Healthy Highs - How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a hell of a substance. It’s been shown to prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, give your immune system a boost and even help your memory. All you’ve got to do is throw some weed in there and you’ve got a wonder product; the only oil you’ll ever need. And the best part: Making it is as easy as eating it is wonderful. Here’s the only recipe you’ll ever need.
How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
Why Cannabis Coconut Oil?
You’ve definitely heard of brownies, which means you’re probably aware of cannabutter - the soft, green, cannabis-infused butter dreams are made of. The problem with that, though, is simple: Calories. Butter is fattening, and as weed is only soluble in melted fat, cannabis edibles need to be fattening, too. Right? Wrong!
Say hello to coconut oil. Coconut oil is not only one of the healthiest of all the oils within which cannabis is soluble, but it’s one of the most efficient, too. Due to coconut oil’s much higher saturated fat content when compared to butter (90% versus butter’s 60%), coconut oil is much better at absorbing the goodness from cannabis: THC, CBD and all the other known cannabinoids that we want to so desperately draw from the plant - as well as a helluva lot more terpenes.
What’s more, due to the oil’s completely natural source - the beloved coconut - the oil is 100% vegan, paleo-permissible and leaves nothing but a clean conscience. Here’s how you make it.
[caption id="attachment_2268" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Even vegans can eat coconuts.[/caption]
How To Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
Step 1: Decarboxylation
The first step is an important one: You need to decarboxylate your cannabis. Failing to so do will be like cooking with actual grass: You’ll just get a green, oily soup; a soup that’ll do absolutely nothing except make your food taste bad.
For the THC in cannabis to become active, the plant needs to be first decarboxylated. In the same way that you could eat an ounce of Grandaddy Purple and little would happen, adding undecarboxylated weed to your coconut oil will give you no effect.
[caption id="attachment_2266" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Break up your weed and lay it evenly on a tray for baking.[/caption]
Decarboxylation is essentially the process of heating cannabis, releasing the THC and gearing up the flower for the cooking that’s about to follow.
To decarb your weed, spread into out evenly on a baking tray or a Pyrex baking dish and place in the center of a pre-heated oven at 240ºc. The weed doesn’t need to be overly broken up - you want it to stay in big enough clumps so that the straining process is not impossible later on.
The ratio is going to be roughly 1 gram of cannabis for every ounce of coconut oil. depending on THC volume and the effect you desire.
Step 2: Infuse the Coconut Oil
Now your cannabis has been decarbed, it’s time to prepare the oil. Add in the amount you’re looking to infuse and heat steadily. The ideal temperature for maximum infusion is 160º F and 190º F.
Once the oil is suitably fluid, add in your cannabis.
Maintain a constant temperature for 6-8 hours, stirring once every 30 minutes or so.
[caption id="attachment_2269" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Infuse the cannabis with your heated coconut oil and be ready to stir.[/caption]
Step 3: Strain
Now you’ve got your soup, you’re almost done. Turn off the stove and leave the oil to cool.
Once it has cooled (but before it sets), lay your cheesecloth over your strainer. Position your strainer over the tub/implement you want to store your oil in, and pour in the oil. The cheesecloth will allow all over the oil to seep through, while ensuring those sinewy lumps of weed stay suitably separated.
Feel free to discard the cannabis-filled cheesecloth, or keep it to make one helluva herbal tea.
[caption id="attachment_2271" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image courtesy of cuisineandhealth.com.[/caption]
And you’re done. All you need to do is seal your container, place it in the fridge to cool and - once it’s set - use it in whatever baking you want. As an extra tip, if you’re suffering with achy/sore joints, rub the coconut oil over affected areas for some sweet-smelling relief.
How did yours turn out? Drop us a comment below and tell us your experiences with our recipe. And feel free to tell us your own tips for making cannabis-infused coconut oil, too!
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