Cannabis & Coconut Oil

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Cannabis and Coconut Oil header

These days, it seems like the combination of cannabis and coconut oil is everywhere you look. Cannabis-infused coconut oil is a top DIY recipe among home chefs and many of the most popular products at your dispensary feature cannabis and coconut oil. From edibles to topicals to coconut-oil-based CBD oils, products featuring cannabis and coconut oil are all the rage. But why is that exactly? Find out as we go over everything you need to know about cannabis and coconut oil! Below, we’ll cover what makes this combination so great, how to make your own cannabis coconut oil, and the many ways you can use cannabis coconut oil.

Why Cannabis and Coconut Oil?

Why Cannabis And Coconut Oil

Why Cannabis And Coconut Oil

There are many reasons people like to combine cannabis and coconut oil, including the fact that coconut oil is basically an ideal carrier oil for cannabinoids and terpenes. Coconut oil features an extremely high concentration of healthy fatty acids. These fatty acids are known for their health benefits, but also happen to be a fantastic binding agent for cannabis compounds. Coconut oil has a saturated fat level of over 80%– compare that to another great carrier oil, olive oil, that has a saturated fat level of 20%, and you can see just how excellent coconut oil is as a medium for cannabis infusions and CBD infusions.

Alongside being great at holding on to cannabinoids and terpenes, coconut oil has a variety of health benefits, so it’s just a healthy infusion option overall. Those fatty acids in coconut oil, which include MCTs, are vital for your brain and body health. There’s also evidence that coconut oil may boost heart health, encourage fat burning, raise good cholesterol, and have an antimicrobial effect.

As if being a great carrier oil and a particularly healthy option weren’t enough, coconut oil is also a highly versatile oil that can be used in many ways. Coconut oil can be consumed or applied to the skin, so it can work as an edible or a topical. Then, as an edible, coconut oil is one of the most neutral carrier oil options, so it can work in a vast variety of recipes. Coconut oil can also be a solid or a liquid, so it can be spread, poured, molded, drizzled, dropped out of a dropper bottle, and more.

How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil

Cannabis Coconut Oil REcipe

Cannabis Coconut Oil REcipe

Interested in trying cannabis and coconut oil together for yourself? We’re here to help with some easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own cannabis-infused coconut oil at home!

Before we get into our recipes, let’s quickly go over the importance of decarboxylation. If you want your homemade cannabis coconut oil to have THC in it, you’ll want to use a recipe that incorporates some kind of decarboxylation step. Decarboxylation, or decarbing, is the scientific word for the process of using heat to turn THCA into THC. You want to decarb cannabis when making at-home edibles because, before it’s exposed to heat, raw marijuana actually has little to no THC. Instead, it has plenty of THCA, which turns into THC when exposed to heat. When you smoke or vape cannabis flower, it gets decarbed during the consumption process. But for edibles, you need to make sure you consciously decarb your cannabis before or during the infusion process.

So, you should use a recipe that includes a decarbing step if you want your cannabis-infused coconut oil to have THC in it. And, below, we’re sharing two! These recipes both feature decarbing steps, but offer different ways to decarb your cannabis. The first includes an easy pre-infusion decarb method and the second calls for decarbing while you infuse your coconut oil.

Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe #1: Oven Decarb Method

This first cannabis coconut oil recipe uses the oven decarb method. Using this method, you’ll decarboxylate your cannabis separately in your oven before you start infusing it into your coconut oil. This pre-decarb method is easy, effective, and basically foolproof, so it’s a great option for pretty much anyone, including those who are new to cooking with cannabis.

Ingredients

1 Cup of Coconut Oil

¼ to ½ Ounce Dried Cannabis Flower

Equipment

Baking Tray

Parchment Paper

Grinder or Chef’s Knife

Mason Jar

Cheesecloth and/or Fine Mesh Strainer

Instructions

Decarb Process:

  1. Place an oven rack in the middle position in your oven, then preheat your oven to 245 degrees for 10 minutes.
  2. Line your baking tray with parchment paper (this will help prevent sticking) and then spread your cannabis buds out on top of the parchment paper.
  3. Place your baking tray in your preheated oven to decarb for 30 to 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, remove your tray, gently shake it to mix your buds, then put your tray back in the oven. Mixing your buds throughout this process helps them heat more evenly.
  4. After a total of 30 to 40 minutes, remove your tray from the oven and let your cannabis cool.

Infusion Process:

  1. Grind or chop your decarbed cannabis until it’s finely milled.
  2. Put your coconut oil and your cannabis in a strong mason jar, stir, and firmly close the jar’s lid.
  3. Place your closed mason jar in a pot filled with cold water, then heat on your stovetop until barely simmering and allow your mixture to infuse for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Remove your mason jar from heat, then pour your cannabis and coconut oil mixture through your cheesecloth to strain out your plant matter.
  5. Let your cannabis infused coconut oil cool, then enjoy!

Note: If you have a Crockpot or another type of slow cooker, you can use that for your infusion process instead of a pot. In place of step 7, put a tea towel on the bottom of your Crockpot, add your closed mason jar, and then add enough water to cover your jar. Heat the water in your crockpot to 185 degrees Fahrenheit (use a cooking thermometer if your crockpot doesn’t have a temperature reader), then turn it to low heat and allow your mixture to infuse for 4 hours.

Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe #2: Decarb in Coconut Oil Method

Our second cannabis coconut oil recipe has the decarb process folded into the infusion process. Note that this method is usually best for more advanced cannabis chefs, since decarbing while you infuse requires more attention to detail. It also requires a cooking thermometer, as you’ll need to keep your oil within a certain temperature range if you want to decarb your cannabis without accidentally denaturing the compounds within it with excessive heat.

Ingredients

1 Cup of Coconut Oil

¼ to ½ Ounce Dried Cannabis Flower

Equipment

Pyrex Glass Cookware

Grinder or Chef’s Knife

Cooking Thermometer

Cheesecloth and/or Fine Mesh Strainer

Instructions

  1. First, place your coconut oil in your glass cookware, then begin to melt it over heat while measuring its temperature with your thermometer. The goal is to get your coconut oil to a resting temperature of 220 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a great temperature for decarboxylation.
  2. While your coconut oil is beginning to heat up, prepare your cannabis flower by grinding or cutting it into a fine consistency.
  3. Once you have your coconut oil at a steady 220 degrees, add your ground cannabis into your oil and stir. It’s normal for your mixture to immediately start turning green.
  4. Now, you want to let your coconut oil mixture infuse for an hour at 220 degrees. Watch your mixture and make sure you keep your temperature consistent at around 220 degrees. Temperature is very important here, since going over 300 degrees can cause the cannabis compounds in your mixture to denature, which essentially means that their molecules will start to come apart, deactivating them. It’s normal for your mixture to start turning brownish during this step.
  5. Around the one hour mark, you want to start monitoring your oil for doneness. As your cannabis decarbs within your oil, it will release carbon bubbles. When these bubbles stop coming up, you’ll know your cannabis is fully decarbed, which means you’re ready to strain.
  6. Remove your glass container from heat and strain the plant material from your mixture using your cheesecloth.
  7. Let your cannabis infused coconut oil cool, then enjoy the final product!

Uses for Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

Not sure how to use your freshly infused homemade cannabis coconut oil? Cannabis coconut oil is very versatile, so you have plenty of options, including:

  • Add your cannabis coconut oil to your favorite recipe. Since coconut oil has such a mild taste, it will work well in desserts or savory dishes! Some examples of cannabis dishes that work especially well with cannabis coconut oil include cannabis brownies and cannabis-infused roasted potatoes.
  • Make a cannabis lotion by mixing your coconut oil with a bit of beeswax and aloe vera. Then, use your cannabis coconut topical to ease aches and pains, or to elevate an at-home massage. (Note: If you want your topical to have more of a salve or balm-like consistency, just add beeswax and skip the aloe vera.)
  • Spice up your love life by using your cannabis coconut oil in the bedroom. Please note that cannabis-infused coconut oil is safe for the body when used as a lubricant, but can weaken condoms, so be sure to be safe and smart when deciding whether or not this use is right for you.
  • Measure out your ideal daily dosage of cannabis by placing your infusion into easy-to-take capsules.
  • Amp up your morning coffee by mixing in a little cannabis coconut oil.

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