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Recipe For Cannabis-Infused Coconut OilIngredients & Materials:
- 3.5 grams ground cannabis flower (this creates 3,500 mg)
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- Cheesecloth or strainer
- Saucepan, slow cooker, double-broiler, etc.
- Grind your dried cannabis flowers. You may include other parts of the plant such as the leaves and the stalks. It depends on your preferences and your desired potency. The buds are naturally more potent as they carry more cannabinoids and other compounds compared to the rest of the plant. Grind the buds until they are at the perfect size wherein they can still be strained with cheesecloth or strainer.
- Mix the ground flowers and coconut oil in a slow cooker, double-boiler, or saucepan. Put it on a low heat setting and let it simmer for a few hours. This process is called decarboxylation which is the activation of the THC compounds in the plant. The low heat setting ensures that the ingredients will not be scorched or destroyed. The temperature must not exceed 245 degrees.
- The general rule is that the longer you leave the mixture over low heat, the more potent it will become. Most decarboxylation processes last for 6 to 8 hours. Just make sure to revisit the pot or pan every now and then so that you can stir the ingredients. You may also add some water to prevent it from burning.
- Once the decarb process is over, allow the mixture to cool. Strain the mixture by pouring it into a bowl through a cheesecloth or strainer. You may also layer the cheesecloth to create a more effective strainer. Discard the plant parts accordingly and store your oil in a clean, airtight mason jar. The shelf life is around 2 months but refrigeration can extend it.