Coconut oil is a vegan “super food.”
It is beneficial whether it used orally or topically, and can even be used as a daily detox. Coconut oil is comprised of 90% saturated fat, which once gave it a bad reputation. However, unlike the saturated fat found in red meat, this oil in no way clogs our arteries and provides the body with a readily available source of healthy energy.
In fact, this high fat content is the key when using coconut oil to infuse edibles, topicals, and more. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a fat-soluble molecule and must bind to fat in order to be absorbed into the oil. So, the more fat, the more room for cannabinoids overall. When compared to other butters and oils, infused coconut oil offers you the biggest bang for your buck for potency and nutrition.
Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and is in the diets of the most heart-healthy populations in the world. As a ketogenic rich food, it can directly decrease seizures in epileptic children and has shown signs of helping with symptom management for Alzheimer’s patients.
When you consider the natural benefits of coconut oil, cooking cannabis into it only increases the medicinal advantages: cannabis has demonstrated a tremendous ability to reduce seizure occurrences in epileptic children, and it has also shown positive results in treating Alzheimer’s Disease.
What Materials Do I Need To Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil?
First, you will want to choose your preferred type of coconut oil. If you like the coconut flavor and aroma, choose unrefined virgin coconut oil. Go with the refined oil if you want a more mellow taste.
Your next choice will be determining what strain(s) of cannabis you plan to cook into your oil. You’ll need to decide if you want an Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid strain. Of course, it always helps to know how different strains affect you.
“I will suggest that any first time cook would want to add, at minimum, a quarter of high quality flower (15%+ THC) into two cups liquid oil.”
Deciding how much cannabis to cook in your oil depends on how much and what strength oil you would like to make. Don’t forget to consider how much oil will be needed in your recipe and how strong you want each bite or serving to be! This will require some math on your part.
I will suggest that any first time cook would want to add, at minimum, a quarter of high quality flower (15%+ THC) into two cups liquid oil – use at least one ounce if the bud has a lot of seeds or a low trichome count. Keep in mind this will create low doses – you want to make sure you are giving yourself a dose with which you’ll feel the effects of your coconut oil, but wont be incapacitated by it.
How Do You Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil?
If you plan to make medicated oil regularly, consider investing in a Magical Butter product. My partner and I chose to use the Magical Butter 2 when making our medicated coconut oil we use in our vegan edibles at CANServe – it is such a time saver! Of course you can also infuse your coconut oil using a stovetop and a double broiler, in which case you won’t ever need to turn the dial past three.
Once you have warmed your liquid coconut oil, add your ground up plant matter. There is no need to add seeds, but stems are welcome!
“The goal is to keep the oil just below a simmer with regular stirring to prevent any burning at the bottom of the pan.”
The goal is to keep the oil just below a simmer with regular stirring to prevent any burning at the bottom of the pan.
It is vital to remember that THC activates as low as 160 degrees F, and it starts breaking down at 350 degrees F, which is also the smoking point of coconut oil. Once the THC begins breaking down, the effects are less noticeable and you are receiving less benefits.
After about an hour, you should notice the oil has turned green – this let’s you know it is done. Let it sit longer if you’ve got the time.
When you are ready to jar the oil, prepare a large mason jar with a secure cheesecloth around the lid – a tight rubber band will do the trick. Then pour the green oil slowly into the jar. Be sure to leave enough room for the cheesecloth to hold all the plant material, yet not so deep into the jar that the liquid will rise to reach the base of the cheesecloth.
Once the oil is cooled, squeeze the ball of cheesecloth-wrapped plant matter to get the last few drops of infused coconut oil. Cap the jar and label it so that you don’t forget how potent the oil is. Coconut oil is stable at room temperature or in the fridge.
You now have available medicated lotion, cooking oil, or spread for bread – the possibilities are endless.
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