Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil (Vegan, Paleo, No Sugar)

Since this is the first post on Cannabliss Wellness, let’s start with the basics. Cannabliss recipes will mostly be made using this oil (and tinctures later on). There are a ton of reasons why we use coconut oil as our standard canna oil (high saturated fat content, dietary restriction friendly, etc.) but if you’re allergic to coconut or if you prefer using butter, you can sub the oil for butter 1:1 in this tutorial and in subsequent recipes.

Making a quality cannabis infused coconut oil is one of the best ways to ingest marijuana (IMHO). There’s no smoke, no nasty solvents to worry about, no special tools or accessories needed to consume it AND if you can keep your temperatures controlled, you get the opportunity to ingest more of those amazing cannabinoids and other healing compounds that marijuana is getting pretty famous for these days.

Plus, this oil is extremely versatile and you can do so much with it. I made my first cannabis cookbook using only recipes that used this oil and I got up to over 50 in a couple of months. Since then, I’ve put together 3-4 other cookbooks that are based around this oil, so I’m confident that you’ll never get bored with the amount of stuff you can create with it.

You can also put it in capsules, add it to tea (like High Chai) or spread it on toast for fast and easy dosing.

If you’re using this oil in combination with Cannabliss Yoga or Meditation, start with 1tsp about 45minutes-1 hr before beginning your practice. This will allow you to be present as the effects come on, but won’t have you so medicated that you’re stuck to your yoga mat 😉

This tutorial is adapted from Wake & Bake: a cookbook. 

Hit the jump for the recipe and tutorial…

coconut oil cannabis

This cannabis infused coconut oil tutorial has been a long time in the making. I’ll have posts up soon about the importance of decarboxylation and using sunflower lecithin in your cannabis oil to increase absorption, but for now, you’ll just have to trust me that both of those things are essential to making the best cannabis coconut oil on the planet.

If you don’t have sunflower lecithin to add to your cannabis oil right now and want to get started anyway. No worries! Just decarb your marijuana, make your oil, order your sunflower lecithin online or pick some up at the store and add it to your oil later or put it in your marijuana recipes when you get it.

A couple of tips:

  1. Try to use organic shake or trim whenever possible.
  2. I made a pretty big batch when I was making Wake & Bake: a cookbook (now available in Hardcover Softcover and digital download). You can make smaller or larger batches using a 1:1 ratio, making sure to use enough coconut oil to cover your cannabis completely.
  3. If your oil ever begins to smoke, remove from heat immediately and let it cool a bit before beginning the process again with your crockpot on the lowest setting. It’ll probably still “work” but you’re burning off some of the incredible compounds that evaporate at higher temperatures. If you constantly find yourself overheating your oil in your crockpot or on the stove (guilty), check out the Magical Butter machine.
  4. If you don’t have a crockpot, you can make the oil in a double broiler. Just follow the same instructions and make sure that your heat source is on super low and never starts to smoke. You can also make this in the oven to keep your temperatures on point.
  5. I’ll admit that I’ve nearly abandoned my crockpot for a Magical Butter machine these days. I honestly could not say more about what an incredible tool this is if you make lots of oils, tinctures or topicals. I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, because I don’t believe that making cannabis oil is hard (by any means), but my taste testers agree that it makes better oil (maybe because of the temperature stability and shorter duration). But I really think it shines in making quick honey and vegetable glycerine tinctures (more about that later). I’ve put that machine through a LOT. I am not a stranger to the customer service department at MB and they’ve always been there to answer questions and help me out when an experiment goes very very wrong. If you make more than 10 batches a year or if you’re a slave to convenience, the MB machine is where it’s at. If you’re ready want to retire your crockpot, here’s a $25 off coupon from Magical Butter.
  6. You don’t have to finely grind your cannabis (in my experience, it makes it harder to strain, leaves a bunch of plant material in that makes for a “greener” taste, and doesn’t improve potency). However, if you’re using buds, break them up a bit before you add them to the coconut oil.
  7. On that note, don’t add water to your oil DURING extraction. You can, but it’s just a big mess and it is no bueno for oil flavor. I’ve experimented with this on several occasions and in my experience, it is unnecessary and downright icky. You can do a water wash to purify your oil once it’s made, but only add water after your oil is done cooking.
  8. Have fun! Don’t fret over your canna-oil when it’s in the pot. People on the internet make this much more complicated then it has to be (ahem). I was writing a book and had to overthink it, but you totally don’t. This is a simple process and it should be enjoyable, not stressful. Just follow the instructions below, adapt or substitute for what you have on hand and don’t be afraid to experiment.

 

Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

STEP 1: DECARBOXYLATION

decarbed marijuana

Decarboxylation will make your oil potent, activated and ready-to-use.

1. Preheat oven to 240°

2. Spread onto a pyrex baking dish (or a baking sheet if it’s what you have on hand):

1 Cup (approximately 7g) of trim or slightly broken up buds 

3. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake trim for 1 hr.

4. Cool and store in an airtight container until use. Use an old gift card to scrape any goodness that sticks to the pan or pyrex dish.

STEP 2: INFUSING THE COCONUT OIL

coconut oil cannabis crockpot

1. Combine:

1 Cup Coconut Oil

1 t- 1 T Sunflower Lecithin: If you reeeeallly don’t like the flavor of lecithin use 1 teaspoon. Otherwise, use 1 Tablespoon per cup

in a crockpot on warm or low. *Try to keep oil near 160° for best results* For even better results, try the Magical Butter Machine.

2. Add:

1 Cup Organic Cannabis (about 7g or 1/4 oz.) Decarboxylated

Stir every half hour or so.

After 2-3 hours of heating and steeping, turn off the crockpot and allow the oil to cool before moving onto the next step.

3Set up your strainer so it fits snugly in a container. Line with a large piece of cheesecloth.

coconut oil cannabis crockpot strainer

4Slowly pour plant matter and oil into the strainer.

straining cannabis coconut oil

5. Using a string or twist tie, gather the cheesecloth around the plant matter and secure.

coconut oil cannabis straining

6. Squeeeeeeze! And save the sachel to make some High Chai.

coconut oil cannabis straining

7. Pour oil into a pint jar and place in the fridge until cool. Seal with a lid. Store in refrigerator or in a cool, dark place.

cannabis infused coconut oil

Spread it on toast. Make Wake & Bake recipes with it. Rub it on your achy body parts.

*Always remember to test your dosage before putting it in recipes. Beginners… Start with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon and wait for at least an hour before taking more.

*Disclaimer: Keep out of reach of children, pets and unstable adults. Do not operate heavy machinery under the influence of any intoxicant, including marijuana. This is not intended to treat or cure anything. I’m not a doctor. This recipe is intended for medical marijuana patients and for those who live in states where cannabis has been legalized. Please support legalization efforts in your state and/or nation.