How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil)
Introduction: How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil)
Cannabis coconut oil is a really versatile way to consume cannabis. It’s great taken alone or baked into all kinds of edibles – most strains of cannabis beautifully complement the flavor of coconut oil! Canna oil makes medicating super accessible, too – you can use indica, sativa, or even high CBD strains to get the desired effect you want.
It’s also super easy to make, and a great way to use up excess trim, kief or hash from harvest. In this instructable I’ll show you my favorite way to do it – simmering on the stove top! But I’ll tell you how to do it in a crockpot too.
This is a very fast and no-fuss version of canna oil – through lots of reading and quite a few experiments I really don’t believe it’s necessary to simmer it for-ev-errr and over complicate it. This method will give you a potent, tasty and fancy canna oil.
Step 1: What You’ll Need
- metal strainer/sieve
- bowl or large measuring cup
- jar or bowl to store the canna oil
- decarboxylated cannabis (buds, trim, kief, hash – 40 grams)
- unrefined coconut oil (2 cups)
We’ll talk a little about dosing on the next step.
Unsure how to decarboxylate cannabis? Click here to find out!
Step 2: Dosing + Strains + Expectations
(Pictured above – Doctor Who water hash, Doctor Who in bud form – so purple. Doctor Who sugar leaf trim)
What I’m using for this batch:
- 2 cups unrefined coconut oil
- 40 g Doctor Who trim, decarboxylated
This is a fairly strong dose – about 1.5 g of trim per tablespoon of canna oil. The medibles this canna oil makes will be used primarily for combating migraines so stronger is better!
Guidelines for dosing:
I recommend using anywhere from 0.5-1.5 g of trim/bud/hash/etc per tablespoon of oil. If this is your first time experimenting with canna oil, try using 16 grams of cannabis to 2 cups of oil.
When using buds, it’s okay to use less than you would if you were using trim as there will be more trichromes present and therefore more THC. If I was using buds instead of trim in this batch, I probably would have used 0.5 grams of bud per tablespoon of coconut oil.
For more information on dosing cannabis, I really recommend picking up a copy of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution by Jessica Catalano. The book includes a very nice dosing chart and explains how to demystify making edibles with the right amount of THC for you.
This article on The Cannabist also includes a helpful way of figuring out the THC content in edibles.
What to expect when using canna oil:
Cannabis taken orally a totally different beast – it can take you much longer to feel it, and the effects can linger much longer on average. Canna oil is often quite potent and can make you super sleepy, so never try a new dose when you have obligations later. 😉
You can try to combat sleepiness by using only sativas in your canna oil, or by choosing a strain high in CBD. But it might still make you a teeny bit tired (edibles always do that to some folks!), so always use caution.
What to do if you take too much canna oil:
If you ever take too much while trying to figure out the proper dose, don’t worry! You may feel anxious or wonder why you ever thought this was a good idea – but I promise it will pass and the benefits are worth it.
Your best bet is to drink a glass of water and lie down. Sleeping is always the best possible way to handle having a bit too much cannabis.
If sleep seems unreachable, try dimming the lights and putting on music or the TV. You can try talking to someone too. Whatever relaxes you! Just keep in mind that it will pass in a few hours at most.
Step 3: Combine the Coconut Oil and Cannabis and Simmer
Combine the cannabis and coconut oil in a small saucepan over the lowest heat you can manage.
Once the coconut oil has melted, let the mix simmer uncovered (stirring ever so often) for an hour.
HEY! If you’d like to do this in a crockpot you definitely can. Just let it go on low for a couple hours. It’s not necessary to take it longer than that.
If your canna oil turns out super green or not green at all, that’s fine. The green-ness relates only to the chlorophyll present, not how strong the canna oil is.
Step 4: Strain
For straining, use cheesecloth in a sieve over a large measuring cup. A sieve normally isn’t fine enough on its own! It won’t matter too much if you end up with particulates in the oil, but it always looks nicer without them.
Place two layers of cheesecloth in the sieve and put it over the measuring cup.
Pour the hot oil and cannabis mixture into the cheesecloth.
Let it drip for an hour or so and then squeeze the rest out by hand.
You can use the processed cannabis in other things once you’ve squeezed out the oil, but it shouldn’t have much THC left in it at all. One of the most awesome ways is to mix it with softened butter – you end up with an awesome cannabis compound butter that you can use on toast or maybe even put a dollop on a steak or under the skin of a chicken.
However, don’t feel bad if you just compost it or throw it out – nearly all the good stuff is in the canna oil now!
Step 5: Cool and Store
Pour the canna oil into a glass jar or bowl and leave uncovered until room temperature and beginning to solidify. (Leaving it uncovered is very important because we want to avoid condensation forming in the jar)
Once entirely cooled, close the container and store in the fridge or in a cool dark place. This will keep for up to a year!
See how dark it is before and how light it is when it solidifies? That’s what it should look like if you don’t simmer it too long and you’re not too rough with it. If you poked it a ton it might be more green.
Step 6: Using Cannabis Coconut Oil
You can consume this coconut canna oil on its own or use it in edibles!
If this is your first time trying it, I recommend taking 1/4-1/2 tablespoon by mouth to start. Wait at least 3-4 hours before taking more. How you feel after this will let you know if you need to increase or decrease your dose. It will also give you a baseline for edibles.
If making edibles, try using recipes you’ve made before. Knowing how many cookies, muffins, slices of cake, etc. that a recipe produces will allow you to figure out about how much THC per serving there is. (Because we know we’re using a certain amount of cannabis per tablespoon of coconut oil – you can determine the strength based on the amount of oil you used in the recipe and how many servings it makes)
Another good thing to keep in mind: you can even do half canna oil and half butter if you need the edibles to be a little less strong.
How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil (canna Oil): Cannabis coconut oil is a really versatile way to consume cannabis. It's great taken alone or baked into all kinds of edibles – most strains of cannabis beautifully complement the flavor of coconut oil! Canna oil makes medicating super accessible, t…
How to make pot brownies
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- What to know before making weed brownies
- What do you need to make pot brownies?
- How to make cannabutter
- How to make infused coconut oil
- How to make weed brownies
Infused brownies are one of the oldest edibles in the cannabis cookbook. Brownies pop up first when people talk about edibles, and it’s no wonder why. Their sweet, chocolatey goodness satisfies those with a sweet tooth as well as those searching for a potent alternative to smoking weed.
Infused brownies are one of the oldest edibles in the cannabis cookbook. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first pot brownies on record were created by the famous cannabis activist Mary Jane Rathburn, who came to be known as “Brownie Mary” for her invention. Rathburn wanted to provide much-needed cannabis medicine to hospitalized AIDS patients in the LGBTQ community. To do so, she baked cannabis into her delicious homemade brownie recipe and snuck her pastries into hospitals in the 1980s. Rathburn later was arrested for whipping up the brownies in a historic bust that catalyzed media attention around California’s cannabis legalization movement.
Today, Brownie Mary’s recipe is lost to history, but her legacy lives on. Thousands of consumers, cannabis chefs, and DIY enthusiasts have tried their hand at whipping up the deliciously infused, chocolatey desserts. Cannabis brownies are almost a right of passage in stoner culture. Read on to learn how to make your own pot brownies at home.
What to know before making weed brownies
As with any rite of passage, horror stories about pot brownie experiences gone awry have proliferated cannabis culture. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before trying your hand at homemade brownies.
Dosage is everything
When it comes to edibles, proper dosage is everything. Depending on the cannabis flower you buy for your butter, one strain can be much more potent than another. Is your weed THC-dominant, more CBD-heavy, or balanced? What is your weed’s terpene profile? All these compounds and factors influence the effect your cannabis will have on you, particularly when your digestive system processes it.
Ask your budtender and read your bud’s label and lab certificate to get all this information. A low-THC strain will be more suitable for a mellower canna-brownie experience, for example.
Once you’ve figured out a proper dosage for your canna-butter, use that information to determine how much infused butter to put in your brownie recipe. It’s totally fine to mix infused and non-infused butter to keep dosages milder. And remember, some trial-and-error will happen as you experiment, so start low and go slow to find your perfect dose.
The quality of your bud matters, especially when it comes to eating cannabis. While many states require lab testing for adult-use or medical marijuana, not all of them do. If you’re infusing your own edibles, source your cannabis from a third-party-tested vendor.
What do you need to make pot brownies?
Recipes for most homemade cannabis brownies include a similar list of ingredients. Here’s an easy pot brownie recipe with which to get started in your kitchen:
- ½ cup of canna-butter OR infused coconut oil
- Two eggs
- 1 cup of white sugar
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup of cocoa powder (add more cocoa powder for extra chocolate flavor)
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
You’ll also need the following tools for this brownie recipe:
- an oven
- 8″ square baking pan
- a large saucepan
Of course, to simplify things, you could purchase a pre-made brownie mix from the store. Sub out the oil or butter called for in the recipe with canna-butter or infused coconut oil.
Whether homemade or store-bought, all pot brownies share a commonality: the addition of infused butter or oil.
How to make cannabutter
Cannabutter is what makes a pot brownie a pot brownie. You can’t simply throw your flower into a recipe and call it a day: you must first decarboxylate your weed and infuse it into a high-fat carrier, such as butter. Decarboxylation is the process of THCA turning into THC by way of heating the flower. This process occurs naturally when we smoke or vape weed, but is an essential extra step when creating edibles.
During the cooking process, the butter absorbs the activated THC in the cannabis and makes it ready to add to your recipe.
Making cannabutter isn’t tricky, but it takes about 3 hours to cook. It’s best to prep your weed butter ahead of actually making your canna-brownies. Try the following recipes to create your own, evenly dosed cannabis butter. You can make cannabutter either on the stove, or in a slow cooker.
It’s best to prep your weed butter ahead of actually making your canna-brownies. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How to make infused coconut oil
Coconut oil is an excellent dairy-free alternative for those who don’t like butter or can’t eat it due to dietary restrictions.
This infused coconut oil recipe requires a slow-cooker and five hours to make, so this is another infused ingredient you’ll want to concoct before it’s time to bake your edibles.
How to make weed brownies
Once you’ve assembled your ingredients and tools, it’s time to start baking.
- First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease the 8-inch square baking pan to prepare it for the finished cannabis brownie mixture.
- Next, melt the 1/2 cup of canna-butter in the large saucepan until it’s completely liquefied. If you’re substituting infused coconut oil, melt the coconut oil in the saucepan until it is liquid and easily mixed.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the 1 cup sugar, two eggs, and teaspoon of vanilla extract and make sure to mix the infused butter or oil thoroughly. Beat in the 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, the 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and baking powder. If desired, you can mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl before adding to the saucepan.
- In the above step, it’s essential to mix the cannabis butter or oil evenly. This ensures an even spread of cannabis throughout the recipe, which will produce even doses when you cut your brownies into squares.
- Pour the cannabis brownie batter into the greased pan, spreading evenly. Place the pan in the oven and allow the mixture to bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not overcook, and remove the pan from the oven when you can insert a toothpick in the brownies and it comes out cleanly.
- Remove the cannabis brownies from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan before cutting into equal servings
Voila, your cannabis treats are ready to eat! Make sure to limit yourself to a single portion (or even less) to start and wait two hours before consuming more. While your recipe may be delicious, homemade edibles should be consumed with caution until you determine the proper dose for you.
While your recipe may be delicious, homemade edibles should be consumed with caution until you determine the proper dose for you. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
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