How to Make Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

Feature Image How to Make Coconut Cannabis Oil

Cannabis infused coconut oil is perhaps the safest, cleanest and most effective type of medical marijuana oil available. Coconut cannabis oil is easy and inexpensive to make and requires no special equipment, which means that anyone can produce their own high-quality therapeutic oil. This article contains all of the information you need to make your own extremely potent cannabis infused coconut oil.

Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil: Why it’s the Best Cannabis Oil Method

Most methods of cannabis oil production call for the use of dangerous solvents like naptha, isopropyl or benzene, or pressurized gasses like butane. For instance, “RSO oil” or “Rick Simpson Oil” (also called Phoenix Tears) is produced using isopropyl. BHO, on the other hand, is an acronym for “Butane Hash Oil,” which obviously uses butane as a chemical solvent.

Solvents and gasses are generally acceptable in a highly regulated medical laboratory, but in many cases today’s cannabis oil is not produced in such an environment. Consequently solvent residues often appear in finished therapeutic oil products, posing a potential danger to people who consume the substance. This is especially true of cancer patients, who are often advised to stay away from alcohol.

Solvent residue is not only a health concern, it also significantly affects the taste, appearance, smell and effects of the finished oil products.

Solvents are highly toxic; gases produced when boiling off a solvent are extraordinarily dangerous to inhale and can be difficult to control. Additionally, these gases are explosive and oil production methods that use solvents can (and sometimes do) result in catastrophic explosions.

Coconut oil and cannabis

Coconut oil, on the other hand, is food. It’s not a solvent, it’s not a gas and it poses no danger to anyone when processed or consumed. There are no chemical precursors or byproducts in coconut oil. In fact, when organic virgin coconut oil is used in combination with organic marijuana, a truly safe and organic cannabis oil can be produced. This is not possible with solvents.

Cannabis infused coconut oil can be made by anyone, including people with little to no experience in the cannabis industry. Conversely, the production of solvent-based oils should be reserved to professionals who work in a secure environment.

Finally, coconut oil has significant health benefits independent of marijuana. This article is not about that so please conduct your own research if you don’t already understand the significant value of coconut oil as a food item. If you are from an older generation, I especially encourage you to research coconut oil as it was at one time demonized in the United States and some other affluent countries as a dangerous type of saturated fat.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING COCONUT CANNABIS OIL

Please read these instructions in their entirety prior to collecting equipment and supplies. Don’t try to read through this as you go along and make the oil. Read this entire document first, examine all of the photographs, and then collect the equipment and begin the process. The process will be much easier if you understand how everything will be used in this project.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

Pile of Grizzly Purple Kush for oil making

*High quality cannabis (Organic whole dried flower is recommended for medical purposes. Trim, shake, other materials should be reserved for different types of cannabis products. Strains that are 1:1 THC/CBD ratio are the current industry-accepted standard. In lieu of this, a strong indica strain is best.)

*Crock Pot (Possible alternative: traditional pot on low heat, watched VERY carefully)

Use: Crock pots have a “warm” or low setting that makes it virtually impossible to burn what you are cooking. Additionally, a crock pot is designed to heat for many hours at a time, which is important for cannabis oil recipes.

Virgin Coconut Oil Jar Closeup

*Coconut Oil (Recommended alternative: Honey, but requires slightly different process)

Use: In this method coconut oil is the solvent or binding agent; the fatty lipids and oils bind to the psychoactive ingredients in cannabis and allow for rapid absorption/nutritional uptake

Cheesecloth closeup

*Cheesecloth (Possible alternative: Coffee filters, tea filters, empty tea bags)

Use: Cheesecloth will be used to cleanly and safely press the oil from the finished, rendered substance.

*Twist ties (Possible alternative: rubber bands, twine, string, etc.)

Use: To tightly cover or secure the cheesecloth to the jar and/or strainer

*Glass jars with lids, canning type is preferred (Possible alternatives: any glass container, plastic syringes, stone jars)

Use: Storage of finished oil

*Small strainer

Use: Safely catches and strains anything that falls out of the cheesecloth, including fabric fibers

*Glass baking dish (Possible alternative: standard baking dishes or sheets)

Use: Cannabis must be placed in baking dish and baked in order to achieve decarboxylation. This is the chemical process that “activates” the psychoactive components of marijuana. The coconut oil and slow cooking process then acts as a binding agent. [Remember; THC/CBD are fat-soluble chemicals]

Sunflower Lecithin Closeup

*Sunflower Lecithin (Possible alternative; Soy Lecithin, or can be omitted from recipe entirely)

Use: Additional binding agent

MAKING THE CANNABIS INFUSED COCONUT OIL:

This is a 1:1 recipe, which means that you can adjust it according to the equipment and kitchen, etc. The general guideline is that for every cup of cannabis, you will need approximately one cup of coconut oil. You can increase the recipe as long as you maintain the 1:1 ratio.

Breaking up the marijuana 1

1. Break up the buds by hand. Ensure the buds are well broken up, but don’t grind them into dust.

2. Preheat oven to 240 F / 115 C

Separate marijuana and stems when grinding

3. Spread the buds evenly onto the baking dish

Bake cannabis to decarb at 240 F

4. Bake for one hour

5. Remove cannabis from oven

Coconut oil melting down

6. Melt coconut oil in crock pot until it becomes liquid

Mix cannabis and coconut oil

7. Add cannabis and sunflower lecithin to crock pot (ensure that the oil in the pot completely covers the cannabis) Use approximately one tablespoon of lecithin per cup of coconut oil.

Cannabis cooking in coconut oil

8. Heat mixture in crock pot on warm or low setting for 2 ½ hours, carefully and slowly stirring every 10-15 minutes. Do not allow the oil to smoke – if smoking occurs, the temperature is too hot and oil is being lost.

9. Turn off crock pot

Strain the cannabis infused coconut oil through cheesecloth

10. Place cheesecloth in strainer and place strainer over top of glass storage jar

Spent cannabis

11. Slowly pour the mixture of oil and cannabis into the cheesecloth and strainer

Squeeze the oil from the cheesecloth

12. Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and secure with twist ties, rubber bands, string, your fingers, etc.

13. Squeeze and/or wring the plant matter in the cheesecloth and allow the oil to flow into the jar Squeeze hard but don’t break the cheesecloth.

Finished coconut cannabis oil before congealing

14. Place lid tightly on jar and store in refrigerator if possible, otherwise in a cool, dry and dark place

Jar of finished coconut cannabis oil

DOSAGE:

Initial dosing for inexperienced users is approximately ½ teaspoon, increasing with continued treatment or therapy, up to 1 tablespoon or more, depending on condition treated.

Experienced users may start with a full or rounded teaspoon and increase dosage as needed.

Closeup of green coconut cannabis oil

CONSUMPTION:

Cannabis infused coconut oil can be eaten directly, applied to skin, or it can be eaten with food in a variety of different ways. Coconut cannabis oil can also be put in capsules and taken orally or rectally.

When not in use always store cannabis infused coconut oil in the refrigerator or a cool, dry and dark place.

Closeup of cannabis infused coconut oil

Simple Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or health care professional. This article is not to be considered professional medical advice. Cannabis oil is very strong. If you take too much, you will have a negative experience.

Russ Hudson making coconut cannabis oil

The author making the oil

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11 Comments on "How to Make Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil"

  1. JanesDome November 28, 2016 at 06:40 - Reply

    What, if anything, can you do with the leftovers in the cheesecloth?

    • Russ Hudson November 28, 2016 at 12:38 - Reply

      I’m not sure there is much you can do with it; normally I’d say give it as animal feed, but the mash is probably psychoactive…

  2. Pb August 14, 2016 at 23:22 - Reply

    Can u use this oil in a vaporizer pen?

    • Russ Hudson August 16, 2016 at 21:36 - Reply

      I really don’t know if you technically can do this or not, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Eat it or use it in capsules; that’s the best way. Peace -Russ

  3. Tami Saunders August 11, 2016 at 17:11 - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe

    • Russ Hudson August 11, 2016 at 21:52 - Reply

      Thanks Tami, let me know how it goes for you! Peace -Russ

  4. Eric Z January 7, 2016 at 18:49 - Reply

    Awesome job Russ thanks for the share. Headed to the grocery now 🙂

    • Russ Hudson January 7, 2016 at 21:07 - Reply

      Cool, please let us know how it goes! You can send an update here and I will post it, or you can even send some photos if you want. russ@marijuanagames.org. Thanks Eric! Peace -Russ

  5. Micah January 7, 2016 at 17:06 - Reply

    I’m interested in tinctures & such for sore joints and just multi use tinctures for health. If you cook with this oil, you get the high sensation correct? If you use as s rub on your skin, what is the benefit and do you get high?
    Thanks! Very inknowledgable about this stuff!

    • Russ Hudson January 7, 2016 at 21:05 - Reply

      Hola Micah! Yes, if you cook with this, you will get high and/or “medicated.” 😉

      Yes, you can rub the cannabis infused coconut oil directly on skin ailments. You’ll probably not use enough to get high, unless you are a real lightweight and/or have liver problems. I will be doing a case study using this oil and will test various items including whether the oil when rubbed on skin and left on will cause a high or not. I will publish that article here and on Facebook so make sure to subscribe to one of those feeds to get updated on it instantly. On a side note, most tinctures are just raw oil that has been diluted in alcohol. Try making the coconut oil and see how you like it for joints and muscles; it might not be as physically clean as a tincture, but it’s probably a lot more effective and healthier.

      Thanks for stopping by Micah! Peace -Russ