There are many strategies and even some products that make the process of making your own coconut cannabis oil even simpler. For this recipe, you’ll need an oven, a cookie sheet, a crockpot and some cheesecloth in addition to the plant material (flowers or trim) and coconut oil.
First you’ll need to decarboxylate your plant material to change the THC-A into the cannabinoid THC, the one we know and love. When the plant material is heated to a certain point this change takes place.
Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Grind up the plant material a bit and spread it evenly and thinly over a cookie sheet.
Step 3: Put the sheet in the oven for 60 minutes — the higher the temperature the faster the process, but once a certain temperature is reached the plant material starts to lose some of the desirable qualities as well. Also be aware that this step will definitely make everything smell like cooking weed, so make sure you’re in a place where that’s okay. Note: This is the process for weed — if you’re using hash or concentrates the timing and temperature may be different.
Step 4: Put the contents of one container of coconut oil, preferably around 16 oz, into a crockpot on low or warm until the oil has become liquid. I like to add as much decarboxylated plant material as you can fit in the slow cooker while still being submerging it all in the liquid oil. Smaller batches are OK too!
Step 5: Leave the mixture on low or warm heat for at least four hours, alternating between the two temperature settings, making sure that the plant material isn’t scorching, and stirring occasionally. I generally leave the lid to the slow cooker ajar to prevent a buildup of too much heat — you wouldn’t want to cook off all the good stuff! The low heat over a period of time will allow the THC to bond with the fat in the oil.
Step 6: Once the coconut oil has been infused, strain the mixture into a container though a cheesecloth to remove the plant material. The THC will be bonded to the fat of the oil and you’re ready to try using your coconut oil.
The finished coconut oil can be used in either traditional recipes for edibles or topically. For more ways to use cannabis oils, check back on Cannabis Now later this week.
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