Friday, August 2, 2013

Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

Today I'm sharing my process for making a Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil.  The beauty of this medicine is it's versatility.  It can be used in creating both tasty edibles and healing topicals.

You will notice that my recipe uses a mixture of buds, sugar leaf trim & fan leaf trim.  I have found that using all parts of the plant is the best way to make this.  Each part of the plant holds cannabinoids in different concentrations.  By using a whole plant mixture (minus stems) it makes a well balanced medicine that is easily processed by the body in both a topical treatment and as an edible. 

What you will need:
Steeping the plant matter
  • Crockpot
  • RO (reverse osmosis) water, or distilled water
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Dried and cured medical marijuana buds, sugar leaf trim and fan leaf trim
  • A french coffee press or other straining device that you can press out the liquid from the material
  • A large bowl or pot
  • Latex or nitrile gloves
  • A gold coffee filter or fine sieve


Here's the recipe for 1 Cup of Coconut oil.  You can easily double, triple or whatever you like.



  1. In your crockpot add 1 Cup of organic Coconut Oil.  Turn your crock pot on low and allow the oil to melt into a liquid.  
  2. Once the coconut oil has melted add 2 ounces of dried plant material.  I like to use about 1/3 dried buds, 1/3 dry fan leaf trim, and 1/3 sugar leaf trim. It's not important to make these exact 3rds but it is key that your total dried plant matter is a total of 2 ounces for every cup of coconut oil.
  3. add 5-6 cups of your RO or Distilled water.  IMPORTANT:  some folks make this without the water and just mix the fat with the plant matter.  I do not recommend doing it that way.  The water acts as a filter for a large amount of the chlorophyll as well as prevents your mixture from becoming too hot and scalding or cooking off the precious cannabinoids which you are after.
  4. Turn your crock pot on high.  Stir your mixture every hour.  This will agitate the plant matter in the oil and help to infuse the cannabinoids into the oil.  
  5. After 1 hour turn your crock pot onto low or warm and allow this mixture to cook and steep for at least 4 hours but up to 24 hours.  
  6. Once you've reached the desired time, turn off your crock pot and allow this mixture to cool down to a temperature you can work with easily without burning yourself.
  7. Using a ladle or large spoon, scoop your mixture into your clean french press coffee maker.  Press the mixture to strain out the plant matter and pour the liquid into a large bowl or pot.  This may take several pressings depending on the size of your french press.  If you are not using a french press you can use a wire sieve to strain out the liquid.  Be sure to glove up and squeeze out the liquid by hand.  
  8. When you have strained out all of the plant matter cover your bowl or pot (which now contains a mixture of water and oil) and place it into the refrigerator overnight.
  9. Once your liquid has chilled overnight it will have seperated into 2 layers.  Remove the hardened coconut oil from the top and drain on a paper towel.  Discard the water.
  10. At this point you may notice there are still some fine particles attached to the bottom of your hardened coconut oil.  To remove these you will want to remelt the hardened coconut oil in a pot over low heat.  Once this is melted back into a liquid strain it through a fine sieve or your gold coffee filter.
  11. Place this liquid back into the refrigerator to solidify.
Now you have a strong coconut oil infusion which can be used in edibles as well as topicals.  This mixture will store well in the fridge or freezer. 

I like to place 1/4 Cup premeasured amounts into zippered bags and keep it in the freezer.  When I'm ready to make a recipe I can just pull out the amount I need and thaw it out and add it to the recipe.

You can use this infused coconut oil straight on your skin as an effective topical treatment or add it into your favorite topical recipes like my THChristi Tub Treats

For edibles, you can easily substitute 1:1 solidified coconut oil for butter, or melted coconut oil for other oils in your favorite recipes.  Or try making my 99% Organic Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Subscribe or stay tuned for more make your own medicine recipes using Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil.  


Have fun and stay medicated!



82 comments:

  1. for steps 4 and 5, is the water allowed to come to a boil after you put it on high? or is that too hot?

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    1. It's ok if it comes to a boil. Water boils at 212* Fahrenheit so it's not a problem but when I see the crockpot boiling I usually turn it down to warm or low setting

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  2. How about sewing the plant matter into a muslin cloth before cooking; would that have an affect with the infusion?

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    1. I like to keep the cannabis loose in the heating mixture to be sure that it's getting contact with the coconut oil as it heats. You could try doing the muslin bag but it might not infuse as well. A better option might be pouring it through the muslin at the end and squeezing that out?

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  3. If you are using all buds, what ratio would you suggest for oil to buds?

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    1. Using all buds you can make a potent oil using 1/2 oz to1 oz per cup of coconut oil.

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    2. You said to use at lease 19(18.9999) g of bud, witch is 1/3 of 2 oz, in the original recipe. So how could using just 1/2 oz be enough?

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    3. If you want to get the results I am getting please follow the recipe as written. If you are working with all buds your finished oil is going to be more psychoactive as buds are more potent in THC than the combination of buds and trim material but the finished oil will have less CBD and CBN.

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    4. This is why I've said between 1/2 ounce and a full ounce.

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  4. Could I use this in a pen that takes concentrates?

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    1. This isn't a good option for a vape pen because the cannabis is decarboxylated in the cooking process. For your concentrate pen you want to use something like bho, co2 oil, full melt water hash and concentrates like that

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  5. In the cooking process what amount of cooking time have you found works the best? Does it need to stay at a certain temp during the cooking time?

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    1. I like to run this recipe in the crockpot on warm overnight but I have made quick batches running in the crockpot on high for 4 hours and it came out fine

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  6. Can my cannabis infused coconut oil be stored safely in small plastic containers?

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    1. I prefer to use glass container like a canning jar because plastics can leach BPA into your medicine

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  7. Can I safely store my cannabis infused coconut oil in small plastic containers without concern of leaching?

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  8. Help!! I began the boil making process exactly as your recipe states. After 1 hour I went to check the progress and as luck would have it my crock pot was cold. I got a heavy bottom pan and put the mixture in it and put it on lowest temp and simmered (never boiled) for 2 1/2 hours. There was already some prominent sage green color present and I thought I should take it off heat and let it sit. I did this for 1 hour and then when I checked it, it wasn't as green as it was. So...I put it back on simmer for an hour-the color was back, so I put it into a glass container covered with saran wrap and put it into fridge. It is now hardened and looks and tastes ok. I am wondering if I should use the cannabis I strained to attempt to make a smaller batch tomorrow when I purchase a new crock pot, or should I put the whole shebang into the new crock and let it simmer for 12 or so more hours and hope for the best?? This is the first time I have made this and used good bud because that is all I had when I decided I had to make the oil asap. Please help/comment asap as I really am stuck. The few people I have asked what they would do had NO idea what they or I should do. Look forward to your reply. Thanks in advance for your help. By the way I love your site and your reviews are the best. Waiting to Exhale in Massachusetts. :)

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    1. I would just put everything into the new crockpot and simmer for several more hours. Then strain cool and enjoy!

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  9. how long does it take to get an answer??

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    1. If you follow my blog you'll see that I am a patient too. Like you and other patients I am not always well. I have been feeling under the weather with my fibromyalgia for the last few days so I haven't been caught up on my email. This morning I have found your comment here asking how long it will take to get an answer so if I know what your question is I will be happy to answer when I can

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  10. i decarbed @ 293 for 7.5 mins as per http://skunkpharmresearch.com/decarboxylation/

    am i reading this right to get the most TCH and therefore the highest psychoactive high possible? Also I am concerned about the few bit of vermiculite I find in my trim when boiling.I pick it out but im still concerned. any thoughts on this?

    P.S. I'm making chocolates with coconut oil. Got a great recipe you can share?

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    1. I would try to remove the vermiculite and any other foreign material before adding your plant matter into your crock pot. My decarb I do at 250• F for between 30-60 minutes. I'm sure there are other methods but this is the research I found here http://www.marijuanagrowershq.com/decarboxylating-cannabis-turning-thca-into-thc/

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    2. I don't have a cocnut oil chocolate recipe. But I'll work on one and see what I can come up with. Take care when adding coconut oil to melted chocolate. If your ratio of cocnut oil is too high it may prevent the chocolate from hardening properly in my past experience

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    3. fytocel is a good alternative for vermiculite, although i'm not sure if it's any less likely to get stuck in the nooks and crannies of your herb :)

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    4. The skunkfarm THC chart is very useful. Best batch of coconut oil yet.. and super easy. Grind up flowers really good. Heat twice the volume of coconut oil in a small pyrex dish at 250F .. once the oil is hot. Stir in flowers and bake for 30 minutes while low heating a larger pyrex container with some water. Pour oil and flowers through cheesecloth in warm water. Stir and set in freezer until green oil solidifies on top. Remove water and viola!!

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    5. Sounds like another good way to make cannabis coconut oil!

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  11. good to see this :)

    i've used a 'double broiler' (one pan inside another!) but not with water. i have ADD, and 4 hours is a loooong time lol
    if i don't watch over it (or use a timer of course), i forget about it.

    anyway...the point :) ---> why does it take so long? couldn't it work quicker if you stay on top of it, stirring often?

    happy holidays! (and i'm no hurry for a reply - peace)
    mark

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    1. Hi Mark. I'm not sure if you stand over this and stir your mix constantly you might be able to reduce the time. I've found about 4 hours in the crockpot is the very least amount of time I like to run my oil. Generally I let this simmer up to 24 hours but only stirring occasionally.

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  12. Why distilled/RO water?? what is wrong with tap water?

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  13. If your tap water is good you can use that. I prefer to use RO water because it is filters and so leaves no residual mineral taste behind like my tap water does.

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  14. Hi THChristi,

    I have a question regarding this recipe.

    What is the potency if I follow all your steps 100% what will be the final potency??

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    1. Potency of this recipe is variable depending on the strain of cannabis you use to make it. For example if you use a high CBD strain like Harlequin you will have a high CBD oil which will give you a lot of pain relief without a heady Stoney effect. If you use a high THC strain then you will have a very heady oil. As with all if my cannabis recipes your final results will vary depending on your starting material. Remember this adage "garbage in, garbage out".

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  15. Medibles chef from norcal thanks you!
    I'll be doing a side by side test with the same bag of plant matter and the same brand of coconut oil, same crok pot, one batch for 4 hrs, one for 8, one for 12 and one for 24 with the overnight turn-off of the crock pot. I'm getting all four lab tested to put the "how long" question to rest and I will share the results

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    1. Very intersted to se how your side by side comparison turns out. Thank you so much!

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    2. We thank you as well! Fantastic results with your method!

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    3. I am curious to know the results of the test.

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  16. Do you know of anywhere cannabis and coconut oil capsules can be bought?

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  17. If you are in a medical matijuana state you can find ore made cannabis/coconut capsules at most dispensaries

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  18. turned out to be a light green candle when it was cooled. thanks :3

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    1. Candle? Should be coming out as a hardened oil infusion when cooked. Not sure what you mean candle? Let me know if I can help

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  19. Do you happen to know the formula for me to figure out what the mg potency would be for 40 gelcaps following your recipe? I know it depends on the potency of the strain, so let's say thebud is at 15%.

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    1. Sorry. You'll have to do the math. In order to true ly know your potency your best bet is having it lab tested but that's only possible in states with legal medical marijuana. Without potency testing it's all guess work.

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  20. great blog, thank you. my q: can i use fresh/green fan leaves? or does the plant matter have to be dried?

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    1. I recommend you use them dried. If you use fresh please give us am update on your results. ��

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  21. I m cooking in the crock pot now! Can't wait to see the results! I appreciate the insite Christi :)

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    1. You're welcome! Let me know how it worked out for you

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  22. should i decarb in the oven before putting cannabis into the crockpot?

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  23. should i decarb the cannabis in the oven before putting in the crockpot?

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    1. I've seen different arguments but in my opinion for edibles you do want to decarb first. For topicals it's not necessary to do so

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  24. Tu thchristie for all ur info

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  25. I have made Rick Simpson oil.. I wondered if i could use this instead. I take a small rice size piece of rso before bed...Would a small piece do anything? The rso is made with everclear...the coconut oil just has to be more healthy. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Rosie. This is not a substitute for RSO. RSO is a high THC medical extraction using either naptha or alcohol for a chemical extraction. This coconut oil cannot extract at such a high ratio as those chemical extractions. That being said it is still very medicinal and can be used in conjunction with an RSO treatment to counter pain and other symptoms

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  27. hey, does the oil HAVE to be stored in the fridge? i left mine by the bed for late night leg cramps and now i have a bit of mold on the lid :X i also eat this oil, and i just put it back in the fridge. i guess i was thinking since it was coconut oil based i could leave it out like coconut oil, but i guess not. i scraped the top layer off before putting it back, and washed the lid. i just hate how hard it is in the fridge. anyway, i might not eat it anymore, i guess. wahh!

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    1. Oh no. That sucks! I've not had any issue with mold in this before. I wonder if it may have had some water left in the oil or something?

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    2. Another thought. It may become contaminated from bacteria and oils from your hands during application. Maybe a good idea to store in 2 separate containers. A big one in fridge and a smaller one your bed. Then just refill the small container as needed

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  28. How much butter can I expect to end up with?

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    1. Depending on how well you are able to press it out. I usually lose about 1/8th cup of coconut oil per cup I started with. If you're using butter you will lose a bit more because the butter that you wind up with is clarified. To counter act that with butter just start with 1 1/4 cup butter for every cup you want to get at the end.

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  29. Thanks for recipe...is there any medicinal valu to the water and or have you ever used the water after processing the coconut butter? And if so what did you use it for?

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  30. As far as I am aware there's no medicinal value to the water. It simply acts as a filter for the chlorophyll. I just dispose of it.

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  31. Just a quick question, I have coconut cannaoil already frozen, can I just break off a chunk of that while its still cold and just swallow it? Have u ever tried this before? Just wondering if it would induce any stomach aches or indigestion. Thanks alot

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    1. I've never tried just eating the butter plain. I have spread it on toast. It works great.

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  32. Is it absolutely necessary to decarb the bud first for edibles? I thought decarboxylation happened during the cooking process enough to not have to decarb it in the oven. I know decarboxylation is to turn the non active thc into active thc but wouldn't this process take place anyway during the cook, assuming it's cooked at the right amount of time?

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    1. It is not absolutely necessary. The cannabis will decarb to some degree in the cooking process. However if you do decarb your material first it will be far more active. I have made butter using both methods and have found that using material that has first been decarbbed makes for a much more potent and active butter. Try doing a side by side comparison and see what a difference it makes. :)

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    2. So what's a good decarb temp and time?

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    3. I use a chart I found at marijuanagrowhq.com for kief I decarb at 250 for 30 minutes. For trim and buds I decarb at 250 for 30-60 minutes depending on th thickness of the material on my baking sheet

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  33. What temperature do you recommend when baking edibles? I've seen ppl say not to go above 275 degrees F and some say you can heat it up all the way to 350 degrees F and even to 375 degrees F. I try to stay at or around 325-330 degrees F just to be on the safe side but is that still too hot?

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    1. When making baked goods I find it is safe up to 350. The thermostat in the oven is measuring the temp of the oven, not the actual baked goods. If you use an infrared thermometer you will find the naked goods never reach that actual temp. 350 is the top temp I use though just to be sure none of my cannabinoids are being lost. Hope that helps :)

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  35. Hi there,

    I'm looking forward to making this.
    Just checking- when this oil is used topically to treat skin/joint ailments there are NO psychoactive effects, right??? Only if taken orally there are psychoactive effects?
    Thanks!

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    1. That's correct. If applied topically no psychoactive effects. If eaten that's a whole different story. ;)

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  36. hello I am extremely new at this! I have a ton of left over bud rotted material. I want to know if I can make topicals with that? I am NOT interested in edible or wax. Only making topical. I have read about the alcohol and also the coconut oil. Being that I am extremely novice can you please tell me simply why I should use the alcohol method and what I can use with it or why I should make the coconut oil and what I could do with that?also should I put the material in the oven? As I don't want to lose any goodness from all the matter left over. There are lots and lots and lots of crystals all over the bud rotted material. As it is green and also Brown from bud rot. I also have some good stems mixed and have a lot of this stuff. I'd like to use it for something beneficial. Thank you so much for any of your help. Angela

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    1. Hi Angels. Sorry to hear that you got bud rot. That's a bummer. As for using any molded material for topicals I would advise against it. I'll leave your comment up and maybe someone on here will have some advice. Personally I just toss anything that gets toy or any mold. It's a loss but if rather take the loss than use it in making medicines. The effort and time spent making topicals and edibles is best used with quality starting material IMHO

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  37. Thank you for your wonderful recipe. Is there a way to keep this as tincture used sublingual or does it harden like coconut oil does?

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  38. Please throw away anything with mold or mildew on it. Very bad to ingest.

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    1. Hi Rosie. If you want to use this in liquid form you can use a liquid coconut oil like this one from natures way http://www.naturesway.com/Liquid-Coconut-Oil-10-oz

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