Coconut oil infused with cannabis is now gaining so much attention.
You’re probably wondering if its more effective than regular butter? How is coconut oil the best carrier fat to use with cannabis? Why is it necessary to use oil?
Well, here is exactly why cannabis-infused coconut oil is one heck of a powerful medicine.
Cannabis compounds work to dissolve fat. So, what does this mean? They break down into fat than water. It means that you have to consume a little fat in order to receive the benefits of dietary cannabinoids.
Coconut oil is greater than most oils for proper absorption of nutrients. This also is the case with cannabis and fat-soluble nutrients such as beta-carotene and vitamin E.
When you go to buy any nutritional supplements, going for liposomal (fat-based) delivery systems can increase the amount of nutrients to take in. When cannabinoids are mixed with fat, the fat works to help cannabinoids travel into the digestive tract to be broken down and used by the body.
Coconut oil’s high saturated fat content provides sufficient opportunities for cannabinoids. It has about 90% saturated fat, which is much better than olive oil (15%). Do not worry, this fat isn’t artery-clogging and will not make you gain weight. Below we will discuss this in detail to prove its benefits.
Since cannabis can dissolve fat, and with high quality of the carrier fat, the better extraction will be. Coconut oil provides a high amount of pure fat to cannabinoids like CBD and THC to bind to. Basically, it means infused coconut oil delivers the best health benefits.
Different types of fat
Different fats are in many different shapes. Coconut oil has a high level of pure saturated fats. Mostly, coconut oil is abundant in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAS). Oils like sunflower and canola oil are made up of long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). Our body can break down MCFAs within coconut oil easily than with LCFAs. Long-chain fatty acids need certain enzyme proteins to break them down. MCFAs are metabolized and converted into energy by the liver.
This means your body will burn up these fats and use them instantly. The metabolism in the liver delivers a strong psychoactive experience. When you ingest cannabis through an infused oil or edible, the THC is converted into psychoactive metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC. Edible cannabis is much more potent than vaporized or smoked cannabis. 11-hydroxy-THC travels easily into the brain than THC. Using coconut oil or products with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT oils) evokes a fast release of cannabinoids when put into comparison with other oils.
It also puts a limit on how much fat is stored into your waistline. Coconut oil delivers a fast boost of energy to free up fat to be used up. When using canola oil, you are storing fat away, as the body will recognize it as oil, making the body take more time to metabolize the fat.
3 Benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil has an abundant amount of metabolism-boosting medium chain fatty acids, but some fats have certain health benefits, including:
1. Lauric acid
Lauric acid is a MCFA that contains antimicrobial properties. If you like to use a topical infused with cannabis, using creams or slaves with a coconut oil base to deliver natural protection from infection and harmful pathogens. Lauric acid works to enhance the balancing of cholesterol levels, making it one healthy fat for our heart.
2. Caprylic acid
Caprylic acid is a MCFA that includes antimicrobial properties. Believe it or not, caprylic acid works as an anti-fungal agent. Research dating back to 1949 discovered that this fat had a natural fungicide, which could work greatly in oral and topical form. This patent from over 50 years discovered that this fat is helpful in the treatment of mycotic infections on living organisms.
3. Vitamin E
Coconut oil has a relatively small amount of vitamin E, an antioxidant that provides health benefits to our hair and skin. The oil isn’t high in the vitamin, but it works to help the body readily absorb vitamin E. Adding coconut oil into your diet will help your body make the most of the phytonutrients you ingest daily.
Cannabis-Infused coconut oil recipe
- 1 cup of ground cannabis flower (or less for milder potency)
- 1 cup of organic coconut oil
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Grinder (a simple hand grinder works best; appliances like blenders and coffee grinder pulverize the cannabis, resulting in edibles with bad tasting plant material)
- Double-boiler, slow cooker, saucepan, etc.
Grind the cannabis. You can include the entire plant, just the flower, a little bit of both — this is all a matter of preference. Just keep in mind that anything small enough to fit through the strainer will end up in your finished product, so again, do not grind your cannabis to a fine powder.
Combine oil and cannabis in your double-boiler or slow cooker, and heat the two together on low or warm for a few hours. This allows for decarboxylation (activation of THC) without scorching (which destroys the active ingredients).
Cooking can be done a variety of ways: in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally; in a double-boiler on low for at least 6 hours (8 is better), stirring occasionally; or in a simple saucepan on low for at least three hours, stirring frequently (a saucepan is most susceptible to scorching). In all cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to help avoid burning.
Note: whatever method you choose, temperature of the oil should not exceed 245°F.
Strain and store the oil. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth; this will simply add more chlorophyll to your oil. All remaining plant material can be discarded or used in other dishes if you have the wherewithal. The oil’s shelf life is at least two months, and can be extended with refrigeration.
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