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How to Make DIY Cannabis-Infused Lube

March 24, 2017
Recipe for How to Make Do-It-Yourself Marijuana-Infused Sensual Oil Lubricant(Courtesy of Lauren Gibbs/Rise Above Social Strategies)
Putting weed oil on your lady parts is a hot topic in the growing cannabis market. Companies like Whoopi & Maya and Foria are providing cutting-edge products in states like California and Colorado. But what about those that have the urge to give it a whirl but don’t have access to a dispensary? DIY!

Many cannabis companies that produce sexually-focused topicals use CO2-extracted cannabis oil mixed with a carrier oil base like coconut oil. While that works well for companies who produce on a large scale and can afford six-figure extraction equipment, the average consumer cannot replicate it at home. For the hobbyist, and especially those living in prohibition states or states with limited access, we need a method that is both simple and pragmatic!

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The idea of DIY cannabis topicals might seem like an undertaking too complicated to attempt. Honestly, I felt the same. I love to cook but I didn’t want my entire apartment to smell like cannabis, and while there are dozens of recipes online, they varied so much I didn’t know what to trust.

To find a method I could feel confident about, I reached out to my good friend Lauren Gibbs, founder and president of Rise Above Social Strategies. Lauren lives in Colorado and has a small home grow where she has gained experience making DIY cannabis tinctures and topicals for her own personal use. Lauren’s two-ingredient cannabis oil recipe has endless uses. She puts in in her sleepytime tea, drizzles it over popcorn, puts it under her tongue as a tincture, and even rubs it on her sore neck.

Because of my (ahem, extensive) experience with coconut oil based lubes, I had another idea for how to use it: Lauren’s simple and clean recipe is perfect for DIY lube, too! Oil-based cannabis lubes won’t get you high (unless consumed); instead, their topical application increases bloodflow and heightens sensation. But be warned: oil based lubes of all kinds are not compatible with latex condoms, so always consider your backup protection methods carefully before you get between the sheets.

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DIY Cannabis Lube Recipe

Yields: 8oz infused coconut oil

Potency: Approximately 6mg THC per 1mL of oil

Note: This potency is based on cannabis that is approximately 10–15% THC. Potency can vary significantly based on the potency of the buds you choose.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces fractionated (liquid) coconut oil or MCT oil
  • ¼ ounce cannabis flower

Supplies:

  • Oven
  • Two Mason jars (each 4 ounces or larger; you can also use a single large jar)
  • Food scale
  • Grinder or food processor
  • Slow cooker
  • Unbleached cheesecloth
  • Large funnel
  • Smaller funnel
  • Tincture bottle with a 1-mL calibrated pipette
  • Boiling water (enough to cover the Mason jars in the slow cooker)
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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 240˚F.
  2. Grind cannabis using a food processor (to save time) or a grinder.
  3. Decarboxylate your cannabis: Spread ground flower evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for one hour on the middle rack, stirring after 30 minutes.
  4. Divide the decarboxylated cannabis evenly into your Mason jars using the scale. Add half of the cannabis oil to each jar and seal as tightly as possible with the lid.
  5. Place Mason jars in your slow cooker and cover with boiling water so that the jars are fully submerged. Set slow cooker to “warm” and let cook for 4–5 hours. Using a jar clamp or heavy oven mitts, pull the jars out every 60 minutes and give them a good shake. (Be careful not to burn yourself as the glass and metal will both be hot!)
  6. After 4–5 hours, remove jars and place them on a cloth to cool (don’t set them on a cold or hard surface as the glass jar could crack).
  7. Line the large funnel with four layers of cheesecloth and place over a large glass measuring cup with a pour spout. Slowly pour the cooled liquid through the cheesecloth, squeezing out the plant matter to get as much oil as possible. Your strained oil will be slightly green.
  8. Using a smaller funnel, pour the oil into the tincture bottle. Your lube is ready to use! Start with 1 milliliter at a time, and increase or decrease quantity based on your personal preferences.

Pro tips:

  • While the Mason jar method is great for containing the cannabis smell, decarboxylating is highly fragrant. If you have nosy neighbors, try frying bacon or cooking something comparably fragrant at the same time to mask the scent.
  • If you see bits of herb floating in your oil, strain it again — you don’t want them to cause discomfort during use.
  • Keep it simple! Don’t add essential oils or other additives. With this two-ingredient method, your oil is endlessly versatile; you can even bake with it.
  • If possible, use lab-tested flower. This will ensure that your product is free of pesticides, molds, and other contaminants. It also makes it slightly easier to calculate potency, though as this article illustrates, it’s challenging to get completely accurate numbers with DIY products.

Have you tried making your own infused lube? How did it go? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  • dogger1

    After cooking the crap out of the flower in the oven there won’t be much in the way of THCA left and cooking it for another 3 hours will ruin the oil .
    Who taught you this technique.
    Instead, just heat the oil and cannabis at around 180 degrees.
    Stir it gently with a bamboo chopstick and watch the bubbles coming to the surface. After nearly an hour you should see a slowdown in the bubbles. At that point you can continue to cook the oil and decarb all Thca or stop and leave some of this useful oil in the decarbed oil.
    Please read badkats oil process.

    • E.L. Bl/Du

      I thought to activate THCA and turn it into THC it HAS to have heat applied. I agree that the oil breaks down after heating it for long periods, and that isn’t good. Here is what I found.
      “THC-acid is produced by the cannabis plant. With the application of heat energy, the acidic residue of THCA is removed, producing the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Cannabis flower normally contains very low levels of THC. The heat applied by consumers converts most of the THCA into THC. (Amy Phung/Leafly)”
      So you see, THCA in its natural form in the plant isn’t available until it;’s activated, once activated, there is NO THCA left period (it’s converted to THC with the heat). That is why they activate in the oven first, but agreed, overheating the oil for SO LONG is not necessary, and agree, heating the oil to 180-205 degrees tops after the canna is activated, and ONLY for 30 ins and turn OFF. Oil is fragile and will go rancid quicker if over heated and broken.

      • dogger1

        Instead of inventing why not go to an expert, badkatscannapharm.com and do it right 😊

        • E.L. Bl/Du

          First of all, I have 40 yrs experience growing and breeding, she only has maybe 15. Second, I KNOW whats in it if I make it. IDK what she puts in her stuff. She can put anything she wants to on the label. I don’t think this is the appropriate place to try to drum up business for your friend. Some ppl want the recipes to make it themselves with their leftover leaf, and not have to support someone else doing the same thing, but charging an arm and a leg….for the same thing. My husband did Federal time for growing in 1981. Now, just go down to the store and buy your clones…He was one of the Forefathers of the Emerald Triangle, back when it was hush hush. I was trying to help the OP by educating them on the specific molecules, and trying to be nice about it. NO GUESSING! This stuff is SO easy to make, why PAY someone else to do it? How do I know if SHE does it right? There are allot of skewed ideas about what works and how to do it right. I’m not going to pay some millennial to make it for me at some ridiculous price when it is the easiest thing to make, easier than baking a box cake.

          • dogger1

            If you have experience, why quote Amy Phung, a known expert or a nobody?
            As for Bad Kat – I have never met her, spoken with her, texted her emailed her or communicated via mind meld. All I know is that the techniques, she freely shares(I guess), work. She had all the right information years ago when I started making oil, and I haven’t checked her site out lately. But that’s beside the point, her techniques are sound.
            You are beginning to understand that over-processing is to be avoided for a number of reasons.
            When baking the flower the essential oils evaporate and are wasted. Simple as that you have lost part of what makes the cannabinoids work as they should.
            Instead add the DRY flower directly to warm coconut oil. Use a thermometer that will measure over 200 degrees and constantly check the temperature and keep the oil around 185 degrees. There is debate on the best temperature but that’s what I shoot for in my batches.
            Add enough oil to cover the flower material.
            The rest of the techniques involves waiting for is to cook until the bubbles slow down.
            WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
            If you look closely at the oil during the cooking process you will see tiny bubbles being Leberace’d from the THCA as it is decarbed.
            Stir the mess in the pot with bamboo chop sticks.
            You will have to figure out when the bubbles slow down but it takes about an hour.
            Be careful not to BOIL the oil. DONT BOIL THE OIL.
            Also, check with herbalists and study what they do to extract essential oils from plants.
            Strain all of it through cheesecloth and wring it out once it cools down so you can handle it.
            At this point, as your hands are squeezing the last drops from the cheesecloth, the warmth and the cannabinoids are smile inducing. And everyone with a nose will wonder when the zoo relocated.

          • E.L. Bl/Du

            I probably quoted her b/c A) She’s right, I’ve researched it myself (other than relying on just Amy’s assessment) B) she researched it and published article in a place I could easily access it to share. And finally C) I thought this was an area of research on how to make it yourself. I know 1 thing, I’m not going to use coconut oil again, when it cools it gets gritty, and I don’t like the texture, and it takes too long to absorb into the skin.(I kept T 180*f) Last batch I infused Organic Olive oil in 2 separate jars set in the slow cooker in water to 185-195 *f, one w/ arnica in one and cannabis in the other. Once infused with DRY flower,(you are correct on that too, If there is ANY moisture at all it will encourage your product to go rancid rather quickly.) While it’s still warm, I melt the beeswax, add shea butter,(and eliminate coconut oil at this stage, at it often breaks when heated too much and doesn’t re-solidify emulsified very well. In my experience) I combine everything (this is where you can add essential oils) and let it cool in individual sterilized containers. This makes a great salve that absorbs quickly and works well for sore muscles and back pain. (if you want the exact recipe I can write it down) If you are making it for edibles, some prefer to carboxylate their cannabis prior to infusion to activate it. Dosing is another story, depends on the quality of your original product. I find using leaf only is adequate and contains more cbd’s. In the old days I used to cook it in water and leave it overnight, then heat it up in the morning, add the butter, strain it, and put in the refrig, and the butter floats to the top for easy separation. Very strong that way. I guess over the years everyone has developed their own way to make it, and there are many ways to get the job done successfully. thanks for the great conversation and happy 4/20

          • dogger1

            Thanks for the good information. I’m going to follow your suggestions.

          • E.L. Bl/Du

            Doggert, Best of luck, its really easier than you think to make it. We make tincture for our friends son who has seizures (went from 15-20 down to 1-2/day with the tincture) although we had to switch from everclear to regular vodka to infuse the tincture, he was enjoying it too much (he’s 21 now too) The salve, my friends line up to get more. There are a few recipes for salve on pintrest, I melded 2 different recipes together I found on there to get the proportions right. Since I omitted the coconut oil in the last batch, I noticed I will need MORE shea butter in the next batch. You can play with your own proportions, just remember to have your containers at the ready before you start melting everything together. I use 1 oz beeswax per cup of oil (increase shea butter to 1/2 cup over 1/3c with coconut oil) and add 10-20 drops of the essential oil at the end right before you jar it up. (don’t heat the essential oil) I don’t pre-heat (decarboxylate) the herb first, just what happens while heating the oils in a “quasi” double boiler set up in the crock pot. Let me know how it turns out. I tried to add a photo, but it’s too large. I love that we are industrious people and find different ways to get the job done, and have NO issues sharing with each other. ITs the NEWBS coming in now that are trying to get greedy about it. (everyobdy wants a cut, even the local politicians) And that’s all I was meaning in my earlier post about having someone else do it for me. I’ve been doing this so long that its discouraging to see, as the local politicians are now owners of dispensaries, put a moratoriium on OUR grows, BUT you can buy theirs! ha ha. SO we all need to stick together. All of us. Don’t let them freak with rec being legal and ruin it for the medical ppl. Comercialization is NOT legalization.

          • dogger1

            Last week I saw in front of 15 mmj patients who wanted to know how this therapy works.I shared with them thoughts and experiences with fighting pain.
            When I described how one could turn a few grams into oil or tincture I had their full attention.
            Then I got into how this product could be used. What fun!
            I mentioned the magic butter machine. Even though I prefer to do it the original way that you mention, this seems to be a workableway for unskilled humans to make their product.
            I also recommended Kat’s site because there is good advice on the subject.
            Seeing that her site is,such a confused mess I am looking for a better source, or I’m going to have to do it myself.
            Any more advice would be appreciated.

          • Gerlinde Schmitt

            Hello.
            I have another question because I quit smoking cigarettes almost 2 years now. So I am interested in making e-cigarettes liquid. Not cbd alone but the whole plant. Can somebody advice me?

          • E.L. Bl/Du

            do you have any chemistry background? The only way to make honey oil for your e cigss is to use the “hony oil”. To do this one needs a fractional distillation apparatus, a solvent (which is highly flammable) and a laminar air flow hood or extremely good ventilaion so you dont blow up your house. Good luck making it. (its illegal unless you have specaial permits costing thousands) If no experience I recommend you just buy it, it has caused many home fires for those who use butane and then dont filter out all the harmful chemical residue. Congrats on quitting ciggs. Very difficult thing to do. Best wishes on figuring out how to make your e cig oil

          • dogger1

            I agree, simple usually works.

          • WillyWonkah

            @E.L.BI/Du : Not because I want to tackle TS but, could you start a threat about how you do it? A step by step manual incl the temp and timings. I know it’s a long shot to ask you something 2 years ago but I’m really interested in your procedure.

            Greetings from Holland

    • kristine08

      Nope….the decarb process has to happen. I thought the same as you, then I obtained a cookbook from someone who is a top notch edible maker. She taught me everything, and her book touches on every area, even dabs and making candy.

  • Terry Leland

    I use coconut oil! 2 ozs of buds go into the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour. I break the buds down by hand then into the freezer four 1 hour. In the mean time I have already added 2 cups of oil to a small crock pot on medium. I place the weed into the oil stirring every hour for 5 hours. remove from heat, let cool, using a metal strainer lined with cheese cloth, then squeezing out the rest. I eat the oil, about 1 table spoon works for about 6-8 hours.

    • kristine08

      You can also use the oil to bake brownies, as long as they do not bake for more then 35 minutes, and the temp of the oven, has to be no higher then 320 degrees. (I obtained a cookbook from a friend in Washington state) She is the queen of all things edible.
      You “decarb”, longer then I do. (but if its working, good for you) I put the heat at 220 for 30 minutes and so far, my brownies have been super strong.
      I also tried using already “vaped” flower, that still looked brown not burned. It was an experiment to see if the vaping acted as “decarb”. They were the strongest brownies of them all. I am wasting nothing.

      • Terry Leland

        Thanks, I didn’t think to try anything with the vaped flower!

        • E.L. Bl/Du

          thanks for that info, I was wondering if it would work after vaping, but never tried it. I just use the leaf (from trimming at harvest) and haven’t had to use the vape leftovers, how does it taste? (I imagine it tasting a little burned) Really good to know it works. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Thank you for being pretty much the first person in the cannabis space to publicly state that OIL BASED LUBRICANTS BREAK DOWN CONDOMS DRAMATICALLY INCREASING THE TRANSMISSION OF STD/STIs LIKE HIV/AIDs AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES. Seriously, it is pretty amazing that these companies don’t make people more aware of the risks…

    • Ashley Manta

      I’m so happy to put this information out there. I’ve been a sex educator for much longer than I’ve been in the cannabis industry so it’s really important to me that people understand condom/lube compatibility.

      • Maryel

        I live in a legal medical state where bud is not readily available and smoking is illegal still, only vaping. For someone only having access to MMJ oils, do you have recommendations for amounts to use in this DIY Fauria Spray? Any help would be appreciated.

    • legal weed

      Stop recycling the condoms..

      • E.L. Bl/Du

        lol, ewwe

  • Stoned As Abat

    I’ve been making my own suppositories, capsules and vapor product for over a year now. I don’t know why the “canning” method of boiling the product in mason jars. Brilliant! I use coffee filters for the vapor using Glycerin oil and the suppositories, but leave some of the product in the capsules….fiber baby! 🙂

  • browse

    I don’t have a slow cooker, but I do have a sous vide cooker. Any idea what the slow cooker “warm” setting means in actual degrees F (or C)?

  • Joep van Ginneken

    My recipe. 150 grams of organic cocoa butter (slow heating, do not let it get hot!), 1gram moroccan hash decarb in 2 tablespoons cannabis infused sunflower oil, 1 desert spoon organic lecithin granules.
    3 ml. add high quality CBD oil in the cooled (35 degrees Celsius) cocoa butter. This cream can be used as a lubricant, skin cream and is edible!

  • Renae

    Does this need to be refrigerated?

  • Kat Onid

    I use the Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser & it makes the most potent oil in 45 minutes. It’s the best for baking, lube, lotions & capsules. Plus I can make 5 cups worth and save a ton of money and know exactly what I’m putting into my body