Coconut oil has become so popular among cannabis enthusiasts because it’s an ideal medium for cannabis-infused oils. It has a high concentration of fatty acids – 80% compared to 20% in olive oil – which makes it a more efficient binding agent for cannabinoids.
Moreover, unlike the traditional cannabutter, cannabis coconut oil is plant-based, so it’s perfect for those with dietary restrictions or who follow a vegan lifestyle. You can get coconut oil pretty much anywhere at very affordable prices, and making your own cannabis coconut oil is easy as you’ll see from our guide.
What Do I Need?
For this DIY infused canna coconut oil recipe, you only need:
- 1 ounce of cannabis flower
- 16 ounces or 2 cups of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of liquid sunflower lecithin
It’s important to note that lecithin is optional. Some cannabis chefs say that it makes the infusion stronger, but the science is still out on that. The theory is that lecithin will improve the bioavailability of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, but it’s not an essential ingredient in the recipe.
In terms of equipment you will need:
- A grinder – it’s better to use a simple hand grinder because a coffee grinder or a blender will pulverize the cannabis flowers and result in a bad tasting infusion. With this, weed grinders in Winnipeg determine which one is best for you.
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Slow cooker, crockpot or instant pot
- Digital thermometer – you’ll need a digital thermometer because different cooking equipment will have different temperatures on the same setting.
First thing you’ll want to do is grind your cannabis flowers. Keep in mind that anything small enough to pass through the strainer will end up in your canna coconut oil so don’t pulverize them.
Next, you need to put the ground flowers in the oven for 40 minutes at 240° F so they can decarboxylate. Consuming raw or dried cannabis flowers has little or no intoxicating effect, so you need to let decarboxylation take place to reap the full benefits of THC and CBD. You can skip this step if you let the infusion cook for longer – around 8 hours.
While the cannabis flowers are in the oven, place a clean tea towel on the bottom of your pot to create a buffer between the bottom and the mason jar(s). Fill your jar(s) with coconut oil, leaving about half an inch space for the decarbed flowers. At this point, you can add the lecithin if you’re planning to use any. Close the lid(s) of the jar(s) and fill the pot with enough water, so it covers the top of the jar(s).
Now let it cook for 4 to 6 hours if you’ve done the decarboxylation beforehand and 8 hours if you haven’t. Regardless of the cooking time, don’t let the temperature exceed 245°F.
Once it’s done, you can strain the oil and store it in a cool, dry place. The shelf life is a minimum of two months, but it will last longer if you keep it in the refrigerator.
What Can I Do With My DIY Cannabis Coconut Oil?
It’s difficult to answer this question because the possibilities are endless. You can experiment and replace butter with this infusion in some of your favorite recipes, or you can make the ever-popular cannabis brownies or the ever-popular chocolate cannabis cookies or the ever-popular cannabis muffins or the… you get the point.
And what meal would be complete without a cup of hot cannabis latté? You’ll need a blender to get that creamy, frothy top, but it’s well worth it.
You can also use cannabis coconut oil as a topical product to soothe sore muscles or sunburns as well as getting/giving the most relaxing massage ever.