How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil)
Introduction: How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil)
Cannabis coconut oil is a really versatile way to consume cannabis. It’s great taken alone or baked into all kinds of edibles – most strains of cannabis beautifully complement the flavor of coconut oil! Canna oil makes medicating super accessible, too – you can use indica, sativa, or even high CBD strains to get the desired effect you want.
It’s also super easy to make, and a great way to use up excess trim, kief or hash from harvest. In this instructable I’ll show you my favorite way to do it – simmering on the stove top! But I’ll tell you how to do it in a crockpot too.
This is a very fast and no-fuss version of canna oil – through lots of reading and quite a few experiments I really don’t believe it’s necessary to simmer it for-ev-errr and over complicate it. This method will give you a potent, tasty and fancy canna oil.
Step 1: What You’ll Need
- metal strainer/sieve
- bowl or large measuring cup
- jar or bowl to store the canna oil
- decarboxylated cannabis (buds, trim, kief, hash – 40 grams)
- unrefined coconut oil (2 cups)
We’ll talk a little about dosing on the next step.
Unsure how to decarboxylate cannabis? Click here to find out!
Step 2: Dosing + Strains + Expectations
(Pictured above – Doctor Who water hash, Doctor Who in bud form – so purple. Doctor Who sugar leaf trim)
What I’m using for this batch:
- 2 cups unrefined coconut oil
- 40 g Doctor Who trim, decarboxylated
This is a fairly strong dose – about 1.5 g of trim per tablespoon of canna oil. The medibles this canna oil makes will be used primarily for combating migraines so stronger is better!
Guidelines for dosing:
I recommend using anywhere from 0.5-1.5 g of trim/bud/hash/etc per tablespoon of oil. If this is your first time experimenting with canna oil, try using 16 grams of cannabis to 2 cups of oil.
When using buds, it’s okay to use less than you would if you were using trim as there will be more trichromes present and therefore more THC. If I was using buds instead of trim in this batch, I probably would have used 0.5 grams of bud per tablespoon of coconut oil.
For more information on dosing cannabis, I really recommend picking up a copy of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution by Jessica Catalano. The book includes a very nice dosing chart and explains how to demystify making edibles with the right amount of THC for you.
This article on The Cannabist also includes a helpful way of figuring out the THC content in edibles.
What to expect when using canna oil:
Cannabis taken orally a totally different beast – it can take you much longer to feel it, and the effects can linger much longer on average. Canna oil is often quite potent and can make you super sleepy, so never try a new dose when you have obligations later. 😉
You can try to combat sleepiness by using only sativas in your canna oil, or by choosing a strain high in CBD. But it might still make you a teeny bit tired (edibles always do that to some folks!), so always use caution.
What to do if you take too much canna oil:
If you ever take too much while trying to figure out the proper dose, don’t worry! You may feel anxious or wonder why you ever thought this was a good idea – but I promise it will pass and the benefits are worth it.
Your best bet is to drink a glass of water and lie down. Sleeping is always the best possible way to handle having a bit too much cannabis.
If sleep seems unreachable, try dimming the lights and putting on music or the TV. You can try talking to someone too. Whatever relaxes you! Just keep in mind that it will pass in a few hours at most.
Step 3: Combine the Coconut Oil and Cannabis and Simmer
Combine the cannabis and coconut oil in a small saucepan over the lowest heat you can manage.
Once the coconut oil has melted, let the mix simmer uncovered (stirring ever so often) for an hour.
HEY! If you’d like to do this in a crockpot you definitely can. Just let it go on low for a couple hours. It’s not necessary to take it longer than that.
If your canna oil turns out super green or not green at all, that’s fine. The green-ness relates only to the chlorophyll present, not how strong the canna oil is.
Step 4: Strain
For straining, use cheesecloth in a sieve over a large measuring cup. A sieve normally isn’t fine enough on its own! It won’t matter too much if you end up with particulates in the oil, but it always looks nicer without them.
Place two layers of cheesecloth in the sieve and put it over the measuring cup.
Pour the hot oil and cannabis mixture into the cheesecloth.
Let it drip for an hour or so and then squeeze the rest out by hand.
You can use the processed cannabis in other things once you’ve squeezed out the oil, but it shouldn’t have much THC left in it at all. One of the most awesome ways is to mix it with softened butter – you end up with an awesome cannabis compound butter that you can use on toast or maybe even put a dollop on a steak or under the skin of a chicken.
However, don’t feel bad if you just compost it or throw it out – nearly all the good stuff is in the canna oil now!
Step 5: Cool and Store
Pour the canna oil into a glass jar or bowl and leave uncovered until room temperature and beginning to solidify. (Leaving it uncovered is very important because we want to avoid condensation forming in the jar)
Once entirely cooled, close the container and store in the fridge or in a cool dark place. This will keep for up to a year!
See how dark it is before and how light it is when it solidifies? That’s what it should look like if you don’t simmer it too long and you’re not too rough with it. If you poked it a ton it might be more green.
Step 6: Using Cannabis Coconut Oil
You can consume this coconut canna oil on its own or use it in edibles!
If this is your first time trying it, I recommend taking 1/4-1/2 tablespoon by mouth to start. Wait at least 3-4 hours before taking more. How you feel after this will let you know if you need to increase or decrease your dose. It will also give you a baseline for edibles.
If making edibles, try using recipes you’ve made before. Knowing how many cookies, muffins, slices of cake, etc. that a recipe produces will allow you to figure out about how much THC per serving there is. (Because we know we’re using a certain amount of cannabis per tablespoon of coconut oil – you can determine the strength based on the amount of oil you used in the recipe and how many servings it makes)
Another good thing to keep in mind: you can even do half canna oil and half butter if you need the edibles to be a little less strong.
How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil): Cannabis coconut oil is a really versatile way to consume cannabis. It's great taken alone or baked into all kinds of edibles – most strains of cannabis beautifully complement the flavor of coconut oil! Canna oil makes medicating super accessible, t…
How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
An easy DIY recipe for the aspiring cannabis cook.
by Kelly Graham – June 9, 2020
For years, cannabutter has been the reigning champ of at-home cannabis infusions, but there’s a new kid in town — cannabis coconut oil.
Professional chefs and at-home cannachefs alike flock to cannabis-infused coconut oil for its light tropical flavor, versatility in the kitchen, and high-fat content. THC molecules absolutely love fat and bind to it easily with the help of a little heat and some time.
This recipe will show you step by step instructions on how to make your very own cannabis coconut oil
Keys to infusing at home
Before we head into the kitchen, there are a few important notes that will help you get the most out of your THC infused coconut oil.
Temperature is by far one of the most important factors that go into the success of your infusion. THC molecules must be activated so that our bodies can readily absorb the benefits. In order to wake up the THC, it must be heated, but not incinerated like it is during smoking.
When you are infusing anything with THC (or cooking with it) everything must be done at a low temperature or you risk degrading the THC, rendering it useless. Typically in cooking with cannabis, you want to keep the temperature below 350℉, but for our purposes, we will never exceed 235℉.
If you have a kitchen thermometer, use it, if you don’t, that is okay too! Just be sure to keep a close eye on your infusion and you will get great results every time.
The great thing about infusing coconut oil at home is that you get to choose a potency that works best for you. The hard thing is, doing the math to figure out what that means. Okay, it’s not that hard, but it can seem intimidating! Let’s tackle it one step at a time.
First, it is important to reliably source flower that has been tested so that you know exactly how much THC you are working with. After you have that piece of information, the math is fairly simple.
Let’s say you bought 5 grams of Blue Dream with 20% THC content. Each gram is equal to 1,000 milligrams which means you have a total of 5,000 milligrams. However, only 20% of that is THC, which means you are left with 1,000 total milligrams of THC (multiply 5,000 by .2).
During the infusion process, you are inevitably going to lose some that of that potency so let’s assume you get about a 75% yield. That means your final product will have about 750 milligrams of THC (multiply 1,000 by .75). Not bad!
For the final step, you want to think about the recipe you are using. For example, if you decide to make 10 slices of banana bread with that same coconut oil, each slice will have roughly 75 milligrams of THC.
There you have it! Not so bad, right? Now for the fun part.
Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- 2-5 grams of cannabis flower (use more or less depending on your desired strength)
- 4 oz coconut oil (use more or less or even experiment with olive or avocado oil)
- Mason jar
- Cookie sheet with a lip
- Aluminum foil
- Mesh strainer (cheesecloth if you have it)
- Airtight container
- A rubber spatula or spoon
- Preheat the oven to 235℉.
- Line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
- Grind up your flower. Make sure to not grid it up too finely! It just needs to be broken down into smaller pieces, we’re not rolling a blunt for Snoop.
- Place your ground-up flower onto the aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil to prevent the weed from burning.
- Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. This step is called decarboxylation or decarbing. Toasting the cannabis at a low temperature activates the THC and maximizes your final THC yield. Do not skip this step!
- While the weed is decarbing in the oven, fill the mason jar with coconut oil and set it aside.
- Fill the pot with water and put it onto the stovetop over medium heat. The goal is to get the water almost boiling, but not quite.
- After 45 minutes have passed, take your decarbed flower out of the oven. Peel the aluminum foil off of the cookie sheet and gently dump the flower into the mason jar with the oil. Tightly seal the jar with the lid.
- Place your tightly sealed jar, with the oil and cannabis inside, into the pot of nearly boiling water. When the temperature is right, you should see little bubbles on the side of the pot or a slight rolling on the surface. When you find that sweet spot between boiling and not, lower the heat and keep it at that middle ground for the remainder of the infusion process. If you happen to have a kitchen thermometer, ideally the temperature should be above 160℉ and below 200℉. Keep a close eye on your oil and adjust the water level and temperature as needed over the next few hours.
- Let the coconut oil do its thing for the next 3-5 hours. Now is a good time to roll a joint.
- After 3-5 hours have passed, take the jar out of the pot. Place a strainer over an airtight container and pour your oil into it, straining out any leftover plant matter as you go. If you have cheesecloth, line your strainer with it for extra straining power. Press lightly on the flower with a rubber spatula or spoon to make sure all of the oil is squeezed out. It’s completely normal for the weed to look and feel crispy like it has been fried. Once all of the oil has been strained, seal your airtight container, and your coconut oil is now ready to use!
Congratulations! You made your first cannabis coconut oil. With this recipe in hand, your kitchen will surely never be the same.
Making cannabis coconut oil is an easy way to take it to the next level, allowing for unique infused cooking or delicious edibles without any hassle.