Cannabis coconut oil 101
So you have a bunch of frosty trim but don’t really know what to do with it? I mean for real, tons of people search tons of sites daily to find out what to do with weed trimmings. True, there are a ton of different ways people are making cannabis oil. But are you making canna coconut oil? If you don’t know how to make cannabis coconut oil, keep on reading and you will by the time you reach the end.
How do you choose one cannabis oil recipe out of the plethora available online? Once you understand the concepts that are involved in making cannabis oil, or canna coconut oil, you’ll have a better understanding of which cannabis oil recipe works best when searching for recipes using canna oil.
We already know that coconut oil has a ton of awesome beneficial properties to it. But what happens when you add the extra dope properties of cannabis to it? Cannabis Coconut oil can be a much better, and healthier alternative than butter when making certain cannabis edibles. There’s a lot of options out there so how do you know which coconut oil to choose when making cannabis coconut oil? To know that, we must first understand what’s going on when we mix cannabis with things like coconut oil or butter. It’s all about the fats yo.
What it comes down to is fatty acids. Because cannabinoids are fat soluble, we can use the fatty acids in butter and coconut oil to bind them to. This allows for a higher bioavailability, which means more of the good stuff is going to be absorbed, metabolized, and transported to where it can do the most good. The brain receptors.
Cannabis and coconut oil – the fat that binds
So there’s long chain fatty acids, and there’s medium chain fatty acids. Also known as LCFA and MCFA. The human body has a real easy time breaking down the MCFA’s since we have this thing called a liver. The liver is a beast when it comes to being able to directly break down MCFA’s. But the LCFA’s need an additional enzyme to break down.
Therefore, if you want the most bang for your buck in regards to eating canna oil, you will want to bind the goods to the medium chain fatty acids. That will allow the liver to do it’s thing, while also metabolizing the THC into 11-hydroxy-THC faster and more efficiently since it’s bound to the MCFA’s. Cannabis science for the win!
So now we understand a bit more about why cannabis coconut oil is some high quality stuff stoners like, let’s take a quick look at how to make canna oil. There’s a ton out there, and the trick is getting a nice homogeneous oil that is palatable and strong enough to do the trick. If you’re interested in making some old school weed-infused butter we’ve got a great cannabutter recipe.
How to make cannabis oil with coconut oil
You’ll need a few things, on top of the decarboxylated plant material you’ll be using. Basically this turns THCA, which is non psychoactive, into THC, which is. It’s much more complicated than that, but for the sake of this canna oil piece, that’s all you need to know. If you aren’t feeling the effects from your coconut oil cannabis, you might need to decarboxylate your starting material longer.
It also might be easier to start with something you know the potency of. Let’s say distillate for example. Raw distillate is always a good starting input for edibles, especially when you are going to be mixing it into coconut oil or butter. If you know the potency of your distillate, you can more easily dose your edibles. Plus the distillate is fully decarboxylated, so you don’t have to worry about messing with baking weed in your oven.
If you are using plant material, put it in the oven set to 240F for about an hour. This will always vary depending on altitude, and of course moisture content of the material, and what sort of starting material you use. I’m talking about plant material here. Trim and such. Also think about the rest of your cannabis coconut oil recipe. Does it call for more heat? Because if it does, you might not want to fully decarb at the first step, rather get it most of the way there, and then let it decarb the rest of the way when the coconut oil is added.
What you’ll need for making cannabis coconut oil
Once you have your decarboxylated starting material, you’ll want to figure out which coconut oil you are going to do the deed with. The rule of thumb when choosing a coconut oil is this. If you don’t like the smell or taste of coconut, you’ll want the refined stuff. If eating stuff that tastes like coconut doesn’t really bother you, the unrefined stuff will work. Do you want marijuana coconut oil, or coconut oil marijuana? The dose not only makes the poison, it also makes the taste. The other thing to think about is the amount of medium-chain triglycerides the coconut oil has in it. The more MCT the better. Also get the solid coconut oil rather than the liquid stuff. Coconut oil tends to melt around 100F.
Let’s assume you have an ounce of trim to use for this weed coconut oil recipe. You’ll want to also add about a teaspoon of Soy Lecithin granules. Some people swear by this when adding it to their cannabis coconut oil recipe. It’s not necessary, but it will help to up the bioavailability of your cannabis coconut oil, which means more of the good stuff will get to where it needs to go in your brain. This will also help when trying to find the right cannabis coconut oil ratio, because you’ll know that you are absorbing as much of the good stuff as possible. I don’t know what the butter to coconut oil conversion is, but I assume we’ll be bringing you a good weed butter recipe soon too. For now it’s coconut cannabis oil for the masses! Coconut oil weed brownies for everyone!
Cannabis coconut Oil recipe
So to have it here in a nice list, what you’ll need to make cannabis infused coconut oil is this:
That’s it, not a whole lot goes into making cannabutter coconut oil. Chop up the weed and cover the bottom of a pyrex with it. Cover that with foil. Make sure it’s nice and sealed. Toss it in the oven at 240F for like an hour. Some people say less heat or not as long. This is all up to you. The key is getting the material as decarbed as possible. Once this is done take the pan out and let it cool down with the foil still covering it.
Melt the coconut oil, remove the foil and sprinkle your a half teaspoon of lecithin over the herb. Pour the melted coconut oil over the trim, mix it up, and toss it back in the oven, this time for about 45 minutes at around 220F. Take it out and let it cool enough for you to be able to take the foil up and get a spoon to mix the material around with. Add the other half teaspoon of lecithin. Mix more. This will expose more cannabinoids to the oil they want to go hang out with. Once you’ve done that cover the pan back up and put it in the oven, at 220F for another half hour or so.
Weed infused coconut oil
Once it’s done, let the pan cool. You can then strain out your oil using a spoon and a cheese cloth. You can also repeat the process a couple times with the same material just to make sure you are getting all the good stuff out of it.
You should have some nice cannabis infused coconut oil now. Remember to start the dose low and work your way up. Coconut oil edibles can be quite potent, especially if you aren’t used to eating THC coconut oil. The CBD cannabis coconut oil will be much easier on you but also remember, there might be some THC in there too. So starting with a low dose is always your best bet.
Have you ever made cannabis coconut oil or used it to make an edible? Actually just let us know if you’ve even tried it yet in the comments section below.
By Mat Lee
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