About satoko68

Oct. 22, 2014
Always looking for new & better ways to do things. I've worked with herbs, essential oils & other 'raw' ingredients for over 20 years, having initially learned from my grandmother & then my grandmother learning more from me. I never knew there was a word for people like me.....I'm a maker, who has come from a family of 'makers'.....that was a hu...
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  • satoko68 commented on ChrysN's instructable How to make Infused Oil2 months ago
    How to make Infused Oil

    There isn't an easy answer to your question, so please bear with me bc I'm about to write a very long response. Infusing cannabis can be a long, tedious process which intimidates a lot of people. And it's fairly easy to screw up if don't have the patience or time. It is very much doable at home, however. It's enough of a pain in the arse that I plunked down a couple hundred $$ for a machine which helps me infuse all my herbs, including non-psychoactive ones, much more easily & efficiently. I've been making infusions & herbal products for many many years & still find the process of infusing cannabis a big fat pain. Check out Magical Butter machine. It rocks & is well worth the expense if you regularly make infusions of any kind, including tinctures, butters, oils, honeys etc. If you mean infusing cannabis into lavender *essential oil*, I wouldn't recommend that. You'd need a truckload of it to have it deep enough in your container to do that because you've got to completely cover your herbs. Essential oils in that volume can get expensive, even at wholesale prices, and especially if you're not used to working with them as they diffuse/evaporate into the air. I'd suggest infusing dried lavender into your base oil first, using either the sunlight method given here or the low heat method. The low heat method is far faster. I'd suggest 2-4 weeks if using the method given here. The longer the better. And crush, don't grind, the lavender buds/leaves up really well before covering with your carrier/base oil. As for your cannabis, what are you using your finished product for? Topical pain relief? Skin care? A massage oil? Edibles? If edibles, I'd go easy on the lavender bc it doesn't taste so hot in oil infusions. It's alright in flavored sugars & honey, however. How much cannabis are you looking to use & what form? Bud? Shake? Frosty trim? Don't throw away stalks before doing your infusion bc they too are valuable when making this form of cannabis extract. I wouldn't recommend regular old trim (non-frosty) as your end product won't be that great. Either way, the 'cold-infusion' (non heating) method of infusing cannabis takes forever. I also personally doubt it's effectiveness/strength compared to heat infusing for several reasons, which I'm not getting into here. The process I'd recommend, based on trial & error & much wasted material, is using low heat (nothing above 225°-230° or you get close to temperatures that destroy your cannabis actives) to infuse cannabis into coconut oil (the oil type for cannabis is *very* important) separately from the lavender, then mixing *some*, not all, of your cannabis oil into your lavender oil. Again, your intended usage would dictate how much of the cannabis oil you'd use. You can find instructions all over the internet for heat infusing cannabis. Different people use different methods based on their level of knowledge or experience. Just be aware that there are several important steps to follow in getting the best quality cannabis oil such as decarboxylation etc. Decarbing is a must (at no higher a temp than 225-230°; get an oven thermometer bc this is crucial). I'd suggest you follow those steps carefully so you don't waste your cannabis. These steps are well worth the effort, believe me. You'll wind up having to use much less weed overall if you do it properly, greatly reducing your costs & hugely increasing the quality of your end product. Gotta say, though, I don't like the methods that use water with oil. I'd personally avoid that technique as it's unnecessarily complicated & messy. Your other (easier) option would be to simply infuse your cannabis into coconut oil following the important steps I mentioned above, but then adding lavender *essential oil* to this rather than lavender *infused oil*, as well more of another base oil with a high level of medium chain triglycerides (as coconut oil has, which is incredibly important to get the highest amount of active ingredients out of your cannabis). You'll need to do a bit of research on this yourself.Don't use liquid coconut oil - also known as fractionated coconut oil. Look for the stuff that is solid when under 100°. You'll see the term 'virgin' or 'unprocessed' used on the label. If you want your end product to be solid under 100° (eg. for cooking), just use more coconut oil to dilute your cannabis infusion. If you want it to be liquid (such as massage oil), use an oil that's liquid under 100° which contains high levels of MCT as I said above.Lecithin makes your cannabis actives more bioavailable & is incredibly important. Adding this will result in your body absorbing those actives much more thoroughly/easily/quickly whether through the stomach/skin, so I'd strongly recommend *not* leaving lecithin out of your formulation. If you've ever eaten an edible with/without lecithin & compared the two, you'll know what I'm talking about. MASSIVE difference. Research how to work with the form of lecithin you buy - liquid/granual/powder. It's nothing complicated. I'd suggest sunflower lecithin over soy lecithin. You can use the powder/granular/liquid form, doesn't matter. Just don't use lecithin capsules as they aren't pure lecithin & contain binders/fillers. There's a lot of info out there on this subject. Good luck :-)

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