Coconut oil is an essential ingredient in many different cannabis infused recipes and it can also be used to make topical products like creams and salves. It is a perfect alternative to cannabutter when in need of a vegan or dairy free option in a recipe. Today we will be showing you how to make cannabis infused coconut oil at home, nice and easy. You can make your weed coconut oil as potent as you desire which makes it a great choice for those looking to make strong cannabis capsules.
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What type of coconut oil should i use?
You can infuse cannabinoids into pretty much any kind of edible coconut oil that you want to use. There are plenty different types of coconut oil available to purchase these days, and the most common are unrefined coconut oil, refined coconut oil, and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) coconut oil. It is totally up to you to decide on which type of coconut oil to use but there are a few things to keep in mind.
High MCT Coconut Oil
High MCT coconut oil has a higher amount of the rapidly absorbed and digested saturated fats compared to other coconut oils. Unlike other types of coconut oil, MCT oil stays as a liquid at room temperature and doesn’t have much (if any) coconut taste. If you want to make cannabis capsules then MCT coconut oil would be a good choice. You can also use it for cooking and baking. However please note: ingesting large amounts of MCT oil can cause digestive issues in certain people.
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Unrefined coconut oil (also known as virgin coconut oil) is made using the “meat” of fresh coconuts. It has a delicious natural coconut flavour and aroma and is great for cooking as well as making topicals. Unrefined oil is the most natural of the types of oil you can choose from and the coconut taste and aroma is a great addition to a dish.
Refined Coconut Oil
Refined coconut oil is usually made from dried coconuts and it is put through additional processing steps to further refine it. Compared to virgin coconut oil, refined oil has a much more neutral flavour and aroma. This makes it a good choice for those who do not want a coconutty taste or scent to their recipes.
How much weed should I use to make cannabis coconut oil?
This is entirely up to you. You can add more or less cannabis to the recipe to adjust the potency. We recommend using 7 grams for every 250ml of coconut oil which can be quite strong to some people. Even small amounts of cannabis such as 2g into 250ml of oil is strong enough for some people. Always start with a small amount when testing the potency of your edibles for the first time.
Can you make cannabis infused coconut oil with hash, wax, and other concentrates?
Yes you can! It is best to use concentrates when you want to make super potent infused coconut oil. When using concentrates, you are able to infuse lots of cannabinoids into a small amount of oil which is perfect for making cannabis oil capsules with. You can follow this same recipe and switch out the cannabis with whichever concentrate you want to use. Remember to decarb your concentrate before using it in this recipe.
Quick & Easy Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil (Potent)
- Cheesecloth or strainer
- Your choice of cooking equipment (saucepan, double-boiler, crock pot, etc)
- 7 grams cannabis (add more or less depending on desired potency)
- 250 ml coconut oil (if using more than 7 grams of cannabis, you may need more coconut oil)
- Decarboxylate your cannabis to activate the THC & CBD. Put it in the oven at 240°F (115°C) for about 20-40 minutes or check out our extensive guide on how to decarb cannabis.
- Place the cannabis and coconut oil in your saucepan (or whatever you chose to use) and heat them together on a low heat for a few hours. If using a saucepan, allow the mixture to infuse for at least 2-3 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. If using a slow cooker, 5-6 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. If using a double-boiler, 6+ hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. You can add a little bit of water to the mixture to help keep it from burning. Ensure the temperature of the infusing oil does not exceed 240°F (115°C) so your cannabinoids do not burn and lose potency.
- After the mixture has infused, take it off the heat and strain out the cannabis material. Carefully pour the mixture through a cheese cloth or strainer and store the infused oil in a bottle, jar, or container.
How to make CBD coconut oil
Some people may want the medicinal benefits of CBD without the THC. You can use CBD hemp flower in the recipe above instead of normal cannabis which contains THC. Just switch out the cannabis in the recipe above with CBD flower, hash, or concentrates. CBD coconut oil is non-psychoactive but still has incredible pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and calming properties.