How to make canna oil at home: an easy DIY guide

You can use canna oil in a variety of cooking and baking projects, and there really is no limit to its uses

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If you’re reading this article, you probably already know what canna oil is. But in case you don’t, canna oil is simply cannabis-infused cooking oil, a potent ingredient used in edibles.

You can use canna oil in a variety of cooking and baking projects. There really is no limit to its uses. The best part is, you don’t need to spend much on it. You can create canna oil at home and then add it to desserts, coffee, or dinner to create some kick. 

What you’ll need

You have a lot of freedom when it comes to canna oil. Experiment with variations of these ingredients to find the recipe you like best.


  • 1 cup oil (anything you like: olive, coconut, peanut, canola, sunflower, et cetera)
  • 1 oz decarboxylated cannabis


  • A grinder, blender, or food processor
  • A baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • A large pot, saucepan, or crockpot
  • A strainer or cheesecloth
  • A stirring spoon
  • A large bowl
  • An oven
  • A stovetop or burner

Making canna oil in a pot

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  • Decarboxylate your cannabis

You can’t make canna oil with raw weed. It’s technically possible, but the result will be a dud in edibles. Decarboxylation involves heating cannabis to the level where THC is activated.

To decarb your weed, all you need is an oven. Preheat it to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and then lay your buds on it, leaving space between them. Place this in the oven and set a timer for 40 minutes. Be sure to flip the buds every 10 minutes to avoid burning. Remove the baking sheet and buds from the oven and let them cool to room temperature.

  • Grind your decarbed buds

For a nice canna oil, create fine grounds of cannabis, but not so fine that they’ll slip through a strainer. If you have a weed grinder, great! If not, use a blender or food processor. 

  • Combine the cannabis grounds and oil

Put one cup of your preferred oil in a pot. Mix in one ounce of ground cannabis. Stir the ingredients together and place on low heat. Watch for any smoke or burning. The pot should be simmering but not boiling. Let simmer for three to five hours. Be sure to stir fairly consistently to avoid burning.

  • Strain the oil

After your canna oil has simmered for three to five hours, it’s ready to be strained. Cheesecloth is an ideal strainer, because only the oil will pass through it. Use a double layer if possible and secure the cloth over a bowl. Pour the oil through the cloth and into the bowl. If you don’t have a cheesecloth, strain the oil a few times until it is clear.

  • Cool and use

Once you’ve strained the oil, allow it to sit for a few hours to reach room temperature. Then move it into the fridge to be stored safely. Your canna oil will last six to 12 months if kept in the fridge. If you’re eager to get cooking with cannabis, your oil is officially ready!

Making canna oil in a crockpot

Consider yourself lucky if you have a crockpot hanging around your home. This will simplify the process and require much less attention. 

Start with the first two steps listed above. Then simply add the ground cannabis and oil to the crockpot. Place the crockpot on a low setting and allow it to simmer for four to six hours. Stir a few times during those hours.

Then follow steps 4 and 5 in the recipe above. 

Helpful hints

Making canna oil is easy, but it’s definitely time-consuming. Be prepared to set enough time aside to follow this recipe. If you try to rush the process, you may end up with a whole bunch of wasted weed.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with your canna oil. You can add it to anything you like. Enjoy some homemade goodies!

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