Since recreational cannabis recently became legal in Canada, more Canadians are starting to get creative with their weed. Now that marijuana is more accessible throughout the country, people who have never experienced the magical powers of weed are finally giving it a go.

The beauty of cannabis is that you don’t need to smoke it to feel the amazing results. Sure, smoking a nice fat joint is great, but it’s not for everybody. Not everyone enjoys the harsh smoke of weed, and some people don’t like the high that goes along with smoking.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to ingest your cannabis. Nowadays more Canadians are experiencing the perks of cooking with weed, specifically making infused-cannabis oils. If you’ve tried it out, you might have realized that making infused oil is more difficult than you thought.

Need help cooking with cannabis? Here are a few tips for making potent cannabis-infused oils to add to meals, treats, and snacks.

Be precise when calculating your dose

First time cannabis cookers are known to make this mistake, and who blames them? It is completely normal – and understandable – to want to put as much weed as possible into your creation. But this doesn’t necessarily make your edibles more potent, and it definitely doesn’t do it any favors in terms of tastiness.

According to Green Relief, here how you should calculate your THC/CBD dosages:

“So essentially you take the THC percentage that’s in your dried cannabis and for every one gram there’s 1000 milligrams of dried weight. So if the THC percentage is 18 percent then in one gram of cannabis that would be 180 milligrams.”

This is a simple way to calculate the amount of cannabis that actually ends up in the oil you’re infusing.

Choose your oil carefully

Walking down the aisles of your local grocery store, you’ll realize that there is an infinite amount of oils to choose from. Coconut, sesame, olive, sunflower, or even butter are just a few of your many options. Most people don’t realize that the choice of oil actually matters.

The oil doesn’t really affect the potency of your infusion, but it will definitely affect the overall taste. Think of the flavor profile you’re hoping for and how you’ll use the oil in recipes. If you’re hoping to bake yummy treats with it, maybe you’ll want to use coconut oil. For a more savory taste, olive or sesame oil might be a better choice.

Keep a close eye on temperature

During the actual infusing, you’ll always want to be watching the temperature. The temperature can determine which cannabinoids and terpenes are activated. For instance, the terpenes tend to evaporate much faster (so at a lower temperature) than THC or CBD.

You’ll need to think about what you’re hoping to gain from your infusion. Based on that, you’ll then have to find out what the optimal temperature should be. Tons of medical benefits will stay present if you cook at a lower temperature, but the high effects tend to be higher when you raise the temperature.

If you’re hoping to cook with cannabis, consider applying for your medical license to grow. Cooking with weed has tons of proven medical benefits. Companies like Cannabis Growing Canada can help you get your medical license, so you can start growing (and cooking) as soon as possible.