Jam-packed with TERPENES, Oleo Saccharum translates to “oil sugar” and was a staple in the manufacture of old-timey punches.
Previously used to stretch limited supplies of fresh citrus during long sailing and naval expeditions, it was commonly mixed with high-proof gins and rums to create some of the very first punches. Once a relatively obscure ingredient, Oleo Saccrum is making a comeback thanks to the resurging popularity of craft punches.
Excellent consumed on its own, this versatile confection also makes a perfect garnish for a romantic Valentine’s Day cocktail.
Inspired by the small batch artisanal chocolate produced by Dandelion Chocolate Company in San Francisco, this hassle-free DIY recipe is as enjoyable to craft as it is delicious.
It’s no secret that I love crafting bespoke cocktails at home, but did you know that I also thoroughly enjoy cooking and hosting meals for friends and family?
Cheffing it up in the kitchen truly relaxes me and is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long or stressful day.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing, I thought I’d carve out some personal self-care time and decompress with a little baking (something I rarely do because I loathe precisely measuring and weighing my ingredients).
For this recipe, I‘ll be creating a great tasting cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil with my new user-friendly LEVO infuser (you can substitute the olive oil for any ingestible fat of your choosing).
If you’re like me, then you enjoy creating cannabis-infusions but loathe how messy and tedious they are to execute properly. That’s why I absolutely love LEVO. Thanks to the wonderful people at LEVO, infusing cannabis is now as easy as making coffee at home. If you don’t already have a LEVO infuser, you can use my promo code CHROVIVANT to save $10 off your purchase.
Jeff the 420 Chef highly recommends you clean your cannabis (especially if your flower is not organic). He has a great technique for leaching out chlorophyll and impurities like pesticides and metals which involves soaking your coarsely ground herb in distilled water for up to 72 hours.
You can always choose to skip this step, but “cleaning” your herb prior to infusing certainly helps to remove much of the chlorophyll and contaminants that contribute to the “weed-forward” flavor in many infused products.
In order to infuse spirits or oils with activated THC, we first need transform the non-psychoactive THCA found in raw cannabis into medicated THC, via a chemical process called decarboxylation.
Don’t panic, this is just a fancy way of saying ‘heat up the bud’ and you can easily do this at home using your trusty oven in two easy steps.
Definition: Decarbing means removing the “A” molecule (Acid), from the THCA and CBDA. This happens when releasing the “A” carbon atom from “A” carbon chain, resulting in THC and CBD. The only way to achieve this is with heat and time.
Step 1: Grind Your Bud
Grind and spread out your cannabis evenly on a medium-large baking sheet.
Step 2: Bake (Slow & Low)
Place the baking sheet with ground up cannabis in a pre-heated oven at 235-240 F for for 40-45 minutes (be careful not to exceed these temperatures as you can easily damage the THC).
And there you have it. Your herb has now been activated and is ready to be infused. Keep in mind, you can always skip this step and infuse with raw cannabis if you are looking to extract essential oils without any of the psychoactive properties.