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The Benefits of Making Cannabis Coconut Oil at Home

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

By: Chef Buz Deliere | The Chronic Magazine

Why I like making cannabis coconut oil


If you're looking for something packed with power, yet plant-based and totally vegan to make your edibles even more delicious - look no further than canna coconut oil. It binds effortlessly to cannabinoids found in cannabis and has a higher smoke point compared to other oils, making it the perfect choice if you want maximum potency without any animal fat.


Get the best of both worlds with infused coconut oil! This powerhouse cooking ingredient has a neutral flavor, can be heated above boiling for quick infusion, and adds an extra special touch to any baking recipe. Looking for something different? Try experimenting with other neutral oils like vegetable or grapeseed—you'll never look back!


When can cannabis coconut oil be used?

Infused coconut oil can be used in several recipes from baking to pain creams and balms

Canna coconut oil is an incredibly versatile cooking ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes. It's great for baking and can even be substituted for butter or other oils in some dishes. When substituting cannabis coconut oil with butter or other oils use a 1:1 ratio. If the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter substitute for 1/2 canna coconut oil. Another great use for cannabis coconut oil is for in topicals and balms because of its thicker consistency.


How to properly store infused coconut oil


It's important to store canna coconut oil properly in order to maintain its potency and shelf-life. The best way to do this is by keeping it sealed tightly in an airtight container, such as a glass jar with a lid or oil bottle. Make sure that the container is completely dry before storing your cannabis coconut oil and ensure that it’s kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.


For maximum freshness, keep the infused coconut oil stored at room temperature or below; if you choose to refrigerate it, make sure to use an opaque container so that no light can reach the oil. Lastly, always label any containers of infused products with the date.



What items are needed to make cannabis coconut oil?


Making canna coconut oil is easy and requires only a few items. You will need your choice of cannabis, an infused oil like coconut or vegetable, a cooking thermometer to measure temperature accurately, and a container for storage. Additionally, you will need to use cheesecloth and/or a strainer to remove any remaining flower. I like to use the Magic Butter Maker when making infused oils but if you don't have one that's not a problem.


Finally, make sure you label the container with the date so that it's easy to keep track of when it was made. With these simple tools at hand, you can easily create your own delicious infused coconut oil in no time!


Always decarb your flower and use quality products when making canna coconut oil


Something to remember and I always say is " you get out what you put in," this means if you use low-THC flower and cheap products your end product will be low THC and of poor quality. Try to use 20%THC flower or higher and strive to use the best ingredients when you infuse. Decarboxylation is a very important step that shouldn't be overlooked or the end result could be edibles with way less potency than expected.


infused coconut oil with shea butter, cocoa butter, and essential oils make great topicals

How to make cannabis coconut oil


Ingredients


4 Cups Coconut Oil

28 Grams Decarbede Cannabis


Slow cooker

Thermometer

Mason Jars, which will fit inside the slow cooker with the lid on


Instructions


This is a quick and easy way to infuse coconut oil if you do not have an MBM2, which is my favorite tool to use for infusing oils.


First, fill the slow cooker with water so that when you place a mason jar inside the water covers the top of the jar by about an inch. Evenly distribute the decarbed cannabis and oil between the jars and place the lids on them.


Bring the water temperature to about 190 degrees Fahrenheit and keep it there before placing the jars in the water and the lid on the slow cooker, you can also add a clean towel to the water to help prevent the jars from hitting one another.


Occasionally remove the jars and shake them up before returning them to the water bath. I like to shake them about every 30 minutes.


After about 4 hours remove the jars with a hot glove or pair of tongs and start to strain the oil through a cheesecloth into a clean jar, discarding the used cannabis, and store in the refrigerator for the longest shelf life.


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