When I want to make really potent, really healthy edibles or topicals (like massage oil or weed lube), this cannabis coconut oil is my go-to infusion. It’s the most popular recipe here on Wake & Bake and it’s the basis of all of the recipes in Wake & Bake: a cookbook.
I use this coconut oil almost every day. Whether I’m rubbing it into sore muscles, baking it into vegan or paleo edibles, tossing a teaspoon into a smoothie or some coffee, or cracking open a jar of weed lube, I seem to find a way to use this recipe in new ways all of the time.
Is Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil More Potent than Cannabutter?
Coconut oil is arguably the best oil for creating strong marijuana infusions, topicals and medicinal edibles because it has a high saturated fat content. That makes it capable of absorbing more THC, Terpenes, Flavinoids and Cannabinoids than butter or other types of oil. While butter has a saturated fat of about 60%, coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat.
It’s perfect for those on high-fat healing diets for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and cancer (like the ketogenic diet). It’s also great for vegans, paleo people and… really anyone without a coconut allergy who would like to ingest cannabis without smoking or vaping.
If you’ve never used coconut oil for your edibles recipes (or if you’ve never tried edibles) make sure to test your oil first. It is strong and it’s not fun to overdo it on edibles. Trust me. I had a run in with a cannabis infused grilled cheese that I’ll never forget, and I want to help everyone avoid that if possible.
I’m hoping to have a THC testing device to recommend soon, but until then, you have to test it yourself and do a little dosage math. Here are my words of experience: start low and go slow. Try 1/8-1/4 tsp and wait an hour or two before taking more in 1/4 tsp increments. Once you know what dose is effective for you, you can incorporate it into recipes.
Wake & Bake uses a 1 teaspoon dose as a measurement for each recipe and lets you know how many teaspoon doses are in each batch. You can easily dilute the recipe with more coconut oil, cut the recipe in half, or double it to adjust your dosage to exactly what works for you.
I wanted to include two more things to this intro, because people seem to miss these somewhere in the directions and I’m always getting questions about them.
- Yes. Always decarboxylate your cannabis before making cannabis infused coconut oil or cannabutter.
- And yes, if you don’t have lecithin to add to your oil right now, you can get some and add it later. Just reheat your oil until it melts, add your lecithin powder, granules or liquid and stir until the lecithin is fully incorporated.
Let’s get to it!
7 Tips For Making Effective Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil Every Time
- Try to use organic shake or trim whenever possible.
- I made a pretty big batch when I was making Wake & Bake: a cookbook (now available in Hardcover and digital download). You can make smaller or larger batches using a 1:1 ratio, making sure to use enough coconut oil to cover your cannabis completely.
- If your oil ever begins to smoke, remove from heat immediately and let it cool a bit before beginning the process again with your crockpot on the lowest setting. It’ll probably still “work” but you’re burning off some of the incredible compounds that evaporate at higher temperatures. If you constantly find yourself overheating your oil in your crockpot or on the stove (guilty), check out the Magical Butter machine.
- If you don’t have a crockpot, you can make the oil in a pot on the stoveor a makeshift double boiler. Just follow the same instructions and make sure that your heat source is on super low and never starts to smoke.
- I’ll admit that I’ve nearly abandoned my crockpot for a MB these days. I honestly could not say more about what an incredible tool this is if you make lots of oils, tinctures or topicals. I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, because I don’t believe that making cannabis oil is hard (by any means), but my taste testers agree that it makes better oil (maybe because of the temperature stability and shorter duration). But I really think it shines in making quick honey and vegetable glycerine tinctures (more about that later). I’ve put that machine through a LOT. I am not a stranger to the customer service department at MB and they’ve always been there to answer questions and help me out when an experiment goes very very wrong. If you make more than 10 batches a year or if you’re a slave to convenience, the MB machine is where it’s at. If you’re ready to retire your crockpot, you can use the magical butter discount code “wakeandbake” here and get a $30 off coupon from Magical Butter.
- You don’t have to finely grind your cannabis no matter what you’re cooking in (in my experience, it makes it harder to strain, leaves a bunch of plant material in that makes for a “greener” taste, and doesn’t improve potency). However, if you’re using buds, break them up a bit before you add them to the coconut oil.
- On that note, don’t add water. You can, and some people swear by including water in this process, but it’s just a big mess and it is no bueno for oil flavor. I’ve experimented with this on several occasions and in my experience, it is unnecessary and downright ucky. If your oil is really funky tasting because your life circumstances have forced you to buy or grow weed that tastes bad, try running it through a couple of rounds of weed washing. Only do this if you’ll be using the oil right away or freezing it as the water left behind can cause your oil to grow moldy (something that won’t happen with straight oil and cannabis).
- You can also make cannabis infused coconut oil using hash.
- Have fun! Don’t fret over your canna-oil when it’s in the pot. People on the internet make this much more complicated then it has to be. Not me… but you know… other people on the internet. I was writing a cannabis cookbook and had to overthink it, but you totally don’t. This is a simple process and it should be enjoyable, not stressful. Just follow the instructions below, adapt or substitute for what you have on hand and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil Tutorial
STEP 1: DECARBOXYLATION
Decarboxylation will make your oil potent, activated and ready-to-use.
1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 240°.
2. Spread onto a pyrex baking dish (or a baking sheet if it’s what you have on hand):
1 Cup (approximately 7g) of trim or broken up buds
3. Cover with tinfoil. Bake trim for 40 minutes.
4. Cool and store in an airtight container until use. Use an old gift card to scrape any goodness that sticks to the pan or pyrex dish.
STEP 2: INFUSING THE COCONUT OIL
1 Cup Coconut Oil [I like the big jug of unrefined Nutiva because I use it a lot and the flavor/scent is really delightful. If you don’t like the taste of coconut or you’d like to save some money, the refined stuff is a bit cheaper and doesn’t have a tropical smell]
in a crockpot on warm or low. *Try to keep oil near 160° for best results* For even better results, try the Magical Butter Machine.
1 Cup Organic Cannabis (about 7g or 1/4 oz.) Decarboxylated
Stir every half hour or so.
After 8-12 hours of heating and steeping, turn off the crockpot and allow the oil to cool before moving onto the next step.
3. Set up your strainer so it fits snugly in a container. Line with a large piece of cheesecloth.
4. Slowly pour plant matter and oil into the strainer.
5. Using a string or twist tie, gather the cheesecloth around the plant matter and secure.
6. Squeeeeeeze that sh*t. Save this satchel to make High Chai.
7. Pour oil into a pint jar and place in the fridge until cool. Seal with a lid. Store in refrigerator or in a cool, dark place.
Spread it on toast. Make Wake & Bake recipes with it. Rub it on your achy body parts.
*Always remember to test your dosage before putting it in recipes. Beginners… Start with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon and wait for at least an hour before taking more.
Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. I’m not a doctor. I’m also not a lawyer and can’t defend you if you get busted trying to make this recipe in a state that still considers possession or cultivation of cannabis a criminal act. I don’t agree with this law, but I’d never advocate that you break it. Jail would suck. Instead, I strongly advise that you work to change the law in your state or nation by supporting and being active in grassroots organizations that are trying to legalize cannabis in your area (they’re everywhere). This recipe is heretofore only intended for people who live in states or countries where medical or recreational use of cannabis is legal, who are 21 and older, of sound mind and who understand that operating heavy machinery (cars, trucks, planes, etc.) under the influence of any intoxicant, including marijuana, is incredibly dangerous, immature, and wholly stupid. Please don’t ever eat and drive. Support public transportation or use the two legs that evolution gave you and walk your sweet ass wherever it is that you need to go.