Weed Infused Coconut Oil

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I’ve been getting SO many requests for this recipe, and questions about how I make my weed infused coconut oil, so I figured I’d go ahead and make this post for you guys!  As you all should know by now, I’m no stranger to the world of marijuana and cannabis infused cooking.  I’ve been an avid marijuana user since I was 14 years old (crazy, I know), and I really believe in the medicinal benefits of this amazing plant.  I’m going to give you guys some more information on that incase you’d like to learn a bit more about it!  If not, you’re welcome to skip to the bottom of this post for the recipe.



There are two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol (CBD), which seems to impact the brain without a high; and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has pain relieving (and other) properties.

Marijuana use can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision.  Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye, according to the National Eye Institute: “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.”  These effects of the drug may slow the progression of the disease, preventing blindness.

According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana does not impair lung function and can even increase lung capacity.  Researchers looking for risk factors of heart disease tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years. Tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed an increase in lung capacity.  It’s possible that the increased lung capacity may be due to taking a deep breath while inhaling the drug and not from a therapeutic chemical in the drug.

 

Marijuana use can prevent epileptic seizures.  Cannabinoids (CBD) & tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), control seizures by binding to the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.

CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading.  Cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1. Cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells, and it helps them spread through the body.  Researchers studied breast cancer cells in a lab that had high expression levels of Id-1 and treated them with cannabidiol. After treatment the cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were less aggressive spreaders.



Medical marijuana users claim the drug helps relieve pain and suppress nausea, the two main reasons it’s often used to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.  In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that that some of the drug’s benefits may actually be reduced anxiety, which would improve the smoker’s mood and act as a sedative in low doses.

The list goes on as far as the medical benefits of marijuana, and if you want to read more of the information that was provided above, you can click here to read more about the health benefits of marijuana.  

Ingesting marijuana will give you more of the medical benefits than smoking will, which is why I like to eat edibles.  The high is a bit different, and takes longer to kick in compared to smoking.  When smoking, usually you’ll feel the high instantly after your first hit.  Your high could last anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour depending on the quality of the weed / how much you smoked.  With edibles, you won’t notice the high for about an hour or two.  Once it kicks in, you’ll be at peak high for at least an hour, but the high itself could last 4-5 hours.  It’s a lot stronger than smoking, so if you’re new to edibles I would suggest eating a very small dose your first time to gauge out how much you think you can handle.  For example, I have a very high tolerance to weed because I smoke quite a lot on a daily basis, but I can only ingest about 50mg THC total before I feel “too high”.  But my boyfriend can easily ingest 200mg THC and he’s fine.  It really varies person to person, so make sure you test it out for yourself to see what works for you.  I know this is a long read, but let me teach you how to make this amazing oil!

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So first, you’re of course going to need some marijuana.  I personally like to use a sativa dominant hybrid for edibles, that way you won’t become a huge couch potato like you would with an indica.  Different types of weed have different benefits medically, but for me I really enjoy sativa dominant hybrids.  When cooking with weed, you don’t necessarily need to get the highest quality, top shelf weed.  I like to use a lower quality weed that isn’t trimmed (meaning the stems and leaves are still attached), mainly because it’s far cheaper than top shelf weed.  Obviously, feel free to use whatever kind of weed you’d like / can get your hands on.  For my recipe, you’ll need 28 grams (one ounce) of weed, per 14 ounces of coconut oil.  This makes each tablespoon of oil equal 100mg THC (depending on the percentage of THC in the weed you use), which is the dosage I like to work with when making edibles and such.  This way, your edibles don’t have a really overwhelming weed flavor, and they don’t end up turning dark green, meaning they’ll be a bit more discrete.

Let’s actually talk about dosage while we’re at it.  To figure out the dosage, we first need to identify the percentage of THC in the strain we’re using as raw material for our edibles. Most of today’s strains are tested somewhere between 15-20% of THC when grown properly, some weaker material might only have 10%. We will calculate with 10% to simplify things:

• 1 gram of cannabis equals 1,000mg of dry weight, with a total THC content of 100mg.

• Beginners can start off with as little as 5-10mg THC per serving, assuming they might one to eat more than just one (e.g. one cookie).

So, if there are 2,800mg of THC in 28 grams of weed (one ounce), and there are 28 tablespoons in 14 ounces (the amount of coconut oil we use), that makes our oil come out to 100mg per tablespoon.  This is the dosage I use for this current recipe, but if you’re adjusting the amount of weed or oil used, you’ll have to do your math accordingly.

Theoretically, just 2g of dried bud would be enough to infuse 20 beginner-friendly cookies or edibles with 10mg of THC. 

The first thing we’re going to do with our weed in order to turn it into oil, is decarboxylation.  Let me explain to you a little more about what that actually means.  All cannabinoids contained within the trichomes of raw cannabis flowers have an extra carboxyl ring or group (COOH) attached to their chain. For example, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is synthesized in prevalence within the trichome heads of freshly harvested cannabis flowers. In most regulated markets, cannabis distributed in dispensaries contains labels detailing the product’s cannabinoid contents. THCA, in many cases, prevails as the highest cannabinoid present in items that have not been decarboxylated (e.g., cannabis flowers and concentrates).  THCA has a number of known benefits when consumed, including having anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective qualities. But THCA is not psychoactive, and must be converted into THC through decarboxylation before any effects can be felt.

What causes decarboxylation?  The two main catalysts for decarboxylation to occur are heat and time. Drying and curing cannabis over time will cause a partial decarboxylation to occur. This is why some cannabis flowers also test for a presence of small amounts of THC along with THCA. Smoking and vaporizing will instantaneously decarboxylate cannabinoids due to the extremely high temperatures present, making them instantly available for absorption through inhalation.  While decarboxylated cannabinoids in vapor form can be easily absorbed in our lungs, edibles require these cannabinoids present in what we consume in order for our bodies to absorb them throughout digestion. Heating cannabinoids at a lower temperature over time allows us to decarboxylate the cannabinoids while preserving the integrity of the material we use so that we may infuse it into what we consume.

When I decarboxylate my weed, I turn my oven to 200F, transfer the weed to a dry baking tray, and bake for 15 minutes.  You want to make sure your oven is no hotter than 235F, otherwise you could burn your product, and you also don’t want to allow it to be in the oven for longer than 40 minutes total.  The amount of time you want to decarboxylate your weed is up to you, the longer you let it go, the stronger your oil will end up being.  But for my recipe, I like 200F for 15 minutes.

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Once you take your weed out of the oven, you’ll notice it will look slightly toasted, and will be very fragrant.  That’s something that is definitely going to happen throughout this whole process, so just be very aware that whatever area you are cooking the oil in, will smell a lot like weed for the day.  You’ll want to transfer your weed to a very dry blender or food processor and just pulse a few times until it’s ground up slightly.  You don’t need to completely pulverize it, you want there to be some chunks still, but just not huge nuggets of weed.

Once your weed is all ground up, we can wrap it and get it ready to cook!  You’ll need some cheesecloth and cooking twine to do this.  Double layer your cheesecloth and cut it into a large rectangle.  Pour out your weed, in a flat / even layer, and start rolling.  Fold in the sides first, and then roll up like a burrito.  Once you have it rolled, cut 4 long pieces of twine, slide them down the cheesecloth & tie in a triple knot.  I like to do this just to insure that the twine doesn’t come undone while cooking, because then you’ll just have a huge, really hard to strain out mess on your hands.  Cut the twine so that you don’t have much excess hanging around, and pop this guy in the freezer!  Why the freezer?  This helps to release the trichomes in the marijuana to produce a more pure oil.  Freeze this for twenty minutes.



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While your weed is in the freezer, we can prep our oil & slow cooker.  I like cooking my oil in a slow cooker because it makes sure you get even heat distribution throughout, and it will stay at a steady temperature, making sure the oil doesn’t burn.  You’ll want to turn your slow cooker on the ‘low’ setting and allow it to start getting warm.  Ideally you want 187F for cooking weed oil, but the low setting comes just in under 200F so it works perfect for this.  You’ll also want to use organic virgin coconut oil.  You can substitute olive oil, or other cooking oils, but I find the high fat content of coconut oil really soaks up all that weed the best.  You also want to make sure you never are using a microwave in any part of this process, to either heat up your coconut oil or your weed infused oil after it’s made.  A microwave can damage some of the compounds in the weed, so make sure to not microwave any step of this if possible.  If your coconut oil is solid, you’ll have to melt it down to measure it out before adding to the slow cooker.  I like to just set my coconut jar on top of my oven / stove while my weed is decarboxylating, and usually that will have it melted in no time.  For this recipe you’ll need 14 ounces of coconut oil.  Measure that out, and add it to your slow cooker.  Allow everything to come up to temperature while your weed is in the freezer.

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Once your weed is done in the freezer, you can add it to the slow cooker & oil.  Make sure you flip it around a couple times, spoon some oil over the top, and really move it around in there to make sure oil is fully saturating the cheesecloth full of weed.  Put the lid on and allow it to cook for four hours.  You’ll want to go in and stir the oil around every 45 minutes or so, and make sure to flip the cheesecloth over half way through.

Once your four hours is up, you’ll notice the oil will be a dark green color.  That’s what you want.  It’s honestly amazing to me to watch a clear oil go to being this dark emerald green in just a few hours.  You’ll also notice that it will be very fragrant, both of coconut oil & weed.  Get a large bowl or measuring cup ready, and place a fine mesh strainer on top of it.  Transfer your cheesecloth into the strainer, and pour the oil from the slow cooker over top so it goes through the strainer and into the bowl.  Allow your cheesecloth to sit and drain over the bowl for about 30-45 minutes until it’s cooled down enough for you to squeeze it.  It really will take that long trust me, theres molten oil inside of that thing that will burn you and that’s no fun.  Once it’s cooled, make sure you wring it out really really well, you’ll get almost double the amount of oil if you wring it out properly… so much oil gets trapped inside of that cheesecloth!  Once you have everything strained out, simply transfer it into very clean mason jars, screw on the lids, and keep in the fridge.  You don’t necessarily have to keep this in the fridge, but I prefer to.  When I need to re liquify it, I simply heat a shallow pot of water over low heat on the stove and just stick my mason jar in there until enough has melted to where I can measure it out.

For cooking with this, you’ll have to do some math to make things dosed properly.  With the oil I make, it equates to 100mg THC per tablespoon of oil. So say I’m making cookies, and my cookie recipe makes 12 cookies & I want each cookie to be 20mg THC each.  You’ll need to use 2.5 tablespoons of weed infused oil in that recipe to make each cookie 20mg.  If your recipe calls for say, 1/3 cup of oil?  Add your 2.5 tablespoons into a 1/3 cup measuring cup, then top the rest of the amount off with normal liquified coconut oil.  Make sense?  Obviously the amount / dosage will vary depending on what recipe you’re using, and what you want the overall dosage to be.  You can use this oil in any recipe that calls for oil, or most that call for vegan butter.  It just takes a little math to get things right, but it’s nothing too hard.



Well, that’s my super long post about how to make weed infused coconut oil.  If you guys have ANY questions at all, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at brianna@plvnt.com, or reach out to me on instagram @plvntfood, I’m happy to answer any questions you guys have about this recipe, or dosing in general.  Weed responsibly & enjoy this recipe!

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Weed Infused Coconut Oil

Learn how to make your own weed infused coconut oil at home, measuring out to 100mg THC per tablespoon of oil. 

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Author Brianna Gallo

Ingredients

  • 28 grams marijuana (we used a sativa dominant hybrid)
  • 14 ounces virgin coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Place your weed on a baking tray and bake at 200F for 15 minutes to decarboxylate the weed. This converts the THCA into THC so that you get high when you consume the oil.

  2. Once your weed is decarboxylated, grind it up coarsely. You don't want it to be too fine / powdery.
  3. Heat up your slow cooker on low (ideally you want 187F but the low setting comes just in under 200F so it works perfect). Add in your coconut oil to melt it down if not already melted (do not microwave the oil to melt it!). 
  4. Wrap your ground up weed in a cheesecloth and secure with a few sections of twine to make sure it doesn't come undone. Make sure you make the weed into a flat, even layer in the cheesecloth and not just a big ball. 

  5. Freeze the cheesecloth of weed for 20 minutes. This helps to release the trichomes in the weed to produce a more pure oil. While this is in the freezer, allow your coconut oil to become warm by sitting in the slow cooker on low. 

  6. Fully submerge and saturate the cheesecloth of weed in the coconut oil. Using two spoons press it firmly to the bottom of the slow cooker until it seems the oil has fully penetrated. 
  7. Cook this for 4 hours, making sure to flip the cheesecloth and re saturate half way through & stir the oil around about once every 45 minutes. 
  8. Once it's done, wring out the cheesecloth of weed over the slow cooker very well (make sure you've allowed it to cool a bit so you don't burn yourself). Try and get as much oil out as possible (also try and wear gloves if possible, or wash your hands really well to keep the oil clean). 

  9. Pour the oil through a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar. Store in the fridge. You can also use this as a body lotion as well, it has several healing benefits. 

60 thoughts on “Weed Infused Coconut Oil

  1. I made this recipe but cut it in half – so only 7 oz of cocunut oil and 1/2 ounce of marijuana (14gram).
    The end result was a paste that weighed 200gm. I tried only 1gm and it was strong, I would actual have 1/4 gm next time.

      1. Hey, I’m gonna try this method, usually just throw in what I got & wing it but this batch is for a friend, I’ve heard chilling & resimmering in Crock-Pot makes it stronger, have u found this to be true? Thanks in advance

    1. I am about to attempt. 28g to 14oz. I think that seems a good strength? I normally use a table soon as oil to cook eggs and it feels fine. Any changes please recommend. Lift off soon

      1. Yeah this is a great strength for that because its a relatively high dose per tablespoon depending on the weed you’re using! I hope it works out well for you!

  2. Absolutely amazing. It may not have been what I was looking for (making the most potent oil) but it’s so thorough and expertly explained that it basically eclipses any other article I’ve read on the matter. Happy holidays and thank you so much for posting this .

    1. Thank you so much! I know it’s not the strongest dosage, but you can easily adjust it. I’m glad this recipe was so helpful for you though, and Happy Holidays to you as well!

    2. Super simple way to infuse weed in coconut oil AFTER it’s decarboxylated, as my licenced supplier offers several products decarboxylated, same 1:1 ratio, combine weed and oil in a glass jar and set jar in a slow cooker filled with water. Be sure to shake the jar every now and then. Keeping oil and water separate. Water is needed to heat the oil. Why complicate thing. Just heat and drain. I actually use without straining because the weed sits at the bottom of the jar. Pure oil. And I love that it’s already to use after a few hours (as little as 8 as long as 48).

  3. My mom has stage 4 cancer, would this oil be good for this? I have read that a few drops under tongue would work, what do you think?

    1. Yes this would definitely help! For cancer it’s best to mix THC & CBD so I’d suggest getting a CBD tincture to use in conjunction with this oil to help combat the cancer.

    1. The decarboxylating happens when the weed is dry, hence why you do that before adding it into the oil to cook in the slow cooker! You can skip the step if you want but it just helps activate the thc and other cannabinoids. Decarboxylating and then freezing before cooking helps you extract more from the plant.

  4. Thank you I absolutely love this recipe! I am curious if I wanted the potency to be 2x can I just use the same amount of oil and double the flower? I know you said adjusting may make it taste stronger but I don’t mind. I just didn’t know if only so much would absorb into the oil.

    1. Yes you can easily double the amount of flower! If you’re going to do that I’d say just skip wrapping it in cheesecloth so that the oil has a better chance of covering all the flower & just strain it extra when it’s finished!

      1. the first time i made infused butter, i threw the flower directly in. i think that gives it strength??

      2. it doesn’t effect the strength of the product at all throwing it directly in or wrapping it in cheesecloth! The cheesecloth just helps for an easier clean up. You can do it either way for the same results, but since theres such a small amount of oil if you’re doubling the flowers, throwing it directly in will just help the oil coat it better.

    1. This is a recipe post for the weed oil. If you read the whole thing or even just scrolled through, you’d be able to see the recipe written out & fully explained step by step…

    1. I have been making edibles for 2 years and I honestly don’t smoke much anymore! I suffer with pain (neck, back and knees). Migraines, anxiety, ADHD and some depression. I went cold turkey off pain pills 4 years ago 7/11/14 and I had to find something to help. I’m on a fixed income (disability) so using 3.5 or 7 grams last so much longer than smoking it. I get .4-7 hours of relief! I never use to decarb, I just used the Crock-Pot for 4 hours. They were great but once I started decarbing first..I can def notice a difference. Brownies, or chocolate are always stronger because of the chocolate but gummies are my favorite! I just went to a despensory for the 1st time 2 days ago. I can’t wait to see how they come out using FLO ( Sativa)⏳

  5. Wow! Thank you very informative. My question is that i want to use my oil topically and internally to treat Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(SLE). Is this recipe the best one to fight the severe inflammation caused by my immune system attacking all my healthy tissue organs skin bones etc…SLE and traditional medicine has destroyed my life but I’m very hopeful that my own naturopathic combination of health care will help me get back to being the Mom my three young boys miss and need so dearly! Sorry for the lengthy question any advice would be welcomed!!

  6. I am so excited that I discovered your site. Cant wait to try the cannabis coconut oil recipe right now. I appreciate all the extra info that you included along with your recipe. Thanks for sharing

  7. If I wanted too make it more potent how much longer should I decarboxylate the weed? You said 20 min if I did like 30 min would it burn the week and would it make it more potent overall?

    1. I don’t personally sell this oil, you can make it yourself or some dispensaries sell weed infused olive oil, but I’ve never seen weed infused coconut oil already made unfortunately. Also it depends if it’s legal in your state.

  8. I’m new to cannabis infusions , I’ve created herbal infusions for years . I decarb prior to a 3 week steep. I use the infusion as topical pain relief, but can I ingest as is ?

  9. I just made this recipe and it was easy to follow….the end product looks absolutely beautiful….about how much oil does one end up with?

  10. Thanks can I use this oil to fill cartridges? If can you help me with a easy home way to make thc Vape oils thanks so much

    1. Hi! I’m not exactly sure that you can use this to fill a vape cartridge with. I can’t imagine inhaling coconut oil would be good? I’d do some more research for sure, I’m sorry I’m not a huge help on this one

  11. I’m not much of a chef . Is there any reason I cant just do step 1 (decarb) and put the ground bud in cookie dough and bake ?

  12. When using the butter can u double the amout of butter to make up the measurement of what the resepie calls for or does the extra amount need to be other oils for the recepue calls for

  13. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’m making my second batch using a different strain, but I’d been wondering something: if the recipe I’m using calls for butter, can I replace the same amount of butter with this oil? I’ll likely try anyway, but thought I’d ask you just in case you reply before I get around to trying 🙂

    I’ve also shared this recipe with others! You’re amazing <3

  14. I decarboxylated my weed for 2 months in glass mason jars removing the top ever couple of days. Do I still need to decarboxylate in the oven prior to making the infused oil?

  15. Hi, need to purchase a crock pot for this. Amazon reviews say small crock pots on low will reach boil in a matter of hours. I’d like to crock this recipe for 12 hours.

    What brand and size crock are you using?
    And if 4 hours is max to keep low temp, do l turn it off, let pot cool, then start next 4 hrs., and repeat?

    Thank you clear simple instructions and for helping me further. 🙂

  16. Thank you SO much for a step by step-well-explained process. I think Grits, my Golden Retriever could make this–if he only had thumbs ( oh yes, and read ). I am trying tomorrow to use for me ( COPD and inability to sleep ), and to give to a friend’s husband who just had cranial surgery for a malignant tumor and has no appetite and stomach pains…I have faith this will work. I live in SC–am sure will be the LAST State to legalize. Again—many thanks great person ! Henny

  17. This is one of the most detailed infusion instructions on the web. Unfortunately, I live in an “illegal” state, so using an ounce of product at about $230 p/ is prohibitive. I’m cutting recipe down to 1/2 and using only 7g of that amount. Hope it’s potent enough for my gummy fruit chews!

  18. Do you know the theoretical maximum amount ratio for cannabis coconut oil? Ie what can the coconut oil hold? Adding sunflower lecithin also.. Not that it will affect the potency of the oil itself.

    “Since lecithin contains phospholipids, the process of encapsulating the THC, and making it water-soluble and absorbable, can be completed prior to ingestion. This liposomal encapsulation process that lecithin facilitates, makes edibles especially potent, since the micelles that it creates serve as a disguise for the THC resin inside the body, allowing it to be absorbed more readily.

    As if that were not enough to merit consideration, lecithin also serves as a surfactant (a compound that lowers surface tension), helping distribute the THC throughout the body more quickly.”

  19. very informative information. how long do you cure your dryed buds before you make your infused coconut oil? thank you

  20. thank you for the helpful informaton! how long do you cure your dried flowers before you make infused coconut oil? thank you again

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