Infuse Anything With This Simple Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe

April 8, 2022 01:00 am ET

Cannabis coconut oil is an excellent alternative to the more traditional edible baker favorite: cannabutter. Not only is cannabis infused coconut oil non-dairy and vegan, but it is also an incredibly effective carrier oil for one of this author’s favorite compounds: THC.

  1. What Can You Do with Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil?
    1. Calculating the Right Doses
    2. Is Lecithin Necessary to Use?
    3. Choose the Right Oil
  2. Why Decarboxylation is Important
  3. Cannabis Infusion Ratio
  4. Best Straining Method 
  5. List of Supplies Needed to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
  6. How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
    1. Alternative Methods 
  7. Best Way to Store Your Cannabis Coconut Oil

Edibles are a fantastic way to medicate for many reasons. Firstly, the effects of edibles last longer than smoking or vaping. Typically the effects of smoking or vaping can wear off in as little as 20 minutes. Edibles are effective for hours. Another benefit is that oftentimes smaller doses are more effective, so your flower will last longer. And, if you like to be in your kitchen, it is incredibly fun customizing your edibles to your liking. 

Why is coconut oil a favorite option for home edible makers everywhere? Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. This means that those yummy little THC and CBD molecules have plenty of fatty acids to grab on to during the infusion process. THC loves fat. So much so that the effects of edible cannabis are most prominent when ingested in a fatty recipe or food (this is probably why cannabutter or cannaoil brownies are so popular). It’s important to keep this in mind when choosing recipes for your own medication making at home, so that you’ll enjoy the full health benefits. 

What Can You Do With Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil?

Cannabis infused coconut oil should be an essential in any edible maker’s pantry. It is incredibly shelf stable and, more importantly, versatile. You can use it in place of butter or other vegetable oils in nearly any recipe. You can add a spoonful of cannabis coconut oil to coffee or tea (author’s tip: skip the caffeine if you’re prone to anxiety). You can spread a little on your toast at breakfast, or cook some protein or vegetables in it. You can even just take coconut oil directly, by the spoonful without any other cooking, mixing, or recipe researching.

Furthermore, cannabis coconut oil can be used as a topical ointment, massage oil, or lubricant. Another check in the pro column is that coconut oil is incredibly shelf stable if stored correctly. 

Calculating the Right Doses

For those who are new to making edibles, you might be wondering how to calculate dosage. Without a testing device or a lab, you’ll end up with more of an estimate than an exact dosage. Remember, you’ll want to take it slow with your first few taste tests to make sure you’re not underestimating your dose too much. 

To calculate the dose of your edibles or infusions, you’ll first need to know the approximate THC percentage of the flower. Typically you can get this information from the dispensary. If the flower came from a homegrown plant, you may be able to find an estimated percentage on the web for the strain, or just go with an average of 15%. 

For the purposes of this equation, let’s assume the flower we’re using is 15% THC. We also need to know that one gram weighs 1000 milligrams.

If the cannabis flower is 15% THC, that means each gram has a maximum of 150 mg of THC. You most likely won’t be able to extract each and every one of those milligrams. On the high end, you can possibly expect 100 mg of THC. If you prefer stronger edibles, assume you’ll have only 30% absorption (or in this example about 50 mg per gram of flower), so you can be sure to get the dosing right. You can always cut your infusion with more coconut oil. Remember: it’s a lot easier to weaken the dose than strengthen it. 

The next thing you’ll need to know is what you want the final dose per edible to be. Is it 10mg? 50? If you’re a newbie, start at 10 and work your way up from there. You’ll also need to decide: how many edibles are you going to make? A dozen cookies? A square pan of brownies cut into 9 equal pieces?

Multiply the dose by the number of finished medicated treats, and you’ll know the total amount of THC you’ll need in your recipe. Let’s say we’re making 9 brownies, and we’d like them to be 10 mg each. We know our flower is 15% THC. We would only need 1 gram of cannabis flower for this recipe. Maybe two if we’re under assuming the rate of absorption. You can calculate the potency of your infused oil using Veriheal’s Edible Dosage Calculator.

Is Lecithin Necessary to Use?

Lecithin is an excellent additive for infusions. Anecdotal evidence indicates that lecithin can aid in the absorption of THC and other cannabinoids in the body. Is it necessary? No. 

However, when making certain kinds of edibles, like gummies, or other recipes that might be water heavy, it can help in integrating the oil or fats into water-based treats. If you’re making a recipe that calls for eggs in it, you’re covered in the lecithin department. 

An additional benefit to using lecithin in baked goods is that it can help prevent your cookies or cakes from being too dry. Sometimes infused butter and cannaoil can make your final product a little on the dry side. However, you can also combat this by making infused cannaoil that is twice as strong and then cutting it in the final recipe with an equal amount of regular butter or coconut oil. 

Choose the Right Oil

You may be wondering, “can I use vegetable oil to make canna oil?” The answer is technically yes with a caveat. There is a reason that most experienced home edible makers and bakers recommend coconut oil and/or butter and that has everything to do with saturated fat content. 

As mentioned above, THC and CBD are fat lovers. They are compounds that fall into the lipophile category. These compounds are fat soluble. So you want to go with the fattiest fats and oil for maximum absorption and effect in your edibles.  

For comparison, coconut oil is about 60% saturated fat, whereas olive oil is only about 20%. That means olive oil is about 60% less effective at absorbing THC.

Why Decarboxylation Is Important

One of the most essential steps for making cannaoil is decarboxylation, aka decarbing. Decarboxylation is the process of activating the THC or CBD in your flower, so it can be infused into the coconut oil. In its raw form, the cannabinoids in the flower are not able to be processed in the same way, or with the same effect, in your body.

When you smoke, you use a flame to activate the cannabinoids in cannabis. Unlike with smoking, to decarb flower for edibles, you’ll use a baking sheet, and your oven in an incredibly simple process. You do not want to skip this part and miss out on the full potential of your cannabis infusions. 

Cannabis Infusion Ratio

For the completely new edible maker, it may be tricky to figure out how much cannabis to use per cup of oil. A good rule of thumb is to use about a quarter to a half ounce of plant material per 1 cup of oil. You can always use less, and you can definitely use more. But this is a safe ratio to use. You don’t want to use so much flower that you’re unable to maximize the extraction, and you don’t want to use so little that you have to eat an entire pie to get your dosing correct.  

Best Straining Method

The best way to strain your crock pot cannabis coconut oil is using a mesh strainer, and cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter. You will want to use a very fine, tight woven cheesecloth, but not so fine that the oil is getting caught in the strainer. 

List of Supplies Needed to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil

To make cannabis coconut oil, you will need the following tools and supplies: 

  • 1 cup of coconut oil 
  • 7-14 grams of cannabis flower
  • Baking sheet
  • Tinfoil/Aluminum foil
  • Mesh strainer
  • Mason jar
  • Scale
  • Cheesecloth
  • Medium saucepan or crock pot/slow cooker

How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil

Step 1: Decarboxylate your cannabis

Weigh your cannabis flower and then roughly break it apart and spread it in an even layer on a baking sheet. Flower should be broken up into even-sized pieces, so that it decarbs evenly. You can use a grinder to grind the flower into smaller pieces. Bake the flower in an oven that has been preheated to 240 degrees fahrenheit for approximately 45 minutes. To preserve the terpenes, cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil, and allow the flower to come to room temperature while remaining covered. 

Step 2: Combine flower and coconut oil

Place your flower and coconut oil in a mason jar (choose a size that will fit in your crock pot with the lid on). Stir gently. Add the lid to the mason jar, and screw it on tight enough to prevent outside water from getting into the jar, but not so tight that it will fully seal during the infusion process. 

Step 3: Give the jar a hot bath

Place the mason jar in a crock pot filled with room temperature water. You’ll want to make sure there’s enough water to cover the jar (or jars if you’re making several batches or splitting one batch among several smaller jars). Optional: line the crockpot with a towel to protect the jars from bumping into each other. 

Step 4: Let it simmer

Set the crock pot on low and let it simmer for a minimum of 2 hours, up to 6 hours. Stir or shake the jars occasionally.

Step 5: Strain the flower out

Once the coconut oil is infused, and the jar(s) has had a chance to cool down enough to handle, you’ll need to remove the plant matter from the cannabis. Line a mesh strainer with some cheesecloth, and pour the oil through into a new, clean storage container or jar. Allow the oil to fully drain. You can gently squeeze the cheese cloth, or press the raffinate down to expel more oil, but this may introduce more chlorophyll into your cannabis coconut oil. Seal the new jar and store.

Alternative Methods

  • Stovetop and Mason Jar: 
    • Instead of using a crockpot, you can accomplish the same kind of infusion method using a saucepan filled with water. Start with cold or room temperature water, and let the water boil for two hours. Keep an eye on the pot though. You’ll want to replenish with more hot water as it boils off, especially if your mason jar is too large to cover with the pot lid. 
  • Saucepan Only Method: 
    • Rather than doing a water bath, you can place both your coconut oil and decarboxylated plant material in a saucepan and simmer together on low heat for up to two hours. You’ll need to keep a close eye on this method though, because you run the risk of the oil getting too hot and ruining the final product. You do not want to fry your flower. Not unlike consuming edibles, when infusing you want to go low and slow. 
  • Double Boiler Method:
    • The double boiler method is more or less the same as using a saucepan and a mason jar or the crockpot. Water goes in the bottom, flower and oil go in the top, and let it simmer for 2-6 hours. 
  • The longer your cannaoil and plant material simmer together in the heat, the more likely your final infusion will taste like the plant. This is a personal preference, but if you find the flavor to be unpleasant, try shorter infusion times. 


Best Way to Store Your Cannabis Coconut Oil

One of the strengths of cannabis infused coconut oil is that it is incredibly shelf stable and can last for quite some time. If stored properly, cannabis infused coconut oil has a shelf life from 2-3 months stored at room temperature, and up to three years if stored in your fridge, before degradation starts to change the potency and flavor.

To store the cannabis coconut oil, you’ll need a clean, dry, airtight container or jar. And you’ll most likely want to keep it in a cool dark place (like a pantry or kitchen cabinet), or in your refrigerator. An amber or dark colored jar can protect your infusion from degradation by protecting it from the light. 

Learning to infuse DIY coconut cannaoil may seem like a daunting task, but the truth is with a little time and patience you’ll be able to find the perfect dose, method, and recipes for your lifestyle. Cannabis-infused coconut oil is a staple ingredient in many home chefs’ kitchens for a reason, so put this article into practice and find out for yourself. And don’t forget to leave a comment down below and let everyone know how you have used your own cannabis coconut oil.  

Overall recipe rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 24 reviews

Post Your Comments

Michael Silberglied says:

August 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

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:

August 7, 2019 at 8:20 pm

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.

J. Michael says:

February 28, 2022 at 11:51 am

Matter doesn’t work like that!

Nathan says:

July 8, 2022 at 3:43 pm

Matter does work like that. This article is written with weight, in ounces. Ounces can be a measure of weight or of volume and in this case it is weight

Vicki Buckley says:

October 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm

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.

Jason Wilbanks says:

July 4, 2022 at 11:21 pm

I’m in Oakland tn would love to get together and swap recipes

Karen Bauer says:

December 21, 2019 at 4:13 pm

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

Lauren says:

January 13, 2020 at 9:26 am

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.

Bea says:

October 15, 2021 at 9:18 am


Bud says:

February 21, 2022 at 11:32 pm

I use 1oz of final trim to 3 cups coconut oil with very good final product. Busy way to use up that final trim.

Lucia says:

January 10, 2020 at 4:40 pm

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

Lauren says:

January 13, 2020 at 9:24 am

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.

Joseph says:

March 15, 2022 at 8:40 am

This also allows some of the cannabinoids to become water soluble which can cause the effects to kick in sooner

Jess says:

March 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

How do I make the canna coconut oil?

Jesse Steelman says:

July 4, 2021 at 1:11 pm

Lol you literally came to a page telling you how to make canna oil, and you still asked this question? If you read the article, that’s all it’s about is infusing oil.

BAM says:

November 30, 2021 at 12:30 am

Well put

Jessica says:

March 15, 2022 at 5:32 am

Hello, I’ve been eating edibles for a while but I’ve finally decided to try my hand at making them! My tolerance is on the higher side (100 mg) how much weed would you recommend I use to make 3 cups worth of infused oil? Thank you so much! ☺️

Bruno says:

April 23, 2022 at 2:26 pm

I have a very very very high tolerance to cannabis. (Smoking weed do nothing (useless) and dabs are ok but not so efficient… edible are evil)

I use 2 1/3 lbs of emulsify butter (use coco if you like) with 126gr of buds for my infusion.

Then try this recipe:

Don’t go outside after you eat a whole one. 🤣🥴😎

Traceelements1 says:

September 5, 2022 at 3:01 am

Always makes Me laugh how very simple people can be..
Their commonsense lacks lustre..lolz

Mike says:

December 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm

After making it this far through the article and STILL needing to ask that question, mayhaps you should put the joint/pipe/bong down for a good spell and detox. That or simply beg someone else to make it for you. Everybody will be safer in the long run 🙂

Tiffany says:

December 20, 2021 at 2:37 pm

I concur. Goddess please help us all haha

Betsy says:

March 26, 2022 at 7:48 am

Can you add concentrates, wax, rosin, sugar, batter… to oil and infuse it that way? Obviously the oil would also be more concentrated. Would the math be the same?

Anonymous says:

April 17, 2020 at 11:51 am

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:

April 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm

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

Matt says:

May 12, 2020 at 4:27 pm

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:

May 15, 2020 at 3:14 am

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

Lauren says:

May 15, 2020 at 9:33 am

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. 🤗

Amanda says:

November 2, 2021 at 3:41 am

I use a rice cooker with the lid on. It has small holes for very little heat to escape and works great. I found the double boiler to stink up the house alot more than the rice cooker and it stays at230 during cooking and 210 duting warming cycle and stays on ratjer than timing out in a crockpot.. let it go slow and low overnight with no worries.

Benjamin Allen says:

November 19, 2021 at 9:28 am

I did a double boil in my crockpot water dripped into the oil and bud smells burnt and off is it ruined? Or just taste awful now?

Laa says:

February 11, 2022 at 9:16 am

You shake the jar to stir it sweat heart… did anyone reeeeeally read this article?? It was so well written… yet some of the questions guys!!

Jamie says:

July 9, 2022 at 10:19 am

You shake the Jar and stir is no where to be found in this Article? ive looked over twice, Are you reading this well written article ?

Annie says:

August 6, 2022 at 4:14 am

“Step 4: Let it simmer

Set the crock pot on low and let it simmer for a minimum of 2 hours, up to 6 hours. Stir or shake the jars occasionally.”

debbie says:

September 27, 2022 at 12:54 pm

its on step 4 the simmer part says to shake it

Sean says:

October 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

Also the water added to the oil allows more of the chlorophyll to absorb into the water. when it cools, the water is left green to pour off, leaving a cleaner tasting product

DoctorHamfat says:

December 29, 2021 at 9:10 pm

I think you’ve hit it on the head. I find it unlikely that the bud already soaked by the oil would scorch at such low levels. The mason jars make it less fussy to strain and reclaim the product and oil but I don’t think you lose or gain anything either way. I just put the oil in the crock pot and then the bud and let it infuse somewhere around 190 to 200+ degrees for about three hours. Works for me for full spectrum canna oil with THC and CBD both. I think 20 degrees hotter would start to break down THC to CBD, which is fine if you want pain relief without getting high. I think both is better.

Darline says:

February 1, 2022 at 11:06 am

I’m just putting this out there, instead of using mason jars and straining I use a French coffee press. I put my ground, decarbed flower in with coconut oil. I then put that in a pot of water ( I keep the water level above the oil line in the press) and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. I stir it occasionally then I simply press the plunger and voila strained oil

Lo says:

February 1, 2022 at 5:22 pm

Pro tip! Thanks for the insight!

Nikki says:

June 11, 2022 at 7:27 pm

That’s a great idea. And definitely less messy too. I’ve seen some people attempt the strain and make such a mess! Not saying in the beginning – before I had every kitchen gadget possible – I didn’t make a little mess ..anywho… Thanks again for that tip

Granny Storm Crow says:

June 13, 2022 at 9:10 pm

I use an old-fashioned potato ricer to squeeze those last few spoonfuls out of the cannabis when I make my cannabis balm. My ricer is an antique one, but you can find new ones on Ebay or Amazon. Homemade topicals can be surprisingly effective for joint and muscle pain.

Yvonne says:

July 5, 2022 at 3:04 pm

Omgoodness thank you for this tip

Loretta says:

February 5, 2022 at 4:57 pm

You pick the jar up and give it a good shake.

Natters says:

April 19, 2022 at 7:48 am

I cover the top of my jar tightly in foil. And just give it a swirl/shake side to side(not up and down) from time to time

montana says:

May 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

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

David Marin says:

April 29, 2022 at 8:43 pm

That depends on the potency of the oil and how much you actually ingest with the sausage. It can definitely give you a buzz, especially if your oil is potent. When I spend time infusing oils and butters I limit how much I’ve used personally prior to setting to work. I use a silicone spatula to get all of the product from my cooking utensils and licking it off, licking the spoons, and your fingers can result in a surprising high an hour or so later! Cannacoconut and canna butter just taste so yummy, though…

CHERI says:

May 11, 2020 at 6:58 pm

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

Lauren says:

May 12, 2020 at 9:22 am

Yep! That is correct!

Tracie says:

June 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm

Does this mean we can simply use ground flower we have vaped with? Save it up and then make cannacoconut oil?

Lo says:

June 8, 2021 at 9:20 am

Yep! The potency won’t be as strong but it will still work. Check out our article for things you can do with already vaped flower.

Jon Watson says:

October 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

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:

October 23, 2020 at 11:44 am

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

Tracy says:

July 16, 2021 at 4:11 pm

If you used water, it will in fact settle to the bottom. When oil hardens drain the water

Jimmy says:

November 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

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.

Jesse Steelman says:

July 4, 2021 at 1:15 pm

I was thinking that as well. 45 minutes in the oven sounds like a bit much not to mention that it’ll be in boiling water for several hours.

V.higgs says:

January 1, 2021 at 12:55 pm

does an oil bath make the finished product taste less like weed? i usually use the water method and it has a strong weed flavor. how do i have less pot taste

Denise says:

March 8, 2021 at 7:41 am

When infusing coconut oil do you have to use lecithin or can you make it without it ? I’m a newbie!!! I’m looking for help with migraines I’m so sick of taking meds. I feel like they are killing me so I’m trying a different way to get better. Thank you for listening/reading this 🦋

tracy wallace says:

March 21, 2021 at 6:39 pm

This recipe is easy and very very delicious! Be careful if you are new to THC this is STRONG! Thank you veriheal💗

Leigh says:

December 17, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Thank you! First comment I saw that someone actually tried this recipe. Did you follow the 1/1 cup ratio?

tracy wallace says:

March 21, 2021 at 6:48 pm

Can you use OSE with honey? And how do I make it? If I have 1 gm of OSE how much honey do I use? It is 78.59thc and 80.49tac? How strong will it be? I’m new but trying! Thx

Jordan says:

April 15, 2021 at 3:51 pm

When using the mason jar + water bath method, is there a max temp the water should not exceed?

Kevin says:

July 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Water will never exceed its boiling temp of 212 F or 100 C. I decarb flower in a mason jar by boiling for 2 hours. The article is a bit vague about time/temp for infusion, but I’m guessing one could decarb and infuse simultaneously by filling the jar with coco oil/flower and boiling for 2 hours, maybe a bit longer. At boiling temp, THC content will begin to drop if you go much longer than that.

Vape says:

April 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

What’s the thought process behind decarbing the cannabis first if it would just decarb on its own during the 2-6 hours it’s simmering? Couldn’t the decarb step be eliminated in this case?

Steve says:

May 28, 2021 at 9:07 pm

Beautifully written and summarized, well done!
I’ve read a lot of articles about making edibles online lately and this one truly stands out.

Peter says:

June 6, 2021 at 8:41 am

You mentioned using 7-14 grams of flower to start. What if it’s already been decarbolized and it’s leftover AVF. How much do you use in that case with this recipe?

Sherry Roethig says:

June 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Thanks you, your instructions were very helpful!!⭐

Erick says:

June 25, 2021 at 4:03 pm

Been using coconut oil cannabutter for a couple of years now and the process is much simpler in my experience. I use a high-quality heavy frying pan with about a cup of organic coconut oil. I then add the dried ground flower to the oil and on low heat, using an optical thermometer, keep the oil between 230 f and 270 f. It starts to decarb when you see little bubbles coming up. When the little bubbles stop, it is decarbed and infused with the oil in the pan. I let it cool a bit then use a turkey syringe to remove the oil on the top. Potent, and far less time and mess than any other method I tried and much better flavor as the flower decarbs in the oil.

Jessica says:

July 19, 2021 at 1:48 pm

Trying your recipe today because smoking it is too hard on my lungs. Thank you for writing this article!

Marybeth says:

August 14, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Is it just as effective to put the decarbed weed in a tied up bundle during infusion?

Sherry Reilly says:

August 19, 2021 at 5:53 pm

I was led here to learn how to make cbd oil for my small dog (Westie aka caesar dog food dog). How much would you suggest adding to his food prior to an anticipated thunderstorm. I understand this really helps dogs and humans alike. I will be making it from homegrown cannabis plants. Thx in advance

AmandA says:

November 2, 2021 at 3:47 am

I would love to know dosing suggestions for my dog..hes abot 20 lbs. I too started this journey to find a solution for his separation anxiety Nd storm anxiety.

DannyT says:

November 12, 2021 at 7:53 pm

Please don’t get your pet high. It can be harmful to them. A friend of mine uses CBD oil for her dog’s arthritis and it helps tremendously.

Jules says:

July 20, 2022 at 10:04 pm

That’s literally what they both said they’re doing 🙄

JT says:

November 11, 2021 at 9:26 am

Hi folks! 🐶
Using CBD is much safer as our little fur babies cannot tell us their experience with THC. I’ve been using high quality oil from cbdistillery. Many dogs, special needs & injuries, have been helped over last 8 years. Though this article is for make your own do why not try this w Cbd flower? Happy baking!🌞☮️
Ps, thank you for a great article, learning to make oil seems less daunting w your help!

Brianna Tedlock says:

August 29, 2021 at 9:05 pm

I did everything right, but in stored mine in the fridge. Oops! Is it ruined now?

Lo says:

August 30, 2021 at 10:23 am

Nope! It’s ok to be stored in the fridge. In fact, the potency will last longer. Just take it out and let it get to room temperature when you want to use it.

Heather Ann says:

September 10, 2021 at 3:09 pm

Amazing. Thank you

Randy Applegate says:

September 18, 2021 at 7:37 am

Can’t wait for my flowers to be done ! Couple more weeks for me here 😜 Then I can start the process ! I’ve never tried this recipe so here I GO 😋 THANK YOU VERIHEAL FOR RECIPES !

Brian says:

September 22, 2021 at 2:52 pm

Would straning through a coffee filter work

Tiffany Cramer says:

November 9, 2021 at 8:33 am

I go to my local gas station and ask for a few commercial coffee filters! They work the best. They are larger and better quality. Won’t fall apart and strain perfectly!

Jim says:

September 29, 2021 at 11:15 pm

So i used 120 gram of shake but decent not sure the rate of thc with 1/2 cup coconut oil. Per 60 grams. Very new. Too strong? For gummies plz help or do i need to use more oil per jar

Jim Moyer says:

September 30, 2021 at 4:36 am

60 grams shake 4 ounces coconut oil how much oil should be for 60 g

Barry says:

November 23, 2021 at 3:16 am

You can use 1/2 cup oil to 1oz weed for potent oil. Then make adjustments up or down from there.

Gina says:

October 6, 2021 at 6:34 am

I wrap my decarbed cannabis in cheese cloth and slow cook in the crock pot for 6 hours. It’s much cleaner and the potency is excellent. Have you tried this method?

Denis says:

October 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

That’s interesting, never thought to suspend the cheese cloth in the Mason jar. I make coconut canna oil for my two autistic sons and it’s a mess when I try to cyphen out the flower. I add honey for flavor. This last batch I made lasted about 9 months on my counter, and went bad, I was just looking for answers on storage lol. Thank you for sharing 🙏🏼✊🏼🧩💚

Opi says:

November 14, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Denis, Try freezing your oil for long term storage. If you go on Amazon or just do a search on Google for “Butter Stick Molds”. For between $10.00 to $15.00 you can get a mold to pour your own cannaoil sticks.
The molds will make up to one pound of sticks (four standard 1/4 LB sticks). Fill the mold with your oil, cover with the lid and place in the freezer. After the oil sets up hard wrap in plastic wrap or in vacuum sealed bags if you have access to a Seal a Meal machine. The sticks are marked with 1 TBS measure lines. If money is tight you can also use ice cube trays for a mold.

Pamela says:

November 6, 2021 at 6:18 pm

Gina, what do you put it in in the crockpot (coconut oil, mct oil?) I was also wondering if I could just put the raw flower into MCT oil and slow cook it, if that would also perform the decarboxylation process while it’s infusing. I don’t mind the chlorophyll. I’m making CBD oil with a low THC flower.

Kim says:

October 14, 2021 at 12:03 pm

I want to use my sro How much do I need to use?

Terry says:

October 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Decarb @ 220° For X min
Don’t exceed 245° or destroy thc
Then add to recipe to bake at 350°
How does the 350° not destroy the thc?

Lo says:

October 20, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Hi Terry,
Great question. By itself in the oven, THC content can easily burn off if the temp is too high. When it’s incorporated in butter, the THC molecules are bound to the fat molecules and don’t burn off easily. There’s some natural degradation in the cooking process, but it would not be as severe to the point you’d lose a ton of THC content.

SEAN says:

October 27, 2021 at 6:40 pm

Also when cooking food in a 350 degree oven, the food does not get to 350. the internal temp of brownies tends to be @180. the surface may reach 350, but most of the food product does not reach the temp needed to kill off the THC.
When I cook cookies for instance, I take them out before they are done and “drop” the pan from 6-8″ from the counter. this spreads the cookie and helps them to stay soft. the internal temp of my cookies usually never gets above 160

AmandA says:

November 2, 2021 at 3:50 am

The coconut oil is an insulator and protects the thc burnoff. So if mixing into a brownie recipe at 350° the batter also helps insulate

Toivo says:

October 21, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Weight of flower is before or after carboxylation?

Rita says:

October 31, 2021 at 4:55 pm

I want to use cannabis oil in a brownie mix that calls for a stick of butter. Do I use the same amount (1/2 cup of butter) of cannabis oil instead? Thanks

Shelly says:

November 11, 2021 at 10:01 am

Do you think I could add a few drops of essential oil to this. Just to make it smell nice?

Raletta Waltermire says:

November 13, 2021 at 2:25 pm

Am trying to infuse some cannabis and coconut oil tincture. Not sure what settings to use. Please help!!

Karyn Sharpe says:

November 13, 2021 at 5:57 pm

I have made infused coconut oil many times as it is my favourite way to use cannabis. I am wanting to try my hand at making some cbd gummies. I found a magic butter recipe using coconut oil. Is it possible to substitute the coconut oil for mct oil? I made some cannabis infused mct as I was having a hard time finding vegetable glycerin which I use for my cbd each morning

Bob says:

November 16, 2021 at 11:25 am

How much lecithin do I include in my recipe for making gummies?

Tom M says:

November 26, 2021 at 8:56 pm

This may be a partial repeat. A previous attempt went out before I was finished. That said, I have a few questions.
1- do you prefer coconut oil that is solid or liquid at room temperature?
2- if only using the oil in edibles that will be baked, is “Step 1” – 45 min bake at 240 degrees necessary?
3- I intend to use some of the oil as a topical, will the above bake be sufficient for maximum infusion?
4- You say that a longer infusion results in oil that has a stronger cannabis taste. Will the THC content be respectively higher?

My intention is to go for maximum potency in the oil then sneak up slowly with dosage till I find what works.

Jay Sanford says:

December 3, 2021 at 1:25 pm

The infused cannabis coconut oil recipe is quite a simple process. A first grader could do it. In conjunction with I do have a couple of questions. Because the resulting product of THC and CBD would be mixed together, how can one separate the two? Also, if the decarboxylating step is bypassed, how can the products end results be remedied?

Reply says:

December 12, 2021 at 2:24 pm

I used a few(1.5-3%) MTC, will that take some away., when I drain? Or, well sealed, would it seal itself in tiny pockets? Im gonna have some loss. Because I did a second small batch into it, I squeezed the the second batch as intensity as possible. Still my lumps of 5-15% leaf, went where rats coulld not hide, owls get MUNCHIES a bit. All’s good here at mill stream. Butter is pretty strong, I’ve always been a large edibles guy. Helps me sleep, just takes awhile. Getting a presss next year.

Kricket says:

December 19, 2021 at 9:10 pm

This is so helpful! Thank you very much 😀

ashley nelson says:

December 29, 2021 at 1:09 am

You can blanch the cannabis to reduce the plant/cannabis taste! If you want clean tasting edibles do a soak in distilled water (leave in fidge) and steep until water is brownish- pour yucky water down drain, add more distilled water. Do this “wash” til the water isn’t yucky anymore! – I use a French press for ease- once you have washed your cannabis blanch for a few minutes, then put blanched plant matter in ice bath! Then lay it out to dry before decarb and then infusion! Viola no more edibles tasting like weed!

Julie says:

January 7, 2022 at 9:49 am

I just finished making 18 ounces of the oil. I followed the recipe above and think it was successful. This is my first experience making oil and I would like to know how strong this is and how I can use it without getting high?

Julie says:

January 7, 2022 at 9:52 am

What can I do with the spent buds from making my oil?

Steve Peterson says:

January 13, 2022 at 10:19 pm

Works for me every time. Oh yeah!

Kyle says:

January 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm

I’ve tried all these methods before, and my favorite (not mentioned in article) is to put the coconut oil + decarbed flower in a Pyrex oven dish (covered with tin foil), and cook for 2 hours @220 Fahrenheit. It stinks the house up a little but is the easiest and most effective overall in my opinion.

At 1 hour, take the dish out, let it cool, and press down on the flower with the back of the spoon to further break it up into the oil.

The last step is to put the dish in the freezer or fridge overnight WITHOUT straining. These steps will maximize absorption. Finally, gently reheat the next day and strain.

Karen says:

January 23, 2022 at 6:06 pm

How do you keep the jar from floating?

Victoria F says:

January 24, 2022 at 8:29 pm

So two very possible dumb questions-
1- when putting the coconut and greens in the crockpot, do you just use the hard stuff? Like don’t pre melt the coconut oil?
2- what do you do once you strain the flower& are done/ready to use the infused coconut oil, do I just toss that stuff? Is it a one & done sort of deal.

Lo says:

January 25, 2022 at 10:05 am

Not dumb questions at all! The oil can be in whatever form because it’s just going to melt when it’s in the crockpot. And when you’re done, it’s recommended to toss the residual plant matter.

Victoria says:

January 25, 2022 at 10:49 am

Lo- thank you! Seriously helped my brain work lol

Mark says:

July 30, 2022 at 1:19 am

2 questions that I also had are now answered. Excellent forum here

George Melit says:

January 27, 2022 at 12:37 pm

Simple process to get great results without smoking

Deborah Cook says:

January 27, 2022 at 11:13 pm

Can you leave the weed in the infused coconut oil? I don’t want to waste any. I have to buy it not allowed to grow it in Arkansas.

Deborah says:

January 27, 2022 at 11:48 pm

Why not just let it decarb in treats that back 350 F for 45 to 55 minutes? Can I leave the infused weed in the coconut oil? I made whole wheat banana nut bread and added ground weed. 2 slices and 2 hours later I was asleep for the night. I did the same with brownes.

Jake says:

February 1, 2022 at 3:27 am

Newbie here and wondering about adding a fruit flavoring oil to the infused coconut oil before pouring into the gummie mold. Is this a good way to hide the cannabis taste?

Tressa Strudwick says:

February 3, 2022 at 12:10 pm

My first attempt making gummy bears was almost a disaster. Oil in pot got knocked off stove kitchen on to me. Got scars reminding me every day to be sooo careful when cooking on stovetop with oil.Been cooking for 45 years. Never did anything as that. Now I’m going to infusion machine that does Everything. Waiting for my Amazon package today so I can begin. The medical shops charge tooo much!!

Loretta says:

February 5, 2022 at 5:01 pm

You pick the jar up and give it a good shake.

Beca miller says:

February 19, 2022 at 5:55 pm

Can I put mental in lidocaine to make cream and what steps do I use

Dwayne Smith says:

February 23, 2022 at 11:36 pm

Cooking edibles with coconut oil is what I was looking for. Plus the tips you shared are really helpful. Thank you for sharing this.

Haaheo says:

March 4, 2022 at 9:49 pm

Im a newbie at this and found this very helpful. I start with making coconut oil myself, collecting coconuts, husking, grinding and squeezing then cooking it down for oils. Thank you for the 411.

Janice says:

March 5, 2022 at 5:25 pm

Can any amount of crisco oil be added if I ran out of coconut oil?

Valerie says:

March 8, 2022 at 12:28 am

How do u feel about using an infuser?

Kaley says:

March 10, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Hi! My name is Kaley and I got my medical card about 2 months ago. I enjoy smoking flower socially, but prefer edibles for my day to day. I have kids and I don’t want them to be embarrassed of their mom smelling like a skunk when I go to PTA meetings or parent teacher conferences. I run a very Mary Jane friendly house and they know that weed isn’t a “drug” but a medicine that prevents their mom from having seizures due to my rare, incurable, brain disease. Weed has literally saved my life. Anyway, back on topic! I love the ease of buying edibles at the dispensary, but they’re SO EXPENSIVE!! I learned quickly that making my own was a much more economical way for me to dose, not smell like a skunk, and enjoy my high and not have seizures! However, it’s been a serious struggle learning how to infuse/decarb/create/ bake/mould/ my edibles. I followed the stovetop directions using coconut oil from this recipe and I followed it EXACTLY as it said. Today was the first time I’ve been able to infuse coconut oil correctly!! I used an infusion calculator and figured out my percentages and I am absolutely ecstatic about the results!! I peeled and cut some fresh beets and roasted them in my infused coconut oil and HOLY SHIT!!! I am perfectly high and the beets are phenomenal when roasted in my beautiful, green, weedy, flavorful coconut oil! Thank you for this recipe. I will 100% be using it again and again. I’m thrilled with the results. Keep up your amazing work!!
-Kaley, Orlando, FL

Jim says:

March 22, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Hi, I’m using this recipe for the third time now and everything works well. I’m curious, why the Cannabis needs to be heated in the oven first if it’s going to be exposed to heat later in the oil. Also curious why lecithin would be used if coconut oil bonds so readily to the t h c. My first two batches I did not use the lecithin I am currently working on a batch in which I will use lecithin just to see if there’s any Improvement. Thanks!

Jon says:

March 25, 2022 at 5:38 pm

Great source of concise information. Even greater source of entertainment in the comments section. How do some of these people type on a keyboard lol.

Valli says:

April 2, 2022 at 6:08 am

My stupid question is….Do you have to use this in cooking or can you take a few drops from a dropper?

Doctor Hamfat says:

April 29, 2022 at 9:02 pm

It’s ready to use after infusion. I store it in the refrigerator and put a half teaspoon in my coffee in the morning. You could eat it right off the spoon, of course. If you use coconut it will be solid at room temp and a dropper won’t be suitable.

Dan says:

April 3, 2022 at 4:34 pm

I used mct oil with bubble final color is dark gold.does that seem right.

Margaret says:

April 16, 2022 at 2:18 am

Do I have to dry my cannabis before making cannabis coconut oil or can I use it fresh?

John Iacovazzi says:

April 17, 2022 at 12:14 pm

I have a digital hot burner what is a good simmering temperature

Barbara says:

April 22, 2022 at 12:55 pm

I am making cannabis oil for a body injury. Mine is coming out a yellowish color. Sometimes it separates and your have the weed at the bottom of the jar and the yellowish oil on the top. I feel like I’m doing something wrong. Can you help please

Jungle Bungalow says:

May 1, 2022 at 2:49 pm

Very well written. Super informative. Thanks!

Emilio says:

May 6, 2022 at 9:35 am

Can you use liquid coconut oil instead of regular coconut oil that is hard. The liquidity of oil makes storing easier and if needed, just take the infused oil directly using a tea spoon without the hassle of making edibles or having to heat up the coconut oil which hardens.

Henry Leech says:

May 16, 2022 at 9:45 pm

Hey I’m just curious as to how much weed I should use at one time I’m trying to make it really strong and I’ve grown my own , so is two oz too much for one cup oil ? Thanx.

Paul says:

June 8, 2022 at 4:07 pm

Been making cannabis (green) butter for a few years; purchasing 28 grams of medical indica flower @25% THC/28grams, decarbing in the Ardent, finger grinding (finger lick’n clean up-chief’s discretion) and slow simmer cooking 2- cups of high butter fat 13% in small crock pot maintaining 190-200 degrees for 3 hrs. At which time adding 1/2 – 3/4 cup of water for the final 1 hr simmer, and cool down before straining through cheese cloth to refrigerate. After cooling overnight the chilled green-butter will pop out of the glass mixing bowl and the water drained, next step is to remelt (low controlled heat) the green butter to pour into the puzzle piece sheet-mold to freeze, & pop out and store back into the freezer & used as needed. 1/2 a piece allows me to consume 2 hrs before bedtime & sleep form 6-8 hrs waking to privy and falling back to sleep is paramount to this rest cycle therapy. My concentrate produces 2 months of night time relief.
My question is: out-side of replacing the butter-fat with coconut oil in general what else should I be looking to change in my process to allow for the substitution of butter-fat with a particular grade or refined coconut oil?

Paul says:

June 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Oh yeah- steer often and yes licking the cooled spoon is up to the chief’s discretion.
My % values are based on the spastic condition of my advanced neuro/muscle deterioration.

Jessica says:

June 11, 2022 at 1:17 pm

Can you freeze it?

jennifer ducker says:

June 12, 2022 at 8:21 am

Hi there ! Ive been making cannabutter for years now. Loved stumbling apon your page. I just infused coconut oil for the first time and am going to start playing around with chocolates!

Naturalist says:

June 12, 2022 at 10:45 pm

Informative article. That the easiest step by step recipie I’ve seen.
I’ll give it a try.

Cecil says:

June 27, 2022 at 3:34 pm

I am a 40 something year old father of 5 who was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis (my stomach quit digesting properly) its been a challenging thing transforming from being a red meat eating, football playing, beer drinking a typical red blooded American dad, into a more grounded, health conscious, mindful, human being, no tags or labels, just a peaceful, respectful, humble person. And this medication has helped make the impossible (me eating properly) into a reality. So for that I am forever greatful for sites like this that has helped me so much. Thank you Ma’am from the bottom of my heart.✌❤💯

Kristen Stephens says:

July 4, 2022 at 11:28 am

A very easy recipe. I use it every time I infuse coconut oil

Debra says:

July 9, 2022 at 2:10 pm

Thank you for sharing your recipe I will be trying it out in the next couple of days.

Bethany says:

July 14, 2022 at 4:13 am

So I noticed that it wasn’t mentioned this article,but I wanted to check and see if anybody else had ever used this other method that I ended up adopting after a which was I was making a bunch of lotions and Salves for some patience with I started out having to do that using a double boiler method but eventually I traded for a hot plate and then just started making batches of lotions and Mason jars on my hot which in turn also led to doing my interest infusion oil on the hot plates as well I assume it’s still the same concept as a water bath just minus the I figured as long as there was no direct flame going on to it and it was just being heated by the surface that it was sitting on that it’s essentially the same process. Is this true? Has anybody else out there ever used the this method as well??

Brian Williams says:

August 15, 2022 at 1:35 am

I have a super easy and quick infused coconut oil recipe that has been proven to be highly effective and potent. This recipe has been perfected over decades by long time cannabis infusers and is one I’ve been using for at least a decade now.

This recipe assumes 5g of bud, kief or hash.
Decarb at 240F for 40 minutes. If you want more potency, let it decarb for up to an hour. Let cool to room temp while covered.
In a saucepan or double boiler add a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of lecithin, add in your decarbed weed, hash or kief and heat to 220F for 20 minutes.
Let it cool down then freeze it.
Heat again at 220F for 20 minutes, let cool and you’re done. This can now be added to any recipe that calls for butter (or coconut oil).
In my case I put three drops in a capsule and I’m good for the day, the WHOLE day.

This might not be a good recipe for beginners to cannabis or those who are casual imbibers though. This stuff is PO-TENT! My wife only took one drop her first time and she was talking to God. She was a casual smoker at the time. For me though, I have three spinal fractures and permanent nerve damage in my right leg and foot and this infusion makes life very liveable for me. Three drops and I’m feeling little to no pain all day. Hell, I can’t even feel the ground I’m walking on. 🙂

I guess you can always cut the potency by doubling (or more) the amount of coconut oil and lecithin you use.
One last thing, if you hate the taste of coconut like I do, use refined coconut oil, it has little to no taste at all.

Paula Ferdinandi says:

August 21, 2022 at 5:53 pm

Do you have a recipe if I’m not starting with flower, but I’m using purchased concentrated cannibis oil?

John Walsh says:

August 23, 2022 at 4:05 pm

Can the finished product be put into capsules?

Lo says:

August 23, 2022 at 4:52 pm


Dustie says:

September 5, 2022 at 12:30 am

I have been thinking for years about wanting to make some edibles. I ran across this article and I’ve saved it!! After reading this, it’s the first time it clicked for me and now I understand it’s not such a daunting process after all (besides the smell in my apartment) The only part I don’t understand is how to use the oil once it’s made. What does it replace in, let’s say, a standard brownie from a box recipe what, if anything, do you replace and how much is used? I was just thinking that if if you were to say just replace the oil portion in the recipe that doesn’t seem like alot. Do you use the whole cup of oil in the recipe? I just don’t understand. Any help would be appreciated! Great information and instruction!

Ron says:

September 12, 2022 at 3:24 pm

Hi Lo Oliver, Thanks for this posting. I’m just getting started infusing cannibus. Question on the decarboxylation. I’ve read other post that tell me that when you infuse bud with coconut oil on low heat (dbl boiler, crock pot) that the process takes 2-6 hrs. and that decarbs the plant. Your instructions call for the oven treatment, is this necessary?

Ron says:

September 12, 2022 at 3:28 pm

One more question. When making cannibutter the recipes call for unsalted butter, why unsalted?

Veriheal Banner Ad 1_300 x 250

Latest News

September 28, 2022
CBD and Testosterone: How Does the Cannabinoid Affect Hormones?

Is there anything that cannabis cannot do? As more research is conducted, the list of health benefits grows. One recent discovery indicates…

September 28, 2022
Ask a Budtender: Is Cannabis Covered by Health Insurance?

Question: I live in a state with legal cannabis and started shopping at my local dispensary a few times a month. I’m grateful…

September 27, 2022
Can You Fail a Drug Test from Secondhand Smoke?

Can you fail a drug test from secondhand smoke? Many will say it is unlikely for you to fail a drug test…