In today’s post, we will show you how to make your own cannabis infused coconut oil at home! This isn’t a hard process once you do it a few times and I think you’ll be pleased with your results! Even more important is the fact you will know what is in your oil and what isn’t. The process is fun and with some pointers, you’ll have your very own cannabis oil for medicine!
Why use Coconut Oil For Infusion With Cannabis?
Coconut oil is one of the best oils to infuse with cannabis because of its high saturated fat content which stands at 90% vs say olive oil at 15%. You may not have heard of this yet but coconut oil is better for infusion due to this fact. Butter and other oils can be used but according to the research I’ve done (and my personal experience), coconut oil works really well. Cannabis and its main active ingredient, THC, stores in your fat cells which is why it can take up to 30 days to clean it out of your system for a drug test. In other words, cannabis is very fat friendly!
Isn’t saturated fat bad for you?
With all the health advice out there advising against saturated fats you would think that coconut oil would be giving everyone heart attacks, but there are reasons that’s not the case.
First, coconut oil has what they call medium chain fatty acids which allow your body to break it down rather easily. It’s in this way the body is able to break them down fast and turn them into energy. This is opposed to long chain fatty acids which take longer to break down and can stick around.
How to Infuse the Decarboxlyized Cannabis Into Your Coconut Oil
This process is rather simple and I will show you one tried and true method to do this. Introducing the old reliable crockpot!
For this method, you will need some other items besides your already decarboxylized cannabis, crock pot and coconut oil. The crockpot itself needs to have a LOW setting or if you have one like I have (for hot dips and cocktail weenies) it only has a low setting so I can’t screw it up. The reason for this is that you don’t want the temperature too high during the infusion process or your THC and CBD will burn off and your medicine is wasted. The other items are as follows: Disposable gloves, cheesecloth, metal stirring spoon and a microwave friendly (glass is best, empty pickle jar, etc) container and last but not least
Once all of your items are in place you need to melt down the coconut oil in the crock pot. Here we will cover ratios, like how much coconut oil to how much cannabis but everyone is different. When it comes to strength my motto is the stronger the better but for others that may not work.
My ratio of oil to processed cannabis is 2 cups of coconut oil to one ounce of processed cannabis. You can take those measurements and reduce or increase however you like. If you only have a half ounce of cannabis you would use one cup of coconut oil. I have seen some people go one-to-one but in my experience that’s overkill. A certain amount of oil can only absorb so much THC and CBD so in my humble opinion, 2 to 1 is a good ratio that most people should be able to handle. Remember you can always add more oil later but you can’t take it back out.
When I use the crock pot method I don’t make more than 2 cups at a time due to the size of the crock pot I have plus it becomes unwieldy and messy with any more than that. Later we will discuss how to make large batches if you need to do so. You want the oil to be evenly saturated with THC and/or CBD so using more than 2 cups in the crockpot method makes that hard.
After your oil is melted its time to add the cannabis! You can do this one of two ways. You can just dump it in the oil or you can wrap it in cheesecloth first! I’ve done it both ways and I’ve found they both work well, its up to you. Before I add the cannabis I use an electric coffee grinder to pulverize the processed cannabis. The reason I do this is that I have read in several places that it aids in absorption. It sure seems to make a difference in potency so I recommend this to everyone I talk to.
Now you need to keep the crockpot on low and stir every 15-30 minutes. WORD OF CAUTION! Don’t lick the spoon too much while you’re doing this! If you do you will be very stoned before you finish and then there could be a mess. It’s funny to think about but I’ve done this and things took me much longer than they should have. The oil should be ready to go after about 3 hours. Once again you can soak it longer if you like and some will say 8 hours but I find that to be overkill.
Once your timer goes off you’re ready to strain. Take the cheesecloth and a rubber band and fit the cheesecloth over the top of your container and secure it with the rubber band. Make sure the fit is solid and then take your spoon and start pouring the oil over the cheesecloth. The cheesecloth will stop the ground up cannabis from getting into your oil and making it gritty. If you wrapped the cannabis in cheesecloth to start using cooking string then you won’t have to strain this way. Once all the oil is out of the crock then take the cheesecloth with the cooked material and squeeze the rest of the oil out of it. This is where those disposable gloves come in very handy! This stuff is hard to get off your skin but if you do use Dawn dishwashing soap and almost hot water. Dawn cuts it down fast.
Now that you’ve squeezed out the remaining oil out of the cheesecloth with the infused cannabis you can toss that part away. The THC and CBD have been fully extracted and the leftover part of the cheesecloth is now useless. Your cannabis infused coconut oil is now ready for use! If you keep it in the fridge the oil will keep for up to 6 months so storage is no big deal! Just scoop out what you need when you need it.
How to Use Your Coconut Cannabis Oil
This is where you can allow your imagination to run wild! You can use this oil to substitute for butter, veggie oil or other similar ingredients. Personally, if I’m making brownies (an old time favorite) and the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil I cut that in half and use 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of my cannabis oil. This makes a fairly strong brownie and one normal sized serving should do the trick.
There are my different ways to use this oil such as making your own capsules and I will cover more of those in a future post. The one thing to remember is to start slow and see how you react to it. While absorption rates vary by each individual and their metabolism, it may take up to 2 hours for the edibles to “kick in”. If you find that the effects are too much for you then eat something else fatty while you’re stoned. It helps the stoned feeling ease off a bit. Or you may want to consume your edible after a meal which takes longer to absorb and mellows out the high feeling.
The idea here is to have fun and be creative! If you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share please leave it in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!
You are Now Making Your Own Pain Relief Medicine!
Congratulations! You are now on your way to making your own cannabis pain relief medicine! Take pride in that first batch and if you have enough share it with friends! As you feel the medicine begin to do its work it will put a smile on your face, not because it gets you high but because if you’re like me you feel the back pain slowly leave. When that happens I stretch a bit and smile big because my pain is gone or at least I can manage it well!
To Sum Things Up for You
The important things to remember here are
- Coconut oil is good for you and absorbs quickly, and since its 90% fat it does better than butter or other oils.
- Use low heat only when infusing.
- Stir the oil every 15 to 30 minutes for 3 hours.
- Strain the oil using Cheesecloth
- Don’t lick the spoon while stirring (lol)
That’s about it for today’s post. Please leave any tips or recipes you think we’d find interesting in the comments below! Please share this with others and help us get the word out! This medicine needs to come full circle and be available in every state! God bless, take care and live pain free!