Cannabis Conversion

By Kelly Gibson

‘You CAN be successful in life even if you have had a negative diagnosis’ ~Kelly ‘Green’ Gibson

I hope to help assist anyone who chooses to consume medical cannabis successfully!  Cannabis has many medicinal benefits; science is discovering more uses every day.  It’s excellent for relieving pain, and controls nausea.  Cannabis is also said to be a natural anti-inflammatory (Klein, 2005)

Decarboxylation:  This term technically means ‘removing a carbon atom from a carbon chain’ and is the process that activates the compound(s) in marijuana, such as Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD) etc. In order to do this, heating the marijuana is needed and doing so, allows one to experience the psychoactive and medicinal effects after consumption.  The most common way is by burning the plant material; the other way (one of my favourites) is by cooking with it.

There are two phases to cannabis conversion:

  1. ‘Dry Cure’ use dry clean ‘shake’ or bud. Start by removing the large sticks, grind it up and sift before curing.  Then put the ‘shake flour’ into a sealed Crock-Pot on low, for about an 1 hour.  Or place in an oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes.
  2. Converting the ‘shake flour’ into a useful ingredient such as fat (butter or oil), alcohol tincture, or even glycerin.

‘Classic’ Butter Method: Put your ‘cured’ shake flour into a pot with the butter.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes approximately.  Use a strainer to remove the plant material, then cool completely, place in an airtight container, and use as normal.  **Another method worth trying is the ‘Scientific Cannabutter Method’ by Tamar Wise.

Fat Method: Sprinkle your ‘cured’ shake flour directly onto ‘high fat content’ foods such as ground beef, bacon, and salmon etc.  Cook as usual.  Those with GI conditions use moderation, high fat can be a trigger.

Cannabis Infused Cooking Oil:

Pour 3 cups of Grapeseed oil into a Crock-Pot.

*Grapeseed oil has a higher cooking temperature than most.

Add 14 grams of 'cured' cannabis into the Crock-Pot and mix well with the oil.

Cook on low for a minimum of an hour, up to five hours.

Let cool for a short while before straining the cannabis from the oil and pouring it into a dark coloured (preferred) glass container.

*Be careful handling the hot oil.

Once completely cool, seal and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Recommended minimum dose:  If baking or cooking with the oil, start with 0.75 grams to 1 gram per serving.  If taken orally start with 2 ml a few times a day, increase slowly if needed.

*Be careful to not ingest too much THC or Indica (strain) in the daytime, unless directed by a physician.

Alcohol Method:  Fill a large mason jar with clean shake, pour in alcohol, and seal tight.  Put into a warm dark place for 3 to 4 weeks, shaking it up occasionally.  Then strain out all material and use in cocktails or as a medicinal tincture.

Helpful Tips:

You can use clean dried ‘shake’ for consuming by removing large sticks, then shake is usually ground up, and then sifted

It is recommended to use a maximum of 0.75 grams per person or serving

You will need some equipment such as a digital weigh scale, small Crock-Pot, Mason Jars of various sizes, Salt Shaker, Grinder or Blender

**DONT OVERHEAT** the boiling point can vary between 260-392

*The use of this information is intended for patients of Medical Marijuana and is not an endorsement for illegal activities.

Credits to Dr Paul Hornby and Watermelon Weed Diva etc, who made it possible for people like me to have this valuable information.  Thank you!

***Disclaimer, the use of this information is intended for patients of Medical Marijuana and is not an endorsement for illegal activities.

Other Sources:


Klein, T. Cannabinoid-based drugs as anti-inflammatory therapeutics. Nature Reviews Immunology, 5, 400-411. Check it out here.

Zurier, R. (2002). Prospects for cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory agents. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 88, 462-466. Check it out here.


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