In this step-by-step we will learn how to infuse coconut oil with cannabis concentrates. Any type of wax, shatter, budder or crumble will be effective in this formula. To figure out the potency of our formulation, the percentage of total THC in the wax needs to be accounted for. (This will include the total amount of both THC-A and THC in the concentrate) We will learn how decarboxylate, or activate the THC-A by removing the acid later in this guide. For example, if 1 gram of concentrate is 70% total THC, then there is approximately 700mg THC in the gram. (1 gram = 1000milligrams. 1000mg x 70% THC = 700mg THC) ½ gram of concentrate with 60% total THC would contain 300mg THC.
This coconut oil infusion can be used in place of coconut oil in a cooking recipe. Coconut oil is also a substitute for butter in baking recipes. The coconut oil made will be extremely versatile. We chose coconut oil in this procedure because coconut oil contains a large amount of saturated fat. Cannabinoids in cannabis bind well to this kind of fat, making the infusion more bioavailable and potent.
Concentrates work excellent in edibles because increasing the potency doesn’t sacrifice the flavor of the ingestibles. Whereas when making edibles with cannabis flower, the infusion can taste like marijuana, which may not be the desired flavor. When using wax, the taste is hardly noticeable in the edible because the cannabinoids added are highly concentrated. Both flower and concentrates are effective when making edibles. With that being said, the potency per gram is increased when making edibles with concentrates rather than flower.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 gram decarboxylated concentrate (budder,crumble, shatter etc.)
- coffee mug
- oven mitts
Before we learn how to make the cannabis infused coconut oil, we must decarboxylate the concentrate. Decarboxylation will activate or ‘prime’ the cannabis wax to make it bioavailable when ingested. Decarboxylation requires heat to remove the acid from the THC-A, CBD-A and CBC-A, among other cannabinoids—what is left is THC, CBD and CBC, respectively. When the acid is attached to cannabinoids, the cannabinoids are not bioavailable and don’t provide the desired effects. We manually decarboxylate cannabis concentrates when dabbing, with the heat source being a nail, removing the acidic molecules when vaporized. Prior to preparing any form of ingestible cannabis, decarboxylation is necessary.
Follow these steps to decarboxylate cannabis wax:
- Preheat oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit
- Once preheated, line an oven-safe dish with parchment paper. Create a crevasse for the concentrate to sit in. Spray the parchment paper with canola oil. (this will prevent the wax from sticking to the paper)
- Place concentrate in the ‘valley’ of the parchment paper. Cover dish with tinfoil. Put the dish in the oven. (Making a ‘valley’ in the parchment paper is stressed in this step because when the wax melts it will tend to ‘run’ off the paper if not contained properly)
- Let the cannabis wax decarboxylate in the oven for 30 minutes
- Take the dish out of the oven. Allow the freshly decarboxylated cannabis concentrate cool down for 30 minutes (The wax will be liquid at this point. To speed up the cooling process the concentrate can be placed in a freezer)
- BAM! That’s it. Now your cannabis concentrate is activated and ready to infuse into ingestibles.
Now back to the cannabis coconut oil infusion!
Prepare by following these steps:
- Fill coffee mug with ½ cup of coconut oil.
- Heat up coconut oil in microwave for 1 minute (or until fully liquified). Wearing oven mitts, take mug of coconut oil out of the microwave.
- Add 1 gram of decarboxylated cannabis concentrate to the coconut oil. Stir thoroughly until evenly mixed.
- That’s it! Let the coconut oil infusion cool down. (Store in a refrigerator or freezer for longer shelf-life. The coconut oil is ready to be added into edibles immediately)
The coconut oil is now cannabis infused and ready to be incorporated into a cooking or baking recipe. Enjoy responsibly! Don’t forget that edibles can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to produce effects, due to being absorbed via the digestive system. Start with a small dose and observe the effects. Do not eat another serving until waiting at least 2 hours. Edibles are just one way of using cannabis. Smoking, vaporizing, tinctures and topical solutions are other administration methods of cannabis. The preferred method varies from person to person, and from situation to situation. The beauty of cannabis is in the eye of the beholder! (PS don’t forget step 5)