large baking trays with either baking paper or grease them.
  2. Place food coloring in a small bowl. Use a paintbrush to color one side of each almond. Set aside to dry.
  3. Separate 1 egg, set white aside. In a small bowl, whisk together one whole egg plus the egg yolk you just separated. Whisk in the almond extract. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat together cannabutter, granulated sugar and powdered sugars until they are fluffy.
  5. Beat the egg mixture into the cannabutter/sugar mixture.
  6. Mix in salt and flour until just combined. The dough will be soft. Dive two into two pieces, place each dough on a piece of plastic wrap, flatten into a disc, wrap and chill for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Divide each dough into 15 pieces. Roll each into a finger shape – makes these thinner than you think you need them to be as the dough will expand when baking. Pinch dough in two places to form the knuckles and score each knuckle lightly with a knife. Place on prepared baking sheets.
  8. Brush cookies lightly with the separated egg white. Press an almond “fingernail” into the end of each cookie.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. If the almonds fall off the finger, use nutella to stick them back on. You can also use nutella and spread them over the biscuits to give them a “dirty” and “creepy” look.
  11. If you’re feeling creative, apply some of the leftover red food colouring to the bottom of the finger, giving it the effect that it’s just been cut off.

The easiest, creepiest, cannabis eyeball cake pops.

Cannabis Eyeball Cake Pops

This is another easy, creepy recipe that you can use to decorate the table at your Halloween party. Weird eyeballs sticking out of a pumpkin? Sounds perfectly appropriate for Halloween. These guys are super easy to make — absolutely no baking required.

There are a couple of ways you can add cannabis to this recipe, depending on the flavours you like:

This recipe will show you how to make these cannabis eyeball cake pops with either of the two products listed above. This recipe makes 10 cake pops. 

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 bag THC Cara-Melts for 8mg THC per cake pop, 2 bags THC Cara-Melts for 16mg THC per cake pop. If you’re using the tincture, you’ll need 5 ml to get 12.5mg THC per cake pop. 
  • 100g Madeira cake
  • 100g oreo cookies
  • 80g of milk chocolate, melted (if using THC Cara-Melts), or 100g milk chocolate, melted (if using THC tincture)
  • 200g white chocolate, melted
  • A few smarties (you’ll use these to create eyes)
  • Icing pens for decoration
  • Wooden skewers to use as the stick, and a small butternut pumpkin cut in half to use as the serving suggestion.

The method:

  1. Break the Madeira cake and the Oreo cookies into small pieces into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Over the stove, using a double boiler method (please don’t do this in the microwave as chocolate burns easily in the microwave), begin to gently melt the milk chocolate.
  3. This is where you add your cannabis product. If you’re using the THC Cara-Melts, add them to the chocolate as it’s melting and allow them to melt with the chocolate. If you’re using the tincture, add it once the chocolate has melted and is removed from the stove. Mix well.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into your food processor along with the Madeira cake and Oreo cookies. Whizz until it’s combined.
  5. Tip the mixture into a bowl. You should have something like a dough that you can roll up into walnut-sized balls. After rolling them up, chill them for at least 2 hours or until they are pretty firm.
  6. After chilling, push a skewer into each cake ball.
  7. Using a double boiler method, melt the white chocolate.
  8. Using a spoon or simply by dipping the balls in the chocolate, cover each ball in chocolate and then stick it into the butternut pumpkin so that it can stand up.
  9. While wet, add a smartie to each cake pop. Chill again until the white chocolate has hardened.
  10. Using the icing pens, add a pupil to the smartie and create squiggly red lines to give the effect of an eyeball.

Have a cannabis friendly Halloween!

Skeletons celebrate Halloween at a party

We hope you enjoyed these awesome cannabis-friendly Halloween recipe ideas. They really are the perfect way to start and end a fun-filled Halloween with friends. To all the cannabis connoisseurs out there — please be mindful not to leave these delicious sweet treats lying around children. They look delicious, they are delicious, and a child could easily eat one not knowing that it is definitely not for them. On that note, make sure your pets don’t get to them either.

Keep the fun friendly and sensible by keeping our furry companions and our little people in mind. Other than that — grown ups can have fun too!

Did you try any of our cannabis-infused Halloween recipes? Were they a hit at your party? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Key takeaways.

  • What’s the point behind making your own cannabis tincture?

    You can make cannabis tincture with your favourite strains, even if they’re not available from dispensaries in tincture form. You can simply pick up your favourite strain, some solvent, and make your own!

  • What kind of solvents can you use?

    You can make an oil-based cannabis infusion or you can make an alcohol-based cannabis infusion.

  • What can you do with your tincture?

    You can consume it directly or use it to make creams, balms, candies, and edibles.

All of the wannabe chemists, alchemists and medicine people — this article is for you. I know you’re eager to get into your makeshift apothecary and make things fizzle and smoke. Unfortunately, it’s not that dramatic, but it certainly feels that exciting to make your own cannabis tincture.

Making your own cannabis tincture really does make you feel like a long lost traditional healer. But more than that, it gives you the chance to make tinctures out of your favourite strains, which can sometimes be hard to find.

We definitely advocate oral consumption of cannabis over smoking — especially if you use cannabis regularly. Making your own tincture means you don’t have to give up using your favourite strains just because you want to switch to oral consumption.

In this guide, you’re going to learn how to make two kinds of cannabis tincture: oil-based tinctures and ethanol-based tinctures. Some flexibility in solvents also gives you the chance to make a whole variety of different products with your final extract.

Let’s get started by checking out some of the ways you can use your homemade tincture.

What can you do with homemade cannabis tincture?

A mortar and pestle containing herbs for preparation

It’s important to recognize that your tinctures, though they will be awesome and effective, will likely not reach the levels of purity and potency as commercial tinctures. Without sophisticated extraction equipment, you won’t be able to extract the volume of cannabinoids that you might typically see on a tincture bottle in the dispensary.

But that doesn’t mean your tincture won’t be great — it’s just something to think about when it comes to dosing and the reason that you’re using cannabis.

Depending on the kind of tincture you make, you’ll be able to use it in a number of ways including:

  • Just take it orally, under the tongue
  • Mix it into juices and use it in food
  • Use it to make homemade cannabis topicals
  • Use it to make chocolates, gummies, and hard candies

Essentially, your home-made cannabis tincture can be used to add cannabis to virtually any kind of product you want to make. 

Choosing a solvent for your cannabis tincture.

Woman filling jar with ethanol solvent and herbs.

Before you get started, you have to understand what kind of cannabis tincture you want to make. Would you like it to be oil-based or would you like it to be ethanol-based? Cannabinoids aren’t water-soluble, which means you have to choose something fatty (such as fractionated coconut oil) or you have to go with alcohol.

Which one you choose will depend on what you want to use your tincture for and what kind of materials you have around the house to help you with extraction. 

With an oil-based cannabis tincture, you can make:

  • Cannabis balms
  • Cannabis oil (for oral consumption)
  • Soft candies such as gummies
  • Chocolate

With an ethanol-based tincture, you can make:

  • Cannabis creams
  • Hard candies such as lollipops
  • Chocolate
  • Cannabis tincture (for oral consumption)

We will also be talking about the ways that you can convert an ethanol-based tincture into cannabis oil, but without the right equipment, this won’t be entirely possible.

How to make your own cannabis tincture

Now it’s time to get preparing! I’m going to share two methods of making cannabis tincture with you. I’ll also share how you can convert your ethanol tincture into a very, very potent cannabis oil — if you’ve got the right equipment lying around! 

Making oil-based cannabis tincture

Cannabis oil bottle with pipette and cannabis leaves

As previously mentioned, cannabinoids are soluble in oil. Naturally, this makes oil a very good solvent for cannabis. The oil you choose is entirely up to you, but I encourage you to choose an oil that helps to serve the purpose of your tincture. If you’ll be using it orally, choose an oil that is good for your body such as hemp seed oil or olive oil. If you’ll be using it topically, choose an oil that’s great for the skin such as MCT oil. 

If your oil is a liquid at room temperature, you could simply put your buds in a jar, immerse them in oil, and let them sit for 4-6 weeks. However, I know that most of us are less patient than that. Plus, using the following technique, you’ll be able to make it even more potent.

What you’ll need:

  • Your favourite strain of cannabis (remember to choose something that isn’t easy to find in tincture form) 
  • A Magic Butter machine or a form of double boiler
  • Your chosen oil
  • A cheesecloth
  • A jar or bottle to keep your cannabis oil tincture

A note before starting:

The volume of oil you choose is going to depend on how much cannabis you want to extract. I suggest starting with a small volume of oil so that you can potentiate it, instead of having a very large volume of not-so-potent oil. If you’d like your final volume to be about 100 mL, your starting amount should be around 200-250 mL.

Time needed: Approximately 4-6 hours

Decarboxylate your cannabis

The first step in any cannabis product preparation is decarboxylation. If you don’t know how to decarboxylate cannabis, you can check out our comprehensive guide here.

Grind your decarboxylated weed into a powder

Put a small amount of it in your double boiler or Magic Butter machine

Add the oil until you have used your entire starting amount.

Slowly add more ground cannabis, but stop before there’s no longer enough oil to submerge it all

If there’s unused cannabis, it’s fine. You can use it to potentiate your oil after the initial extraction.

Turn on the double boiler or Magic Butter machine

If using a double boiler, use low heat, as applying too much heat to oil will degrade it. You absolutely do not want the oil to boil. If you’re using a Magic Butter machine, proceed — you pretty much can’t fudge that one. Be sure to choose the lowest temperature setting.

Allow the cannabis to infuse into the oil for at least one hour, and for up to two hours

Strain your oil into a jar using the cheesecloth and squeeze out all the remaining oil. Measure the volume of oil you have.

If your oil volume requires a small top-up, do so now. Then, add the already-infused oil back into the double boiler with more cannabis, and repeat the process.

This is how you potentiate your oil. Do not repeat the process more than 3 times with the same solvent.

Using your cannabis oil

Now – be sensible about how you dose up. If you know you’ve extracted roughly an ounce into 200 mL of oil, and it usually takes you around 3-4 weeks to consume an ounce of cannabis, then you probably don’t need to use more than 50 mL a week. It might take some time to readjust to using a homemade tincture, but it won’t take long to figure out your dose.

Making ethanol-based tincture

Jar of cannabis oil displayed with hempseeds and cannabis leaf.

You can actually make cannabis oil out of an ethanol extract if you have the right equipment at home. If not, that’s also okay, your tincture will still be fine to use as it is. In this part, you’ll learn to make an ethanol-based cannabis tincture and you’ll also learn how to reduce that into a potent cannabis oil.

What you’ll need

  • Food grade alcohol (the higher the ethanol content, the better. I recommend Spyritus Rectified Spirit 95%)
  • A mason jar
  • A funnel and a coffee filter
  • A large glass jar
  • Your favourite strain of cannabis

A note before starting:

There’s a lot of contention about how long the buds need to be in the ethanol before it’s considered “extracted”. Typically, people are interested in extracting cannabinoids, which dissolve in ethanol very quickly. In herbal medicine, we’re interested in the whole plant, and even chlorophyll has its health benefits. Therefore, we don’t mind macerating the buds in ethanol for longer and extracting the whole phytochemical profile.

Time needed: Approximately 2 weeks

  1. You must first decarboxylate your cannabis
    If you don’t know how, refer to our decarboxylation guide.
  2. Grind your cannabis into a powder and put it in the large glass jar
  3. Cover the buds until they are completely submerged in ethanol
  4. Stir the solution very well, close the jar, and give it a good shake
  5. Leave it somewhere cool and dark to macerate for at least 2 weeks
    Under the sink, in a closet, or in the pantry are great places to keep your macerating tincture. The most important thing is that it isn’t exposed to sunlight or heat.
  6. After you’ve left the jar to macerate for long enough, it’s time to strain your solution
    Using the coffee filter, filter the solution to collect all of the plant material. You can discard the plant material.

If you don’t have a rice cooker sitting around at home that can be used with the lid open, this is where your extraction ends. Those with a rice cooker can reduce their tincture into something more potent.

  1. Pour your solution into your rice cooker and put it on the lowest temperature setting
    If the temperature ever exceeds 150 ℃, your cannabinoids will begin to vapourize. So it is essential that the rice cooker is functioning properly and is set to a temperature between 80 and 100  ℃.
  2. Ensure that the room is well ventilated or the rice cooker is hooked up next to an open window
    You will be producing ethanol vapour, which is toxic. So make sure it has a window to blow out of.
  3. As your cooker heats up, your solution will begin to boil and ethanol will evaporate
    It’s entirely up to you how long you let this go on for. You can reduce your tincture to 100 mL, or you can keep reducing it until all you have left is an oily residue at the bottom of your rice cooker. 

Enjoy your homemade cannabis tincture.

Making cannabis tincture at home is a great way to get a tincture out of your favourite cannabis strains. It’s not always that easy to find tincture made out of your favourite strains, so this allows you to. Your homemade tincture might not be as pure or potent as commercial brands, but it’ll be filled with your favourite strain nonetheless!

Don’t be too disappointed if your first experiment isn’t perfect. Chemical extraction is a whole universe that takes time to master. Enjoy the process most importantly, and remember to make a lot of delicious things with your homemade tincture.

Have you made your own cannabis tincture before? How was it, and did you use it to make other things? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Key takeaways.

  • What kinds of things can you make with CBD isolate?

    Virtually anything. You can make CBD lip balm, treats for your dog, CBD-infused honey, gummy bears, or even pain ointment.

  • What else will you need to do DIY with CBD?

    Check out the rest of this article for recipes and instructions for the wonderful DIY projects we just mentioned.

CBD isolate made its way into the cannabis market with somewhat of an… anticlimax. Originally, CBD isolate (and THC isolate) paved the way for highly accurate pharmaceutical cannabis formulations. For example, cannabinoid isolates make it possible for companies like GW Pharmaceuticals to manufacture products like Sativex. Essentially, it allows for very exact formulations and cannabinoid ratios.

But dispensaries also stock CBD isolate, and there are a lot of people who have no idea how to use it. It doesn’t really make taking CBD any easier — you’d need to have a really sensitive kitchen scale to measure out doses of CBD isolate. Most kitchen scales can precision measure a minimum of 100 mg.

While CBD isolate doesn’t necessarily make it easy to dose straight out of the container, it is a perfect base ingredient for making DIY CBD products. It’s also much more versatile than using ready-made CBD oils as it gives you complete freedom when it comes to the concentration of your homemade product.

So — basically — yes, there are 101 things you can do with CBD isolate. Naturally, there isn’t enough word-space in this article to cover them all. But here are 5 fun DIY CBD products you can make with CBD isolate.


1. CBD-infused lip balm

Lips painted with coloured lip balm, and golden teeth.

Whether you get sore, dry, and cracked lips, or whether you just want something indulgent to use throughout Spring and Summer, this all-natural CBD-infused lip balm should get your lips smacking.

Aside from being way cheaper to make than to buy in stores, you can also make this lip balm in batches — which means you can give them away as gifts. 

This is the kind of lip balm that goes into cute little containers that you use with your finger. It’s harder to find the stick type (unless you buy them wholesale). It’s much easier to find little lip balm containers in home stores, cosmetic stores, or even the pharmacy.

This recipe makes roughly 15 tiny lip balm containers.

What you’ll need to make CBD-infused lip balm:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 10 – 15 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 500 mg CBD isolate (this is half a 1000 mg container)
  • Lip balm containers
  • A pipette

The method:

  1. Create a double boiler by putting a small saucepan or pyrex measuring glass inside another small saucepan half-filled with water.
  2. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter in the double boiler until it’s all turned to liquid.
  3. Remove your oil/wax mix from the saucepan and continue stirring it while it cools down a little. 
  4. Once your mix has cooled slightly, but is still liquid, add your CBD isolate. Continue mixing until it is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the essential oil of your choice. Mix in well.
  6. Using the pipette, fill your little lip balm jars. Allow to cool with the lid off, at room temperature.

Now, to add a little spruce to your jars, you can design a cute label. You can even write the ingredients. Then distribute lovingly to your friends and family.

2. CBD-infused honey

A jar of homemade CBD honey

This is one of the coolest and easiest recipes in the world. If you love to put a teaspoon of honey in your tea or spread it on toast, CBD-infused honey is the easiest way to get a daily dose.

Did we mention that it’s really easy?

It’s so easy that if you want to add some complexities, it’s still easy. For example, you can add rose petals or lavender to this honey to give it an extra level of artistry. 

For plain CBD-infused honey

To make CBD-infused honey, create a double boiler. As the honey warms and melts, add your chosen amount of CBD isolate and mix until it is completely dissolved. Then put your honey back in the jar and let it cool!

For extra artistic CBD-infused honey

If you want to add lavender or rose petals, use the following method:

  1. Add one jar of honey to a double boiler.
  2. When it melts, add 2 – 4 tablespoons of your chosen flower (or half of each).
  3. Allow to simmer on low heat in the double boiler for up to 2 hours.
  4. Strain your mixture and press the flowers to release all of the honey.
  5. While your mixture is still hot, add your desired amount of CBD isolate and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  6. Allow your honey to cool. 

3. CBD-infused dog treats

A bowl filled with CBD-infused dog treats.

If it wasn’t already fun enough making CBD-infused treats for humans, it will be extra fun making them for your furry companion.

Remember — animals are much more sensitive to CBD than humans, given their tiny bodies and high-functioning endocannabinoid systems. So measurements and dosing are really important for this recipe.

To make things easier, you should first dissolve your CBD isolate in coconut oil. Here’s the method:

  1. Measure 8 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil until it is a liquid.
  3. Add 1 gram of CBD isolate to your melted coconut oil and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and store your CBD-infused coconut oil in a clean, sterilized container.

Now – for making the dog treats, you’re only going to need 1 tablespoon of your CBD-infused coconut oil. That means each batch of dog treats contains ⅛ gram of CBD (or 125 mg). This recipe makes a total of 15 treats. Each one contains 8mg of CBD.

What you’ll need to make CBD-infused dog treats

  • 1 tablespoon CBD-infused coconut oil (that you prepared earlier)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

The method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160℃ (325 ℉).
  2. Put your oats in a food processer and pulse until it has a light, powdery texture. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the mashed banana, peanut butter, and CBD-infused coconut oil.
  4. Stir in your oat flour and knead until you have a soft dough. 
  5. Lightly dust a surface with flour and using your hands, make a ¼ inch thick circle with your dough
  6. Using a 2 inch cookie cutter, cut your dough into 15, 2 inch treats.
  7. Put on a tray and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden.

Every time your furry companion needs a little bit of extra support, you can gift them with one of your homemade CBD-infused dog treats.

4. CBD-infused gummy bears

A bowl of homemade gummy bears.

Everybody wants to learn to make a CBD-infused treat that isn’t brownies, right? And again, this recipe only requires half a gram of CBD isolate, so you’ll still have half a gram left for other DIY endeavours. 

CBD-infused gummy bears are a fun way to get CBD into your body, and of course, they’re heaps of fun to make. You have complete freedom over your flavour and colour choices. And of course, you’ll also have the ultimate say when it comes to the CBD dose.

This recipe makes a total of 50 gummies, each with 10 mg CBD isolate. You can scale this up or down, depending on how powerful you want them to be. To calculate a suitable CBD dose, you simply have to divide the total amount of CBD isolate used in the recipe by 50. If you decide to use 1000 mg CBD isolate, each gummy will contain 20 mg. If you decide to use 2000 mg CBD isolate, you’ll end up with gummies that each contain 40 mg CBD. If you decide to use 250 mg CBD isolate, each gummy will contain 5 mg of CBD.

What you’ll need to make CBD-infused gummy bears

  • 500 mg CBD isolate (using the method above, you can choose any amount)
  • A gummy bear mold
  • ½ cup pureed fruit of your choice
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 8 teaspoons unflavoured gelatin
  • A pipette

The method:

  1. If you haven’t done it already, puree the fruit you wish to use in a food processor or with an immersion blender until it’s completely smooth.
  2. Pour water into a small saucepan and place it on the stove without heat. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the water and set aside for 2 minutes. Do not mix, stir, or apply heat.
  3. After 2 minutes, start stirring the gelatin mixture. It will be very thick at this stage. Turn the stove on to low-medium heat.
  4. Continue stirring until the mixture has become liquefied.
  5. Pour liquefied gelatin mixture into your pureed fruit and mix well.
  6. Add CBD isolate and continue mixing until everything is well integrated.
  7. Working fast, use a pipette to fill your gummy molds.
  8. Place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes

Don’t forget that the total number of gummies you yield divided by the amount of CBD isolate you used is your dose per gummy. Enjoy the taste of home-made, CBD goodness.

5. CBD-infused pain ointment

A jar of herbal ointment arranged with flowers.

Of all the cool things you can do with CBD isolate, this recipe is the most elaborate. This recipe doesn’t just rely on CBD as the analgesic component of this pain ointment. It also includes ginger essential oil and St John’s Wort infused oil — which are all easy enough to acquire online. 

Ideally, this CBD-infused pain ointment would be used to treat neuralgia-style pain. Whether it’s neck, back, sciatic, or even arthritis-related, this pain ointment may relieve symptoms and provide some relief.

This recipe makes one 125-150 mL jar of ointment. 

What you’ll need to make CBD pain ointment:

  • 500 mg CBD isolate (half 1 gram container)
  • 28 g beeswax
  • 115 g St John’s Wort-infused oil
  • 10 – 20 drops ginger essential oil (depending on the potency and heat you want to achieve)

The method:

  1. In a double boiler, melt your beeswax until it is a liquid.
  2. Add the St John’s Wort-infused oil into your melted beeswax and stir until it is completely mixed.
  3. Add CBD isolate and stir until it is completely integrated.
  4. Remove your mixture from the double boiler and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once the mixture has cooled but is still a liquid, add ginger essential oil. Stir until combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into jars.

You can apply this salve to any part of the body experiencing nerve pain. Because this is a salve, it isn’t suitable to use on burns or open wounds. It should just be used on healthy skin, where the pain is nerve or muscle related.

If CBD isolate didn’t seem like a useful thing to have in your medicine cabinet before, we bet that now it does. With 1 gram of CBD isolate, you can make multiple different CBD products that would otherwise have cost an arm and a leg to purchase separately. On top of that, you can become an aficionado at making some of your own herbal medicines at home. 

We hope you enjoyed making some of these CBD isolate products. Which did you like the best, and what other products have you made with CBD isolate? Let us know in the comments!

Key takeaways.

  • What are some cannabis gifts you can buy for your mom?

    A seedling is a wonderful gift for a cannabis-enthusiastic mom!

  • What are some of the cannabis gifts you can make?

    Consider making your mom a cannabutter, cannabis-infused oil, cannabis-infused alcohol or even a homemade cannabis topical!

We hope you’re thinking of spoiling a cannabis-loving mom this Mother’s Day. If there is a special mother in your life (she doesn’t have to be yours) who also loves cannabis, we have 3 awesome, cannabis-inspired, Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Even if you’ve left it to the last minute, you should be able to throw these gifts together quick enough. With some ingredients you could pick up at your local dispensary, online, in the grocery store, or in the local health food store, you can make these kick-ass gift ideas.

Plus, if you’re locked in because of coronavirus, you might as well get creative, right?

We know that cannabis-loving moms are diverse — there are cannabis-accountant-moms, cannabis-mountain-climbing moms, and cannabis-stay-at-home-moms. So the best way to honour all the groovy mothers this Mother’s Day is to shower them with cannabis gifts.

Let’s get cooking.

1. A cannabis baking basket: For the mom who loves to cook

A gift hamper with home-made cooking items.

If you know a cannabis-loving mom who would be much better at baking the brownies than you, why not prepare her some raw ingredients for cannabis cooking? A cannabis baking basket could contain any of the following things:

  • Homemade cannabutter
  • Homemade, cannabis-infused oil (e.g., sweet almond, MCT, olive, grapeseed)
  • Cannabis infused alcohol 

It’s not especially hard to make any of these things at home, especially with online access to awesome cannabis (the pleasure of being alive in 2020). Everything else can be purchased at your local grocery store.

Making cannabutter is as easy as first, decarboxylating your cannabis, then slow-cooking it in butter for a few hours. It’s more or less the same story for the oil. To safely infuse alcohol, you should simply just cold infuse buds in a bottle of alcohol. Canna-mom can start consuming it in a couple of weeks!

Side note: To decarboxylate cannabis, coarsely grind it up and spread it out on a lined baking tray (you can use aluminium foil). For good measure, you can slightly crumple another piece of aluminium foil and put it on top of your ground cannabis. Bake it on 100℃ for 45 minutes. It should look lightly toasted, and a slightly darker colour than what you started with.

How to make cannabutter and canna-oil

The easiest way to make cannabutter or canna-oil at home is using the double boiler method. If you have a slow cooker or a magic butter machine, these make it even easier — but alas, not everybody has one. So here are stovetop instructions:

  1. Make sure you decarboxylated your cannabis.
  2. Measure out your desired dose of cannabis and grind it up. Think about how many cookies a whole stick of butter would make. Be sensible, now. 
  3. Add your butter or oil to a saucepan and create a double boiler (a pot inside another pot that has water, warming on the stove).
  4. When the butter is melted, and/or the oil is warm, add your cannabis.
  5. Cook on the lowest heat for up to 12 hours. The longer you cook it, the stronger it is. Your butter or oil should never boil or burn, though.

Put all of your home-made cannabis-infused ingredients into a pretty hamper, and say Happy Mother’s Day. She’ll probably even repay you with delicious, cannabis-infused treats.

Check out our range of strains at My Supply Co. to get cooking with. If you’re in Vancouver, BC, you can get same day delivery. The rest of Canada gets Xpress Post shipping.

2. A home-made cannabis topical: for a sensual mom

Body cream bottle rests on woman's body on a rocky shore.

Remember when we mentioned all of those cannabis-mountain-climbing moms? Or even cyclist moms, moms with pain, or even canna-moms who would love the idea of lathering cannabis all over themself. This is the Mother’s Day gift idea for that mom. 

Ah, so now, I will impart to you my super simple, base recipe for a cannabis ointment.

Now, you need three main ingredients to make an ointment:

  1. Beeswax. If you want a vegan option, you can go for carnauba wax, but that’s much harder to find. Beeswax is usually available at a local health store.
  2. Oil of some sort. To keep things super cannabis, we recommend you choose hempseed oil as the oil component. Any oil that is a liquid at room temperature will suffice, though. Examples include grapeseed oil, MCT oil, and sweet almond oil.
  3. A cannabis component. If you can’t be bothered making the kind of oil infusion we mentioned above, you can simply use a bottle of THC or CBD oil (or you can use a double cannabinoid, THC:CBD oil by Twisted Extracts). You could also use CBD isolate.

And a fourth, optional product: fragrance or essential oil. This is where you can get super creative and personalized for that special Mother’s Day gift.

How to make cannabis ointment

This recipe makes 1, 120 g  jar of cannabis ointment.

There’s no strict rule on cannabinoid content. If you have a 1000 mg bottle of CBD oil, you can use all of it, half of it, or even just one quarter of it. The choice is yours. Typically, 8 mg/mL is considered an effective dose for pain and inflammation. That would mean adding the equivalent of 480 mg of cannabinoids. In a 1000 mg bottle, that would be around half the bottle. But don’t blow your brains over it.

If you’re using CBD isolate, you can easily dissolve it into salve during the process.

You can use up to 80 mL of oil in this recipe. You can choose how much of this is cannabinoid-rich oil, and how much of this is carrier oil (options mentioned above). If you decide to add 15 mL of cannabinoid oil, you simply need to add 65 mL of carrier oil to make up a total 80 mL of oil. Mix your oils before you start, and ensure they are carefully measured to 80 mL.

Another piece of advice: make sure your jars are completely dry before pouring.

To make the ointment:

  1. Heat 15 g of beeswax in a small saucepan using a double boiler method.
  2. When the beeswax melts, add your oil mixture (it should be a mixture of cannabinoid oil and carrier oil).
  3. Stir it, ensuring that you mix well (if you’re using CBD isolate, now would be the time to add it). Continue to stir for one or two minutes.
  4. Remove the saucepan and continue mixing for a few more seconds.
  5. Pour into jars and allow to set with the lid off at room temperature.

In addition, you could also add essential oils. However, you would need to add this while the mixture is cooling down. Otherwise, essential oils will evaporate and the aroma will be lost.

To do this, continue mixing once you have removed the ointment from the double boiler. Continue mixing as the mixture cools down, constantly checking with your hand. This can take as long as 2-3 minutes. Before it begins to set, add 15-30 drops of essential oils of your choice. Pour into the jars as per the method.

For essential oil ideas:

  • Chamomile calms irritated skin
  • Peppermint is cooling on the skin
  • Camphor is warming on the skin
  • Lavender can help with sleep and anxiety

Make a cute label with your ingredients and a special note. What a sweet, easy to make, thoughtful, cannabis-inspired gift for a special lady.

3. A cannabis seedling: To celebrate all mothers

A close up of cannabis seedling leaves.

There’s no cooler way to say “mothers are awesome” than to give a cannabis seedling. This is an especially cool gift if you know a canna-mom who’s been wanting to grow but never quite gotten around to it. Or a mom you even think would be awesome at it, but for some reason, hasn’t done it yet. It’s a Mother’s Day gift with a little extra affection.

Plus, it’s  the season for planting, Canada.

In any case, this will be the gift of experience. It’s kind of like a puppy – but it’s way less dramatic and disastrous if it doesn’t “work out”.

It’s a way of acknowledging how good moms are at taking care of us (little people, who are still children anyway), the world — the next generation! It’s all about that really. Thanking mums for bringing in the next generation.

By letting them spawn their own generation of cannabis.

An awesome mom is likely to grow dope cannabis, right? 

You can simply germinate a seed (which only takes a few days). Then place the seed in a pot, wrap up the pot in wrapping paper, and say Happy Mother’s Day. It should sprout tiny leaves by then, but if not, will in the following days. You could even sprout a few seeds in there for good measure.

A seed is the gift of life, something we can all thank, in part to our mothers. Mother’s Day is a chance to recognize that and take time to be grateful for mothers and motherhood. A loving, personalized gift is a way to congratulate mothers around the globe. Even if COVID-19 makes it all a little strange and awkward this year (maybe there won’t be any Sunday lunches), giving a gift can make you feel that much closer.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful, quirky, heroic, amazing canna-moms out there. We hope you get showered in awesome canna-gifts.