By: Kristin Duvall
Coconut oil and cannabis is a fabulous love affair just waiting to happen in your kitchen! Coconut oil’s many evidence-based health benefits need little introduction, and especially for women, it is a must-have in the medicine cabinet. In addition, coconut oil’s chemical structure makes it better than other oils to infuse with fat-soluble components (such as cannabinoids). For optimal results, be sure to use only unrefined, organic coconut oil, and good quality cannabis.
🍃 Prep time: Approximately 4 - 5 hours
🍴 Serving size: Approximately 1 cup, but you can adjust to preference
Ingredients for cannabis coconut oil:
- 1 cup dried cannabis (approximately 1/4 oz or 7.5 gr)
- 1 cup organic, unrefined coconut oil
- 4 cups hot water
- 15ml sunflower lecithin (This is optional, but lecithin boosts the cellular absorption of THC. Lecithin is also good for you in other ways!)
Grind the cannabis slightly using the coffee grinder. Ground cannabis will be easier to strain after infusion, but avoid over-doing, as this may affect the taste and color of the final product. To enjoy the benefits of THC you will need to decarboxylate the ground cannabis. Do this by spreading the cannabis on a baking sheet, and baking it in a pre-heated oven (240° F/115°C) for approximately an hour. If the cannabis is still moist, increase baking time. Skip this step if you wish to avoid the psychotropic effect of TCH. Alternatively, decarboxylate only a gram or two of the cannabis to reduce the potency of the said effect.
- After decarboxylation, turn the crockpot on LOW.
- Put the coconut oil and sunflower lecithin in the crockpot and allow it to melt together. Stir.
- Add the cannabis and 4 cups of hot water, stir, and cover the pot. Let the mixture steep for 3 - 4 hours.
Straining and Draining
- Line the strainer/colander with the cheesecloth, place it over the large metal bowl, and strain the liquid through the cloth into the bowl.
- Pour a kettle full of boiling water through the residue in the lined strainer to flush through all oils.
- Allow the plant residue to cool and put on your latex gloves. (The gloves are important because your mixture is probably very potent!) Squeeze out as much liquid from the residue in the cheese cloth as possible. Discard the plant material.
- Let the mixture chill, in the fridge if necessary, so the coconut oil can solidify. Lift the solidified oil off the water, and discard the water.
- Melt the solidified oil in a small pot on stovetop over low heat, and pour into the glass container/mason jar. Don’t let the oil get too hot.
🌿 Wellness Tips – Your coconut oil infusion can be used in lieu of any oil in most recipes for most dishes. Avoid using it in recipes requiring temperatures over 300° F/148°C, as the cannabinoids will lose their potency and some health benefits. Don’t use the infusion to fry or sauté, but grilling in the oven is fine as the food itself will not get that hot. The oil can also be applied topically, or directly ingested for therapeutic purposes, as cannabinoids have many health benefits.
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Author: Kristin Duvall
Previously a biofeedback practitioner and nutrition consultant, I now prefer to investigate and educate through journalism and writing. In my youth, I survived a serious car accident that left me with severe head injuries. It set me on a path of personal healing, and today I am completely healed and fully functioning. Cannabinoid medicine was introduced to my personal repertoire of natural remedies only a few years ago, and is, for me, unparalleled in its efficacy to treat mild anxiety, insomnia, pain and psychosomatic disorders.