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Easy Crockpot Cannabis Coconut Oil

Published: Jun 9, 2020 · Modified: Nov 19, 2021 by Emily Kyle · This post may contain affiliate links, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This easy, step-by-step beginner’s guide will teach you how to make cannabis coconut oil at home in a crockpot. It is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to make a cannabis-infused oil that is vegan, dairy-free, and versatile enough to be used as a base for recipes and self-care products.

Features

  • A fan favorite with over 950+ happy reviews!
  • Just 2 simple ingredients needed: cannabis flower & coconut oil.
  • No special equipment required! You just need a basic crockpot and some mason jars. (Check out this guide if you want to use an Instant Pot, instead.)

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Cannabis coconut oil can serve as a cannabutter alternative and is an important staple recipe for any cannabis consumer to master alongside cannabis olive oil.

Making infused cannabis coconut oil is a fairly straightforward process that uses both heat and fat to decarboxylate the cannabis flower and extract the cannabinoids from the plant.

This process extracts a full spectrum of cannabinoids and other plant compounds from the plant.

The final product is a cannabis-infused oil that can then be used to make more specific cannabis recipes like the ever-popular cannabis brownie, chocolate chip cookies, and more.

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Ingredient Notes

  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is great because it is solid at room temperature, but easily melts. You can choose between refined and unrefined coconut oil, further explained below.
  • Cannabis Flowers – You will need your desired amount of cannabis flowers, ranging from 3.5 grams up to 1 ounce. Choose THC flower, CBD flower, or CBG flower. You can purchase them from your local dispensary or purchase hemp flowers from my online shop here.
  • Lecithin, optional: lecithin is a natural emulsifier that will help keep opposing ingredients bound together, like water and oil. If you’re new to working with lecithin, you can learn more about adding lecithin to edibles here. If needed, you can purchase liquid lecithin or powdered lecithin. This ingredient is optional.

Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.

The Step-by-Step Process

  • Step 1 – Create a water bath that stays at approximately 180-190° F. The printable instructions below are for using a crockpot to create the water bath.
  • Step 2 – While the water bath is heating, measure and decarb the flower. Use my traditional oven or Instant pot decarboxylation tutorials, if needed.
  • Step 3 – Add the flower and oil to mason jars. If you plan on using sunflower lecithin, add it to the mason jars now. Add the lid.
  • Step 4 – Place the jars in the water bath. Place the lid on the crockpot. Leave it alone to infuse for 4 hours. After 4 hours, remove the jars from the water to cool.
  • Step 5 – Whether it be a paper filter and funnel, cheesecloth, French press, or a simple coffee filter, you will want to set up a straining station to separate the plant matter from the oil.
  • Step 6 – Strain the prepared oil. You can save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes.
  • Step 7 – Return the prepared oil to whatever jar you would like to store it in; a mason jar works well.
  • Step 8 – Store the prepared cannabis coconut oil in a cool, dry place.

Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Storage Instructions

Store your prepared oil in a cool, dry place. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator and even longer if stored in the freezer.

Why Coconut Oil Is Great For Infusions

I help educate my Cannabis Compass Online Course students about how they can learn to confidently use cannabis to improve their quality of life.

Many of my students follow a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, which is why I wanted a cannabis-infused butter alternative that was dairy-free.

Coconut oil is the perfect substitute for butter when in need of dairy-free or vegan cannabutter.

The coconut oil performs similarly to the butter in extracting the cannabinoids from the plant matter, and it remains solid at room temperature like butter.

Coconut oil is naturally dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, and allergen-friendly, and this is the product we use and recommend when making our own at home.

This cannabis-infused coconut oil is a great option for anyone following a specialty diet or just looking for an alternative to traditional cannabutter.

Choose A Type of Coconut Oil

There are many different types of coconut oil on the market today, the three most common being unrefined coconut oil, refined coconut oil, and MCT coconut oil.

It is ultimately your decision on which type of oil you want to infuse, but here are some important considerations when making your decision.

Virgin or Unrefined Coconut Oil

Virgin or unrefined coconut oil is about as close to the natural substance as you can get.

Unrefined coconut oil is made from the ‘meat’ of fresh coconuts and then cold-pressed, leaving just the oil which has a pure coconut flavor. Unrefined coconut oil has a more natural, more prominent, topical coconut taste and smell.

Like refined coconut oil, unrefined coconut oil is 63% MCTs and 50% lauric acid, meaning it infuses the same. If you choose to use unrefined coconut oil, this is the organic virgin unrefined coconut oil we recommend.

Refined Coconut Oil

Refined coconut oil is an oil made from dried coconuts that have been put through additional processing.

Some companies use harsh chemicals to bleach the coconut to remove the taste and flavor, while others use steam to refine the oil.

The biggest draw to refined coconut oil is that it has a very neutral taste and flavor, making it easier to work within certain recipes where the coconut taste is not wanted.

Many people prefer refined coconut oil because it has a less prominent coconut taste. Like unrefined coconut oil, refined coconut oil is 63% MCTs and 50% lauric acid, meaning it infuses the same.

If you choose refined coconut oil, you will always want to make sure you choose a sustainably farmed organic steam refined coconut oil like this one we recommend.

MCT Coconut Oil

MCT oil is a type of saturated fat extracted from coconuts that are rapidly digested and absorbed by the body. Many people prefer liquid MCT oil for infusions because it is tasteless and remains liquid at room temperature.

“Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique type of fatty acid naturally found in coconuts that support the metabolism and are easily digested and burned by the body for energy and fuel” (1).

The process for infusing MCT cannabis oil is the same as refined or unrefined coconut oil, although we do have a special guide for making MCT-infusion here.

One important thing to note is that MCT oil in large amounts may cause digestive distress in some individuals.

If you choose to use type oil, this is the MCT oil product we recommend.

Don’t Forget To Decarb

Before getting started, it is important to note that consuming dried or raw cannabis flower buds will provide little to no intoxicating effect at all.

If you do not decarboxylate, you will reap the health benefits of CBDA or THCA, which are non-intoxicating.

However, most people want to feel the full effects of activated CBD flower or THC flower when making edibles.

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For this recipe, we decarboxylated our cannabis flower in the oven before combining it with coconut oil and placing it into the crockpot. Therefore, we can have a shorter cooking time, about four hours.

You can also decarb in an Instant Pot, if you have one.

If You Forget to Decarb

While I recommend going through the full decarb process for maximum benefits, truthfully, you can skip the decarboxylation process altogether.

You will simply increase your cooking time which will help you achieve decarboxylation over time. If you don’t decarb first, I recommend infusing the coconut oil for longer than the typical 4 hours, going for at least 8 hours.

This longer cooking time helps to decarboxylate the flower for you. If you accidentally forget to decarb, you can relax, all is not lost.

Additional Factors to Consider

If you asked 100 different Chefs, you would likely get 100 different variations on how to make your own cannabis-infused oil at home. Many factors can affect your results when cooking with cannabis.

Here are a few additional considerations to keep in mind:

Temperature Controls

It is important to keep tight temperature controls when cooking with cannabis.

While heat is needed to decarboxylate the acids into the active form of cannabinoids our bodies can use, extreme temperatures can destroy many important plant materials that contribute to positive health outcomes, like terpenes.

Each terpene may have its own therapeutic health benefits, but it also carries its own sensitivity to heat.

If cannabis is heated above 300° Fahrenheit for a prolonged period of time, you run the risk of denaturing many important plant compounds.

For this reason, we recommend using an instant digital-read thermometer during your cooking process to ensure you never go above the safe temperature threshold.

You may also want to invest in a machine that can decarboxylate and infuse for you, like the Ardent infusion machine or LEVO infusion machine.

The Strain of Cannabis Used

The strain of cannabis flower you are using will impact decarboxylation time and temperature recommendations.

Each cannabis strain contains varying amounts and ratios of different cannabinoids and terpenes.

Because each cannabinoid and terpene decarboxylates at a different temperature, you will want to consider the best temperature and cooking time for your particular strain.

Additionally, the final potency and intoxicating effects will vary depending on whether it is a THC or CBD-dominant strain.

There are CBD dominant flower options and THC dominant cannabis flower options to choose from.

The Freshness of Product

You will have noticeable differences in the final product depending on the freshness of the material you start with.

Cannabis coconut oil can be made with raw cannabis leaf trimmings to make a CBDA or THCA dominant oil and it can also be made with traditionally dried and cured flower buds.

The concentration of cannabinoids will vary with the freshness of the starting material, the cannabinoid concentration of the material, which will ultimately impact your final product’s potency.

Equipment Variability

You can make cannabis coconut oil with various pieces of equipment like a crockpot or slow cooker or Instant Pot, but small variables in the cooking equipment may impact your final product.

Different crockpots will have different temperatures when setting to the same setting, which is why we recommend a digital thermometer be used throughout the cooking process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some other important considerations before making your own cannabis-infused coconut oil and answers to the most frequently asked questions from my Well With Cannabis Community.

In theory, using lecithin will make valuable cannabinoids like CBD and THC more bioavailable or ready for use by the body, ultimately making the edible stronger. You will definitely still have a great infused cannabis oil if you don’t use lecithin, it’s not a make or break ingredient for this recipe.

Yes, you can infuse coconut oil with full-extract cannabis oil, FECO (or RSO), instead of flowers. If you want to infuse with this type of oil, here is my guide on making FECO.

After the straining process to separate the plant matter from your infused oil, you will be leftover with a ball of spent cannabis flower, also called leftover pulp or sludge.

Yes, just use the cannabis flower to oil ratio chart below to choose the batch size that is right for you.

How to Determine The Dosing

Want to get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions? Try our popular edibles calculator!

Not sure what your perfect dose is? Learn more here.

Want To Make This Easier? Use A Machine!

If the process of decarbing and infusing feels like too much work, an all-in-one countertop device may be a perfect all-in-one solution!

My personal favorite? The Ardent FX! Review the six most popular infusion machines here.

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Easy Crockpot Cannabis Coconut Oil

This easy, step-by-step beginner’s guide will teach you how to make cannabis coconut oil at home in a crockpot. It is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to make a cannabis-infused oil that is vegan, dairy-free, and versatile enough to be used as a base for recipes and self-care products.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ▢ 1 ounce cannabis flower pre-decarb
  • ▢ 16 ounces coconut oil
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon liquid sunflower lecithin optional

Instructions

Lay a clean tea towel down on the bottom of your crockpot. This will create a buffer between your mason jars and the crockpot, potentially preventing any jar from moving or cracking during cooking.

Fill your crockpot with enough warm to hot water to cover the top of the mason jars you plan on using by an inch to create a water bath.

Place the digital instant-read thermometer into the water. Start the crockpot heat on high. When a temperature of 185° F is reached, turn the crockpot to low.

While the water bath is heating in the crockpot, measure and decarb the cannabis flower in the oven at 240°F for 40 minutes (for THC-flower). Click here for a full cannabis decarboxylation tutorial, if needed.

Evenly divide the coconut oil between the mason jars you plan on using. You can either use pint-sized or half-pint-sized jars, it’s you’re preference, just be sure they fit in your crockpot. No matter the size, be sure to leave a ½ inch headspace from the top.

Evenly divide the decarbed flower between the coconut oil-filled jars. Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean paper towel and place the lid on. Tighten the metal ring to finger-tip tightness, it does not have to be tightened all the way. Do not tighten too tightly.

Once the water bath reaches a temperature of 185° F, carefully place the jars into the water bath. Place the lid on the crockpot and leave alone to infuse for 4 hours.

After 4 hours, carefully remove the lid, followed by the jars from the hot water. Set them aside to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, you will want to strain the cannabis oil through a paper filter and funnel, cheesecloth, or French press to separate the plant-matter from the coconut oil.

Save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes. Then return the prepared cannabis coconut oil to whatever jar you would like to store it in. We use a mason jar.

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Store the prepared cannabis coconut oil in a cool, dry place. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator and even longer if stored in the freezer.

Notes

  • Yield: ~16 ounces / ~2 cups
  • Temperature Control: The water bath does not need to stay perfectly at 185° F the entire time. Any temperature between 170°-190°F is OK.
  • Safety First: I recommend you sanitize your jars by keeping them submerged in the 185° F crockpot for 10 at least minutes. This step is not necessary, but good practice for safety and hygiene.
  • Floating Jars: Sometimes the mason jar will float when placed in the water bath. This is no need for concern, simply put something heat and water safe over the top of the jar to weigh it down, a clean rock works well.
  • Alternative Carrier Oil Options Include:
    • Avocado oil
    • Hemp seed oil
    • Grapeseed oil
    • Coconut oil

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    Cannabis and coconut oil: Benefits and uses

    Coconut oil has a high concentration of fatty acids, or saturated fats, which are great for cannabinoids to bind to.

    Compared to olive oil, which usually contains a saturated fat content of less than 20%, or butter, with about 60% saturated fats, coconut oil usually contains over 80% saturated fats. This means coconut oil can retain more cannabinoids during infusion, making it more potent.

    Coconut oil also has a higher smoke point, so it can be heated at a higher temperature and there is less of a chance of burning it.

    Coconut oil uses and health benefits

    Healthy fatty acids are found in abundance in coconut oil, making it ideal for people looking for a healthier cannabis oil base than butter, canola, or olive oil.

    Coconut oil also remains solid at room temperature, making it easy to store and also a great medium for a topical.

    Its solid state also makes it easy to work with and dose into gelatin capsules to make cannabis pills.

    How to make cannabis-infused coconut oil

    Materials

    • Baking sheet
    • Parchment paper
    • Oven
    • Saucepan, stock pot, d ouble-boiler, or slow cooker
    • Mesh strainer or cheesecloth
    • Container for cannabis oil
    • Cannabis grinder (optional)

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup ground cannabis flower (7-10 grams)
    • 1 cup coconut oil

    When making cannabis coconut oil, we recommend a 1:1 ratio of cannabis to oil. If you want milder effects, use less cannabis.

    Infuse Anything With This Simple Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe

    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 .

    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.

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