How to Make Cannabis Oil at Home

Making your own cannabis oil gives you complete control over the products that go into your oil, as well as to some degree the potency level. Determining the potency level when you make cannabis oil at home can be challenging. If you are new to making the oils, go with the least amount of cannabis. Then work your way up as you get more accustomed to how the product makes you feel and how your body reacts.

What is Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oil is an infusion of oil, such as coconut or olive, and parts of the marijuana plant called cannabis sativa. Commercial cannabis oil products have a concentration of at least 0.3% of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Many have between 50 to 80%. THC is the compound in the marijuana plant that has a psychoactive effect, the stuff that gives you that high feeling.

Cannabis oil is not the same as CBD oil. CBD is classified as hemp derived. Hemp is also made from the Cannabis Sativa plant but is modified to grow with little to no THC compounds. This form of the plant is often called industrial hemp. To be sold as CBD oil and other CBD products, the substance must have less than 0.3% of THC. Most commercial CBD and hemp products have no THC. They can’t get you high.

CBD oil and its derivatives do have some fantastic benefits, especially for people who don’t want a product with THC. Cannabis oil has quite a few benefits CBD oils don’t, making it a much more potent substance for your health.

What are the Benefits of Cannabis Oil?

There is a long list of benefits associated with the use of Cannabis oil. Compounds in the substance have been shown to have significant pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and anti-seizure properties. Cannabis oil has become widely used as a healing substance to help ease symptoms of cancer, and some of the side-effects from cancer treatments including nausea and pain. Some other potential uses for cannabis oil are for the relief of symptoms and treatment of health issues including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Acne
  • Eczema and dry skin
  • High blood pressure
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • And many more

Cannabis and Cannabis oil is a versatile product. It can be used topically or mixed into creams, ingested itself or added to food and drinks, and inhaled either as smoke or vapor.

Having your own cannabis oil at home can be used in a variety of ways besides as a remedy for health issues. Cannabis oil can be substituted for your usual go-to cooking oil and may become your favorite. Depending on the oil you use to make the mixture, you can combine your cannabis oil with beeswax and aloe for an infused topical. Using coconut oil works best for this. You can even make tea. Use it the same way around your home as you would any oil infusion.

Do it Yourself Cannabis Oil

There are a lot of different recipes for making DIY Cannabis oil. For beginners and those of us who aren’t quite adept at cooking techniques, here is a more basic and relatively easy recipe for homemade cannabis oil. Make sure you have the time to complete this recipe. Depending on the cooking method you use, it can take up to a good 8 hours to prepare.


  • 1 cup or less of ground cannabis flower or the whole plant (depending on the desired potency)
  • 1 cup cooking oil of your choice (coconut and olive oil work well)


  • Grinder (hand grinder works best)
  • Double-boiler, slow-cooker, or saucepan
  • Strainer or cheesecloth

*For this recipe it’s highly recommended that you do not use a microwave oven.

Step 1: Grind the cannabis flower or the plant down to a size that won’t fit through the strainer.
Step 2: Combine the oil and ground cannabis in a double-boiler, slow-cooker, or saucepan
Step 3: heat on low for the recommended period of time shown below, stirring occasionally (temperature of the mixture should not reach higher than 245 degrees)

  • 3-4 hours in a saucepan
  • 4-6 hours in a slow-cooker
  • 6-8 hours in a double-boiler

Step 4: Add water if necessary during cooking to keep the mixture from boiling down.
Step 5: When the mixture has stopped bubbling, turn off the heat and let cool.
Step 6: Strain the oil mixer in a strainer or cheesecloth (Don’t squeeze the cheesecloth!)
Step 7: Place the oil in a sealed container

When stored properly, your homemade cannabis oil should last for approximately two months. An air-tight container, preferably glass or silicone, works best to keep your product fresh. Always keep cannabis products out of direct sunlight. Store in a dry, dark place such as a cupboard. For a longer shelf-life store your mixture in the refrigerator.
Always make sure you store your cannabis oil in a place that is out of reach of any children, or pets.

Cannabis oil has a wide variety of health benefits from easing pain to reducing anxiety. With few industry-wide regulations, commercial cannabis oil can contain materials you may not want in your product. Creating your own homemade cannabis oil is the best way to ensure you know exactly what is in your mixture.