Definition - What does Cannabis Infusion mean?
A cannabis infusion is the end result of the process of infusing another substance, usually an oil, with the flavor and aroma of cannabis. This process is growing in popularity throughout the cannabis edibles industry.
Cannabis infusions can be purchased at dispensaries, or can be made at home easy enough. Unlike cannabis extracts or concentrates, infusions are made for use in cooking and baking rather than consumable on their own. They are diluted rather than concentrated. Products made via the cannabis extraction process are more concentrated than infusions. If it's your first time considering cannabis infusions, ask the budtender about the intended use and dosage recommendations.
MaximumYield explains Cannabis Infusion
An infusion made by adding the essential flavors and aromas of one substance to another. For instance, infused olive oils have been used for thousands of years to bring the flavor of garlic, peppers, and other foods to dishes without having to use the actual ingredients. Today, cannabis infusion options exist and allow you to do the same thing with marijuana.
The first step is to make sure that you’re choosing the right strain for your needs. You’ll find a dizzying number of strains out there, all with different flavors and aromas. Not all of them will pair well with the dish you’re planning, so think about what flavors would complement the food in question (lemon haze with fish, for instance).
The second thing you’ll need to consider is the type of fat that you’ll use to make your cannabis infusion. Most cannabinoids are not soluble in water, so you’ll need a fat of some sort, usually an oil. Options available include coconut oil, olive oil, butter, avocado oil, and even bacon fat if you’re interested in something a bit more savory. As a note, clarified butter seems to be the best at absorbing THC, but pretty much any oil or fat will absorb some, plus the flavor and aroma you want.
Next, combine your cannabis and fat and heat it thoroughly, and allow the cannabis to steep in the oil/fat for at least 15 minutes. You can simmer for as long as you like, but expect diminishing returns with longer times. Strain the liquid thoroughly, and then use it on your preferred dishes afterward.