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Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil Recipe

By Margaret Sung RHN, CHt.
Holistic Nutritionist

Cannabis infused coconut oil is an extremely versatile kitchen ingredient and it’s also really easy to make at home. You can use it for cooking, baking and also add into delicious drinks!

Coconut oil’s high saturated fat content allows cannabinoids to bind more efficiently than other fats. It has a high smoke point so it is suitable for cooking and adding to hot foods or drinks. Coconut oil is a MCFA (medium chain fatty acid) which is easier to digest and it is also antimicrobial and antifungal.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 10 mins Rest time: 2.5 days
Total: 49 hours 20 mins Servings: 16 oz


  • 16 oz organic virgin coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 oz cannabis strain of choice, loosely chopped buds
  • 1 L filtered water


  • 2 Large Pots
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Childproof glass container for storage

Start by choosing a cannabis strain. I usually start by asking myself what my intention is for making this oil. My personal choice is strains with a combination of around 7-15% THC, and 6-17% CBD. If it’s a high THC strain, I start with less than 1/8 of a teaspoon. If it’s a low THC strain, I may start at 1/4 of a teaspoon or more. Sometimes I look for a high caryophyllene and myrcene terpene profile.

If you’re new to cannabis, use the ‘start low and go slow’ method to find your sweet spot. This means starting with the lowest possible dose. Step up with the same dose every few hours or until you find the amount that works for you. Everyone’s system is unique meaning cannabis will affect people in different ways.


  1. Bring 1 L of water to boil in a pot. Add cannabis flower and stir, let simmer on low heat for one hour and continue to stir regularly

  2. Add room temperature coconut oil into the cannabis water and stir for one minute to ensure it’s mixed well. Cover the pot with a lid and let simmer for 10 minutes

  3. Remove from heat and set aside for two days. This will ensure the maximum amount of cannabinoids absorbed into the coconut oil

  4. After two days, re-heat the pot and bring to a simmer so that the oil is dissolved. Turn off heat and pour the mixture through a strainer and cheesecloth into a pot or bowl that will fit in the fridge. Let cool

  5. Squeeze the oil so that all the liquid comes out and refrigerate overnight so that the water and coconut oil separate

  6. Once separated, pour off the water and re-heat the solidified coconut oil over the stove until it is liquid

  7. Pour into a child-proof glass container and ensure it’s safely stored in the refrigerator for use 

By eating cannabis, it goes through the entire digestive system. This causes a delayed onset so give yourself approximately 1 to 2 hours to feel any effects. Eating cannabis also means the effects last longer.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, psychiatrist or mental health professional. I am sharing my experiences as a medical cannabis consumer and a holistic nutritionist. Please discuss with your primary health care provider first before experimenting with cannabis.

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