05/25/2016 / By Claire Rankin
Coconut oil is said to make marijuana more ‘bio-available”, meaning the degree to which food nutrients are available for absorption and utilization in the body. Coconut oil is especially effective when it comes to extracting THC due to its saturated fat content. It is capable of absorbing much more cannabinoids than butter or other oils.
The fact that marijuana is a potent medicine is no longer a secret, and the medical marijuana movement is gaining moment. For centuries humans have used the cannabis plant to treat an array of conditions – from inflammation, aches, swelling, insomnia, gout menstrual pain, depression and more. With this has come the variety of ways humans ingest the substance – from smoking it to vaping to eating it, or evening combining it with natural, whole foods.
One of the easiest, safest and healthiest ways of consuming medical marijuana is to infuse it into coconut oil.
Like marijuana, coconut oil has a multitude of benefits and is used as a natural skin care and hair care product. Pure, organic coconut oil boosts the immune system and aids with digestion among other things. This is because of the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. These acids work as anti-microbal, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents.
When marijuana is combined with coconut oil, it results in a cannabinoid intense medicine that can either be taken in capsule form, added to food or applied topically.
Even just taking a half a teaspoon of coconut oil along with your drop of medical marijuana oil can increase the bio-availability of the medicine.
To make infused coconut oil, use 1 gram of decarboxylated cannabis for every ounce of coconut oil. Coarsely crumble the cannabis, put it in a jar and add the coconut oil. Put the lid on the jar and place it in a pan of water. Heat the water to just below boiling for 1 hour. This prevents the oil from overheating.
Strain the oil to remove the plant material. Be sure to press all of the liquid out of the cannabis. Strain it through cheesecloth if you wish.
At this point the coconut oil can be eaten as is, used as an ingredient when cooking, or used as a topical (salve, lotions, etc.). You can cook with the oil as long as the temperature is less than the boiling point of THC, that is, 315° F.