Learn How To Easily Make DIY Cannabis-Infused Lube
By Canncentral Editor
Adding weed oil to your lady bits is a popular trend in the budding cannabis industry. Companies such as Whoopi & Maya and Foria are offering innovative products in the states of California and Colorado, where cannabis consumption is permitted. But what are the options for those tempted to give it a go but don’t live close to a dispensary? Three simple words: Do-It-Yourself!
There are a lot of cannabis companies that manufacture sex-friendly ointments that contain CO2-extracted cannabis oil combined with a carrier oil base, such as coconut oil. While that may be adequate for companies that are capable of mass production and can afford six-figure extraction equipment, the average consumer is unable to make it at home. For cannabis hobbyists most specifically people living in States where cannabis consumption is prohibited or difficult to come by a method is required that is both simple as well as practical!
The concept of homemade weed topicals may understandably seem like an endeavour not worth attempting. To be quite honest, the feeling was mutual. I enjoy the pursuit of cooking but was not keen about my entire apartment smelling of weed, and although there are dozens of online recipes available for homemade lube, the components differed so much I didn’t know which ones were reliable. To find a process I could feel comfortable emulating, I contacted my dear friend Lauren Gibbs, founder and president of Rise Above Social Strategies. A resident of Colorado, Lauren possesses a small home grow where she has gained the knowledge and the skill to make homemade cannabis tinctures and topicals for her own personal use. Lauren’s two-ingredient homemade cannabis oil concoction has a myriad of uses. She adds it to her sleepytime tea, as a topping for her popcorn, as a sublingual tincture, and even applies it topically to her neck to alleviate soreness.
Due to my, quote-unquote, extensive experience with lubricants made from coconut oil, I concocted another idea for how to use it: Lauren’s simple and clean recipe is also the ideal homemade lube! You won’t get high from homemade oil-based lubes (unless, of course, you consume it); rather, their topical application boosts the blood flow and enhances sensation. A word of caution: oil-based lubricants of any kind are not compatible with latex condoms; therefore, you should always be mindful of considering a secondary contraception method before engaging in sexy time!
How to Make Homemade Cannabis Lube
Yields: 8oz infused coconut oil
Potency: Approximately 6mg THC per 1ML of oil
Note: This potency is based on cannabis that is estimated to be 10-15% THC. Potency can vary considerably depending on the potency of the buds you select.
- 8oz of fractionated (liquid) coconut oil or MCT oil
- ¼ oz cannabis flower
- Conventional oven
- Two Mason jars (each jar should be at least 4oz; alternatively you can use one large jar)
- Food scale
- Grinder or food processer
- Slow cooker
- Unbleached cheesecloth
- Large funnel and small funnel
- Glass or plastic dropper bottle with a 1-mL calibrated pipette (can be purchased on Amazon)
- Water brought to a boil (enough to submerge the Mason jars within the slow cooker)
- Preheat the conventional oven to 240˚F.
- Grind down the cannabis flower with the use of a grinder (or to save time use a food processor)
- Decarboylate your cannabis flower. Disperse the ground flower evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 60 minutes on the middle rack, stirring for half the time.
- Separate the decarboxylated cannabis flowers evenly into your Mason jars with the use of the food scale. Add half of the cannabis or coconut oil to each Mason jar and use the lid to seal as tightly as possible.
- Place the Mason jars in your slow cooker; fill the slow cooker with boiling water in order to fully submerge the Mason jars. Program the slow cooker on “warm” and proceed to cook for about 4-5 hours. With the use of a jar clamp or thick, protective oven mitts, carefully remove the Mason jars every hour and shake liberally. (WARNING: Exercise caution when doing this step as the glass and the metal will be extremely HOT!)
- After the 4-5 hours are complete, remove the Mason jars and set them on top of a cloth to cool (do not set them on a cold or hard surface or the glass of the jars may crack).
- Layer the larger funnel with four layers of cheesecloth, squeezing the plant matter in order to extract as much of the oil as possible. The strained oil will have a vague, green colour.
- Utilizing the smaller of the two funnels, pour the extracted homemade oil into the dropper bottle. Now your lube is ready for use! Begin with 1mL at a time, then increase or decrease the amount depending on your personal preference.
- Although the Mason jar method is good for masking the smell of cannabis, decarboxylating is a highly fragrant process. If you’re worried about your nosy neighbours, cook up some bacon or something equally as potent while you make the oil in order to conceal the scent.
- You might see herb fragments floating in your oil; if that’s the case, strain it again – fragments have the ability to cause discomfort.
- Keep it simple! Don’t include essential oils or any other additives. With this two-ingredient method, your oil remains effortlessly versatile; this homemade oil is even food-grade and can be used for baking.
- Whenever possible, use cannabis flowers that are lab-tested. This ensures that your product contains no pesticides, moulds, or other contaminants. It also makes calculating the potency the oil-less complicated, however, as mentioned in this article, it is difficult to get error-free results with homemade products.
Have you ever attempted making your own cannabis-infused homemade lube? If so, how did the process go? Let us know in the comments!