This easy, step-by-step beginner's guide will teach you how to make cannabis-infused MCT oil at home. This oil infusion can be used as a sublingual tincture or a base for many cannabis-infused recipes.
- Just 2 simple ingredients needed: cannabis flower & MCT 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.)
- Dietary Features: vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Cannabis-infused MCT oil is a popular type of cannabis oil infusion made from 2 simple ingredients: cannabis flowers and MCT oil.
MCT oil is a type of fat extracted from coconuts. They are rapidly digested and absorbed by the body.
MCT oil remains liquid at room temperature, is completely clear, and has no flavor, making it one of the reasons it is so popular in my Well With Cannabis Community.
Many members love this infusion can be used two ways, either sublingually (held under the tongue) and/or in edibles.
In this guide, I will show you my super easy process for infusing MCT oil and talk about some important tips and tricks to help you on your cannabis journey.
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- MCT Oil - a clear, tasteless oil. You can learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of MCT oil below. If needed, you can purchase MCT oil here.
- Cannabis Flowers - You will need your desired amount of cannabis flowers, ranging from 3.5 grams up to 1 ounce. Choose THC, CBD, or CBG dominant flowers. You can purchase them from your local dispensary or purchase hemp flowers from my online shop here.
- Lecithin, optional: 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 - The goal is to create a water bath that stays at approximately 180-190° F for the cooking process. The printable instructions in the recipe card below are for using a crockpot to create the water bath.
- Step 2 - While the water bath is heating in the crockpot, measure and decarb the cannabis flower. Learn how to decarb in an oven or decarb in an Instant Pot.
- Step 3 - Evenly divide the decarbed cannabis flower and MCT oil between the mason jars you plan on using. If you plan on using sunflower lecithin, add it to the mason jars now.
- Step 4 - Carefully place the jars into the water bath. Then, place the lid on the crockpot and leave it alone to infuse for 4 hours. After 4 hours, remove the jars from the hot water and allow them 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 - Once cool enough to handle, strain the prepared oil with your method of choice. 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; I use a small amber tincture dropper bottle.
- Step 8 - Store the prepared oil in a cool, dry place. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator and even longer if stored in the freezer.
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Store your prepared MCT oil in a cool, dry place. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator and even longer if stored in the freezer.
Is This MCT Oil A 'Tincture'?
I’ve seen lots of people, including those inside my cannabis community, fuss over the terminology of a tincture.
Technically a tincture is an alcohol-based preparation, like this Green Drago alcohol tincture or a QWET alcohol tincture. That means this cannabis MCT oil will be considered an infusion.
However, you’ll often see people refer to MCT oil as tinctures simply because they are oftentimes held under the tongue for sublingual application.
This is the difference between holding an oil or tincture under your tongue vs. simply swallowing it. While the difference is small, the different effects can be quite noticeable from other application methods.
Sublingual Use for MCT Oil
Sublingual, meaning under the tongue, involves holding oil or tincture under your tongue to be absorbed by our mucous membranes into the body.
There is a dense concentration of capillaries under the tongue and around the mouth, so products held in the mouth are delivered directly to the bloodstream, making sublingual administration quick and easy (2).
Some people prefer this method due to the quick absorption rate and high bioavailability rate of around ~30%, producing a quicker, more effective absorption into the bloodstream.
For this application method, it is recommended to hold the oil or tincture under your tongue or inside your cheek for as long as possible for the best results and most efficient absorption.
Many people like this method because the typical onset time starts fairly quickly, between 15-30 minutes. The typical duration time lasts for an average of 2-4 hours.
The cannabinoids in the oil or tincture are then absorbed into the bloodstream and circulate throughout the whole body.
This method bypasses digestion and the first-pass metabolism in the liver, unlike cannabis edibles.
Edible Use of MCT Oil
Unlike sublingual absorption, edible consumption is a bit more complicated.
Edibles, also known as oral cannabis consumption, involve eating cannabis that is then processed through the gastrointestinal tract.
You can consume cannabis orally in many forms, including capsules, tinctures, oils, brownies, cookies, coffee, tea, and even spice mixes.
This is because the ingested cannabinoids pass through the digestive system.
Once the cannabis is eaten and digested, the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the liver, where it undergoes the hepatic first-pass metabolism.
During this process, enzymes hydroxylate THC (Δ9-THC) to form 11-hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH-THC), a potent psychoactive metabolite that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier (3).
This means that eating cannabis can provide stronger, more potent, or intoxicating effects in some individuals.
There are even anecdotal reports of people experiencing hallucinogenic effects when too much THC has been consumed.
This potent intoxicating metabolite, 11-OH-THC, causes potentially unwanted (or wanted) side effects for many unknowing cannabis consumers.
This is why with edibles, it is so important to be careful of accidental excess cannabis intake by overeating.
MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil
It is important to note some differences between MCT oil and coconut oil, primarily when baking or used in recipes.
While both are derived from coconuts, there is a noticeable taste and texture difference.
|Coconut Oil||MCT Oil|
|Derived from Coconut||Derived from Coconut|
|Solid at room temperature||Liquid at room temperature|
|Opaque when solid||Remains clear|
|Refined has no flavor, unrefined has a slight coconut flavor||Has no flavor|
|Easy to substitute in baked goods||Not as easy to substitute in baked goods|
|Not great for sublingual application||Great for sublingual applications|
|May cause digestive distress in large amounts||May cause digestive distress in large amounts|
|High smoke point, 350° F, great for cooking||Low smoke point, 284° F, not good for cooking|
MCT Oil and Digestive Distress
One important thing to note is that MCT oil in large amounts may cause digestive distress in some individuals.
Many members of my cannabis community have reported that consuming too much MCT oil, either in an edible or sublingually, causes digestive problems.
MCT oil can cause significant gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, and cramping, because it is metabolized differently by the body.
Additionally, it is not recommended for individuals who have liver problems.
That is why it is important to start low and go slow, just like all things cannabis, that way, you can see how your body reacts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions I receive in my Well With Cannabis Community about making infused MCT oil at home.
Yes, if you want a stronger, more potent infusion, you can make this MCT oil infusion with FECO. Follow the directions for making FECO here, including directions for mixing with MCT oil after cooking. You can also make infused MCT oil with other types of cannabis concentrates.
You may want to consider making a small test batch before making a larger batch. This recipe calls for 1 ounce of flower and 16 ounces of MCT oil, which will yield a large batch. If you want to make a smaller batch first to see if MCT oil infusions are right for you, use this cannabis flower to oil ratio guide.
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How to Make Cannabis-Infused MCT Oil
- 16 ounces MCT oil
- 1 ounce decarbed cannabis flower
- 1 teaspoon liquid sunflower lecithin
- 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 thermometer into the water. Start the crockpot heat on high. When a temperature of 185° F is reached, turn the crockpot to low.digital thermometer
- While the water bath is heating in the crockpot, measure and decarb the cannabis flower. Click here for a full cannabis decarboxylation tutorial, if needed.
- If you plan on using sunflower lecithin, add it to the mason jars now.
- Evenly divide the decarbed flower between the MCT oil filled jars. Stir well. 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 it 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.
- Save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes. Then return the prepared cannabis oil to whatever jar you would like to store it in. We use a small amber tincture jar.
- Store the prepared cannabis MCT oil in a cool, dry place. It will last longer if stored in the refrigerator and even longer if stored in the freezer.
- Yield: ~16 ounces / ~2 cups
- Temperature Control: The water bath does not need to stat 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:
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Coconut oil
Hi Emily, made your cookies and they were great!, I bought your 2oz MCT oil to make the store bought gummies. I am confused on how much flower to use when decarbing ?
Hello Linda! I am so glad you enjoyed the cookies. You can use my Flower to Oil Ratio Guide to help you decide how much flower you want to add to your infusion 🙂
How do I determine how much Feco to fuse with mct oil?
Hi there, Anna. You would want to take your personal needs and tolerance level into consideration and go from there. The more oil you add, the more diluted and less potent the infusion becomes. For example, if you had 1mL of FECO with 750mg THC and added it to 30mL of MCT oil (a standard bottle size) you would divide 750mg/31mL to get around 24mg of THC per 1mL dopperful. If you doubled the amount of oil to 60mL, it would decrease the dose to around 12mg of THC per 1mL dropper. I hope this helps.
Can I use a pot on a stove top or in the oven? I do not have access to a crockpot or instant pot.
It looks like in the picture that the entire mason jar is submerged in water inside the crockpot. I just want to make sure that thats how the mason jars are meant to be - fully submerged?
Yes, you can use the stove top, Nancy. Just get a pot large enough to hold your water and mason jars. Fill the pot with water to create a water bath and add your jar of goodies. Bring the temperature up to 160-190ish and keep it there for 4 hours for the infusion process. When you're done, turn off the heat, discard the water, and proceeded as normal 🙂
Hey George! They *can* be fully submerged, but they don't have to be. It will depend on how full your mason jar is. You will want to ensure the contents of the jar are covered by the water line.
Thank you so much for your content! Wanted your opinion to see if I should grind up the flower after it’s been decarbed? I appreciate your input!!
Hey Dawn! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I personally do NOT grind before or after decarbing. The process of grinding when making edibles just causes more trichomes to fall to the bottom of the grinder and releases more chlorophyll into the final product. I just leave it in popcorn sized pieces before infusing.
Hi Emily, as always thanks for all the wonderful information! Is there a difference between using FECO to infuse my MCT oil and just infusing the MCT oil using the InstaPot method? I realize potency will be affected by amount of both cannabis and MCT but is there a health benefit to making FECO first? Cheers, Michelle
Hello Michelle, you are most welcome! I think both options will provide you with the benefits of a full-spectrum final product and in most cases it just comes down to personal preference 🙂 But if a higher potency is what you are looking for, making FECO first is certainly the way to go.
Hi Emily! I like to eat a 50mg THC gummy in the morning but I’d like to replace it with this lol. Based on your results/recipe (mine will vary),so if I’m trying to get roughly the same amount of THC by dropper, how much would I use?
Hey James. If you want it that strong, I would actually make FECO first and then mix the FECO into the oil. There are 30 droppers in a standard 30mL bottle, so you're looking for (30x50) 1,500mg THC total to start with. You will want to know the % THC of the flower you're working with. If it was 15%, you would need 10 grams to turn into FECO. Then take that FECO and mix in 20-25mL MCT oil, depending on how much you need to reach a final volume of 30mL. I hope this helps!
Loved this recipe! Super easy to follow and it yielded a great product! About how long would you say the oil is good for in the fridge or freezer?
Thank you so much, Emily, I'm so glad it turned out well for you. I'd say at least a month in the fridge, and at least 3-months in the freezer - but probably longer for both 🙂
Thanks for all your great content Emily. I've used many of your recipes over the last few years and they always turn out great.
Question re: MCT tincture. Can I reduce it the same way I do alcohol? I like to make it potent and usually reduce the alcohol tincture by about 75%.
Thanks so much.
Thanks for you kind words, Eric, I’m so glad to hear you’ve had so much success 😁
Unfortunately, oil will not evaporate the same way alcohol will. I think the best way to make the MCT oil more potent would be to re-infuse the oil or make FECO and then stir that into the MCT oil you already have. I hope this helps!
Thank you Emily great info full of ideas. Do you guys sell Autoflower seeds.
Hey Greg, thanks so much! We don't sell them, but I have a whole guide here of where you can buy them 🙂
I have looked over the flower to oil ratio chart for dosage. I was wondering if you could provide some guidelines for infusing MCT oil with hash rosin? Thank you!
Hello Kelly! Hash rosin will be much stronger than traditional flowers, but without lab testing, it's impossible to know just how strong it is. You can follow the same process for infusing MCT oil here, still decarb the hash rosin and infuse; however, you can use as little MCT oil for infusion as you want. You would likely have a super strong end product if you infused it into just a 1/4 cup of oil. After trial and error, if you find that it is too strong, you can go ahead and add more oil to dilute it. I hope this helps!
Thanks for this guide its really helpful. Can you just clarify how much lecithin you would add to each Mason jar? Is it a ratio to the MCT oil?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Ben! 1 tablespoon per cup of oil will get the most out of your herbal infusion.
I used this and then made cookies with the oil. I used home grown organic outdoor. My tolerance is high, so I had a friend try the cookies. An hour later “I’m stoned yet functional”, an hour after that “I’ve never been so high in my life”
Hello Kc 😀 Thanks so much for sharing your experience here, I hope it was a pleasant and enjoyable experience for all 😀
can I make thca mct oil tincture
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Brian. You can follow this guide to make a THCA tincture, but you want to SKIP the decarboxylation process. Just ad the raw cannabis directly to the oil. I hope this helps!
Can i use leftover canabis to make canabutter ???
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Alec. Most definitely! Leftover cannabis isn't as potent as it originally was so you may want to use twice as much leftovers or half as much butter. I hope this helps!
Hello have you tried or do you have a recipe for infusing mct oil with kief?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Long run. You can definitely use kief to infuse MCT oil. Here is a guide that goes into further detail: How to Decarb Kief & Make Edibles￼
Larry R Kennett
Hi Emily, I have been following your site for a couple of momths now. I want to thank you for takingthe time to do all cannabis users a favor by explaining in easy terms how to use such a wonder drug. I make a tincture with MCT oil. I tried the everclear method and the burning under the tongue was too much for my palate. My question to you and the community is this. After decarbing; (I use the instant pot for my infusions), have you,. or anyone else tried adding mint leaves to the cannabis after decarboxelation and before infusion begins? Or should the mint leaves be added to before decaring?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Larry. Thank you for your appreciation! 🤗 We don't have any experience with this, but I feel it would be best to add the mint leaves to the decarboxylated cannabis at the start of the infusion. You want the flavor of the mint to be absorbed into the oil. You can always experiment with a small sample to ensure you like the final product. I hope this helps!
Hello ive used this recipe before and it worked pefectly 🙂 This time im infusing with Decarbed Trim(sugar leaves)and Decarbed Flower mixed together in a jar is that okay? Can I use Decarbed Trim? Also may I use An Aroma Rice Cooker to infuse my MCT oil and my Ghee Cannabutter? Thanks so much!
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Maritza. Yes, you can use decarbed trim and decarbed flower mixed together in a jar. In fact, this is a great way to use up all of your leftover trim and flower. Trim and flower will both infuse into the oil or butter, so you'll get a more potent product.vYou can also use an Aroma Rice Cooker to infuse your MCT oil and ghee. This is a great way to make edibles without having to use the oven or stovetop. 🤗