Are you ready to make one of the most versatile staple recipes to stock your cannabis kitchen? This easy, step-by-step beginner’s guide will teach you how to make cannabis coconut oil at home in a crockpot, Instant pot, or stove. 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.

Cannabis Coconut Oil by Emily Kyle Nutrition

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

Hello and welcome, fellow cannabis connoisseur – I hope you are as excited as I am to make this incredible staple recipe today.

I surveyed members of my Well With Cannabis Community, and this recipe was #2 in the most popular infusion category, next only to cannabutter.

It’s no wonder everyone loves cannabis coconut oil; it is versatile and perfect to use in both edible and topical recipes.

It’s plant-based and works with nearly every diet.

The fat in the oil is perfect for pulling the cannabinoids from the plant matter and creating a potent infusion.

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

Here, you will find my ingredient recommendations, step-by-step instructions, expert tips and advice, and the free printable recipe card at the end of the post. Happy Infusing!

What You’ll Need

A white marble counter top with a jar of cannabis flowers, a container of coconut oil, and a spoonful of lecithin

Note: Determine how much to use for each ingredient below with this flower-to-oil ratio guide.

  • Coconut Oil – Further explained below, you can choose between refined and unrefined coconut oil.
  • Cannabis flower – Your desired amount of cannabis flower, ranging from 3.5 grams up to 1 ounce. Choose THC flower, CBD flower, or CBG flower. You can purchase flowers from my online shop.
  • Lecithin – This optional ingredient is a natural emulsifier that may help improve bioavailability. Learn more about adding lecithin to edibles here. You can purchase liquid or powdered lecithin online.

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

The Step-by-Step Process

A collage image of four photos showing the first four steps of setting up the process including a thermometer at 185 degrees, measuring the flower with a scale, adding it to the coconut oil, and putting it in the water bath.
  • Step 1 – You want to create a water bath that stays at approximately 180-190° F. The instructions below are for using a crockpot. Alternatively, here are instructions for using an Instant Pot or the stovetop.
  • Step 2 – While heating the water bath, measure and decarb your cannabis flower. Use my oven or Instant Pot decarboxylation tutorials if needed. Remember, you do not want to grind the flower.
  • Step 3 – Add the decarbed cannabis and coconut oil to a mason jar. If you plan on using lecithin, add it to the jars now. Secure the lid on the jar.
  • Step 4 – Carefully 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.
A 4 step collage showing a jar of oil for straining, the strained oil with a funnel in it, a final product shot of liquid coconut oil and hardened coconut oil
  • 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.

Keep the jar out of direct sunlight, and keep it in a cool, dark cupboard or even the refrigerator.

If you store coconut oil in the refrigerator, know that it will solidify into a solid mass. This is normal.

However, in order to get it back to a workable state, you will need to let it sit out to soften. Never use the microwave to warm cannabis infusions.

Learn more about how to store cannabis edibles, specifically CBD oil.

Cannabis Coconut Oil by Emily Kyle Nutrition

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 I 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 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 I 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 I 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.

The process for infusing MCT oil is the same as refined or unrefined coconut oil, although I do have a specific guide for making an MCT oil 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 I 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 or THC flower when making edibles.

For this recipe, I decarboxylated the cannabis flower in the oven before combining it with coconut oil and placing it into the crockpot. Therefore, we 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, if you accidentally skip the decarboxylation process, we can fix it.

You will simply increase your infusion 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 8-12 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.

Cannabis Coconut Oil by Emily Kyle Nutrition

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.

In addition to different techniques, many other 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, I 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 or LEVO infusion machines.

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 I recommend a digital thermometer be used throughout the cooking process. 

Cannabis Coconut Oil Solid

Notes & Expert Tips

  • 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.
  • Don’t love coconut oil? You can use this process with any oil. Alternative carrier oil options include: avocado oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil or MCT oil
  • Cannabis coconut oil can serve as a vegan cannabutter alternative and is an important 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.
Two mason jars of cannabis coconut oil, one liquid, one solid.

Easy Crockpot Cannabis Coconut Oil

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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.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 16 ounces

Ingredients  

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 1/2 inch headspace from the top.
  • If you plan on using sunflower lecithin, add it to the mason jars now.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Notes

Alternative Methods: These printable instructions are for using a crockpot to create the water bath. Find instructions for using an Instant Pot or the stovetop here.
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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 120kcal, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g

Additional Info

Course: Infusion
Cuisine: Cannabis Infused
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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I add lecithin?

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.

Can I infuse coconut oil with FECO or RSO?

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.

What can I do with the leftover pulp?

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.

Can I make a smaller batch?

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

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  1. Hi Emily. I am using harlequin, which is a sativa strain. It has a 1 to 1 ratio. It is now the 1st week of October. My trichomes are mostly cloudy. What percentage of cloudy to amber trichomes should I be looking for for higher CBd? Also when decarbing in oven, what temperature and time should I be referring to for higher CBd. Also if you cut down the time frame, will you get a higher thc content? Thanks

  2. Hi Danny. The trichome color dictates the overall cannabis experience you will have. Some prefer the uplifting effects of mostly clear trichomes while others prefer the more sedating effects from mostly amber trichomes. It all depends on what effects you are trying to achieve. When all trichomes are cloudy, they have reached their maximum THC levels, which means you’ll get the most psychoactive effects. As trichomes mature even further, they transition from cloudy to an amber color. This stage is associated with a higher presence of CBN. Harvesting at this stage can result in a more relaxing or “body” high.

    To activate the CBD, you want to decarb for 90 minutes at 240º, which will also activate the THC. Happy Harvesting!

  3. I tried this recipe for the first time and my husband and I love it! I then also tried to make gummies using your recipe and they turned out just as good. I did add flavoring to the gummy mix & next time I plan on adding more flaoring. I was thinking I might have done something wrong because the gummies seemed to be sweating alot. I left them out a day or 2 longer for drying & they seemed to be fine. I am definitely going to be making more of these & I plan to try more of your recipes!! 🙌🫶

  4. Hi Stephanie. Thank you so much for your comment. We’re thrilled to hear that you loved the recipe and that your gummies turned out great too. Have fun exploring our other recipes. Enjoy your cooking adventures!

  5. 5 stars
    Hello Emily! I love your website! It has so much great and easy to follow information! I am a new grower and have a lot of trim (sugar leaf and some small buds that were sifted from my trimming bowl) as well as kief that I sifted from the trim also. I want to make gummies with the trim and maybe add a little kief to add to potiency. I’m trying to figure out the strength since some of the trim is small buds. Do you have any suggestions on this as well as how much kief I should add? Thank you so much for this great website!! Wendy Jane

  6. Hi Wendy Jane! I’m thrilled to hear that you’re finding the website helpful and are diving into the world of growing your own! 🌿 When it comes to making gummies with trim and kief, potency can vary A LOT. As a starting point, I’d suggest using a little less kief than you think you might need, then adjust based on the results. Remember, it’s easier to add more potency, but you can’t take it away once it’s in there! Good luck!

  7. Hi Deb. The color is dependent on a few things, but has a lot to do with the cannabis flower itself that is used. Some Well With Cannabis community members like to wash their cannabis before infusing to help with the final color and taste of their infusion.

    Soak your cannabis bud for 2-3 days with distilled water in a french press. The water will turn brown, dark gold, green, clear or cloudy and should be changed every 12 hours. After 2-3 days the water should run clear. You’ll need boiling water and a bowl of ice water for the next step.

    Once clear, transfer the cannabis to a tea strainer and boil for 5 minutes before removing and placing in ice water for one minute. The next step would be to dry the bud before moving forward with the edibles process. I prefer to air dry personally, but many members have used salad spinners to spin out the excess water. Once dry, you can decarb and use in your edibles for a light-tasting final product.

    I just want to note that when you wash away the chlorophyll and impurities, you are also washing away the terpenes and flavonoids. For some that is no big deal, but for others, it can be a deal breaker.

    I hope this information helps!