How To Make Hashish Coconut Oil
Patrick Bennett April 16, 2020
Coconut oil has managed to penetrate some of the most sought after products in the cannabis industry, including food and current products, but why?
Why is coconut oil popular for cannabis infusion?
Coconut oil has a high concentration of fatty acids (saturated fats). The excess of these fatty acids in coconut oil forms a strong binder for cannabinoids.
Compared to olive oil, which contains less than 20% saturated fat, coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fats and can therefore retain far more cannabinoids during infusions, making it far more efficient. Coconut oil is an almost perfect medium for oils infused with cannabis.
Use of coconut oil and health benefits
Coconut oil also contains other sets of beneficial acids that are known to contain a list of potential health benefits. Lauric acid is a good example – when lauric acid is digested, a monoglyceride is created that acts as an antimicrobial.
These fatty acids are abundant in coconut oil, making it a top contender for those looking for a healthier oil base than butter or rapeseed oil.
Another fantastic advantage of using coconut oil is that it stays solid at room temperature. This makes it a great medium for use as a topical. In addition, its solid state enables easy storage of the oil over gelatin capsules, a widely used and highly effective method of cannabis use.
Gelatin oil capsules are so simple and easy to make at home – the ingredients can be bought in almost any pharmacy or online, making for a fun and easy DIY project.
How to make coconut oil infused with cannabis
Recipe for cannabis coconut oil
- 1 cup of ground cannabis flower (7-10 grams)
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- Sieve or cheese cloth
- Mill (a simple hand mill works best; devices such as mixers and coffee grinders pulverize cannabis, which leads to foods with bad-tasting plant material)
- Double boiler, slow cooker, saucepan etc.
- Grind your cannabis. You can include the entire plant, just the flower, a bit of both – it's all a matter of preference. Just keep in mind that anything small enough to fit through the sieve will get into your finished product. So don't grind your cannabis into a fine powder.
- Combine oil and cannabis in your water bath, slow cooker or saucepan and heat the two together for a few hours at low or warm. This enables decarboxylation (activation of THC) without burning (which destroys the active ingredients). Cooking can be done in several ways: in a slow cooker at low temperature for 4-6 hours with occasional stirring; in a water bath for at least 6 hours at low temperature (8 is better) with occasional stirring; or in a simple saucepan at low temperature for at least 2-3 hours with frequent stirring (a saucepan is most susceptible to burns). In all cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to avoid burning. Note: Regardless of the method chosen, the temperature of the oil should not exceed 245 ° F.
- Strain and store the oil. Do not squeeze the cheese cloth. This simply adds more chlorophyll to your oil. All of the remaining plant material can be thrown away or used in other dishes if you have the bare essentials. The shelf life of the oil is at least two months and can be extended by cooling.
Use of cannabis coconut oil
How to Make CBD Coconut Oil
For those who don't want the effects of THC in their infused coconut oil, you can infuse it with CBD instead. Just follow the recipe above, but use CBD flowers instead of THC flowers to take advantage of CBD's health benefits.
This article was originally published on April 16, 2016. It was last updated on April 16, 2020.
Patrick lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, where he spends his time writing, photographing, and creating content for the cannabis community.