cannabis infused coconut oil

How to Infuse Coconut Oil with Cannabis

Cannabis infused coconut oil is one of the best and most potent methods of making cannabis infused oils. If you are familiar with making cannabutter, this is a little different because you are infusing the coconut oil with cannabis and you won’t have the water “buffer” to keep you from scorching, so careful attention must be paid to maintain a constant temperature.


1 cup organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sunflower lecithin
1 cup dried cannabis (approximately 1/4 ounce or 7 grams)
Latex/vinyl gloves
Air-tight storage container
Cheesecloth or strainer bag
Large rubber band


Before beginning, you want to make sure that you have already decarboxylated your cannabis. To do this, you will need to preheat your oven to 240° and spread about a quarter ounce of slightly ground cannabis onto a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes. This process “activates” the THC by removing the acid, or carboxyl group, thus converting THCA to THC. You may skip this step if you wish to avoid most of the psychotropic effects from your finished product.

In a crockpot, mix the coconut oil and sunflower lecithin and turn on low. Allow the two ingredients to melt together and stir.

Add your cannabis and give it a stir before covering. Allow the ingredients to steep on low for 2-3 hours, checking the temperature occasionally ensure the mixtures simmers at about 160°F. When you feel your oil is done, turn off your crockpot and let the oil cool down before handling. The oil is very hot and handling it may burn you.

Put on your gloves, as this mixture may be incredibly potent. Don’t underestimate this step as it may land you on the couch for the night!

If you don’t have a super-cool straining bag then place 2-3 layers of cheese cloth over your container, wrapping it snug with a rubber band. Once your cheesecloth is in place, carefully pour your mixture of cannabis, coconut oil, and sunflower lecithin over the cheesecloth, straining the plant ingredients from the oil. You can use a silicone spatula to get all the oil and plant you can from the crockpot. Before this next step you need to make sure that you are wearing gloves and that they are free from any tears. Cut the rubber band and using your gloved hands, squeeze the cheesecloth to extract as much oil from the plant leftovers as possible. You’re not going to want to do this without gloves because you do not know how you will react to your oil yet. Discard plant leftovers.

Pour the oil from the container (if you’d like) and place into a mason jar. Keep the jar covered with it’s lid and store in your refrigerator.


  1. Atom

    What will its final form be once its finished and maintained in the fridge? Will this be vapeable? Thank you.

  2. TreeHugger

    Coconut oil hardens as it cools but once it reaches room temp it will become liquid again. Adding the cannabis shouldn’t change its properties too much. The sunflower lecithin will make it creamy and easier to scoop out with a spoon once it’s cool and keeps it a vegan friendly version of butter.

  3. Dechen

    Thank for the recipe, it sounds fantastic, can’t wait to try it. I bought one ounce of Cannabis and it just nearly fills one cup, but your recipe instructs to use:
    1 cup dried cannabis (approximately 1/4 ounce or 7 grams).
    1/4 ounce=7 grams=1/4 of a cup
    It is not a full cup, am I doing something wrong?
    Many thanks for sharing! 🙏🏻✨

  4. Linda Sue

    I was given a50mgcapsule of weed and I felt 0 effect if I double that shouldn’t I feel that?

    1. 50mg of THC is a pretty large dose. My guess is they didn’t decarboxylate before infusing into a carrier oil. Without decarboxylation the THCA is not converted to THC and there will be no psychotropic effects.

      1. fred

        not true… have been making canna oil using crockpot a long time… heat is all you need… never boil… do NOT have to decarboxylate in oven

  5. Tamas Gyori

    I was wondering, you say decarboxylate first, are you talking about fresh raw weed, because if its dry has it not been decarboxylated with the drying process, and when you are simmering it in the crockpot is it not decarboxylating in that process.

    1. Denna A Duggar

      There’s a debate on whether or not simmering it in the crockpot for an extended period of time decarbs the weed..
      I go along with the theory that the temperature doesn’t get high enough to carb it properly so I take the time to do it before..

      1. fred

        “There’s a debate on whether or not simmering it in the crockpot for an extended period of time decarbs the weed..’ yes, it does… see comment above

  6. Lisa Isaacson

    What do you do with the product when it’s done? Can you bake with it? I’ve never used coconut oil.

  7. Kim Kanter

    Only 2-3 hours in the crock pot seems like a very short period of time for the cannabis to infuse the oil thoroughly?

  8. monica

    Do you need to cook it on the stove for that long (Hours?) if it’s already decarboxylated from the oven?

  9. Shelley

    I too would like to know if the cannabis can be used raw ( fresh cut) or if it is better to cure it before making an infusion?
    Seems to me curing would give it a better flavor. Thanks!

  10. Wildotter

    Decarb at 250 degrees for min. After 27 min it degrades. I saw a scientific graph show ing the results

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