I fell in love with cannabis infused coconut oil when a friend came round with about 100g of mulch weed, basically a big bag of medium grade bud dust and stalk. He’d been playing around with cannabis infused coconut oil but hadn’t quite hit the strength/dosage on the head yet. I suggested we make it using the same simple process as making Cannabis-infused butter. Throw all the mulch in a pot with water and coconut oil and simmer it for an hour. In my past experience using mulch in butter I’d found that roughly 1g of material is good for one person’s dose, using that information we agreed to put 130g of coconut oil in the pot, taking into consideration that some of the coconut oil would probably get lost in the process, as there was a lot of plant material there that would trap some of it, ultimately we hoped to end up with roughly 100g yield. (I have since refined my process so as my final yield is actually higher than the amount of coconut oil I put into the pot, accounting for the weight of the cannabinoids the coconut oil has absorbed)
The final product was wonderful, tried it out popping 1g into a hot chocolate and we were battered. This began my fascination with coconut oil and as I played with it more and researched it I found I much preferred it to cannabis-infused butter.
Coconut oils saturated fats are super effective at soaking up cannabinoids like a sponge, in fact, its saturated fats can hold 3-5 times more cannabinoids than butter, this means (especially when you have access to cannabis oil) you can supercharge it! I’ve made coconut oil where as little as 0.3g is needed for a solid dose, This is convenient if you want to make cannabis infused coconut oil gelatin caps, as an average cap holds 0.8-0.9g of liquid coconut oil, meaning you could make caps that contain up to 3 times your average dose each.
Other benefits of coconut oil:
- It’s really good for you, eating 1g of coconut oil a day can actually give you many health benefits.
- It is a solid at room temperature again making it perfect to infuse for cannabis coconut oil caps.
- You can pop it into any hot drink to instantly medicate it.
So there are a few methods to make cannabis infused coconut oil, this week I will be explaining the simplest method involving simmering in a saucepan.
For a basic average dose per person, use a ratio of:
1g Cannabis Mulch to 1g Coconut oil
0.5g Cannabis flower to 1g Coconut oil
0.4-0.7g Hash (Depending on quality) to 1g Coconut oil
0.05g (50mg) of Cannabis Oil to 1g of coconut oil.
SIMMERING IN THE POT:
You will need:
- Cannabis Mulch/Flower/Hash/Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Warm Water
- A Saucepan
- A Wet Muslin Cloth
- 3-4 Clothesline Pegs
- A plastic or metal jug
- A Kettle
If you are using plant material, place it into the saucepan with warm water, let it soak for 30 minutes before pouring this water away and refilling. This will help to draw out some of the chlorophyll from your cannabis whilst keeping the cannabinoids intact as they are not water soluble.
If you are using hash or Oil skip straight to step 2.
Heat your saucepan of material, water and coconut oil to boiling then reduce to a simmer and leave for one hour for plant material, 45 mins for hash, and 30 mins for oil, stirring occasionally.
Whilst your material simmers take your jug and peg your wet muslin cloth to it leaving a dip for the liquid to soak through, and boil the kettle. Once finished simmering for the allotted time, pour your saucepan of liquid and material through the muslin cloth to filter everything out. Once cool enough use the cloth to wrap up your leftover material and wring out as much of the liquid as possible. Then open up your cloth again and pour enough boiling water from the kettle to re-soak your material before repeating, do this a few times to rinse as much of the coconut oil out of the plant material as possible (obviously if you are using oil there is no need to do this step as there’s nothing to filter).
Let your leftover liquid settle at room temperature and you’re left with a layer of coconut oil floating on the surface of the water, then place your jug into the fridge to cool and the oil to solidify. Once your oil has set you can scoop it off the surface of the water. You are now left with fully decarboxylated and infused cannabis coconut oil that you can eat raw or cook with/make into a drink. I am a big fan of using coconut oil in hot chocolates as you’re usually feeling it before you’ve even finished your drink.
If you choose to heat your material for longer or at higher temperature this will break the THC content down to CBN giving your coconut oil more of a physical stone effect than a mental high, which is better for pain relief.
Next week I will discuss making coconut oil in a slow cooker.
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