Infuse Anything with this Simple Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe

August 7, 2019 05:19 pm ET
Infuse Anything with this Simple Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe

When it comes to cooking with cannabis, recipes will often require using cannabutter. However, butter may not be an option for some, especially for those that follow a vegan lifestyle or have dietary restrictions. Luckily, cannabis doesn’t discriminate against what fats that its components will bind to whether it is animal or plant-based. THC and CBD molecules tether easily to fat molecules regardless of where they originated because they are lipophilic and fat-soluble. This means that they best dissolve in fats. When you infuse cannabis in this manner, you better optimize its benefits than if you were to use water or alcohol bases. For this recipe, we are going to explore a very simple yet versatile coconut oil infusion.

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 Cup dry cannabis flower (Quarter to a Half-Ounce depending on your tolerance and experience – use less cannabis to decrease potency)
  • 1 TBSP Soy Lecithin (note that any type of lecithin will work)
  • Slow-cooker 
  • Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer


  1. Grind your cannabis flower and de-carb it by putting it in the oven at 240° for 30 minutes. It’s important to decarb cannabis flower so that the THC or CBD molecules are activated to their full potential!
  2. While the cannabis flower is decarbing, melt the coconut oil in the microwave for approx 30-second intervals until completely liquid.
  3. Begin the infusion process by thoroughly mixing the lecithin with the oil.
  4. For a water bath method, pour the oil mixture and decarbed flower into a mason jar. Put the lid on the jar and set in your slow-cooker in enough water to completely cover the oil line. If you don’t prefer a water bath method, just add the oil and cannabis flower directly inside the slow-cooker WITHOUT any water.
  5. Let simmer on HIGH for 1 hour and then switch to LOW for 6+ hours. The longer you let it infuse, the more potent it will be. Take care to stir every so often so you don’t scorch the oil. 
  6. Once the steeping process is finished, strain it through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a glass mason jar or storage container. You can wait until it cools down, but it’s often easier to work with when it’s fluid. Do be beware that it will be searing hot! 
  7. Let cool, and store in the fridge for increased shelf life. 

Once done, you can incorporate your infused coconut oil in a variety of cooking recipes. It’s not just limited to edibles either! Coconut oil is often used in recipes for soaps, skin and dental health, and personal lubricants. 

If you are a beginner when it comes to THC infused edibles, be sure to start low and slow to avoid overdoing it. This can lead to a very amplified and long-lasting experience, which can be jarringly intense for some. When you do find your threshold, you’ll reap all of the benefits that cannabis has to offer.

Post Your Comments

Michael Silberglied says:

Seems very easy but I have one question for you. Would it be possible to let us know how much cannabis to use based on weight rather than one cup? My concern is buds are all different sizes and grinders all grind differently so weight would be the easiest way for me to determine how much is needed. Have a great day!

The Veriheal Squad says:

A quarter to a half-ounce. If you haven’t done it before, and don’t ingest all that much THC daily, start with a quarter.

Vicki Buckley says:

Do you have a formula for using hemp to extract cbd. I would like the extracted cbd to be about 500mg per oz. I would be using 5 cups of coconut oil and my hemp flower test at 14% cbd and .26 thc legal for Tn. If you can help I would be so greatful. Thank you.

Karen Bauer says:

can I use decarbed final trim and how much would I use

Lauren says:

Hi Karen, yes! You could use the same amount, if not more since trim typically holds less cannabinoids than what you would find in the buds. You may need to experiment with it.

Lucia says:

What is the soy Lecithin used for if it’s an emulsifier?

Lauren says:

Hello! Cannabinoids are fat-soluble. They’re technically a naturally existing lipid/fat compound. While they are already attracted to and bind naturally to fats (esp in coconut oil), the lecithin just further promotes the mixture of fats and cannabinoids so it’s more bioavailable.

Jess says:

How do I make the canna coconut oil?

Syd Fischy says:

Most sites I see recomend the water bath mason jar method, but they never say why. Are the flowers more prone to burning in Coconut oil, thus requiring that extra buffer between the heat source? or is this just personal preference because its easier to pour from the mason jar to the strainer? It seems like the mason jar method makes it hard to stir, and I read that stirring the mixture regulay aids in the infusion?

Lauren says:

It’s personal preference mostly. But the water bath method helps further prevent scorching and burning up the oil.

Matt says:

Thanks for the post! One question I had though, does the lid for the crockpot need to be on? Or can you do the water bath and mason jar method without a lid? Thanks!

Paul says:

I’d like to know the answer to this Q too

Lauren says:

If you do the water bath method, it’s probably not absolutely necessary to put the crockpot lid on. But I’d be concerned about the heat escaping. With the lid on, it at least keeps the heat of the water contained and constant which is important for decarbing. Always keep a lid on the mason jar though. 🤗

montana says:

can i cook a brat on the pan with infused oil in the pan? will it get me just as high?

CHERI says:

I’ve been told that if you dry vape flower, it is decarbed. Correct?

Lauren says:

Yep! That is correct!

Jon Watson says:

1st time decarbing here and I think I messed up. Hopefully not! I started my process however I added 9g bud and trim to 1/2c coconut oil and 1/2c water. This cooked on the stovetop for 3 hrs. I strained and drained it through cheesecloth several times then placed it in the refrigerator overnight in a sealed mason jar. This morning there is a dark brown liquid at the bottom (water ?) and a lime green looking solid at the top. (cannabis coconut oil ?)

Can I still proceed making gummys with my product?


Lauren Dragoo says:

Sometimes there is a bit of separation. But yes, the solidified green matter at the top is the infused oil you would use.

Jimmy says:

If you boil on high, that’s too hot, results in bitter flavor and creating compounds with negative effects. Also, you do not need to decarb first. 2-3 hrs around 200F with the mason jar method and you’re good to go.


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