Recipe: Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Cannabis, Cooking, DIY, Science
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As I said in a previous post, I took some time off from posting around New Years to do some cooking and you all would be reaping the benefits. Time to show you the best method to make medicated cannabis oil/butter. Supposedly it works better to use a crock pot but I have never used that method, I’ve only done it on stove top.

An important thing to know before making your oil is a good ratio of bud/shake to oil/butter. I prefer using olive or coconut oil as they both have more saturated fat than butter and the THC binds to it much better as a result. THC is lipidic, that means it binds to lipids…fats; THC is also hydrophobic, it cannot bind to water. I used about  three ounces of shake for 2 pounds (32 ounces) of oil, and threw some kief in as well. Most recipes I have found online use a ratio of one ounce shake to one pound of oil/butter, for bud it’s more like 1/2 ounce to the pound. I wanted a very strong batch as I have a high tolerance, and it certainly turned out strong.

What will really help the potency of your medicated oil is if you pre-bake the bud in the oven before cooking it on the stove. This is a process known as decarboxylation, this is a chemical process where carbon is evaporated out of the plant matter. All living things are made of carbon and over time exposure to heat and oxygen will cause decarboxylation. Using the oven accelerates this process. This is crucial for making cannabis oil because when cannabis decarboxylates the non-psychoactive THCa and other trace cannabinoids are converted into THC, which greatly raises the potency of your batch. I put my kief into a pyrex dish to keep it separated and cook it better.


Step 1: Decarboxylate the cannabis. You can either use lower heat (240ish degrees) for about an hour, or a flash heat of 5-10 minutes at much higher (about 300). I am skeptical of the flash heating method as the higher heat runs the risk of burning off desirable cannabinoids and terpenoids. I cooked mine at 280 for about 30 minutes and it was a great success.


Step 2: While the cannabis is decarboxylating start heating up the coconut oil on the stove in the jars in water. Use a medium to low heat to not crack the jars, it helps to preheat the jars in hot water before turning the stove on. You want the oil/butter to be liquid before you throw it in with the cannabis to cook it all together.


Step 3: Begin to boil water on the stove, after a couple minutes add the liquid oil to the water. After about five minutes throw the cannabis in and cook it for the next 2-3 hours. You will want to begin on a medium/high heat to boil it and finish any final decarboxylation, but soon cut it down to a low heat, and you will keep it on low heat for the next 2-3 hours. Low heat is important to not burn off the oil or give it a burned flavor.


Step 4: Let the mixture cool off and put it through a metal strainer, letting the water and oil drip into a Tupperware container. After you use the strainer I would recommend squeezing out the additional oil with cheesecloth, or  at least press it through the metal strainer with a spoon. This is crucial as most of the oil will still be in the plant matter and needs to be squeezed out. Put it in the fridge overnight, NOT THE FREEZER!!


Step 5: After a night in the fridge the coconut oil will be a solid again, but the water will still be liquid, this is crucial so you can easily separate the oil from the water. Freezing it will also freeze the water making this impossible or at least *really* annoying and  time consuming…so if you like being annoyed and wasting time be my guest…or put in in the fridge and voila!


If you put it in the fridge cut out a small corner of the oil and pour out all the nasty waste water. Many people suggest using a double boiler method where the cannabis and oil are in one smaller pot layered inside of a larger one holding the water. Don’t fall for that crap. THC is lipidic and binds into the oils, unlike tannins which go into the water. If you separate the water from the oil those tannins have nowhere to go other than into your oil making it taste awful, by putting it all in one pot the tannins go into the waste water to be discarded.


Step 6: Chop up the oil into little pieces and put them back into the jars. I personally like to label my medicated things so people know what it is and don’t mistake it for just plain oil.



That’s what the final product looks like. I’ll be posting up a recipe in the next couple of weeks using this, and it’s not boring pot brownies. Stay tuned to learn how to make a medicated curry sauce.

  1. Miz Lulu says:

    Such a good idea!!

  2. but CBD is what we want and not THC… CBD has a broader spectrum of healing propreties.

  3. Jim says:

    Can you please let me know the amount of water you used in the process? And when you added how much?
    Thanks a lot,

    • I used enough water to cover the cannabis then added more as needed. The goal is to use as little water as possible without burning the butter/oil/cannabis mixture. I’d say probably about a 1/2 ratio of cannabis to water, maybe a bit less than two parts water for each part cannabis.

  4. Rastallama says:

    Whoa… This rules…

  5. Andrea says:

    A question really. What’s the shelf life for the cannabis infused coconut oil?

  6. jake says:

    Have you attempted to use the 1/2oz of bud version of this recipe instead of the shake? What was the potency for the batch?

    • Without doing actual testing for the cannabinoids which is expensive I cannot confirm the potency in any meaningful way, all I can say is it was a strong batch by my standards as a person with high tolerance.

      I have not attempted it with using only bud, it should factor out to be the same potency (less of a more potent product versus more of a less potent product).

  7. Nicholas sherlock says:

    Do you cook the weed/water/oil mixture for 2-3 hours total or 4-6?

    • I’ve done anywhere between 2-6 hours with different batches. The time, past two hours, doesn’t seem to do much though more cooking will potentially mean a better infusion. Be careful not to turn the heat up too much and cook off useful cannabinoids and terpenoids.

  8. Crystin says:

    I’ll come clean your kitchen for a spoonful of that!

  9. Crystin says:

    I’ll come clean your kitchen for a spoonful of that.

  10. rick simpson says:

    Three years ago, after a prostate biopsy, I was given the diagnosis of aggressive Stage III adenocarcinoma. I didn’t know what to do. The urologist made appointments for me to start radiation, and maybe chemo. Then a friend told me cannabis cures cancer. It just so happened that the first human trials of cannabis treatment of astrocytomas (inoperable brain cancer), were published with encouraging results. So I decided; rather than die from the medical treatment, I would do the cannabis cure. Now… where to get some. There was no dispensary in the area, but a friend made me cannabis butter, so I took that, up to tolerance. In three months the primary cancer was gone, only minor metastatic lesions were left. At that point I found a supplier for Rick Simpson oil and killed off the metastases in the next three months. Now I just take a maintenance dose of locally produced hash oil that is 1:1 THC:CBD with about a 30% potency. This will certainly keep me clear of cancer, anywhere, for ever. My point in telling this story is the fact that in the face of advanced aggressive cancer, all I had was very weak cannabutter, but it was enough to eliminate the primary tumor. Now there are strains of 95% THC. But is this necessary? If you have cancer and want to pursue the cannabis treatment, any at all will be good. More important than extreme potency, is balance between THC and CBD. If you can get high potency, great. If not, common potencies will work perfectly. Finally, if you choose cannabinoid treatment, start small, then increase dosage as rapidly as tolerable. To kill cancer you have to hit it hard, be conscientious about your treatment. Cannabis does no harm to the body, it is a metabolic support for the immune system. IF ANY ONE IS IN NEED OF IT, YOU CAN CONTACT OUR VIA EMAIL ON RICKSIMPSONCANNABISOIL1953@GMAIL.COM

    • While I appreciate everything Rick has done for the movement, I am wary to refer people to his oil. Everything I have read about it says he does not use all food-grade components, making his productive of a questionable safety for human consumption. The same oil can be made and is made without turpentine, but based off my readings this is a component of Rick Simpson’s famous oil. Know your medicine, know what goes into it, and ideally make sure it is laboratory tested.

  11. Pascal says:

    my grand Dad has been suffering from kidney cancer for the past 2 years though we tried chemotherapy and surgery it wasn’t helping issues till a family friends of ours told us about a friend of his that was cured from skin cancer through the help of cannabis oil. immediately we contacted the Doctor who had his cannabis oil supplied and just within a month my Grand father health was responding positively to the cannabis oil we bought from Dr Arinjale. as I am writing this testimony my Grand father is completely okay. for your cannabis oil you can contact him through his email address below:

  12. DanR says:

    how are the effects?

  13. maat says:

    How much water should be boiled before adding the oil? The shake that is put into the oven… if the shake is already air dried should i still put it into the oven?

    • I boil the water, oil, and bud all together. The goal is to use as little water as possible to cover the mixture of oil and bud to prevent it from burning. You should always put the trim/buds in the oven before making them into oil because that decarboxylates the THCa into THC and makes it more potent.

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