Best Cooking Implement For Medical Marijuana

It’s the Little Dipper by Crock-Pot!

Little Dipper
Little Dipper

Let me tell you what’s so great about these things:

  • They are small and hold only a limited quantity. That may not be great for cooking a big meal, but it’s perfect for processing a small amount of cannabis. It also subtly encourages you to make a reasonable amount at a time. When you’re really ready for running 5 pounds of cannabutter at a time, you’ll know you’ll need different equipment anyway.
  • There are no controls and no moving parts, and it stays at a constant low preset temperature. That may not be great for boiling ham hocks down, but it’s perfect because — at least on my unit — that temperature happens to be around 180°F. That’s just the right temperature for extracting THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids from medical marijuana into liquid oil without the slightest chance of burning it (anywhere from 180°F to 220°F is fine for this) and without dropping below 160°F, which keeps your food safe. That also makes it reliable and easy to clean.
  • You can even cook food in them! 🙂

So here are some of the things I’ve used my Little Dipper for:

  • Making Canna Caps
  • Making cannaoil (a.k.a. cannabis-infused cooking oil) and cannabutter
  • Evaporating excess alcohol from experimental tinctures

Bonus: if you shop around, you can often find some amazing deals. I once saw one where you get a free full-size Crock-Pot by buying one of these (or maybe the other way around, but whatever). I personally got my Little Dipper, unused, at a thrift store for a thrifty $6!

Extra bonus: If you like these kinds of small appliances, this similarly-sized and priced Black and Decker mini rice cooker can be used to make small quantities of Rick Simpson oil!

Black & Decker Mini Rice Cooker

Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


Great suggestion! Quick question, what would be the lower end of total oil in oz that you would need to make cannaoil with this little guy? never could use the big one in my house, this seems too good to be true. I am planning on making a small batch, using around 7 grams (might use less) and then the oil amount in the recipe is about 5-6 fl oz. Oh and, since the temp appears in the right range, I wouldn’t need water/jar/buffer between the crockpot and the oil/medicine, as long as i stir and keep watch, or am I completely missing the point? thanks!

OK, I think that’s actually three questions, so let’s see:

  1. Lower limit of oil: in the linked Canna Caps article, I think I mention using only 2 or 3 tablespoons of oil for a small run of capsules. Can’t do that in a big one! 🙂
  2. 7 grams of bud for 6 fluid ounces of oil…hmm. I just found this awesome online converter that told me 6 ounces of vegetable oil weighs 170 grams, which comes out to 3/8 of a pound. Since the “standard” recommendation is 1 ounce weed to 1 pound of oil or butter, and you have 1/4 ounce of weed, this is definitely in the right ballpark (although you might want to go to 5 fluid ounces of oil just to be sure).
  3. Nope, you’re not missing the point! Just decarb and grind the weed, throw it in, then pour the oil right on top and stir every 15 minutes or so, and run it for at least 90 minutes.
  4. Hope that helps! Have fun!

Thank you so much Old Hippie! Quick and completely thorough response answering all my questions (even though I started out saying just a quick question haha). I did read that post/article and thought I just misunderstood but guess not! 5 ounces sounds good to me and I’ll give this a shot. In the past usually just did it on the stovetop in a single pan, but this method seems MUCH safer and easier. Great post and thank again for the quick response.
All the best,

hello anyone ever cook with Rick Simpson Oil???? Like make edibles… I would love to know how they used it in a recipe

Hello Old Hippie! Would you please post your recipe and instructions for making cannabutter in a little dipper? Thanks so much!

yup! this is what we used for the honey tincture. It actually did get hot enough to boil, so I recommend keeping an eye on your tincture. using it to make some coconut oil salve for my dad tonight. I’m determined to heal these sick people in my life.

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