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.

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Step 1: What You'll Need


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


  • 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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44 Discussions


Question 1 day 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.


5 weeks ago

Oops, Have just read about decarbonisation - that answers my question. Even if I started with undried herb, it would dry out while in the oven at 240 C for 20 minutes! Sorry I asked.


Question 5 weeks ago on Introduction

Here Is a basic question about making coconut canna oil: can you use UNDRIED trim and small bud? I just think it would be easier to strain out than the dry stuff, which can be very crumbly, and maybe less trichomes would be lost through less handling. I’d appreciate hearing if anyone has tried this and how well it worked. I suppose you’d have to chop up the buds first, but the trim would be ok as is.


2 months ago

TY BROTHER,I make my butter the slow cooker way,,stove top turned out just fine,,Cheerz,


Tip 5 months ago

If you take to much Canna oil eat or drink Vitamin C latent food or chewable vitamins!


2 years ago

Some Tips:

Instead of just a pan, I use stove top, but I use a double boiler, this way there is less chance of burning or scalding the mixture. I add water and just keep it just below a simmer. I've found s crock pot can also burn as it's heating up and cooling down. Also I "cook" it for 3 or 4 hours. That seems about right for me, not 12 hours, not 8, but 3 or 4.

When I decarboxylate (in oven 240 degrees) I only do about 25 minutes as my weed is a little dryer by the time I make the oil. Enjoy!

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Reply 6 months ago

This is how I did it, worked very well.


Question 10 months ago on Introduction

I tried following how to make CBD oil using coconut oil but I thought it was going to take out the THC But it didn’t my reaction are extremely server I have a over reaction from a medical condition I cannot take medication due to reactions but I have serious pain how can I get thc out after it’s already made?

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Answer 6 months ago

Decarb your bud longer, I do mine for 30mins at 240F but for CDB bake it for an hour. The longer you do it, the less THC..but after a certain point I believe cbd content drops as well.


Question 9 months ago on Introduction

i have 4 bags of trim... can i bake all of it & store it or do u only bake as u need it? if I can store it, glass canning jars ok? thank u Nancy


Tip 11 months ago on Step 3

When simmering you should maintain a temp of 220 degrees. This will not burn your bud or effect the oils taste. it will also make sure that the buds are fully decarbed as you will see bubbles form if there is thcA present still.


Question 1 year ago

I followed the directions to the letter and my oil turned out burnt, it is darker than the photos and has a slightly burnt smell. Can I still use it or will I get sick?

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Answer 1 year ago

It sounds like you "cooked" your herb a bit too long or perhaps your oven has many heat spikes, which I would say is the answer if you followed the instructs. When the oven has to heat itself back up to 220 or240, whatever temps you use, it is possible that these spikes caused the burning. When I decarb, I pretty much sit beside the oven and monitor the heating cycle, as these can be tricky. Try setting your heat for around 200 and heat for as long as normal, but TRY WITH A SMALL AMOUNT> Good luck!!! It can be tricky but it is very possible!


Reply 11 months ago

A sure fire method of infusing and decarbing is to heat the oil to 220 degrees and steep for an hour like normal and strain. but then put back on the heat at 220 until there is no more bubbles. which is the carbon gas escaping from the thcA. when no more bubbles the thing is done. I usually put the bud to decarb in the oven for half the normal time to get the ball rolling. 250 for 17 or so min.


Question 1 year ago on Step 1

Why unrefined coconut oil?


1 year 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 :-(


Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Attempting this recipe now and it looks too thick in crockpot now Yo be able to strain later. It’s been on low for over one hour now. I used a coconut butter product and thought it would be okay. If it doesn’t become more viscous should I add another oil or something else? Help is appreciated ✌️


2 years ago

For mine I used an induction stove top set at 220F for 90 minutes with four cups of water and two sticks of butter. This was low dose so it was 1/4 per stick of butter. Naturally decarb it. For straining I used a fine mesh metal coffee filter and pressed it through using the back of a spoon. To clean up I use a warm piece of bread and dab up the butter.

Steven Linder

2 years ago

Been makin' it! Like the old butter extracts, I use boiling water to aid preparation.

To 70 grams of Coconut oil in about 1 quart of boiling water is added 1 ounce of Cannabis. This is stirred at times for at least two hours. Overnight on low also works good after initial roiling boil. The hot Cannabis/Coconut oil/water mixture is filtered through cheesecloth into a large pyrex measure. Then the mark is rinsed with more boiling water and pressed with a tool to aid removal of all the oil extract. Placed in the fridge overnight, the top layer puck is easy to remove and blot dry. 1/4th teaspoon seems to be a good dose for high CBD medicine. Be careful with high THC Cannabis. This dose might be too high for the unaware.


2 years ago

Trying this now!