Understanding Different Edible Oils
Edible Cannabis Oil is simply an oil infused with cannabis, not to be confused with Extracted Cannabis Oil which is meant to be smoked or vaporized. Edible Cannabis Oils are mainly used for consumption when smoking it is not an option. Edible oils do contain THC, the psychoactive part of the plant, however the oil will take on the characteristics of the bud used. So, if you want low THC and high CBD, use a strain that reflects that. Edibles also have an advantage of being slow, even and all body buzz, that cannot be simulated by smoking. Your choice of oil will affect what you can do with it later, so let’s figure out which is best for you.
Cannabutter, as it is called, is great for making baked goods. Any recipe that contains butter can be used with cannabutter as a substitute. You can also cut your cannabutter with regular butter to dial in the strength or stretch your batch out. Favorite uses include cookies and brownies.
Olive, Canola and Vegetable Oil
Olive, canola and vegetable oils all fall into a similar group. They are all useful for cooking dishes that require heating oil. You can fry everything from a chicken to an egg in it. You can add it to sauces, make mayonnaise or even make salad dressing out of it.
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is very similar to the previous group, except it is even more versatile. It has a higher smoke point, which is useful for high heat cooking. However, it has a mild flavor that is sought after. Mild to the point that people take Infused Grape seed oil shots in the morning for their joints. It is also the premier salad oil as well.
Peanut oil shares some of the same capabilities as olive oil, but it has a stronger flavor that is quite distinctive. It can be used in cooking, the Asian school of cooking has excellent recipes, such as Pad Thai. The favorite among stoners though is it make infused peanut butter. The easiest way is to simply add pre-made nut and sugar mixes to the oil. However, you can use the oil to make it the traditional way.
Coconut oil can be consumed, but probably should be avoided for healthier oils. Coconut oil’s main advantage is being solid at room temperature which makes it ideal to mix with beeswax for a top-drawer topical cream. It is also used in capsule form because of how much thicker it is. For those who like to mix it up in the bedroom it can be used as an infused lubricant.
Hopefully, this will help narrow down what route you want to explore. Enjoy being creative and catching a good buzz with every creation. Just remember - when it comes to edibles: START LOW AND GO SLOW. You can always take more, but you can’t undo eating them – especially once the high has kicked in! Good luck and happy cooking!
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