Cannabis edible oils – the basics

Infused edible cannabis oils are among the most common and most highly recommended cannabis medicine products in the world. The vast majority of medications are administered orally, thus it is only natural that an edible form of cannabis medicine become the most widely used format. Not only are infused oils relatively simple to produce, they also provide a safe and convenient alternative to the old ways of smoking cannabis. 

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is the resulting product created when an extraction of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant (Vijaya, or full spectrum cannabis extract) is ‘activated’ and then infused with a carrier oil, such as medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). 

Infused Oils vs Tinctures – What’s the difference?

Tinctures differ from infused cannabis oils. Rather than using a carrier oil for infusion, a cannabis tincture is created by dissolving cannabis extract into a solvent such as alcohol. 

How is cannabis oil made?

The manufacturing of cannabis oil is typically a three-step process:

  1. Extraction – The process of creating a highly concentrated cannabis extract, containing a high volume of chemical compounds found in cannabis such as cannabinoids and terpenes. 

  2. Decarboxylation – Raw dry cannabis materials primarily contain the cannabinoids THC-A and CBD-A. Prior to infusion, these cannabinoids are ‘activated’ through the precise application of heat in order to convert them into the cannabinoids delta9-THC and CBD (the two most common cannabinoids used in cannabis medicine therapy). 

  3. Infusion – For cannabinoids to be effectively absorbed by the body, they must first be infused with a fatty-oil. This is accomplished by gently heating and agitating a mixture of cannabis extract with a carrier oil until a consistent potency and thickness is achieved. 

 

How do you use cannabis oil?

The simplest and most effective way to consume an infused edible cannabis oil is to just put it in your mouth and swallow. While it is common to find cannabis oil and hemp-derived oil products that recommend placing the oil beneath the tongue, these types of infusions are not well suited for sublingual absorption, as that would require the use of specialized nano-emulsion technologies. Nano-emulsion products are not yet common in most markets.

When ingested, cannabis oil is metabolized by the liver, leading to a gradual onset and prolonged duration of effects. One can typically expect to begin experiencing the onset of effects within 60-90 minutes following ingestion. However, it is not uncommon for this process to take up to 2 hours. Effects can then be expected to last for a duration of approx. 6-8 hours.

Can I cook with cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is medicine. While it is possible to use cannabis oil in everyday cooking, it is not recommended for several reasons:

  1. It can become far more difficult to achieve an accurate and consistent dosage.

  2. It can result in the degradation of cannabinoids and the evaporation of terpenes when heated beyond initial decarboxylation. 

  3. It can substantially increase the chances of accidental exposure of friends and family.


To begin your cannabis medicine journey today, book an appointment now with the Savikalpa Virtual Clinic for an online doctor consultation, or request more information from a member of our highly trained clinic staff (eclinic@savikalpa.com).

We pride ourselves on being one of India’s most qualified sources of fast, friendly, and professional access to cannabinoid medicine online!


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