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  • Writer's pictureSuzanna Thallman

Cannabis & Coconut Oil—What’s The Hype?

Cannabis and coconut oil

Coconut oil and cannabis have been paired up to bring patients various topicals and edibles at dispensaries throughout the state.

So why coconut oil? What are the uses and benefits of this dynamic duo?

Coconut oil contains a large amount of fatty acids, which makes it ideal to pair with cannabis since its a great binding agent for cannabinoids. Coconut oil is more efficient than other oils, such as olive oil or sesame seed oil. When combined with cannabis, coconut oil retains far more cannabinoid properties than other oils, since it has a larger percentage of saturated fats.

As many already know, coconut oil stays solid at room temperature which is also a benefit to patients who are using it in a topical form.

Interested in making your own cannabis-infused coconut oil? Here’s how!

Source: Leafly, Patrick Bennett


  • 1 cup of ground cannabis flower (7-10 grams)

  • 1 cup of coconut oil


  • Strainer

  • Grinder

  • Double-boiler, slow cooker, saucepan, etc.


  • Grind your cannabis. You can include the entire plant, just the flower, a little bit of both—this is all a matter of preference. Just keep in mind that anything small enough to fit through the strainer will end up in your finished product, so again, do not grind your cannabis to a fine powder.

  • Combine oil and cannabis in your double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan and heat the two together on low or warm for a few hours. This allows for the activation of THC, without scorching (which destroys the active ingredients).

  • Cooking can be done a variety of ways: in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally; in a double-boiler on low for at least 6 hours (8 is better), stirring occasionally; or in a simple saucepan on low for at least 2-3 hours, stirring frequently (a saucepan is most susceptible to scorching).

  • In all cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to help avoid burning. Note: whatever method you choose, the temperature of the oil should not exceed 245°F.

  • Strain and store the oil. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth; this will simply add more chlorophyll to your oil. All remaining plant material can be discarded or used in other dishes if you have the wherewithal.

  • The oil’s shelf life is at least two months and can be extended with refrigeration.

Do you have a favorite coconut oil and cannabis recipe?

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