Vegan marijuana butter: cooking with coconut oil

Why use coconut oil to cook with marijuana?

Preparation of coconut oil enriched with marijuana

Preparation of coconut oil enriched with marijuana

The choice of coconut oil as a substitute for butter when cooking with marijuana responds primarily to the need to cook with vegetable ingredients: traditional butter, which comes from cow’s milk, is excluded from vegan diets and for this reason we can not always share our canna sweets if they contain animal products. In addition to these ethical reasons, this preparation also meets the demands of those who are lactose intolerant, and can not eat space cake cooked with ordinary butter.

The human body is not geared to digest dairy products. It is preferrable not to consume these products, which also cause suffering in animals

The human body is not geared to digest dairy products. It is preferrable not to consume them, which also causes suffering of animals

There are other plant materials apart from coconut oil but it is noteworthy that coconut oil contains great qualities such as; a much lower toxicity than cooked butter, and a lesser impact on nature than that of the production of palm oil and derivatives made from it. Coconut oil is actually composed of 85% saturated fat, which ensures excellent cannabinoid extractions while resisting cooking without generating dangerous free radicals like other fats do.

It is made from the albumen of the coco nuts, that is, the nutrient reserves from the seed of the coconut. Coconut oil is treated and refined by various processes according to its intended purpose: Monoi, margarine, soap and cosmetics … For cooking, choose an oil that comes preferably from farms using organic farming methods and is untreated (some coconut oils are, for example, deodorised implying manipulations and modifications of the fat, what may limit its qualities).

Artisan extraction of coconut oil

Artisan extraction of coconut oil

Marijuana coconut oil

The effects produced by cannabis oil are difficult to predict because it depends on the quality of the marijuana used and the content of

Coconut oil and marijuana

Coconut oil and marijuana

active ingredients, as well as the effectiveness of the preparation protocol. However, this information can serve merely as a guide, according to the material used:

  • For a physical effect – an oil containing more CBD than THC – use plant material with little or no resin. In this case we generally cook 1 gram of marijuana per gram of oil.
  • For a more cerebral and intense effect , use 1 gram of resinous flowers or hashish per 5 grams of coconut oil.

Unless you cook with fresh material, it is advisable to properly rehydrate the dried marijuana in the pan with water to keep it from absorbing all the fat. For this example we have used buds which have been previously sieved with the Tan Tam extractor to recycle this plant material, that still contains cannabinoids.

Hydration of marijuana and liquefaction of coconut oil

Hydration of marijuana and liquefaction of coconut oil

Once the marijuana is wet, we have two options, depending on if we are using fresh plant material or not:

  • If we have fresh weed, leave it a few minutes to make an infusion – heat the contents of the pan to slow boiling – drain and discard the water before filling up the pan with water again. This will whiten the grass, which will lose some of its chlorophyll, obtaining a butter with  a clearer colour, a milder flavour, and easy to digest . This process can be repeated several times if necessary, as water does not dissolve trichomes.
  • The second option is for those using flowers that have been previously dried, which have already lost the chlorophyll. Thus, it is not essential to whiten the weed and you can add the fatty matter directly ( which also applies to resins).

Coconut oil comes in solid form at 25ºC, so heat it in a bain marie to liquefy it. You can manipulate it with the help of a spoon. Cover it and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours , stirring the contents regularly to make sure that the contact between the vegetal oil of the coconut and the marijuana is optimal and continuous.

Add the coconut oil to the rehydrated marijuana

Add the coconut oil to the rehydrated marijuana

Finally, filter the liquid from the pan before it gets cold; although the plant material has been rehydrated, it will generally contain lots of oil: do not hesitate to squeeze it through an Ice O Lator bag to recover as much fatty matter as possible. Once the oil has cooled, it will rise to the surface and solidify. We only have to carefully remove the block of fat and store it – preferably in the refrigerator – since coconut has excellent resistance to oxidation and does not turn rancid like butter.

Coconut oil for cannabis cooking

Coconut oil for cannabis cooking

The solidified oil after the cannaboid extraction process

The solidified oil after the cannaboid extraction process

Cooking cannabis with coconut oil: Vegan Space Cookies

Just like Marrakech butter, this fat can be used in the vast majority of classic recipes, but you can use it as a base or supplement for other recipes such as smoothies, when butter would be unsuitable.

Here we propose you a very simple vegan space cookies recipe, which is a good solution and the perfect alternative for greedy omnivores whose  refrigerator is often empty, as it allows you to make cookies without eggs.

Ingredients for 6-10 space cookies:

1/2 cup of marijuana coconut oil

1 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup oats

1/4 cup of almond milk

1/2 teaspoon of potato starch

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/2 cup of black chocolate chips

1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts

1 pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 160 ° C

Preparation of ingredients for vegan space cookies

Preparation of ingredients for vegan space cookies

Mix the flour, oats, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Separately, mix the sugar, oil, almond milk, potato starch and vanilla, and pour half of the liquid mixture into the first bowl. Once the paste is completely homogeneous, add the remaining liquid, hazelnuts, coconut and chocolate chips.

Mix the ingredients

Mix the ingredients

Make balls of the desired size  and wrap them in greased baking paper before pressing them. Bake for about 15 minutes.

The space cookies ready to be enjoyed!

The space cookies ready to be enjoyed!

Vegan space cookies

Vegan space cookies

(Free adaptation of a recipe taken from an article in veggiebulle)

June 17, 2014 | Cannabis Kitchen
12 Comments


12 comments on “Vegan marijuana butter: cooking with coconut oil

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hello Susan,

      Thanks for your kind comment, we always try to give you objective and reliable information on our blog.

      Best vibes!

  1. MikMag

    very tasty!

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Mikmag,

      We’re glad you liked it!!

      😉

  2. Morgan

    Hello,
    I’ve been reading your page on Vegan Marijuana Butter: cooking with coconut oil and I’ve become a little confused. My issue comes with this:

    “Once the marijuana is wet, we heat the contents of the pan to boiling. We have then two options: leave the grass a few minutes to make an infusion, drain and discard the water before filling up the pan with water again. This will whiten the grass, which will lose some of its chlorophyll, obtaining a butter with a clearer colour, a milder flavour, and easy to digest . This process can be repeated several times if necessary, as water does not dissolve trichomes.”

    What I am getting from this is that I should re-wet the marijuana and bring the water to a boil and then let it sit for a few minutes, drain the excess water, and repeat as necessary? Is that correct? The page mentions two ways and unless I’m misreading, I don’t see a second way. Any help with this is much appreciated. Also a follow up question, when I have thoroughly rehydrated my marijuana, should I just let the excess water drain off or should I let it dry a while too before I begin infusing it with the coconut oil?

    Again, thank you for your help with my questions, however you can.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Morgan,

      I’ve read it again and yes, it is a little bit confusing (I’ll re-write this part).

      The process of boiling marijuana is basically performed to remove the chlorophyll, and since water does not dissolve trichomes it can be done as many times as necessary, just as you describe. Notice that, since it is a method to remove chlorophyll, it will be mainly used with fresh buds and not with cured plant material.

      The second option would be not boiling the weed, although this option is only advisable if we are using cured plant material which has already lost most of its chlorophyll. In this case, there’s no need to boil the weed, just re-hydrate it and add the fatty material.

      Regarding your follow up question: there’s no need to drain the water, since it helps regulating the temperature of the mix and prevents the fatty material from scorching. After filtering the mix, we’ll put it in the refrigerator and the water will separate from the butter. Then you just have to lift the infused butter and you’re done!

      Hope it helped!

  3. Kenneth Galleca

    Love it (Y)

  4. Cynthia

    I like this recipe but please remember you are trying to appeal to the public. Please leave the biased comments out of it like, to paraphrase “greedy omnivores, with their empty fridges” Really is that necessary and, what does it even mean? Just because some one is an omnivore does not mean they do not try and be as responsible to their choice of eating as possible. I have met many vegetarians who are soooooo against eating meat with their main argument focusing around how much land it takes to feed them. Yet, they drink pop, no problem. Do you know that it takes more land to grow the corn syrup needed for just Coke products than a majority of what it takes for just pork? Leave out the bias and it would improve this site. Thank-you for the re-write because yes that section is very confusing. In addition, just because someone is an omnivore does not mean that they do not like to have healthier oils and fats with which to cook, lol. It is not like the majority of most of our plates are covered with meat and animal fat, wow. Please do not assume that everyone who wishes to use this recipe is a vegan or vegetarian I love cooking with coconut oil to give my children a healthier choice for brownies or other baking, but that does not mean I will not use eggs. In that again though we eat eggs that are omega based. Meaning that the chickens are fed a healthier diet of flax seed. From local farmers.
    Anyway, thanks for the recipe but please lose the bias, please. have a peace filled day

  5. Dash

    Hahaha I loved the omnivore comment, so true. And no fyi most of the agricultural land used is for soy and that’s to feed animals for the carnists, so ignore the ignorance above. Thankyou thankyou for this recipe, I’ve been stupidly asking local people I know if you can use coconut oil instead to make cannabutter, and here is the recipe already. Yeah duh google is my friend smh. I haven’t tried the recipe yet but saving it for future reference. “Whatever you can make we can veganise” thanks again <3

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Dash,

      We’re glad you finally got the recipe, please tell us when you try it!

      Best!

  6. Jessilyn Schultz

    Getting into cooking. Excited for this recipe. Thanks

    #govegan

    1. Tim Alchimia

      Hi Jessilyn, thanks so much, we’re really happy you’ve enjoyed the article, please let us know how your cookery turns out!

      All the best from Alchimia!

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