Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients available when combined with cannabis. It’s not only an effective method of delivering medicinal marijuana, but it can also be used in drinks, food and even turned into sprays and creams.
Here’s some information on how it’s used, as well as how you can make your own edibles.
One of the reasons why coconut oil is such a popular ingredient in cannabis-related products is that it has a surplus of fatty acids, which provides a strong binding agent for the therapeutic cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. It’s made up of more than 80 percent saturated fat. For the sake of comparison, olive oil has only 20 percent. As a result, products made with coconut oil retain far more cannabinoids and provide more medicinal benefits. It also contains lauric acid, which can help fight harmful bacteria in the gut.
It’s very important to note, however, that when you use cannabis-infused coconut oil, you won’t feel the effects right away. Products containing the oil typically take a long time — as long as three hours — to deliver therapeutic benefits, because the body has to first digest the cannabinoids. But once it takes effect, those benefits can last for several hours.
The process of infusing cannabis into coconut oil doesn’t typically alter the flavor of a cannabis strain, nor does it alter the psychoactive effects of that strain. So, whatever type of weed you use, you need to choose the strain that will deliver the kind of effect you want to achieve — whether that’s a hybrid, sativa or indica.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a strain is to make sure it doesn’t have any bugs, fungus, mold or other impurities. If it does, infusing the cannabis with coconut oil won’t cleanse those impurities.
There are a great many uses for coconut oil when it comes to cannabis-based edibles. You can make it into a sauce or a dressing, add it to a stew or soup, or even use it as a poultry rub before you put your chicken in the oven. It’s great for mixing into foods like fish or scrambled eggs, and you can add it to hot chocolate, tea, coffee or a smoothie.
The type of coconut oil you’ll use will depend on how much coconut flavor you want. Unrefined and cold-pressed oils are usually better for products that require either no cooking or cooking with low heat, because they deliver a strong flavor. Refined coconut oil is usually preferred for sautéing, baking and frying, and results in a lighter coconut flavor.
Here’s some quick information on some of the different types of oils that are available:
Making coconut oil-infused cannabis is a lot easier than most people think. You’ll need a stovetop or a hot plate with a double boiler and the following supplies:
If you don’t have high-quality bud, you can still use trim or shake. You don’t want to use stems or seeds, though.
And that’s it! Now you’ll be able to use your cannabis-infused coconut oil in any way you like. Check out our other medical marijuana recipes to get the most from your coconut oil.