Celebrating The Benefits of Coconut Oil and Cannabis
While organic coconut oil has not been proven to have healing powers similar to cannabis, there are some benefits of using coconut oil and cannabis. According to William Stewart of Half Baked Labs, “If I had only one thing available to infuse with cannabis, my first pick would be coconut oil. It infuses beautifully with a high smoke point and is shelf stable.” Those seeking to produce the most sustainable cannabis and coconut oil product available should seek to use cannabis produced using the most organic means possible along with organic coconut oil.
Preparing the Cannabis and Coconut Oil
The coconut oil can be used right from the jar. However, before cannabis can be added, it needs to be decarboxylated, a process that activates the cannabinoids in the cannabis. To decarboxylate cannabis, put the cannabis in a Pyrex measuring cup. Then sit the cup on a cookie sheet or pan so it doesn’t spill and place it in the oven on its lowest setting (usually 170 degrees). Bake the cannabis for about 3 hours, stirring every 1/2 hour.
To infuse cannabis with coconut oil, some extract the cannabis using a Magical Butter Machine (MBM), a cooking tool hailed for its ease in making a range of infused products. Others adopt a more simple approach by putting wile others go for a stovetop method by simmering cannabis and coconut oil together and then straining the cannabis. If one is using cannabis flower, consider saving the residue after infusion. Now that the cannabis has been soaked in coconut oil, these dried out buds can give a kick to a slice of pizza, pasta dish or any other product that can use a bit of green seasoning.
For those needing a further explanation, this video from Massroots offers a 55-second introduction into how to infuse coconut oil with cannabis.
The Uses of Cannabis and Coconut Oil in Cooking
When Stewart compares coconut oil to butter, he notes that the latter is “pretty much a nightmare between the random water content and the super-burnable whey solids.” Since coconut oil blends well with flour, sugar and other products used in baking, Stewart uses this product in most of his baked goods. In particular, he likes how coconut oil works well in pie crust. “The coconut oil shatters into thin, plate-like crystals, which make for a super flaky crust.” Just measure it out, freeze it, and then pulse it with the other ingredients in a food processor.”
In addition, coconut oil is extraordinarily good for frying due to the high smoke point. Since deep frying doesn’t absorb much oil into the food, using infused oil would simply cause most of the oil to go to waste. But it really shines in pan frying when cooking something like crab cakes, where the oil does get absorbed. Other cooking options include stir frying, sautéing, and grilling.
Using Cannabis with MCT Oil
Here’s a recipe Stewart recommended for making infused bulletproof coffee using MCT oil, which is the coconut oil used for bulletproof coffee.
2 C of coffee
2T of grass-fed, unsalted butter
1-2 T of MCT oil
1 oz bud or 2 oz trim
Oil Infusion: Decarboxylate the cannabis. Add 16 oz MCT oil in either a MBM Machine or a Pyrex cup in the oven). Process at 160 degrees for 2 hours if using MBM, or 3 hours at lowest setting (usually 170 degrees) in the oven, stirring every 1/2 hour.
Coffee: Add as much medicated MCT oil to the blender as you want to dose. For most people 1/2 tsp is good. Make up the balance with unmedicated MCT oil. Then add the rest of the ingredients, and blend on high for 30 seconds.
To finish off the drink consider adding a pinch of sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, stevia, or salt.
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Creating Topicals Using Cannabis and Coconut Oil
Coconut oil works very well to help smooth the skin without leaving behind a heavy greasy feel. Combine that with the healing properties of cannabis to help with skin conditions and chorionic pain for a smooth and silky healing cream. According to Stewart, the simplest ointment you can make is just throwing some cannabis, citrus peels, and coconut oil in a Magical Butter Machine, then strain it and you’re good to go, Those who prefer the stove method, can check out this Cannabis infused Coconut Oil cream recipe from NORML.