How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil)

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Introduction: How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil)

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Cannabis coconut oil is a really versatile way to consume cannabis. It's great taken alone or baked into all kinds of edibles - most strains of cannabis beautifully complement the flavor of coconut oil! Canna oil makes medicating super accessible, too - you can use indica, sativa, or even high CBD strains to get the desired effect you want.

It's also super easy to make, and a great way to use up excess trim, kief or hash from harvest. In this instructable I'll show you my favorite way to do it - simmering on the stove top! But I'll tell you how to do it in a crockpot too.

This is a very fast and no-fuss version of canna oil - through lots of reading and quite a few experiments I really don't believe it's necessary to simmer it for-ev-errr and over complicate it. This method will give you a potent, tasty and fancy canna oil.

Step 1: What You'll Need

tools:

  • cheesecloth
  • metal strainer/sieve
  • bowl or large measuring cup
  • jar or bowl to store the canna oil

materials:

  • decarboxylated cannabis (buds, trim, kief, hash - 40 grams)
  • unrefined coconut oil (2 cups)

We'll talk a little about dosing on the next step.

Unsure how to decarboxylate cannabis? Click here to find out!

Step 2: Dosing + Strains + Expectations

(Pictured above - Doctor Who water hash, Doctor Who in bud form - so purple!!, Doctor Who sugar leaf trim)

What I'm using for this batch:

  • 2 cups unrefined coconut oil
  • 40 g Doctor Who trim, decarboxylated

This is a fairly strong dose - about 1.5 g of trim per tablespoon of canna oil. The medibles this canna oil makes will be used primarily for combating migraines so stronger is better!

Guidelines for dosing:

I recommend using anywhere from 0.5-1.5 g of trim/bud/hash/etc per tablespoon of oil. If this is your first time experimenting with canna oil, try using 16 grams of cannabis to 2 cups of oil.

When using buds, it's okay to use less than you would if you were using trim as there will be more trichromes present and therefore more THC. If I was using buds instead of trim in this batch, I probably would have used 0.5 grams of bud per tablespoon of coconut oil.

For more information on dosing cannabis, I really recommend picking up a copy of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution by Jessica Catalano. The book includes a very nice dosing chart and explains how to demystify making edibles with the right amount of THC for you.

This article on The Cannabist also includes a helpful way of figuring out the THC content in edibles.

What to expect when using canna oil:

Cannabis taken orally a totally different beast - it can take you much longer to feel it, and the effects can linger much longer on average. Canna oil is often quite potent and can make you super sleepy, so never try a new dose when you have obligations later. ;)

You can try to combat sleepiness by using only sativas in your canna oil, or by choosing a strain high in CBD. But it might still make you a teeny bit tired (edibles always do that to some folks!), so always use caution.

What to do if you take too much canna oil:

If you ever take too much while trying to figure out the proper dose, don't worry! You may feel anxious or wonder why you ever thought this was a good idea - but I promise it will pass and the benefits are worth it.

Your best bet is to drink a glass of water and lie down. Sleeping is always the best possible way to handle having a bit too much cannabis.

If sleep seems unreachable, try dimming the lights and putting on music or the TV. You can try talking to someone too. Whatever relaxes you! Just keep in mind that it will pass in a few hours at most.

Step 3: Combine the Coconut Oil and Cannabis and Simmer

Combine the cannabis and coconut oil in a small saucepan over the lowest heat you can manage.

Once the coconut oil has melted, let the mix simmer uncovered (stirring ever so often) for an hour.

HEY! If you'd like to do this in a crockpot you definitely can. Just let it go on low for a couple hours. It's not necessary to take it longer than that.

If your canna oil turns out super green or not green at all, that's fine. The green-ness relates only to the chlorophyll present, not how strong the canna oil is.

Step 4: Strain

For straining, use cheesecloth in a sieve over a large measuring cup. A sieve normally isn't fine enough on its own! It won't matter too much if you end up with particulates in the oil, but it always looks nicer without them.

Place two layers of cheesecloth in the sieve and put it over the measuring cup.

Pour the hot oil and cannabis mixture into the cheesecloth.

Let it drip for an hour or so and then squeeze the rest out by hand.

You can use the processed cannabis in other things once you've squeezed out the oil, but it shouldn't have much THC left in it at all. One of the most awesome ways is to mix it with softened butter - you end up with an awesome cannabis compound butter that you can use on toast or maybe even put a dollop on a steak or under the skin of a chicken.

However, don't feel bad if you just compost it or throw it out - nearly all the good stuff is in the canna oil now!

Step 5: Cool and Store

Pour the canna oil into a glass jar or bowl and leave uncovered until room temperature and beginning to solidify. (Leaving it uncovered is very important because we want to avoid condensation forming in the jar)

Once entirely cooled, close the container and store in the fridge or in a cool dark place. This will keep for up to a year!

See how dark it is before and how light it is when it solidifies? That's what it should look like if you don't simmer it too long and you're not too rough with it. If you poked it a ton it might be more green.

Step 6: Using Cannabis Coconut Oil

You can consume this coconut canna oil on its own or use it in edibles!

If this is your first time trying it, I recommend taking 1/4-1/2 tablespoon by mouth to start. Wait at least 3-4 hours before taking more. How you feel after this will let you know if you need to increase or decrease your dose. It will also give you a baseline for edibles.

If making edibles, try using recipes you've made before. Knowing how many cookies, muffins, slices of cake, etc. that a recipe produces will allow you to figure out about how much THC per serving there is. (Because we know we're using a certain amount of cannabis per tablespoon of coconut oil - you can determine the strength based on the amount of oil you used in the recipe and how many servings it makes)

Another good thing to keep in mind: you can even do half canna oil and half butter if you need the edibles to be a little less strong.

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65 Discussions

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johnnyysmith55
johnnyysmith55

3 months ago

Cool, tnx for the info. I like cbd oil 'coz it helps me to stay calm and sleep better. I often buy anoTHErBOX Tincture oil from California, it has the highest quality and affordable price. And the most important their oils don't contain chemicals.

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ddjordan6
ddjordan6

Question 5 months ago on Introduction

Can you use coconut oil that is a liquid already for this recipe? Or do you need to use the kind that you need to melt? I have unrefined liquid which can be taken orally, hopefully.
one last question, could you use male plants for this concoction?

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Derp74
Derp74

Question 6 months ago

can I do the infusion in the same mason jar that I am decarbing with? For example I have about 9 grams decarbing in a mason jar at 200 right now. about 30 mins already. When that is done and cooled off, can I just add the oil into that same jar, then sit it in a water bath for 2 hours?

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nomoore
nomoore

Question 1 year ago on Step 5

has anyone every tried stove top but with the addition of water during the cooking/simmering process? Which can later be separated when cooled.

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jonathanweilbacher9
jonathanweilbacher9

Answer 8 months ago

THC is fat soluble, not water soluble, I would recommend 1/4 cup coconut oil to every 1 gram of cannabis. If using a skillet on the stove, allow the oil to melt, and throw in 1 gram of (NON-DECARBOXYLATED) cannabis to skillet and allow to simmer over the lowest heat on stove for 1 hour. The cannabis will decarboxylate on it’s own in the skillet, the set aside after one hour. Allow butter to solidify at room temperature, then make Firecrackers. Good 2-6 hour high for 1 gram of weed. Not to shabby. Just a friendly reminder............NEVER USE WATER, unless you’re making cannabis tea. Hope this helps.🤪

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nostredummass
nostredummass

Answer 9 months ago

I've been making Canna Oil for over a decade for a multitude of health problems. A 40 + year nerve pain has disappeared entirely. And a crushed bone in my ankle actually grew back enough bone that I avoided surgery, much to the astonishment of my doctors. Durban Poison helped me beat back the threat of diabetes. Another surprised doctor there.
"CBD doesn’t have a clear set boiling point. It’s more in the 160-180°C range. While THC is listed at 157 Celsius, the fact is that both will sublimate off at a lower temperature."
Water boils at a consistent 100C. Allowing your cannabis to reach any higher temperatures risks a certain percentage of it boiling away and being lost.

BTW - I'm not sure why people keep recommending decarbing your bud. The entourage effect - the combined curative properties of cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavenoids - is entirely obliterated during decarboxilation, due to the volatile nature of terps and flavs.
Curing the bud for at least a month naturally decarbs it without the loss of all those important elements.Extraction with 94% alcohol then preserves the much of the goodness and character of the original bud. Decarbing turns it into a generic product without any distinctiveness other that its cannabinoid ratios.

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isaiahcasillas972
isaiahcasillas972

Question 10 months ago

Is it a waste if i put an oz in 1/2cup

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jonathanweilbacher9
jonathanweilbacher9

Answer 8 months ago

No, just more potent depending on THC content and serving sizes of the edibles.

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adrie0044
adrie0044

9 months ago

On so this is the first time I have ever made coconut oil infused cannabis and I have a few questions:
1. Does it look right?
2. Why did crystals form after it cooled?
3. How do I reheat it to make it from a solid to a liquid so that I can cook more and not lose potency?
Thank you advance

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tanyainspace
tanyainspace

2 years ago

I just made this last night, and burned it. Wasted 1/2 of some premo medicine and can't re up my prescription. Can I still use the burnt oil or will I get sick? I've made edibles with butter countless times and never had a problem as long as I added water to the butter and bud mixture. Since I never used coconut oil I thought it might be different so I followed these instructions. Wish I had just used my tried and true method instead :-(

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Sinful37
Sinful37

Reply 9 months ago

This will be my 2and time using this recipe but only different is the bud&trim are fresh out the garden...but was 1st time making it with coconut oil..I used my slow cooker and had no issues... :-) the pic is the 1st batch :-)

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nostredummass
nostredummass

Reply 9 months ago

Add water to the mixture. The heat of it will never go above 100C. Then strain and cool in the fridge. The coconut oil will harden making it a simple matter to separate the two.
My advice is to NEVER make this oil without also adding enough water so that everything simmers at 100C. I use a large pot, half full with water, two pounds of coco oil and as much crumbled leaf as I have hanging around. Anything that has completely dried does not require decarbing. Dried leaf qualifies.

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Sinful37
Sinful37

Tip 9 months ago on Introduction

Can fresh bud/trimmings be used to make infused coconut oil? Thank yoh

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Kiteman
Kiteman

5 years ago on Introduction

Legal issues aside, make sure you use a *low* THC plant.

It's the THC that causes the various mental harms of cannabis (one in four cases of psychosis are caused by high-THC cannabis).

The substance that is being investigated for various medical benefits is the CBD (cannabidiol), which shows promise as an epilepsy treatment, to ease the pain of cancer, treatment of psychotic conditions and even to address autism.

A nice, balanced article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-3151...

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nostredummass
nostredummass

Reply 9 months ago

In truth, CBD "sands down" the rough edges of a THC high, making it much easier to tolerate. Studies from England have determined that in high concentrations, CBD is as effective an anti-psychotic as pharmaceutical equivalents, with zero side effects. This strongly suggests that part of the role CBD plays is as a "yang" to THC's "yin".
THC has many advantageous effects in my health regimen. Most specifically for some forms of pain CBD simply doesn't touch. And yet, I am sensitive to THC, suffering from such severe panic attacks that I've rushed to the hospital, on more than one occasion.
Since I started using CBD dominant strains, or 50:50 strains, I have been entirely free of panic attacks. I no longer concern myself with how high THC levels might be, as long as I have enough CBD in my system.

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crank_girl
crank_girl

Reply 5 years ago

The BBC is not a credible source for discussions of this nature.

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cannalove
cannalove

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

While CBD is the star in regards to medical cannabis, THC can also be very therapeutic - it can allow patients to get the rest they need, reduce their pain and it can also increases appetite. I don't believe THC should be entirely ruled out due to the recent study ( http://www.thelancet.com/pb/assets/raw/Lancet/pdfs... ) that's been making the rounds!

I can't say that article is very balanced - they have most of the science right but the some of language they have used is fairly incendiary and fear-mongering. There is definitely a real risk for a very small percentage of the population for "psychosis" - but I think the articles blow it out of proportion in an effort to scare folks.

It's important to note that the 15% THC "skunk" is actually not out of the ordinary. That's about average for most of the medical-grade cannabis that's grown. Or even well grown cannabis for that matter! Now that it's becoming more popular for its medical benefits it's easier to find it being grown in proper conditions and not just fast and for-profit, which is where the low THC cannabis was overwhelmingly coming from.

That said, the risks and issues with cannabis are very important to talk about. That's part of why I've started posting here! It's important to let folks know about the benefits and risks associated with medicating with and consuming cannabis. With constantly changing information and conflicting media reports it can all be a bit overwhelming sometimes.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Um, that's the study the BBC article was based on.

As your link shows, occasional use of high-THC skunk triples the risk of psychosis, regular use increases it to five time that of the non-using population. "19.3% of psychotic disorders in the study population were attributable to exposure to daily cannabis use".

In the study area, the most common form of cannabis used was high-THC with negligible CBD content.

Statistical bet-hedging aside, the results of the study clearly show that "skunk use alone was responsible for 24% of those adults presenting with first-episode psychosis to the psychiatric services in south London."

Previous [anecdotal] claims of being able to smoke cannabis on a daily basis without psychotic events are due to the forms of cannabis available in the 1960s-1970s were relatively low in THC, with approximately-equal quantities quantities of CBD; "experimental studies show that THC induces psychotic symptoms, while cannabidiol ameliorates them and reduces anxiety."

"Our findings show the importance of raising public awareness of the risk associated with use of high-potency cannabis (panel), especially when such varieties of cannabis are becoming more available. The worldwide trend of liberalisation of the legal constraints on the use of cannabis further emphasises the urgent need to develop public education to inform young people about the risks of high-potency cannabis."

TL;DR:

THC is bad, it makes you psychotic. CBD is good, it cures psychosis.

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cannalove
cannalove

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Precisely: that's why I talked about them like they were one and the same.

It's not fair to say all THC is "bad" just from this one study - especially considering there have been many studies done and they're wildly conflicting. Here's a good article ( http://www.alternet.org/drugs/debunking-latest-pat... ) on Alternet discussing this most recent study and also linking to similar ones with different results.

I'm a little dubious of this study - they seem quite willing to link cannabis use and psychosis and be done with it, but I think there are some very important mental health considerations and socioeconomic issues that have not been fully examined. Correlation does not equal causation, as they say!

It's early days yet, and until we have much larger studies (or even just more of them) to look at I believe it's unfair to draw conclusions. I realize I'm biased, but I've seen the huge difference cannabis can make for a patient and THC is part of that in many cases. So far one of the most promising uses of THC is linked to helping treat PTSD.

There's a current push to get medical cannabis opened up for veterans here in the US via a bill called the "Veterans Equal Access Act." I'm really hoping the bill will go through and pave the way for more research!