How to make cannabis coconut oil

Published Sep 11, 2019 01:12 p.m. ET
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Marijuana edibles are a healthy alternative to smoking that also allows for plenty of room to experiment with different flavors and potency. Cannabis coconut oil is the perfect base for infused goods, and it can be stored for nearly a month before the elements begin to break down. Here we will cover how to make cannabis coconut oil which is an ideal base, and some basic guidelines to help you to incorporate it into your regular recipes. So, let’s get you started in making a fresh batch that you can use in all of your favorite cannabis recipes.

Why is coconut oil the best choice for infusion?

You will find that many of the best tasting and most potent marijuana edibles recipes call for cannabis coconut oil. This is for several really important reasons. The first, and perhaps most important reason for this lies in the coconut oil’s fat content, which is high and typically around 80%, unlike most other oils that only contain a fraction like olive oil, which runs an average of 20%. The cannabinoids that are extracted from cannabis plant materials bind to fatty oils, so the higher the fat concentration, the more potent the oil will be. The second main reason why cannabis coconut oil is so popular is due to its flavor, or lack of any which allows for its use in a wide range of cannabis recipes without affecting the taste of the food item.

How to make edibles with cannabis coconut oil

To properly infuse the oil and fully extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant materials, the mixture needs a long period of time to brew. This is the reason why it is recommended to leave the mixture to cook for 8 hours, but many do have luck when working with a smaller window of time.

Makes: 2 cups of cannabis coconut oil

Duration: 8 hours


  • 2 cups of coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 2 cups of cannabis grind (or leaf trimmings)


  • 1 large pot
  • 1 small pot
  • 1 weed grinder
  • 1 large resealable mason jar
  • 1 elastic
  • cheesecloth


  1. Use a weed grinder to pull apart the marijuana buds and remove any seeds or stem from the mixture. If you do not have a grinder, then you can cut it down as fine as possible using scissors or your hands. If it's ground too fine where the cannabis grind will make it through the cheesecloth and into the finished product, this can negatively affect the texture and taste.

  2. Make a double boiler system using the two pots, by placing the smaller one inside of the big one. If you do not have a second pot, then a glass measuring cup or metal bowl will work in a pinch.

  3. Fill the most substantial container approximately 3/4 of the way full with water and set it on a burner.

  • Add the coconut oil and cannabis grind to the smallest dish and ensure that all of the buds are entirely covered by oil or it won’t extract all of the elements.

  • Set the burner to a low heat, cover the middle pot, and let the mixture simmer for up to 8 full hours.

  • Once the infusion has taken place, you can remove the double boiler from the burner, and allow the cannabis oil to cool down to a safe handling temperature.

  • Once cool, remove the container that holds the infused cannabis oil, and place it next to a glass mason jar.

  • Create a filter by placing a few layers of cheesecloth on top of the spout of the glass jar, while holding it into place with an elastic.

  • Slowly pour the mixture through the filter and be careful not to go too fast or it might overflow.

  • How to use cannabis coconut oil

    1. Cannabis coconut oil can be used as a replacement for almost any kind of oil in just about every recipe that requires it and doing so will result in new and exciting marijuana edibles recipes that come from your own repertoire of old favorites. The most significant thing to remember is that cannabis coconut oil will break down if placed under extreme temperatures, so there are rules and guidelines to follow. Baked goods, candy and any cold cannabis recipes will work perfectly to add it right away, but this oil is not meant for frying or baking at temperatures that go above 400°F. So, if your recipe calls for those less than ideal conditions, you will want to add it near the end, right before you sit down to eat whenever possible.

    2. Topicals are another fantastic idea to experiment with, as the majority require little to no heat, and offer you the ability to deliver on the spot relief of pain, inflammation and stiffness. The best part about these infused marijuana products is that they store well, for almost 4 times longer than most edibles without degrading.

    The effects of cannabis oil

    The intensity of the felt effects will depend on the strength of the oil. The more high-quality plant materials used, the stronger it will be. This can make it difficult to predict the exact percentage of THC, which is the reason why we recommend making a large batch to experiment with, and then sticking to those estimated measurements for the future. If not, you can raise or lower the potency by using more or less cannabis grind, but in general, the effects of ingesting cannabis oil may include a euphoric sensation, feelings of intense relaxation, sleepiness, and in some cases impairment to motor function. They can also last much longer than smoking marijuana, with edibles, the effects can take 2 hours to kick in, and up to 12 hours to leave the system. Hence, we always recommend that you consume responsibly and start with low doses.

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