While the most common way to ingest cannabis is to smoke it, edibles are fast becoming a popular method. Even better, you can infuse different foods with cannabis by making ingredients like cannabis oil. If you want to take your experience to the next level, learn how to make cannabis coconut oil. We’ll show you how.
Why Coconut Oil?
When looking for cannabis recipes, you might find other options like butter and olive oil. While these ingredients work well for cannabis infusions, coconut oil is actually best. Since this oil has lots of fatty acids and saturated fat, cannabinoids can easily bind with them.
Simply put, you can create a much more potent ingredient when using coconut oil. That said, saturated fats are less healthy, so you can’t go overboard with your oil infusion.
What You’ll Need to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
- 1 cup of regular coconut oil
- Up to 14 grams of your preferred cannabis strain
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Mesh strainer
- Mason jar
- Medium saucepan (or you can use a slow cooker instead)
How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
Step One: Decarb Your Cannabis
Whenever you’re making a marijuana infusion, you have to prepare your cannabis plant first. The process is called decarboxylation, and it’s essentially baking the weed to activate the various cannabinoids. Not doing this step means that your cannabis won’t be as potent when mixed.
To do this, preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, break up your flower using a grinder, or pull it apart with your hands. You want the pieces to be small enough to mix with the coconut oil. Spread the plant on a covered baking sheet so that it won’t overcook.
Bake your cannabis for 45 minutes, then let it cool to room temperature.
Step Two: Mix Your Ingredients
You can make multiple batches of coconut oil at the same time. Or, you can put everything into one jar. Stir the oil and cannabis so that they mix thoroughly. Then, seal the jar so that water can’t get in.
Step Three: Simmer Your Oil
Put water into a saucepan or slow cooker – just enough to cover the jar. Then, simmer for about two hours. You’ll need to stir the oil occasionally throughout. For a deeper infusion, you can simmer for up to six hours. Be sure to add more water as it evaporates, too; otherwise, the oil can dry out.
Step Four: Strain Your Oil
The simmering process should let the cannabinoids absorb into the oil. So, you don’t need the plant pieces anymore. Plus, they can be off-putting if you eat them. Use cheesecloth and a mesh strainer to ensure that no cannabis strains through. Resist squishing the cloth to get excess oil out, as doing so can add more chlorophyll and affect the flavor.
Now you’re done!
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