When I first started making crockpot cannabis oil, I really wanted it to be as simple as possible. I looked at every equation that wasn’t pot+oil+crockpot. I read somewhere about someone putting water in a pan in the oven and filling mason jars with oil and cannabis and infusing them in a water bath and literally thought, “That is waaaaay too much work.”
One day, after making oil a billion times the same way, I thought, “What if you put the weed and oil in a mason jar?”
Boom! It was magic! I still stuck to the crockpot method and haven’t ventured into my oven, but I’ve been assured that that method works just fine.
Benefits of Mason Jar Cannabis Oil
There are quite a few benefits of making your oil in a mason jar. If I didn’t have a Magical Butter Machine (MB2), this would probably be my go-to method for oil. While I think that the MB2 is the easiest way to make canna oil and butter, I believe that simple methods like this one still make cannabis oil that is just as potent and flavorful.
Side note: I get a lot of questions about the Magical Butter Machine v. the Levo II for making oils. The MB2 requires at least two cups of oil to work, while Levo II makes smaller batches (and decarboxylates).
I also understand that these tools are an investment. If you make oils and infusions regularly, I highly recommend it because it will save you time and clean-up.
In the meantime, here are some reasons to use a mason jar for making your cannabis oil:
- My crockpot doesn’t boil water, even on high. This means that the temperature of the H20 stays below 212° F and that’s well below the boiling points for all of the major cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Keeping those compounds intact is the best part of medicating using cannabis-infused coconut oil and this method really allows you to maintain an ideal temperature.
- Cleanup is much easier since you only have a jar, a bowl and a strainer to clean.
- While it’s not completely smell-proof, it does reduce the smell a ton.
- You can make much smaller batches without worrying about ruining your oil.
- You can set it, and even if you forget it, you won’t burn or overcook your oil.
Should you seal the mason jar when making cannabis oil?
If you want to reduce the smell by cooking cannabis oil in the crockpot, put it in a sealed mason jar. You can seal the jar to keep the smell under control. Check the method below and burp your jar at least once. To do this, remove the lid to release the pressure and then reseal it.
Mason Jar Cannabis Oil (or Butter) Method
This is just an all-around excellent and simple method. If you want to keep the smell under control or you want to make a small batch of oil, the mason jar is your new best friend. Just use the crockpot oil method, but instead of putting the oil and herb directly into the crockpot, do the following:
- Fill your crockpot about halfway with water (or just enough to cover the herb).
- Fill a mason jar with equal parts of oil and cannabis. Cover with lid.
- Place the mason jar in the crockpot and put the crockpot on high.
- Burp the jar after a half-hour to make sure that there’s not too much pressure building up. If you get a lot of pressure on the first burp, make sure to burp the jar often.
- There’s absolutely no risk of overcooking this oil. The water in your crockpot might simmer, but probably won’t boil (even on high), so feel free to leave it in there for as long as you’d like. I’ve
forgotten itpurposefully done it for nearly 24 hours and it turned out just fine.
- Strain with cheesecloth (save for making High Chai).
- Store normally. Use oil in Cannabanana Bread or Artichoke Dip.
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