How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil

An easy DIY recipe.

Going coconut for cannabis

From delicious salad dressing to soothing moisturizer, there are a number of reasons coconut oil is a popular and versatile household product. Infusing coconut oil with cannabis is an easy way to take it to the next level, allowing for unique cannabis-infused cooking or delicious edibles without any hassle.

Here’s how to make cannabis coconut oil:

Supplies and Ingredients

  • ¼ oz of cannabis flower (flexible – can be increased or decreased based on the preference of potency)
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • Grinder
  • Baking dish
  • Saucepan
  • Cheesecloth or alternative (coffee filter, paper towel, etc)
  • Mason jar or container for storing

A big part of cooking with cannabis is trial and error and figuring out what works best for what you have in your kitchen. It’s important to break up your weed, but feel free to use scissors or another method for grinding it if you’re in a pinch. If you’re without a cheesecloth, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to separate your oil from your plant matter when the time comes.

The amount of cannabis and coconut oil you use comes down to personal preference as well. Some people prefer an equal ratio of cannabis and coconut oil, while others prefer a more or less potent oil. How much you use will depend upon the reason you’re making the oil. If you’re new to making your own cannabis-infused products, start on the lower side and see how you like the effects.

Making Your Cannabis Coconut Oil

Raw White Organic Coconut OIl for Baking

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Decarb Your Weed

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grind the cannabis into small pieces without making it too fine. Anything fine enough to get through the strainer will end up in your finished oil, which may or may not be an issue for you.
  3. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and evenly distribute your ground cannabis across the dish.
  4. Bake the cannabis in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring it every 10 minutes or so to ensure an even cook.
  5. Congratulations – you’ve decarboxylated your cannabis. Allow it to cool before moving on. This step is key, and you will not get any results from your infused oil if it hasn‘t been decarboxylated first. In order to experience the intoxicating effects of cannabis, you need to convert THCA to THC, which is accomplished by heating it properly first.

Combine Your Weed And Coconut Oil

  1. Put your coconut oil in the saucepan and cook over low-medium heat until it’s melted.
  2. Pour your decarbed cannabis into the saucepan and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Keep the mixture at a low temperature, stirring occasionally, for a minimum of one hour.
  4. After at least an hour of low heat, remove the cannabis coconut oil from the stovetop and filter it through the cheesecloth and into a jar or container.
  5.  Allow the cannabis coconut oil to cool and set up.

Alternatives to Making Cannabis Coconut Oil

There is no one concrete way to make cannabis-infused coconut oil. Some people skip the baking step for decarboxylating in favor of cooking oil and cannabis on low heat for several hours to decarb it in a slow manner. The most important thing is that it gets decarboxylated one way or another.

Whichever method you choose to go about decarboxylating your cannabis, be sure to keep it around 225 degrees Fahrenheit because anything much higher will begin to damage the compounds.

Cannabis Coconut Oil Uses

Delicious cup of coffee, a pile of high quality marijuana buds with some cigar of weed ready to smoke. Top view with background of black stone.

iStock / José Antonio Luque Olmedo

There are plenty of uses for cannabis coconut oil. You can either use it as a replacement for cannabutter in recipes or find an entirely new purpose for it.

Cannabis coconut oil makes for an easy alternative to making cannabis tea. Having this oil on hand will allow you to add a scoop into any cup of tea you may be drinking, making for a much easier method than making step-by-step cannabis tea. A little extra preparation can go a long way, especially in the morning when you want a boost with your morning tea or coffee but don’t want to prep too much.

This oil is incredibly versatile, allowing you to replace virtually any recipe calling for coconut oil with its cannabis-infused counterpart. Of course, keep in mind this oil is not neutral in flavor and will definitely have an earthy taste. You can adjust your recipes accordingly, and if the cannabis taste is strong for the kind of recipes you’re using it in, you’ll know to cut back the ratio of cannabis to coconut oil.

Salad dressings, edibles, pasta sauces, and more can all be enhanced by adding cannabis-infused coconut oil. Try replacing a classic cannabutter edible recipe with cannabis-infused coconut oil to switch things up.

As is always true with consuming cannabis, start slow. If you’re not sure how the cannabis coconut oil will affect you, pay close attention to the ratio you use (so you can adjust it in the future) and wait at least an hour after consuming before eating any more.

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