Unless you’ve been living in complete isolation, you’ll notice that over the last five years or so that coconut oil has surged in popularity. Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts from coconut palms. And it’s everywhere on store shelves — from products made with coconut oil, to jars of refined or unrefined coconut oil — and you can easily find organic, non-organic varieties.
Health benefits of cannabis coconut oil
Coconut oil is versatile as hell. From replacing butter or oils in recipes to hair and skin care, coconut oil is one of those magical things that just about everyone can use in one form or another, and it has plenty of health benefits. Coconut oil is high in MCT (medium chain triglycerides). This is a type of fat that the body metabolizes in a different way than most other fats. The fatty acids in coconut oil may encourage the body to burn fat while providing quick energy to both body and brain. Coconut oil can also increase HDL cholesterol in the blood (in other words, the good cholesterol) and may help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Why coconut oil is great for cannabis infusion
Lots of folks already use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer, and this makes it a great option for marijuana topicals. Additionally, many recipes for cannabis edibles include canna-butter. However, more and more edibles are utilizing cannabis infused coconut oil instead of the butter. Why? Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats — and here’s where the magic happens — and this property means it can absorb more THC, terpenes and cannabinoids than butter or other oils.
Coconut oil also boasts a slow rate of oxidation, which means it won’t become rancid quickly. In fact, coconut oil, stored at 75 degrees, can last for up to six months without going bad. When you’re making cannabis edibles, this means that the THC is not only absorbed by the fats at a higher rate, it also retains that blessed THC during the cooking process. Finally, coconut oil can withstand high cooking temps. This means you could make cannabis-infused fried chicken if you wanted to. Replace butter in your edible recipes 1:1 with the cannabis coconut oil.
Let’s talk topicals, capsules, smoothies, tea n’ such
Marijuana-infused topicals can be downright expensive. However, you can make your own at home if you follow these easy steps. Best part? If you don’t add any beeswax or essential oils to the mix, you can double down and use this as a butter substitute when making edibles, too!
Cannabis coconut oil recipe
It’s all about the base (the coconut cannabis oil base, that is). Here’s a tried and true cannabis coconut oil recipe.
- 2 cups coconut oil
- 2 cups dried cannabis (For topicals you can include the leaves, stems and roots with the flower. For edibles, use just the flower)
- Pyrex baking dish
- Decarboxylate the cannabis flower. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Crumble the cannabis with your hands and distribute evenly on your Pyrex baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
- Place the decarboxylated cannabis into the saucepan with the melted coconut oil.
- Simmer the mixture from 20 – 60 minutes. Do not bring to a boil.
- Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth. Set aside.
The best part of this tried-and-true canna coconut oil recipe is that it can serve as a base for other consumption or application methods.
Cannabis coconut oil for marijuana topicals:
- You can add essential oils or beeswax to your mixture after straining through the cheesecloth.
Canna coconut oil for marijuana edibles:
- Do not add any other components to the mixture. Let cool and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use for cooking.
Making coconut oil cannabis capsules:
- If you’re not into smoking cannabis, appreciate the health benefits and want to avoid sweets, try making capsules with your cannabis-infused coconut oil.
- You’ll need ‘00’ size capsules, a capsule tray, and graduated pipettes. You can find all of this online and the whole setup will cost around $50.
- Separate the capsules. Place the bottoms in the capsule tray. The tops can go in a small bowl.
- Using a graduated pipette, fill the capsule bottoms with your infused coconut oil.
- Pop the capsule maker into the freezer for a minute or two.
- Remove from the freezer and put the tops on the capsules.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Coconut cannabis tea for two:
- You’ll need two teabags (chai also tastes great), two cups, water, 2 TBSP coconut cannabis oil, milk, and sugar (if desired).
- Boil the water. Divide evenly between the two cups.
- Put a teabag in each cup. Let steep for 2-5 minutes.
- Remove the teabags. Stir in 1 TBSP coconut cannabis oil into each cup.
- Add warm milk and sugar (optional).
Blueberry banana cannabis-infused smoothie:
- You’ll need 1 TBSP of cannabis coconut oil, 1 TBSP honey, 1 frozen banana, ¼ c blueberries, ½ c coconut or almond milk.
- Blend in a blender until the banana is smooth.
- Pour into a cup. Stoner appetit!
- You can also add 1 TBSP of your cannabis coconut oil and some honey (to taste) to any of your favorite smoothie combinations. The possibilities are endless – the only limit is your imagination.