Oil extraction: ‘Mike’s Milk’

This is the easiest process I’ve tried. This is something described by a guy called Mike (hence the name) in his Virtual Visiting Hours blog which documents his progress fighting cancer. I used this process for the first few months of my chemotherapy treatment, to truly great effect.

You’ll need the following things in addition to your cannabis…

  1. A blender that can hold a couple of pints worth of whatever
  2. A rice cooker or crock pot (or a saucepan and some patience)
  3. A fine strainer: anything from a coffee press to some muslin cloth
  4. Full-fat milk; cannabinoids bind with oils and fats, so forget skinny milk options

Put the plant material into your blender and give it a rough chop, then add the milk and mix it all together. You’re not trying to turn the leaves into a blended paste, just get it thoroughly mixed in with the milk.

Next, put it in your rice cooker or crock pot and cook it at close to but definitely below the milk boiling point. This should be done for a least an hour, preferably near two, with regular stirring to keep everything mixed. You can do this in a saucepan with a big spoon but beware letting the milk boil or burn on the bottom.

Note: I got a Morphy Richards ‘Supreme Precision 10 in 1 Multicooker’ which can stir, chop, blend and cook, all in the same container. This is definitely the most convenient tool for this job, so I strongly recommend trying to get one of these or something similar. It’s the ability to stir while it simmers that is particularly good, as it makes this a ‘set and forget’ tool.

Tip: the final ‘cannamilk’ will not taste good on its own, so Mike suggests adding flavoring. Avoid adding sugar, especially if you’re battling cancer, as that’s widely reckoned to be ‘food for cancers’ so something to avoid. I use a big slug of vanilla extract. It still tastes a bit crappy but it helps. Using it in coffee can be good.

Strain and/or press the cooked result to separate the now-soggy plant material from the milk, and pour the milk into a jar for storage. Once it’s cooled down you can keep it in your fridge. For longer-term storage use ice cube trays.

I now make oil using the GOM because I find oil in dropper bottles to be easier to manage and store. This Mike’s Milk process is not well known, but it is just as good as the more widely recognised methods and it can be done easily and very effectively with literally nothing more than regular kitchen equipment and a pint or two of milk.

Read the Dosing post to see how much you should think about taking.

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